Fiscal Year 2010 audit accepted
Accepted the Fiscal Year 2010 audit, which was completed by Clifton, Gunderson LLP of Springfield. No material weaknesses or significant deficiencies were found, according to Mike Hilary of Clifton, Gunderson. Bob Carlock, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration for RLC, commended the work of the employees of the business office.
Bond hearing held
Held a public hearing on the proposal to sell $2,250,000 in working cash bonds. This move will increase the college's working cash fund but will not increase the district's tax levy. No public comment was made. In a related action, Chapman and Cutler LLP was retained as bond counsel and First Midstate Inc. was retained as bond underwriter.
2010 tax levy approved
Adopted the 2010 tax levy (payable 2011). The amount of the corporate and special purpose tax levy is not greater than 105 percent of the prior year's levy, so there is no requirement to publish a notice of tax increase and conduct a Truth in Taxation hearing. The corporate and special purpose levy was determined to be $2,978,012, a 3.72 percent increase over last year.
Three new employees join RLC
• Employed Bria Robinson as Radiologic Technology / Computed Tomography Instructor effective Jan. 3. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and has served as an adjunct instructor at RLC since 2008.
• Employed Tara Hargraves as Upward Bound Project Advisor effective Nov. 1. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University and most recently was employed by Southern Illinois Regional Social Services.
• Employed Rhonda Allen as Records Specialist effective Nov. 1. She earned an Associate in Arts Degree in Information Processing from Frontier Community College and most recently worked for Frey Produce.
Tenure for Liberal Arts' Ervin
Granted tenure to English Instructor Joe Ervin, who will now hold the title of Associate Professor. According to his supervisor, Liberal Arts Division Chair Henry "Buster" Leeck, Ervin "has repeatedly proven his dedication to Rend Lake College and his students." Leeck said Ervin is supportive not only of his students but also of the college and its mission. He has served on several committees, currently coaches the RLC College Bowl team and teaches courses for the Institute of Lifelong Learning.
"Joe is always up to the challenge of advancing himself for the good of his students. Joe's positive attitude is contagious to those around him," Leeck said.
New position created, applicants sought
Created the position of Database Administrator, approved the job description and granted permission to advertise the position. Additional personnel are required to improve the structure and integrity of the college's information system and make progress on accomplishing the institution's strategic goals and objectives.
Bids sought for dynamometer
Granted permission to advertise for bids for a DC-Chassis Dynamometer 1250 with eddy brake and related accessories for the Automotive Technology lab. The estimated cost of the equipment is $26,000 plus a 10 percent contingency; the project will be paid through the Perkins grant.
Welding lab equipment bid approved
Accepted the bid of $66,535 from Clean Air America Inc. of Rome, Ga., for equipment needed to renovate the welding lab, contingent upon approval of the Department of Labor. The project will be paid with Department of Labor grant funds. The equipment includes six dual booths, one single booth, 13 extra LED lights, 13 12-inch risers and 13 welding panels with curtains.
Lighting upgrades get go-ahead
Granted permission to submit to the Illinois Community College Board the Protection, Health and Safety application for lighting upgrades to the pedestrian walking and bicycle path. The project also was authorized to be let for bids upon ICCB approval.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved revisions to board procedure concerning job descriptions.
• Approved revisions to board policy and procedure regarding community use of college facilities, fund-raising activities and computation of athletic camp pay rates (all first readings).
• Approved revisions to board policy concerning the tenured / tenure-track faculty and staff seniority list effective Nov. 9 (first reading).
Mark your calendars …
• Visiting Artist Series: Billie Brannan, continues through Thursday, Oct. 14, RLC Theatre Lobby.
• Visiting Artist Series: Carman Gray, Friday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Nov. 26, RLC Theatre Lobby.
• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, Rend Lake Resort.
• High School Counselors Conference, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29.
• RLC Fall Play, "The Three Musketeers," 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, through Saturday, Nov. 6; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, RLC Theatre.
• RLC Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, RLC Theatre.
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
• RLC Madrigal Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, RLC Theatre.