The WCC Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, August 10

Wilkbobo – The board of directors of Wilks Community College met on Tuesday, August 10 at the John A. Walker Center.

Cycling Brown, Keith Elmore, Arnold Laki and Jay Vanno swear in the following re-appointed trustees for the president and vice president of the board.

The business meeting began on May 12, 2021, with the approval of the minutes of the board meeting.

Committee on Buildings and Lands

State building regulations allow colleges to enter into open design agreements with architects to work on small projects worth less than $ 500,000. Open-End Design Agreements Designers must be selected for informal projects in accordance with the College Designer Selection Process. This includes announcements for ideas and interviews with the construction and campus committee. An advertisement for interested architects was published in late June, and the presentation was on July 22. Architect packets will be screened and all three will be selected for the interview in late August.

The Board approved the building and yard committee’s authority to approve an open design agreement with the selected architect, and the election was announced at an October meeting.

The Board has received up-to-date information on the As-Campus Expansion Project, which is being completed. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for October 21, 2021.

The Board has received an update on the Herming Hall Cosmetology Improvement Project. The college has conducted a detailed cost study with HH Architecture, which has resulted in an increase in project costs associated with additional square feet of construction materials / renovation.

The Board approved the Cosmetological Renewal Project to continue with the revised budget.

The Board has received updates on the Federal Coronavirus Assistance Fund, the county budget, and the state budget.

The Board authorized the Finance Committee to approve the 2021-2022 state budget allocation and other budget-related items prior to the October meeting, and made a similar report at the October meeting.

The ACC Senate passed the 2021-2022 two-year government budget at the end of June. The ACC House is expected to complete and submit the budget version in early August. After the council’s budget is finalized, a conference committee will be set up to determine the differences between the two versions.

Highlights of the Senate budget affecting the WCC include the following.

• One-time financial support to fully offset FTE financial losses due to COVID-19.

• Community college teachers / staff 3% salary increase (1.5 percent per year).

• Compensation of $ 1,500 (employees with $ 75,000 or less) or $ 1,000 (employees with over $ 75,000).

• Funds continue to provide Longleaf commitment to 2021 and 2022 high school graduates enrolled in NC Community College and support for improved counseling and other student support activities related to this program.

• Establish a North Carolina Community College Short-Term Human Resource Development Grant Program that provides financial assistance to students pursuing short-term, credit-free state and industry credentials.

• $ 400 million in capital support ($ 100 million annually) for community colleges. The WCC assignment is $ 5,514,320.

The 2020-2021 Presidential Scholarship and SAGE Fellows Program raised a total of $ 161,500 in individual and corporate donations. These two programs are supported by the MerleFest Mega Raffle. The 2021 MerleFest Mega Raffle raised $ 154,456.90.

The 2020-2021 Annual Fund Drive raised $ 76,565.40 to support WCC students in the following categories:

• Doc Watson Student Emergency

Over the past 12 months, the Merefest team has been busy planning this year’s festival, which runs from September 16 to 19. The festival returns in April 2022, and plans for the 2022 holiday are in full swing. MerleFest officials have worked closely with state and local health officials to make the necessary adjustments to make MerleFest as safe as possible.

Adjustments include:

• Early door openings daily to reduce congestion around the box office.

• Create a new pedestrian crossing to create a safe exit for many people.

• Changes in the dining room to create more space for food handlers.

• All backstage meals will be provided in suitcases for fans and artists to take food to crowded areas.

• Create all MerleFest costumes online pre-sale to meet customer needs and avoid long lines during the festival.

• Due to the size of the classroom and the lack of fresh air, there will be no program entertainment, and school day and school distribution will not occur in 2021.

• More than 75 hand-washing and hand-washing facilities will be provided on the festival grounds, with ongoing cleaning every 4 days.

Complete queues and the most up-to-date security protocols are available at

Tickets for the 2021-2022 shows at Walker Center will go on sale in July and August. A full list of the shows is available on their website at

For 2021-2022, and at the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, he appointed Jay Vanon to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Larry Stone as vice chairman; And Josh Roton as secretary of the board.

The Board recognizes Terry Boomganner, Executive Director of the WCC Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2021.

The Southern College and Schools Commission (SACSCOC) Response Board has reviewed the WCC’s electronic signature policy in addition to the following: online forum or authorized – Prior to testing at the test center, students will be required to provide official photo identification and proof of identity.

The amendment requires that the Southern Colleges and Schools Commission require students enrolled in a distance or letter education course or program to participate in and complete the course or program in accordance with the SCCC standards. Receives credit.

The Board has approved the electronic signature policy amendment.

Since the last meeting of the Board, new staff will include Paige Belt, Administrative Assistant to the Algerian Center, starting June 1, 2021. Tara Stollenmaier, WCC Community Resource Development Specialist, has been active since June 1, 2021. Ashley Van O, Scholarship Coordinator for WCC Education Promise Scholarship Program, June 7, 2021. Christine Thomas, ACA Instructor for Campus, June 21, 2021. Davin Royal, WCC Human Resources Specialist, July 15, 2021. And Shannon Hodden, Gardener / Lands Technician will be effective July 15, 2021.

The new staff at WCC is Frank Blvins, an animal science teacher. Mr. Augustine has been employed as a Leading Animal Science teacher since August 1, 2021.

The last time the board met, the resignations will take place on April 30, 2021, with caretaker Fredda Eler. Jimmy Norton, Guardian, effective April 30, 2021. Tarin Stez, Assistant Administrator, Asse Campus, June 25, 2021. Matt Green, Senior Lecturer, Animal Science / Agricultural Trade, June 30, 2021. And Sabrina Bowman, Health Life Advice Consultant / Student Life Coordinator, effective August 5, 2021.

Other staff changes include Susan Nilo, director of the Allegani Center, starting July 31, 2021. And June 10, 2021, Cleg Sroggs, WCC police lieutenant.

Terry Boomganner, Chairman of the Board, Joint details of the next trustee instruction / instruction session as scheduled in GS 115 D-19 (b), will be held from Wednesday, September 22 to Friday, September 24, 2021.

Chairman Boomganer affirmed the following support: Ricky Brown, appointed by Allegheny County Commissioners; Kit Elmore, appointed by Wilks County Commissioners; Governor Arnold Exporter; And Jay Vanno, appointed by the Welsh County Board of Education.

Report of the President of the College

Dr. Cox provided the CVD-19 update and WCC plans for the 2021 fall semester, which begins August 18.

Dr. Cox informed the board that Cleg Sroggs, WCC Campus Police Lieutenant Inspector, had passed away on June 10, 2021. Cleg He added that he joined Wilkins Community College in 2014 and is looking forward to it. The college conveys their deepest condolences to their families. To remind Claleg, Dr. Cox asked his trustees to join him in silence.

Dr. Cox provided an update to the Board of NCACCP Presidents from the NC Association. Dr. Cox will serve as Vice President of NCACCP for the next fiscal year from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

According to Dr. Cox, the designation of the facilities was approved by a unanimous vote in favor of James Kent Poe’s new Campus Building for WCC Ashe Campus Poe Hall.

Following the naming of the facilities, the Board approved the naming of the new Ashe Campus Poe Hall.

The WCC Board of Directors will meet again on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at the Ace Campus.

The Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina College College System, is a public, two-year open institution serving the Wilkes, Ashe and Aleganine counties and beyond. A.D. Founded in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational and cultural needs of our students, our community and our workforce. WCC prepares students for success in a changing world.


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