With two days of fall semester classes completed, the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees received encouraging information about the college’s enrollment numbers at Tuesday’s meeting.
The college is up 1 percent in students’ credit hours from the same period last year, according to Dean of Student Services Dr. Joe Gilgour.
“We’re actually down 3 percent in our head count, but we’re up 1 percent in our credit hours,” Gilgour said. “What that means is that we have fewer students enrolled but they are taking more courses.”
Numbers are up in online classes and at some of the college’s satellite campuses. Another positive for the college’s enrollment is the number of student athletes participating in the four new athletic programs.
“We have enrolled 139 students in our new athletic programs,” Dr. Brent Bates, vice president of educational services, said. “Forty-three are in-district students and 84 are Missouri residents.
“Since the soccer team has begun two-a-day practices and the baseball program has started fall conditioning we have had a few players leave the teams,” Bates added. “But they are still enrolled as students at SFCC.”
Combined, the student athletes enrolled in 2,030 credit hours at the college.
Bates added that less than 20 percent of the students were on athletic scholarships, with the majority of the students utilizing A+ funding for their tuition.
The board also heard a report from Justin O’Neal, director of facility operations, on the renovation projects the campus is undergoing.
“We received $1.995 million in deferred maintenance funds from House Bill 19,” O’Neal said. “The money is earmarked for facility upgrades and improvements.”
O’Neal went on to explain the work that had already been completed on campus including roof repairs on the Potter Ewing Agriculture Building and the Melita Day Child Care Building, HVAC upgrades on the Potter Ewing Greenhouses, Melita Day, The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, The Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts, The William C. Hopkins Student Services Center and the Fielding Technical Center.
“Much of the work on several of the buildings has been completed,” O’Neal said. “We’re getting ready to begin some major renovations at Hopkins including some foundation and slab work, renovating the front steps and improving the handicapped accessibility to the building.”
The building will also see the construction of a new elevator and the renovation of the upstairs bathrooms as well as the conversion of some existing spaces downstairs for a conference facility and additional office spaces.
The college has also entered into a partnership with KCP&L to install six electric vehicle-charging stations on campus for student and faculty use.
Prior to the start of the meeting, SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson recommended to the board the Ad Valorem property tax rate for 2016 be set at $0.4084 per $100 assessed valuation, which was approved by the board.
In other actions the board voted to:
• Approve the lease payment of $38,000 due in fiscal year 2017 be paid to the City of Boonville as designated for the Library Learning Center/Science Hall in Boonville. This increases the square footage used by 6,824 square feet at the rate of $2 per square foot.
• Accept the low bid from Audio Acoustics, of Springfield, for $86,894 for a sound reinforcement system upgrade and wireless microphones for the Stauffacher Theater. The funding source is the Stauffacher Title III Endowment Challenge Grant.
• Accept the bid of Rose Brand, of Secaucus, New Jersey, for $21,200 for charisma and encore velour theater curtains. The funding source is the Stauffacher Title III Endowment Challenge Grant.A
• Approve the sole source bid of Hill-Rom, of Batesville, Indiana for $34,004.32 for eight Hill-Rom 1000 hospital beds with base frames. Hill-Rom is primarily the only bed used in the medical field. The college is using Hill-Rom beds at all of its clinical sites and wants to remain consistent in its training. The beds will be for the nursing program on the Sedalia campus. The funding source is the MOSTEMWINS Grant.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000. ext. 1484.