Special Ed Teaching Degree approved
Approved a new Associate in Arts Teaching Degree in Special Education and 15 new unrelated courses and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for action. Individuals planning to teach in high school or elementary school would be able to obtain an AAT Degree in Special Education through RLC but then must pass the Enhanced Test of Basic Skills for program completion. Courses to be approved by the ICCB: A Biology course, Field Biology Costa Rica; an Information Technology Systems course, Network implementation; Culinary Arts classes in Professional Pastry Principles and Exploring Wines; Introduction to Technical Theatre, and Physical Education courses, including Swimming III, Weight Training I and Weight Conditioning II, Latin Dancing I and II, Water Aerobics II and III and Arthritis Aquatics Plus I, II and Deep Water.
Tuition moves to $65 for Fall Semester 06
Approved an increase in the in-district tuition rate from $62 per credit hour to $65 per credit hour beginning with Fall Semester 2006. The increase is necessary, according to administrative rationale provided, “in order to meet the 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 . . . 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.”
In a related move, Trustees established the tuition rate for three Truck Driver Training courses at $500 per credit hour 2006-07. The program cost is $3,500, which represents a $500 increase.
Garrett Keck elected Student Trustee
Garrett Keck of Benton was elected as the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees, to be seated at the April 11 meeting. He defeated Travis Zettler of Sesser in the election conducted on-campus February 28 and March 1.
Bids sought: running track, kitchen equipment
Granted permission to advertise for bids for two projects on-campus . . .
• Construction of a 400-meter Running Track. The facility will be utilized by the college track teams as well as area Junior and Senior High Schools for practices, home meets and state competition. Oates Associates estimates probable costs at $599,200.
• Culinary Arts Kitchen Equipment, estimated at $95,000. The college is proposing renovation of an existing facility to accommodate anticipated future growth. The renovation will create a second kitchen, with this one designed more as a demonstration kitchen than the current production kitchen. The proposed facility also would double as a Baking and Pastries kitchen. This project will be funded through a Perkins Grant for approximately $50,000, with any remaining costs coming from local funds.
Bid accepted for security cameras
Accepted the bid of $97,110.55 for a Panasonic Security Camera System from Anixter of St. Louis. The project will be funded through Tort Liability Funds. Seven bids were received, the lowest of which (also from Anixter) was rejected because it did not meet bid specifications.
Final Statements approved for PHS Projects
Approved submission of the Statement of Final Construction Compliance on Protection, Health and Safety Projects for the Emergency Power Distribution Systems Improvements, Theatre Roof Replacement, Building Locks and Security Devices – Phase I. Approvals and signatures are required by the Illinois Community College Board for PHS Projects completed in 2005.
Agreement approved with Lewis & Clark
Approved a new Cooperative Agreement with Lewis and Clark Community College which allows students in one district to take programs at another college if the sending college does not offer that program. Under the agreement, Rend Lake College will continue to accept Lewis and Clark students in Truck Driver Training. Lewis and Clark agrees to accept students from the RLC district in the Associate in Applied Science program of Process Operations Technology.
Enrollment down slightly from previous records
Official Tenth Day Enrollment figures presented for Spring 2006 indicate a 1.7 percent decrease from the previous year – 30,292 credit hours generated, down from 30,813 – but any comparisons are to all-time record highs the last two fiscal years (Spring 2004 and Fall 2004. The current total is more than 1,000 credit hours higher than at any time prior to the 2003-04 academic year. Spring Tenth Day Headcount – in which full-time and part-time students are counted as equals – was reported at 3,638, a 4.6 percent decrease from last year’s all-time high of 3,815.
Tenure granted to four members of faculty
Granted tenure to four members of the full-time faculty . . .
• Larry Sidwell, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Accounting. Sidwell, who retired in 2002 as a full-time professor and then taught part-time one year before returning in a newly created position as Professor Emeritus, is completing his third year in that capacity. His tenure will be effective August 21.
• Leslie Hodge, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Coordinator/ Training Center Instructor in the Allied Health Division. She is completing her third year as a faculty member in the Cycle Training / CPR / Department of Corrections program.
• Kay Shaw, Math Instructor in the Math / Science / Education Division. She was a part-time employee of the college for many years before joining the staff full-time in 2003.
• Rodney Summers, Truck Driver Training Instructor. He is responsible for providing training on the Ina campus.
College seeks Heavy Equipment Instructor
Granted permission to create the position of Heavy Equipment Technology Instructor and advertise to fill the full-time, tenure-track position. According to administrative rationale provided, “Rend Lake College has been invited in join in partnership with Fabick Caterpillar, a Caterpillar franchise dealer, to train heavy equipment technicians for their dealerships as well as other dealerships in the area. This will require the addition of a faculty position to oversee the development of curriculum, recruitment of students and interaction with both Fabick Caterpillar and Caterpillar, Inc. as well as to serve as an instructor in the program.”
Probationary contracts for two instructors
Granted one-semester probationary contracts to two nontenured Allied Health Instructors for the period August 21-December 14, 2006. Affected by this decision are:
• Georgia Lambert, Practical Nursing Instructor
• Abby Hampton, Practical Nursing Instructor
By delaying tenure recommendations, college administrators will have the opportunity to further evaluate both instructors.
Medical leave approved for Sami Kern
Approved an eight-week unpaid medical leave of absence for Sami Kern, effective February 17. The leave of absence will allow her to retain her position as Computer Technology Instructor at Big Muddy River Correctional Center. The request already has been approved by School District #428 (Department of Corrections). Kern exhausted all sick time and accrued vacation time before going on unpaid status..
Resignations accepted from two employees
Because the Board did not meet in February due to lack of a quorum, Trustees belatedly accepted with regret the resignations of two full-time employees . . .
• Tad Anglin, Education Technology Specialist, as of January 27.
• Shannon Vincent, Cosmetology Instructor at Studio RLC Paul Mitchell Partner School, effective February 10.
In other routine business matters . . .
Approved revisions to Administrative Procedures regarding:
• Stipends, adding $4,000 for new positions as Women’s Cross-Country Head Coach and Women’s Track and Field Head Coach and $2,000 for an assistant coach in both sports.
• Travel Reimbursement – Part-Time Employees, which states: “Part-time employees will not be reimbursed for mileage associated with travel costs to and/or from either their home site or to and/or from their primary work location.” Any exceptions must be approved by both the Vice President of Instruction and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.