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April 23, 2014

NCTC regents vote for new ag building

Gainesville — North Central Texas College will be getting a new Agriculture Center on the Gainesville campus.

At Monday’s regular meeting, NCTC regents unanimously voted to demolish the current building which hosts agriculture, equine and horticulture classes, and construct a new building on the same site.

The current building is in need of major repairs, according to reports, and includes upstairs space that is not usable.

After demolition, a new facility will be built at a cost of $350,000. The new facility will include five offices, a reception area, restrooms, classroom and horticulture lab area. This will allow the entire Agriculture department to reside in this facility. Currently, some offices and classrooms are located on other parts of the campus.

Funds for the demolition of the old building and construction of a new building will come from the current Maintenance and Operations budget. While the building itself will be metal, regents voted to brick the outside to match other academic buildings on campus.

In other action Monday, regents approved new tuition and tuition-related fees effective Fall 2014. In-district, out-of-district and out-of-state students will all see an increase of $4 per semester credit hour.

Currently, NCTC posts the fifth-lowest district rate among Texas community colleges, and the 12th lowest out-of-district rate.

New rates will be $60 for in-district, $102 for out-of-district and $159 for out-of state. All three are still well below the state averages of $77 for in-district, $121 for out-of-district and $171 for out-of-state.

The additional revenue to be generated by the increase is estimated at $740,000.

Regents also approved reducing the discounted amount of tuition and fee rates paid by dual-credit students attending high schools in NCTC’s service area and to limit the number of schedule hours to which the discount is applied to six hours per semester.

NCTC will continue the current practice of waiving tuition and fees for those eligible for free/reduced lunch program.

In addition, the late registration fee, which is currently $10, will increase to $30. The increase will encourage earlier commitment of students to enrolling and foster the planning and preparation that is critical for student success.

Another fee that will see is change is the $75 fee accessed for students who re-enroll in courses after being dropped for non-payment. Regents agreed to reduce that fee to $50.

Regents also approved new Lifelong Learning fees for 2014-15.

In other items, the board approved First State Bank as the college’s depository bank through 2019. They also approved the renewal of the food service contract with Great Western Dining Services and accepted the proposed 2014-15 meal rates.

Regents also approved residence hall room and meal rates for 2014-15. Each will see a small increase, the first such increase in seven years.

The board approved a Level 1 Workforce Certificate in Welding Technology. The new certificate will take a currently-offered Continuing Education Welding program and transition the program to a credit program eligible for financial aid.

Also approved were naming procedures for NCTC facilities, 2014-15 administrative and professional contracts, the second reading of a proposed revision to Board Policy DK (Local) on Professional Development, and several new hires including James Fitch as Director of Campus Police and Emergency Management, Mayci Giambruno as Education and Employment Coach with the RITA Grant, Sheryl Givings as Testing Center Coordinator with the RITA Grant, and Christy Raines as Education and Employment Coach with the RITA Grant.

The regents heard several reports including updates on the NCTC Honors program and the status of construction of a new Health Sciences building and an addition to the Career and Technology building. They also heard the NCTC external funding quarterly report.

The board will meet in special session at 10 a.m., on May 1.

All regents were present for Monday’s meeting.


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