KC approves concealed carry policy, asbestos mitigation

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Kilgore College’s regular board meeting Monday night had an unexpected recess as a tornado warning sent board members, administrators and audience members to the first-floor executive board room.

About an hour into the meeting, alerts on guests’ phones began blaring shortly before the city’s emergency alert sirens sounded.

As the National Weather Service’s extended warning expired at 8:15 p.m., the trustees reconvened and resumed the meeting on the second floor of the McLaurin Administration Building as lighting and thunder continued to roar outside.

Post-warning, the board approved a trio of policies, including the concealed carry policy, the board evaluation policy and the academic policies and curriculum review policy.

The only discussion about the policies was whether to vote on them as a single item rather than individually. They chose to vote on all three at once and approved the changes unanimously after a motion from Board Vice President James Walker and a second from trustee Lon Ford.

Property and Facilities Committee Chair Brian Nutt also presented a flyer about the college’s quest to find a buyer for 1009 Brook Drive, the former home of the Kilgore College Early Childhood Center.

The 1.1-acre property is for sale by the college at an asking price of $370,000. The property, which “has commercial potential,” is listed at 5,027 square feet. The flyer includes anyone looking for more information to contact the college at 903-983-8669.

Nutt also presented an action item to perform an asbestos abatement on the technical vocational building, the engineering and science building and the East Texas Oil Museum.

The areas in questions are flooring in the engineering science and the technical vocational building, 290 square feet of lab tabletops and two ventilation hoods in the technical vocational building, 80 feet of closet and a break room in the East Texas Oil Museum.

The work can begin following a two-week notice period and, Nutt said, it can reportedly be completed with four or five consecutive late-night shifts. The work, according to an ERI report, would cost an estimated $21,837.

Trustee Bob Heath seconded the committee recommendation before the board approved the item unanimously.

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