Butler County Times Gazette
  • Trustees recognize students, staff at meeting

  • The monthly Butler Community College Board of Trustees recognized students and staff at their meeting Tuesday evening.
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  • The monthly Butler Community College Board of Trustees recognized students and staff at their meeting Tuesday evening.
    The first to be recognized for their outstanding participation and assistance were the Student Government Association Officers. Those recognized were Traevor McPherson, president; Katie Slusser, vice president, Butler of El Dorado (BOE); Carlos Galindo, vice president, Butler of Andover (BOA); Kaitlyn Sokoloski, secretary/treasurer, BOE; Aaron Krahn, secretary/treasurer, BOA; Robert Castleberry, coordinator, BOE; Rica Elias, coordinator, BOE; Indiana Ludwick, coordinator, BOE; and Zayra Camacho, coordinator, BOA.
    Marcy Aycock was honored as a Wichita Business Journal 2013 Health Care Hero Honoree. Kirsten Allen was honored as a 2012-2013 Executive Board vice president for Outreach/Legislative Liaison for Kansas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.
    Members of the Faculty Development Team were honored for going above and beyond the call of duty. Those honored included Helen Barnes, Connie Belden, Robert Carlson, Taryn Cipra, Beth Cunningham, Kris Estes, Chad Gaudet, Anne Gillis, Shellie Gutierrez, Mark Jarvis, Andrea McCaffree-Wallace, Meg McGranaghan, Tim Myers, Susan Pfiefer, Tiffany Price, Martha Sager, Cory Teubner, Karen Tones, Henry Waters, Frank Welton, Robert Wilson and Christel Woods.
    Following the recognitions, several departments gave their monthly reports on their events.
    The Student Government Association, which is currently planning a spirit week, and hopes to include staff and students in what they're calling a "dress-up" day as part of the week's celebrations. Their next open meeting is to be held on Sept. 17.
    The operational staff report praised the participation and the outcome of the welcome back tables. More than 30 staff members donated snacks and local businesses donated bottles of water and coupons to the new students during the first days of the new semester.
    President Kimberly Krull's report informed the trustees of the slight decrease in credit hours from the previous year. The target for the first 20 days of the fall semester was 91,147.5 and the actual number of credit hours so far has been 89,491. This is a drop of about 1.8 percent, which could possibly reflect negatively on the budget.
    "We’ve dealt with fluctuations before," said Krull. "So much of what we do is based on estimates. We’ll be able to better tell where we’re at in November."
    Vice President of Finance Kent Williams then began outlining the approval of the Schneider Electric Investment Grade Audit update and financing resolution. This resolution, which encompasses several projects that will implicate conservation measures, will come to a total contract cost of $5.8 million.
    One decision of the board was to decide whether to contract a lease for the project or to approve Gilmore & Bell as bond counsel as well as authorize the administration to provide financing for the project through bonds. Another decision was to decide to whether to authorize the expenditure of funds to obtain a bond rating or to move to direct financing of the project over a 15-year period, which would make the service payments equal or approximately equal or to move to a direct financing over a 15-year period in which the first two years would be only interest payments.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It can be done as a COP," said John Harms, a financial advisor from Gilmore & Bell. "But things are crazy right now. This is probably some of the craziest bond markets that we have seen."
    "I don’t like pushing things out," said Trustee John Wilson. "I’d like to take care of it now if we can."
    "The only thing this really does is smooth out your debt level," added Williams in regards to keeping the service payments equal over the 15-year period.
    The board then voted 8-0 in favor of authorizing the seeking of bids and to use the level debt service approach.
    The board also:
    • approved the Mutual gains Bargaining Outcome.
    • approved the consent agenda items, which included the approval of several appointments for full-time academic advisors and instructors.
    • accepted the resignation of Jeff Becker as instructor of PE/head cross country and track coach.
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