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Academic Year 2014-2015

Board of Trustees' Meetings

September 15, 2014

Long time employees to retire from the college

A pair of long-time employees of Cowley College submitted letters of retirement during the college’s Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.
Greg Schartz, bus driver, who has served various roles at the college since 1992, plans to retire at the end of the year. Julie Perdue, secretary in the Registrar’s Office, has been employed at the college since 1996 and also plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2014.
Also, at Monday night’s Board Meeting, the Board approved the decision to allow the college to negotiate with Jenzabar (EX) to create a new Administrative/Student Information System (A/SIS) at the school.
In other matters:
  1. The Board granted the college authority to negotiate a final contract with Barker Education Service Team (BEST) after reviewing its Online Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) program proposal.
  2. Approved the employment of Jeff Benito as head men’s tennis coach/dorm manager, effective Aug. 28.
  3. Approved the internal transfer of Devin Graves from director of GED/ABE to registrar, and Kathy Witte from library assistant to IMPACT program coordinator.
  4. Heard from Brad Vogele on the possibility of hosting a Championship Bull Riding (CBR) or Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event on college property located by the Travis Hafner Training Center sometime in the spring. The Board granted Vogel 60 days to gather more information to present at the November meeting.
  5. The Board approved the decision to pursue a $5,000 expense for a Fact Sheet on Cowley College and how it relates to the economic impact of Cowley County.
  6. Crouch discussed the agreement between USD 470 and Cowley College to share the use of the Arkansas City High School tennis facility. “I applaud (USD) 470 and Cowley College in sharing the use of the high school tennis facility as a saving to the tax payers,” Board Chairman Dennis K. Shurtz said.
  7. Heard from vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths on Cowley College students who transfer to Emporia State University. Cowley students do better than ESU students that start there and those that transfer to them from other community colleges.
  8. Approved moving the regularly scheduled starting times of the monthly Board of Trustee meetings from 6:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

August 11, 2014

Board approves 2014-2015 operating budget

Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2014-2015 operating budget for the college during its annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The 2014-2015 budget has a projected mill levy of 18.833, which is a decrease from the final 2013-2014 levy, but results in an equal tax levy. Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch noted the final mill levy will be subject to final county valuation in the first part of November.

Revenues are based on total in-state enrollments of 86,588 credit hours, a state operating grant of 6,933,300 and a county valuation of 229,846,569. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives as set forth by the Board of Trustees and the administrative team.

The college’s total maximum budget for 2014-2015 is $35,925,337.

In other matters:

  1. Approved the 2014-2015 Master Agreement between the Board of Trustees of Cowley College and the Cowley College Education Association.
  2. Approved a salary increase of $1,000 in total salaries or annualized hourly wages for full-time administrative and classified staff, effective August 1. If total revenues for fiscal year 2014-15 reach $19,811,000.00, an additional $300 would be allocated to each full-time administrative and classified staff member. Likewise, were the total revenues for fiscal year 2014-15 to reach $19,872,000.00, another $300 would be allocated to each full-time administrative and classified staff member.
  3. Crouch mentioned the college’s ongoing discussion with USD 470 about a cooperation agreement which would allow the college to play tennis at the Arkansas City High School tennis courts next year.
  4. Crouch provided the following construction update. Stanfield Roofing completed work on the roof of Galle-Johnson Hall; Mahaney Roofing will complete the entire roof replacement of the Nelson Student Center in early fall; Traver’s Furniture and Carpet has completed the carpet installation in the Kirke Dale Dormitory; Schneider Construction has replaced the soffit around Renn Memorial Library.
  5. The Board approved the following policies: College Vehicles (153.00), Social Networking (149.00), and Academic Code of Conduct (402.00).
  6. Crouch mentioned the college has received proposals from three SIS (Student Information System) vendors. After having time to review the proposals, one will be presented for recommendation at the September Board meeting.
  7. Approved the employment of Charity Andrews as head women’s tennis coach, effective August 22; approved the hiring of Roxanna James as director of student support services grant/IMPACT, effective August 12; approved the employment of Sheila Officer as adult education instructor/Hutchinson Corrections Facility, effective August 12.
  8. Approved the draft agreement with former president Clark Williams.
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