McLennan Group School Board plans to debate future plans of Highlander Ranch

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The McLennan Group School Board of Trustees will talk about the long run plans of Highlander Ranch Tuesday to ultimately determine whether or not to maintain or promote the property the place MCC’s Vet Tech program is situated and the place group members take equine and animal coaching programs.

The faculty has been reviewing the ranch for about 4 years when it comes to its monetary stability.

“We see at this level, our board of trustees stated it’s actually costing us extra, it’s not breaking even,” MCC President Dr. Johnette McKown, stated. “We wish to see if there’s some methods to make it extra financially possible as a result of they do have a fiscal accountability.”

A bunch of tutorial workers on the ranch might be presenting a four-year plan choice to preserve the ranch in addition to choices to promote it.

The ranch affords quite a lot of totally different actions and applications. MCC college students within the Veterinarian Technician program practice will attend this system on the property. Folks can take horse-back driving classes, equine lessons, coaching lessons for animals and board horses.

Crawford and Jenice Lengthy board two horses on the ranch as workers present care to their horses when they aren’t capable of.

“There usually are not very many locations like this, and we get actually excellent care of the horses,” Lengthy stated.

The Lengthy’s stated an worker observed one among their horses was displaying signs of colic, which is belly ache in horses that would flip deadly. The worker referred to as the Lengthy’s instantly and their horse was despatched to Bryan for surgical procedure.

“The vet stated that, if we’d gotten him there three hours later, it may need been deadly,” Lengthy stated. “To have someone out right here that knew the signs and test on him and name us at 8 a.m., that’s one thing particular that you just wouldn’t get numerous locations.”

Sandra Wittliff has been educating coaching programs for the group for years.

“We do canine coaching, canine habits work,” she stated. “We do a youngsters camp that we do through the summer season and mainly making an attempt to have canine grow to be good function fashions out in public. We do numerous canine security…I wish to be certain individuals are protected round canine, and the canine are protected round folks.”

When Wittliff and the Lengthy’s came upon the board can be discussing the destiny of the ranch, they have been shocked.

“We’re involved, yeah, as a result of we’re going to have to search out one other place, and there aren’t very many equine boarding locations round this space,” Jenice stated.

“All of it goes…I don’t know the place we’re going to do our testing at,” Wittliff stated. “I don’t know the place I’ll do any form of workshops and any of the category. The children camp goes away…”

McKown stated there individuals who board their horses on the ranch and the Vet Tech program are the principle sources of income for the ranch, but it surely’s not sufficient to interrupt even.

“It’s actually form of arduous when a part of your mission is supporting the group,” she stated. “Our essential income in fact for the Vet Tech program are tuition and costs, and native taxes help these issues and state appropriations on group applications. They attempt to make them break even by the bills and likewise the income, and, when you may have a ranch like that, you’re going to should have ranch fingers and other forms of issues to assist handle it.”

That’s the reason the McKown stated the group of tutorial workers are presenting the choice for the four-year plan, which can embrace making use of for grants, investing in employees and program expansions, utilizing land for different assets, partnering with different companies and universities and growing programs and present enviornment.

The opposite choices embrace accepting proposals to promote the ranch or settle for third celebration partnerships.

“I do know that now we have to have some extra assets to actually make it financially to the place it’s sustainable,” McKown stated. “It’s simply going to be a matter of what the board needs to do.”

The Lengthy’s and Wittliff hope the Board’s determination will permit them to benefit from the ranch for years to return.

“I’m hoping they may think about ways in which maybe we are able to preserve it,” Jenice stated.

“I simply actually hope that they haven’t already made up their minds, that they preserve their minds open,” Wittliff stated.

McKown stated they don’t plan on eliminating the vet tech program altogether if the board does determine to promote. They plan to transform the course utilizing a distinct mannequin.

The Board of Trustees will meet at MCC Convention Heart at 6 p.m. The agenda stated the Board will talk about and determine whether or not or to not vote till later conferences.

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