Trustees approve two-year faculty agreement, discuss 2014 legislative agenda


In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved the negotiated agreement between it and the Garden City Community College Higher Education Association for the school years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The two-year agreement removed the Faculty Load Credit (FLC) component of faculty members’ compensation. FLC is a model of compensation that utilized a very complex formula and was in place for the past several years. Instructors were paid not only for credit hours taught but also on their overall load. The new agreement will get GCCC back to the credit hour model that most colleges use in faculty payment. Compensation will now be based on the number of credit hours taught.

Additionally, the extension days have been removed, division directors and head athletic coaches will receive three credit hours of release time per semester, the director of public safety and the coordinator of personal and career development will receive an annual supplemental payment of $2,200, salary advancements are limited to one line for six hours of approved credit, and overload payments will be calculated after the 20th day certification.

In college president Dr. Herbert Swender’s report mention of two upcoming senate legislative bills 155 and 345 both affecting Kansas higher education technical education and training, brought about discussion. Trustee Ron Schwartz echoed the need to watch these two bills during his report on the latest Kansas Association of Community College Trustees’ meeting held recently in Coffeyville.

In other Board action, board president Merilyn Douglass took time to remember college physician Dr. Michael Baughman who was killed in an accident New GCCC employees Theresa Baker (President’s receptionist), Charles Long (head women’s soccer coach), Matt Christian (men’s and women’s head golf coach), and Linda Diehl (mathematics instructor) were introduced. Brevin Woydziak, Student Government Association president, gave an update and extended an invitation for the trustees to attend the upcoming Martin Luther King Day program scheduled for Monday, January 20 at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex beginning at 10:30 a.m. Angela Ray is the featured guest speaker. Faculty senate representative Terry Lee remembered Dr. Baughman by sharing a couple of stories.