The Northern Wyoming Community College District Board discussed possible future construction at Sheridan College at their meeting in Buffalo Thursday.
Representatives of George K. Baum and Company gave a presentation to the Board on a four-phase approach to follow to gain funding for capital construction projects. After the presentation the Board voted to at least pursue a study to gauge public interest in a possible future expansion at the college and a county-wide mill levy to pay for the project.
Sheridan College President Paul Young told the Board thet the last time the college approached the community for support of this type was for the $800,000 Fine Arts Wing added to the Whitney Building in 1976.
Young also said the college has seen tremendous growth in recent years and according to a media release from the college, they have an aggressive plan for continued investment in the college's infrastructure to better serve students and the citizens of the area.
Also in the release, NWCCD Board Chair Kati Sherwood said, “This action does not commit us to anything, we simply need to do the research and consider all options.”
Work on the 55-year old Whitney Building is progressing and renovation and expansion of the 50-year old Thorne Rider Student Commons is set to begin this Spring, and the Board is beginning to explore how to pay for expansion and improvements to the next pair of aging buildings on campus. The college's Technical Education Center, completed in 1977 and the Science Center, completed in 1983 are in desperate need of renovation and expansion, according to the release.
The Board gave their unanimous approval to pursue the study.