Concealed carry policy on tap for upcoming HC trustee meeting

Staff Writer

Howard College trustees will mull over a proposed new district policy pertaining to concealed guns on campus during their monthly meeting Monday.
Currently, the college does not allow firearms on campus, but will be required to change that policy come Aug. 1, 2017, because of a 2015 state law that allows concealed gun owners the ability to bring handguns onto campus grounds and into buildings.
At the March trustee meeting, college officials presented a draft plan for the new policy created by a committee consisting of administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
In other business, trustee will discuss ways to pay tribute to the late Marie Hall, who was a long-time benefactor to the college.
“Marie had this saying that she wanted to bring the artist out of all of us,” Sparks said. “She was always wanting to help bring the artist out of every profession from the health care to fine arts to those along the career paths. She was all about the students and the community and helping to bring about opportunity.”
Sparks added Hall left a “huge foot print” around the state helping to fund and promote innovative educational programs at many universities and colleges. Hall died on April 5, 2017.
Also during the meeting, trustees will hear an update on the search for a new head college/county librarian and will consider district policy changes, faculty contracts, personnel, and financial matters when they meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Tumbleweed Room, 1001 Birdwell Lane.