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.