Texas Community Colleges

Board Member Luncheon
11:30 am at the Visitor Center

WESTERN TEXAS COLLEGE
SCURRY COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
SNYDER, TEXAS

 

Board Meeting, 12:30 P.M.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Visitor Center

Agenda

I.     Call to Order

    1. Mr. Bullard will give the invocation
    2. Recognize guests

II.    Public comments: 3-minute limit per person

III.  Routine Matters

    1. Recommended Action

      1. Approval of board minutes October 12, 2020
      2. Approval of financial information October 2020

    2. New Business

      1. Consideration of approval of revisions to the tax abatement between Western Texas College and Canyon Wind Farm, LLC (Ms. Claxton)

IV.  Information and Discussion

    1. Turfgrass and Landscape Management program update (Ms. Ducheneaux)
    2. November calendar
    3. Information and questions from board members
    4. Suggested agenda items

EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board will go into executive session. The executive session will be held under the provisions of Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, including but not limited to, Section 551.071, Section 551.072, Section 551.074, Section 551.076, Section 551.0821, Section 551.082(a), and Section 551.083.

    1. Consultation with Legal Counsel
    2. Deliberation regarding appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, personally identifiable student information, or dismissal of personnel

At the conclusion of the executive session, the Board will announce whether any action needs to be taken as a result of the executive session.

V.     Date of next Board meeting - Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 
Minutes

The Board of Trustees of Western Texas College met in a regular board meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020

Present:           Mr. Eddie Peterson, Mr. Lee Presswood, Dr. Jay Kidd, Mr. Jason West, Mr. Drew Bullard, Mr. Tim Riggan

Absent:            Mr. Mike McWilliams

Staff Present:  Dr. Barbara Beebe, Ms. Patricia Claxton, Mr. Ralph Ramon, Mr. Shawn Fonville, Ms. Melanie Schwertner, Ms. Emily Powell, Mr. Britt Canada, Ms. Margo Mitchel, Ms. Tammy Davis, Ms. Stephanie Ducheneaux

Others Present: Mr. Roger Cline (Snyder News)

Mr. Presswood, board president, called the meeting to order and Mr. Riggan gave the invocation.

Motion by Mr. Bullard, seconded by Mr. Riggan to approve the September 14, 2020 board minutes.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Riggan, seconded by Dr. Kidd to approve the September 2020 financial information.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Dr. Kidd, seconded by Mr. Bullard to approve the employment contract for Mr. Elton Jazexhiu, head men’s soccer coach.  Motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Claxton stated Condley and Company send out an audit engagement letter outlining how the audit will be conducted.

Dr. Beebe presented the personnel update.  Brad Keller is our new Director of Human Resources. Sheila’s last day was last Friday.  Brad is very good with policy, rules and regulations.  He is working on his doctorate degree in community college leadership.  He is fluent in Russian and Spanish. 

Ms. Mitchell gave an update on College on the Square.  We received the Skills Development Funds Grant in the middle of July.  Part of the funds is used to help small businesses get back on their feet.  We offer training and retooling for businesses.  Initially, we received $50,000 and we have almost spent all of it.  We requested an additional $50,000.  Originally it could only be used for full-time instructors, but it is changing to include part-time instructors.  We can provide any course for any company.  We try and figure out how we can help you.  An example:  Well Control Schools are in Midland and San Angelo.  Drillers need 40 hours training to be responsible for the rig site.  The grant pays for their tuition.  We provide safety and accident training that is OSHA certified.  We work with twelve different companies.  They turn in an application and we give it to Workforce Solutions, and they approve it.  Our CDL program is very popular.  Cost to take the class is $2,000, but the company usually pays for it.  We currently have five students in the continuing education class which doesn’t count the twenty students in the lineman program.  CDL is a high demand program.  We have some fantastic instructors.  We receive so many heartfelt stories from the students.  Everything we do has an huge impact on the community. The sky is the limit.

There was no information or questions from board members.

There were no suggested agenda items.

Dr. Beebe discussed some information from (TACC) Texas Association of Community Colleges. Forty-seven percent of community colleges are the largest sector of higher education in Texas; seventy percent of all freshmen and sophomores attend community college; ninety-three percent of all career and technical education enrollments and certificates; ninety-two percent of all dual credit enrollments; have 46.6% Hispanic students and 31.7% white students; forty-five percent of credentials were awarded to economically disadvantaged students; seventy-two percent of all minority freshmen and sophomores are in higher education; community colleges serve students of all ages.  In 2018, 54,932 CTE degrees were awarded and 62,886 academic degrees were awarded.  Texas rakes third in affordability.  Graduates of community colleges finish with less debt than public universities.  Collin College and Lone Star College pulled out of TACC. 

The scheduled executive session was cancelled.

Motion by Mr. West, seconded by Mr. Bullard to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

Date of next board meeting – November 9, 2020

 
Financials
October 2020 
Check Register
October 2020
New Business
Revisions to tax abatement between Western Texas College and Canyon Wind Farm, LLC
Information & Discussion

Ms. Ducheneaux will discuss the Turfgrass and Landscape Management program. 

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