The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees heard a variety of reports Monday at its regular board meeting, including information on the technical school merger, a new program and the addition of athletic programs.
Highlight of the meeting was when the board recognized the Saints Basketball Team that placed third in the nation this year under new coach Bryan Zollinger. The Board congratulated the team on its successful season, and Coach Zollinger provided information on the player’s plans for next year including returning players and those transferring to another college or university.
Marvin Chance Jr., representative to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, reported that Sheila Frahm, KACCT executive director, submitted her resignation effective Jan. 1, 2009. The board briefly reviewed a succession plan for the KACCT.
The board also heard a report from the KACCT on a proposed new funding formula for Kansas Community Colleges. “The new proposal will not benefit us,” said Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, “but it also is not going to hurt or harm us because we are a small community college.” This distribution formula, if approved, would replace the present formula from SB345, which has never been totally funded, Williams said. “However, our ability to plan under the present formula is almost non-existent. Under the present formula, even if SCCC has enrollment growth, we still could receive less money from the state from one year to the next.”
Community colleges that are close to a large metropolitan area will benefit the most from this new formula.
The board will participate in commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m., Saturday, in the gym. Board member Marvin Chance Jr. will give the benediction. All board members present will present degrees. Regent Janie Perkins of the Kansas Board of Regents will be the commencement speaker.
The board heard updates on the merger between the college and Southwest Kansas Technical School. “Currently, enrollment at the technical school is low,” said Celeste Donovan, dean of student services. The college is working closely with technical school personnel to find out what new students will be attending the technical school and the number of returning students.
The board approved aligning SWKTS personnel within the SCCC organizational chart. The director of the area technical school will fall under the president and the dean of instruction; technical division instructors will report to the technical school director.
By the end of this month, SCCC Academic Affairs will have approved all the technical programs with the technical school, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction.
The technical school is presently funded through state post-secondary aid, student tuition and state vocational capital outlay grant. Based on these three funding sources, the college is developing the FY09 operational budget for the area technical school division of SCCC/ATS. Tuition for the technical school programs will remain at $48 per credit hour.
Even with the merger, all unified school districts are required by state statute to pay the tuition for any high school student who wants to take a technical school course.
Sherry Farrell, part-time instructor in both the business division and allied health division, presented an overview of a new certificate program in Health Administrative Billing and Coding. Farrell will design the courses for this program, develop the application to submit to the Kansas Board of Regents, market the program, create a partnership with local medical facilities and teach the courses. This 36-credit hour program will prepare students with entry-level skills needed to code, classify and index diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement within an outpatient setting. Currently, there is a nationwide shortage for medical coders.
“Qualified people are needed for outpatient coding and billing, which is the business-side of the health industry,” Farrell said. In addition to classroom instruction, the program will include clinicals.
Future plans include offering a two-year associate in applied science degree program online as well that would include inpatient billing and coding. Among the new classes are pathology/laboratory procedures for allied health, legal/ethical issues in healthcare; I-9 coding, CPT/HCPCS coding, classification systems and reimbursement, medical office procedures, advanced coding and clinical rotation.
Following further study of financial investment and potential student interest, the board directed the SCCC administration to report on the findings in the fall. Those sports under consideration include golf, track/cross country and soccer. In addition to funding through the general fund, the study will help both the SCCC Development Foundation and the Saints Booster Club plan for future programs.
The college is replacing the orange theater seats in the theater and selling rows of seats for $20 per seat. Individuals or groups interested in the seats are encouraged to contact the SCCC business office.
SCCC was notified that it will receive about 67 percent more in Perkins Grant funding, topping more than $89,000. The college will be putting together a plan for that grant money.
In other action, the board
1. approved Karen Cress as the new financial aid officer and Janice Northerns as English instructor;
2. adopted Board Policy 302 regarding student involvement in college operations;
3. adopted resolutions for seven bank accounts transferring funds from the Southwest Kansas Technical School to the college after July 1, 2008 when expenditures are complete;
4. approved new hardware and locks for the technical school in the amount of $17,285 for door hardware from Royal Architecture of Amarillo, Texas, and core and keys in the amount of $5,490 from Best Locking systems of Denver, Colo.;
5. approved interior building signage for the technical school in the amount of $12,000 from Innerface Signage of Denver, Colo., to correspond to new room numbers and building designations.
6. approved a new ADA accessible door from Southwest Glass and Door of Liberal in the amount of $12,597 for the north entrance of the technical school;
7. approved funding to bring the technical school campus onto the SCCC network and provide telephone services to the entire technical school campus and the manager’s unit of the Hale Court dorm;
8. accepted the bid from Advantage Courts Company of Amarillo, Texas in the amount of $24,600 to resurface the tennis courts; and
9. accepted the proposal from Time Warner Cable Systems of Liberal for television services in the dormitories, on the main SCCC campus and the technical school campus at $918.75 per month;
Upcoming events include a reception for the college’s literary magazine, “Telolith,” at 12:30 p.m., May 9, in the Shank Humanities Building; Nurses Capping and Pinning, 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, gymnasium; SCCC Commencement, 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, gymnasium; GED graduation, 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, theater; Service Awards, 2 p.m., May 19, SW229 C&D. Student Art will be on display in the humanities building beginning Wednesday.
The next board meeting is Monday, June 23.