Audit, consolidation and funding were the main topics before the Seward County Community College Board of Trustees during its regular board meeting Monday, Feb. 4.
Representatives of the college have met with USD 480 representatives regarding consolidation of the Southwest Kansas Technical School.
The SCCC board reviewed the most recent copy of an agreement and directed the administration to provide clarification of some items in the agreement. Land and liability are still key issues that have not been settled, but the college board is willing to work with USD 480 to reach an agreement.
In the present agreement, USD 480 has included a section to retain the 20.69 acres between the college and the technical school including the dorms and the truck driving land. USD480 would lease the land on a yearly basis to SCCC. The Trustees discussed the need to retain the SWKTS campus as a unit, but to consider a purchase of a similar size tract of land for future USD expansion and exchange that land or funds for the land with USD480.
The SCCC board will meet at 12 noon, Friday, Feb. 8 in the board room to discuss changes to the most recent agreement presented by USD 480.
The board approved the FY07 audit report as presented by Linda Billings of Byron Bird and Associates. The audit was presented with an unqualified opinion and no statutory or budgetary violations. Billings told the board that the college is in solid financial position, with a good cash reserve.
The board endorsed a new distribution formula for Kansas Community Colleges using a three-year enrollment average and a phase out of the hold-harmless agreement over a period of five years. The board directed Marvin Chance Jr., the SCCC representative to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, to present this recommendation to members of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees this month as they discuss a new funding formula.
This plan protects schools that have enrollment that goes up and down from year to year, said Tom Williams, dean of administrative services, who served on the committee that studied a number of funding formulas. Under this plan, a college could average enrollments and that would give a college additional time to plan for changes in state funding due to enrollment fluctuations.
The committee compared this formula to the present funding formula that was initiated when the 19 Kansas Community College came under the Kansas Board of Regents in 1999.
The board heard an update of an application that has been submitted to the Kansas Finance Authority in the amount of $1.26 million to obtain interest-free loans from the state. The money would be used to replace boilers/chiller, breaker panels and system/controls; install a fire alarm system; renovate a wash rack in the agriculture building and repair brickwork and sidewalks.
Each year the college can request these interest-free loans from the state as a result of legislation passed in 2007.
The administration advised the board of the development of an interagency agreement with Kansas Rehabilitation Services that could provide additional access to vocational and rehabilitation services to college students. Colleges are not governed by the same requirements as unified school districts, yet many students who have limitations are requesting similar services which were provided to them during high school. The interagency agreement was developed to improve coordination efforts to better assist students.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, told the board about a new articulation agreement with Park University that will offer the final two years of a bachelor’s degree to students who take their first two years through EduKan, the online consortium that offers two-year degrees through six western Kansas community colleges, including SCCC.
Duane Dunn, president, announced the upcoming Phi Theta Kappa Kansas All-Academic team recognition banquet to be held in Topeka. Sophomores Jacob Elder and Erica Herrera will be recognized at the event.
A Sunday brunch will be held in the SCCC Student Union on Feb. 10 with various student musical performances. The brunch is open to the public with a meal available in the cafeteria and entertainment in the student union.
In other action, the board
1. Moved the June 2008 board meeting to Monday, June 23 to close out the 2007-08 school year and moved the July 2008 board meeting to Monday, July 21;
2. Accepted the resignation of Rachel Thexton, financial aid director, and directed the board to fill the position;
3. Approved the purchase of the METI Patient Care Simulator from Medical Education Technologies, Inc., of Sarasota, Fla., in the amount of $48,369 for the nursing program;
4. Approved the bid in the amount of $84,870 from Southwest Glass & Door to complete the activities building glazing project and an additional $20,000 to Coonrod and Associates of Wichita for preparatory work; and
5. Approved the purchase of the Puritan Bennet Model 840 ventilator from Tyco Healthcare, Puritan Bennet Division of St. Louis, Mo., in the amount of $27,500 for the Respiratory Therapy program.
The next regular board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 3 in the board room.