Gateway trustees hear of plan

STEUBENVILLE -Eastern Gateway Community College’s Board of Trustees elected new officers for 2014 during its regular meeting on the Jefferson County campus.

New officers elected include Chair John Gilmore of Steubenville; Vice Chair Larry Long of East Liverpool; Secretary Angela Mastros of Wintersville; and Ohio Association of Community Colleges Delegate Molly Seals of Canfield.

Current Chairman William Mulane of Warren is leaving the board as his term has expired. He told his fellow trustees that “this is a great institution and I admire how they moved from serving one county to four with such speed.”

In other business, trustees agreed to the purchase of a new telephone system in 2014. The board approved the purchase of a hybrid system with land and voice-over Internet capabilities from World Radio Telecommunications for $227,612. Additionally, the board accepted a $33,040 proposal from Teletronics to assist the college’s technology department with implementation of upgrades to the college’s voice and data network. The new system will tie in the Jefferson County campus in Steubenville, Valley Center in Youngstown and Warren Center in Warren.

Eastern Gateway will go tobacco-free at all its facilities in the new year. Trustees revised their policy to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco and tobacco/tobacco-related products in or on all college-owned or leased property, including college-leased vehicles.

Effective this fall, the only time Eastern Gateway will close for snow or inclement weather is when a Level 3 Alert has been issued by the sheriff’s department of a specific county where the college holds classes. Only the classes in the effected county will be canceled, the board was informed.

Trustees approved a six-year higher education capital plan to be submitted to the state for approval. The plan must be approved by the state and funded through the General Assembly’s capital biennium budget.

Other items approved by the board were an unpaid leave of absences for instructor Jack Thayer and hiring Jefferson Security Services for $21,500 to help the college complete a security threat assessment and operational plan as required by the state.