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SCCC/ATS Board Meets

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees

met Monday, January 4, 2010 to approve plans for proposed changes to

facilities and programs at the Area Technical School and the college¹s

long-range strategic plan.

The board approved proposed modifications at the area technical school

facilities, as presented by Dr. Bud Smithson, director. The proposal would

allow similar programs to be located in closer proximity and maximize use of

current floor space and facility design.

The board also approved the low bid from Knudsen Enterprises of Liberal,

Kansas in the amount of $164,875 to rehabilitate and repair restrooms at the

Area Technical School. The renovated restrooms in the lab and classroom

areas will meet federal disability access requirements. The college will use

funds through the state Postsecondary Educational Institution (PEI) bond


The board also approved the bid from SimplexGrinnel of Wichita in the amount

of $110,000 to upgrade the fire alarm system at the Area Technical School.

The college will use PEI funds as well to fund the upgrade.

The board directed the administration to apply for year three of PEI Bonds

issued by the state of Kansas in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for

deferred maintenance projects. Projects include retrofitting instructional

areas at the area technical school; remodeling the current boardroom with

up-to-date technology; providing new carpeting for administrative areas,

including the boardroom in the Hobble Academic building; and replacing

pneumatic controls and blower drives to increase effectiveness and energy

efficiency of the heating and air conditioning units.

The board adopted the 2010-17 strategic plan and directed the administration

to publish and distribute the plan.

Al Shank Jr. of Al Shank Insurance of Liberal presented the renewal premiums

for the overall insurance coverage for the college. He recommended that the

college stay with Employees Mutual for overall coverage. In 2010 the

premiums will be $248,627, down from $267,367 in 2009. The overall insurance

coverage includes property, inland marine, general liability, business

automobile, crime, workers compensation, umbrella liability and linebacker.

In other action, the board

1. approved summer operating hours from May 28-July 30, 7 a.m.-6

p.m., Monday through Thursday;

2. approved the purchase of an upgrade to the Interactive

Distance Learning equipment from Cytek Media Systems of Topeka in the amount

of $43,999.33 for the allied health programs using Carl Perkins grant money;


3. approved the purchase of refurbished autoclave in the amount

of $21,313 from Service-Rite Medical of Great Bend for the Natural Science,

Mathematics and Physical Education Division.

Spring classes begin Monday, Jan. 11. Campus will be closed on Monday,

January 18 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The next

board meeting is Monday, Feb. 1 in the boardroom.

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