July 2017 Board Report
The state budget that survived a veto from
Gov. Bruce Rauner last week will bring financial assurances to Illinois Valley
Community College after more than two years of uncertainty, IVCC President
Jerry Corcoran told the board Thursday.
“What I'm most pleased with is it brings
stability and predictability to the picture by providing supplemental funding
as we close out last fiscal year – including our commitment to assist
MAP-eligible students,” Corcoran said.
“And although this year’s appropriation is
down 10 percent across the board for all colleges and universities, we will
plan accordingly based on what we know, versus being left hanging in the surreal
world of the unknown, which has been the case for the last 700-plus days,” he
Corcoran credited the college community
for remaining optimistic throughout the prolonged stalemate.
“Our students, faculty, staff and board
have all handled this unfortunate problem well, without anyone overreacting to
a very difficult situation. Similar to what one of IVCC’s state representatives
Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) said when
commenting on why he voted for the budget, I too believe this is what we needed
to turn things around and help stabilize enrollment,” Corcoran said.
The college expects to be reimbursed for
MAP payments it fronted to students in 2016-17 including $307,706.92 for the
fall semester alone.
In other business, the board approved a
tentative 2018 budget totaling over $31 million. Revenue for all funds is
$31,208,559, a 5.1 percent decrease from 2017 and expenditures are $31,850,619,
a 5.1 percent decrease.
Operating budget revenue is $21,354,944, a
3.1 percent decrease from the previous year. Expenditures are $21,431,044, a
3.8 percent decrease. To balance operating funds, there will be a transfer of
$87,000 from auxiliary funds for IT infrastructure.
Trustees also approved naming an open
“pre-function” area near the Cultural Centre and a pair of adjacent conference
rooms for donor and alumnus Ralph Scriba of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.
Scriba’s recent $50,000 donation for agriculture scholarships and instructional
equipment put his total donations at $250,000 since he began giving to IVCC in
2013. Scriba graduated from IVCC predecessor La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior
College in 1951 and was inducted into the IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame in 2015.
“With the most recent donation, Mr. Scriba qualifies for a new level of
recognition based on the naming rights policy,” said Corcoran.
The pre-function area and CTC124 and 125 will be named “The Ralph Scriba
Conference Center.” A formal naming ceremony is planned for the fall
Trustees also approved:
- The appointment of
Bonnie Campbell as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs until Deborah
Anderson returns. Campbell is the Associate Vice President for Academic
- The appointment of
nursing instructor Maddalena Alfano, a part-time instructor in the program and
a former clinical education, clinical educator scholar and RN at St. Francis
Medical Center in Peoria.
intergovernmental agreement to continue allowing Lake Land College of Mattoon
to provide classes at Sheridan Correctional Center which lies in IVCC’s
intergovernmental agreement with the city of Streator for two new TIF
- The renewal from
Guarantee Trust Life for student athletic insurance with 1st Agency
for $35,460 and the renewal from Axis Insurance for student athletic
catastrophic insurance from Ramza Insurance Group for $3,251.
- The printing of an
enrollment driver magazine by United Graphics of Mattoon for $10,430. The
magazine will be mailed to approximately 29,000 district residents in November
and April to spur enrollment.
- The final year of
a five-year contract with Blackboard for $76,384. The contract includes
Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) software, managed hosting and
- Seeking proposals
for a website content management system (CMS). “Our web presence is the most
important tool we have to reinforce our brand and is the gateway for many
community members,” said Corcoran. “With approximately 3.9 million page views
in the last year, creating a positive, dynamic site is essential to building
our brand and serving our constituents.”
The board also learned:
- Diane Lane has
been appointed administrative systems lead for the IT department. Lane, a
graduate of IVCC and ISU, has been a programmer/analyst at IVCC since 2013 and
was a former project leader at State Farm.
- Part-time English
and writing tutors Zachariah and Kelsey Forkner will both resign this summer.
In addition, library technician Jayna Leipart Guttilla will resign July 20.
- A total of 17 LPN
graduates will be pinned at a 5 p.m. Monday, July 24 ceremony in the gym.