Regents approve facility renovations

by Pamela VanHook | Mar 27, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - The Board of Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District had a long and busy meeting Monday night that included the approval of some building renovations and the resignation of one of its members.

Regent Lynn Williams announced that he is resigning his position on the board. The remaining regents thanked Williams for his service on the board and a special meeting was called for this Friday at noon to discuss how the board wants to proceed in replacing him.

Regents also approved several recommendations from the administration in regards to facility issues. By separate 6-1 votes, they voted to demolish the Mary Josephine Cox 300 building, renovate the south wing of the 100 building and the west wing of the 600 building, and approved PBK Architects to design the renovations of the latter two buildings. Regent David Flusche voted against all three items.

The board did unanimously agree to transfer reserve funds to pay for the demolition and renovations. The total cost of all the projects will be just over $ 1.8 million.

The renovation and repurposing of the buildings was necessary after Cooke County citizens voted down two bond elections in 2011. Regents were quick to point out however that the latest expenditures do not address the issue of inadequate space in health sciences, student services or agriculture, which were all included in the failed bond issue. All it does for now is relocate college personnel currently officed in the 300 building, which regents decided needed to be torn down due to unsafe conditions.

Regents also heard about a grant in the amount of over $2 million that NCTC has received to offer training courses in information technology on its Flower Mound campus

Early in the meeting, regents heard the results of a voter survey conducted to determine why Cooke County voters either supported or opposed the bond proposals put forth by the college in May and November of 2011.

All members were present for Monday's meeting.