Board of Trustees talk finances and projects

First Posted: 10/12/2009

DOBSON As a result of Executive Order 21, Surry Community College had to revert five percent of its annual budget back to the state in September.
For the college, five percent totaled $748,375, a figure that displeased the Board of Trustees. The board recommended that the college send a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue asking her to reconsider having the states community colleges revert such a large sum.
The amendment to the budget as well as a draft of the letter were both presented to the board and approved during Monday nights meeting, even though the money was due to the state by Sept. 15. If the governor decides to reverse the executive order, the money will be returned to the school.
Despite that amendment to the budget, Tony Martin, controller and chief financial officer, reported that both SCC and the Yadkin Center seem to be on target for their budgets, entering the second quarter at just less than 20 percent of the budget used.
Marion Venable, executive director of the SCC Foundation, updated the board on the progress of a wine tasting room in Yadkin County.
SCCs viticulture and enology program would team up with one other vineyard to create the Uptown Wine and Gallery at 240 S. Main St. in Yadkinville.
The facility would also serve as an art gallery with space for a display by featured artists and space for a display of work by students in SCCs art programs. The graphic design students at the college have been asked to work on designing a logo for the facility.
According to Venable, the facility would be able to serve as a much-needed site for receptions and small gatherings in the town.
I was real excited, she said. The town, I know, is fully behind this project and the county is as well.
The projected date for the opening of the facility is in late November, in time for the holiday season.
The board also approved a letter of intent regarding the upkeep of a facility to house the Elkin CLEAR, or Center for Learning, Education and Retraining. According to Dr. Deborah Friedman, president of SCC, the Surry County Board of Commissioners are looking into the purchase of a facility to house the center. According to the letter of intent, SCC would be responsible for the inside of the facility while the town of Elkin would be responsible for the outside of the facility.
The facility will be made possible with the use of a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to create workforce development centers in both Elkin and Pilot Mountain.
Venable also spoke to board members about the SCC Foundation, giving them an update on what the foundation has done this year.
According to Venable, the foundation has provided around $60,025 in scholarships so far this year. She also spoke about the $10,000 the foundation has made available to support programs on campus, such as providing a luncheon for the faculty, providing $1,000 for caps and gowns for the GED program graduation for students who needed help purchasing them, and sending faculty members to conferences when necessary.
Venable also reported that the college has received $1,998,000 in grants, all of which went into institutional funds.
In other items reported at the meeting:
David Weavil, instructor for automotive technology, was on hand to be recognized for the program. The program recently received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation. The evaluation process certified that SCCs program is one of the best in the automotive education field. It is a national standard that allows SCC to train in all eight areas of the program.
The board approved the recommendation of Martin to move forward with having the Pierce Group deal with employee benefits packages, including dental, life and cafeteria plan insurance policies and possibly a vision plan in 2010.
Susan Pendergraft, vice president of administrative services, reported that Project 1521, the first phase for the NC Center for Viticulture and Enology, is about 35 percent complete with the building itself being about 20 percent complete. The turnover date of the facility to the college has been moved from May 27 to June 10.
Pendergraft also reported that the final draft of the preplanning design for Project 1722, the second phase of the NC Center for Viticulture and Enology, which includes an auditorium and science building, is almost complete. According to Pendergraft, the college is now sitting on the $20 million project until funding becomes available.
Surry Cellars, the winery at the college, premiered its new wine at the Shelton Vineyards Harvest Festival this past weekend. The cranberry wine will hit the shelves at local grocery stores that already carry the label in time for the holiday season.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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