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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.

City Ball Park has served as the home of the Cowley College and Arkansas City High School baseball teams. The facility has also been used for youth baseball games. The college, USD 470 and the Arkansas City Recreation Commission will continue to utilize City Ball Park under the college’s ownership.

“We thought it was in our best interest to own the ball park,” Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee said. “We have a great baseball program here.”

In the agreement, Cowley College will take over ownership of the stadium, concession building, parking, playing field, grounds and appurtenances constituting the City Ball Park, located at 1500 South Summit Street.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Board member LaDonna Lanning praised the work of Great Western Dining, which catered the meal served at the college’s Endowment Banquet on Nov. 10.

“I want to commend Great Western Dining for the dinner provided at the Endowment Banquet, they outdid themselves that night,” Lanning said.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Willy Lucero for being named November Student of the Month.
  2. 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.
  3. Discussed the KACCT/COP & PTK Luncheon Banquet, which will be held Feb. 12, 2009 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka.
  4. Viewed the final county valuation and mill levy for 2008-09.
  5. Approved the Tuition Reimbursement for Full-Time Classified Staff policy.
  6. Approved 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 Field Experience.
  7. The Computer Support Specialist AAS degree/certificate program has been placed on inactive status.
  8. Recommended changing policy 262.00 to more accurately define the incomplete grade process.
  9. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 11, full-time equivalency was 2,365, which is slightly down from this time last year.
  10. Accepted a letter of resignation of Brett Butler as CTE Department Chair and Director of Cooperative Education, effective Dec. 19; accepted a letter of resignation from Mark Bazil as security officer, effective Nov. 14.
  11. Approved the employment of Greg Woods as chemistry instructor, effective Jan. 5, 2009; approved the employment of Benjamin Maxon as security officer, effective Nov. 18.
  12. Held a 30-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property, personnel matters of non-elected personnel, and professional negotiations.
  13. Board Chairman Donna Avery was absent.