The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees adopted the 2007-08 budget Monday, following the open budget hearing.
Last month the board approved for publication the fiscal 2008 budget with 26.134 mills, slightly less than the fiscal 2007 budget of 26.183 mills.
The board also approved the 2007-08 capital equipment request list, including such items as vehicles, computer equipment and other technology, computer software, furnishings and building improvements. Any items that exceed $10,000 will be subject to competitive bids as required by Board policy.
Associate dean Dale Reed informed the Board that one hundred forty students attended this year’s Kids College that included 32 classes with 12 instructors.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, told the board that the SCCC Baseball Team was recognized by the Jayhawk conference as the top team in the conference based on both academics and their success during the season.
In addition, the Lady Saints Volleyball Team was a recipient of the 2006-07 Game Plan™/American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. This award matches a teams’ dedication to the sport of volleyball as well as excellence in the classroom.
Dunn also reported on House Bill 2237, which addresses tax credits and state bonds available to Kansas Community College. Dunn and dean of administrative services, Tommy Williams recently attended an informational session of the Kansas Department of Revenue regarding the implementation of the statute. Final regulations and procedures will not be available until 2008.
Funds for the bonds will not be available until July 1, 2008 and cannot exceed $15 million per institution. Each community college must submit an application to receive funds and those funds must be repaid within eight years of receipt. The funds are provided as an interest free loan to each recipient college, and must be used for facility repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction. The state maximum is $100 million and cannot exceed $20 million per year. Technical schools are excluded from the bill. However, with a potential merger of the college with the Southwest Kansas Technical School, the administration will see if any future improvements at the technical school can be covered by these funds.
Tax credits are applicable for contributions made after July 1, 2008 through 2012. Each college must deposit the contribution in a capital outlay fund established by the college. The maximum credits per community college cannot exceed $78,125 in a tax year 2008; $156,250 in 2009; $208,233.33 in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Funds generated through the tax credits must also be used for facility repair, rehabilitation, and/or reconstruction.
In final action, the board hired Mike Myers as biology instructor and heard a report that the college received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield refund for usage during the 2006-07 school year.
The opening school picnic is at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 18. Fall 2007 evening classes begin Aug. 20 and day classes Aug. 21. The September board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4 since the campus will be closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
The December board meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 due to a conflict with the KACCT/COP meeting at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas.