In addition to the continued discussion of consolidation between Seward County Community College and Southwest Kansas Technical School, the SCCC Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss changes in the tuition grant policy, the student living center contract and the addition of dance to the list of activities offered at the college.
The board approved a change in Board Policy 412 regarding In-District Tuition Grants. The change expands the eligibility of part-time tuition grants to students who are enrolled in less than 15 credit hours. Currently the policy provides part-time tuition grants to students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours.
In addition, the board approved an increase in student living center rates of $50 per semester for both the double occupancy and private room charges effective fall 2007. Semester rates will be $2,050 for dorm/double occupancy and $2,300 for dorm/private. The increase will primarily offset the cost of the food service portion of the contract.
Although members of the Liberal USD 480 and SCCC boards had not met jointly to discuss the merger between the college and the Southwest Kansas Technical School, Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, presented some procedural updates that will govern such a merger. The administration hopes to have a consolidation document drafted for approval at the April 2 board meeting.
The college does not need special legislation to continue with the consolidation, Dunn told the board. Because the technical school is a “Type I” school under the governance of a single USD board of Education, the USD 480 board has the authority to transfer management of the school to SCCC without specific legislation. Staff members of the Kansas Board of Regents will include the merger on the KBOR agenda once SCCC and USD 480 request it.
In addition, the funding distribution formula for post-secondary aid is under review. Two separate pieces of legislation have been introduced which impact that distribution formula, Dunn said. One bill would equalize the funding distribution rate to all merged institutions and a second bill would require technical schools, including SWKTS, to merge with an area community college. The post-secondary amount SCCC would receive may not be what is currently being awarded to SWKTS and a legislatively mandated merger may enhance the college’s requests for incentive funds.
Linda Billings of Byron Bird & Associates presented the fiscal 2006 audit. The audit report indicated no statutory or budgetary violations and a sound fiscal report of the College’s operations.
The board approved “dance” as a new activity beginning with the 2007-08 academic year. This would require a part-time coach, travel and uniforms funded through the college budget and up to 10 scholarships funded through the SCCC Development Foundation. Other Kansas Community Colleges that have a dance team are Allen County, Barton County, Butler, Cloud County, Cowley, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Highland, Independence, Johnson County, Neosho County and Pratt. Dance is not recognized as an NJCAA sport; however, the team would perform primarily during the basketball season.
For the second consecutive year, the college’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield rates will decrease, said Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services. This would result in approximately $53,000 in premium savings for the college during the 2007-08 school year.
Williams also told the board that new signs for the perimeter of campus have arrived and will be placed around campus by the maintenance staff.
Beginning March 19, the old green seats will be removed from the SCCC gymnasium and replaced with new seats. Anyone who is interested in obtaining any of the old seats may contact administrative services at the college for information on removing the seats, and the dates the seats will be available.
In other action, the board
1. accepted the resignation of Jon Armstrong, director of admissions; and
2. approved a per credit hour salary rate change for adjunct faculty from $375 to $400 for bachelor’s degrees and $400 to $450 for master’s degrees.
The next board meeting is Monday, April 2 in the college board room.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

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