Cowley College Recall Effort Apparently Fails

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The coordinator of a petition drive seeking to recall two Cowley College Board of Trustees members says supporters were not able to gather enough signatures to put the issue to a vote.

Matt Nies told Cowley County Clerk Karen Madison that only 650 people had signed the petition as of last week, and it appeared that the drive would fall short. The deadline to submit petitions is Wednesday.

The group needed 938 signatures to recall trustee Ron Godsey and 1,105 for board chairman Dennis Shurtz.

The Arkansas City Traveler reports ( ) recall organizers accused the board of violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act while discussing elimination of the men's and women's soccer programs. The sports were dropped but later revived after a public outcry prompted the college's president to resign.