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February 11, 2004 Board Meeting Minutes

The Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513 convened a special session at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 in Room C307 at Illinois Valley Community College.

Members Present:
Deborah L. Sweeden, Board Chair
H. Todd Phalen, Vice Chair
Paula J. Endress
Kristine A. Paul
Jimmie D. Lansford
David L. Wilcoxson
Andy Simko, Student Trustee

Members Absent:
Thomas A. Shea, Secretary

Others Present:
Jean Goodnow, President
Harriet Custer, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jerry Corcoran, Vice President for Business Services/Finance
Walter J. Zukowski, Board Attorney

 

 

SECRETARY PRO-TEM
It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mr. Phalen to appoint Mrs. Endress as Secretary, Pro-Tem in the absence of Mr. Shea.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mr. Wilcoxson, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – None, motion carried.

IVCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES RESIGNATION
It was moved by Mr. Lansford and seconded by Mrs. Paul to accept with regret the resignation of Mr. Thomas A. Shea, as a member of the IVCC Board of Trustees, effective January 24, 2004.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mr. Wilcoxson, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – None, motion carried.

IVCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINTMENT
Mrs. Sweeden asked for a motion to suspend the normal procedure of appointing a committee to review candidates when the Board had just completed this action a few months ago.

It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mrs. Endress to suspend the policy for appointing a committee of the Board members to assist in the interview of potential candidates in the event of a vacancy on the Board.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – Mr. Wilcoxson, motion carried.

It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mrs. Endress to approve the appointment of Mr. James A. Narczewski to serve as a member of the IVCC Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Sweeden stated the Executive Committee, which includes the Board Chair, the Vice Chair and the Secretary interviewed ten very qualified candidates in July and selected Paula Endress to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. Harry R. Debo. Since this occurred a few months ago Mrs. Sweeden decided to refer to the scoring and the representation of the district of the remaining nine applicants in appointing Mr. James A. Narczewski to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of Mr. Thomas A. Shea.

Mr. Wilcoxson objected to this decision and spoke in favor of advertising the vacancy and inviting applicants to participate in the interview process.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – Mr. Wilcoxson, motion carried.

Mr. Wilcoxson noted his vote did not reflect his opinion of Mr. Narczewski rather his vote reflected the process of the appointment.

CONFIRMATION OF PRESIDENT’S PREVIOUS CONTRACT ADDENDA
It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mr. Phalen to approve the resolution as presented to confirm the President’s previous contract and addenda.

Mr. Wilcoxson stated that he has reviewed closed session and open session minutes and there is no mention of the President’s addenda being discussed. Mrs. Sweeden explained that every year a written evaluation of the President is conducted by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the Board Chair. The Board Chair meets with the President and discusses future goals and compensation. The Board Chair then informs the Board members of the meeting and also informs the members that the proposed changes would be part of the next budget.

Mr. Wilcoxson expressed his displeasure with the absence of this information in the minutes.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – Mr. Wilcoxson, motion carried.

 

CLOSED SESSION
It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mr. Lansford to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – Mr. Wilcoxson, motion carried.

It was moved by Mr. Simko and seconded by Mrs. Endress to return to the regular session at 8:26 p.m.

APPROVAL OF PRESIDENT’S CONTRACT
No action was taken on this agenda item. This item will be placed on the agenda for the February 18, 2004 Board meeting.

LETTER TO THE STATE’S ATTORNEY
It was moved by Mr. Phalen and seconded by Mr. Simko to approve the letter to the State’s Attorney as presented.

Mr. Wilcoxson did not agree with asking the State’s Attorney for an opinion as long as the Board conducts business in open sessions.

Student Advisory Vote: "Aye"- Mr. Simko. Roll Call Vote: "Ayes"- Mr. Lansford, Mr. Phalen, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, and Mrs. Sweeden. "Nays" – Mr. Wilcoxson, motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT
It was moved by Mr. Lansford, seconded by Mrs. Paul, and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:36 p.m.