Fort Scott ends talks with Pittsburg State
PITTSBURG (AP) — The board of trustees for Fort Scott Community College has voted to discontinue talks on changing the community college's partnership with Pittsburg State University.
The community college's Board of Trustees on Monday voted to discontinue the discussions, The Joplin Globe reported (http://bit.ly/1h07Moy ). The two southeast Kansas schools have had a partnership since 1985, with some Fort Scott operations in Crawford County. Community college students also can take courses and live in Pittsburg State dorms.
Senior officials at both schools were discussing a more formal partnership, with a goal of being more efficient.
Earlier this fall, the presidents of both institutions created several chances for those involved to weigh in on what a more formal partnership would look like. PSU President Steve Scott and FSCC President Clayton Tatro, also a graduate of PSU, stopped short of using the word "merger" about the proposed change.
Tatro said Tuesday he was surprised at the board's unanimous vote Monday night, which took place before the board heard public comment. He said he believes the trustees' are concerned about governance issues and the loss of identity.
"Things like to whom does the president report and is there any affiliation or status change for our (150) employees," he said. "We talked about that any agreement would be written in such a way that would mitigate that, but obviously we're not there yet."