SCF Board Report: May 29, 2013

(Bradenton, Fla., May 29, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at a regular meeting on May 29 at SCF Lakewood Ranch gave approval to move forward with the design of a new academic building at SCF Bradenton and the renovation of the Student Services Building at SCF Venice to enhance students' experience.

The board approved a contract with Williamson Dacar Associates for professional design services for a new academic building on the college's Bradenton campus. Construction on the new 36,000-square-foot academic building, which will replace some of the oldest buildings on the campus, is expected to start this year and be completed by the start of the Fall 2014 semester.

The renovation of the Student Services Building at SCF Venice will include a newly remodeled main lobby and offices in admissions, financial aid, testing, student records, cashiering, the disability resource center and the provost's office. The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2013.

The board also approved two grant proposals including:

  • College Reach Out Program (CROP) application for $116,409 from the Florida Department of Education to prepare 300 low-income, educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6 -12 to pursue and successfully complete college. Students were honored at the 15th annual CROP Awards Ceremony in April, and 20 CROP seniors plan to start college in June through the 2013 Summer Bridge Program at SCF. Click here to read a recent news release.
  • Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Programs federal grant application for $477,743 to strengthen SCF's career and technical education programs.

The board also approved:

  • A contract with GCA Service Group to provide custodial services at SCF.
  • SCF negotiating with Advance for a temporary employee services contract for presentation to the board at the June 25 meeting.

In other board discussion and action:

  • The board was informed of a $4,222 deductive change order for a new chemistry lab at SCF Venice.
  • The board discussed a proposed new rule that will codify current practice stating that the development and review of academic programs and courses is the responsibility of the SCF faculty and administrators in accordance with State Board of Education rules and accreditation standards.

In comments, Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld introduced Dr. William Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. Eiland conducted a site visit of the SCF Fine Art Gallery as an American Association of Museums peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Click here to read a recent news release.

Peg Beck, executive director of human resources, gave the board an update on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act applies to SCF. SCF has been working with the Risk Management Consortium and other colleges in the Florida College System to determine best practices until final rules are disseminated.

The board scheduled a budget workshop for 5:30 p.m., June 4, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, and the next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., June 25, at SCF Bradenton.

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