LTCC Board approves initial Measure F Plan
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees approved an initial projects plan for the use of the $55-million Measure F bond during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.
The board also approved an instructional agreement with High Desert State Prison that would provide inmate students the opportunity to complete college courses.
The Measure F project plan report focused on the first 18-to-24 months of the 10-year bond. The report outlaid a wide variety of plans and different approaches to improvements that are set to take place at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC).
Some of the major aspect of planning considered were improvements to classrooms and student services, capital construction planning, infrastructure system upgrades, site improvements, the rehabilitation of buildings and grounds and safety and technological upgrades. Additionally, the report included the early stages of the construction of the non-bond Lisa and Robert Maloff University Center, which would provide program space for outside-institution upper-division courses on the LTCC campus. According to Interim Marketing and Communications Officer for LTCC Diane Lewis, the college is currently in talks with several universities regarding the possibility of offering bachelor’s degree options at LTCC through a partner school and may reach a deal in the coming months.
The report also indicated that the process will include an environmental impact report/ environmental impact statement, a site survey and utility master plan and an ADA transition plan, all of which are scheduled to be completed during the next two years.
“It kind of tells you what we will be working on the next 18-to-24 months” Vice President of Administrative Services Jeff DeFranco said about the plan. “Especially these large capital construction projects we’re going to be looking at three, four, five years down the road. But if we don’t start now, we’ll just be delaying that timeframe.”
Regarding the long list of projects the college will be undertaking, DeFranco told the board that many of them are only in the planning stages and stressed that the initial plan only highlights parts of the projects considered within the next two years.
About the university center building, board member Frederick Wenck suggested beginning plans for a dorm building, which he said universities could consider when evaluating plans to open upper-division facilities at the LTCC campus. Most of the board agreed that initial tentative planning stages for campus living may be a good idea, though they added that venturing into actual plans for construction may still be premature.
The board also discussed improvements to the soccer field as well as a possible collaborative effort with the City of South Lake Tahoe to improve the site, an approach that reportedly failed with at least one prior project under collaboration with the Tahoe Region Planning Agency. Board members discussed a desire to use the field as a community facility where soccer players not enrolled at the college could play. They also expressed desire to use the site as a place where other events can be held, SnowGlobe being one mentioned.
The board also discussed more specifically different aspects of the planning stages outlined in the report. Classroom and student services improvements included modernization of science laboratories, remodeling of art labs and implementing “smart” features to classrooms.
Under capital constructions, the plan specified the building of a regional public safety training center and an early learning center. The early learning center would focus on the Early Childhood Education Program as well as the Tahoe Parents Nursery School program.
Infrastructure improvements included the replacement of the main building boiler and the replacement of the energy management system.
Site improvements specifically mentioned campus way-finding and signage, parking lot renovations, parking lot expansion and renovations to the Demonstration Garden.
Regarding the separate matter of the approval of the instructional agreement with High Desert State Prison, the report stated that the program would instruct as many as 40 students for the initial stages of the project. As many as 200 inmates are currently on a waitlist. Furthermore, the report indicated that as many as 20 instructors had shown interest in the project. During its early stages, the project would include between six and eight instructors. The board approved the agreement unanimously.
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