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January 21, 2009

Cowley College, USD 470 agree to lease athletic facilities


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees 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, during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting.

It was also 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 games.

Cowley College athletic director, Tom Saia, is looking forward to the partnership between the College and USD 470.

“It’s a positive thing that we are working together not only now, but also in the future,” Saia said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the Board approved the College to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Winfield and the City of Arkansas City for the Neighborhood Revitalization Plans. Gary Mangus, Assistant to City Manager of Winfield, and Matt Rowland, Arkansas City Building, Planning and Codes Director, were on hand to answer any questions from members of the Board.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Plan serves as the City’s strategy to stimulate and promote the revitalization of areas in Winfield and Arkansas City through the rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment of the area in order to protect the public health, safety or welfare of the residents of the Neighborhood Revitalization Areas and the community as a whole.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Emily Crain for being named January Student of the Month.
  2. Heard about the joint Trustee/Legislative Administration breakfast with Cowley College and Butler Community College, held Jan. 10 at the Terradyne Country Club. Mark Paton, Lee Gregg, Jr., Albert Bacastow, Jr., Tony Crouch, and Slade Griffiths represented Cowley College at the event.
  3. 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.
  4. Announced the PTK Luncheon Banquet will be held Feb. 12 at Topeka’s Ramada downtown. Cowley students to be honored are Emily Crain, Candice Bliss, Tina Wohlford, and Keoki Waipa.
  5. Approved the following new classes: Theory of Coaching Basketball; Introduction of Javascript; 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.
  6. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Jan. 12, full-time equivalency was 2,045, which is slightly down from this time last year.
  7. Approved the audit contract proposal for the 2008-09 fiscal year from Parman, Tanner, Soule and Jackson for the audit of Board Funds, Student Activity Funds, and Financial Aid Funds.
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from Thomas Miller as Mechatronics instructor, effective Dec. 29, 2008; accepted a letter of resignation from Jon Pine as Automotive instructor, effective Jan. 30.
  9. Accepted a letter of retirement from Bruce Watson as coordinator athletic/community/minority counselor, effective Jan. 26; accepted a letter of retirement from Lynne Jordan as accounts payable specialist, effective Aug. 1.
  10. Held two 30-minute executive sessions and one 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, personnel matters of non-elected personnel, and professional negotiations.
  11. Tabled discussion of the Strategic Planning Survey overview until next month’s meeting.
  12. Board member Lee Gregg, Jr. was absent.