Community college moves ahead with $1.2M roof project

A new roof and a new program is in the works for Washington State Community College, in addition to a few other changes on the horizon.

And a month after the college administration decided to end its operations of both the Evergreen Child Development Center and the campus bookstore, the college is still in the process of finding private providers for both services.

The college’s Board of Trustees met Thursday evening with the timing planned to move forward with a new roofing project.

“For (the roof), we did very well, saving about $252,000 over what our architects estimated it to be at,” said Jess Raines, vice president of finance and operations.

Trustees approved the college to accept a bid from Tri-State Roofing of Davisville, W. Va., to replace the school’s roof to the tune of $1.2 million, in addition to architectural and other costs,$900,000 of which will be provided by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, which provides state-funded monies to public colleges and schools for necessary building projects.

“The remaining $300,000 will come out of local capital dollars for those renovations,” Raines said.

Raines said the roof project is about a 100-day timeline that will begin in mid-July, with plans to finish it before winter weather hits.

Trustees also accepted a bid from Morrison Incorporated of Marietta to replace the roof’s five HVAC air handlers, which is included in the total project cost.

Woodworking

In order to serve more students as well as those in the workforce looking to improve their skillset, WSCC trustees approved the submission of a new, 33 credit-hour woodworking certificate to the Ohio Board of Regents.

Through funding from Ohio’s Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, WSCC can begin offering the certificate program next year to help train students and retrain workers to be everything from furniture manufacturers to entrepreneurs.

The college already has a partnership with Morgan Local Schools that includes the usage of a woodworking lab at Morgan High School.

“We’ll use the grant funds to refurbish that lab and bring it up to current technology,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Mark Nutter. “There’s also a component for people who want to upgrade skills, where businesses can choose courses in the curriculum and customize it.”

WSCC President Bradley Ebersole said the initial program start-up is aimed at five years, but said he would like to see the program brought to the main campus if it goes well in Morgan County.

Auxiliary operations

About a month ago, WSCC administration made the decision to close its own operation of the Evergreen Child Development Center and campus bookstore, instead opting to seek out private providers in the hopes of saving at least $80,000 annually.

Amanda Herb, director of marketing and communications for Washington State, said the school is still in the process of collecting requests for proposals for both entities.

“For (the child care center), there was a request for proposals that was due May 22,” she said. “That deadline passed, and now we’ll start reviewing the few we have.”

Though the center is slated to close June 26, Herb said a private provider could be chosen within the next month.

As far as the bookstore goes, Herb said the RFP process still has not been initiated, but said that administrators would require any private provider to allow students to utilize financial aid when making purchases.

“Our intent in looking at a third party is that we’re enhancing the service for our students,” Herb said. “The book store is a big part of what students what to use their aid for, so that would be part of an RFP process.”

Though the college still plans to cease its own operations of the bookstore, it will continue to keep the store running until a provider is found.