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Cowley College Board of Trustees


Highlights from the Board of Trustees' Meetings

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Academic Year 2004-2005

April 19, 2005
Board hears construction report, updates from president

  • Tony Crouch, vice president of business services, gave Board members an update on the progress being made on three construction projects: Webb-Brown Academic Center,  Bloomenshine, and the Automotive Technology and Machine Tool Technology building.
  • McAtee said that the Kansas Institute for Technical Excellence (KITE) was getting ready to launch another venture. KITE, of which Cowley is a member, identified four key areas to develop centers for excellence. Aviation was the first.
  • heard a report from those who attended the 110th annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College's and Schools


January 25, 2005
Out-district tuition issue being watched closely in Legislature, McAtee says

  • Dr. Pat McAtee discussed the issue about eliminating out-district tuition as an issue in the Kansas Legislature, and one that community colleges are watching closely.
  • McAtee said the Board of Regents is looking for ways to fund technical education.
  • heard a construction report from Vice President of Business Services Tony Crouch. Crouch said the Webb-Brown Academic Center  was coming along nicely. Crouch said the Bloomenshine building in Mulvane also was progressing.


December 21, 2004
Board receives update on new communication program

  • learned that the college now offers three new communication courses: Introduction to Broadcasting, Introduction to Public Relations, and Radio Practicum.
  • the college purchased a 16-channel mixing board for the communication students to use for broadcasting Tiger basketball games on KACY 102.5 FM and to use in the classroom.
  •  approved a lease agreement with Cowley College and the city of Arkansas City to build a new fence around Lady Tiger Softball Field located at Seventh Street and Washington Avenue.
  • approved a lease agreement between Cowley College and USD 263 in Mulvane.
  • approved the college to proceed with expanding its Industrial Technology Department in Mulvane's business park.


November 16, 2004
Board receives update on Academic Civic Engagement through Service program

  • Knoles gave Board members an overview of the ACES program.
  • Approved the adoption of Policy 111.00 Faculty & Staff Code of Conduct, and 1XX.00 Assignment/Use of Employee Work Area


November 4, 2004
Board OKs refinancing debt structure at special meeting

  • passed a resolution to refinance dormitory system revenue bonds that will save the college $165,000.


October 19, 2004
Board given update on Aviation Maintenance Technology program

  • Federal Aviation Administration certification was received Aug. 16, and last week the FAA authorized the college to give credit to students in the PowerPlant portion of the program.
  • authorized Board Chairman Ron Godsey to proceed with offering for sale dormitory system refunding revenue bonds, series 2004, for the purpose of saving the college money.
  • approved an agreement between the college and Pratt Community College to operate a satellite associate’s degree in nursing and licensed practical nursing program.


September 21, 2004
Board votes 4-2 to join county economic development partnership

  • voted 4-2 to join three other entities to provide economic development services within Cowley County.
  • Board members toured the renovated south lobby of W.S. Scott Auditorium.
  • approved a lease agreement of property at 242 Industrial Drive, Mulvane, for a three-year period at $1,000 per month for the purpose of expanding Industrial Technology Department programs to Mulvane.


August 10, 2004
Trustees OK 04-05 budget that includes fewer tax dollars

  • unanimously approved the 2004-2005 budget for the college that is seeking $235,000 fewer tax dollars than the previous year. The college’s budget approved Monday night is based on an increase of 5,000 credit hours over last year, a state operating grant of $7,485,984, and a county valuation of $191,452,007, which is $12 million less than a year ago.
    The college’s total budget for 2004-2005 is nearly $24.8 million. It is seeking $3,362,132 in tax support. Since the 1999-2000 academic year, the college’s budget has decreased to the current 17.561 mark.
  • discussed at length the college’s role in economic development within the county. It voted 6-0 to stop funding the Cowley County Economic Development Agency, which is being dissolved in favor of a new partnership. The cities of Arkansas City and Winfield, along with the county, have discussed a new venture for economic development in the county.
  • authorized college officials to make an offer of $52,000 on property at 412 W. Washington Ave.
  • approved a $100,000 facelift to the east entrance of Galle-Johnson Hall.