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December 15, 2009

Board approves access agreement with Arkansas City Police Department


In an effort to investigate and curb violations, apprehend offenders, and provide emergency response and assistance, the Cowley College Board of Trustees approved an Access Agreement with the Arkansas City Police Department during the regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

In the agreement, Cowley will provide the Arkansas City Police Department keys to enable the city to access structures on the college campus. The keys will open exterior doors of dormitories (but not individual dorm rooms) and exterior and/or interior doors of any other structure located at the Arkansas City campus.

The ACPD may access all other facilities if it has probable cause to believe a crime is, has been, or is about to be committed, or when required to investigate a crime that has been committed. There will be no compensation rendered under this agreement.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Heard from Elliott Jackson of Parman, Tanner, Soule, and Jackson, Certified Public Accountants, as they completed the annual audit of all the college's funds for fiscal 2009.
  2. Saw Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee present a gift to Robin Ray of McAlester, OK for being named December Student of the Month. Ray told the Board “I have really enjoyed my time at Cowley and would not want to be anywhere else. The teachers and staff here have helped me every step of the way.”
  3. Discussed the KACCT/COP joint meeting that was hosted by Cowley College on Dec. 6-7. Board Chair Mark Paton, Donna Avery, Albert Bacastow Jr., and Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee attended the meeting. Avery spoke highly of the work done by Robert Rogers and his staff at Great Western Dining on the meal they provided during the meeting.
  4. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Dec. 8, full-time equivalency was 1,843, which is up from 1,447 at this time last year.
  5. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the following construction updates: Cowley has received its final certificate of occupancy for it newly remodeled physics lab. The lab will be ready for use in January. Also, the Brown Center roof replacement is all but done; Mahaney Roofing has requested an extension through January to complete work on the Ben E. Cleveland Wellness Center roof; There will be no electricity in Galle-Johnson or the Kerr Technology Building from Dec. 28-31 due to electrical upgrades that will be done during that time. Ziegler Electric has done extensive preliminary work, holding the downtime to a minimum.
  6. Approved the 2010-2011 academic calendar.
  7. Approved a revision to the Graphic Design program.
  8. Approved the Sensitive Information and Red Flag Rules policy.
  9. Determined the Martin Luther King Jr. “Celebration of Unity” will be held Sunday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre.
  10. Decided not to attend a joint legislative breakfast with Butler Community College in January, and instead will attempt to set a meeting in January with area legislators.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Elisha Swope as student services specialist, effective Dec. 4.
  12. Approved the employment of Lauren Davis as student services specialist, effective Jan. 4, 2010.
  13. Libby Palmer, Board Clerk, was absent.
  14. The Board expressed their deepest sympathy to Libby Palmer, Board Clerk, on the loss of her mother, Loraine Moore. Their thoughts and prayers go out to Libby and her family.
  15. Held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to acquisition of real property and consultation with attorney.