Tuition increased to $62 / credit hour for Fall
Approved an increase in the in-district tuition rate from $57 per credit hour to $62 beginning with Fall Semester 2005. According to administrative rationale provided, the recommendation to increase tuition was necessary . . . “in order to meet forecasted budgetary needs of the college in light of the fact the college is expecting to receive level amounts of funding from state sources and to maintain non-deficit spending.” “In addition to the level state funding, the college also will be impacted by the recent Property Tax Relief Act which will reduce the district-wide assessed valuation upon which the college will be able to tax for operational purposes. This increase will allow the college to remain competitive with our peer group schools and will allow us to maintain our stature as one of the most affordable community colleges in the state.”
RLC President Mark S. Kern informed the Board, “All of the Southern Illinois (community) colleges are going to be just about the same“ next year in terms of tuition rates. Rend Lake College will receive less state funding in Fiscal Year 2005 than it did in FY2002, Kern said, “and we had a substantial growth of students in that time.” The Property Tax Relief Act is expected to cost the college approximately $80,000. The only way the college has of making up for such losses, Kern added, is by means of tuition rate increases, using profit from auxiliary operations and/or a reduction in staffing costs.
Out-of-state and out-of-country rates for all other credit instruction will be at $150 per credit hour to help cover all costs. The out-of-district tuition rate will be set at a later date.
‘Inventory Management’ course approved
Approved a new Business course in “Inventory Management” (BUSI 2209) and authorized its submission to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for action. The course emphasizes inventory control and addresses such topics as purchasing, forecasting merchandise assortments, supplier relations, pricing and vendor services.
RLC to accept Lewis & Clark Truck Drivers
Approved a new Interdistrict Cooperative Agreement between Rend Lake College and Lewis and Clark Community College, located in Godfrey, which allows RLC to continue accepting students from the Lewis and Clark District into the Truck Driver Training program.
Bids for stage thrust, kitchen equipment
Permission was granted to seek bids . . .
• To repair the Theatre stage thrust, which has been inoperable the past year due to hydraulic malfunctions. The repair work is estimated to cost $50,500 and will be funded through Institutional Funds.
• To purchase additional Culinary Arts equipment, estimated at a cost of $36,000 to be purchased through Perkins Funds.
Student Board Member election notice
Approved the Notice of Election for the Student Board Member, in accordance with the Illinois Public Community College Act. The newly elected Student Representative will serve a one-year term beginning with the April Board meeting. Petitions and other necessary paper work is available from the Student Services Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Petitions may be filed between Wednesday, February 9, and Friday, February 18. The election on-campus is March 1-2.
Final Construction Compliance submitted
Approved submission of the Statement of Final Construction Compliance on Protection, Health and Safety Projects for the Site Lighting Improvements and Early Notification Warning System Projects, as required by ICCB.
Revisions to Administrative Procedures
In other routine business-related matters, the Board approved revisions to Administrative Procedures regarding . . .
• Business and Non-Instructional matters, Procedures 7.1 through 7.19.
• Stipends, adding new ones for a Coordinator for the Society for Success and Leadership and Theatre-Scene Designer.
Network Specialists Swarms, McKown hired
Appointed two Network Specialists on 50-week, nontenure-track contracts to fill openings in the Information Technology Department . . .
• Brandon Swarms will begin working at the college March 21. He currently is serving as Configuration Management Engineer for Symantec Corporation, where he has worked since July 2003. Prior to that, he was a Senior Network Administrator for Live Capital, Inc. from 2000-2003 and a Systems Administrator as a Graduate Assistant at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale for two years. Swarms earned both his Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Business and Administration Degree from SIUC.
• Kent McKown is scheduled to start February 14. He has worked in the computer field since 1993, most recently as a Computer/Network Technician for CTS Wired for two years. McKown also has experience as a Network/Help Desk Technician for the Franklin/Williamson Regional Office of Education and in three different positions – Behavior Safety Facilitator, LAN Administrator/Data Processing and Computer Operator – for Peyton’s Mid-South.
O’Neill all business at Big Muddy River C.C.
Appointed Bonnie O’Neill as Business Management Instructor at Big Muddy River Correctional Center, contingent upon approval by the Illinois Department of Corrections. This is a full-time, contract-funded, nontenure-track position. O’Neill received both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Workforce Education and Development from SIUC after graduating with an Associate in Arts Degree from Rend Lake College. She worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Carbondale as a Human Resource Generalist from 1989-2004 and as a Graduate Assistant at SIUC during the past year.
PCC Construction Occupations under Marks
Named Dan Marks as Construction Occupations Instructor at Pinckneyville Correctional Center, contingent upon approval by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Marks has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. John’s University. He has been a self-employed building contractor since 2002. Prior to that, he was Corporate Bulk Freight Manager for Marion Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. for two years and was a Product Representative for United Homecraft, Inc.
Tenure for two: Linsin and Kelli Lewis
Granted tenure, effective August 22, upon the recommendation of their immediate supervisors and Vice President of Instruction Jim Hull, to two faculty members . . .
• Graphic Design Instructor Jennifer Tarantino Linsin, who is completing her fourth year as a full-time faculty member. She joined the staff in 2000, splitting time between the Graphic Design program and her role as Marketing Assistant.
• Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Kelli Lewis, who is completing her third year as a full-time faculty member after teaching for the college on a part-time basis for several years. She initially taught Practical Nursing classes for the division.
Helverson retiring; Dudley, Tedeschi leaving
Accepted resignations from three full-time employees . . .
• Custodian Carl M. Helverson, for the purpose of retiring effective April 30. Helverson worked for one of the construction crews when the college campus was first built, then worked as a college custodian for a few years before leaving and returning to his current position in 1985. He has been working at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon most recently.
• Cosmetology Director/Instructor Kenita Dudley, effective June 30. Dudley helped start the Studio RLC Paul Mitchell Partner School in 2003.
• Police Officer Lori Ann Tedeschi, effective February 8. Her resignation is due to family responsibilities.
Kilgore transfers to Shipping/Receiving
Approved of the transfer of Charles Kilgore from Custodian to the position of Shipping/Receiving Clerk, effective January 16, following the retirement of Mike Sevenski.
Special RLC events coming up
Trustees were made aware of upcoming events . . .
• Homecoming is Thursday, February 24, during and after the women and men’s basketball games against Wabash Valley. Game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
• “Taste of Rend Lake College” and the “Students for Students Art Auction,” a combined effort by the Culinary Arts program and the Art League, is scheduled Thursday, April 7, in the Great Room at Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.