CCC board approves reduced budget

Liliana Castillo

The Clovis Community College board of trustees and incoming president Becky Rowley haven’t come to an agreement on her contract yet.

The board planned to meet in executive session to discuss the contract Wednesday during a regular board meeting but the executive session was pushed to the June meeting.

Rowley, CCC’s executive vice president, was chosen as President John Neibling’s successor in April. Neibling announced in February he is retiring in August after five years as president.

The board also approved a proposed budget of over $36 million for fiscal year 2011-2012. The final budget for fiscal year 2011 was $37 million. The $36 million budget includes almost $5 million set aside to complete construction on the Allied Health Center Phase II.

In other business, the board:

• Recognized National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development winners. The college nominates what they consider to be outstanding faculty members. 2010 winners are adjunct art instructors Carolyn Lindsey and Shirley DeMaio and nursing instructor Valerie Kyle.

• Approved fees for fall 2011 classes. Rowley said a few fees had increased to cover increased cost in supplies. A new technology fee was also added to the nursing department. There are 65 fees outside of tuition, ranging in cost from $4 to $1,800.

• Approved the continued appointment of Connie Connelly as the at-large member of the college’s Labor Management Relations Board.

• Approved academic calendars for the fall 2011, summer 2012 and spring 2012 semesters. Neibling said the calendars are created to align with Clovis Municipal Schools and Eastern New Mexico University as much as possible.

• Approved a Budget Adjustment Request for fiscal year 2010-2011. The change affected both revenues and expenses. The change reflects the movement from estimated grant awards to actual grant awards, as well as an update on construction for the Allied Health Center Phase II.

• Approved the Higher Education Department Fiscal Watch Report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The Fiscal Watch Program is executed by the HED with guidance from the Legislative Finance Committee to continually assess the financial health of colleges and universities.

• Approved the disposition of equipment. The list contained 17 items, including a laptop that was checked out from the library by a student and was never returned. Fox said the college has filed a police report and is working to change check-out procedures to prevent a reoccurrence. The list also included six desktop computers and software bundles that were housed at the Curry County Detention Center to help launch a GED and career skills class through CCC’s Adult Basic Education program. The report states that the computers were damaged by inmates and are inoperable.

• Recognized faculty and staff for their work on the 22nd annual St. Pat’s Racquetball Tournament. The tournament took place in March and has raised $33,000 for the general scholarship fund in 22 years.

• Announced that a nurses’ pinning ceremony will take place 1:30 p.m. May 11 at the Clovis Civic Center. Spring commencement will take place 6 p.m. May 13 at the Clovis Civic Center. The campus will be closed for Memorial Day on May 30. The next board meeting will be held 8 a.m. June 1 in room 512.