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Alvin Community College regents unanimously approved a construction package that would update the campus’ facilities during their meeting on May 27.

The $1.8 million project with Kudela and Weinheimer Landscape Architects and Corestone Construction Services will include changes to landscaping, sidewalks, lighting, fencing, facility entrances and more.

Construction is set to begin early June and is projected to be completed by the start of the Fall semester.

The construction is part of the 2018 Maintenance Note projects which included renovation to most all campus facilities and upgrades to infrastructure.

In other action, regents approved a grant proposal for $346,659 the Texas Talent Connection Fund Grant program. The funds, if awarded, would provide financial assistance for students in work readiness and local employment assistance programs as well as students in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice programs.

President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht delivered her annual State of the College report to the regents. The report covered the events and issues facing the college over the past year including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the accreditation process, the Quality Enhancement Plan implementation, the construction progress from the Maintenance Note projects and more.

Prior to the board meeting, a reception was held to honor former regents Mike Pyburn and Cheryl Knape. The two board members did not seek reelection in 2020 and were honored for their contributions as regents.

Pyburn served on the board for 18 years while Knape served for 12 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was delayed so it could be held in person.

Regents also approved:

-hiring of Police Chief Ronny Phillips

-hiring of Associate Degree Nursing instructor

-installation of door access control

-reporting requirements for the Title IX coordinator

-Board Policy Update 41, affecting local policies except policy DEC Local which will be considered at a future meeting

-annual staff contracts

-monthly financial reports

The board will have its next meeting on Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center.