Contentious Issues On Gcc Board Agenda For Thursday

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A pack of ongoing, somewhat contentious issues are slated for discussion at Thursday’s regular Gila Community College board meeting, which immediately follows a special board meeting to adopt next year’s $4.5-million budget. A public hearing is scheduled for the budget meeting.

A couple of brand new topics appear on the agenda, including the possibility of hiring lawyers to help with a potential secondary tax levy election. The board has discussed asking voters for an extra $1.5 million to fund the college, however members have tabled the proposition numerous times because of unanswered legal questions.

Thursday, the board could finally decide whether to ask voters for the extra money.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. June 17, in Room 401 at GCC’s Payson Campus, off of North Mud Springs Road.

Senior Dean Stephen Cullen is also set to address adjunct faculty contracts. The contracts have generated controversy because the faculty members haven’t been signing them until after the semester begins.

Some board members say this creates huge liability for the college, and they want to change the procedure.

That item, however, is listed for information only — not action.

Other scheduled topics include senior citizen waivers and the regular tuition schedule, whether to reinstate scholarships for high school seniors, and whether to hire a board assistant.

Previous discussions about changing the senior citizen waivers haven’t gained traction. Most recently, members previously tabled a set of options prepared by Chairman Bob Ashford, saying they didn’t have enough time to evaluate the choices.

Previously, residents over the age of 55 received free tuition. Budget cutbacks forced the college to rollback waivers, but spurred an enrollment drop.

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