NCTC moves forward on downtown Denton campus

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Oct 19, 2017

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District approved the publication of notice of intent to enter into a lease-purchase contract for the District’s use of leased property as an educational facility.

The property is the former Denton Record-Chronicle building located at 316 E. Hickory Street in downtown Denton.

"We approved a resolution to enter into a lease agreement with the developers to lease that building, and for them to go ahead and move forward with predesign work and work with us to get a layout," Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs Robbie Baugh said.

The letter must be posted for 60 days before any lease can be finalized.

Along with the new campus, NCTC is looking at its options for a parking garage that would be located between East Mulberry and East Sycamore streets in Denton.

Baugh stated that construction could start as early as April 2018, with the campus open for classes by Fall 2019.

Regents Karla Metzler and Matt Chalmers reported on their experience at the Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Conference recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The regents were able to network with leaders from other community colleges across the nation.

Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Affairs Dr. Janie Neighbors gave a financial report to the board, reporting normal fiscal activity and Associate Vice Chancellor of Information Technology (IT) Services Denise Cason gave the board an update on the IT department.

Senior Director of Emergency Management and Intuitional Assurance Chris McLaughlin presented the Clery Annual Security and Fire Report to the board. There were no major incidents or crimes to report on campus, though there was an increase of five alcohol-related offenses on campus.

Regent Jerry Don Henderson was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.