As the fall 2006 semester comes to a close, the Seward County Community College Board of Trustees heard reports from the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and reports about upcoming events.
Three of four leadership positions in the Topeka legislature are now from this area, Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president told the board Monday. Rep. Melvin Neufeld of Ingalls is the new Speaker or the House, joining Sen. Steve Morris of Hugoton, Senate president, and Rep. Dennis McKinney of Greensburg, house minority leader.
SCCC continues to realize growth in online course enrollments through EduKan. Dunn announced that for fall 2006, it appears the college will realize an approximate 11 percent growth in enrollment.
Trustee Marvin Chance Jr. received preliminary information from the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees Deferred Maintenance Study that took place this fall. All community college facilities were reviewed, including those on the SCCC campus. According to the study, SCCC had some of the best kept buildings among the Kansas Community Colleges, Washburn and Southwest Kansas Technical School.
The study was designed to identify facility needs among the 19 Kansas Community Colleges. The community colleges jointly hired an engineering firm to visit each of the participating institutions and conduct an independent needs assessment of all facilities. In light of a possible merger between SCCC and the technical school, those facilities were reviewed as full.
Chance also reported that the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees has requested a raise in dues from each of the 19 Kansas Community Colleges in the amount of 2 cents per credit hour.
The next quarterly KACCT meeting will be Feb. 15 in Topeka in conjunction with the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Dinner.
The Black Collegiate Union at SCCC invited the board to attend the second annual community-wide Martin Luther King Day March. The march will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15 and will begin in front of the public library and will end at Kansas and Trail Street.
Everyone is then invited to the program at 6:30 p.m., in SW229 of the SCCC Student Activities Center for food, entertainment and a special message.
In other action, the board
1. approved the annual review of the Early Retirement Policy;
2. opted to not seek bids for the overall college insurance package for this year;
3. adopted a revision to the Administrative Performance Appraisal, which revises the appraisal form;
4. approved the low bid from Dell Computer Co., in the amount of $121,761.27, for 93 desktop computers and 30 laptop computers in marketing, multimedia, computer information, allied health, agriculture, chemistry, criminal justice, educational services, Colvin Adult Learning Center, business & industry and humanities; Academic Achievement Center, Library, Student Living Center, Internet Café, Development, cosmetology, wellness and offices; and
5. accepted a bid from Innerface Architectural Signage in the amount of $36,496.18 for additional outdoor directional signage on campus.
The public is invited to the retirement reception of Denyce Gammell, director of the Library, from 2-4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18 in the SCCC library. In addition, SCCC will host a come and go holiday brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the SCCC cafeteria. The cost is $6 and will include holiday music and an art display. The Saints Bookstore will open as well during that time.
The next SCCC Board of Trustees meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9.