CNCC board to decide on budget, health club

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Approval of the 2000-2001 budget highlights the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District (MCAJCD) Board of Control meeting Monday.

Dean Hollenbeck, Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC-Craig) vice president, said board members will vote on whether to approve the budget for the school year.

Along with the budget, the MCAJCD will continue to collect a reduced mill levy to offer supplemental support to CNCC by offering tuition assistance for local district residents, funding current and future programs at CNCC, erecting new or renovating existing facilities at the Craig campus, purchasing capital equipment and paying operating costs of facilities owned by MCAJCD.

According to Hollenbeck, the mission of MCAJCD is to assist CNCC in serving the higher-education, lifelong learning and related needs of the residents of Northwestern Colorado and others who can benefit from the courses, programs and services being offered.

This budget details the resources allocated to accomplish their mission.

Hollenbeck is confident the budget reflects the fairest allocation for resources to achieve the institution's goals.

Hollenbeck said the budget has no major changes this year and, along with board chairman Barbara Pughe, recommends the board to adopt the proposed budget.

Other agenda items include:

A decision on the future ownership of Trapper Health Club. During a meeting earlier this month, CNCC officials met with the MCAJCD Board of Control. The MCAJCD currently owns Trapper. Since becoming a part of the state system of community colleges, CNCC officials said MCAJCD basically had two options. It could transfer the property to CNCC or lease it to CNCC.

Hollenbeck said state officials did not have a preference one way or the other.

"We are leaning toward the lease [option]," Hollenbeck said. "Either way, day-to-day operations will not change."

The board will vote to approve $30,000 per year to fulfill a need for current and useful technology-related eq-uipment in the computer science department. Hollenbeck said this is an "absolute necessity." In order to offer valuable and applicable instruction and information in computer labs, faculty and staff must have access to hardware and software relevant to career possibilities, Hollenbeck said.

Replacing computer science equipment on a yearly basis will allow students to learn on the most advanced and current tools available.

CNCC-Craig administrators recommend the board approve the request.

The continuation of the paralegal program, Small Bus-iness Development Center and Trapper Health Club will be voted on.

Hollenbeck said these programs provide an important service to the community and said they should continue.

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