OC board to consider new meal plan

A new meal program for Odessa College students will be proposed to the board of trustees during their 6:30 p.m. meeting April 23 in the Zant Room of the Saulsbury Campus Center.

During an April 17 board workshop, Vice President for Student Services Kim McKay said the program, called Odessa College Wrangler Bucks Campus Dining Dollars, would start next fall with board approval.

McKay said they anticipate requesting $400,000 to serve 4,000 students across the entire school year.

The idea is to give students $100 per semester for two meals a week because students typically go to school two days a week. The program would be open to online students and those on extension campuses to encourage them to come to the Odessa campus.

McKay said she would also bring some information from their food service provider about discounted rates so students can stretch their dollars further.

The program would use a declining balance on their digital student ID card, McKay said.

“There is no cash value, so there is no cash back and in December and May, the balances will be rolled back to the institution and then reinvested,” she added during the April 17 workshop.

Students would be able to choose dining options from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are also arrangements in the works for student athletes.

The board will also review bids for the University Boulevard and Golder Avenue project.

At the workshop, Vice President for Administrative Services Ken Zartner discussed a project for landscape and signage at the intersection.

The recommendation would be to go with Mid-Tex of Midland, which bid $498,000. Estimated completion time would be 100 days.

Onyx bid $639,488 with an estimated 120-day completion, according to information from the meeting.

Trustees also discussed a tax abatement for Matheson Tri-Gas’ proposed air separation unit at the workshop.

Tuesday’s meeting will also include:

  • Monthly financial statements and budget amendments; and the quarterly investment report.

Also, informational items:

  • Education report
  • Institutional effectiveness report
  • A Vision 2030+ update
  • President’s report: Positively OC scholars accepted into the Texas Community College Advisory Council; TMI check presentation; Steinway Showcase at Odessa College; and National NC3 Signing Day.
  • An executive session