Highlights from the Board of Trustees' Meetings
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Academic Year 2008-2009
July 21, 2009
Paton named Chairman at regular monthly Board meeting
- Mark Paton was named the Chairman of Cowley College’s
Board of Trustee’s.
in Dennis K. Shurtz as a member of the Board of Trustees.
- Extended the contracts of Cowley College president
Dr. Patrick J. McAtee and the college’s administrative staff
through the 2010-2011 academic school year.\
- Approved the purchase of
properties located at 1600 and 1600 ½ S.
Summit Street in Arkansas City.
- Viewed a proposed operating budget
for the 2009-2010 academic year. The final budget will be presented
at the Aug. 10 Board of Trustee meeting.
- Viewed the fall enrollment
report that indicates as of July 20, full-time equivalency was 1,915,
which is up from 1,857 this time last year.
June 16, 2009
Lanning completes term as member of Board
- After 12 years and three terms as a member of the Cowley
College Board of Trustees, LaDonna Lanning attended her final meeting
Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.
- Filling the vacated spot on
the Board of Trustees will be former Board member Dennis K. Shurtz,
who served as a member of the Board from 1991 to 1999 and was Board
Chair once during his pair of four-year terms.
- approved salary increases
for classified staff and administrators at Cowley College.
- viewed a
letter from the Kansas Health Foundation informing the college of a
Recognition Grant to fund the PAWS-itive Promotions project.
the proposed Fee Agreement in reference to the Vocational Education
Funding Litigation contingent upon two changes.
- approved the agreement
from South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center to provide transportation
to be used by SCKRMC in the event of a mass casualty or a disaster
that required the hospital to evacuate.
- reviewed a list of new courses that were approved.
- approved the Administrative contracts of Dr. Patrick
J. McAtee, Tony Crouch, Slade Griffiths, Sue Saia, Charles McKown and
Tom Saia for one year.
- approved the employment of Sunni Sheets as full-time
graphic design instructor, effective Aug. 1
May 19, 2009
Board approves resurfacing
of track at Sports Complex
- approves resurfacing
of the track.
courses approved: Introduction to Forensic Chemistry, Infant and Toddler
Care, and Basic Yoga.
- 2008-09 performance agreement was successfully
presented and accepted by the Kansas Board of Regents Academic Affairs
committee on April 15 with a recommendation of 100 percent funding.
between the Board of Trustees and the Cowley County Community College
Education Association as the representative of the Professional Employees.
April 21, 2009
Board approves lease
agreement with Builders, Inc.
- approved a three-year lease agreement with Builders,
Inc. for the property located at 8821 West 21st Street, Suite 400,
for the Cowley College Westside Center.
- Approved a 4.8 percent increase in dorm charges
- Approved the following new courses: Introduction
to Cinema; Diversity Issues in Leadership; Motorcycle Safety. Approved
the new Anthropology Degree.
- Approved the
employment of Tommy DeSalme as head men’s basketball
April 10, 2009
Shurtz returns to Cowley College Board of Trustees
- Dennis K. Shurtz is once
again a member of the Cowley College Board of Trustees.
- Along with
Shurtz, incumbents Donna Avery and Albert Bacastow Jr. were re-elected
to the board.Avery, who serves as the Board Chair, was top vote-getter
in Tuesday's local elections. Shurtz was second, while Bacastow Jr.
March 17, 2009
Eck announces resignation at Cowley
- after two successful seasons as the head men’s
basketball coach at Cowley College, Steve Eck has announced his resignation.
- heard about the meeting with Pratt and Dodge City Community
College on Feb. 17 to discuss the college’s technical program
- heard from Dr. Pat McAtee and Tony Crouch regarding
the hearing with the House Higher Education Committee they attended
March 3 in Topeka. Information was presented concerning the varied
methods of funding for merged community colleges in the state.
Schoon, Chair/AQIP Steering Committee, provided Board of Trustee members
with a PowerPoint presentation on the Key Institutional Measures.
no increase in tuition for Cowley County residents, a $5 increase for
in-state residents, $10 for Oklahoma residents, $2 for out-of-state
residents, and a return to the 2008 rate of $151 for international
students. Also, no change in fees for all students.
- approved the following
new classes: Cooperative Education 1; Cooperative Education II; Cooperative
Education III; Cooperative Education IV; Certified Wedding Planner;
Introduction to TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator; Autocad Basics; Autocad
Advanced; Introduction to Computer Forensics; Coldfusion I.
the employment of Jenifer Bahner as head volleyball coach, effective
Board approves repairs to be done on Brown Center roof
- Approved to use the majority of the Deferred
Maintenance Tax Credit program to use repair two sections of the
Brown Center roof.
- Godsey and Dr. McAtee attended the KACCT Board/COP
meeting. Godsey was elected to serve as secretary for the KACCT beginning
- Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs,
provided members of the Board with a brief overview of the Strategic
- Accepted a letter of resignation from Joanna
Pryor as head volleyball coach2008.
January 21, 2009
Cowley College, USD 470 agree to lease athletic facilities
- approved the agreement for the College and USD 470
to lease each other’s
athletic facilities for competitive games and limited practice free
of any charges, subject to a few conditions.
- approved that the Arkansas
City Recreation Commission will be able to utilize City Ball Park,
which is owned by Cowley College, for junior and American Legion baseball
- approved the College to enter into an Interlocal Agreement
with the City of Winfield and the City of Arkansas City for the Neighborhood
- heard about the joint Trustee/Legislative Administration
breakfast with Cowley College and Butler Community College, held Jan.
10 at the Terradyne Country Club.
- heard from Dr. Pat McAtee and Ron
Godsey about the reception/dinner meeting with the Kansas Board of
Regents and KACCT, which was held Jan. 14 in Topeka.
- approved the following
Introduction of Visual C#.Net for Developers; Introduction to XML;
Microsoft Visio; Introduction to SQL; Introduction to PHP; Precision
Measurement and Quality Control; Occupational Safety and Health; Applied
Shop Mathematics; Employability Skills; Blueprint Reading for Industry.
a letter of retirement from Bruce Watson as coordinator athletic/community/minority
counselor, effective Jan. 26.
November 18, 2008
College agrees to take over ownership of City Ball Park
- With an opportunity to control the rights to City Ball
Park in Arkansas City, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees moved
to approve the contract with the City of Arkansas City tentatively
and with contingencies based upon USD 470’s next Board Meeting.
- heard about the 2008 ACCT Community College Leadership
Congress in New York City that was attended by Board members Donna
Avery, Mark Paton, Ron Godsey, and Albert Bacastow, Jr.
- approved the
Tuition Reimbursement for Full-Time Classified Staff policy.
the following classes: Codes and Practices; Ballet I; Ballet II; Ballet
III; Ballet IV; Jazz Dance I; Jazz Dance II; Jazz Dance III; Jazz Dance
IV; Teams and Leadership; Principles of Phlebotomy; and Phlebotomy
- the Computer Support Specialist AAS degree/certificate
program has been placed on inactive status.
- recommended changing policy
262.00 to more accurately define the incomplete grade process.
a letter of resignation of Brett Butler as CTE Department Chair and
Director of Cooperative Education, effective Dec. 19.
October 21, 2008
Master Agreement approved during monthly Board Meeting
- the 2009-2010 Master Agreement between the Board
of Trustees of Cowley College and the Cowley College Education Association
letters and documents Dr. McAtee sent to Senator Greta Goodwin and
Representatives Ed Trimmer and Kasha Kelly, seeking legislative relief
for the inequitable funding situation.
a memorandum from Sheila Frahm/KACCT in reference to the proposed
Technical Education Statute recommendations.
an academic update that the following classes were approved: Introduction
to Exercise Science; Sport and Exercise Psychology; Therapeutic Exercise
in Rehabilitation; Aerobic Development for the Cardiovascular System;
Communications Practicum I; Communications Practicum II; Communications
Practicum III; Communications Practicum IV; Service and Learning:
Impacting Community I; Service and Learning: Impacting Community
II; Service and Learning: Impacting Community III; Service and Learning:
Impacting Community IV.
September 16, 2008
Board approves Senior Gold Card
- approved a Senior Gold Card program that will
allow all Cowley County citizens, 65 and over, to attend Cowley College
sporting events and performances in the Robert Brown Theatre at no
- approved the Actuarial Services.
- approved the
Golf Course Management AA degree (KSU transfer degree).
August 12, 2008
Board approves raises during regular
- approves salary increases for classified staff
and administrators. Classified staff and
administrators will receive a 3 percent increase in salary or hourly
wage. In addition, Cowley
College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee proposes a one-time payment
of 2% of the 2007-08 respective pay rates for each employee employed
prior to April 1, 2008 to be disbursed in September 2008.
- also approved the 2008-09 operating budget. Revenues
are based on in-state enrollments of 54,000 credit hours, a state
operating grant of $8,504,622 and a county valuation of $212,884,223.
The projected mill levy of 19.997 is a slight increase of 0.065 mills
over the final 2007-08 levy.
- the college has received its Certificate
of Occupancy for the Central Avenue Dorm.
- approved revisions to the Admission and Adjunct
Instructor Classroom Assessment policies.