The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees heard a variety of reports including technical school updates, summer projects and preliminary budget information.
Board Member Marvin Chance Jr. is chair of the search committee to hire a new executive director of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees. Sheila Frahm, KACCT executive director, submitted her resignation effective Jan. 1, 2009.
Chance also reported that KACCT tabled the proposed revisions to state funding formula for the 19 Kansas Community Colleges, since only 11 of the 19 Kansas Community Colleges voted for a change in the current funding formula. The Council of Presidents will continue work on a revised formula and will submit it to KACCT for consideration in June 2009.
The college and the Southwest Kansas Technical School will officially merge July 1. Dr. Duane Dunn told the board that the SCCC Academic Affairs Committee has now approved all of the technical courses and programs at the technical school. These have been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and were submitted to the Kansas Department of Education for their approval of the programs for high school students. The college converted each program from clock hours to credit hours.
Currently there are 46 high school students and 77 new adult students enrolled in the technical school programs, Dunn said. SWKTS staff are providing weekly enrollment reports.
Admissions staff is working with the instructional team to register these technical school students after July 1, according to a written report from Celeste Donovan, dean of student services.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, reported the Gas Compressor Institute was once again well done and profitable for both the college and the Petroleum Industry Education Committee. The two groups are now working on Gas Measurement for September.
Reed is also working on a non-credit Natural Gas Compressor Mechanics program through Business and Industry.
Tom Williams, dean of administrative services, reported that the college is currently replacing the doors on the northwest corner of the activities center, replacing the boilers and chillers and replacing the old theater seats. Other summer projects will include sidewalk replacement and changes to the wash rack in the agricultural building.
Williams said he received a preliminary report from the county clerk’s office which reflects a county valuation in the amount of $314,745,909. Although the final budget will not be presented until the July budget meeting, the college’s mill levy should reflect a slight mill levy decrease.
Dunn also gave an update of the board/student dinner comments in May and the progress on changes including communication to allied health students, recommendations for cafeteria selections and washer/dryer operations in the dorms. The students commented on the positive relationships with faculty and advisors and the quality and appearance of the campus facilities.
Dunn reported that enrollment in EduKan online classes continues to grow and each member college will receive $25,000. In addition, EduKan will establish a succession plan for a new executive director in the next six months in anticipation of a possible change in personnel. Barton County Community College will remain a part of EduKan along with Seward County, Garden City, Dodge City, Pratt and Colby community colleges.
In other action, the board
1. Accepted the resignation of Patti Beard, Student Support Services director, effective July 3;
2. Approved the Student Insurance Coverage Policy that clarifies the college’s role and student’s responsibility for medical insurance coverage;
3. Reviewed changes to the Professional Development Grant Policy;
4. Approved a bid from Weatherly Electric of Liberal in the amount of $203,500 to replace the 1973 Federal Pacific break panels with Siemans breaker panels on both the main college campus and the technical school campus. Funds for this project are provided through the state bond program for deferred maintenance;
5. Approved the bid from Flooring America of Liberal in the amount of $18,672 to replace carpet in the meeting rooms of the Student Activities Center;
6. Approved the bid from Kansas Contract Design of Wichita in the amount of $14,793.40 to purchase 32 computer-ready tables/work desks for AA113 to accommodate the computer gaming and animation courses;
7. Approved the purchase of a food service software license from Altoona, Penn., in the amount of $18,205 that will work with current bar codes on student identification cards on both the main campus and the technical school campus;
8. Approved the renewal of the Skills Tutor Online Software license agreement in the amount of $21,000 that is used in the Academic Achievement Center, Colvin Adult Learning Center and the skills lab at the technical school; and
9. Approved the purchase of title insurance policy for the technical school campus.
In other announcements, President Dunn has been appointed to the American Association of Community College’s commission on student achievement and workforce development; the third summer session of classes begins July 7 and Kids College is July 14-17 and July 21-24 for children in grades 1-7.
The next board meeting is Monday, July 21 in the board room.