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The 2020 Gordon Parks Museum to feature Photo Contest

Contact: Kirk Sharp at 1-800-874-3722, ext. 5850
Email: kirks@fortscott.edu

Fort Scott-The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a photo contest sponsored by Merl Humphrey Photography and inspired by Gordon Parks, who was a champion in the fight for social justice and racial equity. His weapon of choice was a camera to fight against racism, discrimination and poverty.

The theme of the contest, “Social Justice, Diversity and Equity” is for any amateur photographer.

Photographers are invited to capture the essence of one of the concepts and share one or two sentences on what inspired the photo.

Non-professional photographers of any age and skill level are invited to take pictures for the project and may enter up to two photos in jpeg format with less than2MB.

There will be a first place ($100), second place ($75) and third place ($50) prize and up to five honorable mentions.

All photos submitted will be on exhibit at The Gordon Parks Museum and in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center Oct. 8 – 16, 2020. All photos will also be posted on the Gordon Parks Museum website and Facebook page.

Photographs must be submitted via e-mail to gordonparksphotocontest@fortscott.edu.

All photos must be attached in JPEG format and limit file size to less than 2 MB. All entries will be confirmed via email.

Photographers should submit (in their email) a title, along with their name, address, email, phone number and share a one or two sentence on what inspired the photo.

If under 10 years old please include parent’s information.

Photos should be received via email by Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the latest.

For more info, click below:

photo contest flyer 2020

 

 

For more information email gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850.

“Always Choose Family” by Ashton Nolan was1st place winner in the 2019 Photo Contest. The theme was: “My Learning Tree, Life Lessons Learned.”

New Teacher Profile: Kevin Thomure

Kevin Thomure. Submitted photo.

Kevin Thomure, 40, is a new Fort Scott Community College History Instructor. His office is located in Bailey Hall at the college.

 

Thomure earned a Bachelor’s in Science Degree (Social Studies Education) from  Pittsburg State University, a Master’s in Science in Teaching degree (Secondary) from Pittsburg State University and a Master’s in Arts in History and Government Degree from Ashland University.

 

He has16 years teaching junior high and high school history and government classes and two years in administration for curriculum, and twelve years as an adjunct instructor in history and government.

 

His hometown is Fairland, Oklahoma.

 

Thomure has an 11-year-old son named Quincy and a 14-year-old daughter named Mya.

 

Community involvement/hobbies/interests:

Bicycling for fun and at bike ride events, supporting his kids in their sports and activities, visiting museums and historical sites, going to concerts and sporting events, and watching live theater and musicals.

 

How did you become an educator?

“I had teachers growing up who would challenge me to know more and do more with what I loved learning about.   As I grew older I also saw the difference that teachers made with students and the impact they made in the classroom.  I knew I wanted to make an impact and make a difference just like some of my favorite teachers did.  I was able to pursue my interests in history and political science while learning how to teach it and spark a learning curiosity within the classroom.  It was the best decision I ever made!”

 

 

Did someone inspire you to teach?

“I was fortunate enough to have several teachers growing up who were inspirational in making a difference with myself.  The biggest inspiration for why I went into teaching in the field of history and political science definitely has to be my grandmother.  From the early age of five, we had discussions on the Great Depression, World II, and the Vietnam War.  I still remember the tons of questions I kept asking her about everything even during presidential elections.  She always encouraged me to go learn more about it and it made for great conversations!”

 

What is the best part of teaching for you?

” I love helping and seeing the students make connections with how our past and how principles of key figures in history and the founding is relevant with every issue, situation, and action taken today.  Challenging students to think and see events and perspectives in a way they never have before is so rewarding when you do see them make connections on their own.  I enjoy playing any role I can as an educator in empowering students with knowledge and skills where they will be making their own positive impact on this world.”

 

What are the greatest challenges?

“Giving a voice to all students while creating an active learning environment can be challenging in a large classroom.  Students can be extroverted and introverted so it is important to me to make sure I can get everyone involved in learning and being heard in different ways each class.  I’m always looking to find various ways for each student to be involved in class and to be heard even if it is through a class discussion or using technology to empower each student.”

 

GED Adult Education Classes Offered at FSCC

Fort Scott Community College offers adult education classes to assist students in GED preparation, basic math and reading skills, employment skills, and college preparation and transition. Individuals who have completed the adult education classes will have the opportunity to earn a GED, Basic Computer Skills certificate, and the Kansas Work Ready certificate.

 

Adult education classes are open to students ages 16 and older. Students who are under 18 must have a Parental Waiver for Compulsory Attendance to attend class; the form can be obtained from the last school district the student attended.

 

Attendance is mandatory all days of orientation. Class times are Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 12 pm, 1 – 4 pm, and 4 – 7 pm. The adult education center is located in the Student Success Center in Bailey Hall.

 

Based on the results of your assessment during orientation, staff members will develop an individualized plan to help you achieve your goals. In order to be eligible to take the GED examination, you must have completed all of the adult education class requirements, passed all required exams, and have a valid government issued photo identification card.

 

The cost for the class is $30 and includes the ACCUPLACER college entrance exam, Northstar Digital Literacy Certification, WorkKeys Employment Skills Test, TABE assessment, and one GED Ready Practice Test. GED testing fees are not included in the class fee.  The GED test fees are $33 per subject (Math, Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies) which can be taken and paid for separately; due when you register for the test.

 

Upon successful completion of the examination, the student will be issued a diploma by the Kansas State Department of Education.

 

I am currently trying to build back my face-to-face classroom but I also offer online classes.  These classes could be for students lacking a diploma OR for anyone needing to review their basic reading and/or math skills.  I have had students take my class to prepare better for college entrance, to qualify for a program such as KansasWorks, or to even just learn how to use a computer and brush up on technology skills.  Students CAN enroll in the ABE class if they lack basic skills, even if they have a HS diploma or GED.

 

I am accepting students that are ready to learn.  They would just need to contact me to schedule an appointment to fill out paperwork and take the TABE pre-assessment.  If students are not ready to start right away, our next orientation will be in September.  If you know someone that is interested, please send them my way.

 

Thank you!

Aubrey Duft

ABE/GED Instructor at FSCC

aubreyd@fortscott.edu

(620)223-2700 Ext. 4400

First Gen College Students and Disabled Students Offered Assistance At FSCC

  FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARDED $260,839 TO HELP LOW INCOME, FIRST GENERATION, AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SUCCEED IN COLLEGE

Federal Student Support Services grant awarded every five years

 The U.S. Department of Education announced that Fort Scott Community College will receive a federal Student Support Services (SSS) grant of $260,839.00 to help more students succeed in and graduate from college. Fort Scott Community College has had a TRIO Student Support Services Program for over 20 years. In the 2018 academic year, FSCC’s SSS program helped 80 students Graduate from FSCC with an Associate’s degree or certificate; 64 of those students transferred to a 4-year university.

SSS helps college students who are low income, first generation (those whose parents do not have a four-year college degree) or students with disabilities. The array of services the grant will provide are comprehensive and will include academic tutoring, financial aid advice, career and college mentoring, help in choosing courses, and other forms of assistance. Such services enhance academic success and make it more likely that students will graduate or transfer with the lowest possible debt. Many Student Support Services alumni have gone on to great success, among them Emmy, Tony and Academy-Award winning actress Viola Davis, U.S. Rep. Gwendolyn Moore of Wisconsin’s 4th District and Franklin Chang-Diaz, the first Hispanic astronaut.

SSS began in 1968 and is one of the eight federal “TRIO” programs authorized by the Higher Education Act to help college students succeed in higher education. It recognizes that students whose parents do not have a college degree have more difficulties navigating the complexity of decisions that college requires for success; it bolsters students from low income families who have not had the academic opportunities that their college peers have had, and helps students with disabilities remove obstacles preventing them from thriving academically.

“We’re very excited to be funded for another five years. We believe we provide great quality services to help our students be successful while they are here at FSCC and beyond. Our program is unique because it is a place everyone on campus can feel connected. We have traditional, non-traditional, local, out-of-state, athletes, fine arts, and agricultural students in our program,” says Holli Mason, Director of FSCC’s Student Support Services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the systemic inequality and financial hardship which keep promising students from succeeding in college. Student Support Services is needed now more than ever,” said Maureen Hoyler. Hoyler is the president of the non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, D.C., dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities.

For more than 50 years, the Student Support Services program has made important contributions to individuals and society as a whole by providing a broad range of services to help students succeed. This vital program can and does make all the difference.

For more information on FSCC’s TRIO Student Support Services, go to fortscott.edu/TRiO or contact Holli Mason at hollim@fortscott.edu.

 

 

 

FSCC: Classes Started August 10 With Some Big Changes

Chelsi Boydston, Mounds, OK, in her new student housing room at the former Mercy Hospital building.

School started  Monday, August 10, for Fort Scott Community College, and the administration took the difficult situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic and used available community resources for expanding student housing.

FSCC is leasing 30 rooms at the former Mercy Hospital from the Mercy corporation.

“The reason we are leasing rooms at the Mercy building is that we had to leave rooms vacant in student housing, in case we need to quarantine students,”  FSCC President Alysia Johnston said.

FSCC students moved in over the weekend to the west side of the former Mercy Hospital building. FSCC is leasing the building until May from corporate Mercy.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” Tom Havron, FSCC Vice President of Student Affairs, said. “It’s in really good shape. Mercy maintenance has been good to help us (accommodate the students). We like having them out here. We are excited about it.”

“There are lots of perks for staying here,” Havron said. “The rooms are larger, student lounges are larger and each room has its’ own bathroom.”

In student dorms on the main campus, two rooms share a bathroom.

Two students are in each room.

This FSCC student lounge has access to the Mercy outside enclosed courtyard.

 

One of the student lounges has available the Mercy courtyard, an enclosed outside area, that former Mercy employees and patients may remember.

Currently, there are 57 students and three residential assistants living at the site.

“The RA’s will supervise and make sure the students are safe,” he said.

The students will still be on the cafeteria plan on the main campus at at 2108 S. Horton, just down the street. The nursing stations will be used for studying,  with internet availability, Havron said, and there will be tutoring available in the facility.

A former Mercy nursing station will be a study area for FSCC students with Wi-Fi availability.

Students moved their items in this past weekend and stayed at Sleep Inn Motel, until the Kansas State Fire Marshall gave approval of the building, which happened yesterday, Aug. 10.

 

The hallway of the repurposed Mercy building which now houses FSCC students.

 

FSCC had 11 positive cases of COVID-19 when students started arriving in July, Havron said.

They were quarantined, meals were delivered and coaches checked with them to make sure they were on track academically, Havron said.

Currently, there is no sign on the outside of the building that the site is now FSCC student housing.

“We had people who thought this was the emergency room over the weekend,” Havron said.

The west entrance of the building is locked 24 hours a day.

 

Other changes

“August 10 is one week earlier than originally scheduled,” FSCC President Alysia Johnston, said in an email interview.”We will not have a spring break and the semester will be over before Thanksgiving on November, 24. The reason we are starting early and ending before Thanksgiving is part of our (pandemic) mitigation plan. We do not want to bring students back from a large geographical area after thanksgiving and risk introducing COVID-19 again. Also, KDHE had predicted COVID-19 would spike in December, with the rise of the flu and cold season, therefore increasing our chances of positive cases.”

“We do not have any new programs or classes,” she said. ” We do have more classes offered online than in the past.”

Despite the pandemic, class numbers are up.

“As of this morning (August 10), overall enrollment is slightly up compared to this time last fall. On-campus and online enrollment are up, off-campus enrollment is down.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated FSCC Trustees Agenda

August 10, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at Fort Scott Community College.

5:00 p.m. Dinner in the Heritage Room at 5:00 p.m. followed by budget hearing and regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
THE AGENDA
5:00 DINNER
5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER, 4
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
BUDGET HEARING, 5
A. Comments from the Chair, 5
B. Open Comments from the Board, 5
C. Review and Adoption of 2020/2021 Year Budget, 5
CONSENT AGENDA, 6
A. Approval of Agenda, 6
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on July 27, 2020, 7
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 9
D. Approval of Mercy Housing Lease
ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS, 60
A. Consideration of Gordon Parks Museum Policies, 60
B. SPARK Applications for Review, 106
REPORTS, 116
A. Administrative Updates, 116
EXECUTIVE SESSION, 118
ADJOURNMENT, 190

FSCC Trustees Minutes of July 27

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training
July 27, 2020
PRESENT: Jim Fewins, Dave Elliott, Kirk Hart, and Robert Nelson
ALSO PRESENT: Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community members.
Acting Chairman Robert Nelson called the meeting to order at 5:37 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Acting Chairman Nelson said that it is good to see the community provide goods for our students. Nelson congratulated Chad Cross for being the Central Plains Region Coach of the Year.
He also congratulated the administration and faculty for their diligence, perseverance, and hard work through the COVID pandemic.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2020-21:

A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Elliott, and carried by
unanimous vote to elect John Bartelsmeyer as Chairman of the Board. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by
Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to elect Robert Nelson as Vice-Chairman of the Board.

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS/POSITIONS FOR 2020-21:

A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by
Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to appoint Julie Eichenberger, Information officer; Juley McDaniel, Clerk of
the Board; Marianne Culbertson, Treasurer; Juley McDaniel, KPERS Representative; Bill Meyer and Kirk Hart,
KACCT Representative and Council of Presidents Representative; and John Bartelsmeyer, Greenbush
Representative.

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICIALS AND MEETING DATES/TIMES: A motion was made by Elliott, seconded
by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to appoint Landmark National Bank as the designated bank for general
fund, Zackery Reynolds as the designated attorney, The Fort Scott Tribune as the official newspaper.

CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to
approve the consent agenda and addendum provided.

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:
A. The Board reviewed the agenda for fall in-service.
B. A motion was made by Hart, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the sale of the
2000 Thomas bus on Purple Wave and funds be used for college fleet needs.
C. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to accept the athletic
insurance quote of $182,183 and catastrophic injury/accident coverage quote of $16,500 from
Borden/Perlman.
D. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the renewal
of property insurance with a premium of $139,874.
E. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the updated
project amount with IA DOE for a total of $861,819.19.
F. A motion was made by Hart, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve payment for
the professional services of Diehl, Banwart, Bolton, CPAs, PA to audit financial statements for June 30,
2020 in an amount not to exceed $19,135 plus an additional fee of approximately $550 to audit COVID-19
aid.
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G. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the SPARK
Memorandum of Understanding.
H. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the Culinary
Memorandum of Understanding between Greenbush and FSCC.
I. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote to approve August 10,
2020 at 5:30 pm in Cleaver-Boileau-Burris Hall for the budget hearing, and that proper notice be submitted
to the Fort Scott Tribune for publication within the specified time limits in accordance with K.S.A. 79-
2929.
J. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the 2020-21
Negotiated Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding for the 2020-21 academic year.
K. President Johnston provided information regarding a pending lease with Mercy Hospital for FSCC’s use of
15,883 square feet of the vacated Fort Scott Mercy Hospital for student housing.
ITEMS FOR REVIEW: The Board reviewed letters of appreciation/correspondence.
REPORTS:
A. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from Student Affairs,
Instruction, Finance and Operations, Student Services, and the President.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
7:00 p.m. by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.

FSCC Trustees Agenda For Aug.10

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, August 10, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at Fort Scott Community
College.
5:00 p.m. Dinner in the Heritage Room at 5:00 p.m. followed by budget hearing and regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
THE AGENDA
5:00 DINNER
5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER, 4
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
BUDGET HEARING, 5
A. Comments from the Chair, 5
B. Open Comments from the Board, 5
C. Review and Adoption of 2020/2021 Year Budget, 5
CONSENT AGENDA, 6
A. Approval of Agenda, 6
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on July 27, 2020, 7
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 9
ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS, 32
A. Consideration of Gordon Parks Museum Policies, 32
REPORTS, 78
A. Administrative Updates, 78
EXECUTIVE SESSION, 80
ADJOURNMENT, 81

CONSENT AGENDA
A. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on July 27,
2020.
C. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT, BILLS and CLAIMS
Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.

 

To see the full packet, with financials:

8.10.20 Consent Agenda

 

FSCC Trustees Minutes of June 15, 2020

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training
June 15, 2020

PRESENT: John Bartelsmeyer, Jim Fewins, Dave Elliott, Kirk Hart, Bill Meyer, and Robert Nelson

ALSO PRESENT: Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community members.

Chairman John Bartelsmeyer called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Chairman Bartelsmeyer stated how appreciative he is of the “employees who have worked so diligently to move forward during these trying times.”
CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to
approve the consent agenda.
ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:
A. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the renewal of property insurance with a premium not to exceed $124,321 and give administration the latitude to make adjustments in the company carrying the coverage.
B. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the official
meeting dates as follows:
July 27, 2020 (to facilitate budget process)
August 10, 2020 (to facilitate budget process)
September 21, 2020
October 19, 2020
November 16, 2020
December 14, 2020 (Changed from December 21 due to Winter Break)
January 25, 2021 (Changed from January 18 due to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
February 15, 2021
March 22, 2021 (Changed from March 15 due to Spring Break)
April 19, 2021
May 17, 2021
June 21, 2021
C. A motion was made by Meyer, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the revised 2020-21 calendar.
D. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the KSDE Migrant Education State Level Activities Application.
E. A motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the continuation agreement between Iowa Department of Education and Fort Scott Community College.
F. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to participate in the KASB Workers Compensation Fund, Inc. for the 20/21 fiscal year with a premium of $30,522.
G. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Meyer, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the renewal of the memberships and dues as provided for the 2020-21 school year.
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H. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the disposal of broken, damaged, or non-functional IT equipment as listed.
I. A motion was made by Meyer, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the purchase of additional faculty technology from CDWG for $16,737.31.
J. A motion was made by Meyer, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the renewal of Panopto as FSCC’s video platform solution.
K. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the purchase of Lenovo L14s for the CAMP students for an amount not to exceed $27,040.

ITEMS FOR REVIEW:
Letters of appreciation and correspondence were reviewed by the Board.
REPORTS:
A. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from the Miami County Campus, Student Services, Instruction Office, Finance and Operations, and the President.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at 7:38 p.m. by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.
Chairman Clerk
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FSCC Trustees Agenda for July 27

“We will begin with budget question/answer session and dinner at 5 in Cleaver-Boileau-Burris Hall,” Juley McDaniel, Director of Human Resources at Fort Scott Community College, said.

 

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, July 27, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Cleaver-Boileau-Burris Agriculture Hall.

5:00 p.m. Dinner in the Cleaver-Boileau-Burris Agriculture Hall at 5:00 p.m. followed by regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
THE AGENDA
5:00 DINNER AND BUDGET QUESTION/ANSWER SESSION
5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER, 4
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2020/2021, 5
APPOINTMENT OF OFFICIALS, 6
CONSENT AGENDA, 58
A. Approval of Agenda, 8
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 15, 2020, 9
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 11
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 8
ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS, 45
A. Review of Fall In-Service Agenda, 45
B. Approval of Disposal of Property – 2000 Thomas Bus, 47
C. Consideration of Athletic Insurance and Catastrophic Injury Insurance, 48
D. Approval of Property/Casualty/Auto/and Excess Liability Insurance, 51
E. Approval of IA DOE and FSCC Contract Amount Revision, 54
F. Consideration of Firm to Audit Financial Statements for June 30, 2020, 55
G. Consideration of COVID-19 Relief Fund (SPARK) Memorandum Of Understanding, 65
H. Consideration of Culinary Memorandum of Understanding Between SEKESC(Greenbush)and FSCC, 70
I. Approval of Budget Publication and Hearing Date, 72
J. Approval of Negotiated Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding with FSCAPE, 73
REPORTS, 106
A. Administrative Updates, 106
ITEMS FOR REVIEW, 103
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EXECUTIVE SESSION, 110
ADJOURNMENT, 111
UPCOMING CALENDAR DATES:
• June 15, 2020: Board Meeting
• August 7, 2020: In-service
• August 10, 2020: Fall semester begins
• September 2, 2020: Labor Day – Campus Closed
• November 19-24, 2020: Finals
• November 21, 2020: Graduation
• November 25 – 27, 2020: Thanksgiving Break – Campus Closed
• December 16, 2020 – January 4, 2021: Winter Break – Campus Closed
Sincerely,
John Bartelsmeyer, Chair
Alysia Johnston, President
FSCC’s vision for the future is to support “Students First, Community Always” through a central focus on teaching and learning; advancing strong, innovative programs and
departments; maximizing and leveraging opportunities; initiating efficient and effective processes; and developing the region’s workforce.

CONSENT AGENDA
A. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 15,
2020.
C. APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT, BILLS and CLAIMS
Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.
D. APPROVAL OF PERSONNEL ACTIONS

1) Additions
a) Jacob Biller, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective July 1, 2020
b) Aaron Watts, Assistant Baseball coach, effective July 1, 2020
c) Tawny Pool, Web Developer, effective July 27, 2020
d) Chelsea Yount, Cheer and Dance Coach, effective August 1, 2020

2) Separations
a) Jaice Cross, Arena Coordinator, effective July 31, 2020
b) Larry Amer, Design and Art Production Specialist, effective July 31, 2020

 

Coach Chad Cross: Rodeo Coach of the Year

Coach Chad Cross. Submitted photo.

Fort Scott Community College’s  Chad Cross was given the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Central Plains Region Coach of the Year award on June 3.

“Typically, they would present the award at the last college rodeo of the season, but due to the last rodeos being canceled, the elections and presentations were done online,” Cross said.

Rodeos were canceled because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

“The award is voted on by other coaches and athletes within the central plains region – over 16 member schools consisting of junior colleges and universities across Oklahoma and Kansas,” Cross said.

Cross has been head rodeo coach for 24 years at FSCC.

“We have 50-55 students each year, Cross said. “We have every college rodeo event.”

His duties and responsibilities include advising students, coaching or helping coach each event, feeding stock, and more, he said.

“Mainly continuing to make sure that our students are bettering themselves in life, school, and rodeo,” Cross said.

“The best part of coaching for me is seeing students succeed in what they are passionate about and getting to be a small part of that, whether that be in the arena or life,” he said.

FSCC COVID 19 Update

FSCC COVID-19 Update 07.02.2020

picture of hand sanitizer, surgical masks, and N95 masks with "Keeping you learning and keeping you safe" written at the top left corner

 

 

Ensuring the health and safety of our FSCC students, faculty, staff, and community is my top priority. Requiring masks and social distancing is the most effective way to protect each other and help keep FSCC open for business. Beginning July 6, 2020, masks will be required for all individuals who are in a FSCC building, or when social distancing cannot be accomplished, at all FSCC locations. Please keep in mind we need to be respectful of the fact we have individuals who are vulnerable, and/or they have family members who are at grave risk, if they contract the virus.

 

The situation concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus and how counties, states, school districts, and colleges will handle it, changes every day. We must remain flexible due to the evolving nature and scope of this public health emergency. Below are a few guidelines brought forth by our executive team as we plan to move forward with classes and complete opening of all FSCC locations.

 

COVID-19 Mitigation Return to Work Plan

 

1.             Amended Start and End Date for Fall, 2020 Semester:

  • In-service will be one day only – August 7, 2020. Classes will begin August 10, 2020. The semester will end November 24.

 

2.             Face Masks and Social Distancing Required:

  • All individuals on FSCC campus, at all locations, will be required to wear a face mask while in buildings. Individuals should social distance in hallways and common areas.

 

4.             Illness:

  • If you feel sick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and consult your health care professional.

 

5.             Follow CDC Guidelines for Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • No contact greetings (no handshakes, hugging, etc.).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

6.             Classroom/Lab/Common Area Sanitation:

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and common areas. Classrooms, labs, and common areas will be sanitized utilizing electrostatic sanitation equipment a minimum of once daily. The FSCC cafeteria will be sanitized after each meal. College fleet vehicles will be sanitized following each use.

 

7.             Travel & Exposure Related Isolation/Quarantine:

  • Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Kansas. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas (locations requiring quarantine upon return are subject to change):
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • Florida
    • South Carolina
    • Cruise ship or river cruise passengers
    • International travelers

 

8.             Institutional Travel:

  • All institutional travel must be deemed essential to college operations and approved by the appropriate Vice President or President.

 

9.             Teaching Methods:

  • Instructors should provide all instructional materials and assignments on Blackboard.
    • All classes will be hybrid and students will be expected to check Blackboard frequently
    • Exams, quizzes, and daily assignments are encouraged to be completed in the online modality to reduce exposure.
    • Group work is discouraged in the classroom without appropriate social distancing. Faculty are asked to utilize the LMS (Blackboard) for group learning and projects.
    • Faculty are encouraged to update their absence policies in syllabi to reduce penalties for missing class due to illness, isolation, or precautions related to COVID-19 exposure.
    • Proctoring online assignments/exams is discouraged (no in-person proctoring requirements) as Respondus has removed the unlimited usage availability.
  • Attendance must be taken within Campus Connect for every course meeting in the face to face modality. This will allow for contact tracing in the event of a positive test.

 

This guidance is subject to change without notice.

 

Stay safe and healthy,

 

Alysia Johnston, FSCC President