Kearns: MCC moving ahead

Despite more than 57 percent of registered voters voting against a $111.5 bond for improvements at the Mohave Community College campuses, Chancellor Michael J. Kearns said the college would look forward to continue improving.

"The main thing is, we need to move ahead," Kearns said. "We need to give our students full attention and we're doing that."

At Tuesday's general election, 29,547 registered voters cast their ballots against the bond, while 22,625 voted for the bond.

"We had been really focused on the bond passing and we were planning for that course," Kearns said. "Now we have to rethink things."

The college had spent the last two months on a public campaign encouraging a yes vote for renovation and construction at the campuses in Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and northern Mohave County.

While the public outreach began in September, the improvements have been in the planning process for many years. MCC began a needs assessment five years ago, with a 2020 outlook.

While there aren't specific plans yet for the future, Kearns said a new general course of action could be discussed at the next Board of Governors' meeting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 14.

The board is currently comprised of John Neal, Kathleen Hodel, Dan Hargrove, Victor Wakimoto and Jerry Ambrose. It too will see a change as a result of the general election.

Julie Bare ran uncontested in the election for District III and will replace Hargrove. Hargrove has been a member of the board since 1984.

Judy Selberg defeated Doyle Wilson in a 61 to 38 percent vote for the District I seat. Selberg will replace Wakimoto, who has served on the board since 1989.

Ambrose joined Bare and Selberg to be voted into his position on the board.

The Mohave County School Superintendent appointed Ambrose to the District V seat in Sept. 2007 to fill the unexpired term of Lynda French. The term expires January 2011.

As was discussed at previous board meetings, the administration will hold a workshop with the new board in January, Kearns said. At the meeting, the board could determine a more concrete course of action and direction for the college.