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Westmoreland County Community College keeps tuition steady

Westmoreland County Community College trustees gave final approval Wednesday to a $38.9 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The budget, which includes a $1.2 million surplus and does not raise tuition, was presented last month and available for public comment. No comments were received and no changes to the spending plan were made, said Stephen Lippiello, vice president for administrative services.

The surplus comes from unanticipated state funding from the current fiscal year and savings in health care and insurance, administrators have said.

Trustees also signed off on hiring architect CanonDesign for a fee not to exceed $2.9 million for renovations and additions at the main campus near Youngwood. The national firm, with an office in Pittsburgh, was selected from among 16 that bid for the project, Lippiello said.

CanonDesign was chosen in part for its work at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry, a $71 million project that was completed on time and on budget with less than 1 percent spent on change orders, Lippiello told trustees.

The firm received high marks for working well with clients and construction management companies on a variety of projects, Lippiello said.

“They basically play nice in the sandbox,” he said. “I think we’re going to get an excellent design product.”

Trustee Dick Dickert said CanonDesign’s presentation excited trustees, particularly the firm’s design for new science labs, done by its nationally known science lab expert based in St. Louis.

The college is still in the process of selecting a construction management company to execute the planned work, Lippiello said.

In other action, trustees approved a 1 percent increase in starting salaries and hourly wages for administrators, coaches, part-time and non-credit faculty, student workers and support staff.

And the board voted unanimously on a new slate of officers for the 2016-17 academic year. Elected were Dick Dickert, chairman; Chad Amond, vice chairman; Leia Shilobod, treasurer; and James Boggs, secretary.

Kari Andren is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-850-2856 or [email protected].


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