Galveston College Board of Regents Renews Contract with Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Aug. 11 authorized President Myles Shelton to execute a three-year agreement with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office to provide police services on campus.

The proposal, which includes coverage at both college locations, is similar to the college’s current contract with the GCSO and includes an option of two, one-year renewals. Cost is $465,172.47 for the first year and includes annual salaries and benefits for five deputies, officer training, an administrative fee, gun qualification, shift differential, uniforms and equipment, and cellular phones.

In other action on Wednesday, the board approved a board facilities committee recommendation to utilize a construction manager-at-risk procurement method for a new building to support nursing and health sciences programs at Galveston College. Regents also approved the committee’s recommendation to authorize contract negotiations with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, to provide bond counsel services to the college.

Regents also heard a report on Galveston College’s three-year Public Junior College Safety and Security Audit from Dr. Van Patterson, vice president for Administration and Student Services. Dr. Patterson said, as a result of the report, the college identified a need for additional automated external defibrillators on campus.

Dr. Mary Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management, applied for and received a donation of 12 AED units from the Living for Zachary organization. Living for Zachary’s mission is to raise awareness and prevent sudden cardiac arrest in youth. The units have been installed at both campus locations.

Board members also heard a report from Dr. Sandra Metoyer, Dr. Ana Sanchez and two Galveston College students who participated in the summer 2021 trip to Costa Rica as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Honors program.

In other action, board members:

–ratified the nomination of Regent Armin Cantini for re-election to the Community College Association of Texas Trustees Board of Directors.
–granted tenure to Daniel Fink, Allied Health division director and Radiography program director/instructor.
–ratified the appointment of full-time instructors Angie Hoermann, Associate Degree Nursing and Vocational Nursing instructor; Anastasia Silvas, Associate Degree Nursing clinical instructor; Jerrod Tynes, Biology instructor; and Sandra Hayden, Radiation Therapy program director.
–amended the 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendars to reflect the college’s observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day.
–accepted Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) Minority Serving Institution (MSI) supplemental grant funds in the amount of $233,612.
–ratified acceptance of a Greater Texas Foundation Emergency Aid and Technical Assistance for Texas Community Colleges grant in the amount of $122,500.
–accepted a U.S. Department of Education TRIO-Upward Bound grant award for 2021-22 in the amount of 297,601.
–accepted a U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant award for 2021-22 in the amount of $549,996.
–approved a four-year lease to refresh the Ricoh multifunction copier and printer fleet at a cost of $292,740 and purchase of HP multifunction printer/copier/scanners for $6,546.56.
–approved a proposal for a new campus phone system at a cost of $166,744.
–approved the purchase and implementation of automated degree and certificate evaluator software at a cost of $25,500.
–approved an assessment of records and registration, financial aid, general ledger and accounts, and student accounts at a cost of $48,000.
–approved a facilities committee recommendation to approve a proposal for a cast aluminum plaque at the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences.
–approved an annual contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning service and repair with AMS of Houston of Stafford, Texas, as the primary vendor and Gowan, Inc. of Houston as the secondary vendor, effective Sept. 1.
–ratified approval of freeze damage cleanup at both campus locations by landscaping maintenance services contractor Beach Town Lawn Services, LLC, and authorized payment for services at a cost of $12,213.
–renewed workers’ compensation coverage through the Texas Association of School Boards at a cost of $16,602, effective Sept. 1
–renewed unemployment compensation coverage through the Texas Association of School Boards at a cost of $26,000, effective Oct. 1.

Above: Galveston County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers serving the college community include (from left) Corporal Rick McCullor, Deputy Shawn Broussard, Deputy Mark White, Sergeant Marcus Alfred and Deputy Andres Monterrubio.