The times are a changing.
On Tuesday the Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees reacted in response to a new Kansas law that allows for the carrying of a concealed weapon throughout the state — including state-run universities and community colleges.
The law, which starts July 1, makes Kansas a "constitutional carry" state, meaning anyone older than 21 can carry concealed firearms regardless of whether they have obtained a permit or gone through training.
Brownback touts that carrying a gun is a constitutional right.
"We’re saying that if you want to do that in this state, then you don’t have to get the permission slip from the government," Brownback said when he signed the bill into law. "It is a constitutional right, and we’re removing a barrier to that right."
By doing so the governor put places such as DCCC in a bind.
"This is kind of new for all of us," said Beverly Temaat, vice president of student services said. "First I need to let you know the Child Development Center is not a part of this law as there is another law that covers day cares which states no firearms are allowed.
"As for us, there will be some costs for added training and some other things and we don’t yet know what they are."
One change was that trustee meetings will now have armed security attending.
The trustees read the first reading of Board Policy 435, which addresses concealed carry weapons with a second reading and adjustments coming at a later time.
"I’m sure as we go through this there will be changes," Temaat said. "We’ll just have to be patient as we go through it."
The board also authorized Adam John, vice president, to look into a short-term lease for the Scottsdale, Arizona campus.
"Our location currently is in the terminal at Scottsdale Airport, but as of next week they are tearing down the terminal," John told the trustees. "I went out there and found two locations.
"One will be a short-term lease, also at the airport, and the second would be more of a long-term lease. If we go with the second one I can see a way to spread the general education courses out there and create a second campus.
"The short-term lease would house the aviation program now and we can see where things go in the future."
The board voted to go with the short-term option so they can determine if the aviation program would continued to be funded in the future.
John also checked with the Higher Learning Committee about instructor credentials. He reported the HLC requires Masters degree for academic teaching and a Bachelors degree and combination of work experience for work and technical teaching.
The board also got a budget update from Veda Hermon, agreed to a boiler purchase for the science and math annex and agreed to a facilities-use agreement with EagleMed. That agreement will allow EagleMed to use college facilities for training and meetings in exchange for a financial fee.
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