August 2014 Board Report
The Illinois Valley Community College board Thursday gave
final approval to its fiscal 2015 budget following a public hearing.
The budget projects operating revenue of $21.5 million,
down $187,404 from the previous year including a 1.2 percent drop in EAV. It
will be balanced by not filling 11 full- and part-time positions and a nearly
12 percent decrease in utility expenses due to low rates, among other factors.
budget, which includes $2 million for ongoing construction, contains $36.1
million in revenues – a 13 percent decrease – and $38.5 million in expenditures
– an 11 percent decrease.
business, 52 of IVCC’s 82 faculty union Local 1810 members attended to
demonstrate support for a new contract agreement prior to classes beginning
In a prepared statement, union President Mike Phillips
said, “We are here because we are concerned that we may begin the semester
without an agreement on our contract. Our relationship with the administration
and board has been and remains both positive and productive, and we are looking
forward to returning to the classroom and our students on Monday.
“It is our hope the board will grant its team the
authority necessary to bring negotiations to a prompt and successful
conclusion, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. My team and I will remain available
during the closed session in the event you have any questions for us,” said
In other action, the board approved:
coverage renewals for property, liability, commercial auto, workers’
compensation and more for a total of $317,172. All lines will be rebid next
year for coverage beginning Sept. 1, 2015.
advertising contracts for fiscal 2015 with Key Outdoor of La Salle for $29,250.
- The hiring of
Emily Lesman as a developmental mathematics instructor. Lesman earned her
bachelor’s from Olivet Nazarene University and her master’s in adult education
from the University of Phoenix.
- Accepted the
resignation of Amy Smith, institutional research director, effective Aug. 7.
- Change of
status from full-time to part-time for Chris Warren, adult education literacy
specialist, due to a reduction in funding for Adult Education.
- The $26,800
bid of Shearer Tree Service of Ottawa for removal of 45 dead Ash trees across
- The hiring of
an additional security officer through G4S to staff the information desk at an
hourly rate of $18.46 for 20 hours per week. There will now be a security
officer at the desk from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In other business, the board learned:
- Ian Reddy,
collection development and access librarian will resign effective Aug. 22 and
financial aid administrative assistant Melissa McBride resigned effective July
31. Reddy will be replaced by Rebekah Dean.
- Custodian Nick
Lower resigned effective July 23 and lead academic support technologist Angie
Hartman resigned effective Aug. 7.
- The Business
Office has again earned the Government Finance Officers Association Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for fiscal 2013.
- In his report,
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said bid documents for the ADA parking lot near
the front of the Peter Miller Community Technology Center and resurfacing of
Lot 1 are being finalized by engineers at Chamlin and Associates.
- The Continuing
Education Center recently completed another successful summer offering for
children age 5 to 14, primarily in fine arts and STEM-related courses. Overall,
the CEC served 490 students including 85 in the Outdoor Ed’Venture Day Camp.
“We believe our investment in these programs pay dividends as some of these
students’ make IVCC their first choice for college,” said Corcoran.