The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday. Aug. 2
The budget hearing for the 2010-11 school year was changed to 12:15 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13. Due to an error in the publication of the FY2011 budget in the July 21 High Plains Daily Leader, the college’s designated legal publication, it was necessary to republish the budget and hold the budget hearing on Aug. 13. There is no change to the recommended budget as authorized at the July 19 board meeting so the budget will be republished at no charge.
One hundred twelve children attended Kids College this year, said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. The college has kept its price per class at $25 to allow more children to attend. Reed said prices for classes in area communities are considerably higher.
The Automotive Technology is the latest program to receive certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). To achieve this recognition, the college training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association recognized the Lady Saints Volleyball Team as the recipient of the 2009-10 Academic Award for excellence both on and off the court. The Saints Tennis Team was first in the nation for overall grade point average and the Women’s Tennis Team was third.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, provided the Board with an update on the development of a revised distribution formula for state funding of technical education courses. Dunn explained the concept, which has been presented to the Technical Education Authority and will be presented to the Board of Regents and then further refined for the 2011 Kansas legislative session. The formula is designed to reimburse all colleges on a consistent amount based on credit hours generated. The amount of reimbursement is determined using national and state data on the actual cost of instruction. There are several statutory aspects that will need to be addressed including definitions of state residency, potential reimbursement for secondary students, and the definition of program completers. The current statutes utilize different definitions for students attending different types of colleges/universities. Dunn explained that although the concept for distribution formula is being presented with a consensus of the colleges and the Technical Education Authority, the real challenge is for the legislature to develop a source of funding to implement the formula. Dunn will be participating in the Board of Regents planning retreat in August and will discuss the legislative challenge for implementing the formula at that retreat.
The EduKan consortium of the six western Kansas community colleges, which provides online courses, is continuing to show growth, according to Dunn. He explained to the Board that modifications are being developed to the inter-local agreement among the six founding colleges, of which SCCC/ATS is among those founding colleges. The modifications will allow for expansion of the consortium.
In other action, the board
1. Adopted the Administrative Succession Plan;
2. Approved the employment of David Ingle as Diesel Technology Instructor and Laurel Lahita, nursing instructor;
3. Accepted the registration of Cammy Harrold, Applied Communications Instructor;
4. Adopted a temporary Tuberculosis Prevention Plan for all international and housing students, while the college waits for the regulations from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment;
5. Adopted the FEMA-approved Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan;
6. Adopted a Public Entity Authorization Resolution with Dr. Steve Cauble as the new chairperson of the board of trustees; and
7. Approved the capital equipment list as presented.
The next board meeting is 12:15 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13 for the official budget hearing. Adjunct Faculty Inservice will be at Saturday, Aug. 14.
First-year students must attend Welcome Day Activities beginning at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16. Area businesses and organizations are invited to participate in an Activities Fair at 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16. Evening classes also begin that evening. Day classes begin, Tuesday, Aug. 17.
The Athletic Department will host the first Alumni Baseball Reunion Sept. 3-5. For information, call 620-417-1550 or go to alumni.sccc.edu.
The Foundation Auction that raises money for scholarships is Saturday, Sept. 25. New or handcrafted items may be donated to the auction by calling 620-417-1131. Tickets are $20 per person for admission to the auction, which includes dinner, and the live and silent auctions. Tickets must be purchased in advance.