LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College trustees plan to restructure how they conduct their meetings.
At the recommendation of William Aiken, RCC’s interim president, the board on Monday created a three-member committee to review the board’s bylaws. Aiken said that he believes the board can operate more efficiently with committees such as Finance, Curriculum and Personnel doing the bulk of the work and allowing the full-board to confirm committee recommendations.
Trustees Kyle Chavis, Audrey Hunt and Linda Metzger will review the board’s current bylaws on committee structure and responsibilities along with Aiken. Currently the full board discusses and acts on all issues at its monthly meetings.
“I’m strong on committees,”Aiken told the board. “I like to let the work happen in the committees and then when the full board meets it just has to confirm what the committees have done … I think this would improve the credibility of the board.”
The trustees on Monday also bid farewell to a longtime member and welcomed her replacement.
Sue Wester was recognized by the trustees for her service on the board from July 1996 to June 2016. Wester, a governor’s appointment to the board, did not seek reappointment when her term expired in June.
Wester told the trustees that she enjoyed the years that she served on the board.
“This was a true learning experience for me,” she said. “I will miss everybody and you’ll always be in my thoughts and prayers.”
Wester’s replacement, also a governor’s appointment, is Michael Van Etten. He is the senior vice president of Rempac Foam Corporation’s Lumberton operations and is Robeson County’s 2015 “Industrialist of the Year.”
In other business, the trustees on Monday:
— Took their first look at a proposed Bereavement Policy. Currently RCC does not have such a policy on the books.
According to the proposal, a full-time employee may be granted up to three days of bereavement leave for the death of an immediate family member. If leave is taken beyond the three days of bereavement leave, the employee and their supervisor are responsible for ensuring that the employee’s job duties are adequately covered.
The board will consider the policy for final approval at their regular monthly meeting in September.
— Approved lease agreements with the Maxton Learning Center, Parkton Elementary School and St. Pauls High School. RCC will conduct basic skills classes, high school equivalency classes, and adult high school instruction at the three sites.
— Approved $49,650 in funding requests for activities such as retirement receptions, business luncheon meetings, community forums, nonprofit events and new student orientations. The money comes from vending machines on campus.
— Scheduled a special workshop to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 23. The topics of discussion have not yet been determined.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.