The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees discussed enrollment, a new phone system and the consolidation with the Southwest Kansas Technical School at its regular board meeting Monday.
SCCC has seen a decline in enrollment over the past few years, but enrollment for the spring 2007 seems to indicate a change in that trend, Dr. Randy Smith, dean of student services, told the board Monday. Although certification date for spring classes is not until Monday, Feb. 12, enrollment appears to be slightly above spring 2006 enrollment figures.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, told the board that a number of late-start classes will begin in February and March. In addition, EduKan has two sessions of online classes beginning in February and March.
Dean Rapp also recognized faculty members for national recognition including Suzanne Campbell, Medical Lab Technology instructor, for having an article published in the Women in Higher Education journal, and Todd Carter, division chair of Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Education, on his recognition from The Chair Academy. Additionally, SCCC has received notification of national recognition by the National Academic Advising Association for excellence in student advising practices.
The college administration is continuing to work with USD 480 on a consolidation agreement with Southwest Kansas Technical School. The SCCC board reviewed the latest draft of an agreement that was originally provided by USD 480. Among the issues to be resolved are facility/land arrangements and resolution of outstanding debts on construction projects on the technical school campus.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, told the board that the college has reviewed differences in benefits between employees at the two institutions and the college is nearing an agreement on those issues.
The college is recommending July 1, 2008 as a probable date for a merger, Dunn said. The two institutions would spend the next several months identifying and resolving a variety of details regarding such items as student records, business procedures, and U.S. Department of Education practices. Dunn said he did hope an agreement could be signed by April 2007. Two members from both the USD 480 and the SCCC boards will meet to further discuss the agreement and other details.
In addition, the college in cooperation with USD 480 plans to ask the legislature for funding during the 2008 legislative session to address physical plant needs and other areas of concern.
The board approved a $272,758 comprehensive phone system from Alexander Open Systems. The package includes installation of a Voice over IP telephone system, voice mail and an integrated paging system. This system will work with the college’s recently upgraded computer network, provide better connectivity to off-campus locations and allow for easier addition of phones in the future. Doug Browne, multi-media technology director, who designed the specifications for the system, said servers and software on campus would drive this digital phone system. Periodic software upgrades will allow new innovations to the phone system. The system will be installed in April and May with conversion to the new system between the spring and summer semesters.
In other action, the board
1. accepted the early retirement of Gayle O’Kane, admissions secretary, effective June 30, 2007, and Marilyn Ewing, accounting program coordinator, effective May 31, 2007;
2. approved changing of the June board meeting to Monday, June 25 and the July meeting to Monday, July 23;
3. approved the addition of Dale Doll, English instructor, to the Professional Welfare Committee;
4. approved the leasing of a Konica Minolta Bizhub digital color copier from SPC Office Products in the amount of $412.18 per month for three years;
5. approved a proposal from Southwest Glass and Door in the amount of $17,252 to install an air lock on the main entry to the Shank Humanities Building; and
6. approved the purchase of the Storage Area Network software upgrade from Eagle Software in the amount of $18,150 for increased storage space on the main computer file server.

The college will hold a Valentine’s Brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday in the student union for $6 a person. The Volleyball Team will hold a Spa Day fundraiser from 9 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 in the SCCC Cosmetology Building.
The next board meeting will be Monday, March 5 in the board room.