Barton Community College’s Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two years above $125,000, administrators said Tuesday. The BCC Board of Trustees voted to extend a contract for naming rights by three years, making sure the weight room at the Kirkman Building will be known as the Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center through the end of 2037.
The weight room was so named in January of 2016 after it was refurbished and saw major equipment upgrades, thanks to the generosity of the Spray family. At the time, Barton Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said the facility would benefit all of the student athlete programs and would be “a monster recruiting tool.”
The Sprays’ daughter Kylee played volleyball at Barton, and the family came to appreciate the Athletic Department’s mission and goals for its students, Rolfs said in 2016.
The trustees can name a building, room or program. Even gym floors have been named after donors, Vice President Mark Dean said.
In other business Tuesday, trustees:
• Approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Ellinwood. The city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan will allow tax rebates on certain property improvements.
• Reviewed the August financial statement. Among other things, it shows the college’s income on an oil well at Camp Aldrich was $780.96 for the previous month. The month before that, the well was shut down for maintenance and had no income.
• Approved the following personnel: Kathy Thacker and Monica Mies, custodians; Remuro Henry, assistant track and cross country coach; and Mary Doyle, academic adviser, all at the Barton County campus. A management staff contract was awarded to Terri Mebane, director of Military Programs.