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September 22, 2009


Board makes quick work of light agenda


The college’s Board of Trustees took less than an hour to run through a light agenda at its regular monthly meeting Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the board with updates on the Brown Center boiler project, the physics lab, and the Brown Center and Wellness Center roof replacements.

Crouch said the boiler project has been awarded to MSI of Wichita at a total cost of $64,825. ARRA money will be used to fund the project. The equipment has been ordered, while the old boiler has been removed and the pumps have been changed out. Once the new boilers are on site, the work should be completed in less than two weeks.

The physics lab project has been awarded to Conco, Inc. at a total cost of $137,000. 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 project is expected to be underway by Oct. 5, with a planned completion date of Nov. 30. More than $61,000 was raised to help fund the project. ARRA funds will be used to finish the project.

Crouch stated that the Brown Center and Wellness Center roof replacement projects are pending until dry weather.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Ali Nittler of Arkansas City for being named September Student of the Month.
  2. Discussed the Board Retreat held Sept. 2 in the McAtee Dining Center.
  3. Board members provided an overview of the KACCT/COP annual meeting held Sept. 11-12 at Butler Community College. Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City will serve as the host of the KACCT/COP annual meeting on Dec. 6-7.
  4. Approved a bid from Ziegler’s to replace the main electrical panel switch gear in Galle-Johnson at a cost of $49,876. ARRA funds will be used to pay for the project. This is the main circuit that powers the telephone system and all the college servers, including all online classes. The switch is nearing 40 years old and replacement parts are no longer available for it.
  5. Approved the Vacation Classified Personnel policy.
  6. Submitted for first reading the following policies: Guidelines for Classified Staff Reduction in Force; Harassment and Discrimination; Satisfactory Academic Programs Policy for Federal Aid Recipients.
  7. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of Sept. 14, full-time equivalency was 2,729, which is up from 2,433 this time last year.
  8. Accepted the resignation of Mica Runnels as Upward Bound secretary, effective Sept. 26.
  9. Heard from Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, and director of student life, Kristi Shaw, about the Cowley College “Karaoke Night” sponsored by Cowley College’s ‘PAWS’itive promotions. The event will be held from 10 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Alumni Bar and Grill in Arkansas City. This is a private party for Cowley students and no alcoholic beverages will be served. The first 150 students to pick up a free ticket in the Student Life Office will be admitted. Tickets must be shown upon entering the event. No exceptions.
  10. Held a 15-minute executive session to discuss a job description that came out of talks at the Board Retreat.