Monday, October 6, 2008
Hobble Academic Building Board Room
7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes of September 2, 2008

III. Visitor Reports:

A. Introduction of New Staff
B. Introductions of Student Government Association(SGA) & SkillsUSA Officers
C. Board of Trustee Comments

IV. Old Business

V. Hearings/Petitions

VI. New Business

A. Personnel Report

B. Board Policy Manual
Second reading of revisions to Policy 607 – Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens
2. First reading of revisions to Policy 620 – Family and Medical Sickness/Leave of Absence

C. Program Reviews:
Business Administration Marketing/Management
2. Annual updates
Business and Industry

D. AQIP Project Update

E. Procedures for appointment of new Board Trustee member

F. Quotes:
Instructional media

G. Bids:1. Drafting Program Tables

VII. College Reports:
Director Poley
B. Dale Reed, Associate Dean
C. Dean Rapp
D. Dean Donovan
E. Dean Williams
F. Dr. Dunn

VIII. Bills Pending

IX. Other

X. Executive Session

XI. Adjourn
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is able to benefit from a tax credit program offered through the Kansas Department of Revenue. The college can benefit by donations for identified deferred maintenance projects, and the individual donor benefits through reductions in their tax liability. The donors of these funds may be awarded a tax credit equal to 60 percent of their donation upon approval by the Kansas Department of Revenue. Funds must be used for campus deferred maintenance items and cannot be used for the purchase of property, construction of student dormitories, or construction of athletic facilities.
Deferred maintenance projects eligible for the use of the funds at SCCC/ATS include air handling system; fire alarm system; boiler/chiller replacement; electrical system upgrades; concrete/sidewalk repairs; and expansion of the ag building for wash rack renovation. However, if a donor is interested in contributing toward a specific project, which is not on the deferred maintenance list, that project can be presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval within the restrictions of the Department of Revenue guidelines.
The Board of Trustees has established a minimum contribution of $500 to the college for deferred maintenance projects that would qualify for participation in the tax credit program. The legislation provides an opportunity for donors to participate through calendar tax year 2012, with new credits each of the calendar tax years.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, explained that the college is excited that individuals, corporations, and non-profit entities have a newly created method of supporting SCCC/ATS, and this new method also provides the contributor with a generous tax incentive. “While our campus has been well maintained through the commitment of the Board of Trustees and support of individuals and the public, we also recognize that our ability to expand and renovate certain aspects of our campus is limited,” said Dunn. “The tax credit program will enable us to pursue opportunities such as additions to facilities and campus infrastructure repairs including lighting, energy efficiency items, and safety systems; and many facility needs at the technical school buildings.”
An example of how the contribution might provide a benefit to the taxpayer is if the taxpayer makes a $1,000 contribution to SCCC/ATS he/she receives a state tax credit in the amount of $600. The taxpayer may be eligible to deduct a maximum of $400 as a charitable donation on the federal return and would receive a $600 Kansas tax credit to be applied against their state tax liability.
Individuals, corporations, and non-profit entities are encouraged to contact Tommy Williams, Dean of Administrative Services at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 620-417-1018 or or their individual tax advisor for more information.
The Drama Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has named its play cast for the upcoming production of “Fools” by Neil Simon.
The cast includes Anthony Arnold of Woodward, Okla., as Leon Tolchinsky, the teacher; Derek Fuller of Turpin, Okla., as Snetsky, the sheep herder; Josh Hinton of Liberal as the magistrate and his son, Jacob, as the sheep; Ron Garverick of Liberal as Slovitch, the butcher; Matt Teel of Liberal as Mishkin the postman; Claudia Rivero of Scott City as Yenchna, the vendor; Logan Michael Green of Meade as Dr. Zubritsky; Jennifer Knox of Liberal as Lenya Zubritsky, his wife; Kristen Walter ob Liberal as Sophia Zubritsky, the daughter; Gary Collins of Liberal as Count Gregor Yousekevitch; and Diana Askew of Hugoton as the village witch.
“Fools” will be presented Nov. 21-22 in the Showcase Theater.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School President Scholar Stephanie Boaldin works on the display of auction items for the 14th annual SCCC Development Foundation Scholarship Auction scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Seward County Event Center on the fairgrounds. Tickets are only available in advance. For ticket information, call 620-417-1131 or come by the college at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. Proceeds from the auction benefit Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students. Boaldin is the presidential scholar from Elkhart, Kansas.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library is displaying “Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas throughout September.
The display, produced by the Kansas Historical Society, explores Amelia’s life in Kansas as a child and offers a glimpse at her passion for flying, women’s issues, and aviation safety. New accounts detail her disappearance on July 2, 1937.
For more information, contact Jon Noland, library director, 620-417-1161 or
The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Tuesday, September 2, to review programs and approve changes for the 2008-09 school year. Prior to the regular business meeting the Trustees viewed several campus improvements including new seating and carpet in the Showcase Theater, carpet in the conference rooms, and the automatic doors installed in the activities center.
Leo Riley, who was appointed to the board in 1996 and elected to his first term in 1997, resigned Tuesday night effective immediately, after serving 12 years as a Trustee of the college. The board regretfully accepted his resignation and noted the accomplishments of the college during Riley’s service as a Trustee.
“We’ve appreciated the time and extra time you’ve given to us and the community,” said Jo Ann Sharp, board chair.
At the regular Trustee meeting in October, the board will publish the vacancy and will finalize the process for filling the remainder of the term which concludes in June 2009.
The board approved program reviews for both the Respiratory Therapy and the Adult Basic Education programs.
Last year the Respiratory Therapy program added an interactive video component to the curriculum in cooperation with Garden City and Dodge City community colleges. This component reduces travel and living expenses for many students. However, by adding the distance education alternative and increasing enrollment, additional classrooms, laboratories and clinical sites have been identified as future needs of the program.
Other strengths of the program include state-of-the-art equipment, a job placement rate of 95 percent, high employer satisfaction, and a wide range of clinical facilities available to students.
The Colvin Adult Learning Center is known throughout the community and southwest Kansas for its instruction in English as Second Language and preparation for the Kansas State High School Diploma and U.S. citizenship.
The center holds classes on the SCCC/ATS campus and at some of the USD 480 facilities. The center also has outreach programs in Hugoton and Ulysses. Challenges include lack of space, dependence on federal and state funding and the inability to attract qualified staff.
One goal of the Colvin Center is to increase the number of participants from 517 in 2007 to 700 in 2012. A second goal is to transition a minimum of 10 percent of all participants into post-secondary education and training.
Tracking students once they leave the center can be more challenging, said Susan Lukwago, ABE director. For example, the Colvin Center has records on how many students have taken the citizenship classes to prepare them to take the nationwide test. However, it is hard to track how many of the students actually obtain their citizenship because the testing is no longer available in Liberal. The College continues to seek congressional support to establish a testing center in Liberal in order to enhance the opportunity for residents to obtain citizenship.
The board approved establishing an outreach site for the Kansas Small Business Development Center with an office located at the technical school facility. SCCC/ATS will provide a match for the operation of the office. The college also will provide office space, administrative support, telephone service, postage and computer support. In addition, the city of Liberal has indicated support as a participating partner in the center, which could include financial assistance in 2009. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, will meet with both the city and the county in the future asking for their support.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, gave the board an overview of the bank accounts that have been transferred from USD 480 to the college. One final checking account will be transferred once all checks have cleared.
Williams also said the college has received $256.62 in oil and gas royalties from the land on the technical school site. The funds, which had previously been part of the USD480 financial reports, have been transferred to SCCC/ATS as part of the consolidation process.
In other action, the board
1. Approved changes to Board Policy 202 regarding Legal Basis and Powers of the Board;
2. Approved changes to Board Policy 619 regarding fringe benefits;
3. Hired Rhonda Kinser as the new director of the Student Support Services grant; and
4. Designated Trustee Sharon Hobble as the voting delegate for the SCCC/ATS at the upcoming Association of Community College Trustees Community College Leadership Congress.
The Measurement and Pipeline Institute that is co-sponsored by the Petroleum Institute Education Committee and SCCC/ATS is scheduled for Sept. 9-10 at the Seward County Event Center.
The SCCC Development Foundation Auction is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Seward County Event Center. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Money raised from the auction is used for scholarships.
The October board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 6 in the board room.