VGCC Board Holds Meeting at Masonic Home

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees held its bimonthly meeting on Monday, March 15 at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.

Dinner for the meeting was prepared by students in the VGCC Culinary Technology program. Chef Ross Ragonese, VGCC Culinary program head, offered Board members a three-course meal that included grilled garlic shrimp, stuffed free range chicken breast and warm apple crisp. The college started its Culinary program in fall 2006. Classes are taught in the commercial kitchen at the Masonic Home for Children through a partnership between the college and the Masonic Home.

During the meeting, Dr. Kathy Baker Smith, a retired Guilford Technical Community College official who is consulting with VGCC on its planning process, gave an update to the Board on the status of the College’s Strategic Planning process. The purpose of the planning process is to identify local economic, social, cultural and educational needs, and then to develop educational solutions to meet those needs. The Board voted to adopt the Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, and Strategic Initiatives for VGCC’s 2010-2014 Strategic Plan as presented by Dr. Smith.

Also during the meeting, Ninth District Court Judge Randolph Baskerville swore in Henrietta H. Clark for another term as a member of the Board. Clark, who resides in Henderson, is a retired educator and was appointed by the governor. Her term will expire in 2014.

In other businesses, the Board approved a motion to authorize the President to request funding from the Franklin County Commissioners to construct all aspects of Phase I of VGCC’s Franklin County Campus Facilities Master Plan. Phase I of the proposed Franklin Campus master plan includes a new General Classroom/ Early College/ Library/ Student Lounge Building and a renovation of the spaces vacated out of Building 1.

The Franklin County Schools system has asked for an early college high school to be located on the VGCC Franklin County Campus, and space is not currently available to support the program. Construction of a new 43,000-square-foot General Classroom/ Early College/ Library/ Student Lounge Building will provide for a two-story building to support a new, expanded library, the Early College program, as well as general classrooms, and a new student lounge. A renovation of the spaces vacated out of Building 1 will provide for relocation and increased square footage of the campus Bookstore, a dedicated IT equipment room and storage.

Vanessa Jones, Vice President of Community and Economic Development, discussed with the Board a joint report by the N.C. Community College System and N.C. Department of Correction. VGCC partners not only with the federal prisons at Butner, but also with state prisons in the four-county area to offer training to inmates and in 2007 received the national award for education at the Defendant/ Offender Workforce Development Conference. With recent budget cuts, funding for these inmate education programs in now in jeopardy as the programs are under a legislative continuation review. The N.C. Community College System and N.C. Department of Correction are asking state legislators to reinstate the tuition and fee waiver for inmates that expires July 1, 2010, to add wording that makes it explicit that program offerings for prison education must be tied to clearly identified job skills and/or transition needs and to review all N.C. Administrative Codes related to the Prisoner Education Program (PEP) course approval process and incorporate the priorities and decisions of the Legislature concerning inmate education by the community college system.

Upon recommendation by the Budget Committee, the Board voted to adopt the 2010-2011 County Current and Capital Outlay Budgets as presented, contingent upon approval by appropriate county commissioners in the four-county area. The total requested amounts for each county are: Vance County, $1,153,614; Granville County, $657,154; Warren County, $180,112; and Franklin County, $334,387.

The Board also approved a revision in student fees effective for Fall Semester 2010. The new fees will include a $20 activity fee for part-time students and a $25 activity fee for full-time students; a campus security fee of $1 per credit hour (up to 16 semester hours) for curriculum students and $3 per course for Community and Economic Development classes; and a $3 parking fee for basic skills students. Replacement parking decals will be $3.

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the board room on Main Campus.