Board of Regents approves $85,000 in grants

On Monday afternoon, the Frank Phillips College Board of Regents unanimously approved the accepting of grants from the Brumley Foundation and LINN Energy totaling $85,000.From the Brumley Foundation, FPC received a grant in the amount of $45,000, with the funds designated to be used towards scholarships for low-income students who reside in the upper 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.LINN Energy provided the college with a grant in the amount of $35,000 to be used for equipment for the Pump and Engine (P&E) and Instrumentation and Electrical Technology (I&E) programs.All of the board members present at Monday's meeting expressed their gratitude in seeing the college receive the two grants, with board member Steve Williams saying, “The Brumley Foundation has been a faithful supporter of the college for many years and is appreciated by the board.” Williams added, “In their short time in the community LINN Energy has really stepped up in developing a strong relationship with the college and showing it their support.”Also during the FPC's Board of Regents January meeting, the board approved to spend $20,163 from reserves to cover the cost of the college's portion of the repairs to the Allen Campus in Perryton.In August of 2011, the board approved spending up to $200,000 from reserves to address on-going problems with wind shear, cracking walls, and the parking lot at the Allen Campus.The additional $20,000 will go towards additional costs accumulated for dirt work done in the parking lot. Due to the additional cost going over the $200,000 amount approved in August, approval to remove the additional funds from reserves required the board's approval.At this time, the college doesn't see any additional costs from the repairs at the Allen Campus.