CNCC Board of Control welcomes Carwile, discusses programs, broadband funds |

CNCC Board of Control welcomes Carwile, discusses programs, broadband funds

Lauren Blair
Newly elected Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control members Terry Carwile, Mike Anson and Zack Allen take an oath of office at the start of Monday night's meeting. The board addressed a variety of business, including program redesigns, bond payments and a financial contribution towards broadband development.
Lauren Blair

— The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control began its monthly meeting Monday by swearing in newly elected board member Terry Carwile and incumbents Mike Anson and Zack Allen.

Current Board Chair Mike Anson, Treasurer Lois Wymore and Secretary Jennifer Riley were re-elected to their officer positions, and Wymore and Allen were appointed to serve on the college’s seven-member advisory council.

The board also did the following:

• Heard from CNCC President Russell George that he had committed the college to give $1,000 in funds to match Department of Local Affairs funds to support broadband development. The board approved a motion for him to find $1,000 in their budget.

• Heard from Wymore that the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District, which the board oversees, received its first bill to begin paying down principal plus interest of the bond used to build the career and technical building. The bill was for $276,726.

Prior to this date, the board was only paying interest on the bond with funds donated by Moffat County, the city of Craig and local donors as part of a capital giving campaign. George assured the board that the bills had been anticipated and included in the budget.

• Heard from Dean of Instruction Donna Theimer that the college is working to align more of its career and technical programs with industry standards and employer needs, including Emergency Medical Services, business and the auto and diesel program.

Discussion between Anson and Carwile highlighted the need for qualified heavy diesel mechanics and construction workers in Craig, as well as heavy equipment operators at Trapper and Colowyo Mines.

• Opted to change its monthly meeting time back to 6 p.m. (instead of 6:30 p.m.) every third Monday of the month.

• Discussed, as a new board, its policy for taking meeting minutes and whether or not meetings should be recorded and the recordings transcribed.

“That opens up the board to a whole can of worms,” Riley said.

Law requires that boards of local public bodies “keep minutes of meetings where formal action does or could occur,” according to Colorado Sunshine Laws, however not that meetings be recorded, except in the case of school boards.

• Heard from CNCC Vice President of the Craig campus Janell Oberlander that the college is currently looking for a director of community education and summer programs to replace Mary Morris, who is retiring in January, as well as a vice president of administration and an automotive instructor.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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