July 2012 Board Report
The Illinois Valley Community
College board Tuesday approved a tentative $47.2 million budget for fiscal 2013
– including $12.5 million in state funding for the new Peter Miller Community
Those capital dollars, representing a quarter of the total budget, help account
for a 16 percent hike in revenues and a 17 percent increase in expenditures
over fiscal 2012.
“Without the CTC project, the budget would contain $34.7 million in revenues –
a 2.7 percent decrease – and $36.3 million in expenditures – a .8 percent
decrease from 2012,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
“The deficit budget is the result
of not levying for tort expenditures but using existing fund balances and using
auxiliary enterprise fund balances to cover a one-time expenditure for
converting our current administrative software system to a Microsoft operating
environment,” said Corcoran.
“What’s important to me is during challenging
economic times we are able to present an operating budget that is balanced
except for the one-time IT expenditure. And this is despite the fact we are
projecting only 12.2 percent – versus the standard one-third – of our operating
fund revenues coming from the state,” he said.
Operating revenues total $20.5
million compared to last year’s $22 million, a decrease of more than $1.4
million or 6.7 percent. Operating expenditures are $20.9 million compared to
$22 million in 2012, a decrease of over $1 million or 5 percent.
For the time being, eleven
full-time positions will not be filled.
“Our focus from this point forward will be on
providing only mission-critical services until the state economy turns around,”
The board will vote on final
approval of the budget Aug. 21 following a public hearing.
In other action, trustees approved
purchase of a key training piece for the Community Technology Center’s HVAC
certificate programs that will be paid for by the CTC capital campaign.
The $147,500 Hampden Home
Efficiency Auditor Training Facility will be used to train HVAC technicians in
new techniques in weatherization and prepare them for certification as
residential energy auditors. The facility consists of a self-contained, small-scale
building that will be placed in the CTC before the walls are constructed.
“This is a phenomenal piece of
equipment and is one of the first enhancements to the Peter Miller Community
Technology Center due to the extraordinary ($1 million) donation from the
Miller Group Charitable Trust,” said Corcoran.
The board also approved:
- Renewal of the student athletic and catastrophic student athletic
insurance coverage at a cost of $35,237.
- The resignation of sociology/anthropology instructor Christine Dove.
Dove was the advisor for the Swingin’ Eagles and co-advisor of IV
Sustainability, as well as being involved with the Diversity Team. She
presented numerous professional development workshops and co-led the successful
Green Expo. Dove will begin a full-time position at Durham Technical Community
College in North Carolina Aug. 8.
- The appointment of Carmen Hartford as anatomy and physiology instructor
to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Greg Oseland. Hartford, who
has a master’s in biology from Saint Joseph College in Hartford, Conn., and
bachelor’s in biology and finance from Illinois State University, has worked
part-time as IVCC’s biology lab instructor.
- The appointment of Shane Lange as automotive technology instructor and
program coordinator to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Dan
O’Connor. Lange earned his teaching license from the University of
Tennessee-Martin, his bachelor’s in automotive technology from Southern
Illinois University and his A.A.S. in automotive technology from IVCC.
- The hiring of American Digital Corporation to update microcode, firmware
and AIX operating system on the Colleague system hardware for a cost not to
exceed $10,000. The updates are required for compatibility with the U.S.
Department of Education Federal Student Aid EDconnect system and will allow
IVCC to securely exchange batch data with the Federal Student Aid Application
- The approval of two AAS degrees in welding production and welding
construction technology that resulted from input received from local industry
representatives on the program’s advisory committee.
- Placing the medical coding and medical transcription certificate
programs on inactive status effective Dec. 20 due to unsustainable enrollments
and a lack of employment opportunities.
- Inactivation of school technology coordinator, basic teacher technology
and advanced teacher technology certificates effective Aug. 31 based on low
enrollments and lack of employment opportunities.
The board learned Julie Milota of
Tonica, a former player at IVCC and Southern Illinois University, has been
hired as the volunteer women’s tennis coach.