2006 tax levy set at $4 million
Accepted the 2006 tax levy, payable in 2007, which represents a 3.57 percent increase over last year. Because the increase is less than 5 percent, no Truth in Taxation hearing is required. The total levied amount for Corporate / Special Purpose and Debt Service is estimated at $4,036,412.
Audit report for FY 2006 accepted
Accepted the Fiscal Year 2006 audit prepared by the firm of Clifton, Gunderson LLP of Springfield, which audits approximately 20 community colleges and private educational institutions. According to college information, there was a net increase of $243,468 in assets for the year. The college ran close to its projections, and the cash position of the college improved by $400,000. There were no audit findings and about $250,000 was added to fund balances. According to Mike Hilliary of the auditing firm, "It was still a good year for the college, with a $243,000 increase in net assets." According to Vice President of Finance and Administration Bob Carlock, "Everyone is getting their money's worth here."
New programs, courses approved
Approved two new programs, Computer Programming and Webmaster, as well as several new courses and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The classes are: Health – Stress Management; Physical Education – Advanced Ballroom Dancing, Dance Performance, Gymnastic Performance and Selected Physical Education Topics; and Webmaster – HTML Basics, Designing Accessible Web Sites, Photoshop I, Adobe Illustrator I, Cascading Style Sheets, and Macromedia Fireworks.
Policies, procedures approved re:
Extended hours schedule for certain departments, the college's Risk Management Plan, stipends, class fees and job descriptions.
In other business, the board ...
• Appointed Vice President of Finance and Administration Bob Carlock and Controller Angie Kistner as representatives of the RLC Board Secretary for purposes of accepting nominating petitions for candidates for the Board of Trustees.
• Approved the use of federal per diem rates as established by the General Services Administration for the period of Oct. 1, 2006, through Sept. 30, 2007.
Two equipment bids, two project bids authorized
The board granted permission for the college administration to seek bids on the following:
• The purchase of the Quantum DS-3 Radiology System with a 50-kilowatt generator for the new Radiology lab. The approximate cost is $70,000 for the equipment to start up the program for the first year. It will be funded through the Perkins Grant and institutional funds.
• The purchase of 100 lockers for the new addition to The Hitting Zone, estimated at $15,000.
• Resurfacing of the west road from the concrete intersection near the Applied Science Center to the county line road, with ratification by the board next month.
• Surfacing of the parking lot at the Independence One-Room Schoolhouse with ratification by the board next month.
Swan to help coordinate Aquatics, Fitness Centers
Appointed Lisa Swan as the Assistant to the Coordinator of the Aquatics and Fitness Centers effective Oct. 16. Swan has been a Fitness Center Lab Assistant at RLC since 1999.
Resignation accepted with regret
Accepted with regret the resignation of Craig Zinzilieta as Assistant Cooperative Education and Employment Specialist effective Oct. 10.
Approval to hire coordinator at BMRCC
Granted approval to interview and hire a College Coordinator for Big Muddy River Correctional Center with board ratification at a later time.
Mark your calendars ...
• Rend Lake College Foundation Scholarship Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
• Rend Lake College Foundation Annual Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.