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O-W Trustees Approve Masterplan for South Walton Center, Arts Center Season, Property Sale


A master plan for a new Okaloosa-Walton Community College instructional center in south Walton County, a series of Broadway shows for the next season at The Arts Center, and an endorsement of the sale of OWCC Foundation property in Destin were all approved March17 by the college's District Board of Trustees.

Trustees approved a conceptual master plan presented by Pat Ballasch of DAG Architects, Inc. of Destin for a new OWCC branch center in south Walton, to be located near the intersection of U.S. Highways 98 and 331, next to South Walton County's governmental complex.

The plan calls for a phased development of the 27.6 acres of property, with opportunity for expansion based on college needs. Architects proposed an initial phase, estimated to cost approximately $2.6 million, which would consist of administrative, student services and classroom facilities, and a design theme in keeping with both OWCC Niceville campus architecture and the coastal theme of other New Town Center buildings. The South Walton center will be OWCC's seventh location.

Trustees also approved a tentative schedule for the 2004-05 season at The Arts Center. Included in the Broadway Series are the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof, the popular musical review Smoky Joe's Café, a return engagement by Cirque Eloise from Montréal with a new show of dazzling aerobatic delights, and the opera Carmen. Also included were Artist Series shows Spencer's Art of Illusion, Goodnight Gracie and Cookin'. A series of children's shows includes Fernanden the Bull, Curious George, Pinocchio and Amelia Bedelia.

In other matters, trustees approved a certification report concerning the year-long activities of the OWCC Foundation and supported and endorsed the sale of the Mattie Kelly Estate by the OWCC Foundation.

OWCC Board attorney Joseph Lorenz briefed the trustees on a petition to the District Board of Trustees which requested that the board to hold an administrative hearing on the sale of the Mattie Kelly Estate by the OWCC Foundation. The trustees approved a motion for Lorenz to file any necessary response or motions related to the petition with the board.

Other matters approved by trustees included:

  • the Admissions requirements for the new bachelor of science degree in nursing,
  • a memorandum of understanding with the University of West Florida for operations of the Fort Walton Beach campus,
  • a competitive bid for site work for the new science technology building and
  • various items related to campus remodeling.

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