New River Community and Technical College Board of Governors met on Monday, October 14 for a Special Board meeting regarding the Greenbrier County Commission Ruling. The Board entered into Executive Session for their deliberations and then returned to the regular meeting announcing the decision to return $0 to the Greenbrier County Commission. In addition, the Board of Governors will ask the College's Foundation to proceed with filing an interpleader.
The New River Board of Governors, at a previous Board meeting, voted to request the New River Community and Technical College Foundation return $300,000 to the Greenbrier County Commission on September 23, 2013. The check was cashed on September 30, 2013. Dr. L. Marshall Washington, President of New River, commented, "There has been no communication from the Commission concerning the return of the $300,000."
Approximately five years ago the Greenbrier County Commission approached New River Community and Technical College requesting assistance in renovating the swimming pool located in the Greenbrier Valley Campus Arts and Science building for use of the citizens of Greenbrier County. After long discussions, New River agreed to lease 9,500 square feet of the building to the Greenbrier County Commission on January 21, 2011 to accommodate this request. On July 10, 2013, the Greenbrier County Commission cancelled the lease with New River, expiring at the end of the required 30 day period, August 31, 2013.
New River has expended money on planning, architectural design and the infrastructure of the Arts and Science building and the swimming pool area. Dr. Washington met with a Greenbrier County Commission representative on October 2, 2013 to negotiate a settlement, presenting the figure of $400,000. That request was denied. "It is unfortunate that these series of events have occurred, however, the College has done no wrong and we will continue to support Greenbrier County in good faith," states Dr. Washington, "New River Community and Technical College is here to support our mission of providing accessible, affordable, quality education and workforce programs to meet the needs of the region we serve." New River's operations at the Greenbrier Valley Campus contribute nearly $12,000,000 each year into the regional economy.