BRADENTON — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees met Tuesday at SCF Venice and contracted with architect firm Williamson Dacar Associates Inc. of Clearwater for $900,000 for professional design services for the Library and Learning Center at SCF Bradenton.
In other activity, Cassandra Holmes, SCF Foundation executive director, reported the foundation offers 995 scholarships worth $1.4 million in the 2014-15 academic year. So far this year, more than 1,900 scholarship applications have been submitted by students before the March 20 deadline for the 2015-16 academic year.
The SCF Foundation also has given SCF $1.2 million for enhancements, programs and equipment.
Holmes also said the SCF Foundation hosted a successful Avenues des Artistes event at SCF Bradenton, and she looks forward to the upcoming “All You Need is Love” Evening Under the Stars event at SCF Venice.
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Julie Jakway, vice president of business and administrative services, said a draft budget will be presented to the board by May 19, a board workshop on the budget will be held June 2, and the final budget will be presented to the board June 23.
Mike Mears, vice president of strategic initiatives, said SCF is drafting a strategic plan for 2015-2020 and responding to final recommendations to earn 10-year Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation in July. The Quality and Enhancement Plan, which focuses on students’ success, is in its first year of implementation.
The board selected trustee Robert Wyatt to serve on the Security Service Contract committee and trustee Rick Hager to serve as the board liaison to the SCF Foundation. The board continued contracts for Susan Hutton, health professions; Eric Warrick, natural sciences; and Melanie Wright, natural sciences.
The next board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.