To: All Coastal Bend College Employees and Students
From: Dr. Justin Hoggard, Coastal Bend College President
Date: February 20, 2021
RE: Damage to physical plant
I hope this message finds all of you warmer and with water. This has been a trying time for the state of Texas. The good news is most of Texas has electrical and water services restored. Now we are all dealing with the residual effects of the storm.
Unfortunately, we still have considerable challenges ahead. For the sake of brevity and without becoming overly technical, the physical plant (HVAC) at the Beeville campus has been damaged and remains inoperable. The earliest this will be functional will be sometime next week. What we have experienced thus far is comparable to the domino effect: once one section is repaired, the next section fails. Our staff has been working long, hard hours in very difficulty circumstances to resolve the issue. They have been incredible and should be recognized for their efforts.
Due to this, we will be moving all instruction to remote learning through Tuesday February 23. This will allow the college to better understand the repair timeline with some colder temperatures passing. Students: please check Blackboard for any changes in your classes.
I will be sending another update tomorrow. It is critical for me to be mindful of our working conditions while balancing the workload our staff. I want to thank you all for your continued patience during this time. I recognize being “fluid and flexible” is not easy.
The Coastal Bend College motto is “Success Happens Here!” Under the best of conditions, this requires tremendous teamwork and tireless efforts on the part of our entire team. This week I have been reminded time and again the incredible lengths our team will go through to ensure we live up to this. Many of our staff have come in and worked in stressful environments, in wet and cold conditions, only to return their homes and do more of the same.
We had several other staff members ensuring our housing students were safe and had food, water, and a warm place to sleep. Sacrifices were made to ensure CBC did what was necessary and proper to provide safe and sanitary conditions.
This was a tremendous effort and required everyone to work in tandem. For this I am grateful. To be part of a team with this much concern and compassion is truly an honor. We will continue our efforts until we have full services restored. Until then, we will maintain our current course of action to resolve the remaining issues.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. We will persevere!
Dr. Justin Hoggard
Coastal Bend College
3800 Charco RD
Beeville, TX 78102