The effort by Dana Dieterich to save the wet photo lab on the Prescott campus has failed. She learned on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 that the equipment for the lab had been donated and the lab closed.
Dieterich evinced concern for faculty members who were adversely affected by the decision. She was also concerned about the process leading to the closing, which she said was based on “misinformation.”
You may view Ms. Dieterich’s speech to the District Governing Board about the wet photo lab below.
Reduces building program from 136,000 square feet to 50,000 feet; is the “primary hub” of Allied Health Care
The District Governing Board was told by the College Administrators at the April 18, 2017 Board meeting that it was definitely reducing construction on the Prescott Valley Center from 136,000 square feet to 50,000 feet. It informed the Board in writing that “The Prescott Valley Center will provide needed space to accommodate the Allied Health programs and Mountain Institute JTED health occupation programs. This investment will extend the useful life of the facility and delay our need to build a new campus. As the youngest and fastest growing community in Yavapai County, YC still believes additional space is needed in PV; however, we have reduced the scope of the expansion to 50,000 ft rather than 136,000 ft as originally envisioned. Prescott Valley is still envisioned as the primary hub of Allied Health programs (except Nursing).” You may find this statement in the agenda, which can be accessed by clicking here.
The original $103.5 million capital development plan is now at $76 million. This is a savings of $27.5 million, all of which resulted from changing construction at the Prescott Valley Center. There was an additional $3 or more million saved but that money was reallocated to the Sedona Center.
Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts this Friday, which is located at 210 Camp Lincoln Rd. Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
The School District describes the Center as “a professional, well-appointed theater with comfortable, swing up cushioned burgundy seating for 424 patrons. Audience area is handicap accessible, handsomely carpeted with stage ramps and wide, numbered, well-lit aisles. Professional audio, lighting, rigging, staging, large dressing rooms, spacious Lobby with ticket booth and large restrooms.”
Overwhelmingly opposed to proposed change without adequate research
It is anticipated that the District Governing Board will be told at the April 18, 2017 Board meeting in Prescott that College faculty are presently overwhelmingly opposed to increasing regular classes from 15 to 16 weeks per semester. Faculty believe that such a move should not be made without first conducting serious research into its impact. This was one of the findings of the just completed Faculty Survey on the Academic Calendar.
In the survey to be discussed at the Governing Board meeting, faculty were asked: “What would you like to see (if anything), before moving to a 16-week calendar?” Forty-six of the faculty said that research on the impact to student success should be explored before going to the 16-week semester. Sixteen percent indicated research should be conducted on the impact of retention/ graduation before extending the semester. Another 5% responded that research should be conducted on how this would impact the Yavapai Community College “student demographic.”
The chart below was produced by the faculty and was contained in the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.
Exercise stations last addition to state-of-the-art trail for students and Prescott residents
For 25 years the students, faculty and residents in the Verde Valley have tried and failed to create a trail system on the 120 Acre Verde Campus. However, a 13-year effort in Prescott has resulted in a state-of-the-art trail that surrounds the Prescott Community College Campus. Politics and power are always the winners in these battles and the Prescott based administrators that run Yavapai College play one of the toughest political games possible when it comes to allocation of resources between the West and East sides of Yavapai County. The West is always the winner!
Awash with taxpayer revenue – Wills’ continues building/spending spreeeeeee
As the Blog has pointed out repeatedly, Yavapai Community College is awash with revenue to spend on construction, reconstruction, renovation, and upkeep. Based on the data furnished to the public on Friday, April 14, it is anticipated the Board will approve a total capital construction/maintenance/upkeep budget of more than $10.1 million at the Tuesday, April 18 meeting at the Rock House on the Prescott Campus.
The following is a breakdown of some of the $10.1 million the Board will authorize in the capital budget on Tuesday:
PRESCOTT CAMPUS: It is anticipated the Board will approve expending $2,596,000 on the Prescott Campus for new construction and renovation. This includes $600,000 for open space improvements that will be spent primarily on an outdoor amphitheater located between Buildings 3 and 4 that is scheduled to begin in July and conclude in August. It will also approve $3,487,500 on what it describes as capital preventive maintenance. This includes spending $825,000 on the baseball field and $275,000 on a breezeway. In total, the Board will most likely approve spending about $5.5 million on the Prescott Campus for capital construction, renovation, and upkeep.
PRESCOTT VALLEY: It is also anticipated the Board will approve spending $3,346,000 on construction and renovation on the Prescott Valley Center. It will also authorize $440,000 for Building 40 roof repair. This brings the total capital expenditures to $3,786,000 to be approved.
CTEC: The Career and Technical Education Center will be approved for spending $31,500 on various projects.
SEDONA CENTER: The Board will authorize $1,345,000 to complete the renovation of the Sedona Center.
VERDE CAMPUS: The Board will authorize expending $100,000 for Building L Drainage & other maintenance projects.
CHINO VALLEY CENTER: The Board will authorize $55,000 for the Chino Valley Center for various maintenance projects.
The agenda with the budget data can be found by clicking here.
The story of the failure of trail development on the Verde Campus; success on the Prescott Campus
Blog readers may download FREE the pdf version of the updated 2017 Yavapai College “NATURE TRAIL BOOKLET” authored by Bob Oliphant. It describes the 24-year plight of the Verde Campus to develop a nature trail. It contrasts the Verde experience with the 13-year successful effort on the Prescott Campus to develop a state-of-the-art nature trail.
The booklet may be downloaded or read on-line by clicking BELOW.
Keeping Chino Valley in the dark on intergovernmental raceway agreement until a Town vote
It wasn’t on the agenda for discussion. In fact, it wasn’t mentioned anywhere on the agenda. Yet, the Yavapai College Governing Board decided in the last four minutes of the long March 7, 2017 Board meeting, without asking first for a formal vote, that Chino Valley could not make a presentation to it in April about the proposed raceway near the Chino Valley Center. The Board will wait until a final vote by the Chino Valley Town Council approving the raceway before it will show its hand.
According to Board Chair Sigafoos, an informational presentation given by Chino Valley would simply “fill up the room” with Chino Valley people and “hi-jack” an April Board meeting. He also said, “we don’t have a dog in the fight.” This statement no doubt came as a surprise to the Chino Valley Town Council and its citizens. Chino Valley Board representative, Pat McCarver, agreed with Sigafoos.
Given the March 7 discussion, it is clear that the Governing Board is in no mood to cooperate with Chino Valley. Nor is there an interest in educating the entire board on the matter so they can be better informed if and when they are asked to decide whether to approve the raceway. Consequently, Chino Valley officials must plow ahead with the Raceway proposal and spend thousands of dollars on the project without knowing the District Governing Board’s position.
So far, the District Governing Board and President Wills have created a bewildering mountain of confusion for Chino Valley. The following outlines the story:
Because of an intergovernmental agreement between the College and the Town of Chino Valley executed in 2002, Yavapai College holds a veto over construction of a raceway near the Chino Valley Center. The Town is considering allowing construction of a raceway near the Center.
The members of the Governing Board have not received any preliminary information at a Board meeting where the matter could be discussed. A Board discussion about the project would give College President Wills direction in the matter. And help educate Board members about the intergovernmental agreement and concerns about the location of the raceway in relation to the College’s Chino Valley Center.
The College and Governing Board members have received approximately 300 email requests for information from persons interested in the raceway project. Those requests have gone unanswered. According to president Wills, she sent the emails unanswered to Chino Valley Town officials.
President Wills made a presentation to the Chino Valley Town Council on February 14, 2017 without informing the Governing Board she was doing so. To confuse the matter, she spoke on behalf of the College and not the District Governing Board. This made little sense to the listeners. Furthermore, she suggested there were obstacles to the raceway that had to be met while also saying the final determination is with the Town. (Her speech can be viewed by scrolling down this Blog about 4 pages; Feb 28 post.)
Governing Board Chair Ray Sigafoos sent a letter to Chino Valley officials before to the March 7 Board meeting without prior approval from the Board. He stated in the letter that the Board would not allow a presentation to be made to the Board until there was a final vote by Chino Valley. To be clear, this Board policy statement was never brought before the Governing Board for discussion.
At the March 7, 2017 Governing Board meeting there was no mention on the agenda of a report or discussion about the Chino Valley raceway.
During the final minutes of the Board meeting, Sigafoos reported on his letter. His action was informally approved by Pat McCarver, the Chino Valley representative on the Governing Board. It was also informally approved by the Second District representative. The way this was handled raises a technical question about whether the Arizona open meeting law was violated.
It is clear from the March 7, 2017 discussion, which appears below, that the Governing Board will not act and will not inform itself of the issues surrounding the raceway and the potential impact on the College until after the town votes on the issue. It places Chino Valley in a very difficult position because it doesn’t know what kind of study, if any, would meet Governing Board requirements or whether any requirements will be required. So much for cooperation.
You may view the discussion held by the Governing Board on March 7, 2017 below.
A message from President Wills’ office simply stated that “Dr. Wills will be out of the office beginning March 21st through April 11th.” No other information was provided?
So, does anyone out there know where she is? The Blog has received some rumors but cannot verify them. Let us know if you have reliable information.
The Yavapai Community College Governing Board members have been asked by Ms. Dana Dieterich to look into the decision by Dr. Penelope Wills to close the photo lab on the Prescott campus and auction off the equipment. The decision to close the lab is related to the rededication of building 15 on the Campus as a performing arts facility.
According to Dieterich, “the wet [photo] lab will be expensive to move, so I suggest leaving it where it is. If there are doors added to the outside, the inside doors can go away, allowing extra space where a hallway is now. The YC photo wet lab is an amazing space and should be left to operate and fulfill the needs of the Yavapai College community as well as the Prescott Community.”
Unfortunately, the Governing Board leaves decisions like this up to the administration. Neither the Governing Board nor the administration have shown a willingness to respond to citizen input or specific requests such as that being made by Dieterich. Because the College has so much revenue coming from primary property taxes, it can spend from six to eight million dollars a year on any projects it desires. Citizens have no voice on renovation, construction, or anything else for that matter. Completely arbitrary decisions are made by the administration with impunity.
Let us hope that in this case Wills’ will respond to the citizen request in a positive manner and prove the Blog wrong.