The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees discussed a variety of items at its regular board meeting Tuesday, December 4, including the close of the 2007 semester and the beginning of the 2008 spring semester. Prior to the regular meeting, the Board members met with several students to discuss the operations of SCCC and hear about the studentsí satisfaction and recommendations for improvement of the college. The dinner meeting is an annual event.
As the college closes the fall 2007 semester, enrollment is under way for the spring 2008 semester that begins Monday, Jan. 14. Students can enroll by coming to campus or online.
Enrollment for the spring semester looks very promising compared to a year ago, said Celeste Donovan, dean of student services.
The board briefly discussed the merger between the college and Southwest Kansas Technical School that is currently on hold. As a whole, the college board believes that a merger is still in the best interest of the taxpayers, the community, and the present and future students of the technical school. Although members of the USD 480 board have indicated their interest in considering SWKTS becoming an independent technical college, the SCCC Board of Trustees indicated a desire to keep the communication open with USD 480 regarding the merger. The board would like to continue discussions about the merger, preferably through a joint board meeting.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, announced that four graduates of SCCC, will graduate in December from Kansas State University with an elementary education degree. These students were part of a cooperative program with K-State where students were provided scholarship assistance and, in return, agreed to return to Southwest Kansas for at least two years to teach.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, presented the recommendations from the special Funding Distribution Committee of the 19 Kansas Community Colleges. The committee is recommending a formula for state aid distribution based on credit hour production with a consistent rate at all of the colleges. The board will review the information and provide input to the Kansas Association of Community Colleges at the quarterly meeting in February.
In other action, the board
1. approved continuation of the policy on early retirement benefits;
2. authorized the administration to submit an application to the Kansas Finance /Kansas Board of Regents in an amount of $1,3000,000 for college facility improvements. If approved, SCCC will receive funds through a state loan plan with a repayment distributed over eight years;
3. accepted a price quote to replace 301 fixed theater seats in an amount not to exceed $43,929.25 from Kansas Contract Design of Wichita, dependent upon private contribution of funds through the SCCC Development Foundation;
4. approved the purchase of two microscopes from Boyce Scientific, Inc., in the amount of $10,996.80 for the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Federal grant funds will be used for this purchase;
5. approved the purchase of 89 desktop minitower computers from Cybertron International of Wichita, Kan., in the amount of $92,002 and the purchase of 25 notebook computers from Dell Computer of Round Rock, Texas, in the amount of $31,347; and
6. approved the purchase of a 2007 Chevy Uplander in the amount of $15,700 and two 15-passenger vans in the amount of $39,000 from Stu Emmert Automotive of Liberal; the board also directed the administration to sell van 23.
The public is invited to the student art show and sale concluding Friday, Dec. 7 and to a come and go holiday brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Student Union. Cost for the brunch is $6 per person. The college will close for the winter holiday break at 12 noon, Friday, Dec. 21.
The next board meeting is Monday, Jan. 7.