“I’m encouraging them to build a 400,000-square-foot building, because then [Weatherford College] would get the maximum amount,” Durant said. “We have one of the best nursing programs out of anyone around here, and as the population gets older, there’s a need for more nurses.”
Durant said the primary reason for wanting to donate was the need for growth and expansion, and for revamping traditional facilities such as the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse grounds.
“If the posse doesn’t get [those renovations], we lose all chances of expanding,” he said. “It’s very dangerous for that many people to get in there when they have rodeos and such and as part of our tradition I would hate to see it go downhill.
“In this day and time, we’ve got to keep up or we’ll lose our traditions.”
Weatherford College president Kevin Eaton expressed his excitement at the proposal ideas during Thursday’s meeting.
“I think this is a great deal for the college and for the other organizations,” he said. “Beyond the money, Weatherford College is a partner in our community. Part of our mission speaks to the responsibility of working with the community and this would be the perfect opportunity.”
Board president Frank Martin requested that trustees hold several future meetings with the other entities involved.
The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Dec. 13.