Community College board has familiar look |

Community College board has familiar look

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The times, they are not a’changing.

Last week three members of the Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees renewed their commitment to the board. The trio won re-election last spring and is looking forward to another four-year term.

Together, Patricia Amundson, Kerry David and Roberta Mason have served on the board for more than 40 years. Mason, who has served on the board since the beginning, has fond memories of the first meeting place.

In 1975, Lake Tahoe Community College operated in a converted motel. For 14 years, classes were conducted in the place where the Value Inn now stands.

“We had a shower and fireplace in every classroom,” Mason said with a chuckle.

All three members are proud of the college’s expansion. Now located off Al Tahoe Boulevard on College Drive, LTCC soon will welcome the completion of a new gymnasium and cafeteria, part of the Phase 2 South project.

“I think that with the gymnasium coming on board and the cafeteria we are a complete college,” said David, who has served the board since 1992. “We want to continue to expand.”

David served on Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Board of Education from 1976 to 1981. On that board, David observed much turmoil and turnover, which he said seldom occur on the college’s board.

However, Amundson, who has been with the board since 1985, admitted there is occasional friction.

“We come from very different backgrounds and we don’t always agree, but we do agree on what’s best for the students,” Amundson said.

Dean of Instruction Larry Buckley described the community college board members as “public servants in the truest sense” in that they have low visibility in the community and are only addressed when something negative occurs.

Amundson mirrored that statement regarding the low attendance at board meetings.

“People either don’t care or we’re doing something right,” she said. “Hopefully we’re doing something right.”

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