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College trustees to tour Planetarium, dorm
Three instructors granted tenure
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The trustees of Barton Community College will tour the remodeled Planetarium this week.
At last Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said the board study session set for 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 will start 30 minutes early, at 3:30, with the trustees meeting at the Planetarium, which is located in the Science and Math Building.
Trustees will also be able to tour the new residence hall later this year, perhaps scheduling a ribbon cutting in August. The Aug. 14 meeting will include the annual budget hearing as well as the regular study session, so that may not be the best date. “We’ll be moving in about that time, too,” Heilman said. An Aug. 7 ribbon cutting is being considered.
In other reports from the May 1 meeting, Dr. Heilman said the primary topic at the next two Kansas Board of Regents meetings will be state funding. “The Regents are gearing up for the 2015 Legislature.”
Other upcoming events are commencement exercises, which will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, on the Barton County campus, and at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, on the Fort Riley Campus.

Tenure and non renewal
Faculty contracts were also renewed on May 1, with Oleg Ravitskiy, Joseph Thornton and Shawn Wood achieving tenure. Faculty members whose contracts were not renewed were Guy Causey (the former chemistry instructor, Causey died Oct. 4, 2013), Shanna Legleiter, Gretchen Lewis, Courtenay Self, Rita Schmidt and Virgil Tucker. Tucker, an automotive technology instructor, had been listed as tenure eligible in April.
Contracts were also renewed for 11 faculty members who are working toward tenure, and 54 instructors who already have tenure.