Terra enrollment at 2,346 students

FREMONT — With the semester moving forward, Terra State Board of Trustees were given an update on enrollment during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Kristen Lindsey, who is serving as interim enrollment services manager, said as of Wednesday, there were 2,346 students enrolled. Lindsey said that number is to continue to fluctuate as the students who are designated “no show” or “no payment.” She said the school has put in place better ways to reach these students, such as implementing slips to be given to these students who need to complete documentation.

“We are reaching students earlier and getting them on track with the process,” she said.

During the meeting, Interim President Ron Schumacher gave his report indicating that due to the delay in The Landings dorms from opening on time, 46 students temporarily have been housed in a local hotel — which is being funded by the construction company Adena Corp. On the issue of meals, students are provided meals from local businesses each night, also to be reimbursed from the company.

Shumacher said the school has had no issues with students leaving due to the administration being up-front with students about the delays. He said there has not been a definitive completion date.

On another matter, trustees agreed to reallocate funds given to Terra State by the state of Ohio originally to be used to renovate Building B. Schumacher said they want to use the funds — which amount to $8.3 million — to be used for higher priority needs of the college include infrastructure and technology.

The board also provided a president search update and said the job has been posted online and 21 applications have been received for reviewed — with three having been unqualified.

The board also recognized Jim Lippert, who was instrumental in establishing the START (Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training) program. Lippert started the program in 2009 after a need developed to increase the area’s workforce.

The board entered into executive session to discuss the appointment of public employees. The board decided to table the motion to hire an athletic director and volleyball coach.

Board Chair Kay Reiter said “the board is in need of more information at this point in time.”