Posted at 11 a.m. Feb. 6, 2017

Science building renovations

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees met on Jan. 18 to approve the Science Building renovation proposal and an amendment to the Board of Trustees Scholarship.

President Dr. Joe Schaffer said that Interim Math and Sciences Dean Ami Wangeline gave a presentation regarding the project to the Board members during a dinner meeting prior to the formal Board meeting.

Schaffer made a recommendation to the Board to approve the renovation up to $100,000, a $25,000 increase above the staff-recommended $75,000.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the renovation would have been funded by federal grant monies ($45,000) and from the Current Fund ($30,000) if granted the $75,000 in funding.

Trustee Brenda Lyttle asked how the funds should be split with Schaffer’s recommended increase.

“Do we want to keep the Current Fund at $30,000 and increase federal grant monies to $70,000, or do we just want to get rid of the federal grant monies and Current Fund language?” Lyttle asked.

“The simplest approach to it would be to give the authorization of $100,000 with funds coming from grant funds and the Current Fund,” Schaffer said.

After the motion was moved and seconded, Trustee Don Erikson requested an amendment to change the funding from $100,000 to $95,000. However, the amendment was not seconded and was followed by a unanimous vote to approve the original motion.

The next approval item was for an amendment to the Board of Trustees Scholarship recommended by Board Chairwoman Carol Merrell.

Merrell was absent during the meeting, so Schaffer represented her on the item. The amendment was to change the minimum cumulative GPA from 3.0 to 2.5 for the Board of Trustees’ Scholarship.

Schaffer said this amendment was made “to allow more students to qualify and hopefully increase the likelihood of allocation.”

There was no further discussion on the item and the Board voted unanimously for the amendment.

In addition to these approval items, the Board also approved 10 new programs and certificates for LCCC.


New building, new attitude