ICC readies for student services building completion

By Sandi P. Beason
Daily Journal

FULTON – As renovations to the student services building on its Tupelo campus nears completion, Itawamba Community College trustees are preparing to celebrate.

“We're shooting for completion on July 15,” said ICC president David Cole.

The next regular board meeting will be held at the facility, Cole said. During Monday's meeting, the board voted to change the bid price for re-roofing the building, after the construction company that was awarded the original contract discovered asbestos in the original decking.

The original contract was awarded for $37,895, including $3,139 to remove of the old roof, said Jerry Senter, vice president of business services. The low bid to remove the asbestos was $20,500.

After revisions, the bid is $55,256.

“That will allow the original contractor to oversee taking off the old roof … and it will still allow us to oversee the abatement (of the asbestos),” he said.

The board voted unanimously to approve the revision.

The original building was built by the Community Development Foundation in 1974, and was leased for 99 years to the University of Mississippi through the Lee County Board of Supervisors. When ICC obtained occupancy rights, Lee County rolled the lease over to it.

When completed, the renovated student services center will feature a physical science lab, two 50-bay parking lots, offices for the student services staff, business services, an outdoor courtyard, meeting rooms, a deli and an indoor lobby.

It has been under construction for the past nine months.

In other business, the board:

- Welcomed new member Mac Allen Thomas, who was appointed by the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. He will serve a five-year term beginning May 1 and ending April 30, 2008.

- Honored two retiring staff members, Gloria McKinney, coordinator of special populations, and Max Munn, counselor and girls basketball coach. Both served on the Fulton campus.

Two other retiring staff members, Donnie Garrison and Dixie Russell, will be honored during the July meeting, along with three coaches.

- Approved the fiscal year 2003-2004 budget of $47,028,033.

“We are able to present to you a balanced budget,” Senter said.

The college received increased funding from the state and its five counties, and an increase in enrollment bolstered tuition revenues, he said. Also included is a 5 percent reserve, in case the state calls for mandatory budget cuts later in the year.