August Board Meeting Report
The Illinois Valley Community College board of trustees
Thursday approved a $36,369,266 fiscal 2011 budget following a public hearing.
Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl
Roelfsema said the budget ensures quality education, fiscal responsibility,
builds reserves for the Community Technology Center, supports initiatives such
as the new Ottawa Center and balances the operating budget but for the transfer
to building reserves.
The Operating Funds (which include Education and Operations
& Maintenance), are balanced having increased by 5.7 percent over fiscal
2010 to a total of $21,219,321.
In other business, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran reported
IVCC’s Ottawa Center has launched successfully. Corcoran said about 100 people
attended the Aug. 9 Grand Opening, over 165 attended the Aug. 10 Business After
Hours and about 300 attended the Aug. 12 Open House.
“All activities related to
unveiling the Center went very well,” said Corcoran. “(Ottawa Center Administrator)
Sue Isermann has
reported that students and faculty are very upbeat and appreciative of the
facility. Overall, this has been a great experience.”
Ottawa Center is at more than 70 percent capacity with 371
students enrolled and a third of those students have never taken an IVCC course
before, said Isermann, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The board also
- Extension of the lease
with Central Illinois Trucks Leasing for two 2005 Volvo cabs and two
trailers for one year at $3,637.24 per month.
- The purchase of 240 tons of rock salt from
Cargill Incorporated Salt Division through the Illinois Department of Central
Management Services at $58 per ton for a total of $13,958.
- Transfers from the auxiliary enterprises bookstore
fund to support athletics ($185,000) and childcare ($7,000).
- Seeking bids for an online academic catalog at
an estimated two-year cost of $40,000.
- Renewal of all insurance coverage with the same
carriers at a total cost of $327,308.
- Termination of contracts with four instructors
assigned to the NECA-IBEW Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program
of Local 176 after the program shut down July 31.
- The appointment of Scot L. Allen as Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) instructor and program coordinator. Allen has a bachelor’s
from the University of Illinois and 20 years of paramedic experience as the EMS
manager for Illinois College of Emergency Physicians in Downers Grove and the
Richton Park and Monee fire departments.
- An open house for the newly renovated biology
lab at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. The board will have its monthly meeting at
6:30 p.m. that evening.
The board learned:
- Diane Scoma, an operations professional in IVCC’s
Continuing Education program, has been hired as a counselor for Project
Success. Scoma is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago
(masters in educational administration), Northern Illinois University and IVCC.
- Drew McConville, a graduate of Suffolk
University in Boston, Western Illinois University and IVCC, has been hired as
research analyst. He was a legislative aide in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts House of Representatives and a research assistant at Suffolk.
- Jenna Stinson, a graduate of Columbia College of
Chicago’s technical theater program, has been hired as theatre technical