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Auditor praises BCC stewardship
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The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received more than a clean audit report Thursday from Doug Volkland. The certified public accountant with D. McMillin Chartered presented a positive financial statement as part of the 2010-2011 audit.

Volkland told Barton trustees there were no budget violations discovered, no mistakes to correct, and the college’s assets increased over the previous year while its liabilities decreased. "I think you had a fine year, and did manage very well," he said.

"Everything was very positive," Volkand said. "You have some excellent, excellent people."

The report shows BCC’s assets increased by $2 million, although more than half of that was actually from the previous year’s reconstruction of the track. "Even so, I think it was a very, very good year."

"Is there anything at all that we need to change?" board chairman Mike Johnson asked.

Volkland said the college’s procedures are sound and he didn’t find any major issues or anything that requires follow-up.

Trustee Robert Feldt noted the college improved its bottom line even though it received $700,000 less in state aid last year. "I think it’s very heartening to hear that we’re stronger financially than we were this time last year," he said.

"I think you were good stewards of the public’s money," Volkland said in agreement.

In action items Thursday, the board approved the following new personnel for the Barton County campus: Shatlyn Marshall, part-time assistant care provider; Samantha Thier, financial aid officer; Kelly Bolton, coordinator of Pharmacy Technician program, part-time; Reba Hickel, part-time secretary and data specialist; and Tyson Revell, admissions representative. Christopher Vanderlinde was hired as a part-time instructor for the Fort Riley Area.

The board also held a 30-minute executive session with Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman and with the board attorney, Randall Henry, Sterling, via telephone, to discuss a matter that involves potential litigation. The meeting adjourned after the executive session with no further action.