By Juan Montoya
Forget about outgoing UT Brownsville President Juliet Garcia and her trusted sidekick Michael Putegnat negotiating on behalf of Texas Southmost College vis-a-vis the University of Texas System.
We all know what they tried to do.
On Friday, we will learn the real results from the countless "intense hours" of negotiations for properties and cold hard cash between the TSC trustees and the UT System for both institutions and for students and the taxpayers of the community college district.
Even though no one on the TSC side will divulge the specifics of the deals struck, we have been assured that not only will both institutions remain more or less on their present locations, but that the college district will maintain its physical integrity and get paid a just rent by the UT System, but that it will also pocket at least $26 million in real U.S. dollars.
Not only have the TSC trustees managed to save the college district from annihilation by the likes of Garcia and Putegnat, but they have also managed to get paid in real specie and slash tuition rates fort local students by at least $1,000 per semester.
As the man used to say in the old days before political correctness, not bad for a harelip.
The invitation asks those on the list to "a ceremony marking a unique collaborative effort in commemoration of the letter of intent for property exchanges and leases between both entities."
The ceremony is to be held Friday, 10 a.m., at the Texas Southmost College Arnulfo L. Oliveira Student Services Center, 80 Ft. Brown.
It took blood, sweat and tears and fighting the powers that be, but these trustees – four of who were on the board before – went to the mat for the community college and made sure its taxpayers and students got a better deal than the one that Garcia and her minions wanted to foist upon us.
Now not only do local students have affordable, accessible education at the community college level, but will also have the four-year university that the UT System should have provided on its own some 22 years ago.
Thank you, guys.