During the recognitions segment of the Butler Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, July 11, President Kimberly Krull described a recent tour performed by the Headliners show choir. In April, Headliners Director Valerie Lippoldt-Mack took the show choir on tour in Texas.
"Besides having some fun, they really had some great educational opportunities. They performed at Southwestern University. One of the students ended up with a full-ride scholarship as a part of that trip. They did a musical theater workshop with Peg Waldschmidt, who's the former Butler Headliner director, so that was really fun. They got to spend quite a bit of time with the Broadway tour team for Kinky Boots .... [They had] questions and answer sessions with seven of the leads from the musical," Krull said.
Also at the meeting, the board of trustees held an election of board officers and appointments for 2017-2018. The elections and appointments are as follows:
Eileen Dreiling, chair
JoAnn Craven, vice chair
Greg Joyce, secretary/treasurer
Ron Engelbrecht and Ken Bohon, KACCT delegate and alternate delegate
Ron Englebrecht and JoAnn Craven, board finance committee designees
Eileen Dreiling, foundation board liaison
Greg Joyce and Ron Englebrecht, educational facilities authority of Butler County member
Ron Engelbrecht and Ken Bohon, capital projects team
As part of her president's report, Krull updated the board of trustees on the enrollment status as of July 10.
"We're about 60 percent toward our goal of 88,320 credit hours for fall. We have 52,547 enrolled. And we're about 53.2 percent to our goal of 9,600 students. We have just over 5,100 students enrolled at this point in time. So, [we're] making good progress," Krull said.
Chief Information Security Officer Bill Young then shared a capital projects update.
"We are currently out to RFP [request for proposal] for campus-wide wireless and new network wiring – wired switches on campus – and for our UPS battery supplies in all of our closets .... We've been looking at some different options for a hardened data center. Since space is limited on campus, we came up with some modular options .... Currently, where all of our servers sit is not a secure location, nor is it hardened in any way," Young said.
In the consent agenda, the board of trustees approved a bid from Bill's Electric Inc. for $38,708 to expand lighting across El Dorado's campus in the low-light areas around the 100, 1000 and 1500 buildings. The campus lighting project for the 5000 building in Andover is already complete.
A couple board action items during the meeting were the approval of the college's employee group health insurance provider and the approval of the flexible spending provider for the 2017-2018 school year. The board of trustees selected Aetna as the health insurance provider, with Delta Dental as the dental insurance provider, and Gallagher Benefit Services as the flex spending provider.
Another board action item was the approval of the Board Conflict of Interest Policy for 2017-2018. It was approved, with no changes from last year.
The board of trustees also moved to reaffirm the Association of Community College Trustees Standards of Good Practice at Tuesday's meeting.
At another point in the meeting, the board accepted the retirement of Katherine Barrier, professor of English composition and literature. Barrier has worked for BCC for 20 years, and her resignation is effective August 1.
"Katherine will be missed. She's an excellent teacher – very knowledgeable of literature, poetry and prose, especially. She's very direct. She's very witty .... She's going to Arkansas, retiring with her husband. She'll be writing, her husband will be fishing and they'll be enjoying the peace," Susan Bradley, dean of humanities and social sciences, said.
In addition, the board of trustees approved the following personnel appointments:
Kylee Stuever as director of Athletic Academic Services, at an annual salary of $40,000 per year
Andrew Rawlings as director of Residence Life, at a recommended starting salary of $45,000 per year
Taylor Frank as Butler Livestock Judging Team coach and temporary full-time agriculture course instructor, at a salary of $36,726 plus benefits
contract renewal for Gus Strunk, assistant basketball coach, at the annual salary of $10,979.25 (this includes a 1.5 percent salary increase)
resignation of Terry Klenda, Learning Community resource coordinator of Marion, whose last day of work would be July 31 since she has been offered a position with Centre School District
Later in the evening, the board held a meeting for a budget update and work session, immediately followed by an executive session for the review and evaluation of non-elected personnel.