TOPEKA, Kan – *After unanimous votes by members of the Kansas House and Kansas Senate, House bill 2164 has been sent to Governor Brownback’s desk for his signature into law. The bill allows Cowley College to add one trustee position to the board from Sumner County.
“After passing the half-cent sales tax measure in November, we recognized state law would need modified to grant taxpayer representation from Sumner County on our elected board,” said Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, president of Cowley College. “We appreciate the assistance of Senator Larry Alley and Representatives Anita Judd-Jenkins and Ed Trimmer in advancing a policy that grants one position on the board to a resident of Sumner County.”
Once the bill is signed into law, eligible Sumner County residents can file to run for the board of trustees position. T*he filing deadline is June 1, 2017, and the general election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. * Winner of the election would take office on Monday, January 8, 2018, for a two-year term. Subsequent terms of the position would be four years in length.
“Sumner County residents will begin contributing their tax dollars to Cowley College next month. Ensuring taxpayers have representation on the college’s board was a priority of our institution and something we support as a fundamental right in our democracy,” said Bob Juden, chairman of Cowley College’s board of trustees.
For those interested in learning more about the elected position, Dr. Rittle will host a one-hour orientation session to cover expectations for Cowley College Board of Trustees and to respond to frequently asked
questions. The orientation will occur during the evening in Wellington on May 1 with specific time and location to be announced.
Board of Trustees members must reside in the county they are serving and cannot be related to a full-time employee of the College (i.e. spouse, child, parent, father-in-law, mother-in-law, step-parent, step-child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, sister/brother-in-law, and son/daughter-in-law).