August 9, 2011
Board approves 2011-2012 budget that includes fewer tax dollars
Cowley’s Board of Trustees delivered some good news to local taxpayers Monday night at its regular monthly meeting.
The Board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 budget for the college that is seeking fewer tax dollars than the previous year. Therefore, the projected mill levy of 19.835 is down from the 2010-2011 levy of 20.219. The final mill levy won’t be set until the final valuation for Cowley County is calculated.
The college’s budget approved Monday night is based on in-state enrollments of 80,600 credit hours, a state operating grant of $6,410,714, and a county valuation of $213,157,027.
The college’s total budget for 2011-2012 is $33,562,914. It is seeking $4,228,073 in tax support. The college sought $4,228,077 in tax support in 2010-2011.
Also, during the meeting, Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, provided the Board with an update on fall enrollment. As of Aug. 3, total enrollment at Cowley College’s Centers is up 23 FTE (2,712 to 2,689) from this time last year.
“Things are going good with our enrollment and we are up a bit from last year,” Saia said.
In other matters, the Board:
- Held a 15-minute executive session to discuss property acquisition
and consult with legal counsel.
- Approved the July Board minutes.
- Approved the Bills and Claims.
- Tony Crouch, vice president of business services, provided the Board with an update on several construction projects. Crouch said the Travis Hafner Training Center is progressing nicely and Conco Construction has moved the completion date to early November; work on the locker rooms inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is complete except for the reinstallation of plumbing fixtures, while the air conditioning system being installed in the building is set to be completed in October; renovations to Galle-Johnson Hall are nearing completion, while the upper level hallway is in the process of being mudded and taped; all of the footings have been poured and the elevator shaft is going up inside Galle-Johnson; work on the north dormitory will be finished in the next week as students prepare to move in on Aug. 16. “It looks sharp,” Crouch said. “It is amazing how different it looks from when we first started.”
- Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the Board
with an academic report.
- Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, presented
information from the Endowment/Alumni Office and discussed the Endowment
Scholarship Reception, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
- Approved the employment of Humphrey L. Wamocha as mathematics instructor, effective Aug. 1; approved the employment of Janet Davidson as adult education instructor, effective Aug. 9.