Butler’s Andover Renovation & Relocation Project Underway

The relocation became necessary due to the Andover School District’s expansion and plan to build new educational space at the existing Andover High School. Butler was notified by the school district in May 2017 of their intent to terminate the current lease agreement with the college and the need for Butler to vacate the current space occupied on the north end of Andover High School. Coordinated conversations between the school district and college, which included understanding the school district’s plan for construction completion by summer 2020, resulted in the college’s work to complete renovation and relocation by summer 2020 as well, which is nearly a year earlier than the lease agreement requires.

5000 Building community meeting room

Rendering of the New & Improved Community Meeting Room in the 5000 Building

Both the interior and exterior of the 5000 Building will see some significant changes. In order to accommodate additional parking needs, the areas on the west and south sides of the building are getting a significant overhaul. New landscaping and parking lot lighting will be addressed as well. Moving all the Student Services offices from the Andover High School location to the 5000 Building has created an opportunity for Butler to consolidate all those services into one location within the building. This allows easy access and support to information for students and stakeholders. A larger meeting space is also being built in the Student Union area to accommodate both internal meetings as well as provide meeting and event space for community members and organizations.


SHUTTLE

With construction ongoing at both Andover High School and Butler’s 5000 Building, shuttle services will be available for students, faculty, and staff. Butler County Transit has partnered with Butler to offer regular shuttle service between the college’s sites at 21st and Andover Road, the 6000 Building on the north end of Andover High School at 1810 North Andover Road and the 5000 Building at 715 East 13th street. Learn more at ButlerCC.edu/shuttle.


 

Kansas Supreme Court Special Session

Butler is hosting a wonderful opportunity for our community October 7 and 8 by bringing in the Kansas Supreme Court ustices for a special session. The college will be partnering with El Dorado Public Schools USD 490 to offer several activities on the Butler of El Dorado campus and the El Dorado High School Auditorium.

The special session of the Kansas Supreme Court is conducted just as a regular hearing would be held in Topeka. The remote venue offers the community and students easier access to watch the judicial system at work. The Justices will hear
oral arguments in two cases in the evening on Monday, October 7 at the El Dorado High School Auditorium. Once the hearings are finished, the public is invited to stay and attend an informal reception with the Justices.

Butler will also hold a special opportunity for students to meet with one Supreme Court Justice in a smaller setting on Monday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Clifford/Stone Room within the Butler Hubbard Welcome Center. During this time, the Justice will present a brief history of the Kansas Supreme Court as well as his or her own journey to in becoming a Justice. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and learn more about law and our judicial system. The specific Justice who will meet with students is unknown, but could possibly be Dan Biles who is a native El Doradoan.

Butler encourages the Butler County community to partake in these special events.


Butler County Mill Levies 2009-2019

 

 

 

Public Hearing held, 2019-2020 Budget Set

Butler Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Aug. 13, to conduct their public hearing on the published 2019-2020 budget. Following the public hearing which received no public comments, the board unanimously approved the legal budget ($85,871,544) and operating budget ($53,144,642) for the college, and set taxes to be levied at $14,970,129.
The approved budget lowers taxes to be levied by .888 mills to 19.175 mills by not accepting the county assessed valuation increase. In addition, the budget reflects the April decision by the College Trustees to lower in-district tuition and fees for all Butler County residents by an additional $2 per credit hour while slightly increasing out-district, out-of-state and international tuition. The budget provides at least $17 tuition and fee discount per credit hour for Butler County students compared to all other Kansas students.

The Trustees appreciated insight gained from the Listening Tours across its service area and the work of the Butler for Butler Task Force conducted last fall.

Trustee Board Chair Dr. Greg Joyce, in a statement read at the conclusion of the public hearing, said,
“When tuition and fees were set in March, we took a very critical look at in-district and out-district tuition and fee options for the 2019-2020 academic year to provide an in-depth understanding of the potential impact on enrollment, revenues, and student affordability.”

Currently, the college is the county’s largest employer and lowest major taxing entity. The adoption of the 2019-2020 budget requests the same amount in tax revenues as requested in the 2018-2019 budget despite a property valuation increase of more than 4.5% in Butler County.
“Butler’s mill levy history since 1999 shows that when there is appropriate state funding, the college’s mill levy is lower,” said Dr. Joyce.

“Additionally, we are committed to working with those Legislators who are willing to work hard to find new and innovative ways to fund the Kansas public higher education two-year sector at adequate levels. This work will not only help Butler County but the other 17 counties who are home to the remaining 18 community colleges in Kansas, as well.”

Anyone with questions about Butler Community College are welcome to contact a Trustee by visiting ButlerCC.edu/trustees.

 


Butler County Groups Organize for ACT Work Ready Community Designation

The Butler County ACT

The county’s chambers, USDs, civic organizations and Butler Community College are joining together to move Butler County to a designated Work Ready Community. The project will work to close the skills gap among our county’s workforce. The project strengthens workforce development and educational partnerships and aligns with the real needs facing the county’s employment issues.

Citizens may earn an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate. It works like a pre-screening and demonstrates to employers the individual skill levels across a variety of workforce categories (i.e. workplace documents, applied math, and graphic literacy) all of which are required for 77% of jobs according to the ACT JobPro database.

This is a win-win for the county. Business and industry learn exactly which foundational skills they require, individuals learn which skills they have and which skills to grow, education learns which programs are needed to strengthen the workforce and shrink the skills gap, and economic developers can use the metrics to know the quality of the workforce either for moving into the county or for marketing the workforce.

NEXT STEPS:
1. Businesses sign in on the below website and get active.
2. Members of the workforce take the WorkKeys test and get credentialed.

To learn more about what Butler County’s community

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Did you know about....

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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