The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved the first step in adding needed parking spaces during their May meeting held Thursday afternoon.
Plans to convert the tennis courts north of the Graber Athletic Center into a parking lot have been discussed for several months. The board approved to seek competitive sealed bids as the method of construction that provides the best value for the project.
The new lot will additionally 100 new parking spaces and should be completed sometime this fall.
In other business the board:
- Approved the minutes from the April 11 meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending April 30.
- Approved Snow Garrett Williams, Certified Public Accountants, as the financial auditors for fiscal year 2018-19.
- Approved the 2019 Commitment to Action drafted during the Texas Success Center Board of Trustees Institute.
- Received a report on the preliminary 2019-20 budget. The proposed budget will be presented during the June board meeting.
- Received a demand study update. Of 324 completed surveys from local high schools, the top reasons students reported for the reason they are choosing not to attend college were a) lack of academic direction or b) lack of financial resources.
- Received a Guided Pathways report.
- Received a report on student clubs and activities including the future consideration of a student development fee in order to expand student life activities on campus.
- Received an update on the Veterinarian Technician program. An accreditation response from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is expected in July.
- Following an executive session, the board approved to execute a letter of interest between the North Central Texas Council of Governments and WC for future lease of space at WC for a workforce center.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized Shannon McNabb, professor and learning foundations department chair, on her presentation of “The Implementation of the Weatherford College Co-requisite Model” at the North Texas Community College Consortium Development Regional Forum in Gainesville.
- Recognized agriculture professor Vance Christie and WC agriculture students on their recent wins at the Texas Junior College Agriculture Association Sweepstakes Contest. Student Elise Swanson was present at the meeting and was recognized on her first place award in the ag communication contest. Swanson is transferring to Tarleton State University in the fall.
- Reported that WC recently hosted its first ever NJCAA regional tournament. The top six softball teams, including the Coyotes, played at Stuart Field for three days bringing numerous athletes, coaches, families and friends to Weatherford.
- Congratulated Johnny Emmons and the WC rodeo team on sending seven members to the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming. This is the 15th consecutive year for WC to send athletes to the CNFR.
- Congratulated the winners from the inaugural WC International Piano Competition held Saturday, May 27.
- Congratulated the Coyote Baseball Booster Club for organizing the recent Sesquicentennial Fireworks Show.
- Recognized Dr. Allison Stamatis for her collaborative efforts on the Earth Day celebration.
- Recognized Bob Glenn, president of the WC Foundation who recently retired from banking. Glenn is now volunteering his time at WC assisting with the Office of Institutional Advancement.
- Reported the resignation of ADN instructor Laura Carousel and the resignation of Wise County technology administrator Dustin Capon.