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WC Board moves forward with demolition, construction

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The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved sealed bids to move forward with the demolition of Couts Hall and the construction of a new Workforce and Emerging Technologies Building during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

A bid from Matrix Demolition was approved to the removal of Couts Hall. The process will take approximately 10 days.

The board also approved to name Imperial Construction of Weatherford as the construction manager-at-risk for the construction of the new building.

“The construction manager-at-risk is responsible for working with the architect, pricing the project and coming up with a fixed, guaranteed price,” explained WC general counsel Dan Curlee. “And then they’re responsible for maintaining the quality, the fidelity of the work as planned and the cost.”

After executive session, the board approved extending President Tod Allen Farmer’s contract by one additional year, through March 13, 2023, at his current salary. The board also approved adjusting the salaries of members of the President’s Executive Cabinet as required to meet the objective of competitive pay.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes for the Feb. 13 board meeting.
  • Approved the financial reports ending Feb. 29.
  • Approved the quarterly investment report.
  • Approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through e-waste recycling.
  • Approved 2020-21 tuition and fees.
  • Received digital update reports on Guided Pathways, the Demand Study and Vet Tech.
  • Approved an amendment to the Huckabee agreement which would permit Huckabee to prepare a campus master plan.

In his president’s report, President Farmer:

  • Recognized WC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter which surpassed their 2019 membership goal with an 18.2 percent increase.
  • Congratulated Brent Baker for chairing the college’s COVID-19 Task Force and expressed appreciation for the planning and proactive measures that have been put in place to enhance student safety.
  • Announced that WC had 16 student-athletes qualify for the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Each recipient completed three semesters of college work with a minimum of 36 hours of courses that lead to a degree all while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher. WC qualified nine baseball players, two women’s basketball players, one men’s basketball player and four softball players.
  • Recognized WC choir students MiMi Farr, Jimmy Gray and Keegan Odell for their recent selection to the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir.
  • Recognized Dr. Scott Tarnowieckyi and his team on the successful second annual Interdisciplinary Academic Conference. Approximately 425 people attended the two-day conference.
  • Announced a record number of 76 contestants have applied for the second annual Weatherford College International Piano Competition. The top 24 contestants will advance to the final round in the Alkek Performance Hall on April 25.
  • Announced the resignations of Charlotte Messina, physical therapy assistant instructor; Jennifer Womack, associate degree nursing instructor; and Elaine Wright, purchasing assistant.

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