Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 20, 2013

Navarro College Mexia building plans approved

By Melissa Cade
Waxahachie Daily Light

Corsicana — WAXAHACHIE — The Navarro College Board of Trustees voted to approve the architectural drawings and construction of a new administration building on the Mexia campus at its Thursday meeting held on the college’s Waxahachie campus.

The board said the construction of an administration building at the Navarro College campus in Mexia has been a topic of discussion for several months.

Dr. Richard Sanchez said the Mexia campus is in need of additional space in order to provide adequate service to their students and the community they serve.

“The students on that campus do not have a lounge, a library, bookstore or administrative offices,” Sanchez said. “There is also a need for additional office space for staff and faculty to include instructional classrooms.”

Plans of the architectural drawings were developed and presented by Gordon Wilson, the architect retained to prepare the specifications for the new building. He explained that the student lounge area will have an area of raised seating and will also contain a fireplace.

“There will be seating throughout the lounge for students, with a raised seating area centrally located,” Wilson said. “The library area will be separated by an entire wall of glass, and will be about the size of the Waxahachie library.”

The project would cost about $1.2 million dollars, but would be a worthwhile investment, Sanchez told trustees.

Trustees also approved to change the out of district dual credit fee from $125 to $150 per three-unit course.

“The recommendation stated if out of district dual credit classes are offered using an instructor provided and paid by the independent school district, the fee would be $125 per three-unit course,” said Gettie Moreno, vice-president of finance and administration. “If Navarro College provided and paid the instructor, the fee for a dual credit course would be $150 per three-unit course. If a laboratory component was required as part of the course, the fee for the laboratory offering would be added to these fees.”

She said since that time, it has been determined that guidelines provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools states that the college must maintain control of the curriculum, and mandated the change in fees.

Dr. Kenneth Martin, president of Ellis County Campuses, and his administration updated trustees on the progress the campuses in the county.

“I would like to thank you for meeting here in Ellis County tonight,” Martin said. “We appreciate your hard work and your dedication to the college.”

Doug Barnes, Economic Development Director for the city of Waxahachie, thanked college officials for their efforts in Ellis County.

Barnes said that the community doesn't fully understand the economic advances that community colleges bring to a city.

“I welcome you to Waxahachie,” Barnes said. “And I appreciate everything you're doing for and in this city.”

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Melissa Cade may be reached by email at melissa.cade@waxahachietx.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com