Using reserves for renovation and construction in Andover

Butler Community College’s Board of Trustees approved the 2018-19 legal budget of $80,974,123 at their regularly scheduled board meeting on August 14, 2018.  The legal budget shows an increase of $5,903,172 or 7.8% more than the 2017-2018 legal budget that was approved at $75,070,951. This increase allows the college to spend reserves that were set aside to address the needed renovation and construction at their 5000 Building on East 13 St. in Andover.  
Since 1992, Butler has leased the north wing of Andover High School for Student Services offices and numerous classrooms. With the Andover School District bond issue and the construction of new facilities at Andover High School, the north wing of the building will be demolished by the summer of 2020, thus creating the need for Butler to relocate its current operations.  
Because of prior notice, Butler’s Board of Trustees have carefully set aside reserve funds to be used for this move and renovation.  The college is not expanding; the school is simply consolidating buildings.
“This is a planned expenditure from our reserves, with no additional money needed from taxpayers,” said Kent Williams, CPA, vice president of finance.
Gravity::Works Architecture of El Dorado and Simpson Construction of Wichita are leading the project.  
“We will not raise the mill levy for the Andover consolidation project,” said Butler President Kim Krull, Ph.D. “For the past two years, we’ve set aside funds to be used for this purpose.”
More information will be presented as the blueprints are finalized.