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October 20, 2009

Board approves lease agreement at Bloomenshine


Having held classes at the Bloomenshine Building in Mulvane since 2005, Cowley College’s Board of Trustees decided to renew its lease with the facility for the next three years during its regular monthly meeting Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

The college’s lease at the Bloomenshine Building will run through July 31, 2013. Cowley, which began holding classes in Mulvane in 1987, has seen enrollment at the Bloomenshine Building grow from 220 students in 2007 to 567 students on the first day of fall classes in 2009.

Also, Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided an update on the physics lab project being done in Galle-Johnson. The project is progressing on schedule and is in line to be completed on Nov. 10.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Ashley Spencer of Weir, KS, for being named October Student of the Month.
  2. Heard about the programs and sessions conducted at the 40th Annual Community College Leadership Congress attended by Board members Mark Paton, Donna Avery, and Ron Godsey. The event was held Oct. 7-10 in San Francisco, CA.
  3. The Board approved a pair of change order requests from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, for work needing done on the physics lab project. The first change order is to complete a reskin of the north side of the hallway. The change will create a uniform appearance for the length of the hallway. Cost of the change is $6,770. The second change will be a time and materials charge to level the floor.
  4. Heard construction updates from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. The boiler project is completed and scheduled to be commissioned this month. Commissioning is a process performed by the engineer wherein the equipment is run for a few days, then checked to see that the equipment and controls are functioning per the engineer’s design. The Brown Center and Wellness Center’s roof replacement is pending dry weather.
  5. Submitted the following policies for final reading: Guidelines for Classified Staff Reduction in Force; Harassment and Discrimination; Satisfactory Academic Programs Policy for Federal Aid Recipients.
  6. Submitted the following policies for first reading: Student Affairs Council; Student Grievances; Student housing; Access to the Student Center; Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
  7. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates 20th day full-time equivalency was 2,668.67, which is up from 2,405.40 from this time last year. A total of 1,029 Cowley County residents registered for classes at the college. There are 12 foreign countries represented.
  8. Accepted a letter of retirement from Joyce Holloway as coordinator of Allied Health Support Services, effective Dec. 31.
  9. Approved the employment of Roxie L. Froese as security officer, effective Oct. 5; approved the hiring of Desiree’ A. Nellis as Upward Bound program secretary, effective Oct. 20.
  10. Approved Cindy Branscum's request to move from a full-time MICT instructor to an adjunct faculty member.
  11. Approved overload contracts for 2009 fall semester.
  12. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property.
  13. Board member Dennis Shurtz was absent.