LUMBERTON — The renovations of three buildings and a parking lot on the Lumberton campus of Robeson Community College will be finished within the next few weeks, according to Al McRae, a vice president at the college.
McRae briefly updated the college’s board of trustees on the projects Monday during their regular monthly meeting.
“All of the projects are running on schedule and they should be finished within the time frame projected,” he said. “… We are ready and looking forward to these buildings being open at the beginning of the school year.”
McRae said that the estimated completion date of early August for all of the projects should hold.
“There is an issue with the light fixtures that they will not be shipped until July 17,” McRae said. “That should not hold up the projects since all the other work will be complete and the lights installed when they arrive.”
The projects include classroom renovations, as well as renovations to an area where high-tech simulation is used to instruct health-care students.
Work on a parking lot at Building 18 is finished, McRae told the trustees.
During Monday’s meeting, two new trustees were seated and one incumbent began his third four-year term.
The new trustees are Audrey Hunt, appointed by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, and Kyle Chavis, whose appointment was made by Gov. Pat McCrory.
Hunt, from Fairmont, is a teacher. She also is a former member of the Lumbee Tribal Council.
Chavis, of Lumberton, is an executive vice president and chief credit officer for Lumbee Guaranty Bank. He has been employed by the bank for 15 years.
The incumbent is George McPhaul, who was recently reappointed as a trustee by the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education. McPhaul, a Red Springs resident, works for Bleecker Motors of Red Springs and radio station WTEL.
The board approved resolutions recognizing outgoing trustees Bonnie Sanders and Lucille Evans for their service.
The board also received a brief update on college hiring policies from President Pamela Hilbert. Trustee Emma Locklear urged the president to ensure that all open positions be advertised publicly and not filled unilaterally by current college employees.
Lockear said that if there is no advertisement for a position it is impossible to know if the college is hiring the best person for the job.
“If we don’t advertise we are keeping jobs within the same families and their friends,” she said. “Sometimes family and friends don’t see the weaknesses they have.”
In other business, the trustees:
— Received a brief update from Vice President Channing Jones on the college’s Accelerated Industrial Maintenance Program. Jones said that 10 members of the recent 13-member class graduated, representing a 77 percent completion rate.
Jones said that of the students recently completing the 500-hour program, one is currently serving an apprenticeship while two others are working full-time jobs with local industries.
— Heard a presentation from Bob Moore, director of RCC’s Small Business Center. Moore said that during 2012-13, the latest year for which figures are available, the center counseled 135 students and saw the start up of 11 new businesses.
— Elected board officers for the year. They are: George Regan, chairman; Shirley Stockton, vice chairman; and Pamela Hilbert, secretary.