Meetings watch: Mesalands Community College board

The Mesalands Community College board met Tuesday at the college. Officials attending included Thomas Newsom, president, trustees J. Bronson Moore, Jimmy Sandoval, Jim Streetman and Liz Estrada, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Natalie Gillard.

• An executive session was held to discuss the sale of property. Afterward in open session, trustees approved selling the building trades home located at South Eleventh Street and West Route 66.

In his chairperson’s report Moore:

• Congratulated Jimmy Sandoval for being selected to the diversity committee for the western region at the Association of Community College Trustees annual leadership congress on Oct. 2-5 in Seattle, Wash.

In his president’s report Newsom:

• Outlined a foundation property rent adjustment and discussed paying higher rent to the foundation for property and equipment rented by the college.  This will in turn increase the amount for scholarships and grant matches. He also discussed the progress toward opening a foundation office on campus.

• Reviewed the purchase requisition format. All purchases over $7,500 require trustee approval, and purchase below $749 can be approved by department directors. Vice presidents can approve any purchases up to $1,999, and any transactions between $2,000 and $7,499 must be approved by the president.

• Review of cabinet restructuring that will help to increase the efficiency of personnel.

• Approved the purchase requisition of $10,593.33 to Parkhill, Smith and Cooper for professional services regarding roofing issues paid by the general obligation bond.

• Notified the trustees that an insurance provider inspected the wind turbine at the college and recommended annual thermographic inspections of the electrical equipment and annual analysis of the transformer dielectric fluids.

• Updated the trustees on research and public service projects submitted to the state; $150,000 for rodeo supplies and expenses; $200,000 for equipment, tool and updating of lab simulators; and $50,000 for equipment for the Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory to study pH levels in area lakes.

Other items before the board :

• Contract confirmations: Tammy Hall, account specialist, and Amber Ince, account specialist.

• Review of the Community Education Annual Report by Donna Garcia, director of academic affairs.

• Approval of a 16 credit certificate for Equine Gnathology for the Horse Owner Plan of study with instructor Wayne Needham.

• The monthly finance report for September was approved

• Axel Hungerbuhler, museum curator has had articles published in the Cambridge Journals.

• A new session will be added to the board of trustees meeting starting in November to allow faculty, staff and students to share good news about the college.

• Posting for the position of instructor for the building trades program, which has not been in operation for several semesters. Newsom said he has been working with Gillard to restart the program, after he had discussed the possible dual enrollment possibilities with area high schools for the course. Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. Gillard said the college will be required to hire a licensed contractor, which will be specified in the job description.

— Compiled by QCS Senior Writer Thomas Garcia

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