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6A Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 Feather River Bulletin FRC board authorizes purchase of additional housing The Feather River Community College District board of trustees authorized Dr. Kevin Trutna, superintendent/president, to enter into an agreement with the Feather River College Foundation and finalize the purchase of the Meadow Apartment Complex, located at 623 Main St. in Quincy, for additional student housing. Due to the overcrowding at the current on-campus dormitories, which are owned and operated by the Feather River College Foundation, the FRC administration has been researching options to increase student housing. FRC and the foundation will enter into an agreement in which the foundation will own and operate the apartment complex and FRC will manage the units. FRC and the foundati6n have been negotiating with local property owners and entered into escrow for the purchase. "This addition increases the capacity for student housing and fits our short-term needs and long-range planning model for attracting students to Feather Rive r College," said John Sheehan, president of the FRC board of trustees. The superintendent/ president is authorized to close escrow and finalize the purchase agreement as both boards work together through an operating agreement that is currently being negotiated. As additional housing options were studied, both boards were very concerned about the impact to the environment, proximity and transportation to campus, effect to the neighborhood and existing residents, as well as aesthetic considerations. The college is committed to improving the visual appeal and ensuring that students are good residents and neighbors. The Meadow Apartment Complex was chosen because it provided multiple housing units in an existing facility near campus and public transportation. Trutna stated, "Once the foundation finalizes the purchase, FRC will improve the outward appearance and update the facility. Students will have the option of different types of living environments, both on and off campus." Staff members will live on site to oversee the apartments and enhance student life activities. Hearing the concerns from some neighbors, Trutna added, "Our goal is to be good neighbors. We talked about hosting neighborhood events so residents can meet the students and get to know the on-site staff members. We will be active in the students' residential life." Feather River Community College District, located in Quincy, is a small, rural community college offering courses in transfer programs, career and technical training, and basic skills education. FRC offers small classes where students receive individual attention from faculty and staff in its location known as "the million-acre classroom." Unique programs in equine studies, outdoor recreation leadership, fish hatchery and environmental studies enhance traditional transfer programs and technical training. On-campus dormitory housing is available. FRC boasts an accomplished athletic program with several men's and women's championship sports supported by the local community. The board of trustees recently adopted an ambitious plan ensuring that FRC is a leader in environmentally sustainable practices. For further information, call 283-0202 or visit frc.edu. FRC, from page 1A Rodeo program update Head rodeo coach Jesse Segura presented an update to the board on the college rodeo program. Segura said he has the best group of kids ever in his 10 years running the program. FRC has won its regional title for the past seven years and sent athletes to the national rodeo competition as well. Segura said last year the team had five academic all-Americans. One student earned $32,000 this summer on the pro rodeo circuit and is in the semifinalS for a chance at a $1 million purse. FRC rodeo is consistently ranked in the top five - seven college teams in the nation, Segura said. But he said it's hard to recruit students because of the competition from four-year colleges -- some offer students as much as $40,000 L $50,000 a year in scholarships. And though the FRC Foundation raises $40,000 - $60,000 a year for its rodeo program, it is 0nly able to offer scholarships up to $2,500. Covered arena "We have a running ranch back there," Segura said of the rodeo arena, corrals, cattle pens, farm machinery, hay barn, outbuildings and more. He said his program is separate and very different from the equine program, each of which supports 60 students. 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Another thing that would really help the rodeo program is an ag teacher, Segura said. Currently his coaches help teach ag skills such as welding, fencing and operating ranch equipment. His rodeo students maintain their own facilities, enabling them to hone their ranch skills and gain an important work ethic. Segura said 90 percent of his students work in the ag field. "The forecast is not slowing down for ag," Segura said. Of the 375. students he has seen graduate from the program, "370 are working in ag." Segura said the college is missing out on 50,000 Future Farmers of America students for lack of an ag teacher. Ag classes include plant and animal science and ag business: skills that many other students also need. Academic Senate chairwoman Jeannette Kokosinski concurred, saying that ag classes dovetail to sciences and transfer degrees. Ag degrees and certificates make up 33 percent of all degrees and certificates awarded by the college, Segura said. And now he has an online partnership in place with Colorado State University that allows his students to attend FRC for four years. Students get their general ed credits atFRC and upper-class credits from Colorado State to obtain a bachelor's degree in ag business. For more information on the rodeo program go to frc.edu or call Segura at 283-0202, ext. 272. Other news Classes began Aug. 25, and the new website is up and running smoothly, webmaster Mick Presnell said. He gave an overview of the complete overhaul of the system and enumerated the many benefits now being enjoyed by sfudents and staff. The college received $980,000 in Secure Rural Schools funds, CFO Jim Scoubes said. He said he would be presenting the final budget next month for approval. 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Nansi Bohne, a former county supervisor who was sitting next to Betty Wilson, Mark's mother, said it's unreasonable to think that people wouldn't talk or speculate about the well. Bohne suggested that the money for the investigation come from the mental health department. The sheriffs presentation immediately followed Mental Health Director Peter Livingston's request to spend $88,000 on computers. The sheriff began to respond when Bohne said, "I'm asking Peter." Livingston said the money is to provide services for people with severe mental illness. Bohne argued that the situation was impacting people's mental health. Hagwood said, "If there is a legal and ethical mechanism to allow us to spend mental health money, Mr..Livingston and I will explore it." Hagwood said he would be The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up HiS countenance upon you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 Calvary Chapel C 1953 E. Main St., Quincy 283-4463 exploring all funding options, resorting to what he referred to as Plan B. "Plan B may include a lot of different entities," Hagwood said and listed universities and private foundations among the options. Plan A would have involved the sheriffs department, the FBI and a mining company. Plan A would have the project underway as soon as possible. Plan B means that there will be a delay. "I'm not optimistic that it will be resolved this calendar year," Hagwood said. That admission prompted the property owner to stand. "This has been weighing heavy on us," he said. "This has been a nightmare," his wife said. (Both declined to have their names printed in the newspaper.) "Have you ever been told there's a body in your front yard?" Betty Wilson also stood and thanked Supervisor Lori Simpson and Sheriff Hagwood for "being as wonderful as can be" during this time. Wilson said she has had a good life during the past 47 years, but would appreciate knowing definitively what is in the well. The discussion was serious and emotional at times, but there was one moment of brevity. An audience member suggested that the sheriff begin accepting donations from the community to pay for the excavation. "There are measures of creativity we will exhaust before I hold a bake sale," he said. The supervisors were fairly quiet throughout the discussion, but Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who had asked during the last meeting that any decision be delayed until the public had a chance to weigh in, asked, "Why is the public acting like I'm the person making the decision?" "It is not the board, it is solely mine," Hagwood reiterated yet again of the decision to continue the investigation and unearth what is in the well. 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