Jim Koch of Clyde to Challenge for a Seat on the Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees

Jim Koch of Clyde to Challenge for a Seat on the Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees

The 2019 City/School General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th.

The Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees has three seats up for election this year.  Those seats are presently held by Trustees Ellen Anderson, Larry Henry and Tom Tuggle.

Anderson and Tuggle have both filed for re-election.  They will be challenged in November by Richard Hubert of Concordia and Jim Koch of Clyde.

Koch filed for a seat back on May 13th.  Jim has previously served the college as a member of the Cloud County Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Koch, who will be moving to a part-time role and working towards retirement with American State Bank & Trust Company at the end of the year, told KNCK News about his decision to seek a position on the college board.

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Since filing for a seat, Koch has been regularly attending the board's monthly meetings.  

He said he's trying to get know some of the issues and become better informed.  He said he wants to be a good board member by being attentive, doing research and representing the best interest of the people of Cloud County.

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Preliminary figures released by the Kansas Board of Regents last month show Cloud County Community College's full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment for Fall 2019 is 1,114 students, which is down 2.69% from 2018 and down 17.83% over the last five years.  Full-time equivalency is calculated by dividing the total number of undergraduate credit hours taken in a semester by 15.

Cloud County's FTE numbers are the sixth lowest among the state's nineteen community colleges.

Cloud County Community College's total headcount for Fall 2019 is 1,803 students, which is down 1.96% compared to the preliminary census day count in 2018.  The college's headcount numbers have decreased by 20.54% since 2014, which is the second-largest reduction among the state's nineteen community colleges over the last five years.

Koch said finding ways to reverse the college's recent decreases in enrollment are his top priority.

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Tuesday, October 15th is the last day to register to vote before the November 5th General Election.  Advance voting begins Wednesday, October 16th and continues until noon on Monday, November 4th in the Cloud County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse.

To apply for an advance ballot to be mailed to you, call (785) 243-8110 to have an application sent to you, or complete the Advance Ballot Application on the County Clerk's website at cloudcountyks.org.  A signed application must be received by the Cloud County Clerk's Office before a ballot can be mailed out.

Listen below to our complete interview with Koch from the Friday, October 4th edition of KNCK's "Community Connections":

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Also listen below to our complete interview with candidate Richard Hubert from the Friday, September 27th edition of KNCK's "Community Connections":

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Listen below to hear our complete interview with Trustee Tom Tuggle from the Friday, September 20th edition of KNCK's "Community Connections":

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And listen below to hear our complete interview with Trustee Ellen Anderson from the Friday, September 13th edition of KNCK's "Community Connections":

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