College gearing up to expand |

College gearing up to expand

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

In five years, the grounds surrounding Lake Tahoe Community College will look a little different.

A new library, nursery school, vehicle garage, government agency building, ball fields and classroom wing are items under the five-year capital outlay plan for the college.

The library will likely break ground in May, along with the smaller Tahoe Parents Nursery School. The college is in negotiations with several county and state agencies regarding leasing land for a building, but LTCC President Guy Lease wouldn’t name specific agencies.

Cutting trees for ball fields could begin this fall, but will likely occur in spring because of erosion concerns. The ball fields are not a LTCC project project but would be a significant spot on campus.

The additional classroom wing remains in the planning stages, but would allow the college to have more daytime classes and alleviate having to hold evening classes at South Tahoe High School.

Trustee members also discussed the 2003-04 budget last week, stressing that a strong reserve must be kept in case of future monetary cutbacks.

The reserve was only one goal of the trustees. Other goals include increasing community relations with activities and increasing the enrollment of local high school graduates.

Ken Rollston, trustee president, believes the college did the best it could given budget concerns.

“I think our sense was we had a good year, perhaps not a great year but we certainly experienced some significant positive accomplishments (such as) the total number of students served, increasing local graduates. Probably a significant plus, but it’s hard to think of it as a plus, is anticipating the budget crisis but I don’t think you would take any pride in that because we had to cut back.”

Fall quarter starts at the end of the month.

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