College pledges funds to walking trail

Thursday, November 17, 2005

NORTH PLATTE -- Despite an objection from one board member, Mid- Plains Community College Board of Governors members voted Wednesday night to donate $7,500 toward local matching funds for the McCook Walking Trail project.

Jane Hornung said at the North Platte meeting she opposed the donation, as she did not believe the project fits in with the mission statement of the college.

Royce Norman, chairman of the Campus development Subcommittee which recommended the contribution, said the donation would provide an element of safety and also be a way of showing appreciation to McCook for its support of the college.

When completed, the first phase of the trail will connect the McCook campus with Community Hospital.

Roger Wilson said because the college had provided financial support for trails in North Platte, he would vote for the donation as "a matter of consistency."

The board approved the contribution, contingent upon federal grant approval. The amount will be taken out of the 2006-07 operational budget.

Area Dean of Student Life Michelle Gill gave board members an update on student activity programs, which included a presentation listing various areas such as residence hall life, student clubs and organizations, and intramural sports.

Gill said extra-curricular activities are a way to help keep students at MPCC and create a "community" atmosphere. She is looking for increased student participation to correlate with an increase in student activities MPPC will offer in the future.

Board members heard a report from the college's independent accounting firm, which conducted two audits this past summer, the Full Time Equivalent Audit and the 2004-05 Financial Audit. Both were approved unanimously by the board.

Their next regular meeting will be Dec. 21 at 5 p.m., in the conference room on the North campus at North Platte.

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