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February 2005 Board Meeting Minutes

The Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513 convened a regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 in Room C307 at Illinois Valley Community College.

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

 

Members Absent:
James A. Narczewski
Kristine A. Paul

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

 

CLOSED SESSION
It was moved by Mr. Lansford and seconded by Mr. Simko to convene a closed session to discuss 1) collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives and 2) 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. Wilcoxson, Mr. Phalen, Mrs. Endress, Mr. Lansford, and Mrs. Sweeden "Nays"– none, motion carried.

 

On a motion by Mrs. Endress, seconded by Mr. Phalen, and carried unanimously, the regular meeting resumed.

 

CAMPUS UPDATE - FACILITIES
Larry Rousey, Director of Facilities, reported on the campus construction and renovation projects that have been completed, in progress, and in the planning stages.

 

CONSENT AGENDA
It was moved by Mr. Phalen and seconded by Mrs. Endress to approve the consent agenda including the following items:

Minutes of the January 11 and January 19, 2005 Board Meetings.

Approval of Bills in the Education Fund - $709,678.91; Operation and Maintenance Fund - $107,509.26; Operation & Maintenance Fund (Restricted) - $264,913.11; Auxiliary Fund - $202,699.72; Restricted Fund - $105,883.09; Liability, Protection & Settlement Fund - $16,951.95.

Treasurer’s Report

Personnel

New Faculty Position
Recommendation: Approve the new full-time faculty position of Biology instructor assigned to the Division of Natural Sciences and Business.

Faculty Appointment
Recommendation: Approve the appointment of Catherine A. Christensen as the Nursing instructor assigned to the Division of Health Professions, with placement on the salary schedule at step C-8 at an annual salary of $43,638 (prorated).

Reduction in Force
Recommendation: Authorize the College to officially notify the Sheridan Correctional Center instructional and academic support staff (Colleen Aeppli, Ken Carothers, Bruce Markwalter, Pamela Masterson, Keith Stevenson, Steve Swett, and James Swisher) of the Reduction in Force.

 

Bid Request

Nursing Program Expansion Renovations
Recommendation: Authorize the Business Office to seek bids for the remodeling of Rooms B208, B209, and B210 at an estimated cost of $112,000 and also to seek bids for instructional equipment at an estimated cost of $73,000 for the Nursing Program Expansion.

 

Bid Approval

Extron Room Control Systems
Recommendation: Authorize the Business Office to accept the bid of $27,998.19 from Klaus Companies, Peoria, IL for the Extron Room Control Systems.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Renewal

Recommendation: Authorize the Business Office to accept the renewal quote from Hartford Insurance Company in the amount of $133,293 effective February 1, 2005 to February 1, 2006.

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

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Dr. Goodnow reported that IVCC’s LPN 2004 pass rate score was 100% for the NCLEX Examination compared to the State average score of 92% and the National average score of 89%.

IVCC’s RN 2004 pass rate score was 86% compared to the State average score of 87% and the National average score of 85%. An accreditation visit completed by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation on January 28 had the following results: On a score of 1-5 (1-lowest and 5-highest) the Auto program scored 4.9 in instruction; 4.8 in equipment; 4.8 in facilities; and 4.5 in instructional staff. Dr. Goodnow commended Dan O’Connor and Art Koudelka, automotive professors, on their outstanding efforts. Dr. Goodnow also reported on IVCC’s Loan Default Rates. The Department of Education preliminary reports indicate the rate dropped to 5.8%, down from last year’s rate of 7.6%. IVCC’s default rate in 1993 was 21.2%. This is an all-time low default rate for IVCC. Dr. Goodnow and Mrs. Endress attended the Community College National Legislative Summit in Washington, DC and requested support for Carl Perkins Funding, DOL Nursing Grant, Adult Education, Literacy, TRIO and Title III grants. On February 21, Dr. Goodnow and Ms. Calvetti attended an Illinois Budget Hearing in Morris. Dr. Goodnow spoke on behalf of the College on the concerns with the reductions in the Governor’s budget. The IVCC Foundation is hosting an Irish Night on March 19th at the Knight’s of Columbus in Ottawa. Durley Boyle will be the Grand Marshal. A special thanks to Walt Zukowski for sponsoring the evening’s entertainment and Dominick Demonica, IVCC’s architect, for the title sponsor. Dr. Goodnow also acknowledged Cathy Bangert and her committee for compiling the information for the first Fact Book. One of IVCC’s institutional goals is to use data in the decision-making process at the College. Dr. Goodnow appreciates the time and effort that went into putting this book together.

 

TRUSTEE’S REPORT
Mrs. Paula Endress thanked the Board for the opportunity to represent IVCC at the National Legislative Summit in Washington, DC. The first day was spent in briefings on President Bush’s proposed budget on community colleges. Two areas of concern: 1) Carl Perkins Funding in which President Bush is proposing to totally eliminate - $17.2 million for Illinois and $170,000 for IVCC and 2) minimize Pell Grant cuts – 957 students receive Pell Grants at IVCC – a little over $2 million. Twelve hundred community colleges were represented at the summit and each college from Illinois was represented. Mrs. Endress was very impressed with informational packets prepared by Mike Monaghan and Kim Villanueva of ICCTA and Valery Calvetti and Jeanne Hayden. Mrs. Endress attended sessions on Board retreats and received handouts and a sample report card of what trustees should obtain from retreats. On Tuesday morning, First Lady, Laura Bush, spoke on K-12 and "No Child Left Behind". On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Goodnow and Mrs. Endress met with aids of Senators Durbin and Obama and Representatives Hastert and Evans. They personally met with Representative Manzullo. On Wednesday morning they met with Representative Weller who has been instrumental in obtaining technology funds for IVCC. The main purpose for Mrs. Endress to take three vacation days from her work to attend this summit was to lobby for the over $1 million Department of Labor grant for the nursing program. A luncheon was held with Senator Obama present. Mrs. Endress felt it was a privilege to meet him in such a small group setting. She personally thanked Dr. Goodnow in attending this summit in light of her recent issues. Mrs. Endress stated that she has received comments from other community college presidents and Board members in Springfield on how fortunate IVCC is to have such a qualified leader as Dr. Goodnow.

Andy Simko submitted his monthly student organization update. He reported it was thicker than normal and believes the organizations have been tremendously active due to the fine student body and the exceptional leadership of the organizations. Mrs. Sweeden praised Andy Simko in his encouragement of student involvement and in representing the student body in such a fine manner.

 

TENURE RECOMMENDATIONS
It was moved by Mr. Lansford and seconded by Mr. Wilcoxson to approve the tenure status of Jean Batson-Turner, Human Services professor in the Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences division.

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

It was moved by Mrs. Endress and seconded by Mr. Wilcoxson to approve the tenure status of Lori Cinotte, English/Journalism professor in the Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences division.

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

It was moved by Mr. Lansford and seconded by Mr. Simko to approve the tenure status of Tara Coburn, English professor in the Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences division.

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

 

FY06 BUDGET
It was moved by Mr. Phalen and seconded by Mr. Lansford to approve the Resolution to Designate a Fiscal Year (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006)

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

It was moved by Mr. Simko and seconded by Mrs. Endress to approve the FY06 Budget Calendar.

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

It was moved by Mr. Lansford and seconded by Mrs. Endress to approve the Resolution to Designate a Person(s) to Prepare a Tentative Budget.

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

 

CLUB FUSION VOLLEYBALL PARTNERSHIP
It was moved by Mr. Phalen and seconded by Mr. Simko to authorize the College to enter into a partnership with Club Fusion Volleyball as presented.

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

 

CLOSED SESSION
It was moved by Mr. Simko and seconded by Mrs. Endress to convene a closed session to discuss 1) imminent litigation; 2) the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body and 3) review of minutes of the January 19, 2005 Closed Session meeting.

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

On a motion by Mr. Simko, seconded by Mrs. Endress, and carried unanimously, the regular meeting resumed.

 

CLOSED SESSION MINUTES
It was moved by Mr. Lansford and seconded by Mrs. Endress to approve and release the minutes of the January 19, 2005 Closed Session meeting.

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

EXELON NEGOTIATIONS
It was moved by Mr. Phalen and seconded by Mr. Simko to authorize Dr. Jean Goodnow to proceed with negotiations for the Exelon agreement as discussed in closed session.

OTHER
The Board discussed possible dates for the Board Retreat in April. First choice was Saturday, April 30 and second choice Saturday, April 23. Jeanne Hayden will check Gary Davis’ availability on those dates as facilitator. If Mr. Davis is not available, two other choices were Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27. Mrs. Sweeden asked each Board member to submit agenda ideas for the retreat by the next Board meeting, March 16, 2005.

Mrs. Sweeden stated that Dr. Goodnow would send out her self-evaluation to the Board along with the Board evaluation form the first week in March. Mrs. Sweeden asked each Board member to complete the evaluation form and send it to her by March 10. She will compile the results and discuss the evaluation in Closed Session at the March Board meeting. Mr. Phalen and Mrs. Sweeden will then meet with Dr. Goodnow the last week in March.

ADJOURNMENT
It was moved by Mr. Lansford, seconded by Mrs. Endress, and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 p.m.