The Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 17, at SPC Downtown.
The full agenda and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 10 minutes long, are available on the board’s website.
Meeting highlights included:
Approval of a construction company for the new Midtown campus
After extensive review and evaluation, the board selected Lema Construction of St. Petersburg as the construction manager for the new facility in Midtown.
The board began again on the process to choose a construction manager for the new Midtown Campus in February after a contractor’s protest discovered a flaw in the procedure for the previous selection.
Eights submissions were received the second time, and all were reviewed by a screening committee that included board member Dale Oliver, community members Ken Burke and Askia Muhammad Aquil, and Provost Kevin Gordon. The committee forwarded four firms to the selection committee, which was made up of Oliver and President Bill Law.
Oliver, who has overseen many construction projects in his career, said he is pleased with the final result. “The way this worked should apply going forward to all the projects,” he said.
President Law said the community’s involvement and confidence is key in a project like this.
The board is expected to approve a contract with Lema Construction and a project timeline at its Oct. 15 meeting.
Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:52:45 in the video.
College awards almost $13-million in scholarships
The board got an update on the amount and number of scholarships awarded by the college and the St. Petersburg College Foundation.
The breakdown includes about $1.2-million in Foundation scholarships; $2.9-million in institutional scholarships for Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars, Presidential Scholars, fine arts/music students and Honors College students; and $6.2-million for Bright Futures Merit and First Generation scholarships. The rest comes from athletics scholarships, scholarship waivers and other sources.
Applications are now being accepted for St. Petersburg College Foundation scholarships. The deadline for application is Sept. 27.
The board will discuss scholarship programs at its annual planning workshop in December.
One of the issues to consider, Dr. Law said, is the timing of the scholarship selection process. “We’re working on the timing of this,” he said. “We want our best game to be on the table when families are making their decisions in the spring.”
Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:34:03 in the video.
Florida State College System Foundation presents $47,030 to the St. Petersburg College Foundation for scholarships
Ken Cherven, chairman of the St. Petersburg College Foundation, accepts a check for more than $47,000 from the Florida College System Foundation for scholarships.
The Florida State College System Foundation awards more than $905,000 in scholarship funds annually to the 28 college system foundations.
St. Petersburg College received $47,030: $13,522 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships; $29,348 from the Helios Education Foundation for scholarships to first-generation college students; and $4,160 from Bank of America for first-generation college students.
Tom Furlong, SPC policy consultant and former interim president, is chair of the FCS Foundation Board. Board of Trustees attorney Joe Lang also is a member of the foundation’s board.
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