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July 17, 2007

Board approves plan to construct new dormitory


With a waiting list to get into the dormitories at Cowley College’s Arkansas City campus, the college’s Board of Trustees addressed the issue by approving plans for construction of a new dormitory during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday night.

John Haas, President of Ranson Financial Consultants, spoke to members of the Board about the cost of the new dormitory during Monday’s meeting. The 96-bed dormitory, parking lot and associated improvements will cost an estimated $4.2 million. The cost includes furnishings and architect fees.

Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, and Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, also provided information to the Board about the new dormitory.

Construction is slated to begin after Sept. 5 and the project is expected to be completed prior to the 2008-09 school year. Cowley currently has four dormitories on its Arkansas City campus, which house 326 students.

The Board also elected the following officers for the upcoming year: Chairman, Ron Godsey; vice chairman, Donna Avery; Kansas Association of Community Colleges Trustees voting delegate, Donna Avery; Association of Community College Trustees voting delegate, Ron Godsey; Board representative for professional negotiations, Albert Bacastow Jr.; trustee designated as the Board representative to the College Endowment Association, LaDonna Lanning; and Mark Paton was named trustee designated to open bids received for college purchases.

This is Godsey's fourth term on the Board and third time serving as chairman.

"I am looking forward to the next year," Godsey said. "We have got a lot of challenges and new exciting things happening on campus and I am looking forward to leading them."

Lanning, who served as vice chairman this past year, was the lone board member to oppose the election of officers.

Libby Palmer was appointed to serve as Clerk of the Board, while Tony Crouch was appointed as Treasurer of the Board. David Andreas was appointed to serve as Attorney for the Board at a monthly retainer fee of $400.

In other matters, the Board:

1. Approved to move the August Board meeting from Aug. 20 to Aug. 13.

2. Cowley President Dr. Patrick J. McAtee provided a letter on the Pratt Community College response to the KBOR to the Dodge City funding issue.

3. Dr. McAtee presented the Board with the new organizational structure of Cowley College.

4. Tony Crouch provided the proposed operating revenue and expenditures for 2007-08. The final budget will be presented at the Aug. 13 Board meeting.

5. Tony Crouch provided an update on the construction projects. The Rinnai tankless water heaters have been installed and are functioning as planned in the Kimmell Dormitory. The Epoxy showers have been completed in the Storbeck Dormitory. Plumbing is in progress and should be completed in the next two weeks. Concrete projects are to begin soon on the Arkansas City campus grounds. Carpet will be installed in the Brown Center’s Wright Room on July 30-31.

6. Approved the Adding/Dropping a Class policy.

7. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of July 10, full-time equivalency was 824, which is up from 815 on July 10, 2006. Fall enrollment is 2,188, which is slightly down from this time last year.

8. Accepted the resignation of Jan Allison as Social Science Department instructor, effective July 10; Accepted the resignation of Lisha Dunlap as admissions representative, effective July 19; Accepted the resignation of Mark Ward as welding instructor,, effective July 3; Accepted the resignation of Brian Haden as automotive instructor, effective July 5; Accepted the resignation of Stephanie Halsey as enrollment specialist, effective June 21.

9. Approved compensation for full-time instructors teaching summer 2007 for the second four-week session.

10. Approved Home National Bank and the Union State Bank as official depositories.

11. Approved the recommendation to continue utilizing the Arkansas City Traveler and Winfield Daily Courier for publication of official notices, and to conduct the Board meetings on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

12. Denise Irwin, former creative director/marketing at Cowley College, spoke to members of the Board about the termination of her position.

13. Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and consult with legal counsel.