2022 Wyoming Statutes
Title 21 - Education
Chapter 18 - Community Colleges
Article 3 - Community College Districts
Section 21-18-303 - District Board Generally; Powers; Board Approved Additional Mill Levy.
21-18-303. District board generally; powers; board approved additional mill levy.
(a) The community college district board may:
(i) Sue and be sued in the name by which the district is designated;
(ii) Hold and convey property for the benefit of the district in the name by which the district is designated;
(iii) Employ legal counsel and bear the cost of litigation;
(iv) Construct or otherwise provide bookstores, vehicular parking facilities, recreational, or other facilities necessary and incidental to the community college, and may fix rates and provide for the collection of same;
(v) Issue general obligation bonds for community college purposes as specified in this act;
(vi) Issue revenue bonds for the purposes, and in the manner specified in this act;
(vii) Establish and collect charges, and rentals and student fees for services and facilities furnished, acquired, constructed, or purchased from the proceeds of revenue bonds;
(viii) Charge and collect fees and tuition;
(ix) Enter into agreements with any public or private agency, institution, person or corporation for the performance of acts or for the furnishing of services or facilities by or for the community college district or for the joint performance of an act or function or the joint furnishing of services and facilities by the district and the other party to the agreement;
(x) Insure against loss of property or revenue from any cause;
(xi) Insure against public liability or property damage concerning the facilities authorized by the governing board, and insure and hold harmless from liability all administrative and teaching personnel, and all other employees of the community college district;
(xii) Establish criteria for appointments to fill vacancies in the board not inconsistent with the provisions of this act and provide for the removal of a board member for cause or change of residence;
(xiii) Call special meetings at the discretion of the board president or a majority of the board without the necessity of publication of formal notice;
(xiv) Contribute to the financial support of the commission in funding or in-kind services as determined through consultation between the community college boards and the commission;
(xv) Employ, at its own discretion, an assistant to the treasurer of the community college district board, who shall be subject to the same bonding and fiduciary regulations as are imposed upon the treasurer and who may be empowered to satisfy debts of the district as they become due and owing;
(xvi) Confer degrees and certificates, including applied baccalaureate degrees approved by the commission, and grant diplomas as are usual for community colleges and authorized under its accreditation by the regional accrediting agency;
(xvii) Subject to all applicable laws and rules, determine the qualifications and responsibilities of bidders or respondents on contracts for the construction of public projects, facilities or structures over which the board controls the bidding process, through the use of standard forms and procedures adopted by the board;
(xviii) Enter into student learner agreements as defined by W.S. 27-14-102(a)(xxxiv) with any employer pursuant to W.S. 27-14-110.
(b) In addition to the levy imposed under W.S. 21-18-304(a)(vii) and any levy imposed under W.S. 21-18-311(f), the community college district board may approve up to one (1) additional mill levy on the assessed value of the district for a period not to exceed two (2) years for the regular support and operation of the college. A determination by the board shall be made at a regular or special meeting following a public hearing announced by the board. Notice of intent to levy all or a portion of the additional one (1) mill shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the district at least thirty (30) days before the hearing date. Upon approval, the board shall report the additional levy to the board of county commissioners of each county within the district in the same manner the necessary levy under W.S. 21-18-304(a)(vii) is reported. Any tax imposed under this subsection may be renewed by the board for additional two (2) year periods subject to public hearing requirements specified under this section and shall be levied, collected and distributed separate from the tax imposed under W.S. 21-18-304(a)(vii) and any additional levy imposed under W.S. 21-18-311(f). Revenues collected under this subsection shall not be restricted by the commission in any manner but shall be identified in the biennial funding report of the college under W.S. 21-18-205(b).
(c) The community college district board shall procure the professional services of architects, engineers and surveyors in accordance with W.S. 9-23-105(f) through (h) and 9-23-106(g).