KC Board Approves New Hires & EIU Agreements

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The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, July 22, 2019, for its regular monthly meeting. Board members include Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Louis Kalert (Centralia) and Student Trustee Justin Huff (Dix).

Trustees approved the employment of three new faculty members who will start this fall. Dr. Stacy Smith was hired as an Assistant Professor of Music with a Woodwind Emphasis to the College’s growing Music program. Dr. Smith brings more than seven years’ experience teaching music at the college level. In her request to the board, Vice President of Instructional Services, Dr. Ashley Becker noted that Smith expressed a number of wonderful ideas about expanding the College’s music ensembles to include chamber music, as well as a desire to add summer music camps and specialized seminars and workshops for area woodwind players.

The Board also hired Michael Geiger as Assistant Professor of Engineering/Physics/Math. In addition to teaching some Math courses at KC, Geiger will oversee the College’s Engineering Club, the partnership between KC and SIUE, and work with the Engineering Advisory Board. Geiger is very familiar with these partnerships as he is a graduate of KC’s pre-engineering program. He will also work closely with Engineering Professor Erich Hofelich in preparation to take over for Hofelich who will be retiring at the end of the spring semester. Geiger also brings six years engineering experience to KC as he currently serves as an engineer for Boeing’s Defense, Space, and Security Division.

Also hired Monday evening was Tim Wight as the College’s Art Program Coordinator. In addition to teaching art classes, Wight will assist the College in developing and reinvigorating KC’s Art program.

In other personnel moves the Board:

Approved a two percent salary increase for full-time faculty union employees

Approved the employment of Alyssa Fox as full-time Enrollment Specialist

Hired Laura Finley as Coordinator of Custodial Services

Hired Wayne Arnold as full-time Maintenance Specialist

Accepted the resignation of Construction Occupations Instructor Michael D. Kuhl

Approved creating a coordinator position for the Vandalia and Greenville Education Centers.

The Board of Trustees also approved four articulation agreements with Eastern Illinois University that allows KC graduates to complete their baccalaureate degree at EIU. The agreements allow KC students completing an Associate in Fine Arts in Music to seamlessly transfer to Eastern to complete their coursework in the Bachelor in Arts in Music or the Bachelors in Music Teacher Licensure Option for instrumental or vocal concentration. The fourth agreement allows Associate Degree in Nursing graduates to transfer to EIU to complete coursework for their Bachelors in Nursing.

In other action Monday evening the Board reviewed the College’s tentative fiscal year 2020 budget. The $26 million dollar budget is balanced and even projects a small excess of revenue over expenditures. Kaskaskia College remains fiscally sound and continues to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money with the College representing a decrease in its tax rate for the second consecutive year. The budget will be on display for public review in the Office of the Vice President of Administrative Services for 30 days. Trustees will act on the budget at their August board meeting. Also on Monday evening the Board authorized the College’s Chief Financial Officer to transfer investment earnings from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund in Fiscal Year 2020.

In other Board Action:

Approved the renewal of employee health and dental insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield

Approved a bid from Baer Heating & Cooling, Inc. of Trenton to replace a rooftop heating and cooling unit at the Kaskaskia College Agricultural Education Center

Approved renewing the software maintenance agreement with Ellucian, Inc. for the College’s student information system

Approved a resolution in support of extending the life of the Okawville Tax Increment Financing District from 23 to 35 years

In his report to the Board, KC President George Evans said he is pleased with the progress shown in repair work at the Nashville Education Center.

Upcoming events and activities at KC:

Kaskaskia College will host a special fall registration day at the main campus and all education centers on Saturday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

KC’s fall semester will get underway on Monday, August 19

The College will host an open house on Monday, August 12 at the Trenton Education Center from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm to showcase its new electrical wiring lab.

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