2 Cowley County trustees target of recall

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A group of Arkansas City residents is circulating petitions seeking to recall two Cowley County College trustees.

The residents claim Board of Trustees chairman Ron Godsey and vice chairman Dennis Schurtz violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act during a move to eliminate the school’s soccer program.

A recall leader, Matt Nies, says Godsey and Schurtz are named because of their leadership positions on the board.

The Arkansas City Traveler reports the recall petitions claim the trustees violated the open meetings law in March when they met behind closed doors to discuss eliminating the soccer programs.

College president Clark Williams resigned in April after a strong backlash against his decision to eliminate the program and other unpopular moves.

The board reinstated the soccer program shortly after Williams’ resignation.


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