The State Fair Community College Board of Trustees approved filing dates for the April 2016 board of trustees’ election during Tuesday’s meeting, as the terms of two members are set to expire.
The terms of Board President Gary Noland and member Randy Eaton will end next year, and after the meeting Noland told the Democrat he would not seek re-election for a third term on the board.
“I think it’s time for some new blood on the board,” Noland said. “After 12 years on the board and 44 consecutive years at the college, I have decided not to run for re-election.
“I am still and will always be very passionate about the college,” Noland added. “I have already told (SFCC President) Joanna (Anderson) that I will be available to help her and SFCC in any way I can but I think it is time to step down from my position on the board.”
For the last eight years, Noland has served as the president of the board of trustees.
“I know SFCC and I will certainly miss Gary and his years of dedication to the college,” Anderson said. “I have asked him to reconsider but I think his mind is set.”
The board approved the filing dates of Tuesday, Dec. 15 through Tuesday Jan. 19, 2016, for the April 5, 2016, election.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in running for the board to contact me if they have any questions about the position,” Anderson said.
Eaton, who has served six years on the board, confirmed to the Democrat after the meeting he is planning to file for re-election.
Individuals wishing to file for a seat on the board may do so in the President’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The board voted to approve the establishment of a Small Business Development Center. The center will be run in conjunction with SFCC’s Learning Force and would be a part of the state’s network of small business development centers. The program is a partnership with the Small Business Administration, MU Extension and SFCC.
SBA will provide $58,000; SFCC will fund $37, 245 as a cash match and $27,049 in-kind for the project.
The board voted to approve the program as a one-year contact, to be continued for a minimum of three years. The program will be reevaluated each year.
The board voted to inactivate the online Advanced Placement Radiography program effective Jan. 1.
“We felt at this time the program needed to be inactivated because of the costs involved and the limited number of students enrolled,” Anderson said. “The students who are currently enrolled in the program will finish their studies in December.”
The board also heard a report on the Upward Bound Program. The program is a partnership between SFCC and the Sedalia School District 200. It is designed to help first-generation college students while they are still in high school with the academic skills they will need to succeed in both high school and college.
“Fifty-eight students have graduated from the program,” Jeromy Layman said. “Of those, 30 have gone on to attend SFCC.”
Layman is a graduate of the program and now serves as the director of Upward Bound.
The students in the program have a 100 percent graduation rate from high school and have maintained a 3.07 GPA.
“The students who are enrolled in the program attend a six-week summer program at SFCC where they live in the dorms,” Layman said. “We push them pretty hard in all their classes, especially in math and science.
“We set a target goal of 70 percent college enrollment,” he added. “Last year 82 percent of the students were enrolled in colleges, which we feel is a tremendous success.”
In other actions the board voted to:
• Approve the academic calendar for 2016-2017. The fall term of 2016 will begin Aug. 22 and end Dec. 31.
Accepted the following bids for equipment:
• A Phillips (refurbished) Sonography Cardiac Machine for $50,000 from Ultra Solutions, Ontario, California.
• Four electric variable speed drills at $17,280 from Beaver Drill and Tool of Kansas City, Kansas.
• A Manual Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) from Hartwing of Kansas City for $36,800.
• A Manual Knee Mill for $43,015 from Beaver Drill & Tool.
• An AIDEX 150128 Materials Testing Machine from William Crow (Aidex Corp.) for $15,702.35.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484