The Coahoma Community College board approved spending $660,000 to complete the new Student Activity Family Enhancement (SAFE) Center during this month’s meeting.
That led to discussion about other non-athletic facility upgrades on campus from 2019 to 2021 that cost approximately $4.5 million.
CCC chief financial officer Deborah Valentine said the money to complete the SAFE Center would come from CARES Act funds. Flagstar Construction out of Brandon will be doing the work.
“We’ve got to install some mechanical, electrical and plumbing,” said chief of staff and director of physical plant Jerone Shaw. “Those are the outstanding issues.”
Shaw said the building is currently standing.
“It’s on the lake. It’s right next to the auto body and collision shop. It’s on the north end of the football field.”
CCC president Dr. Valmadge Towner made a presentation breaking down 11 non-athletic facility upgrades the past two years that add up to nearly $4.5 million.
“You just approved $600,000-plus to be approved for the SAFE Center – the Student Activity Family Enhancement Center,” Towner said. “One of the criticisms I may receive is that we spend a lot of money on athletics. Let me say this, too. You see how nice things are here? Go other places. I’m telling you. I know we can’t compete, but I’m telling you this is a very modest campus in comparison to a lot of other institutions.”
Cost for the student services building is expected to be around $1,067,978.62. Bids opened April 8.
The Whiteside Hall roof replacement is expected to cost $237,239.
The roof replacement for the Mason Building nearing completion is $68,931.
Bids opened April 9 for the Whiteside Hall lab renovation expected to cost $225,000.
The standby generator for the information technology area of the library has been completed and cost $84,000.
The Curry Hall renovation is scheduled to be completed Sept. 16 and cost $1,456,000.
The student union renovation for Phase 1 is at $1 million.
The Whiteside Hall elevator modernization project has been implemented and a bid was approved for $105,000.
An additional campus security guard booth costs $14,605
Increased campus beautification at Masonry Walls has a cost estimate of $76,381, but bids have not taken place yet.
The HVAC system upgrade for Friends Hall cost estimate is $100,000.
“All of these are just non-athletics,” Towner said. “These are just strictly book and mortar type projects.”
In other business, Towner reported the bill to get superintendents back on community college boards failed in the state legislature.
Superintendents living in the community college’s district previously served on their boards, but those seats were removed recently.
“The superintendents’ bill (to get superintendents back on community college boards) failed,” Towner said. “There was a bill out there. We joined with Northeast (Mississippi) Community College. It did not survive.”
Towner said the bill was killed in committee.
He was in favor of having superintendents on the CCC board.
“We just tagged in on a bill that was already being penned, authored by somebody else,” Towner said. “They asked us did we want to go in and we said, ‘Sure, we’d love to see our superintendents back’ so we went in with another school in their delegation to get written and it didn’t pass.”
Towner is still hoping at some point superintendents will be on the board again.
“I was for it and my board was for it,” Towner said. “If my board would be for it, I would be for it as well. Personally, I do like having superintendents on the board. It’s a good way to have good relationships with the school districts.”