CCCC trustees approve bid for roof

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer

 The Cloud County Community College board of trustees Tuesday night approved a bid to recondition the roof of the main building.
 The $204,000 bid from Budreau Construction, Clyde, will include cleaning, repairing existing roof damage, removal of debris, and reconditioning the roof surface. The roof recoating will be a waterproof cool roof coating with a 15-year warranty. Work will begin when average low overnight temperatures exceed 40 degrees.
 According to Bob Maxson, vice president for administrative services, the last time the roof was reconditioned was in 1997. The roof repair was originally a part of the 2009 post secondary infrastructure loan program, but it was abandoned in favor of remodeling a number of restrooms and replacing most of the entrance doors.
 "If we don't do it now, it will get worse," Maxson said, adding that the roof already leaks in the agriculture classroom areas.
 Funding for the project will come from residence life, the bookstore and the capital outlay funds. Maxson said residential life and the bookstore will be charged $136,000 for the project, and $68,000 will come from capital outlay levy funds.
 "We will charge the capital outlay levy for $68,000 in both fiscal year 2015 and 2016 to reimburse the auxiliary accounts," Maxson said in a memo to the board. "I believe it is financially better to retain a strong balance in capital outlay to avoid future issues when a significant capital asset failure could hinder our ability to fund needed repairs or replacements."
 The board also approved purchasing a $23,630 scissor lift for the wind energy program from Foley Equipment, Concordia. The purchase will be funded from the U.S. Department of Energy grant.
 During her president's report, Danette Toone said the College's bidding process is structured in such a way as to allow as many local businesses to bid as possible. At last month's meeting the board approved several large purchases from out-of-county businesses. A skid steer and truck were purchased with Department of Energy grant funds for the wind energy program.
 "I just wanted to reiterate that our policy and procedures are definitely in line with every other college in the state," Toone said. "A lot of things we do buy come from federal dollars, and there are even more constraints on those than we normally have."
Toone said the college does everything it can to keep business local, but federal regulations on how grant dollars are spent sometimes makes that impossible.
"I just want you to know how much we take seriously the fact that this is a Cloud County organization, and as much as possible we do have policies and procedures in place to purchase as much as we can locally."
 In other reports, Joel Figgs, vice president of enrollment management and student services, said enrollment continues to fall. The 20-day spring semester numbers show a decline of 7.15 percent in credit hours over this time last year. From summer 2013 until now, Figgs said the College is running 8.81 percent down in credit hours from last year.
 The 2014-2015 budget was based on an expected eight-percent drop in enrollment, he said.
"Like many colleges in the state, we continue to meet and strategize on effective ways to reverse the downward trend. We are working every angle we can," Figgs said. "Community colleges are counter-cyclical - when the economy is very good, many times community colleges struggle. When the economy is in the tank, we do well."
 In an effort to show the College's economic impact on the county, Maxson said the week of Feb. 26 through March 4 will be "Fat 2's Week."
 Instead of using regular currency, cash or debit and credit cards, college faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make local purchases with $2 bills.
 "Many times the economic impact of the College's students, faculty and staff of Cloud County goes unnoticed, and this weeklong event is one way for that to be recognized with purchases of goods and services using $2 bills," Maxson said.
 The College has the ability, with its debit card system through Central National Bank, to track how much students spend locally. Maxson said between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013, students in Concordia using the debit cards spent $580,000. That also does not include how much the college employees spend locally.
"Each year, we estimate the College brings in over $14 million in revenues to Cloud that would not come to Cloud County without the College," he said.
 In personnel matters, the board accepted the retirement of Karl de Rochefort-Reynolds. An employee since 1987, de Rochefort-Reynolds' retirement will be effective June 1, but he will continue to work as a full-time instructor until May 18, 2015.
 The board approved the hire of Shane Olson as the new director of admissions. Olson was hired as an admissions counselor in July 2013, and will take over the director position effective March 3 at a salary of $40,000. The administration was authorized to fill his admissions counselor position.
 The resignation of Neil Ward, art instructor, was also accepted. Ward has been an art instructor at the College since Aug. 14, 2013, but has accepted a position at Kansas Wesleyan. The board authorized the administration to fill the vacancy.


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