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August 11, 2009

Board approves 2009-2010 operating budget


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2009-2010 operating budget for the college during its annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The 2009-10 budget has a projected mill levy of 19.999, which is only a slight increase from the 2008-2009 levy of 19.976.

Revenues are based on in-state enrollments of 61,000 credit hours, a state operating grant of 5,539,385 and a county valuation of 213,560,319. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.

The college’s total budget for 2009-2010 is nearly $19.2 million. Board member, Dennis K. Shurtz, praised the work done by executive vice president of business services, Tony Crouch, on preparing the budget.

Also, during Monday’s meeting, the Board members discussed the college’s glowing enrollment report, with enrollment nearing 2,500 FTE. Enrollment is up about 270 FTE from this same time last year.

"Enrollment is looking good," Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee said. “I certainly want to thank everyone that has been working to help enrollment, especially Sue Saia and the admissions staff.”
In other matters, the Board:

  1. Discussed the KACCT/COP annual meeting, which will be held Sept. 11-12 at Butler Community College. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 and conclude at noon Sept. 12. There will be a reception/dinner on Sept. 11 with Jill Docking/Chair of Kansas Board of Regents serving as the guest speaker. Cowley College will host the KACCT/Cop quarterly meeting on Dec. 6-7.
  2. Discussed the PTK/KACCT/COP meeting, which will be held Feb. 18, 2010 at the Ramada Hotel in Topeka.
  3. Dr. McAtee requested the Board discuss a date to conduct a Board Retreat in the fall. No date was finalized.
  4. Approved work to be done on replacing the primary boiler in the Brown Center, which is currently inoperable. Bernie Patrick of Mechanical Consultants, Inc. has recommended a system of two boilers to replace the single boiler. This design will allow a super-high efficiency unit to do all of the heating above approximately 32 degrees outside temperature. At that point, a second less efficient boiler would supplement. Finally, the remaining secondary boiler would boost as needed, generally in the 10-15 degree outside temperature range. Source of funds will be the ARRA deferred maintenance money.
  5. Approved the physics lab remodel. The project will add storage, emergency shower, and provide new work stations for students, including sinks and natural gas. As part of the project, some plumbing work at the west end of Galle-Johnson will need to be done. The plumbing work will also allow the restrooms at the band room entrance to once again be functional. The estimated cost of the project is between $225-250,000. To date, $61,000 has been raised to help fund the project. AARA money will be used to finish the project.
  6. Provided the Board with a copy of the Flexible Benefits Plan for 2009-10.
  7. Approved the 2009-10 Health/Dental increase coverage. The health rates represent an increase of 3.72 percent and the dental rates are an approximate increase of $2 and $4 per month, respectively. Both health and dental coverage will continue to be provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas.
  8. Conducted a first reading of policy 166.00 Vacation Classified Personnel.
  9. Approved the employment of Terrance L. Harrelson as security officer, effective July 31; Approved the employment of Ryan Doom as full-time Humanities Department faculty on the main campus in Arkansas City, effective Aug. 13.
  10. Accepted the resignation of Josue Paz as assistant tennis coach, effective July 31.