Board member recognized for service

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Fort Scott Community College President Clayton Tatro (left) thanks outgoing FSCC Board of Trustees member Curt Shankel for his four years of service on the board prior to the board's regular meeting Monday evening. Shankel, who did not run for re-election in April, was recognized and thanked by the board for his service. (Submitted Photo/Kathleen Hinrichs)

Curt Shankel was recognized for his four years of service on the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees during the board's regular meeting earlier this week.

The board chairman, who did not run for re-election in April, received a plaque for his service from FSCC President Clayton Tatro. Shankel thanked everyone in attendance, briefly reflected on his time with the board, and made a few other comments at the start of the meeting.

"I learned a lot about the education business ... This was all new to me," he said Monday evening. "The community college has a lot to offer. I believe it is helping the community."

"I appreciate the county having the confidence in me and electing me," Shankel added.

Trustees also heard a report on a June 14 storm that caused structural damage to some campus buildings and harmed other college property. Lightning damaged heating and air-conditioning and phone systems at the college, and also struck two trees. Some windows in the administration building were broken by tree limbs and some concrete at Bailey Hall was damaged.

Most of the damage has been repaired, Tatro said Tuesday.

"The HVAC and phone systems are up and working, glass has been replaced, trees have been cut down," he said. "The concrete has not been repaired yet."

In other business Monday, the board:

* Approved separations from Miriam Bagniewski, assistant softball coach, effective May 21, Kay Bunn, developmental education professional, effective June 2, and Tommy Fitzgerald, assistant baseball coach, effective June 16. Trustees also approved employment of Patrick Deao as assistant baseball coach, effective June 16, Ryan Page, agricultural instructor and livestock judging coach, effective July 1, and Jared Lyons, assistant baseball coach, effective Aug. 1.

* Received information on three health insurance plans available to employees from Aflac agent Al Hurt, who provided a brief history of the company and said the options are meant to be supplemental plans and are not intended to replace current plans.

* Heard from Ed Dissinger of Dissinger Insurance in Overland Park about athletic insurance options for the 2011-12 school year. The board approved issuance of athletic insurance for 2011-12 for a zero deductible policy with a premium of $148,003.

* Approved the Certification of Cash Match and In-Kind for the Pittsburg State University Kansas Small Business Development Center for operating the KSBDC Outreach Centers. FSCC will provide PSU with $5,587 and space for KSBDC to conduct counseling sessions. The funding period is July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.

* Authorized the renewal of various consortium memberships and dues for the 2011-12 school year.

* Approved participation in the Kansas Association of School Boards Workers Compensation Fund Inc., for the 2011-12 fiscal year with a premium of $45,465. The premium is about $26,000 less than last year, Tatro said.

* Approved a software maintenance agreement with Management Advisory Computer Systems for the 2011-12 year. The company maintains software that FSCC uses for human resource and business office functions and reports, payroll and personnel information. The current agreement expires on June 30, 2011. The new agreement runs from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.

* Approved moving the date of the August board meeting to Aug. 15.

* Approved a complete board policy manual as presented with recommendations for administrative review.

* Took no action following an executive session.

Trustees also heard a report on annual enrollment and reviews on the education, social and behavioral sciences program and the nursing and allied health program.

During the president's report, Tatro discussed credit hours generated by occupational and athletic programs. The board also scheduled a trustee orientation and budget work session for 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, prior to their regular monthly meeting.