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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 11, 2007

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Ross Beck, Director of Public Information & Marketing
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File: NR-Bond Open Doors

Measure W Opens Doors to Student Success

Ukiah, CA – With the passage in the November election of Measure W, authorizing $67.5 million of facilities bond funds, Mendocino College is moving forward in implementing their plans.In November, Superintendent/President Kathryn Lehner formed the Bond Implementation Planning Committee that includes key management personnel, classified staff and faculty.

“Measure W passed with voter approval substantially greater than the 55% required for passage under Proposition 39,” states Lehner. “Now the really satisfying work begins as we move forward to literally open doors for student success with new and upgraded facilities. In order to manage the hundreds of elements of a successful bond implementation plan, the District has established a Bond Implementation Planning (BIP) Committee that will meet weekly to address current and future issues, and provide information for regular communications to students, college staff and the public.”

The Bond Implementation Planning Committee offers advice to the Superintendent/President concerning the overall planning for the implementation of Measure W bond projects. Committee activities include project identification, planning coordination, prioritization and scheduling, and coordination of communication to college constituencies about the status of all bond projects. Subcommittees will be formed to focus on specific projects, such as the new Library/Learning Resource Center on the Ukiah Campus, a new permanent Willits Center in north Mendocino County, and a new permanent Lake Center in the Lakeport area.

Bond Implementation Planning Committee members

Members of the Bond Implementation Planning Committee, left to right, are Kathryn G. Lehner, Superintendent/President, BIP chair; Eileen Cichocki, Director of Fiscal Services; Mike Adams, Director of Facility Services; Tom Kesey, VP of Administrative Services; John Loucks, Telecommunications Technician (Classified member); Ross Beck, Director of Public Information and Marketing; Mark Rawitsch, Dean of Instruction-Centers; Meridith Randall, VP of Education and Student Services; Karen Christopherson, Director of Computing Services; Donald Moore, Dean of Student Services; and John Koetzner, Head Librarian (Faculty member).

At their December meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the formation of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee as required under Proposition 39. Applications to serve on the committee are available online at and are due Friday, January 19. The Board of Trustees will appoint members to the committee at their February 7, 2007 meeting.

With numerous projects planned over several years, ranging from new facilities to renovations, the College intends to keep students and the general public aware of activities at various stages. “We will be placing signs on the Ukiah Campus, Willits Center, and Lake Center listing projects being financed by Measure W and their projected completion dates,” states Director of Public Information Ross Beck, “We also plan to place signs at locations where work is being done to increase awareness of bond funded activities.”

“We have set up a new website where we will be posting information to keep everyone informed of our activities. We invite the public to go online at www/ to get news and updates of Measure W Bond activities.”

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Created: January 12, 2007 @ 08:50 AM
Last Modified: January 12, 2007 @ 01:57 PM


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