By LEVI PASCHER
For The Recorder
JOHNSTOWN -- Fulton-Montgomery Community College has made a number of various upgrades to the facilities this summer to improve students' experience and environment for the coming semester, vice president for administration and finance David Morrow told the board of trustees Thursday evening.
"We always have a lot of smaller summer projects going on," Morrow said. "It was nothing major but some of it was certainly significant."
Morrow advised the board that workers have been busy at Raiders Hall doing various repair work, some of which was related to a fire that occurred on campus in March.
A fire March 2 damaged one suite and five others received water damage. That incident and others following it resulted in six students being dismissed from the college for smoking in their campus dormitories.
Swanger said Raiders Hall sustained an estimated $30,000 in damages, although insurance covered the majority of that cost.
Morrow said the college recently spent about $15,000 to build large smoking structures outside of the student housing facilities.
The college also painted the interiors of 21 units within Raiders Hall and made other minor brick work structural repairs, he said.
Morrow said the college recently modified the business education and career hub in the lower level of the classroom building, which changed the layout and newly outfitted the room with a teaching station, new technology and furniture.
He also said the college changed its television system throughout the campus from analog to digital by replacing the old televisions with 12 new flat screens.
Morrow said the televisions are used for various campus messaging and to broadcast the student-organized campus news program.
He also said students arriving in the various parking areas on campus will have a smoother experience next month as the college made several repairs.
The fall semester will also bring the grand opening of the new Raider Trader bookstore. Last year, book distributor Follett Higher Education Group partnered with the Fulmont College Association to take over operation of the bookstore.
Swanger said the association had been operating the bookstore independently for years but the increase in cost for college textbooks made it difficult for the college to save students money.
Students will also have an opportunity to purchase items from a new food cart in the classroom building.
Morrow estimated the college spent about $100,000 on the various projects.
On a larger scale the college has also been spending the summer working on the $800,000 technology upgrade which was a capital project for 2014.
State and federal aid funded half the project, while the other half required $200,000 contributions from each of the two sponsoring counties.