CNCC Advisory Board mulls changes

The Advisory Board for Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking for a new member to fill the spot left by Tammy Fagan.

The board is made up of three members from Rangely Junior College District and the Moffat County Affiliated District Board of Control and one at-large member.

The board works with and informs the State Board for Colorado Community Colleges and Occupational Education on issues affecting CNCC.

The board meets six times a year with joint meetings of the two college fiduciary boards.

Rangely Board member John Simms suggested that the at-large member be someone from Meeker with a strong interest in CNCC.

"Having a Meeker citizen serve on the board would be extremely valuable, considering the discussion recently of expanding the Rangely district to include Meeker," Simms said Wednesday during an Advisory Board meeting in Meeker.

Simms said there has been discussion proposing a mill levy that would support re-opening the Meeker office and offering Meeker students a tuition buy-down that is offered in Rangely and Moffat County.

"Nothing is set in stone, but it is an option that is worth looking at," he said.

Bob Rizzuto, CNCC chief administrative officer, told the board to forward the names of anyone who might be interested in serving.

"The at-large member simply needs to live within the CNCC district, which includes Hayden and Oak Creek as well as Meeker," he said.

Board of Control member Link Derrick said he would like to see the Advisory Board made up of more at-large members.

"When we went into the state system, it was set up with the three/three split as a starting point," Derrick said.

"We think all areas in the district need representation."

Derrick suggested changing the board makeup from the three/three and one at-large member to two members from each board and three at-large seats.

There was a question about how the rule was stated in the state statutes, and Rizzuto said he thought it would be doable.

Rizzuto said he would start the process with telephone interviews and would come to the next meeting with names.

The next meeting of the joint boards will be at 10 a.m. March 16 at Meeker Town Hall.

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