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March 16, 2010


Board approves college's participation in natural hazard mitigation plan

The Cowley College Board of Trustees approved the resolution to participate in the natural hazard mitigation plan during Monday night's annual meeting held in the McAtee Dining Center.
Cowley County, with input from all subdivisions of government, including Cowley College, developed the natural hazard mitigation plan. The plan addresses the most probable and most devastating natural hazards found in Cowley County including flood, winter storm, and drought, and outlines opportunities to plan for and mitigate those hazards.
The plan has been approved by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“We were looking for ways to strengthen our emergency preparedness,” Cowley College executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch said. “By participating in the plan we would be eligible for FEMA dollars if it were to ever come up.”
The plan is posted at

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to Aaron Brooks of Udall for being named March Student of the Month. McAtee thanked Brooks' family for sending their son to Cowley. “You are an outstanding young man and you have a bright future ahead of you,” McAtee said.
  2. Approved no increase in tuition for out-of-state residents and international students, and a $2 tuition increase for in-state and Oklahoma residents. Also approved a $2 increase in fees for all students. Board member Dennis K. Shurtz opposed approving the increase.
  3. Approved 2010-2011 dorm charges, which consisted of Great Western Dining’s proposed 2 % increase in rates for next year. The rates will be $4,325 for a 14 meals per week plan or $4,425 for a 19 meals per week plan. This represents a $50 increase necessary to cover the price increases from Great Western Dining and the amount of debt reduction payments scheduled for the coming year. “We are far and away the most competitive dorm system in the state of Kansas,” Crouch said. Board Chairman Mark Patton added “The food service has been doing an excellent job”.
  4. Discussed the 41st Annual Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 20-23 in Toronto, Ontario, at the Sheraton Centre.
  5. Saw that spring enrollment is at 2,694 FTE, which is up from 2,295 as of March 10, 2009. A total of 947 Cowley County residents are registered for classes at Cowley College. Fifty-eight counties in Kansas, 30 other states and 36 foreign countries are represented in the student body.
  6. Heard an academic update from vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths about the following classes that were created/modified and approved by the academic affairs council: Revised College Algebra with Lab class (5 credit hours); Created Intermediate Algebra with Lab class (5 credit hours); Renamed Technical Theatre class to Stagecraft.
  7. Approved Beverly Franks as the staff CTE department secretary, effective March 1; Approved moving Kris Ripley from part-time digital content to full-time employment, effective March 1; Approved the employment of Andrew Bohn as admissions specialist, effective March 8; Approved the employment of Amos Surface as security officer, effective March 22.
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from William Minnie as custodian, effective Feb. 26.
  9. Approved the overload contracts for 31 faculty members for the 2010 spring semester.
  10. Approved the minutes from the February and March Board of Trustees meetings with suggested additions and corrections.
  11. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 25 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.