For the past few months, the Butler Community College Board of Trustees has been discussing the possibility of implementing a tobacco free campus policy.
“We’re ready to move forward with whatever direction the board wants to provide us,” Bill Rinkenbaugh, vice president of student services, told the trustees during their Wednesday meeting.
After some discussion, the trustees voted 3-2 to approve the policy as it was presented. Trustees Ted Albright, Ted Dankert and Ron Engelbrecht voted to approve the policy as written while Trustees Jim Wilson and Sarah Hurd voted against approval.
Wilson and Hurd disagreed with a part of the policy that allows smoking in the passenger area of personal vehicles on campus. A prior motion proposed by Wilson to remove this part of the policy failed 2-3.
"Should we not change the title since we no longer have the tobacco free campus?" asked Wilson. "I think putting the word free in there is not truthful."
The board then voted to direct the committee that has been working on the policy to come up with a new name for the policy and present options at a later meeting.
There was also some discussion about the possibility of the college funding smoking cessation programs for employees. The trustees decided against this since many of the employees have access to cessation programs through their health insurance provider.
The smoking policy will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2013.
In other business, the trustees:
• received a Student Government Association report from Amanda Cahill.
• received an operational staff report from Sheryle Dunbar.
• received a faculty report from Terry Sader.
• received a presidential search update from Engelbrecht. So far, the college has received 15 applications.
• received an insurance purchasing update from Tom Murry of ICI.
• approved the FY2013 modified operating budget.
• approved a revenue bond refinance resolution.
• approved multimedia technology classroom upgrades.
• approved a canvas license and premium support.
• ratified a Neighborhood Revitalization Program with the cities of Augusta and Douglass.
• approved contracts for affiliated clinical sites with Episcopal Social Services Venture House and the Wichita Children’s Home.
• approved contract renewals for Mike Bargen (head men’s basketball coach), Jon Craig (assistant men’s basketball coach), Andrew Hamilton (assistant women’s basketball coach) and Mike Helmer (head women’s basketball coach).
• accepted the resignation of Amber Celestin, English faculty member.
• accepted the retirement of Meg Hageman, counselor and academic advisor.
Page 2 of 2 - • approved sabbatical leave requests for Brad Beachy and Randy Bush.
• received a report on the division of Humanities and Social Sciences from interim dean Dr. Susan Bradley.
• held a work session to discuss Educare rates for 2013-2014.
• recessed to executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.