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April 20, 2010

Board approves three summer projects


With summer nearing, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees approved three projects to be completed over the next few months during its regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The projects consist of new flooring in the kitchen of the McAtee Dining Center, a new track for the movable wall in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, and replacement of the ceiling grid in Renn Memorial Library.

The Board approved the bid of $24,606.25 from 4 State Maintenance for preparation and installation of a toweled quartz epoxy flooring system in the kitchen of the McAtee Dining Center. Funds will come from the Deferred Maintenance Tax Credit Program via Capital Outlay, and the work is expected to be completed this summer.

With consistent usage throughout the past 15 years, the movable wall in the Earle N. Wright Community Room has a severely worn track, which is making it dangerous to move the panels. To guarantee full functionality of the room, the Board approved the bid of $35,400 from Burns Boys Commercial Contractors to replace the track. Funds for the project will come from the ARRA. Work on the project is expected to be complete prior to June 30.

As part of the lighting upgrade being done around campus in order to phase out the soon-to-be unavailable T12 fixtures with high efficiency T8 fixtures, the ceiling grid in Renn Memorial Library will need to be replaced before installing standard fixtures.

Replacing the grid has two side benefits as workers will be able to enclose some exposed electrical conduit and will be able to replace future ceiling tile as necessary with tile that fits the grid.

As part of the lighting upgrade, dark spots will be eliminated and fixtures will be included for use in areas with computer screens. The college’s maintenance staff will perform all the demolition.

Several contractors are involved in the project and the Board approved the total project cost of $31,239.40. Funds for the project will come from the ARRA.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Patrick J. McAtee present a gift to B.J. Misialek of Edmond, OK for being named April Student of the Month. Dr. McAtee praised the work done by Misialek, who is a Pre-Engineering major and sophomore member of the Tiger baseball team. "We are very proud of you," McAtee said. “You have been outstanding on the field as well as in the class room.”
  2. Postponed approval of the March meeting minutes until the next scheduled meeting on May 17.
  3. Reviewed a letter from Board of Trustee member Dennis K. Shurtz expressing his appreciation to Sue Saia for planning the College’s Open House on April 6. Other Board members also commented on the outstanding job Saia did in running the event.
  4. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 25 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property and consult with legal counsel.
  5. Approved that officers of the college enter into a lease agreement with Pearl Street Duplex, LLC for lease of the real estate and improvements at 410 E. Main Street, Mulvane, KS, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the draft lease presented to the meeting, and specifically contingent upon and effective only if the owner and current tenant, USPS, are not able to reach an acceptable written agreement by Sept. 1, 2010.
  6. Set the date for the Board of Trustee Retreat for Saturday, June 26 from 7 a.m. to noon inside the Hall of Fame Room.
  7. Added the “Community College Elections Act” to the agenda for the Board of Trustee Retreat on June 26.
  8. Slade Griffiths provided the following Academic Update: Dance classes at Cowley will now be allowed to count for the physical education/health requirement; the ABE/GED program recently changed its name to “Cowley College Adult Education and College Preparation Program”; the Kansas Board of Regents has begun to look at distance education and has drafted a Distance Education Plan for Kansas. Although the college is in compliance, it states hybrid classes would be limited to a college’s service area. Thus, hybrid classes at the Wichita Area Technical College/Southside Education Center would need to be discontinued.
  9. Viewed a summer enrollment report that indicates as of April 14, full-time equivalency was 437, which is up from 356 at this time last year. The fall enrollment report indicates as of April 14, full-time equivalency was 625, which is up from 492 at this time last year.
  10. Received a letter of retirement from Val Roderick as cosmetology assistant, effective Aug. 1.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Larry Strelow as mechatronics instructor, effective May 17.