Triceratops survives Independence Day storm
Storm damage not only left its mark at Mesalands Community College but at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees.
Although it was not the only topic discussed, damage to the campus kicked off the meeting with building and grounds supervisor Tommy Jones.
Dean of Students Greta Estas gave a rundown of the damage at Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. She said its roof was peeled back on July 4 leaving the gift shop vulnerable to the elements and allowing nearly an inch of rain to flood the museum’s exhibit area.
Craig Currell, the museum’s director, said, “There was water all the way back to the Triceratops on the back wall,” but he said lots of helpers were able to remove the damaged merchandise in the gift store, mop up the water, replace the ceiling tile, secure the roof, and have the museum ready to open the next day.
Volunteers and employees still on campus scrambled around to clean up water and secure the roof before another storm hit that was expected the next day. Estes said other repairs included a large section of awning ripped from Building D and fallen trees on campus.
The meeting also included discussion of the Carl Perkins Grant, which was formerly unavailable to the college because of its small size, but has now been approved through a “sparcity waiver acknowledging the spread-out population of our rural area,” Estes said, disclosing the windfall.
“The college, which applied for $9,000 was granted $24,000, and Tucumcari Municipal Schools, which applied for $16,000 received $21,000,” Estes said. The Carl Perkins Grant focuses on business office technology programs beginning at the high school level and continuing at the college.
Janet Griffiths, an instructor at the college, will administer the Xcel Energy Grant, which funds mentoring of at-risk students.
The college’s Hispanic radio program, which began airing Wednesday on KTNM, will continue airing on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.
Board Chairman Muriel Latham-Pfeifer announced college President Phillip Barry was recently appointed to the Rural Policy Roundtable, which acts as a key adviser to the American Association of Community Colleges and focuses on rural development issues for those entities.
The college’s next board meeting is Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Building A, Room 114.
BRATS take over
San Jon school bus fleet
New business at Monday’s San Jon Board of Education meeting included a repeal of the Transportation/Bus Contractors Policy because the school is moving from independent contractors to a fleet contract for four buses.
“The approved fleet contract with Bone, Ragland, Adams Transportation Systems, Inc. (BRATS, Inc.) will give fleet contractors more flexibility and a cleaner way of doing business since contractors will now handle their own payrolls and arrange for substitutes,” according to the school’s Administrative Assistant Stacy Wooten.
Superintendent Craig Stockton said the board also approved a land-for-land exchange in the district. “We are interested in securing land for teacher housing, and this exchange trades five acres of land we own at the old Endee School site for two acres of land with water located north of San Jon,” he said.
Mary Helen Frost, who owns the two-acre lot, said she plans to sell it to Don McCoy, who was raised on the Endee school site and whose mother still lives there. McCoy will then exchange the San Jon property for the Endee property.
According to Stockton, the San Jon and Endee districts merged years ago, and the land they are acquiring has more value to them for the intended use of housing for teachers than the Endee property.
At the board meeting Wooten demonstrated a Board Book system that will facilitate paperless board meetings and accessibility to relevant archives for board members, as well as Parent Aide and Teacher Aide, new information services on the school’s Web site.
The next regular meeting date is Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in the ITV Room.
Logan board discusses budget issues
Budget adjustments were on the agenda at Monday’s Logan Board of Education meeting.
They approved a budget adjustment request for teacher mentoring. The mentoring program involves seasoned teachers mentoring new teachers as well as some in-service training for all teachers, according to Julie Bell, a secretary at the school.
The board also approved a budget adjustment for the library general obligation bond. “The federal bonds allocate about $9 per student, and Logan received approximately $4,000, which the school is using for library books,” Superintendent Carolyn Franklin said.
Franklin said that Cathi Irving retired after 25 years and two employees resigned — Janna Rogers is returning to her home state of Utah and Kandy McCarty is moving to Amarillo.
“We hate to lose them,” Franklin said.
Staff who were approved for employment include Jana Frost, Kelley Feerer, D’Aun Gudgell, Andrea Rinestine, Crystal Burns, Maureen Orgass, Ray Henderson, and Maretta Miller.
“No surprises,” Franklin said of the budget approval. “There were open community meetings about budget allocations, and there is very little wiggle room with about 85 percent of the budget going to salaries,” Franklin said.
The school also submitted a safety proposal to Logan City Council because a bus route pick-up point was moved, requiring new “Child Walking” signs.
Logan School Board meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the school library, according to Connie Jackson, administrative secretary.