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Regents hold May meeting

by Pamela VanHook | May 11, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - North Central Texas College regents acted on an emergency addition to their agenda during their regular May meeting Thursday in Gainesville.

The emergency addition included a private consultation with attorneys during a one-hour executive session regarding possible action in response to a pending Attorney General inquiry. The board voted to hire the law firm of Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd and Joplin to represent them and cooperate with the Attorney General's office.

The remainder of the meeting was fairly routine. Board members were brought up to speed on recent Public Information Requests. NCTC administration has received eight requests since March 1, six of which were made by Cooke County citizens Steve Gaylord and Ken Arterbury. Board members were also briefed on legal expenses associated with public information requests. As of March, $13,433.35 has been spent this school year on legal expenses from requests made by Gaylord, with another $3,979.23 spent on legal expenses from requests made by Arterbury. Since 2003, a total of $188,078.73 has been spent on legal expenses associated with requests from Gaylord, according to the report.

In new business, regents voted to approve an addendum to an agreement between NCTC and the Gainesville Independent School District for the use of GISD land around Gainesville High School. The amendment is for the lease to extend for a 10-year period and to allow for grazing of animals on the land.

NCTC, in partnership with the Noble Foundation, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the GISD, recently received $114,600 from the Dixon Water Foundation to create the Promoting Agriculture and Conservation Education (PACE) Project which will be a land-use educational center for all ages on this GISD property. The land includes 75 acres north and 90 acres south of Gainesville High School.

Regents also approved a one-year extension to the depositor contract at First State Bank, approved the renewal of lease agreements for Suites 305-307 in Pinnell Square in Corinth, approved Lifelong Learning fees for 2012-2013, and approved additional faculty contract renewals for 2012-13.

Regent Ken Coolen was not present at Thursday's meeting.