The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, July 6, to prepare for the 2009-10 school year.
Officers selected for 2009-10 include Jo Ann Sharp, board chair; Ron Oliver, vice chair; Dr. Duane Dunn, board clerk/secretary; Tina Call, college treasurer; and Mike Brond, assistant treasurer.
Committee responsibilities include Sharp, Association of Community College Trustees representative; Oliver, Alumni Association; Dr. Steve Cauble, AQIP Steering Team; Oliver, Sharp, Deb Weilert and legal counsel, board policy; Marvin Chance Jr. and Dustin Ormiston, budget/finance; Sharon Hobble, Sharp, foundation representative and alternate; Hobble, Ormiston and legal counsel, insurance committee; Chance and Cauble, interim board; Chance, Cauble and Sharp as Kansas Association of Community College Trustees delegate and alternates; and Cauble, Seward County Council of Governments.
The board approved the use of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds/Education Stabilization Fund for deferred maintenance projects totaling $238,710. Among the projects are window replacements, restroom renovations and repairs and safety improvements, including eye wash stations, on the technical school site and ventilation in the ceramics lab and renovations to SU214 E/W on the main campus. The president was directed to execute the contract.
In light of budget cuts for the 2009-10 school year, the college has reduced travel budgets, hospitality budgets and equipment requests for the upcoming year. Additionally, the college has also reduced supplemental contracts for faculty/staff and placed a hiring freeze on division secretaries, admissions and custodial/maintenance personnel. The use of the Citrix virtual computer labs will also save the college money as well as close monitoring of overtime and compensatory time. President Dunn reviewed the state budget reductions and the impact of anticipated further reductions in state appropriations. Currently the reductions have totaled over $500,000 in state aid with a potential of additional reductions over $150,000. That accounts for nearly a 20 percent reduction in total state aid to SCCC/ATS from the original FY2009 appropriation.
The college also will suspend the policy on Professional Development Grants for one year and modify the Well Pay Policy to $50 per day for one year to reduce the impact on the budget.
Associate Dean of Educational Services, Dale Reed, provided information on the upcoming “Kids College” schedule. Those activities will begin July 20 with two sessions each week. Parents can contact the Office of Business & Industry for enrollment information, 620-417-1170.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, discussed upcoming enrollment days and the status of enrollment in various programs and classes. Enrollment is open in all programs and the next regular enrollment day will be July 15. She also explained a new initiative to determine the impact and reasons of students who pre-enroll but do not attend classes.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, told the board that the college is anticipating a 0.5 mill levy increase.
The Saints Tennis Team was commended for their recognition as the top academic tennis team in the nation through the National Junior College Athletic Association.
In other action, the board
1. Hired Matthew Pannkuk, as the library director, and Michael Paden as the Natural Gas Technology instructor;
2. Accepted the resignation of Kim Ortega, assistant women’s basketball coach;
3. Approved modifications to board policy 203 regarding the date of the July board meeting;
4. Approved continuation of the Policy on Nondiscrimination/Appointment of Compliance Officer and authorized publication as a legal notice in the Southwest Times, the Liberal Light and the High Plains Daily Leader;
5. Approved suspending Policy 605 for any new professional development grants for the 2009-10 school year;
6. Designated the High Plains Daily Leader as the legal publication for the college;
7. Approved the Facility Use Fee Schedule without any changes for the 2008-09 school year;
8. Approved the 2009-10 agreement to employee the law firm as Sharp McQueen, P.A. as legal counsel at $1,875 per month, the same rate as 2008-09;
9. Approved the three year (2010-12) performance agreement for submission to the Kansas Board of Regents;
10. Changed the September board meeting to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8 due to the Labor Day holiday.
11. Approved the bid from Flooring America of Liberal in the amount of $43,377.82 to replace floors in the area technical school hallways, student lounge and student living units.
A special board meeting will be at 12 noon, Monday, July 20, 2009.