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November 22, 2011

Cowley Board sets date to meet with Senator Steve Abrams


Looking to discuss legislative issues with Kansas Senator Steve Abrams, the Cowley College Board of Trustees set the date of Dec. 1 to conduct a dinner meeting with Abrams during the Board’s annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Along with Abrams, an invite will also be extended to state representatives Kasha Kelley and Ed Trimmer.

Abrams is the Senator for the 32nd District, which encompasses Cowley and Sumner Counties as well as the part of Sedgwick County that contains Mulvane.

Kelley represents the 79th District in the Kansas House of Representatives, while Trimmer represents the 78th District in the Kansas House of Representatives.

In other matters, the Board:

  1. Reviewed the Interlocal Agreement entered into by and between the City of Winfield, the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, USD 465, and Cowley County Community College.
  2. Discussed the KACCT/COP annual meeting, which will be held at Independence Community College, Dec. 4-5.
  3. Heard a report on the ACCT 42nd Annual Leadership Congress in Dallas that was attended by Cowley president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, as well as Board members Albert Bacastow, Jr., Mark Paton, and Jim Ramirez.
  4. Approved the change order list at the Travis Hafner Training Center. The college is hoping to receive its certificate of occupancy for the building any day now and plans to begin occupying the facility soon after Thanksgiving break.
  5. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, informed the Board that the air conditioning system inside W.S. Scott Auditorium is operational, but some ductwork remains as well as the controls system. Crouch also said the elevator installation inside Galle-Johnson began last Wednesday and should be complete in approximately two weeks.
  6. Held a first reading on the policies Credit Hour Definition and Control of Vehicular Traffic on Campus.
  7. Reviewed the academic report provided by vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths. Learned the academic affairs council approved the following new courses: Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours) and Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours).
  8. Approved the modification of the policy Academic Freedom.
  9. Reviewed an Endowment/Alumni update provided by vice president of institutional advancement, Ben Schears. Schears’ update informed the Board on the Endowment Banquet, the Annual Fund campaign, and the Travis Hafner Training Center capital campaign.
  10. Viewed a spring enrollment report that indicates as of Nov. 16, full-time equivalency was 1,483, which is up from 1,456 at this time last year.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Beth Ferguson as accounts payable specialist, effective Dec. 5; accepted a letter of resignation from Steve Anderson as custodian, effective Nov. 7.
  12. Approved the employment of Scott Goad as custodian, effective Nov. 28; approved the employment of Josh Eslick as custodian, effective Nov. 28; approved the employment of Heather Munson as bookstore customer service manager, effective Dec. 1.
  13. Approved the request from Tom V. Saia, athletic director, to change his retirement date from Dec. 31, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
  14. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 40 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition, non-elected personnel, and to consult with legal counsel.
  15. The Board heard from John Haas of Ranson Financial Consultants and approved refinancing of the 2004A certificates of participation on the Brown Center, Webb-Brown Academic Center, and W.S. Scott Auditorium.
  16. Board member Donna Avery was absent.