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FSCC July 18 Consent Agenda and Minutes of June 20 Trustees Meeting

CONSENT AGENDA
A. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

1) Attached are the minutes of the Board Training and Regular Board Meeting
conducted on June 20, 2022.

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a) Jordan Howard, Director of Nursing – rescinded previously approved
resignation

b) Shelbie Trotnic, National PASS Coordinator, effective July 1, 2022

c) Conner Vernon, Agriculture Instructor/Livestock Judging Coach, effective
July 12, 2022

d) Celina Moses, Financial Aid Officer, effective July 27, 2022

e) Alexander Chesney, Music Instructor, effective August10, 2022

2) Separations

a) Sara Holder, Nursing Instructor, effective June 30, 2022

b) Janet Reynolds, National PASS Coordinator, effective June 30, 2022

c) Juan Gavette, Agriculture Instructor/Livestock Judging Coach, effective
July 8, 2022

3) Transfers

a) Sarah Smith, from Financial Aid Officer to Foundation Assistant

RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the Consent Agenda items be approved as
presented.

BOARD ACTION: MOTION _____ SECOND _____ VOTE _____

DISCUSSION:

VOTE: Bartelsmeyer Elliott Fewins

Hart Holt Nelson
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FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting
June 20, 2022

PRESENT: John Bartelsmeyer, Jim Fewins, Kirk Hart, Bryan Holt, and Robert Nelson

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

Chairman Bartelsmeyer called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall. The meeting was
opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: None.

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: Jack Milligan spoke on behalf of the Legacy Football group who is
requesting items from the football program.

CDL PROGRAMMING UPDATE: Brian Brunt, Kansas State CDL Coordinator, discussed the benefits of CDL
programming returning to FSCC, incorporating ELDT and third party testing. Mr. Brunt has provided the
curriculum and his staff will come and proxy test the applicants on site if there are 10 or more ready to test. Their
mobile site will be enabled if 15 or more are ready to test. FSCC is being given approval to continue to pursue the
plan for working with businesses and the ability to include busses in the training and testing.

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

Fewins made a motion to add Item R, Consideration of Gym Floor Resurface and Repair Bids to the agenda. The
motion was seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

A motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to move to executive session
for 15 minutes beginning at 6:15 p.m. for consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would
be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, with no action expected to follow. The Board invited
President Johnston and Board attorney Zackery Reynolds to join in executive session.

At 6:30 p.m. a motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to return to open
session.

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:

A. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to select the bid
from KERMP bid for FSCC’s 2022-23 Property/Casualty/Auto/Excess Liability Insurance.

B. A motion was by made by Hart, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the 2022-23
Board meeting dates as presented.

C. A motion was by made by Nelson, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
continuation of the KSDE MEP special project for 2022-23.

D. A motion was by made by Nelson, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
continuation of the proposed agreement between IA DOE and FSCC for 2022-23.

E. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the KASB
Worker’s Compensation Member Participation Premium Agreement.

F. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve disposal
of usable football equipment in the manner outlined.
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G. A motion was by made by Nelson, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to table the discussion
pertaining to Legacy Football’s request for memorabilia as representatives from the college take inventory
of memorabilia and share that memorabilia list with the Legacy group.

H. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the list of
dues and memberships for 2022-23.

I. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the bid
from SEK Flooring for the purchase and installation of flooring in Greyhound Hall.

J. A motion was by made by Nelson, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to dispose of the
identified vehicles in the specified manner.

K. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
Culinary Memorandum of Understanding between Greenbush and FSCC.

L. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
proposal from SKC (AVI-SPL) for $115,275.65.

M. A motion was by made by Holt, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to dispose of broken,
damaged, non-functional and/or obsolete equipment with an R2 certified E-waste disposal company.

N. A motion was by made by Hart, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to purchase a minimum
of 39 and a maximum of 42 desktop computers and monitors from Newegg Business for an amount not to
exceed $12,600, due to the fluid nature of available technology at this time.

O. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
quote from Lenovo Direct for $40,841.85 for the purchase of CAMP laptops.

P. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to approve exceeding
revenue neutral rate, if necessary, as explained in the background of the agenda item.

Q. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the Hill
Street Athletic Center roof bid from Washington Roofing for $38,950 with a 10-year warranty.

R. A motion was by made by Fewins, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
quote from Gool Ol’ Boys for $12,150 for the annual resurface and repair of the gym floor.

ITEMS FOR REVIEW: The Board reviewed items of correspondence.

REPORTS:

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard updates from the Gordon Parks Museum, Miami
County Campus, Instruction, Finance and Operations, Student Affairs, and the President.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
8:49 p.m. by Nelson, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.

Chairman Clerk
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FSCC Agenda for July 18

July 18, 2022
Board of Trustees

Fort Scott Community College

2108 S. Horton

Fort Scott, KS 66701

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, July
18, 2022. The meeting will be held in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at Fort Scott Community
College.

5:00 p.m. Dinner in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at 5:00 followed by 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

B. Comments from the Public, 4

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS, POSITIONS, AND OFFICIALS FOR 2022/2023, 5
CONSENT AGENDA, 6

A. Approval of Agenda, 6
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 20, 2022, 7
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 9
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 6

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS, 53

A. Consideration of 2022-2023 Athletic Insurance and Catastrophic Injury Insurance, 53
B. Discussion of Football Items for Sale by Bid, 58
C. Consideration of Firm to Audit Financial Statements for June 30, 2022, 59
D. Review of Updated Organizational Chart, 68

REPORTS, 70
A. Administrative Updates, 70
EXECUTIVE SESSION, 81
ADJOURNMENT, 82
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UPCOMING CALENDAR DATES:
June 20, 2022: Board Meeting

July 16, 2022: Foundation Gala

July 18, 2022: Board Meeting

August 29, 2022: Board Meeting

September 19, 2022: Board Meeting

October 17, 2022: Board Meeting

November 21, 2022: Board Meeting

December 12, 2022: Board Meeting

January 23, 2023: Board Meeting

February 20, 2023: Board Meeting

March 20, 2023: Board Meeting

April 17, 2023: Board Meeting

May 15, 2023: Board Meeting

June 19, 2023: Board Meeting

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.
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FSCC Board Minutes of May 16

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting
May 16, 2022

PRESENT: Dave Elliott, Jim Fewins, Kirk Hart, Bryan Holt, and Robert Nelson

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

Acting Chairman Nelson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall. The meeting was
opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Acting Chairman noted the graduations on Saturday were well attended, and
the ceremonies went very well. Hart noted that the nursing pinning was also nice.

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: None

FINANCIAL AID REPORT: Lillie Grubb presented an explanation and update for the financial aid department.

A motion was made by Elliott seconded by Fewins and carried by unanimous vote to move the tour of student
housing to post-adjournment, with no business taking place during the tour.

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

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:

A. A motion was by made by Elliott, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the revised
chemistry fee due to the increase in the lab kit.

ITEMS FOR REVIEW: The Board reviewed items of correspondence.

REPORTS:

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard updates from the Gordon Parks Museum, Miami
County Campus, Instruction, Finance and Operations, Student Affairs, and the President.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
6:35 p.m. by Fewins, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote.

Tom Havron led a tour of Boileau Hall, Greyhound Hall, and Garrison Hall.

Chairman Clerk
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FSCC’s Greyhound Lodge: More Renovation Coming

The Greyhound Lodge on North National Avenue, near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 69.

Fort Scott Community College’s Greyhound Lodge, the former Red Ram Motel on North National Avenue, is getting further renovation.

The school purchased the motel in 2018, at a cost of $270,000, for more off-campus housing.

“The Lodge is needing repairs, especially to the restrooms and the area that houses the kitchen, laundry, and student gathering area,” FSCC President Alysia Johnston said. “We also need to replace the doors to the rooms.”

Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston.

“Elite Construction Services was awarded the bid as the lone bidder and will repair the bathrooms and replace the doors,” Tom Havron, vice president of student affairs at the college, said.

Tom Havron is the FSCC Vice President of Student Affairs. Submitted photos.

 

The bid was for $43,310, according to the April 18 minutes of the board meeting.

At this off-campus housing, a total of 44 students, both males and females, can live there.

Greyhound Lodge is on the north side of town, near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 69. The FSCC main campus is on the south side of town, at 2108 S. Horton.

To view a prior fortscott.biz story: Students Move In Greyhound Lodge by Briana Blandamer

In addition to the computer and common rooms, there is a laundry space and kitchen area.

The lodge is comprised of one bedroom apartments with an attached bathroom.

Other Student Housing

In addition to the dorms on the campus, the college has 352 beds available for student housing, Havron said.

Thirty FSCC students have been housed in the former Mercy Hospital west side, just down the street from the college, since 2020.

To view the story on the  student housing at Mercy:

FSCC: Classes Started August 10 With Some Big Changes

“Students moved out of the Mercy building at the beginning of the spring semester, as soon as the Garrison Hall apartments were ready to occupy,” Havron said.  “We will not plan to house students out at the building moving forward.  Our lease with Mercy was a month-to-month agreement which ended March 31, 2022.”

Garrison Hall is located at 18th and Horton Street, just across from the college campus.

To view the prior story on Garrison Hall:

FSCC New Housing: Garrison Hall

“The Garrison Apartments are designated as a female-only residence living,” Havron said.

The college administration is making provisions of extra rooms for a COVID 19 surge, should there be one, as they have in the past during the pandemic.

“With the purchase of Garrison with federal monies, we still plan to hold space for quarantine/isolation for students in FSCC housing,” Havron said.  “The main reason we purchased Garrison was to increase our space for housing to allow for quarantine/isolation rooms.”

 

 

FSCC Minutes of April 18

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting
April 18, 2022

The Board departed FSCC at 4:30 p.m. and took a tour of the Harley Davidson facility led by Santos Manrique and
Mike Mathes starting at 4:50 p.m. Upon the Board’s arrival at the CTEC facility, CTEC Board members introduced
themselves and shared the impact of CTEC upon their schools and students.

PRESENT: John Bartelsmeyer, Dave Elliott, Kirk Hart, Bryan Holt, and Robert Nelson

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

Chairman Bartelsmeyer called the meeting to order at 6:42 p.m.at the Crawford Technical Education Center
(CTEC). The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: None

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: Carl Ball, a Harley Davidson student who is a Harley Davidson instructor
in Canada, discussed his experiences with FSCC’s program, including how he plans to incorporate lessons learned
from his FSCC experience in his own program in Canada.

Kris Mengarelli led the Board on a tour of the CTEC facility.

CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to
approve the consent agenda.

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:

A. A motion was by Nelson, seconded by Elliott, and carried by unanimous vote to approve Elite Construction
Service, Inc’s bid for $43,310.00 for the Greyhound Lodge renovation, with the provision that Elite be
required to show proof of bonding and insurance.

B. A motion was made by Hart, seconded by Nelson, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
memorandum of understanding with Southeast Kansas Education Service Center for dual credit courses
through Greenbush Blended Learning Programs.

C. A motion was made by Elliott, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the food
service agreement with Great Western Dining.

D. A motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Holt, and carried by unanimous vote to confirm emeritus
status for this year’s retirees.

ITEMS FOR REVIEW: The Board reviewed items of correspondence.

REPORTS:

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard updates from the Gordon Parks Museum, Miami
County Campus, Instruction, Finance and Operations, Student Affairs, and the President.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
7:13 p.m. by Elliott, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.

Chairman Clerk
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The Fort Scott Board of Trustees Agenda for May 16

May 16, 2022
Board of Trustees

Fort Scott Community College

2108 S. Horton

Fort Scott, KS 66701

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, May
16, 2022. The meeting will be held in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at Fort Scott Community
College.

5:00 p.m. Dinner in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at 5:00 followed by 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

B. Comments from the Public, 4

C. Financial Aid Report, 4

D. Student Housing Tour, 4

CONSENT AGENDA, 11

A. Approval of Agenda, 11
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on April 18, 2022, 12
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 15
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 11

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS, 72
A. Consideration of Chemistry Fee Revision, 72
ITEMS FOR REVIEW, 73
REPORTS, 77
A. Administrative Updates, 77
EXECUTIVE SESSION, 100
ADJOURNMENT, 101
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May 5, 2022
FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

In the month of April 2022, the following were accomplished:

Presented at the Senior Day “Welcome” to students and parents.

Assisted students and parents at the John Deere orientation/enrollment.

Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA) Spring conference was
attended by the Assistant Director, Elijah Root.

Assisted with Endowment Dinner check-in table.

Volleyball recruits came to FA for information on their Fall ’22 FAFSA applications and checked
status. Informed them if any documents were missing for packaging aid.

Attended the TRiO scholarship recognition luncheon.

Helped with Ladies Luncheon decorating

Set up in POISE new Pell grid and Cost of Attendance/Budgets for the 2022-23 academic year.

Tested and packaged first Pell and Loan awards for 2022-23.

Continue to download 2021-2022 FAFSA information and award for Summer

Weekly download and document tracking of 2022-2023 FAFSAs.

Weekly disbursement of any new Pell, Loan, or scholarship awards for Spring 2022.

Worked on data required for the annual Cares Act/HEERF report.

Contacted any students with pending non-accepted awards for the Spring ’22 semester.

Cosmetology second half loans were disbursed.

Current data for 2021-2022:

Total count of downloaded Student Aid Reports (SARs): 3,240

Total unduplicated applicants: 2,041

Direct Loan Disbursements: $1,130,850.00 (279 students)

Pell Disbursements: $2,136,613.00 (499 students)

Bourbon County Waivers $ 139,764.00 (250 includes HS and Post-
secondary)

Included with this report is an explanation of our contract with our third-party servicer,
Ascendium Education Solutions and the part they play in keeping the Cohort Default Rate (CDR)
for FSCC within the federal limits to be an eligible institution to distribute federal financial aid.

The following is an excerpt from the
2021-2022 Federal Student Aid Handbook:
A school’s annual CDR is based on a “cohort” of students who received FFEL or Direct Loans at
the school and entered repayment in a single fiscal year—the federal fiscal year, October 1–
September 30.
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Consequences of high cohort default rates
Schools face sanctions under the following conditions:

For a cohort default rate of greater than 40 percent for any year, schools
lose eligibility to participate in the Direct Loan Program.

For a default rate of 30 percent or more for any year, schools must create
a default prevention taskforce that will develop and implement a plan to
address the high default rate. That plan must be submitted to the
Department for review.

For a default rate of 30 percent or more for a second consecutive year,
schools must submit to the Department a revised default prevention plan
and may be placed on provisional certification.

For a cohort default rate of 30 percent or more for three consecutive years,
schools lose eligibility to participate in both the Direct Loan Program and
the Federal Pell Grant Program.

Ascendium Education Services/Cohort Catalyst provides both personal and electronic outreach
to student loan borrowers in two different ways:

Phone calls to borrowers while in their 6-month grace period to provide
important information about who their individual Loan Servicer is, how to
contact them, and when the payment period will begin.

Phone calls and emails to inform borrowers that they are delinquent on
payments and how they can assist to get them back in good standing by
qualifying for either a deferment or forbearance.

Included with this report are two documents:

1) FSCC Cohort Catalyst Activities and Outcomes

2) National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Cohort Default Rate History List. This list
shows past years that had low rates and then the steady increase that was
concerning to the FA office and brought about a switch to Ascendium’s services.

If you have any questions, I will be present at the May 16
th board meeting.
Submitted by,

Lillie Grubb

Financial Aid Director

CONSENT AGENDA
A. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

1) Attached are the minutes of the Board Training and Regular Board Meeting
conducted on April 18, 2022.

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) Jordan Andrews, Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach, effective May 9, 2022

b) Kaylena Andersen, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, effective May 4, 2022

c) Luke Demko, Athletic Director, effective May 16, 2022

d) Alyssa Martin, Athletic Training Technician, effective May 16, 2022

e) Jaelen Milus, Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach, effective May 16, 2022

f) Jay Allen, Director of S.T.A.R.S., effective June 1, 2022


2) Separations

a) Dee Yount, Cheer Assistant Coach, effective April 18, 2022

b) Tonya Umphenour, Cosmetology Instructor, effective May 1, 2022

c) Hunter Reed, Rodeo Assistant Coach, effective May 9, 2022

d) Kim Boyer, English Instructor, effective May 14, 2022

e) Jordyn Alexander, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, effective May 16, 2022

f) Cara Folsom, Athletic Training Technician, effective May 16, 2022

g) JoDee Smith, TRIO Database Manager, effective May 20, 2022

RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the Consent Agenda items be approved as
presented.

BOARD ACTION: MOTION _____ SECOND _____ VOTE _____

DISCUSSION:

VOTE: Bartelsmeyer Elliott Fewins

Hart Holt Nelson

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5.16.22 Consent Agenda

FSCC Nursing School to Move Location

The future FSCC Nursing Department will be located at 9th and Horton, just a block southeast of its current location on Burke Street.
A letter of intent  is signed for Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas to sell the building at 902 S. Horton to Fort Scott Community College.
Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston.
“We plan to move nursing there,” FSCC President Alysia Johnston said. “The time-line is to take possession in March of 2023 and begin the program there in August of 2023.”
The future of the former nursing department building on Burke Street is uncertain at this time.
“The board will have to decide, but we are thinking we will sell it,” she said. “We will not be out of the building until summer of 2023.”
 The proposed sale of the property at 902 S. Horton, is for $482,870 which is the appraised value by Bourbon County, according to the letter of intent.
The CHC building at 902 S. Horton will soon be the Fort Scott Community College Nursing Department.
CHC will provide the title to FSCC on March 1, 2023.
CHC will look for opportunities to expand their affiliation with the community college, including scholarships and educational programs, according to the document.

Brenner: Other Stories Need To Be Told

Carl Brenner stands in front of the entrance to the fort in this August 2018 photo.

In 2019, a group of representatives from Fort Scott National Historic Site, Gordon Parks Museum, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Fort Scott Community College, Bourbon County Historic Preservation Assn. and other partners, began work on a grant proposal.

The project title is Student Researched Unsung African American Heroes of Bourbon County.

The proposal idea came from Carl Brenner,  who has been the Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management at FSNHS since 2018.

The idea for a grant proposal came “from the dark recesses of my mind,” Brenner said.

“The fort has told the stories of white (mostly male) people coming….but Native American, women and African American stories need to be brought into the story.” he said.

“This project is funded through the National Park Service to work with community youth to uncover those stories that are little known or untold or under told,” he said.  “It is a partnership with the Park, the Gordon Park Museum, Fort Scott High School, and Fort Scott Community College.”

“Our historian, Dominic Henry, and other local volunteers, will assist students to research local African American leaders and those who fought for or ushered in change in our community and beyond,” Brenner said. “Once they have completed their research, they will create videos and social media posts to share their newly found stories in their own ‘voice’ to better connect with other youth.”

Those videos and social media posts will be shared on the park’s web and social media platforms and also shared by the Gordon Parks Museum, Fort Scott High School, and Fort Scott Community College.

“As the project is wrapping up, we will work with all of the partners to develop exhibits to share these stories and the student’s work with our visitors,” Brenner said.

“Through small stories like these, the hope is to have conversations about equality and equity and discuss the history and what we have learned from it,” Brenner said.

A kick-off for the project was planned for April 25, but due to unforeseen circumstances will need to be rescheduled, Brenner said.

Brenner is Acting Superintendent Since March

Brenner recently has been designated as the FSNHS Acting Superintendent, since former Superintendent Betty Boyko left in March 2022. He is also Acting Superintendent of Fort Larned National Historic Site and also providing guidance and training to Nicodemus National Historic Site.

The park phone number is 620-223-0310, its website https://www.nps.gov/fosc/index.htm

 

Fort Scott National Historic Site Schedule of  Annual Events

 

Civil War Encampment – April 23

Experience artillery, cavalry and infantry troops preparing for battle. Hear, see, and smell history come to life in a weekend of living history demonstrations and stories.

 

Symbols of Sacrifice – Memorial Day Weekend:

Approximately 7,000 flags commemorate the ultimate sacrifice members of the United States Armed Forces have made to keep this country free.

 

Good Ol’ Days – First Friday-Saturday of June:

Relive yesteryear in a town-wide celebration of Fort Scott’s history. Each year a different historical theme will be highlighted.

 

Independence Day Celebration – July 4th Weekend:

This holiday weekend feature talks, tours, demonstrations, and living history programs about Fort Scott’s role in pivotal events of American History in the place where they happened!

 

Labors of the Fort – Labor Day Weekend:

Learn about the jobs and tasks vital to the survival of the fort. Rangers and volunteers demonstrate skills and trades of the 1840’s.

 

Naturalization Ceremony – September 23:

Reflect on the privileges of US citizenship as you witness new citizens take the oath of allegiance to their newly ad- opted country.

 

Veterans Day Programs – Veteran’s Day Weekend:

Flags honoring our nation’s veterans will be on display and we will host discussions around service and the meaning of service.

 

Candlelight Tour –  December 2-3:

1,000 candle lanterns illuminate the site as reenactors (including you) bring the fort to life. Ticket sales begin November 1st.

Fort Scott National Historic Site glows during the annual candlelight tour event.

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Business Expo and Luncheon April 27

Purple picture with lemons in top left and bottom right corners and "women's luncheon" written in the middle

Fort Scott Community College is excited to bring back our annual Women’s Luncheon and Vendor Expo. This event will take place April 27th on Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day from 11am to 2pm in the Ellis Fine Arts Center.

 

Local vendors will be set up throughout the lobby and meeting rooms of Ellis ready for you to shop! We will also be serving a light lunch of two different wraps, salad, and mixed fresh fruit. We will also have tea, water, lemonade, and coffee.

 

Cost is only $7 per person for lunch. Reserve your ticket or vendor space by emailing Kassie Cate at [email protected] or call 620.223.2700 ext. 5248. Tickets will be available at the door as well.

 

We hope you can ‘squeeze’ some time in for us and enjoy this very springy event wink