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August 14, 2012

Board approves 2012-2013 operating budget


Cowley College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the 2012-2013 operating budget for the college during its annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

The 2012-2013 budget has a projected mill levy of 19.124, which is down from the 2012-2013 levy of 20.013.

Revenues are based on in-state enrollments of 80,600 credit hours, a state operating grant of 6,933,300 and a county valuation of 221,117,833. Expenditures are based on anticipated enrollments at each campus and objectives set forth by the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Team.

The college’s total budget for 2012-2013 is $34.3 million.

Also, during Monday’s meeting, the Board members discussed the college’s enrollment report, with enrollment surpassing 3,000 FTE. Enrollment is up about 162 FTE from this same date last year.

In other matters:

  1. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 25 minutes for preliminary discussions relating to non-elected personnel, property acquisition and consultation with the governing body’s attorney.
  2. Discussed the 43rd annual Community College Leadership Congress, which will be held Oct. 10-13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Board member Jim Ramirez and vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths, indicated their plan to attend the event.
  3. Went over the annual KACCT/COP event, which will be held Sept. 7-8 at Butler Community College. The Board’s KACCT representative will attend the event along with Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee.
  4. Heard a Business Services Report from Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. Crouch informed the Board that the expansion at the college’s Mulvane Center is complete and the building is ready for the first day of school on Thursday. The roofing material for Ireland Hall has arrived and they are currently in the tear-off phase, with some new roofing already being put on. Work is expected to be completed in the next 10 days or so. Also, work on the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center is 99 percent complete, with a wall being installed in what is now the weight room to create classroom space for expanded offerings of the center.
    “I am excited to get some new classes started over there,” Crouch said.
  5. Reviewed an Academic Report provided by Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths.
  6. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, provided the Board with an Endowment/Alumni update. The second annual scholarship reception for donors and students will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
  7. Received a letter of retirement from Marcia Cales, Natural Science Department secretary, effective Dec. 31, 2012.
  8. Accepted a letter of resignation from Richard Speas, athletic director, effective Aug. 14.
  9. Approved the employment of Michelle Huffman as full-time secretary in the Registrar’s Office, effective Aug. 1; approved the hiring of Matthew Nies as dorm manager/assistant to Student Life, effective Aug. 1.
  10. Rescinded the decision to award the Board Clerk $100 per month and asked the administrative team to review the personnel matter.