Butler Community College, City of Andover Discuss Road Construction

Ordinances Up for Court Interpretation

El Dorado, Kan. – Butler Community College has offered classes at Andover High School for the past 20 years. In order to accommodate Andover School District’s expansion, Butler has been asked by the school district to vacate its current space in the high school by May 2020.  To terminate the lease early and vacate by the requested date, the College needs to remodel its facility located in the Andover Business Park on East 13th to accommodate the resultant loss of classrooms and student services.

Butler has been providing services and classes at the 13th Street location since 2003 under an ordinance approved by the City in 2003 and again in 2005 that allows the College to maintain a branch in Andover. Last fall, the College began requesting that the City approve permits for renovating the existing 5000 building to meet the relocation request to accommodate the USD’s Andover High School construction project.

As part of the College’s consolidation and renovation to meet the USD’s request, the City is insisting the College pay for the construction of new Commerce and Yorktown Streets now.  Current traffic studies do not indicate that these roads are necessary at this time. The College has stated it is willing to pay a fair share of the road construction costs when a traffic study justifies the need to complete the roadways. However, the City has indicated that the College must commit to payment agreements and road construction plans now, or it will not approve all the required building permits for the necessary consolidation and renovation.  

As such, the College had no choice but to file a declaratory judgment action asking the Court to interpret the 2003 and 2005 Ordinances to determine if the College can move forward now on the necessary consolidation and renovations without being financially burdened by a commitment to pay for unnecessary road construction and help the school district avoid significant penalties secondary to the deal.

The college wants to be and feels it has been a good partner with the community of Andover for the past 16 years and it remains committed to the USD’s construction timeline.


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Butler for Butler - Summary Findings

Butler for Butler, a volunteer task force, conducted a community-based visioning and planning process for the College. Their work focused on gathering information reflecting the perspective of Butler County residents to help Butler Community College determine how it could be an economic driver, support workforce development and be best positioned to serve students and the local communities.

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Transparency on Revenue, Expenditures & Butler County Mill Levies

It's important to understand where your money goes. From 2009-2016, Butler Community College's mill levy remained at 18.063. In 2016, Butler increased its taxes to 20 mills. This was done to support a Digital Transformation Capital Outlay project. In three years, the increase sunsets and the college's mill levy will revert back to the original 18.063.

 

 

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Message From the President

Dr. Kim Krull, PhD2018 Finished Strong

 Butler Community College is excited to once again bring you a newsletter that provides a glimpse into our college – your community college. Butler is a thriving institution that each day focuses on its mission to help students become responsible, involved lifelong learners and, as an institution, to contribute to the vitality of the communities we serve. Not only is Butler educating 18-year-olds, but we are educating parents and grandparents, helping them further themselves through education.


In 2018, Butler’s livestock judging team had three of the 15 All-Americans named from teams across the nation. We joined forces through articulation agreements with Friends University in cyber security and WSU in business and engineering to create pathways for our students. We also introduced an unmanned aircraft systems major in conjunction with Kansas State Polytechnic. We’ve had a number of faculty and staff present at national conferences, hosted numerous regional conferences and for the second year hosted the Great Plains Conference on Acceleration with a focus on increasing student success toward college degrees. In addition, Butler’s math curriculum redesign was recognized at both the national level with the American Association of Community Colleges and locally with the 2018 Innovation and Enterprise Award from the Wichita Business Journal. The redesign has shown 15-20% increases in math course student success along with a 10% decrease in student withdrawals from those courses. With supporting funds from Goebel Family Star Lumber Foundation, Butler’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts students, faculty, administrators, staff and volunteers prepared and delivered Thanksgiving Dinner to more than 150 firefighters in 24 fire stations in Butler County and Wichita.


This year, with the help of our Board of Trustees and leaders from our local communities, the college launched Butler for Butler, a visioning process led by local community members. I’m grateful to everyone who participated in our visioning sessions and greatly appreciate the time and thought given to the process. In this issue, you’ll learn more about Butler for Butler, read some of the latest Butler news and review our 2017-18 Appreciation Report.


Thank you again for supporting students and helping us make a difference in our students’ lives.


With best wishes,


Kimberly W. Krull, Ph.D.
President of Butler Community College

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Our Mission, Vision & Priorities - We'll Get There Together

OUR MISSION: Butler Community College exists to develop responsible, involved lifelong learners and to contribute to the vitality of the communities it serves.

OUR VISION: Butler will be the Learning College of Choice for the Region, engaging students and other stakeholders in exceptional instructional programs and services that directly relate to their needs and prepare them for success.

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES:

1.) Ensure Student Success

2.) Invest in our Employee Success

3.) Contribute to our Communities

4.) Advance Institutional Effectiveness

 


 

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The Golden Grizzly Program

Senior citizens from the Butler service area (Butler, Chase, Greenwood, Marion and Morris counties) who are 60 years of age or older will be given, upon request a college identification card entitling them to become a “Golden Grizzly”. This will allow them a tuition waiver (fees not included) for all Butler credit courses on a space available basis and free admission to regularly scheduled, non-athletic college-related activities, provide discounted tickets to athletic events*. Golden Grizzly cards will be issued through the Registrar’s Office.

*Golden Grizzly members can receive General Admission tickets to all home, regular season athletic contests at the Golden Grizzly/Youth rate. Discounted tickets are not available for NJCAA national and Region VI events.

 



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