$700K Needed To Fix LCCC Mold Problem
NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College expects to spend around $700,000 repairing the Educational Conference Center to allow the building to reopen when the fall semester starts in August, college President Thomas P. Leary said Tuesday after a board of trustees meeting.
The Educational Conference Center has been closed since Nov. 1 after air quality testing was conducted in response to musty odors and the appearance of mold on pipe insulation in the mechanical room. Subsequent testing revealed hidden water and moisture damage.
The college plans to seek bids for repair work, which includes adding some sealing in areas to prevent moisture and replacing drywall, windows and doors, said Donald Nelson, vice president of operations & chief technology officer. The building opened in 1982 and has two auditoriums, several multi-functional classrooms and a full-service dining room.
During the meeting, the board of trustees approved the application to receive state matching funds for several building projects. The college wants to replace the roof on the campus center building and the library at a cost of $472,876.
The college wants to build an outdoor firing range for the public safety training institute at a cost of $310,000. Paving the main parking lot on campus is another project on the list and would cost $1.2 million.
The college also wants to upgrade restrooms for $240,000 and construct a storage building for $60,000. The college won’t proceed with the projects without state funding, Leary said.
The board also approved an agreement for bookstore management services with Follett Higher Education Group Inc. The college will receive a 14 percent commission on sales from Follett, and students are expected to see price reductions on text books that range from 30 percent to 50 percent.
The company will provide a full-time manager at the bookstore. The college will continue to provide three full-time employees at the bookstore, Nelson said.
The new bookstore managed by Follett is expected to start in late March, and the bookstore will be relocated in the campus center by the end of the current semester. Follett will pay for renovations.
Gary Mrozinski, professor and business department chairman, gave a report to the board at Tuesday’s meeting. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recognized the business program as a best practices institution on four of six accreditation standards, Mrozinski said.
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