Parks Center, water issues top upcoming FSCC board agenda

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Fort Scott, Kan. -- The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to hear reports on the Gordon Parks Center for Culture and Diversity, the Marais des Cygnes Basin, and other items during their regular meeting on Monday.

During the meeting at the FSCC Heritage Room, 2108 S. Horton St., Fort Scott, Jill Warford, the executive director for the FSCC Gordon Parks Center for Culture and Diversity, is slated to give trustees an update on current happenings with the center, which was established in 2004 and is located in the FSCC library.

Parks, a Fort Scott native and famed photographer, filmmaker, composer, author, and poet, died in his New York home on March 7. Memorial services for Parks were conducted on March 16 in Fort Scott.

The center serves as an asset for students and the community and highlights Parks' life, as well as his achievements and philosophies.

The center also has hosted speakers and artists from all over the United States.

Trustees will also hear from FSCC environmental technology instructor Pat Flynn on the status of the Marais des Cygnes Basin and a report on the recent water quality committee summit at FSCC. The basin is a large natural water resource covering 4,304 square miles in east central and southeast Kansas. Various officials recently assembled at FSCC to discuss water quality and supply issues from the basin.

About 125,000 people in 13 counties depend on the basin for drinking water, recreational use, and agricultural production. Also included in the basin is the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Management Area, a natural wetland for migratory birds, according to a March 22 story in the Fort Scott Tribune. Flynn, who spoke at the summit earlier this week, will present a report to trustees.

Trustees are also scheduled to approve proposed increases in designated student fees for the 2006-07 school year. If changes are approved, the per credit hour fee at FSCC will increase from $23 to $25, the fee per student in the cosmetology program each semester will rise from $800 to $825, the cost per student each semester in the Allied Health program will rise from $25 to $75, and the cost for each student each semester in the special truck driving program will increase from $1,000 to $1,100.

A $20 per-course fee will be charged to students who use the science lab, an FSCC statement said.

Dormitory costs each semester for students in the six-week FSCC Truck Driving Program will rise from $300 to $450, and the cost for those students to participate in the meal program will rise from $200 to $325.

Trustees will also consider a three-year agreement with Front Bridge Technologies to scan FSCC employees e-mail for spam and computer viruses. The program, which will cost FSCC about $6,250 in the first year, and about $4,800 in the second and third years, will help reduce the amount of junk e-mail that makes it to the computers of FSCC employees.

Trustees are also scheduled to:

* Hire Terri "Suzy" Hull as student services office manager and Ed Sutton as agricultural instructor and livestock judging coach, and consider the resignation of Harley Davidson Technician Training Program instructor William Duling.

* Consider a $30,000 grant from the Higher Education Connect Program to pay for the cost this year of maintaining FSCC's current six megabyte computer system connection and the 1.5 megabyte connection that links the college's distance learning lab classroom to the Miami County Campus in Paola.

* Consider a request, submitted by head football coach Rion Rhodes, for $11,610 in additional funds to purchase necessary equipment for the FSCC football program. Outdated equipment such as helmets, shoulder pads, practice balls, video cassette recorders with remotes, and video editing equipment, need to be replaced, according to Rhodes. The additional budget request totals $16,890, of which $5,280 has already been approved.

* Hear a report from FSCC President Jim Miesner on spring meetings and activities. Miesner is scheduled to talk about community preparedness, results from the Jayhawk Conference spring meeting and the Higher Learning Commission and Academic Quality Improvement Program annual meetings, and the Gordon Parks Center for Culture and Diversity.

* Swear in Myrtle Ann Colum, widow of the board member Al Colum, as a member of the FSCC Board of Trustees.

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