LUMBERTON — Students are getting their feet wet at Robeson Community College when there are heavy rains.
Kimberly Gold, the college’s president, told RCC trustees Monday that a main central drainage line needs to be repaired to stop water from gathering between buildings 4 and 5 on the college’s Lumberton campus.
“This is a major walkway,” Gold told the board. “This central drainage line can’t pull water away fast enough to keep the area free of water when it rains.”
Gold said she hopes funds being provided for hurricane relief through the N.C. Department of Emergency Management can be obtained by RCC to repair the drainage system. She said money is also being requested to acquire a backup generator to be used in emergency situations in Building 17, the Health Sciences building, and Building 18, the Workforce Development building.
“We want to be proactive,” Gold said. “If there is another storm we don’t want to incur further damage. We want to be able to further serve the community.”
In other business, the trustees unanimously approved $8,000 in bookstore profi ss to be used toward financial assistance for students attending classes in the summer. Many of the students are recovering from Hurricane Matthew and do not have all of the money needed to meet their registration and book costs, according to Bill Mauney, RCC’s vice president of Instruction and Support Services.
Mauney said in an April 26 memo to Gold that by early May the RCC financial aid office would expend the approximately $10,500 from the bookstore funds allotted by the trustees for the spring of 2016.
“Last summer with a combination of funds carried over from the spring and additional funds awarded by the board, we assisted 67 students with bookstore funding,” the memo reads.
Mauney told The Robesonian on Monday that he was uncertain how many students the $8,000 would help. He said that there is a cap of $800 per student, and the average a student receives is between $300 and $400.
“Some students may receive only $50 for a lab book,” said Mauney.
At their meeting Monday, the trustees also:
— Accepted the annual audit prepared by the Office of the State Auditor for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. According to Tami George, RCC’s vice president of Business Services, the results of the audit were good.
“It was a clean audit,” she said.
— Agreed to send the state Office of Community College a letter stating that the evaluation of Gold would be done next year rather than before June 30. Gold officially took over as president at RCC on Jan. 1.
“There is not enough time for us to sit down and conduct an evaluation of the president by the June 30 deadline,” said Sammy Cox, the chairman of the trustees. “It would not be fair to her. Evaluations are set up to be on a yearly basis. Time is just too short.”
Cox said that from everything he has been hearing Gold is liked by students, RCC faculty and the community.
— Heard briefly from Gold about all of the graduations and pinnings that are currently taking place.
“This is my favorite part of the year,” she said.
— Were told by Gold that the annual Employee Appreciation Banquet will be held on Aug. 10.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.