The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the college's 2017-18 budget, following a public hearing in which no comments were made.

GCCC’s budget of $42,563,559 for 2018 will maintain the same mill levy as the previous year at 20.992 mills.

The mill levies for the general and capital outlay funds are 19.983 and 1.009, respectively, which will generate $9,542,140 and $477,343 for those funds.

Trustee Melvin Neufeld thanked GCCC staff for putting the budget together and “doing more with less.”

“I think it’s important to lead by example at the college. Not increasing the mill levy, I think it is an important step to keep our economy rolling here…” Neufeld said, adding that maintaining the mill levy will help the college achieve its goals.

In other business:

• Trustees took a tour of the various construction and renovation projects going on at GCCC’s campus, including the residential life parking lot and the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex main gymnasium.

• Trustees approved a website managed services agreement with OmniUpdate. Upon the resignation of the college webmaster in January, GCCC began looking at options for the management of the college's website.

After much research and discussion, GCCC administration recommended to convert to a digital content management system through a “managed service” model. Under the new agreement, an outside agency will develop —with the college’s direction — actual website templates that are ADA compliant. College staff will be responsible for maintaining individual pages with current information.

The agreement with OmniUpdate is for five years, with a $32,500 annual fee for the first year and $12,000 per year for the the following four years.

• Trustees approved a 10-year agreement with Pepsi Bottling Group for exclusive beverage dispensing rights on the GCCC campus. The current 10-year agreement expires Aug. 31. Two proposals were received — Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Pepsi. According to meeting documents, administration determined the better proposal was from Pepsi.

The proposal includes upfront sponsorship, annual sponsorship, marketing funds, vending commission and product donation.

• Jeff Crist was presented with a plaque for his two years of service as chairman for the Trustees.

• The following new GCCC employees were introduced: Charinee Mitchell, head women’s basketball coach; Kelli Jenkins, assistant women’s basketball coach; Shaquicia Johnson, assistant women’s basketball coach; Robert Howell, English instructor; Seth Kristalyn, English instructor; Amy Poteet, speech instructor; Jonathan Whitacre, math instructor; Asher Brandt, chemistry instructor.