RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR $1.1 MILLION IN BONDS, TAX LEVY
Authorized a resolution providing for the issuance of general obligation community college bonds in the amount of $1.1 million and the levying of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds. Proceeds from the sale of the bond series will be used to fund three previously approved projects: construction of a track and field facility on-campus; purchase of a tract of land located adjacent to the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, and purchase of The Hitting Zone complex from the Rend Lake College Foundation.
SIX ADDED TO TENURE ROLLS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION
Approved revisions to Administrative Procedure 3.8 regarding Tenure by eliminating seven names and adding those of six others. New instructors added include Daphne Mitchell and Erin Florian (both in Cosmetology), Melissa McClement-Engler (Art), Loughton Smith (Culinary Arts), Elizabeth Bailey-Smith (Speech) and Caroline Ragan (Biology).
FALL FEES INCREASED FOR M.L.T. AND O.T.A. PROGRAMS
Approved revisions to the Administrative Procedure dealing with Fees. The majority of classes in the Medical Lab Technology and the Occupational Therapy Assistant programs operated by the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) had lab fees increased from $100 to $150 or $200, effective Fall 2006.
CARLOCK AUTHORIZED RE: INSURANCE RESERVE FUNDS
Approved a resolution authorizing Robert P. Carlock, Vice President of Finance and Administration, to complete all necessary transactions relating to the investment of Insurance Reserve funds with Wealth Management Securities Services. This action was needed due to a change in ownership of the corporation managing the college’s Insurance Reserve funds.
PROCUREMENT CONSORTIUM COULD BENEFIT REND LAKE COLLEGE
Authorized the college’s participation in the Illinois Community College System Procurement Consortium (ICCSPC). This new group purchasing system program was developed to allow participating community colleges to take advantage of greater purchasing power. However, “all purchasing decisions will continue to be under the jurisdiction of the local boards and will be consistent with applicable state requirements,” according to administrative rationale provided. “The administration feels that participation in this program could allow us to realize significant savings while allowing us to continue to do business with many of our local vendors.”
STUDIO RLC PAUL MITCHELL SCHOOL HAS GRADUATED 56, WITH 39 ENROLLED
Director Cindy Hoard and Learning Leader Advisor Daphne Mitchell provided Trustees with an overview of Studio RLC, the Paul Mitchell Partner School which provides cosmetology training for Rend Lake College students and serves the public at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. It is, in Hoard’s opinion, “the best program in Southern Illinois.” Since November 2004 – a year after the program started – 56 students have grad-uated. Of 45 graduates who have taken State Boards, 44 passed successfully, with the lone exception missing by one point. There are 39 students currently enrolled (capacity, 70). Services rendered to the public brought in $58,148.77 in 2004, compared to $72,603.12 in 2005, an increase of $14,454.35. A new Cosme-tology Instructor program is scheduled to begin January 30.
JOSHUA DEJARNETTE HIRED AS HELP DESK TECHNICIAN
Appointed Joshua DeJarnette as the Help Desk Technician on a 50-week, nontenure-track contract, effective January 23. DeJarnette has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has worked in Application Development / Technical Support for Pepsi MidAmerica since February 2003. Prior to that, he was employed two years as a Service Access Representative for Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. There were 40 applicants for the position.
BRADLEY HELM NAMED TEMPORARY COMPUTER SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR
Appointed Bradley Helm as a Temporary Full-Time Computer Science Instructor for Spring 2006, effective January 9. He has been a Computer Systems Analyst / Consultant and has worked for Richardson Brothers, Inc. since graduating from SIU-Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1993. Helm also was employed by Utilimap Corporation during the past year and has worked previously for Kendrick Paper Stock Company (11 years), Midwestern Transit Services (four years) and Continental General Tire.
RESIGNATION ACCEPTED FROM CO-OP'S MARK CLARK
Accepted with regret the resignation of Mark Clark from his position as Cooperative Education and Employment Services Specialist, effective January 2. Clark joined the full-time staff in April 2000.
BONUS COMPENSATION AWARDED WIA'S PAULA MYERS
Approved issuance of a bonus compensation check representing 3 per cent of her gross wages to Paula Myers, Workforce Investment Act coordinator. The bonus is comparable to salary increases awarded previously to other college staff. Her salary must be authorized by Man-Tra-Con Corporation.
TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT SET AT 44.5 CENTS / MILE
Approved the 2006 travel reimbursement rate at $.44 1/2 per mile, effective January 1, as required by the Internal Revenue Service. This represents a decrease in the standard mileage rate from the previous figure of $.48 1/2.
NEW CO-OP PROGRAM WITH CONTINENTAL TIRE
Received information of a new program Rend Lake College has entered into with Continental Tire, Mt. Vernon Plant regarding students in the Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree program. Eligible and selected students will be determined to participate after their first year in the program, with Continental Tire agreeing to pay for the second year of tuition, lab fees and required textbooks if the co-op student, after obtaining his or her degree, will agree to work as a Continental Tire Mechanical Technician or Electrical Technician for at least 18 months following graduation. Co-op students must agree to participate in Saturday and Sunday work with the Continental Tire Maintenance Department to further enhance their skills training through on-the-job training (OJT). The co-op student may be allowed to volunteer to work other or additional OJT hours (not to interfere or hinder RLC classes) with the Maintenance Department. Co-op students performing this OJT will be paid an hourly rate of $13.25 per hour. The cooperative agreement, noted RLC President Mark S. Kern, “gives (Professor) Chris Nielsen a really good recruiting tool when he goes into high schools to talk with potential students.”