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College of the Mainland Board of Trustees
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The College of the Mainland Board of Trustees on Monday voted unanimously to renew the college’s property and liability insurance policy with the Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund.

The college board discussed holding a board retreat, with a tentative date set for February 21.

Trustee Roney McCrary said the retreat is for the board to discuss approaches to recruiting a new college president.  Currently, Larry Durrence is serving as interim president for the college.  The board will also discuss administration of the college with Durrence during the retreat, according to McCrary.

“He was here before, but it’s been three years, and there are new issues and new concerns and new problems that affect us, so we wanted to discuss that,” McCrary said.

The college board voted unanimously to renew the college’s contract for the PeopleAdmin Software package.

The college board voted unanimously to approve various policy changes, which included policies on institutional effectivness, contract and at-will employment, admissions and attendance, student rights and responsibilities and discipline and penalties.

McRary said the changes are in preparation for the college’s re-accreditation process.   Representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools are visiting the campus regarding its reaccreditation process.

The college board voted unanimously to accept a $5,000 donation from LyondellBassell to the college’s Process Technology Program.  News Release

The college board voted unanimously, following an executive session discussion, to modify Interim President Durrence’s contract.  The contract was modified to note that any funds contributed into the college’s retirement program will be refunded to Durrence if he serves in the position in less than one year.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Board Chair Ralph Holm was absent, McCrary, as vice-chair, presided over the meeting.  Agenda

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