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Dccc Trustee Election

Discussion in 'USD 443 and DCCC' started by Terrence Malone, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Terrence Malone
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    BUILD A BETTER DCCC—DON’T GIVE IT AWAY!


    Taxpayer welfare for a multi-million dollar lumber yard


    The City of Dodge City is paying DCCC $550 for 3.1 acres of the best land we have to build DCCC’s future. Estimated value of the 3.1 acres is $300,000. The City is transferring the land to the greedy multi-million dollar corporation.


    The City and lumber company are reserving 3.75 acres of land on the front of 14th Avenue to “sell to others” for much more than $550 – perhaps as much as $500,000.


    The lumber company does not even need the 3.1 acres that is being “given to them” for $550 by our trustees. They just want our college’s land so they won’t have to pay as much for the other 3.75 acres of land on the frontage of 14th Avenue, that is worth approximately $500,000 or more. The company says it just cannot afford the land without a “handout” from taxpayers. Greed is their driving force and the taxpayers are the big losers.


    This corporate welfare---handed out by the trustees and Dodge City commissioners--will hurt other businesses in town that must compete with the lumber company--the one receiving the corporate welfare--at the expense of the taxpayers. By unfairly using taxpayers’ money and assets (college land), the City of Dodge City and the trustees of DCCC are picking “winners and losers”.


    Our local business had to build their companies on their own—they received no welfare from DCCC or the City of Dodge City. Now those businesses—thanks to the corporate welfare--are at a severe financial disadvantage. Jobs will be lost. Taxes will be lost. There will be no gain in property taxes or sales taxes when long-time local businesses--who built their businesses with their own money – not with your money – have to close their doors.


    DCCC has a need for the campus land that sold.


    DCCC has a real need for the campus land that was sold to the City of Dodge City for a measly $550.



    DCCC is leasing land at Beeson and 14th for its electrical power line program--two miles from campus. The electrical power line program should be moved to the main DCCC campus. It would fit very well in the 3.1 acres of land the trustees found to be “worthless to the college”. Why should any of our programs ever be located “off campus”? That public land needs to be used for education, technical training and the future of the college, not for a retail store. The DCCC campus is for education and training—not retail stores. Don’t we have enough empty stores in Dodge City now?


    We could have used the campus land to build a much-needed technical building for our present programs to grow and to add more programs—such as a paramedic program and health-related programs for our aging population.


    President Nolte was promoting the construction of a new tech building for additional health-related programs last August at a Strategic Planning Session for Technical Programs; however, no mention has been made of constructing a new tech building since the retail developers showed interest in buying the DCCC campus, and the president and trustees lost their common sense.


    ELECT TRUSTEES WHO WILL INVEST IN DCCC—NOT A LUMBER COMPANY


    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS COME FROM INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION AND TECHNICAL TRAINING— NOT FROM A LUMBER YARD THAT WILL DRIVE LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED BUSINESSES OUT OF BUSINESS.


    MAKE DCCC GREAT AGAIN!


    VOTE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE ON AUGUST 1ST.
     
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  2. Mike B.
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    Mike B. Gold Member

    Speak for yourself Terrence! Lol...jk. I do indeed like your level headed thinking.
     
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  3. Terrence Malone
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    “We should fire them all.” Those words were spoken by Trustee Floris Jean Hampton just before the executive session began at the December 2016 board meeting.

    The remarks were made a month after the faculty informed the Board of Trustees that it had no confidence in President Nolte and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Adam John and after the faculty had presented the board with a list of grievances against these two administrators at the December meeting.

    Never before in the long history of Dodge City Community College had the faculty voted that it had no confidence in the president. However, such ‘no confidence’ votes seem to follow President Nolte. The faculty at Blinn College in Texas took the same action in June, 2014. By September 24, 2014 Harold Nolte had announced his retirement from Blinn College effective January 31, 2015.

    When the Blinn faculty voted no confidence, the Blinn College Board of Trustees acted quickly and decisively by seeking the assistance of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to deal with the serious problem.

    The professionals at ACCT have years of experience in helping community colleges heal and recover when the faculty loses confidence in their president.

    The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustee reacted much differently than did the Blinn College board.

    The majority of DCCC Trustees wanted nothing to do with seeking professional assistance from ACCT to help the college deal with the serious rift between faculty and president.

    Instead, three Trustees, Floris Jean Hampton, Morris Reeves, and Dr. Merrill Conant, decided to take matters into their own hands and acted completely separately from the Board of Trustees—a stunningly unethical and unauthorized act.

    Hampton, Reeves, and Conant read a statement at the board meeting on December 12, 2016. The preamble of their statement follows (emphasis added):

    The Board of Trustees respects the right of those to express opinions regarding Dodge City Community College especially in light of our mission to provide opportunities for high quality learning, enhance community and personal development in a student centered environment.

    To that end, we have investigated each item on the list of grievances as presented at the November 2016 meeting of the Board of Trustees by the group calling itself the Faculty Coalition.

    Our investigation found little support for the Faculty Coalition’s allegations of falsification of data, questionable leadership, inappropriate hiring decisions, and bad-faith negotiations. We did, unfortunately, find that some factual matters were misrepresented. Most troublingly, we found that its unchecked voting process calls into question the Faculty Coalition’s claim that it represents a significant portion of the fulltime faculty, much less a majority.

    Consequently, we will take no action on the Faculty Coalition’s vote aside from providing a response to each item grieved.​



    The problem with the statement they all read is that absolutely none of what they said is true. At no time did the board conduct an investigation into the basis for the faculty’s grievances that led to the faculty’s ‘no confidence’ vote.

    These three Trustees intentionally misled the public. For what purpose did the three jeopardize their own reputations and integrity? Their rational remains a mystery. Perhaps it is based in the hiring of a president that was not fully vetted by the board before they offered the job. The reason that Harold Nolte was not properly vetted is that he promised that he would not seek the job of being a permanent president and the board had made it clear to all applicants for the interim job that none of them could apply for the job. The integrity of both the board and Harold Nolte was badly damaged when interim President Nolte sought the job and the board, no only considered his application, but also hired him to fill the permanent position.

    An educational institution cannot operate effectively when the administration and faculty are at such severe odds. The students are bound to suffer and the reputation of our college will suffer until these issues are resolved.

    In an attempt to seek a resolution to the deep rift between faculty and the president, I made a motion in February to retain the services of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to help the board in mediating the differences. ACCT is a professional nonprofit educational organization created specifically for the boards of trustees of community colleges and is recognized as the leading organization on community college governance. Just in the last five years, ACCT has provided services to more than 800 boards, conducted more than 500 board self-assessments and presidential evaluations, and has conducted nearly a dozen administrative structure leadership analysis reviews throughout the country.

    ACCT was asked to assist the Board of Trustees of Blinn College regarding the no confidence vote by its faculty.

    My motion to retain the services of ACCT to assist our board of trustees failed at the board meeting in February and again in April after Gary Harshberger joined the board. Some of the trustees confidently stated during a public meeting that they would welcome an investigation by ACCT, yet no trustee would vote to adopt ACCT’s written proposal to assist the faculty and the president to “mend fences.”

    Eight long months have gone by and we are still no closer to resolving the differences between the faculty and president Nolte. As long as the trustees do not address the problem , DCCC will continue to suffer as an educational institution that is in conflict.

    The board’s failure to act is inexplicable, as the faculty is the life-blood of any educational institution. We owe it to the students to place them first but when the faculty is ignored and treated like second-class citizens, it is harmful to our college.

    Terry J. Malone
     
  4. THE COMMANDER
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    Thank you Trustee Malone for taking the time to come onto DB.

    One does wonder, if some corporation wanted land, why not use the land up on Ross by the Legends Field water tower? The City owns all of that land and could easily hand it over for a lumberyard.

    Cannibalizing the college should not even be an option. Its a sign of being a bad steward of the public trust when these particular (non) trustees act on dismantling the college.

    Again, bear in mind Harsherberger, Conant, and Reeves all believe in the FHSU takeover being brokered by the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce. Nothing changed as this new lumberyard takeover is just another example and is again being prodded along by the Chamber.

    People like USD 443's Morris Reeves and Kathy Ramsour would never want an elementary school's land to be cut up and sold for very little to a 'Big Box' store.

    However, for Reeves, Conant, and their new buddies Harsherberger and Ramsour, they do this against the college as a matter of course.

    I would like to say the Board's behavior isn't inexplicable. Rather, the Board's behavior is actually quite predictable when you consider the characters who currently enjoy the majority as this college president is seemingly doing precisely what Reeves and Conant desires.

    They need to be updating their resume.
     
  5. anonmaly
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    Already a thread and discussion on the Primary Election thread about this election. I'd like to see a list of people running who currently have family members on staff/faculty to make sure to know who not to vote for.
     
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  6. THE COMMANDER
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    I'd like to see who has family members who will be financially benefiting from the construction of this corporate business property.

    I'd also like to see how the members of the DC Chamber of Commerce will be benefiting as well.

    I recall back a few years ago the leaked Roger Profitt email regarding the scam Dome. His email was addressed to all the local bankers and various other business and political interests.

    It stands to reason the same list of characters are involved.

    Roger Proffitt Email.jpg
     
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  7. Mike B.
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    I have alway thought that being a "Trustee" meant that the person look after, promote and PROTECT that which they are entrusted with. How can a person be a trustee when they want to get rid of (sell) what they've been entrusted.

    I am not very good with words...hope you get my drift.
     
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  8. anonmaly
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    Well please do post your findings about that, but don't ignore the conflict of interests either, aren't you sworn to defend against all local corruption commander? Better call out anyone with conflicts of interest whether they are somehow mystery share holders in sutherlands or whether they have family on staff which is a clear and present conflict of interest.
     
  9. Coffeedeux
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    Coffeedeux Well-Known Member

    Of course they can sell land. It's ridiculous to say a community college can never sells its land.
     
  10. Sunnyday
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    Once again, $550 is not what you call a fair compensation. If you think so I would like to buy some land from you at that price!!!
     
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  11. Daredevil
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    It's a bit trickier to sell the land when the college received the land by eminent domain. The plan to sell all the land was laid out by the economic development group with a map. They may stop now for an election but do not expect it to stop for long if reelected. No one with brains sees 550 dollars as fair or close to it. Estimates of 20 year tax revenue have no impact on what a fair price for land is.
    The board, president, Adam John, and now for sure Bev Temaat have a litany of charges outlined in the Hutch paper today. It needs to be addressed. The scariest thing today is the federal law suit on due process and first amendment rights.
     
  12. Mike B.
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    Coffeedeux: What are we discussing on this tread? Here, allow me to assist: From the OP.... "The City of Dodge City is paying DCCC $550 for 3.1 acres of the best land we have to build DCCC’s future. Estimated value of the 3.1 acres is $300,000."

    If you would read my post again, you would see I never said they could never sell the land. You are reading things that are not there.
     
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  13. Coffeedeux
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    Scary for who?
     
  14. Coffeedeux
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    I'll ask again. When one taxing entity sells to another, is it usually done at market value or less? I honestly don't know the answer that's why i'm asking.
     
  15. Coffeedeux
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    You said they were entrusted with the land and therefore they could not sell. Are you saying they should sell at market value and you would be ok with that?
     
  16. Daredevil
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    Coffee there are 2 different issues. The first is that there is a limited amount of land for development in an area that is usable at the college. Things could be placed there. A Cosmotology center so the child care center could expand without having to open the college up to a huge number of new requirements that would be required if the child care center was moved. A new nursing building my nieces have told my how limited they are for space there. The power line program could go there. The space is limited for useable acreage and good luck to get more area. There is no where to expand without a roadway seperating it.

    The second issue is this is a corporation that is wanting welfare. The college and not the city should provide this? The college not only needs to give this corporation a break but an absurdly low value of 550 dollars. Land plots for houses can cost anywhere from 10,000 and up and they are not a reason typically. They are also not on 14th street. I am not a realtor but the value of the land plus the potential value to the college could easily be 100,000 maybe more. Think about it for the 40 acres the city was trying to steal in a closed door meeting the college should sell it for a total of $7,200. even at 100,000 that would be $4,000,000 and then the college would not be seen at all. At the price they set it almost sounds like the college was trying to give the land away, but encountered a legal technicality. No reasonable Ford county citizen if they ignore the first problem can ignore the second.
     
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  17. Coffeedeux
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    Has there ever been a plan to expand to that area?
     
  18. Coffeedeux
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    **BREAKING NEWS** Obama voter Malone was for it before he was against it. He supported the 3.1 acre sale before he opposed it. So which is it, Terry? Or does supporting at this point put you in opposition to your minions like Hammond?
     
  19. Looking for common sense
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    Hammond is most definitely a free thinker. He has HIS convictions and stands by them. He has the experience and passion needed to do what's best for DCCC. Hope the election is going his way
     
  20. jayhawk815
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    Hammond is a free thinker? How well do you know him? How much have you worked with him? I have worked with him and know him. He will throw anyone under the bus to enhance himself. His track record with USD 443 isn't exactly squeaky clean, and he isn't exactly running for a trustee position without something to personally gain. The primary elections have come and gone, but please do your homework before the general election.
     
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