“With respect to filling the currently vacant position on the Cowley College Board of Trustees, the trustees plan to deliberate on the process,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.
The trustees came under scrutiny when replacing former trustee Jim Ramirez after they elected current trustee Jill Long using a secret ballot last July.
Election by secret ballot is a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). As a result of this action, the board was court-ordered to attend mandatory KOMA training.
Three of the remaining active trustees have attended KOMA training already.
The last three trustees yet to complete the training will be in attendance at 6 p.m. May 4 in the president’s board room at the college. The training will be provided by local attorney Tamara Niles.
There likely will not be a quorum present, so it will not technically qualify as a meeting. However, nothing in the training falls under the provisions for secret discussion in an executive session.
The college also will add a position on the board for a representative of Sumner County in the near future.
“Regarding the Sumner County new trustee position, the board has indicated it currently intends to have an eight-member board once that position is filled in January of 2018,” Rittle said.
For those who would like more information about this process, there will be a “board of trustees overview session” from 5 to 6 p.m. May 8 in the president’s dining room at the college.
It is an informational session, open to the public, during which Rittle will address the board seats coming up for election and give an overview of the duties, responsibilities, and rewards of being on the Cowley College Board of Trustees.