Rend Lake College Board of Trustees -- May 7, 2013, Meeting Highlights

New board member Manning seated, board officers selected
Newly elected board member Larry Manning took his seat on the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees Tuesday evening. Manning, 57, of Belle Rive, owns and operates a 3,000-acre family farm with his brother and son, Paul and Steven Manning. He has been on the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board for 15 years and served more than 16 years on the Bluford Grade School Board.

Manning replaces outgoing board member Marvin Scott, who opted not to seek reelection after 35 years on the board. Scott was honored with engraved pocketknife and a plaque commemorating his years of service.

Outgoing Board Chair Bryan Drew noted that Scott first came on the board in 1978, when Drew was three years old. "That tells you how long he has been involved with this college," Drew said of Scott. "I can promise you nobody loves this college more than Mr. Scott. He knows this place backward and forward." Drew said it had been an honor to serve with Scott.

Scott himself had few words as he officially left the RLC Board of Trustees. "I think you all know how I feel. It's been a great time, and we're going to miss it."

The board elected its officers Tuesday night: Ed Cunningham, Chair; Randy Rubenacker, Vice Chair; and John Kabat, Secretary. In addition, Rick Marlow was named the board's Illinois Community College Trustee Association Representative; Angie Kistner, Vice President of Finance and Administration, was named board Treasurer; and Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson and Barke of Carbondale were named board attorneys.

No public input at bond hearing
Conducted a public hearing on the intent to sell $1,905,000 in working cash fund bonds for the purpose of increasing the working cash fund of the college, during which no questions were asked. The board then approved moving forward with the bonds, which will not increase the levy on the district's taxpayers.

Board approves agreements with SIC
The board approved two inter-district agreements for educational cooperation with Southeastern Illinois College. One is set up to allow RLC to provide required coal miner training to residents of the Southeastern Illinois College district who are employed at White Oak Resources in McLeansboro. The other provides a basis for SIC and RLC to train and offer credential-bearing (certificate and degree) programs as well as custom safety training in Oil and Natural Gas Technician as a cooperative venture.

PHS project changes approved
The board granted permission to make a reduction in scope of work on Protection, Health and Safety Levy projects for Fiscal Year 2013. The college still is pursuing the reroofing of the RLC Foundation Children's Center and upgrades to the HVAC controls at the RLC MarketPlace, but would prefer not to replace an air handling unit in the Science Building or replace cooling coils in the air handling units in the gymnasium. According to administrative rationale, since these projects were submitted in October 2011, there have been some repairs to the air handling units and changes in priorities have occurred in other areas of the campus.

In a related action, the board granted permission to submit to the Illinois Community College Board a PHS Levy application to replace the exterior metal halide lighting on campus parking lots with LED lighting and granted permission to bid pending ICCB approval.

Men's wrestling program suspended
Granted permission to suspend the men's wrestling program effective immediately. The action was based on a lack of state funding and tuition reimbursement; the small number of Illinois community colleges which have wrestling programs, requiring RLC's team to travel and compete with four-year universities; and the fact that wrestling is a high-risk insurance sport. No student-athletes have been recruited for the team for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Featherstone joins IT Department
Appointed James Featherstone as Report Writer effective May 16. He will graduate next week from Rend Lake College with an IT Systems Specialist Associate in Applied Science Degree.

College to seek Business Office / HR Specialist
Granted permission to create the position, approve the job description and advertise for the position of Business Office / Human Resources Specialist. According to administrative rationale, the new position is required due to the increased record-keeping duties which will be associated with the documentation of employment status for all hires and monitoring of time records to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, the position will allow for greater cross-training and adequate coverage of all areas of the business office. Due to the recent implementation of the new Enterprise Resource Planning system, proper cross-training has been limited.

Two transfers approved
The board authorized the transfer of two employees effective May 8:

  • Lora Phillips from Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Career Technical Instruction to Administrative Assistant for Community and Corporate Education. This transfer is needed due to the increased workload in CCCE, which now oversees several educational programs in addition to the functions it historically has had, such as Community Education offerings, cooperative education, job placement, Truck Driver Training, the Institute for Lifelong Learning and others. Phillips already has a productive working relationship with Dean Lori Ragland and will be an asset to the department.
  • Chelsea Zettler from Administrative Assistant for the Physical Plant to Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness. This move is needed due to the transfers of Lora Phillips and Gina Schenk away from the Vice Presidents’ offices in the Administration Building. Zettler will be available to assist students and staff who have business in the Administration Building, and the move addresses continuing needs stemming from the adoption of the new ERP system

Liberal Arts Division's Cross to retire in 2015
Accepted with regret the retirement resignation of Cathy Cross, Administrative Assistant for the Liberal Arts Division, effective June 30, 2015. Cross has been with the college for nearly 30 years, having been employed with the Liberal Arts Division since Dec. 5, 1983.

"Rend Lake College is a truly wonderful place to work and I am quite honored to have had the opportunity to be associated with it for so many years," Cross wrote in her retirement letter. "I have really enjoyed my career at RLC, and in the famous words of Bob Hope I would like to say, 'Thanks for the memories.'"

Mining Tech's Colombo moving on
Accepted with regret the resignation of David Colombo, Mining Technology Associate Professor, effective June 30. "I appreciate the opportunity to work at the college and am proud of all we have accomplished in the mining technology program," Colombo wrote in his resignation letter. "Thank you for your support and friendship over the past six years."

In other business, the board ...

  • Approved a new course in the Culinary Arts area, American Regional Cuisines, and authorized its submission to the Illinois Community College Board for approval. Additionally, changes to the Culinary Arts and Culinary Arts Management – Baking and Pastry Arts certificates were approved and authorized for submission to ICCB. Both involved a small change in the total credit hours required for completion.
  • The board granted permission to advertise for bids for pavement sealing and striping on the main campus in Ina and at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.
  • Approved revisions to board policy regarding the limit of hours for part-time employees (first reading) and insurance (first reading).
  • Created board policy and procedure concerning volunteer staff (first reading) and social media (first reading).
  • Approved revisions to board procedure concerning fees.

Mark your calendars …

  • Student Appreciation Days, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8.
  • Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, RLC Gymnasium.
  • Commencement, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, RLC Gymnasium.
  • GED Graduation, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, RLC Theatre.
  • LPN Pinning, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, RLC Theatre.

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