DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2015) – With a full agenda for its June 30 meeting, the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees approved the college's 2015-16 budget with no tuition hike and affirmed the proposal to field men's and women's soccer teams.

The total 2015-16 budget stands at $85,532,212. DSC's state allocations were decreased by just over a million dollars.

President Thomas LoBasso expressed confidence in his leadership team's strategies for fiscal conservancy, and announced plans to explore reducing spring tuition by 2 percent.

"If we can help reduce our students' costs and improve their chances for completion, that's at the heart of our mission," said Dr. LoBasso, adding, "We want to pass along our efficiencies to our students." Tuition savings, added to Gov. Scott's textbook-tax removal, would contribute to student success, freeing more funds for additional classes and other expenses..

Bringing men's and women's soccer – an increasingly popular sport in the U.S. – to DSC athletics also will contribute to college success and student life, noted LoBasso and Athletics Director Will Dunne, who presented an in-depth proposal to field the sport beginning fall 2016. The new teams will add up to 92 full-time students, who are expected to follow the high academic performance shown each year by DSC student-athletes. The addition of soccer is projected to bring in a future net revenue of over a quarter million dollars a year. "This is a win-win for our students, the college and our community at large," said Dunne.

In other notes, the board began the afternoon with a workshop safety presentation by Campus Safety Director Bill Tillard that featured comments by Daytona Beach Chief of Police Mike Chitwood, Flagler County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jeff Hoffman and FBI Special Agent Keith Hicks. During the overview of DSC safety efforts and plans, Tillard noted the addition of drills for and with students on each campus in 2015-16.Daytona State College Magazine - inaugural issue

Board members also commented favorably on two new college publications, both in print and online. The inaugural issue of the Daytona State College Magazine features diverse alumni stories, campus and program news and compelling donor articles. With a different purpose in mind, the Career Pathway Research Guide will go to all regional high schools as a tool for counselors and students to see the connections and stages that education can give them for career choices. The career guide was funded by a Florida College System Foundation grant.