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March 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 Wednesday, March 16, 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
James A. Narczewski
Kristine A. Paul
David L. Wilcoxson
Andy Simko, Student Trustee

 

Members Absent:
Jimmie D. Lansford

 

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

 

AMEND AGENDA
It was moved by Mr. Simko and seconded by Mrs. Paul to amend the agenda by deleting Closed Session items 1) collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives and 2) imminent litigation and agenda item # 12 – Sheridan Correctional Center Contract.

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

 

CAMPUS UPDATE – IVCC GOALS 2004-2005
Dr. Goodnow, Dr. Custer and Ms. Jamie Gahm reviewed the goals for 2004-2005 and brought the Board up-to-date on what has been accomplished. A synopsis of the action projects was presented and the action projects that have been completed were identified.

 

CONSENT AGENDA
It was moved by Mr. Wilcoxson and seconded by Mr. Narczewski to extract the Treasurer’s Report from the consent agenda.

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

It was moved by Mrs. Endress and seconded by Mr. Simko to amend the agenda and place the Treasurer’s Report immediately following the consent agenda.

Mrs. Endress requested Mr. Wilcoxson’s name be removed from her Trustee’s report in the February 22, 2005 Board meeting minutes.

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

It was moved by Mr. Narczewski and seconded by Mrs. Paul to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2005 with one correction - remove Mr. Wilcoxson’s name from the last sentence in the Trustee’s Report.

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

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

Approval of Bills in the Education Fund - $791,010.82; Operation and Maintenance Fund - $150,845.75; Operation & Maintenance Fund (Restricted) - $102,201.64; Bond & Interest Fund - $1,265,400.00; Auxiliary Fund - $217,262.16; Restricted Fund - $143,434.34; Liability, Protection & Settlement Fund - $6,577.57.

 

Personnel

Staff Appointment
Recommendation: Approve the appointment of Loar C. Wells, Director of Student Support Services at an annual salary of $47,000.

Staff Resignation
Recommendation: Accept with regret the resignation of Peggy Blair, Program Coordinator at the Sheridan Correctional Center, effective March 15, 2005.

 

Bid Approval

Elevator Installations
Recommendation: Authorize the Business Office to accept the bid of $163,700 from Vanguard Contractors of Pekin, IL as the lowest, responsible bid for the Elevator Installations in Buildings A and E. Also approve a contingency of $1,300 and the A/E professional fees of $15,000. The total amount for this project is $180,000.

Multi-Media/AV Equipment
Authorize the Business Office to accept the bid of $25,450.00 from CDW-G of Vernon Hills, IL; $13,692.90 from Valiant MC of South Hackensack, NJ; $1,798.00 from Curriculum Productions of Churchville, PA; $525.00 from Electronic Supply of LaSalle, IL as the lowest, responsible bids for the Multi-Media/AV Equipment. The total amount for this equipment is $41,465.90.

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

 

TREASURER’S REPORT
Mr. Wilcoxson stated that in January he noticed that the tuition and fees revenues were flat and the salaries were up. Again this month he has noticed that salaries have increased more than 9 % and tuition and fees have not increased more than 1 percent. He stated the Board has not approved any additional salary increases at this point and the College has not had any large enrollment increase or there would be an increase in the tuition. He would like a report explaining the salary increases. Mr. Wilcoxson is concerned where the College is going to end up financially at the end of the fiscal year. In response to Mr. Wilcoxson’s request, Mr. Corcoran stated he will be giving a financial update at the April Board meeting after the bid results for the expansion of the nursing program have been submitted. This will give the Board a better picture of where the College will be ending up financially at the end of the fiscal year. In response to the approximate $710,000 in additional salaries, Mr. Corcoran proceeded to explain - $280,000 due to the general increase in salaries plus the ½ % for the schedule adjustment; $140,000 for overload; $100,000 for additional faculty at Sheridan; $75,000 for five individuals who received increases due to participating in the voluntary local retirement plan; $44,000 for the added Dean’s position in the Student Services area; $25,000 for the increase in the minimum wage for student workers and an increase in the number of student workers; $48,000 (prorated) for the addition of two faculty positions – foreign lab instructor and English instructor and the addition of a new counselor. These are all approximate numbers but add up to the approximate $710,000 in additional salaries this year. A more detailed report will be included in the financial report at the April Board meeting.

It was moved by Mr. Narczewski and seconded by Mr. Wilcoxson to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented.

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

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Dr. Goodnow reported that the Automotive Technology Program at Illinois Valley Community College received a $5,127.94 grant to purchase automotive air conditioning tools and equipment. She congratulated Cherie Monterastelli on being awarded the 2004 Meritorious Service Award by the American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools. Dr. Goodnow also congratulated Larry Ault for being awarded the 2005 Faculty Excellence Award at IVCC. She reported that IVCC has been tentatively approved for the Critical Skills Grant: $56,000 for Warehousing Program; $32,550 for the Welding Lab; $25,000 for the GED Bridge Programs and $106,250 for Manufacturing. IVCC’s Small Business Development Center is celebrating their 20th Anniversary. The Center provides free business counseling services and one-on-one assistance to over 3,000 clients needing comprehensive business plans, business management, marketing assistance, analysis of business readiness financial preparedness and referral. The IVCC Student Criminal Justice Association will present "Trendy Drugs of Abuse" on Friday, March 18. The speaker will be Trinka Porrata, retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 25 years of service. IVCC and ISU will be offering the Project Management Training certificate program for the first time in the Illinois Valley area. ISU’s Project Management Training is usually available only on the ISU campus or in larger metropolitan areas. A nursing scholarship honoring the memory of the late Julie Taliani of Dalzell has been established. Julie, a 1989 graduate of IVCC’s nursing program, died Nov. 3 following a five-month battle with cancer. In less than four months following her death, $6,700 has been raised for the IVCC Foundation scholarship. Irish Night sponsored by the IVCC Foundation will be held Saturday, March 19th at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus.

 

TRUSTEE’S REPORT
Mr. Simko introduced his brother, Matt, who is seeking the position of Student Trustee for the 2005-2006 academic year in the upcoming student election. Included in Mr. Simko’s monthly report on student organizations was information on the March ICCB-SAC meetings in Lisle. Mr. Simko participated in roundtable discussions on the concerns with the GED testing program. A bill has been introduced for the Illinois Community College Board to take over the responsibilities of the GED testing program to eliminate the issues associated with this program. Mrs. Paul commended Mr. Simko on being a very active Student Trustee and expressed her appreciation for all his hard work.

Mr. Wilcoxson also commented on the GED testing program and how it could be improved if the community colleges assumed the responsibility. The Education committee’s topic this month was home schooling. Mr. Wilcoxson reported that home schooling is a good program and the students do well on national spelling bees and national geographic bees. By the time children who are home schooled become college age, the parents feel they are well prepared to deal with academic, moral and religious issues. The success rate of these students at community colleges indicates they are well prepared. Mr. Wilcoxson reported there was no increase in the ICCTA dues this year but probably would be a small increase next year. He also reported that ICCTA has good reserves. Lobby Day is May 4th. The June meeting will be held in Chicago and will include a new trustee orientation. The topic for the June meeting will be physical plant and security issues.

 

BOARD POLICY MANUAL – SECTION 2000
It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mr. Simko to approve the recommended changes to Board Policies 2018, 2027, and 2028 as presented.

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

 

CONFERRING OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
It was moved by Mr. Simko and seconded by Mrs. Endress to authorize the conferring of the degrees on the March 2005 graduates as presented.

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

CLOSED SESSION
It was moved by Mrs. Paul and seconded by Mrs. Endress to convene a closed session to discuss 1) the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body and 2) review of minutes of the February 22, 2005 Closed Session meeting and 3) 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. Phalen, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Endress, Mr. Narczewski, Mr. Wilcoxson, 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. Simko and seconded by Mrs. Paul to approve and retain the minutes of the February 22, 2005 Closed Session meeting.

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

 

ADJOURNMENT
It was moved by Mrs. Endress, seconded by Mr. Phalen, and carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:52 p.m.