Update on regular meeting and work session
The Butler Community College Board of Trustees held a short monthly meeting before adjourning to participate in a work session earlier this week.
The construction of new academic facilities at Andover High School as part of a $188 million bond issue approved by voters in May 2017, has created some exciting opportunities for Butler Community College as well.
Since 1992, Butler has leased the north wing of Andover High School for Student Services offices and numerous classrooms. With the completion of the Andover High School project in 2020, the north wing of the building will be demolished thus creating need for Butler to relocate its operations to its 5000 Building on East 13th Street in order to maintain its current level of operations.
The remodeling and construction needs for the 5000 Building were the topics discussed at the Board of Trustees work session Tuesday night with no formal action taken taken.
“We’ve had helpful information from and dialogue with USD 385 officials throughout the entire process,” said Butler Trustee Jim Howell. “And, that has been greatly appreciated. It has given us the time necessary to make the financial arrangements needed so we can move forward with no increase to our mill levy.”
Butler’s Board of Trustees plan to finance a portion of the $10 - $13 million remodel project through lease-purchase agreements while using cash reserves to pay for the remainder. Financing the project fits into the college’s budget due to the fact the debt service on the 5000 building was recently paid off.
“This is a powerful example of why we pay such close attention to the cash level of our reserves,” said Eileen Dreiling, Board of Trustee chair. “Business environments can shift quickly, whether private or nonprofit, and these reserves allow us the ability to be flexible.”
Dr. Kimberly Krull, Butler Community College President, is excited about the convenience this opportunity provides.
“This will be such a benefit for our students, faculty, and staff,” said Krull. “We’ll have all of our Butler of Andover student services in one building.”
Krull added, the goal of the project is to accommodate all current classroom space in the 6000 Building, but the plans do include a larger community meeting space at the 13th Street location.
“We certainly value our long partnership with the Andover School District and we look forward to continued partnerships that provide the best educational benefits to our area students,” Krull said.
Gravity Works Architecture in El Dorado and Simpson Construction of Wichita have been selected for the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in Fall 2018.
The Butler Community College Board of Trustees held a short monthly meeting before adjourning to participate in the work session.
Two recognition were made; BJ McVay was honored for being named Coach of the Year for the West and for coaching seven All-KJCCC selection students, and Michelle Ponce was recognized for her work as the AACRAO Hill Day Representative.
The Operational Staff Report, Professional Employees Report, the Board Finance Committee Report, the President’s Report, and the Education Facilities Authority Report were all presented.
The action items included:
* The annual approval of Board Conflict of Interest Policy.
of Board Conflict of Interest Policy.
* Affirmation of ACCT Standards of Good Practice.
* Ratification of Mass Communication, Journalism Associate of Applied Science Degree Program.
* Ratification of Mass Communication, Radio Television Associate of Applied Science Degree Program.
* Ratification of Mass Communication, Sports Media Associate of Applied Science Degree Program.
Dr. Kim Krull advised that the three new communication programs will begin in the 2019-2020 school year.
The Consent Agenda was approved and trustees were reminded of the special board meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 and the times and dates of the upcoming Listening Tours.