Cowley College Board of Trustees

Highlights from the Board of Trustees' Meetings for 2003-2004

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Academic Year 2003-2004

July 20, 2004
Board discusses college's role in economic development during meeting

  • members of Cowley’s Board of Trustees want to be involved in economic development in Cowley County.
  • approved renewing the college’s lease agreement on the Wellington Center for three years effective Nov. 1, 2004.
  • approved Todd Q. Clark as head women’s basketball coach.
  • approved compensation for full-time instructors for teaching summer school for the second four-week session, and approved the funding of all classified positions for the 2004-2005 academic year.
  • approved the following Board officers for the 2004-2005 academic year: Chairman, Godsey; vice-chairman, Mark Paton; voting delegate to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, Godsey; voting delegate to the Association of Community College Trustees, Avery; representative for professional negotiations, Gregg; trustee designated to open bids received for college purchases, Paton; Board representative to the College Endowment Association, LaDonna Lanning.
  • approved Libby Palmer as clerk of the Board, Crouch as treasurer of the Board, and David Andreas as Board attorney. McAtee praised Andreas for his counsel.
  • approved the continued use of Home National Bank and Union State Bank as official depositories


June 22, 2004
Cowley scores higher than national average on student satisfaction survey

  • heard report on the 2004 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory that indicated students rated their level of satisfaction with various college services higher than the national average.
  • heard Dr. Pat McAtee, president, discuss some of the important issues that will be addressed during the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees/Council of Presidents retreat: the current funding formula for higher education, specifically community colleges; the centers for excellence that have been talked about; and sign off by Regents universities when other colleges want to offer courses and programs in the Regents university’s county.
  • heard a construction report from Tony Crouch, vice president of business services. Crouch said the new classroom building was about a week away from the start of construction, and that the project to renovate the south lobby of W.S. Scott Auditorium remained on schedule.
  • approved a 3.5-percent increase in salaries or hourly wages for the 2004-2005 academic year effective Aug. 1. The college’s fringe benefit contribution also was increased $20 per month to $480 per month. Together, the total compensation increase is 3.6 percent.


May 18, 2004
Board discusses air conditioning in W.S. Scott Auditorium

  • discussed air conditioning W.S. Scott Auditorium. The Board requested more information.
  • accepted the College Education Association's acceptance of a negotiation dated May 12, 2004, with one exception.
  • heard the following construction update from Crouch: 1) The renovation work on W.S. Scott Auditorium 2) Construction on the new classroom building 3) The remodeling of the men's restrooms in Galle-Johnson Hall  4) The orchestra pit lift project .
  • approved compensating 12 sponsors or co-sponsors of college clubs and organizations.


April 20, 2004
Concerned aviation students, parents address Board

  • heard numerous questions about the fate of the program at Strother Field
  • approved amendments to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program by the city of Arkansas City.
  • acknowledged Tom Saia, director of athletics, for being selected for induction into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.


March 16, 2004
Board approves new tuition rates for 2004-2005 academic year

  • Oklahoma residents who enroll at Cowley County Community College beginning with the fall 2004 semester will be charged the same tuition and fee rate as Kansas residents
  • tuition was increased $2 per credit hour for Cowley County and all other Kansas residents, $10 per credit hour for international students, and kept the same for all other out-of-state residents. Tuition for Oklahoma residents was reduced $31 per credit hour. Student fees will remain unchanged at $18 per credit hour.
  • along with the tuition adjustment, the Board also approved an increase in the room and board rate for students living on campus.
  • voted to enter into a lease agreement with Unified School District No. 263, Mulvane, for five years, with the option to renew, on a renovated school within Mulvane that would house the college's Mulvane Center.
  • viewed a 20th-day enrollment report for the spring semester which indicates that total headcount was at 4,507 students on Feb. 16, the official reporting day, and that full-time equivalency was 3,044.50.
  • heard McAtee praise Beverly Grunder, chair/instructor of the Business and Service Technology Department, for her work with students in Phi Beta Lambda.

February 17, 2004

Architect shares blueprints of W.S. Scott Auditorium remodel with Board

  • viewed architect's drawings of the outside and inside of the W.S. Scott Auditorium building.
    Classes began at the Aviation Tech Center Jan. 26 .


January 21, 2004
Board authorizes lease purchase agreement to fund remodeling, new building

  • adopted a resolution to enter into a lease purchase agreement for funds that will be used to build a new classroom building, remodel the south portion of W.S. Scott Auditorium, and to pay for the costs of refunding series 1998 certificates of participation.
  • approved a proposal by Associated Theatrical Contractors in the amount of $118,452 to install a lift in the orchestra pit in the Robert Brown Theatre.


October 21, 2003
Remodeling of front of W.S. Scott Auditorium step closer after Board action

  • authorized Ranson Financial Consultants of Wichita to issue certificates of participation to help finance the remodeling of the front of W.S. Scott Auditorium.
  • approved renovation of the Recreation.
  • heard a report from McAtee on the Oct. 15 Council of Presidents meeting in Topeka.