February 2012 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community College will close its Early Childhood Education
Center at the end of the spring semester in May.
That was the recommendation at Tuesday night’s board meeting from two trustees
and Early Childhood Education program coordinator Diane Christianson and her
supervisor, Marianne Dzik, Dean of English, Mathematics and Education.
Construction of the Peter Miller Community Technology Center necessitated the
razing of the ECE’s current east campus site this summer. IVCC has been working
with La Salle Elementary School District and other nonprofit agencies on the La
Salle CARES project and La Salle Elementary offered IVCC the use of Jackson
School this summer as a temporary location.
However, a survey of 18 IVCC ECE parents conducted the week of Jan. 30 found
only three parents willing to use the Jackson site.
Trustee Larry Huffman, who, along with trustee Melissa Olivero, was asked by
the board to work with college administrators to investigate alternative ECE
locations. La Salle CARES was a result of the group’s work with La Salle
Elementary and the other agencies.
“I feel it is important for IVCC to remain a collaborative partner in the La
Salle Cares initiative because the combined efforts of all the partners have
the potential to achieve greater results in providing quality early childhood
education,” said Huffman.
“The short-term disappointment of having to discontinue the ECE Center at the
end of this semester should not dissuade us from pursuing longer-term goals for
expanding and enhancing early childhood education opportunities in the area,”
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran agreed, saying, “This does not diminish our
enthusiasm for La Salle CARES and we will continue to support it both publicly
The IVCC board will formally act on the recommendation March 20.
In other business, Corcoran updated trustees on construction activity on
the $30.5 million CTC project.
trailers have arrived and temporary fencing is in place,” Corcoran said. “Over
the next few weeks, the contractor (George Sollitt of Woodale) will be
constructing the new entranceway near admissions that will open by April 5.”
Work on the
geothermal field – a project expected to take two months – will begin the week
of March 5.
Also in his
report to the board, Corcoran said he has attended three events since Jan. 19
featuring Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
“One message was consistently clear: Lt. Gov. Simon is convinced community
colleges must play an even greater role in preparing students to enter the
workforce,” he said.
Simon’s report of her visits to all 48 community colleges, “Focus on the
Finish,” encourages community colleges to shift their focus from access to
completion, Corcoran said. Currently, 41 percent of the working-aged
individuals in the state have a college degree. Simon wants that figure
increased to 60 percent by 2025.
The board also
proposals for auditing services. Gordon, Stockman & Waugh P.C. has been the
college auditor since 2006.
proposals for bank depository and services for the operating account. The
college’s agreement with Peru Federal Savings Bank expires June 30.
one-year extension on the lease of nine copiers from Illinois Valley Business
Equipment of Peru.
of the fiscal year as July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013; the designation of IVCC
President Jerry Corcoran as the district officer to prepare the tentative
budget; the budget calendar; and the board of trustees budget.
retirement of anatomy and physiology instructor Greg Oseland effective June 30.
Oseland began his IVCC career as a life science lab instructor in 1981 and in
1982 began a 30-year career as an A&P and general biology II instructor. He
was the assistant men’s basketball coach under Dean Riley from 1981 to 1985
before serving as head women’s coach from 1986 to 1992.
$8.25 tuition increase from $76.13 to $84.38 per credit hour beginning this
summer. Trustees also approved increasing fees for 154 courses, reducing fees
for 55 courses, adding fees for 10 new courses, adding fees to two existing
courses, and tuition for two new truck driver training courses.
intergovernmental agreement with the City of Peru for a TIF negotiated between
the two parties. Each year, the city will pay IVCC 4.6 percent of the real
estate increment created by the TIF, except for the Holiday Inn Express Hotel
parcel owned by Peru Hotel Group, LLC. IVCC will receive 5.75 percent of the
real estate increment generated by that parcel.
proposals for a wind turbine project consultant. The college’s objective is to
provide a competitive means in which to select a single qualified provider.
iFiber services agreement for community anchor institutions between iFiber,
IVCC and Illinois Fiber Resources Group with annual connection fees of $7,200
for main campus and $7,200 for Ottawa Center. In 2010, Northern Illinois
University and partners including the La Salle County Broadband Initiative
secured federal grant dollars for a 900-mile fiber-optic network throughout
fund transfer agreement between the college and the IVCC Foundation.