Lab remodels on MCC agenda

Board expected to pass 2-percent tax levy today

KINGMAN - New science laboratories are proposed for the Mohave Community College campuses in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, pending approval of renovation expenditures by the Board of Governors today.

The current labs were designed and constructed decades ago and hold a maximum of 16 people, which caused scheduling problems because science lecture classes cap out at 30 students per class. Each new lab accommodates up to 32 students.

The construction bidding process is under way, and successful firms will be selected as soon as possible. The college expects completion of both facilities in time for fall classes. MCC summer science classes may be offered at local high schools.

MCC constructed a new science lab on the Bullhead City campus seven years ago, so additional lab space is being addressed for that campus in a different manner.

The Board will also hear a proposal for a Mohave Electric Cooperative $150,000 cash grant to construct a small, pilot solar plant. The 33- to 37-kilowatt array would produce about 5 percent of MCC's usage on the Bullhead City campus. It would be installed and maintained by the college.

Of the funds, $75,000 would come from the Arizona Commerce Authority, $50,000 from the federal renewable energy plan and $25,000 from a private donor. If the college secures the funds, it would bring to the Board a request for approval to enter into a contract with a qualified solar installation firm. At the June meeting of the Board, the college would request approval to spend the $150,000 for that purpose.

If approved, the project could be completed within three months and be operational by September.

In other business, the Board will have a first reading of the proposed Student Code of Conduct, and a sustainability policy that would serve as the basis for development of effective procedures that would lead the college into conservation projects in the future.

Various personnel will report on developments in their areas as well.

The meeting will follow the Truth in Taxation hearing where the Board will be asked to approve a 2-percent increase to MCC's tax levy.

The Board of Governors meeting takes place at 12:15 p.m., in the Interactive Television classroom in room 508 on the Bullhead City campus at 3400 Highway 95. It will be broadcast by ITV to room 500 on the Lake Havasu City campus at 1977 W. Acoma Blvd., the Kingman Campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave., and to room 103 on the North Mohave Campus, 480 S. Central in Colorado City. The public is invited to attend in person or watch via ITV.