The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday, May 7, and discussed an employee compensation review, a change in the Respiratory Therapy program, the consolidation agreement with the Southwest Kansas Technical School and graduation.
Jo Ann Sharp, Marvin Chance Jr. and Dr. Steve Cauble were sworn in as members of the SCCC Board of Trustees. Each was recently elected to four-year terms.
As part of the allied health program partnership with Garden City, Dodge City and Colby community colleges, SCCC’s Respiratory Therapy program will be offered through a distance-learning format that would be available to these community college partners.
To provide this training via distance technology, the board approved the purchase of equipment from Cytek Media Systems in the amount of $36,599 to deliver the courses online. The lecture portion of the Respiratory Therapy program will be offered online, reducing the drive time of students in the program. The clinic component of the program will be taught in the classroom labs and in other clinical facilities.
The board recognized Coach Toby Wynn and the members of the Lady Saints Basketball Team who placed third in the nation. Members of the team, which went 36-2, were Jennifer Noel, Alyson Snell, Audra Binford, Ilda Chambe, Tegan Cunningham, Holly Krause, Taushelle Rushing, Chelsea Blackshear and Chontaye Walter.
The board approved the agreement with KG Associates of Wichita to conduct an employee compensation review of employees at the college. This study will not include faculty positions.
The SCCC and the USD 480 boards have been working on an “Agreement for Consolidation” between the college and the Southwest Kansas Technical School since early fall. Although the SCCC board has approved the majority of the agreement, members of the board rejected the newest concept of “property usage” in the consolidation agreement and requested a joint board meeting to discuss this item as well as the overall consolidation agreement. The newest language on property usage would require that SCCC board return the technical school property to USD 480 if “at any time any part of the real property transferred herein ceases to be used solely for educational purposes.” Since all members of both boards have not met jointly on this consolidation agreement, the college board said it would be in the best interests of both institutions to meet jointly.
The members of the college board would like USD 480 to understand first-hand what their commitment is to the technical school. The SCCC board said it is dedicated to the future of the technical school and its programs. In addition, they are committed to improving the technical school facilities. The board said the best way to move forward on this agreement would be to meet jointly to finalize the agreement. Once the language of the agreement is approved by both boards, the agreement will be sent to the board attorneys to finalize wording.
In light of the catastrophe in Greensburg, Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, gave a quick overview of the college’s insurance coverage. He told the board he is confident that the college’s coverage is comprehensive enough to cover rebuilding, relocation and business interruption. He also told the board that the college will end in good shape at the end of the 2006-07 budget year.
In other action, the board
1. accepted the resignation of Rissie Parker, economics instructor, and Dr. Randy Smith, dean of student services;
2. hired Desiree Maxwell, director of admissions; Bryan Zollinger, head men’s basketball coach; Kimberly Thomas, economics instructor; and Tanya Dowell, accounting instructor;
3. approved the purchase of an upgrade for the uninterruptible power supply for the server room server room from Alexander Open Systems of Wichita in the amount of $18,646;
4. approved a price quote of $17,500 from Flooring America of Liberal to replace some of the flooring in the Student Living Center prior to June 14 when camps begin; and
5. approved the purchase of three 2006 Taurus SE’s in the amount of $34,260 and one 2006 Ford Club E350 Van in the amount of $20,677, each from Foss Ford of Liberal; the board also directed the administration to sell four cars and one van.
Nursing capping and pinning is 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 11. Graduation is 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12; Donetta Dreitz, registrar, presented the board with the candidates for graduation. The board will assist with the graduation ceremony Saturday.
Summer 2007 classes are scheduled to begin Monday, June 4. Two sessions begin June 4, with a third session beginning July 9.
The next board meeting will be Monday, June 25.