The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees Monday authorized the publication of the 2004-05 budget as the college prepares for the opening of the fall 2004 semester in August. The board approved a .176 mill levy decrease based on an assessed valuation of $241,849,969. Although the assessed valuation did see a substantial increase of approximately $42 million, $38 million of the increase was in the category of oil and gas production, a value that fluctuates greatly from year to year. The budget will be published prior to the August board meeting. Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, told the board the college ended the year in great fiscal shape, business and industry had a successful year and credit hour production was good.

Dr. Duane Dunn, new SCCC president, was present for his first board meeting and he told the board he has spent his first two weeks getting to know the college and its employees. His main priorities include a review of the college's strategic plan, an understanding of the college's role in economic development, a consistent flow of information and the development of a long-range campus expansion plan.

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