The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees held its regular meeting Monday evening, which included the annual budget hearing. At the conclusion of the budget hearing, the Board approved the FY2007 operating budget, which includes a decrease of 0.586 mills. This is the second year in a row in which the Board lowered the mill levy following a decrease in the FY2006 budget of 2.0 mills. The authorized budget is $16,932,917 with $8,121,900 from local tax revenues.

In other action the Board approved employment of Ty Hughbanks, biology instructor, and Susan Ingland and Tracey Stucky-Gardner as nursing instructors. Resignations were accepted from Gail Unruh, nursing instructor, and Treva Braun, administrative professionals instructor. The Board approved the revision to Board Policy 201, Membership, reflecting the new officers, who were elected at the July 24 Trustee meeting.

The Board approved the bid of $5,386 from Southern Office Supply, Liberal, for the printing of 1,800 copies of the All-Sports Program for the 2006-2007 athletic teams. The Board also authorized administration to purchase and solicit bids for the capital outlay items for the 2007 academic year. Southwest Glass and Door of Liberal was authorized, through a quote process, to replace the windows and glazing of the Shank Humanities building including installation of an automatic door in the southwest entry to the building.

Associate Dean of Educational Services, Dale Reed, provided the Board with a report of participation of Kids College indicating several new courses gaining popularity including the Leadership Challenge Course and Solar Powered Cars. Over 80 enrollments were recorded for the two weeks of classes and activities.

Dean of Students, Dr. Randy Smith, reported that enrollment continues to climb with additional enrollment clinics scheduled. The Student Living Center will be open for student occupancy on Saturday, Aug. 19, including a “back to school” picnic.

Dr. Duane Dunn, President, reported on recent changes in NJCAA policies and the KJCCC student athlete work-study report. All of the Jayhawk Conference member colleges have voluntarily begun submitting student athlete work-study information in order to determine if any variances may be occurring. The report is under review and will continue to be monitored throughout the year. Dr. Dunn, Vernon Welch, USD 480 Superintendent, and Ed Poley, SWKTS Director, are in the process of collecting data and information to provide to the Board of Trustees and the USD 480 Board of Education regarding the enrollment trends and state aid formulas for technical education programs offered at SCCC and SWKTS.

The next regular Trustee meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006.