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Gregory Pensa, center, Hancock College board of trustees president, honors the late Henry Grennan, a former board member who died in early May, at Tuesday evening's board meeting at Hancock College.

Hancock College’s board of trustees voted Tuesday to move the college's Solvang Center to Santa Ynez Union Valley High School’s campus, which is expected to strengthen the relationship and recruiting between the schools. 

The board unanimously approved the joint use agreement that will facilitate moving the college’s Solvang campus on Alisal Road to Santa Ynez Valley Union High School’s campus, slated to open Aug. 21 in time for the fall semester. The new location will feature one 32-student classroom, a computer lab and an office.

According to Felix Hernandez, Hancock’s vice president of operations, the agreement will “support the dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment programs” that currently exist between Hancock and that high school.

Board President Gregory Pensa, whose board district includes the high school, said the move "will be a great recruiting tool to get students from Santa Ynez into Hancock College."

In other business, former trustee and newly elected bond oversight committee chairperson Tim Bennett submitted the committee’s report on Measure I -- a $180 million bond that passed in 2006 -- which found that, overall, the college remained in full compliance of the rules and regulations that outline how funds from a bond may be used.

The largest expenditure of bond funds in 2016 were used on the completion of Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc, and noted that reconstruction of the complex’s shooting range was in compliance with regulations but that corrective action is needed in a portion of the complex. 

In 2016, Measure I funds also contributed to significant technology equipment modernization and scheduled maintenance on buildings and infrastructure.

Measure I will continue to contribute to several future capital construction projects that were prioritized in a five-year construction plan that also was reported to the board Tuesday evening. Hancock’s district will seek additional state funds to assist with several future construction projects across Hancock’s campuses.

Of the five-year plan, priority was placed on a fine arts complex intended to consolidate fine arts instruction in new facilities, as well as several new construction and modernization projects across the campus. In Lompoc, priority was set on a physical plant building to provide facilities and a service yard for custodial, maintenance and ground operations, and the addition of an amphitheater.

Hancock’s student trustee Carson Link also was honored for his service to the board for the last year.

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“This has been a great experience, one of the most growing experiences of my life,” Link said, addressing the board. “It taught me a lot about myself and how to be a good leader as I grow. To the board, you guys have been great."

Pensa recognized Link for “setting a high standard” for a student trustee and said the board appreciated his efforts.

Board member Larry Lahr and Pensa also remembered the late Henry Grennan, a well-known Santa Maria man who died in early May. Grennan served on Hancock’s board of trustees before becoming the city’s Recreation and Parks commissioner.

“He was an inspiration to all of us,” said Pensa, who shared an anecdote about a fond pastime sharing chocolate milkshakes with Grennan.

Krista Chandler covers education in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast News. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @KristasBeat. 


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