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July 13, 2012

A preview of WC's educational expansion

WEATHERFORD — Passers-by can now get a preview of what Weatherford College’s new academic building will look like when finished, as construction on the structure nears its final phase.

The Weatherford College board heard a construction update on the progress during Thursday’s meeting, as Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors representative Bryan Miller reported to trustees.

“It’s going swimmingly,” he said of the progress. “We made a lot of interior progress last week, and we hope to have the flat work done on the exterior by Tuesday.”

The building, which will take up 40,000 square feet, will house eight science labs, multiple classrooms and faculty offices, a student services area and support spaces.

Miller added that Aug. 6 would mark the first day to begin bringing in furniture.

“We expect no hiccups toward the end,” he said.

For the second month in a row, trustees also reviewed the possibility of changing the board election dates.

Weatherford College board of trustees elections are currently held in May in odd-numbered years, and the board voted to keep it that way, despite pros and cons on changing it.

“There are cost savings involved [to changing the date] because we would be sharing the election with the city and they already voting machines out,” Brent Baker, vice president of institutional advancement, said. “But if we wanted to change the date to November, we would have to call for it in August.”

Baker estimated the savings involved with changing the date would be around $8,000. The college is currently spending $15,000 to hold elections because it is the only election going on at that time, Baker said.

Trustees had three options — to stay the same, adopt elections for even numbered years, which would coincide with presidential and governor elections or adopt odd-numbered years in May, which would parallel the constitutional amendments election.

“I would think there would be a bigger turnout for the presidential election, but the question would be is it the educated voter who has an idea what he is voting for,” board member Luke Haynes said.

Haynes subsequently made the motion to keep the date as is, followed by Joel Watson who seconded it, and the board voted unanimously to keep things the same.

In other action, the board:

• Awarded bids to vendors Carolina Biological, Fisher Scientific, Flinn Scientific, Inc., Frey Scientific, Sargent-Welch, Science Kit and Ward’s Natural Science for a total estimated cost of $79,400 for science and equipment supplies at the Weatherford and Wise County locations.

• Approved policy DEC local, for compensation and benefits, leaves and absences for staff members.

• Tabled possible changes to the TASB Policy Update 27 until a committee could be assembled and discuss the documents before bringing amendment back to the board.

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