Master Agreement supported during monthly Board meeting

August 24, 2021

The Cowley College trustees supported the proposed changes to the 2021-2022 Master Agreement between the Board of Trustees of Cowley College and the Cowley College Education Association during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting.

The Master Agreement states the Board recognizes the Cowley College Education Association as the exclusive negotiating representative of the Professional Employees, in accordance with the provisions of the statutes of the State of Kansas.

The Agreement shall be for a period beginning Aug. 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022 with the right of the Board and/or the Association to open for negotiations Salary and Wages, New Hires and Current Professional Employees.

The Board thanked faculty liaison Pam Smith and the faculty for their work on the Master Agreement.

In other matters:

1. Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle provided a college update. Dr. Rittle informed the Board that LaVaughan Scheurich, Adult Education Instructional Staff, was recently named the Master Educator of the Year by the state of Kansas. He also mentioned that fall semester classes have begun as has the new Construction Trades program. The College is developing a Precision AG program, and work on the artificial turf project is underway. Dr. Rittle also informed the Board that active COVID cases among students and employees is at 0.16 percent. Residential housing on-campus is filled to 96 to 100 percent capacity. Lastly, Dr. Rittle praised the work of staff and faculty for the allocation of more than $117,000 in Kansas Promise Scholarship awards and expressed his sincere gratitude to the JoAnn Scott Newman Trust, which recently awarded the College with $387,438.80 to establish Endowed Scholarships in memoriam of Mrs. Newman, widow of former Dean of Academic Affairs at Cowley College, William S. Scott.
2. Chris Swan provided a Trustee Finance Subcommittee update.
3. Chair Wilson provided the Board with a Trustee Policy Subcommittee update.
4. Approved the amended Consent Agenda to include:

  1. Board Minutes of the July 19 and August 4 meetings.
  2. Financial Reports. The Treasurer is directed to file said reports with the financial records of the College for audit according to the policies of the Board of Trustees and the Statutes of the State of Kansas.
  3. Bills and Claims. Approved fiscal officers of the College to execute payment of all bills and claims as presented.
  4. Administrative Reports.
  5. The Board held first readings on the following policies: (107.00) Advisory Committees; (114.00) Performance Appraisals; (120.00) Exempt Employee Pay; (158.00) Banking Services Policy; (246.00) Faculty Evaluations.
  6. The Board approved the following policies: (102.00) Organization of the College; (116.00) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); and (117.00) Work Comp Return to Work.
  7. The Board approved the resignation of Kit Kirby as department specialist/Perkins Retention, effective August 20; accepted a letter of resignation from Katie Coble as maintenance technician, effective July 27; accepted a letter of resignation from Blake Bashaw as custodian, effective July 16.
  8. The Board approved the employment of Dereck Hutchison as Academic Coordinator-Upward Bound, effective August 24; approved the employment of Kim Peri as Library Assistant, effective August 24; approved the employment of Johnny “Butch” Rea as Assistant Coach-Baseball/Dorm Manager, effective August 24, 2021; approved the employment of Ian Alumbaugh as Dorm Manager/Athletics Game Day Manager, effective August 24; approved the employment of Stefani Jones as Director of Enrollment Services, effective August 24.

5. The Board authorized the College to exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate, set at 19.150.
6. Approved the Capital Outlay Mill of 20.531, which is slightly down from last year.
7. Holly Harper, vice president of finance and administration, provided the Board with a Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) update.
8. Dr. Michelle Schoon, vice president of academic affairs, informed the Board that the College awarded a contract with the Kansas Department of Corrections to expand educational offerings at the Winfield Correctional Facility.
9. Paul Erdmann, vice president of information technology, provided an update on projects the information technology staff has worked on over the past month.
10. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, provided an enrollment update. Shaw also informed the Board of the recruiting events the admissions representatives have assisted with over the past month and have lined up in the coming months.
11. Debbie Phelps, executive director of institutional effectiveness, informed the Board that the College registered for the new, 2021-22 IPEDS data collection period at the beginning of August.
12. Lynlea Bartlett, director of student housing, provided a housing update.
13. Julie Rhoads, faculty liaison, provided updates from several Cowley instructors.
14. Jason O’Toole, director of athletics, informed the Board that fall sports are underway. Also, the men and women’s basketball locker rooms received a facelift this summer with new paint, carpet and accessories. Also, the Tiger Booster Club Blitz Drive is set for Tuesday, August 31.
15. The Board approved the increase of the current Union State Bank corporate credit card limit from $50,000 to $75,000 to accommodate the current cards the College has with RCB Bank as all college credit cards will be moved to USB.
16. Approved to enter into a lease purchase agreement with funding through conditions of participation for the Sumner Campus student housing project. The Board heard from John Haas of the Ranson Financial Group.
17. Approved Double E Construction to fill a sink hole found in the center field of the Tiger Baseball Field at a cost of $38,900.
18. Approved the purchase of a Gaumard Victoria Obstetrical Patient Care Simulator at a cost of $34,000 using Capital Outlay Grant funds.
19. Approved the guaranteed maximum price from Conco Construction to construct a 17-unit student housing facility on the Sumner Campus in Wellington not to exceed $1,639,997.00
20. Held a 10-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, regarding professional negotiations, pursuant to the exception for discussion relating to non-elected personnel.
21. Approved conducting the September 20th Board of Trustees meeting at the Sumner Campus in Wellington.
22. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.


Rama Peroo

Director of Institutional Communication & Public Relations
Cowley College
125 South 2nd Street
Arkansas City, KS 67005