The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday to begin the spring 2009 semester. Day and evening classes begin Monday, Jan. 12.
The board approved the program review for the Visual Arts program, with the next full review scheduled for five years. One of the greatest challenges is keeping pace with the changes within the transfer institutions to continue to ensure ease of transfer for SCCC/ATS students. Future plans include tracking program graduates and collecting data, revising recruiting materials and reviewing safety procedures in the classroom. The art department annually brings in visiting artists and takes students to art institutes and shows.
The board approved an increase in dormitory rates for the 2009-10 school year. Rates will include Student Living Center/Mansions, single, $2,350; SLC/Mansions, double, $2,100; Hale Court, single, $1,850; and Hale Court, double, $1,600. Each contract includes 19 meals per week.
The board directed the administration to develop and submit an application to the Kansas Finance Authority/Kansas Board of Regents for repairs, renovations and additions to the SCCC/ATS facilities. This is the second year for the program and provides a no-interest loan to community colleges. Among the items being considered for the technical school site are a fire alarm system, exit signage, parking lots, exhaust ventilation, plumbing and back flow, restroom accessibility, interior lighting and entrance doors. A greenhouse/plant lab is planned for the main campus.
Ed Poley, director of the tech school programs, told the board that the tech school faculty and staff are very pleased with the progress the college has already made to upgrade their facilities.
As part of an ongoing recruiting program, Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, told the board that both the Admissions Department and the marketing committee will be moving forward on a “Go green, save green” theme to show families the amount of money a student can save by staying close to home and attending SCCC/ATS.
Tom Williams, dean of administrative services, reported that a total of $17,000 was given to the college for the first year of the higher education deferred maintenance tax credit program. This resulted in the awarding of $10,200 in tax credits and has been filed with the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Kansas Board of Regents. He also reported that new state-of-the-art aerobics flooring was installed in the basement of the Student Activities Center for use by students in a wide variety of classes such as aerobics, yoga and Zumba.
In other action, the board
1. Approved renewal of the college’s insurance coverage with Employers Mutual Corporation represented by Al Shank Insurance of Liberal and
2. Approved a four-day work week for summer, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, with the first Friday closing to be May 29 for a total of ten Friday closings. Normal fall semester hours will resume on Monday, August 3, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
All full-time faculty return Wednesday for in-service activities that will involve all full-time employees. Adjunct faculty will be on campus Saturday for their in-service.
The February board meeting was changed to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the college board room.