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June 19, 2012

Board approves roof replacement on Ireland Hall


Historic Ireland Hall on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City will get a new roof thanks to approval from the college’s Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Ireland Hall was constructed in 1890 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a state landmark in 1974. It currently houses the college’s Criminal Justice and Cosmetology programs.

To help with the cost of the new roof, the college has been allocating deferred maintenance tax credit funds to this project for the last year and a half with approximately $39,000 raised to date. The Board approved the proposal from Truett and Mahaney to replace the roof. The product is a composite slate and has been approved by the state historical society. The project is expected to be complete before classes begin in August.

The Board also approved the administrative contracts of Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee; Tony Crouch as executive vice president of business services; Slade Griffiths as vice president of academic affairs; Charles McKown as vice president of research and technology; Sue Saia as vice president of student affairs; Ben Schears as vice president of institutional advancement; and Greg Nichols as associate dean of instruction.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the Board approved salary increases for classified staff and full-time administrators at Cowley College.

Classified staff and full-time administrators will receive a $1,350 increase in total salaries or hourly wages effective July 1 and Aug. 1, respectively. There is no change to the monthly fringe benefit contributions, which is currently $540.

In other matters:

  1. Held a 20-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition and consultation with the governing body’s attorney.
  2. Approved three-year lease extensions with Wolfe Real Estate, L.L.C. and Ron Flickinger on the college’s automotive and welding buildings in Mulvane.
  3. Approved the sale of a trailer home located at property owned by the college at 315 E. Filmore in Arkansas City at a cost of $3,500.
  4. Heard from Board members Donna Avery, Mark Paton and Jim Ramirez as well as vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths and Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee about the KACCT/COP Retreat they attended June 8-9 at Johnson County Community College.
  5. Discussed the 43rd annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 10-13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel & Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Ron Godsey stated that he will attend the Leadership Congress.
  6. The next regular meeting for the Board of Trustees will be the organizational meeting for 2012-2013. Chairman, Albert Bacastow, Jr., appointed Dennis K. Shurtz and Ron Godsey as the nominating committee to present a report and recommendation at the regular July Board meeting.
  7. Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Work on the college’s Westside Center in Wichita is complete and the Center will hold an Open House on Tuesday, June 26. Also, work is underway on the college’s expansion to its Mulvane Center. Construction is slated to be complete by Aug. 7.
  8. Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board with an Academic Report.
  9. Approved the following policies: Academic Progress policy; Student Title IX; College TB Testing.
  10. Viewed a fall enrollment report that indicates as of June 11, full-time equivalency was 1,679, compared to 1,702 at this time last year. The enrollment for Summer was 713 FTE on June 11.
  11. Reviewed an Endowment/Alumni update provided by Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement.
  12. Approved compensation for full-time instructors teaching summer 2012 for the first four-week and eight-week session.
  13. Approved the hiring of Linda Kreutzer as Director of Human Resources, effective June 29; approved the hiring of Dereck Chilcott as dorm manager/assistant athletic trainer, effective July 1; approved the employment of Kathryn McDonald as Tiger Deli Manager, effective July 1.
  14. Approved overload contracts to 19 faculty members for the Summer 2012 first 4-week and eight-week sessions.