Last updated: 11/15/2012 2:59:35 PM
Yavapai College News Release
November 15, 2012
The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) held its latest monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at the college’s Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale. The five-member DGB, which is comprised of elected Yavapai County residents from five districts, is responsible for governing on behalf of and is accountable to Yavapai County taxpayers. Board members Dr. Dale Fitzner (chair), Herald Harrington, Charles Leon, Dr. Patricia McCarver and Ray Sigafoos were present at the meeting.
Dr. Penny Wills, Yavapai College president, reported that Yavapai College has received $161,172 from APS and $15,500 from Unisource Energy Services in energy savings rebates. These rebates were awarded for the installation of high efficiency boiler and chiller systems in new plants located on the Verde Valley and Prescott campuses and are the result of GLHN Architects & Engineering and Yavapai College Facilities Management design team efforts.
Dr. Clint Ewell, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, reported that the college plans to pay for renovations of its on-campus student housing through a combination of a revenue bond issue and cash from college reserves. The total cost of the project will be $5.2 million. Renovations to the Marapai and Kachina residence halls are projected to cost $4.7 million and would be covered by a revenue bond issue for that amount. The college plans to demolish and remove the Supai residence hall at a cost of $500,000, which would be paid from the college budget reserves. The District Governing Board will vote on the bond issue during the first quarter of 2013, and construction would begin in May 2013, with all renovations completed by January 2014. The plan calls for demolition of the Supai residence hall in early 2014.
Dr. Ewell also reported that the college is close to completing all projects funded under the $69.5 million Yavapai College General Obligations Bond Issuance of November 2000. Over the past 12 years, this bond has funded such projects as new construction, renovations, land purchases and improved infrastructure in Chino Valley/Paulden, Cordes Junction, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona and Verde Valley. A final project, a shared electronic message board with the Mayer school district, is expected to be completed by June 2013.
Tom Hughes, Institutional Research Director, reported that the college’s fall enrollment was up 1.7 percent over the fall 2011 semester when measured in terms of full-time equivalent students. The individual student headcount is up 0.8 percent, and the number of student credit hours is up 1.5 percent.
The DGB’s next regular board meeting will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 on the Yavapai College Prescott campus.