The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met recently to discuss insurance, summer hours and purchases as the college begins its 2007 spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The board approved the renewal of the college insurance coverage with Employers Mutual Corporation represented by Al Shank Insurance of Liberal.
The overall renewal premium is $14,111 less than 2006. In light of a potential merger with Southwest Kansas Technical School, Al Shank Insurance and the SCCC Insurance Committee are reviewing the fiscal impact of increased insurance coverage when that merger is completed.
The board approved summer hours based on the savings from last summerís work schedule. This summer the campus will operate from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, May 25-Aug. 3. Last summer the college saved about $17,000 in utilities by closing on Fridays during 10 weeks during the summer months.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, presented a draft of an Agreement for Consolidation compiled by the Southwest Kansas Technical School and supported by USD 480. The board and administration will begin review of this document.
As part of the potential merger, the college will look at the statewide study that identified facility needs among the Kansas Community Colleges. According to the report, SCCC had some of the best maintained buildings among the Kansas Community Colleges, Washburn University and Southwest Kansas Technical School.
The study was designed to identify facility needs among the Kansas Community Colleges. SCCC facilities were rated a .19, compared to the state average of .29. The lower the score, the better the condition of the facilities. Among the SCCC facilities that need to be brought up to 90% of optimum value are the Colvin Adult Learning Center; the old dorm, which is used as a storage facility; and the agricultural building.
In addition, the college will conduct an employee position review of both SCCC employees and those at the technical school. The review will be funded through a private donation to the SCCC Development Foundation.
In other action, the board
1. hired Jon Noland as new director of the library, replacing Denyce Gammell, who recently retired;
2. accepted the resignation of Chrissy Davis Title III Student Success coordinator, effective June 30;
3. approved revision to the credit card policy involving late fees and;
4. accepted the bid from Burtis Motor Co. of Garden City in the amount of $24,910 for a 2007 Grand Marquis LS.
Enrollment is under way for the spring 2007 in Liberal and the area communities. In addition to credit hour classes, the college is focusing a number of short courses such as the one-day Conceal and Carry classes.
Martin Luther King Day march and program is Monday, Jan. 15. The march begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of Liberal Memorial Library. The program will be at 6:30 p.m. on the SCCC campus. Homecoming is Saturday, Feb. 3. The next board meeting is Monday, Feb. 5.