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Trustees approve classroom furniture, discuss projects

During its April 12 meeting, the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of classroom furniture for $315,888 from Wichita-based Scott Rice Office Interiors, as recommended by GCCC administration.

The project will use $240,000 of COVID-19 stimulus funding and an additional $75,888.61 from Capital Outlay.

The project includes new classroom furniture in the Academic Building (ACAD), Joyce Fine Arts Building (JOYCE), and John Collins Vocational Tech Building (JCVT).

All classroom furniture will be replaced in 10 ACAD classrooms, four JOYCE classrooms, and 160 chairs will be replaced in the JCVT building.

Additionally, the project includes improving power distribution outlets in classrooms and purchasing one classroom set of flexible, durable whiteboards to promote innovative, interactive teaching and learning.

In other business, Trustees approved a 5-year agreement renewal for the annual financial audit with Lewis, Hooper & Dick, LLC, for GCCC, Broncbuster Athletic Association, and the GCCC Endowment Association through June 20, 2026, at an annual cost of $92,050 and a 3% increase thereafter, paid from the general fund.

Lewis, Hooper & Dick LLC has conducted the annual financial audit for GCCC for over 25 years and has familiarity with the college database and a good working relationship with college staff.

Master Facilities Plan

Following a presentation by John Haas of Ransom Financial Group, LLL, Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the sale of lease purchase agreement certificates of participation, Series 2022, for $5.2 million.

Projects include turf replacement, track respray, production copiers, digital scoreboard, and STEM building addition/remodel.

All of the projects are a part of the college’s Master Facilities plan and include deferred maintenance.

STEM Building

Bids for the STEM building addition all came in higher than expected, largely due to rising costs in materials and supply chain issues.

The GCCC Administration plans to work with the low bidder, Dick Construction, on ways to utilize cost-saving options. A special board meeting may be called to vote on bids in the near future.

Fitness Campaign

The Board approved the purchase and installation of an outdoor fitness center for $90,000 to be paid from secured grant funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield and other grantors.

As part of the 2022 National Fitness Campaign, grant dollars will cover expenses in full for a new outdoor fitness addition to campus and the community.

The outdoor fitness court, to be located by the GCCC tennis courts, would be an innovative outdoor bodyweight circuit training center to allow individuals to strengthen their bodies, increase mobility and balance, and complete circuit training and workouts using body resistance.


The Board unanimously approved a one-year extension of Dr Ryan Ruda’s presidential contract.

The Board held one executive session where no action was taken.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 6 p.m. in the Endowment Room at the Beth Tedrow Student Center.