Trustees approve exterior lighting upgrade

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District 8 trustee Gary Beitzel says if guns are not allowed on campus, it will put employees and students in danger because they will not have the means to defend themselves Tuesday during the regular board meeting in Killen.  Rebecca Salinas

District 8 trustee Gary Beitzel says if guns are not allowed on campus, it will put employees and students in danger because they
will not have the means to defend themselves Tuesday during the regular board meeting in Killen. Rebecca Salinas

The Alamo Colleges board of trustees tabled a gun resolution until it can be rewritten.

By Rebecca Salinas

rsalinas191@student.alamo.edu

The Alamo Colleges board of trustees unanimously approved a contract in the amount of $623,268 for the purchase of equipment and services for an exterior lighting upgrade during its regular board meeting Tuesday in Killen Center, 201 W. Sheridan.

The contract was awarded to Grainger Service Holding Company to replace the old high-intensity-discharge fixtures with new more energy efficient fixtures around the district.

The new equipment will be eligible for a rebate through the CPS Energy Commercial Lighting Rebate Program. The project is expected to be complete no later than Sept. 30.

The board of trustees first passed Phase 1 of the project during the Jan. 24 regular board meeting.

A $5 million loan from the State Energy Conservation Office was approved to take energy cost reduction measures districtwide.

In other news, trustees unanimously voted to table a resolution opposing the state legislation to allow weapons on campus, but a new resolution will be presented to the Legal Affairs Committee March 19.

The resolution is in response to the proposed HB706 and SB182 of the 83rd Legislature.

Also, the board unanimously approved travel expenses for trustees to attend the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development conference in Austin May 26-29.

District 5 trustee Robert Zarate, Chancellor Bruce Leslie and Dr. Debra Morgan, director of strategic initiative and performance excellence, will attend and present at the NISOD conference on “Alignment and Excellence, the Alamo Way.”

As of Thursday, Zarate is the only trustee attending the conference.

According to the minute order, registration is $495 each, lodging is $194 a night at the Hilton Austin Hotel and meals are covered by an $80 per diem for each.

Board and committee agendas and minutes can be found at Alamo.edu/agenda.

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