College Trustees Discuss Whitney Options

Details about the benefactor of the Whitney Benefits foundation are detailed in the atrium of Sheridan College. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Details about the benefactor of the Whitney Benefits foundation are detailed in the atrium of Sheridan College. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

With a $25 million gift from Whitney Benefits, Northern Wyoming Community College District trustees hope to embark on multiple projects of renovation, expansion and new facilities over the next three years.

Trustees, who administer Sheridan College and campuses in Gillette and Johnson County, met in a work session at noon today (Monday, July 14) to review options.

Cheryl Heath, Sheridan College vice president of administration and chief financial officer, said the most immediate action for the board will be at the district's meeting on Wednesday. At that time, trustees will consider hiring Kaiser & Company to provide financial services for the projects.

Four projects would be funded by the Whitney Benefits money. The vice president recommended that construction happen through the Northern Wyoming Community College Building Authority, a three-member board established to issue revenue bonds for capital construction projects.

She talked about what is needed for that to happen.

The projects to be funded by the Whitney Benefits money include $16 million for the North Whitney renovation and expansion, providing additional space for Sheridan College's visual and preforming arts program. The district also proposes spending $6 million on a tech center, $1.3 million for new agriculture and science facilities, and $2 million for additional parking and infrastructure.

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