The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 61
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 61

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 PageS25 Salina schools' Tilmans is in the mood share of taxes to toot his horn for KTI is dwindling Two buildings are under construction to house a new electronics repair school. Monty Dovlf Electronics school awaits opening date; BMC tries once more to give degrees By DAVID CLOUSTON StaH Writer Salina's four-year private colleges •and two-year Board of Regents technical school weren't the only newsmakers in 1985. The opening of a proposed two-year electronics repair school was announced, Brown Mackie College made its third attempt to get associate degree granting status, and the Salina Area Vocational-Technical School added two computer-aided drafting systems to : its drafting department. The date for opening the Kurd Institute, a two-year, for-profit school to teach repair of electronic equipment, continues to be indefinite. But construction of two steel ; buildings to house the school is continuing at 1922 S. Ninth. The buildings ; > will contain 5,000 square feet of floor ; space. ; ' The Kurd Institute does not yet ; have state approval to begin classes but recently acquired its first presi- • dent: Chester Kurd, brother of Kurd Plaza developer Reginald Kurd, 645 Magnolia. Chester Kurd, Columbus, a 61- year-old Kansas native, is a retired teacher and counselor from Full- •erton Community College, Fullerton, iCalif. ' He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Pittsburg State University in 1954 and for eight years he taught world history and band and was a guidance counselor at Columbus High School in southeast Kansas. Chester Kurd said he decided to help launch the Salina school with his .brother, who had been a recruiter for .'several business colleges, because he grew restless following his retirement from Fullerton College in 1983. Although his duties at Fullerton Community College primarily involved counseling liberal arts and humanities majors, he says he also counseled many students whose majors were in technical fields. Kurd believes he has enough educational, if not technical, experi- • ence to begin a technical school. "I have a very excellent background in that area (education)," he said. "I don't think that (electronics knowledge) is critical because I'm not going to teach courses." Chester Kurd said he initially will be responsible for the school's day-today operation. "Eventually there will be a full- time professional director of instruction on campus," he said. "Initially I will need to serve (in that role), but as soon as feasible there will be a full-time director." Kurd said is unsure whether he will move to Salina permanently once the school is in operation. Kurd said if a full-time director is hired his daily presence will not be necessary. Tuition at Kurd Institute is expected to be $2,500 a year. The school, when fully established, is to offer 1,650 hours of coursework in the repair and maintenance of robotics, fiber optics, telecommunications, automated systems and other specialized electronic areas. The school's budget for the first 12 months is estimated to be $490,000. That includes about $180,000 for equipping 30 lab stations, Kurd said. Two instructors and two lab assistants have been hired, Kurd said. He declined to name them, saying they are under contract at another school. He expects Kurd Institute to begin with 10 to 12 students, but projects an increase to around 40 or 50 students by the second year. Certification remains a sticking point in the effort to launch the school. The Kurds are awaiting state Board of Education approval of their application for certification. State officials have not said when the school's certification will be considered by board of education members. Chester Kurd said he hopes to have state approval this month. The school cannot operate without a state certificate. However, schools found "potentially eligible" can obtain conditional approval from the state. The owner must pay a surety bond of $20,000 to assure that the school honors its commitment to the state to provide the education it promises. The bond also would provide some relief, in the form of re- 835 Fairdale Road When it's time to move, make sure it's the right move. Come and see the new approach of today's living. Fairway Estates is a 38 unit Planned Development located in east Salina between an 18 Hole Coif Course and Country Hills residential area. A short distance from both the Salina Country Club and the Elks Country Club. Plans offer ranch style and 2 story townhomes ranging in size from 1424 square feet to 1744 square feet and all with full basements and double car attached garages. Fairway Estates is without your normal maintenance problems, as your new Fairway Estates Townhome is in an association that cares for your maintenance needs. Fairway Estates — 83$ Fairdale Road The Good Life Roy A Presley 239 N. Santa Fe Developer & Builder funded tuition, to students if the school were to close suddenly, said Dale Dennis, assistant commissioner of education. The state also put a crimp in Brown Mackie College's attempt to grant associate of applied science degrees when a Board of Regents committee voted to put off giving the school the authority to grant the degrees until it improves the quality of its general education staff. It was the third time Brown Mackie, a two-year, for-profit business school, had requested authority to grant associate degrees in court reporting, accounting, management and marketing. The school's first application was rejected by the board in 1983, and a subsequent application was withdrawn. A review by the regents showed some instructors who teach general education subjects, such as English and mathematics, are not fully qualified to do so, Marline Hammond, director of academic affairs for the regents, said after a regents meeting in December. Hammond said the committee decided to wait until all instructors of general education courses at the school have a master's degree in the field they are teaching, or a master's degree in some other field, and a minimum of 18 college hours in the (See Schools, Page S27) By MARY JO PROCHAZKA Associate Editor If Richard Stedry had his way, the state would pick up half the tab for the Salina School District's approximately $17 million general fund. The state used to pay that portion, but now kicks in only about a third of the general fund, leaving Salina property tax payers to pick up the difference, said Stedry, the district's assistant superintendent for business. And if the Legislature doesn't pass a sales tax increase this spring, school programs probably won't expand, and property taxes might have to go up again, he said. The formula used by the Kansas Department of Education to calculate how much state money to send to the state's 304 school districts hasn't changed substantially over the past few years. But changes in elements that make up the formula have led to the state providing a smaller share of the cost of public education in Salina. Steve Mulvenon, director of public information for the district, said Salina has been hurt by two major changes: • The taxable incomes of Salinans have increased. Because taxable income is taken into account along with property valuation in determining a school district's wealth and need for state aid, the higher income figure makes the district appear wealthier and leads to less state aid. • Farm machinery and equipment were exempted from property taxation. Paradoxically, that hurt districts without a lot of farm machinery, such as Salina, because rural districts suddenly had less property valuation to place in the school finance formula. Those dis tricts thus appeared poorer and became eligible for more state money. That meant less state aid for other districts. Stedry and Mulvenon said the fate of proposed increases in the statewide sales tax will have a big effect on the state's financial health and state aid to public schools. "The state's financial condition is not as healthy as it was five years (See Taxes, Page S27) By DAVID CLOUSTON StaH Writer Visitors to the president's office at Kansas Technical Institute should not be surprised to hear the strains of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" echoing from within. Amidst the fluid saxophone melody and doo-wah trombone counterpoint sits Anthony Tilmans, newly appointed KTI president and successor to Tom Creech, who for 10 years headed the two-year technical school. Tilmans, 50, is the former provost of Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was hired by the Kansas Board of Regents in November at a salary of $56,000 and has made increased school publicity one of his first goals. "We're fairly typical of technical programs. We don't toot our own horn enough to let people know the good things we are doing," Tilmans said. One of Tilmans' hobbies is collecting big band records. He has close to 4,000 78-rpm discs and about 225 90- minute cassettes of masters from the swing era, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby. His passion for woodwinds and brass isn't his only pastime. Sports, particularly basketball, are another favorite. But being a Boston Celtics fan doesn't automatically guarantee admission to the games — another reason Tilmans feels at home in Salina. "Tickets to Celtics games are impossible to get and then you have to fight traffic to get downtown, then there's no place to park. Those things are in Boston but they're just not accessible," Tilmans grinned. "Here I plan to integrate myself. I plan to belong to the country club and go to the YMCA and go to Marymount basketball games and go to the community theater." "I think I'm outgoing and I appreciate the opportunity to meet with whoever can bring KTI into the limelight," Tilmans said. One hurdle still to be overcome by KTI this year is the threat of budget reductions imposed by the state Legislature. The school faces the loss of three unclassified staff positions and one classified staff position if Gov. John Carlin's proposed "bare bones" Anthony Tilmans budget recommendations are approved. In addition, the remaining faculty would receive no salary raises. "I don't think it's fair, no," Til- mans said of the proposed freeze. "To ask them to get further behind their colleagues elsewhere just doesn't sit well." Another hurdle that was overcome by KTI this year was the suggestion from regents' executive director Stan Koplik, prior to Tilmans' appointment, that KTI could be merged with Kansas State University. A committee, chaired by former regents chairman Larry Jones, met twice to consider the possibility. Jones said the committee concluded, however, that there were few major financial or administrative advantages to the merger concept. "We found that opportunities (for savings) were minimal," Jones said. "Kansas State had very few resources to enhance activities at KTI." A proposed joint venture between KTI and Kansas State has been temporarily postponed, until the summer or fall of 1986 — a master's in business administration program. Stan Fye, coordinator of graduate studies at K-State's School of Business, said 13 people had applied for admission and had met academic requirements for the Salina MBA program, which was scheduled to start in January. 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