The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved eight recommendations for exclusionary zones pertaining to concealed carry of a firearm on campus at their regular meeting Monday afternoon.
Senate Bill 11 allows License to Carry holders to conceal carry their firearms on community college campuses starting Aug. 1 and does allow for restriction of conceal carry in some instances.
The exclusionary zones proposed by the college and approved by the board are:
- Facilities where athletic sporting events occur. This includes Roger Willams Ballpark, Stuart Field and the Betty Jo Crumm Graber Athletic Center. Offices within these buildings are not restricted areas.
- Campus housing including Coyote Village student apartments with the exception of common areas including lounges, lobby and study areas. Staff members whose employment responsibilities require them to reside in college housing are also exempt from this restriction.
- Scheduled or special events with approval by the president or designee. This would include activities such as plays, concerts and graduations in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Temporary signs will be placed at the entrance to the center to notify the public when this exclusion is in place.
- Sole occupant offices not open to the public should the office occupant desire. The desire to exclude conceal carry in these areas must be communicated by the office holder.
- Formal disciplinary hearings.
- Patient-care areas, including those in which professional mental health services are provided.
- Testing centers.
- College owned vehicles.
Following an executive session, the board also approved to move forward with an agreement between the college and Granbury ISD that will turn over two Granbury ISD buildings to WC to expand the Education Center at Granbury Campus.
“Weatherford College's relationship with Granbury has been extremely successful and rewarding for all,” Board Chairman Frank Martin said. “It is the classic example of community / college cooperation and communication. Granbury has a marvelous team there with great foresight. We look forward to continuing this relationship and success.”
The WC Education Center at Granbury opened in the fall of 2011 in a former Granbury ISD elementary school.
In other business, the board:
- Approved the minutes from the March 9 meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending March 31.
- Approved sealed bids for science equipment and supplies.
- Approved an amendment to the 2017-18 tuition and fees schedule in relation to fees for the Associate Degree Nursing program. These fee increases are pass through costs associated with testing, insurance and incidental fees.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Kevin Eaton:
- Recognized head baseball coach Jeff Lightfoot on his 600th win.
- Recognized head softball coach Haylee Williams on the teams ranking at 10th in the nation with a 36-9 record.
- Recognized Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and their faculty sponsor Dr. Trey Jansen. The chapter recently received recognition for earning top marks in the Five Star Chapter Development Program, was named a Texas Top Chapter and chapter member Mariah Pogue was inducted into the Hall of Honor for Outstanding Officers.
- Presented a legislative update including details on funding for the next biennium, information on a bill that would add a member to the WC Board of Trustees by the Wise County Commissioners Court, a bill which would allow high school students age 16 and older to enroll in continuing education courses at zero tuition and which would count toward contact hour reimbursement for the college, a bill relating to property taxation that would create automatic rollback elections if the revenue increase exceeds 4 percent, and several bills relating to dual credit and early college high schools.
- Announced the resignations of Laura Ray, Occupational Therapy Assistant instructor, and Cindy Turner, Nursing instructor.