DOBSON — Concerns about updating portions of the college’s heating system which service some of the original buildings on campus dominated the school Board of Trustees first meeting of the new year Monday.
Facilities committee chairman Ed Carter first told the board concrete had been poured for the college’s new industrial technology building. Carter said a new boiler had been installed to restore heat to the “B” building on campus. He explained the school was able to move funding from its budget in the amount of $50,000.
College President Dr. David Shockley explained to the board the heating system is 50 years old and pipes that carried heat in the system’s “main loop” had caused the failure of the system.
“We have a major capital situation with the aging heating and cooling systems that will have to be dealt with,” said Shockley. “We need to start that process soon. Our fear is that other parts of the system are not far behind.” He told the board the building affected houses faculty offices on its third floor as well as mathematics, business and automotive classes. It is one of the largest buildings on the school’s Dobson campus.
“We (school officials) are going to develop some options and bring this to the facilities committee and talk to the county as well,” said Shockley. “We’ve got to get a plan in place and talk with the parties involved to come to an agreement on what to do.” He estimated the costs for the total project as more than $2 million. He told the board that state regulations allowing funding to be moved towards renovation and restoration projects would probably not be extended in upcoming annual budgets.
Carter said the heating and cooling systems in these areas are not tied together which means the college is benefiting from lower natural gas costs for the boilers.
Shockley told the board the college’s newly hired employees included Amanda Gregory as a full-time professor. Gregory was an adjunct professor in early childhood development at the college. Jason Lawson, formerly of the Mount Airy Fire Department, will serve as the coordinator of the college’s emergency training center.
Randy Ledford will serve as the vice president of Student Development. Ledford previously worked at Davidson County Community College. Clarice Lowery has been hired as a chemistry instructor in a new position at the school, and Lisa Smith has been hired as Upward Bound director for the college.
Shockley told the board a national search for a candidate to replace viticulture instructor Gill Giese has begun. Giese has resigned from the college and accepted a position with Shelton Vineyards.
“We wish him well,” said Shockley. “He will be a strong advocate for the college in this new position.”
The other resignation reported to the board by Shockley was Robin Hendrix. He said the math instructor will be accepting a position in private industry in Charleston, S.C.
In other items reported to the board, a total of $3,400 was raised by the school’s Angel Tree Festival and sponsored 60 children.
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