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November 20, 2007

Basement eliminated from new dorm at Cowley


Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services at Cowley College, provided members of the college’s Board of Trustees with an update on construction of the new dorm during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Due to an unexpected discovery of groundwater at the site just as excavation of the building was being completed, plans for the dorm have been revised to eliminate the basement and move everything above grade. This will result in a better design, but will likely result in an increase in the overall cost. The increase should be well within the contingency funds set aside for the project, so there will not be a budget issue with the changes.

The laundry room in the dormitory will serve as the storm shelter, while any overflow of students would head to the storm shelter in the Docking Dorm.

Conco has completed the parking lot areas of the site to use to cast the concrete walls. Excavation and pouring of the foundation should be done prior to Thanksgiving, as well as significant progress on the cast concrete walls.

In other matters, the Board:

1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Jackie Hutchinson of Ark City for being named November Student of the Month.

2. Submitted the following policies for editorial change: Fringe Benefits-Administrative Staff, Fringe Benefits-Classified Personnel, Absence and Sick Leave-Administrative and Classified Personnel, Use of College Property and Academic Honors.

3. Presented for first reading the policy of Use of Tobacco on Campus.

4. The academic calendar was adopted for the 2008-2009 school year.

5. Dr. McAtee provided members of the Board with a copy of the KACCT Revenue by Source year end June 30, 2006. A summary worksheet was prepared by the KACCBO, January 2007.

6. Board members Ron Godsey and LaDonna Lanning indicated they would be attending the Community College National Legislative Summit, which will take place Feb. 11-13, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

7. The PTK Luncheon Banquet will be held Feb. 14 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.

8. Accepted the resignation of Amber Young as custodian, effective October 12; Accepted the resignation of Bryan Cales as custodian, effective November 9; Accepted the resignation of Gary Grayum as custodian, effective December 31.

9. Approved the employment of Shannon Chambers as Upward Bound academic coordinator, effective Nov. 20; Approved the employment of Amy Wilson as custodian, effective November 26; Approved the employment of Kevin Clark as custodian, effective November 26; Approved the employment of Dawn Brown as instructional specialist/Aviation, effective December 1.

10. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to acquisitions of real property and to consult with legal counsel.

11. Approved the purchase of property at 109 North Fourth, in the amount of $20,000.