Thursday, May 23, 2013

Globe board members go to doctor together


There are a number of very exciting things happening at Gila Community College that I believe the tax payers of the county should know. The local newspaper has not been reporting most of these historic happenings. Since they are important to the educational future of this community, I am making this effort to inform you of these and future happenings.

Now a Step Backwards
By Tom Loeffler
GCC Board Member

The last article on Gila Community College’s progress referred to the three steps needed to become an independent community college. But today we talk about a step backwards.

The GCC Governing Board had scheduled their May meeting for Thursday, May 16, 2013. This schedule was set at the January organizational meeting. Two days before the May 16th meeting the board president, Larry Stephenson, had to cancel the meeting because the three board members from the Globe area all had doctor’s appointments and could not make the meeting.

Now each of the three board members knew of the date and offered no excuse at the April board meeting. Because there are only five members to the board, a quorum of three members are required to be present to transact any business or vote on any proposal.

Items that were to be covered at the meeting were: Accreditation, New Policies, Tuition Research, Search for College Lobbyist and the 2013-14 School Budget. One or more of these items may have prompted one or more of the Globe members to schedule a doctor's appointment rather than have to vote on a particular item.

Several of the agenda items are necessary to begin the accreditation process and the meeting cancellation will now delay the process. Once the accreditation process is started the college has only two years to complete the first step of the process. If not completed the funds devoted to the process would be lost.

Another meeting needs to be scheduled as soon as possible so the final budget can be voted on and published for public review. No set date has been announced at this time.

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