Ag complex completed at HC

Howard College officials are about to put the wraps on another construction project.Trustees will hear updates on a variety of construction projects when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.End of construction of the Broughton Agriculture Complex will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tours May 1.The complex, which consists of an open-air pavilion, show barn and classroom building, was financed through a $2.6 million donation to the college from the C.G. Broughton Foundation.The pavilion will be used for livestock judging and summer agriculture camp activities, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said. The show barn will be the site of various livestock shows and offers the college an climate-controlled environment to hold ag activities, while the third building will house classrooms, county extension offices and lab space, she added.From initial concept designs to completion, the project took less than three years and will dramatically improve the college's agriculture program, Sparks said.“The agriculture industry has been a foundation for this area for a long, long time,” she said. “The vision behind this complex is to further that industry, which was one of the major interests of Mr. Broughton.”The complex will also serve county interests, as well. As the future home of the county extension service, the complex will be the site for continuing education classes for area farmers and ranchers. In addition, it will be the new home of the Howard County 4H Livestock Show.Other construction projects to be discussed during Monday's meeting include expansion of the college's San Angelo campus and renovation of the college's baseball field.In other business, trustees will consider:• Bids for computer technology in San Angelo and science equipment in Big Spring.• Accountability measures.• Naming of a professor emeritus at the Big Spring campus.• Personnel matters.• Budget preparation.