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February 19, 2013

WC trustees call for May 11 election

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One discussion item, brought forth by president Frank Martin, dealt with veteran services at the college, particularly tuition rates.

“A lot of times, you’ve got veterans that are going to school and taking classes and their GI bill runs out,” Martin, who is a veteran himself, said. “And the VA doesn’t pay for continuing education.”

Martin also referenced the Hazelwood Act, a state benefit that provides veterans and their families an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption at public institutions of higher education, and challenged the Weatherford College staff to find more options to help offer more to veterans.

Kathy Bassham, who was recognized earlier in the meeting for receiving the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator Award, noted that the college had taken steps recently to do more to honor veterans, including ordering red, white and blue cords for commencement ceremonies as well as reserved seating at home basketball games.

In other action, the board:

• Approved Steele & Freeman, Inc. as the construction manager-at-risk for the pre-construction phase of the proposed new Health Sciences Building.

• Tabled action on a faculty rank and title proposal.

• Approved two deeds without warranty for the Mineral Wells Education Center, correcting a legal description of two small parcels of land on the Fort Wolters facility.

• Heard an enrollment report for the Spring 2013 semester.

• Approved updates to local policies, including ones that addressed bullying and dating violence.

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