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This synopsis is intended as a brief overview of some actions taken by the Weatherford College Board of Trustees at its regular meeting in AUGUST and is for general informational purposes only. This abbreviated summary is not intended to represent or reflect all discussion and action taken by the board at this meeting. Specific details outlining all action taken by the board are recorded in the official Board Meeting Minutes, prepared and maintained by the President’s Office.
At its regular August meeting Thursday, the Weatherford College Board of Trustees heard reports on several ongoing construction projects and geared up for a special called meeting on next year’s budget and tax rate. But plans for a new academic building on the Weatherford campus created the most interest.
The new, 40,000-square-foot structure will be located west of the Doss Student Center and south of the Allied Health Building. The $9 million building – funded out of existing cash reserves – will house 10 classrooms, two lecture halls, eight laboratories, 10 faculty offices and other amenities.
“I think the new academic building will be the most exciting addition to the campus,” said Frank Martin, board chairman. “It will be the first major facility solely dedicated to instruction that has been added in a number of years and will allow the reorganization and renovation of a number of other facilities to improve instruction and faculty/administration performance.”
Architects from Hahnfeld Hoffer and Stanford presented several artist’s renderings of the facility, including exterior and interior views. Groundbreaking for the academic building will take place this fall, with completion expected in the fall of 2012.
The trustees discussed at length the proposed 2011 ad valorem tax rate as presented in a report by Vice President of Financial Affairs Andra Cantrell. Based on the Parker County Central Tax Authority’s property appraisal roll of just over $9 billion, a 2.8 percent decrease, Cantrell recommended going to the effective rate of $0.11195 per $100 valuation. (The effective rate is the rate needed to generate the same amount as in the previous year). This would equate to Trustees unanimously approved proposing the effective rate and are scheduled to formally adopt it at a special meeting scheduled for Aug. 18.
Additionally, the trustees discussed the 2011-12 budget, proposed at $48,792,524, reflecting some minor updates since the last report. This reflects an increase of over $4 million resulting from State mandated increases in insurance and retirement and mandated reductions in State appropriations to the College. The trustees will be asked to approve the budget at the Aug. 18th called meeting.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president, updated the trustees on several items:
1.) Enrollment for fall 2017: presently at 4,459 students, up by just over 5 percent compared to the same date in 2010, keeping on pace for another record-breaking enrollment;
2.) Resignations: Brian Andrews, Teresa Bell and Jean Newhouse;
a.) John Turntine and staff for the recently-announced renewal of the Talent Search grant in the amount of approximately $1.2 million over five years;
b.) Fifty-five May 2011 nursing program graduates for having achieved a 100 percent pass rate on state board exams the first time ‘round;
4.) Testing Center report on number of tests administered and revenue produced.
Also the board:
1.) Approved a new local policy regarding employee leaves and absences;
2.) Awarded bids to several vendors for athletic and kinesiology and science equipment and supplies;
3.) Approved a schedule of dates for Board of Trustees regular monthly meetings for the upcoming fiscal year: 2011, Sept. 8; Oct. 13; Nov. 10 and Dec. 8; and in 2012, Jan. 12; Feb. 9; March 8; April 12; May 10; June 14; July 12 and Aug. 9;
4.) Authorized a change order for necessary alterations on the softball field currently under construction and
5.) Approved the Competitive Bidding method of construction that provides the best value for the Agriculture Improvements Project on the College Farm west of Weatherford.
The board also heard reports on the following:
1) College cash balance report, operating statements and quarterly investments for the period ending June 30, 2011;
2) An update by Dr. Arleen Atkins on compliance certification submitted for reaffirmation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and
3) Announcements, including upcoming College events.
The board also met in closed session to discuss issues relevant to property and personnel. No action was taken.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the WC Board of Trustees is Sept. 8, 2011. A special called meeting is scheduled Aug. 18, 2011.