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December 16, 2014


Auditor shares information with college’s Board of Trustees

Scott Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC, provided Cowley College’s Board of Trustees with an audit report during the regular monthly meeting held Monday night in the McAtee Dining Center.

In performing the audit, the accountants examine the validity of financial transactions according to generally accepted accounting principles and state law.

Loyd praised the work done by Cowley College interim president/executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch and his staff.

Each Board member was provided with a publication of the audit and the Board unanimously approved the audit report as presented.

Also, during Monday’s meeting, John Haas of Ranson Financial Consultants, LLC, presented the Board with a refinance on the dorm debt. The Board approved the decision to secure the bid from First Banker’s Banc of Saint Louis, which would ensure a net savings of $167,000 over a three-year period.

The Board also acknowledged the 2014-2015 final county valuation and mill levy. The mill levy is 18.790, which is a decrease from the final 2013-2014 levy of 19.388.

In other matters:

  1. The Board decided to move its January meeting date from Monday, January 19 to Tuesday, January 20.
  2. Discussed the ACCT Community College National Legislative Summit that will be held February 9-12, 2015. Ron Godsey, ACCT delegate for the Trustees, plans to attend the Summit. Fellow Board member Brian Sanderholm has also expressed an interest in attending the event. Godsey said this year’s Summit is encouraging college’s to bring along a student representative.
  3. Heard an overview from interim president Tony Crouch and Trustee Bob Juden as they attended the annual KACCT/COP meeting Dec. 7-8 at Fort Scott Community College. “There was some very interesting information brought to the surface,” Juden said.
  4. Discussed the filing deadline of noon, January 27 for those Trustees whose terms expire on June 30, 2015. Trustees whose terms expire on June 30 are: Ron Godsey, Mark Paton, and Jim Ramirez. The primary, if needed, will be held March 3 and the general election will take place on April 7.
  5. Tony Crouch, interim president/executive vice president of business services, informed the Board that Mahaney Roofing is close to finishing the total roof replacement of the Nelson Student Center.
  6. Approved the resolution between Cowley College and Cowley County to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Multi-Hazard agreement and comply with the requirements.
  7. Discussed the annual Higher Learning Commission conference set for the spring. The college HLC site visit will occur in fall, 2015 or spring, 2016.
  8. The all-college spring semester meeting will be held on February 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the start of the semester, the college will provide a welcome back breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All Board members are invited to both events.
  9. Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement, briefed the Board on the Council on Resource Development’s Executive Leadership Training he attended in Washington, D.C. in early November.
  10. Crouch informed the Board that for the first time in the history of Cowley College’s paramedic program each student successfully passed the practical test on the first attempt.
  11. Accepted a letter of resignation from Hannah Andrews as Student Services Representative, effective Dec. 19.
  12. Approved the employment of Marcus Hicks as Director of Admissions, effective January 1, 2015, and Ann Roney as Student Services Representative, Mulvane.
  13. The following personnel positions are currently open: Technology Support Specialist, Bus Driver, and Student Services Representative/Ark City.
  14. Approved the real estate contract with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway upon review and approval of Board attorney, David Andreas.
  15. Held a pair of executive sessions totaling 35 minutes to discuss property acquisition, non-elected personnel, and consult with legal counsel.