November 2012 Board Report
Valley Community College board adopted an $11.5 million tax levy Tuesday that
will result in an estimated total tax rate of .3584, an increase of 1.7 percent
“This is due to
a decrease in EAV, not because of a higher tax levy,” said Cheryl Roelfsema,
Vice President for Business Services and Finance. A schedule was presented
which showed that the college’s tax rate has decreased by approximately 25
percent over the last 10 years.
tax extensions for tax year 2012 are up $16,888 over 2011 but $122,865 less
than 2010. IVCC anticipates a 1.5 percent decline in assessed valuation for an
estimated EAV of $3,085,804,367.
IVCC will submit the levy to the county clerks at the end of December. With an
increase of less than five percent over 2011, it will not require public notice
or a public hearing, Roelfsema said.
Jerry Corcoran updated trustees on Peter Miller Community Technology Center
construction saying the plan is to have the center fully enclosed and heated
within a week. Corcoran added the geothermal field and detention pond have been
seeded, trees have been planted and stone cropping installation is complete.
installation and the composite facade installation will begin in about one
week. On the second floor, mechanical, electrical and plumbing work continues
and east-end drywall is 65 percent complete. The new maintenance building
concrete floor, stoops and approach have been poured and three walls of the last
addition are in place.
remains on schedule,” said Corcoran, “everything is going well.”
In other action,
the board approved:
resignation of English and Writing Center instructor Tara Ptasnik effective at
the end of the fall semester. Ptasnik has accepted a position at Madison
College in Madison, Wis.
resignation of Robert Mattson, director of institutional research and the
hiring of nursing instructor Samantha Whiteaker, a former staff nurse at OSF
St. Joseph Medical Centers in Bloomington and Pontiac and the former Ottawa
three-and-a-half-year agreement with Sauk Valley Community College to continue
providing truck driver training, a service IVCC has offered at Sauk since 2006.
In addition, the board approved a truck driver training advanced proficiency
certificate that will allow graduates to bring enhanced skills to employers.
health insurance proposal effective fall 2013 that will require student
athletes to carry primary insurance, which may include a parent’s insurance.
IVCC will cover up to a $1,000 deductible and a maximum 20 percent after the
proposal from Total Administrative Services Corp. of Madison, Wis., for
flexible spending accounts for the plan year beginning Jan. 1. The college sought
bids after Aflac informed IVCC they would no longer administer those types of
plans. A total of 27 employees use the college-sponsored medical savings
account and one employee uses the dependent care reimbursement account.
resolution recommending the filing of a complaint to the La Salle County Board
of Review regarding La Salle Nuclear Power Station’s $488,250, 000 assessment
for tax year 2012.
The board also
- The fall voter
registration drive registered 224 voters. Drive organizer Mike Phillips
recognized Joanne Jalley, Sherri Popurella, Kathy Sramek, Tracy Morris, Sue
Mertel, and the local Tea Party group coordinated by Jim Jarka for working the
drive. Since 2002, the college has registered 2,300 voters.
Horror Stories,” a new book available from Amazon.com for Kindle and soon
available in hard copy, was written by IVCC receptionist Carey Burns with
illustrations by cashier Jill Hejl.
- Ali Braboy of Dalzell has had her abstract submission
chosen for a roundtable discussion of the topic “Reopen the Book to Fantasy
Worlds” at the Sigma Kappa Delta national conference in Portland this spring.
Childhood Education instructor Diane Christianson and psychology instructor
Jill Urban-Bollis presented a workshop at last month’s meeting of the Illinois
Community College Faculty Association on “Education Candidate Dispositions:
Assessing Professional Dispositions and Behaviors in Career Programs.”
instructor Mark Brown recently participated in a program at Heartland Community
College in celebration of National Novel Writing month. Brown read from his
short story “The Iron Door.” He also participated in a radio show entitled
Poets' Voices which airs on Peoria station WAZU, 90.7 FM.
Isermann has been reappointed to the NCI Works Board, a testament to her
expertise and contributions to the workforce development community. She will
also be a panel presenter at an Illinois Community College Board forum and will
discuss how she and her team applied quality improvement principles to achieve
greater equity and access within IVCC’s wind technology program.
total of 42 individuals participated in last month’s Continuing Education
department “Road Scholar Program” entitled “Exploring Central Illinois on the
River.” Highlights included presentations on river ecology, Native
American culture and a program by “Save Our American Raptors.”
fall play, “The Snow Queen,” written and directed by Dr. David Kuester, played
three sell-out performances last Saturday at the Hegeler Carus Mansion.
participating in the Area Career Center’s CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial
Opportunities) program heard the “Value of Higher Education” presentation in
the board room Nov. 15.