CCCC approves MOU with USD 333
The Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees reconvened Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for their monthly meeting, after spending a great deal of their afternoon discussing the 2016-2017 budget for the college.
After several back-and-forth discussions and meetings, the board approved the Memorandum of Understanding between them and USD 333 concerning the lease of a portion of the old middle school.
According to the language written in the memorandum, Cloud will pay the school district $5,000 per year for the first three years. They will also pay the monthly cost of the gas and electric utilities without markup for the first three years.
The college will use the portion of the middle school to begin a wrestling program.
Although not on Tuesday night’s agenda, the Board of Trustees moved to allow the topic of athletic teams to be added to Action Items.
Danette Toone, President of Cloud County Community College, announced that Cloud will be introducing wrestling to their athletic team roster beginning Fall 2017. Because the college is adding yet another men’s program, they must add a women’s program, according to Title IX regulations. So, Toone announced the return of women’s soccer as well. Women’s soccer was previously discontinued from Cloud in April 2014.
With another addition to the agenda, the Trustees voted to approve the hire of Brenda Edleston as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs. Edleston has served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs on three separate occasions, the most recent being when William Backlin resigned from the position in January after accepting a new post as Assistant Provost at Kansas Wesleyan University.
For the past 10 years, Edleston has served as the Campus Dean, as well as the Vice President for Geary County Campus.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, Toone reported that, as of July 1, the state will cut four percent from the college’s budget to the tune of just under $180,000. Toone said all community and technical colleges in the state will receive the same four percent cut.
Although the college will experience this state-mandated budget cut, they are moving forward with the hiring of several other positions, including: Taylor Stupka from Bel Aire, Kan., as the new Admissions Counselor; Dorothy Katsiyiannis from Tipton, Kan., as a new Nursing Instructor; Brian White, Hastings Neb., as an Art Instructor; Chelsea Ahlquist, Manhattan Kan., as an Agronomy Instructor and Amanda Mocaby as the new Director of Workforce Development. Mocaby will leave her position as Concordia’s Chamber of Commerce President to fill CCCC’s position.
The board also approved the resignation of Greg Brummett, Cloud’s Head Baseball Coach, and Joseph Keller, a Math Instructor. Brummett has been with the college since July 2003.
The college is still hoping to fill a few key positions, such as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement. Tuesday night, Toone requested that the board waive Policy C2, which will allow the college to hire for open positions internally without having to publicly advertise them as being vacant. The board approved waiving the policy through June 30, 2016.
The Wind Energy Technology (WET) program received an approval from the board Tuesday night to purchase new simulation software. The new software will cost $10,562 and will be paid for out of the WET Lab Fee Funds. According to Amy Lange, Vice President for Administrative Services, the current software being used for the WET program is about eight years old and “showing its age,” by freezing on students and affecting their simulation outcomes. The new software is web-based, which will enable the students to access the software without a dongle.
The Cloud County Board of Trustees also approved the renewal of Cloud’s IMA insurance coverage for $70,422, plus an additional $1,035 for the option of Law Enforcement Professional; $689 for Crime and $7,287.50 for Cyber Liability. The board also renewed the IMA premium for worker’s compensation insurance coverage for $47,220.
Shawn Walden, Vice President for Information Technology and representative for Dynamic Campus, recommended via memorandum that the board approve a purchase in the amount of $36,520 for purchase a Core switch for the Concordia Campus and a distribution switch for the Geary County Campus for Phase 1 of the network redesign of moving from a flat network to a hierarchical design for the purpose of improving the college’s IT [Information Technology] infrastructure.”
The $36,520 will come out of the fund labeled Tech Fees.
For a little over 20 years, CCCC has discussed adding a Multi-Purpose facility to their campus. The topic has been on and off of the board’s table, as funding for the facility was never available. In 2014, a feasibility study was completed for the facility at a cost of $27,775. The study showed that the college would need to raise from four to five million for the facility.
“As we look at the facilities that we really feel like we need, we probably need to raise somewhere in the 7 to 10 million range,” Toone said.
Toone said that she is not comfortable recommending that the board move forward with the multi-purpose facility.
Toone did say, however, that the multi-purpose facility will be added to the college’s Facility Master plan, and plans for the facility will be reviewed annually.
Toone said the $27,775 will be reimbursed back to the Board of Trustees.
With state budget cuts affecting many plans of the college, good news arrived when Kim Reynolds announced that fall enrollment is up 2,500 credit hours from last year and that thus far, for the summer session, which will begin Monday, credit hours are up over all campuses by 1,038.
Reynolds also announced that the Foundation has awarded $116,000 in scholarships for the fall.
Thanks to the efforts of Marc Malone, Communications Department Chair, the good news kept coming. Malone wrote a grant to the Community Foundation for Cloud County funded through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for $10,000. The monies will go towards purchasing equipment for the recording lab in the Mass Communications video recording studio. Edleston said the new equipment will help recruit and retain students as they expand the program’s offerings.
In other Board of Trustees news:
According to the Treasurer’s Report, as of April 30, 2016, the college has a balance of $8,056,975.08 at Central National Bank. Last year, at this same time, the college reported a balance of $7,143,117.61.
Jamieson Gross, Animal Science Instructor with Cloud since 2013, was presented with a teaching award of merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
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