BCC trustees approve funds, plumbing method


The Barton Community College Board of Trustees held its Revenue Neutral Amount listening to and public price range hearing Tuesday, then proceeded to approve the 2022 spending budget as posted in the Good Bend Tribune on July 30. No a single from the public was there to comment at either hearing.

The Revenue Neutral Amount, 32.328 mills, is the mill levy that would deliver in the similar amount of tax bucks as the past calendar year. Barton’s proposed tax rate for 2021-2022 is 33.050 mills, roughly the identical as very last year, which in transform boosts the tax ask for by somewhere around $236,362, Barton Vice President of Administration Mark Dean reported. The county’s believed valuation elevated this earlier year, primarily owing to the restoration of oil and gas.

Substantially like the other taxing entities, Barton receives somewhere around 95% of what is requested, thanks to delinquent and unpaid taxes. The mill levy request is centered on the valuation estimate offered by the County on June 10.

Plumbing system accredited

The trustees also accepted a strategy to supply a plumbing certificate program on the Good Bend campus. The software was at first authorised to provide Barton’s correctional partner, the Larned Psychological Well being Correctional Facility. Nevertheless, with the modify in the Kansas Office of Corrections provider agreement, the higher education has opted to shift this plan to the campus. There is enough house to guidance the application thanks to the closure of the automotive system.

In accordance to an govt summary of the proposal, the college will keep the acceptance to give the application at LCMHF with the hope it could guidance programming at each the correctional facility and the Terrific Bend campus in the potential. 

In accordance to O*Net, the condition will see a 6% advancement in the plumbing industry with a projected 620 yearly position openings. Annual wages normal $55,090.

The system will be taught for 1 more semester this slide at LCMHF, reported Mary Foley, executive director of Workforce Instruction and Economic Enhancement.

“We are at this time scheduling on supplying the program for the to start with time on campus commencing in January of 2022,” Foley mentioned. “To do that, we still will need approval from the Kansas Board of Regents. We hope to have approval in November.”

There is one particular entire-time faculty member who will make the transition from the correctional facility to the campus plan.

The 16-hour plumbing system addresses these topics are craft abilities, safety, plumbing fixtures and fittings, and business drawing. Right after profitable completion of the coursework, students will acquire NCCER Degree 1 Certification and an OSHA 10 card.

New Mission Statement

The board also reviewed its Crisis Conversation System and its Strategic Approach, and authorised a revised Mission Statement offered by Todd Mobray, director of Institutional Investigation.

The aged mission assertion was:

• The Mission of Barton Group University is to provide high-quality educational chances that are obtainable, cost-effective, constantly strengthening and student-concentrated. Barton is pushed to supply an educational process that is understanding-centered, ground breaking, satisfies workforce needs, strengthens communities, and fulfills the requires of a assorted inhabitants.

The new mission assertion is:

• Barton delivers outstanding and economical finding out possibilities supporting pupil, local community, and staff needs.


Numerous new employees associates were released at the commence of the assembly. The board also accredited the subsequent new staff:

• Dawne Hargrove – Customer Service Representative (component-time) (Ft. Riley Campus)

• Colvin Hooser – College student Products and services Specialist (portion-time) (Ft. Leavenworth Campus)

• James Henderson – Instructor (Hazardous Squander Worker Education) (Ft. Riley Campus) contract

• Dianna Holguin – Teacher (Nursing) (Barton Campus) contract

Debt refinancing

Vice President Dean said the administration is searching at refinancing certificates of participation. In accordance to the funds summary accredited throughout the meeting, the college has $9,115,000 in excellent indebtedness, which is the theory owned on lease-order products. Other BCC files checklist these as design jobs from 2008, dorm development/refinancing from 2013, and refinancing of certificates of participation for the library and the Technological Setting up in 2015.

If the financial debt can be refinanced at a lower price, Dean will have a summary at the next examine session for board approval in September.