ACC board swears in incumbents
Following the canvass of election, L. H. “Pete” Nash, Karlis Ercums, III, and Mac Barrow were sworn in as regents on the Alvin Community College Board during a regular meeting on May 18.
Nash and Ercums ran unopposed and Barrow received the majority of the votes (51.6 percent) against Michael “Drab” Green and Jim Sudela during the May 8 election. Nash, Ercums and Barrow just completed their first term on the board in Positions 7, 9 and 8, respectively.
During the meeting, board members also elected officers for a two-year term. Nash was unanimously voted into his third consecutive term as chairman and James “Bart” DeWitt will remain as vice chair and Ercums will remain as secretary.
In other matters, regents approved implementing another phase of the emergency notification system.
The project will place 14 more monitors in buildings throughout the campus to broadcast instructions during an emergency. When not utilized for emergencies, the monitors will air helpful college news and information.
“This is an ongoing plan that started two years ago at the direction of the board,” ACC President Dr. Rodney Allbright reported. “Basically, it’s another method to contact students, staff and guests in the buildings during an emergency.”
Regents also approved construction of a new 30-foot by 60-foot greenhouse for biology student classes.
The greenhouse will be located behind the new Science/Health Science Building. The original greenhouse was destroyed during Hurricane Ike in September 2008.
Although board members expressed support of the project, a motion to approve an observatory lab to house telescopes for physics and astronomy courses at an approximate cost of $37,000 was tabled. Several regents asked for more detailed information and requested that administrators furnish specific information, such as site location, diagrams/schematics, projected costs, benefits and justification, at least one month before presenting a project for consideration.
During the meeting, regents also approved: purchase of an emergency diesel generator system for the college’s critical communications and computer systems at a cost of $76,865; personnel appointment of Frederick Bellows at the Systems/Database Administrator; and educational benefits for two personnel.
The next ACC Board of Regents meeting will be held on June 24, at 7 p.m., in the Nolan Ryan Center.