Beginning its new schedule of meeting every other month, the Weatherford College Board of Trustees convened Thursday for the first time since August.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Kevin Eaton gave the board an update on fall enrollment, explaining that the school had a slight decrease of less than 1 percent. Not surprising, Eaton said, contact hours were down 1.2 percent as well but he offered a possible explanation.
“As the unemployment rate decreases, enrollment decreases as well and vice-versa,” Eaton explained. “[As compared to the state decrease of 2.3 percent], no-one did better than we did and we are proud of where we are right now.”
Also in his report, Eaton gave the board the legally-required Access and Affordability Report for the college. The report lists in detail the region, tuition amounts, gender, ethnicity and other statistics of the school and its students. As of 2013-14, WC has 4,616 females versus 2,845 males and has an average in-district rate $2,340 in tuition for 30 semester college hours.
While many of the other items were routine bid proposals, because of the off month, there was a suggestion to possibly combine those requests in the future as consent items to avoid lengthy agendas.
Trustees also heard in the construction report that all work on campus was officially complete and that total cost for the Don Allen Health Science Building and renovations to Building 3 and Building 9 would likely come in under the approximate $6.4 million estimated.