DCC Students Plan March on LCTCS Board of Supervisors Meeting

Editorial by Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

If you are one of the dozens of adversely affected students due to the recent cancellations of the TV Production and Mass Communication programs at Delgado Community College (DCC), then other students are hoping you will join them Wednesday morning to caravan to Baton Rouge and make our voices heard at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s (www.LCTCS.edu) Board of Supervisors meeting.

The LCTCS Board of Supervisors meeting (the one that may be deciding our ultimate fate) is this Wednesday May 10, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Baton Rouge Comm. College, in the Louisiana Bldg., 201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, La. “The boardroom is on the 1st floor, through the two sets of double doors and to the left,” said Quintin Taylor, Exec. Dir. of Media Relations for the LCTCS.

May 2017 Agenda

According to La. law, the final agenda does not have to be published until 24 hours before the meeting, so tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., we will know if our fate is on the agenda, or not.

Regardless, I am going to make an appearance at the meeting and I have room for three passengers in my SUV if anyone else wants to go and needs a ride. I do not have air conditioning if that is a deal breaker. Hopefully, some others will also be driving and have room.  You can join the discussion and arrange to give or get a ride at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DelgadoVideoTVProductionTheatreDigMediaGroup/

While I haven’t been able to confirm that we will be able to speak, I did find out from the LA State Board of Regents, their meetings, the next one set for Monday May 22, 2017, does have a time for public comments. All you have to do is fill out a card upon arrival. I’m guessing the LCTCS Board of Supervisors will be similar — or we can just make our voices heard one way or another.

Since Chancellor Joan Davis was adamant that the Board of Supervisors has not yet decided our fate, this could be our last chance to be heard before they vote. How ironic would it be if we could sway some of the votes of the Board of Supervisors and Chancellor Davis will have to rehire all the terminated professors and staff? At least that would guarantee that the “teach-out” program she promised would actually be done instead of the hodgepodge solutions the administration is floating right now.

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