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December 18, 2013

RRTC Board moves ahead with plans for new building

DUNCAN — Steps toward the plan for a new precision machine and welding workshop building were continued during the Red River Technology Center Board of Education meeting Monday.

The building, which has been in planning stages since last year, will be behind the Delbert Morriston Health Careers Building. Bill Kaighn of Kaighn Associates Architects was authorized to make the building plans in December 2012.

Kaighn made a presentation during Monday’s regular meeting on the design and development phase for the building. It the hope of Dennis Loafman, RRTC superintendent, to occupy the new building in Fall 2015.

“The building will have the same kind of exteriors as the other buildings (at RRTC),” Kaighn said. “It’s built to be durable and stand hard use.”

Inside the building will be a welding shop with welding booths on the west side, a precision machine shop on the east and classrooms, offices, male and female restrooms and dressing rooms between the two shops.

Kaighn suggested holding interviews for contracting managers in the near future, such as February.

Board members approved a couple of personnel changes during the meeting as well. The resignation of Deena Dellinger as practical nursing instructor, effective Jan. 10, 2014, was approved.

“Deena is leaving to pursue other options,” said Loafman. “She has really done a good job for us and I thank her for her service and wish her well in future endeavors.”

Skyler Herrington was also approved as the A&CD receptionist/secretary.

“We has several great applicants and it was a tough choice,” Loafman said. “I think Skyler is the best fit for us right now.”

Other agenda items included:

n The board was informed that beginning Jan. 1, 2014, GED testing will be online only, as pencil tests will be discontinued.

n Board members approved a resolution calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to create a special funding situation for pension liability in the state of Oklahoma.

n Training of existing industry statement of understanding were approved for Moore Massage Therapy, Special Day Cakes, LLC, and Sumac Trading Company, LLC.

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