The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, June 24, 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 instructors for two of the College’s newest programs that are starting this fall. Mark Litteken was hired as the Assistant Professor of the Resident/Commercial Electrical Technician program. A licensed electrician and electrical inspector, Litteken brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the program, which will operate at the College’s Trenton Education Center. The board also approved the employment of Kristina Rickhoff as Assistant Professor of Health Information Technology for KC’s new HIT program. The new program will be completely starting this fall.
The board also approved the hiring of a temporary full-time art instructor. After the retirement of Diana Hansen in 2016, the college had not replaced the position due to the state budget impasse. Recently the college has reinstated classes using adjunct instructors and has seen enrollment growth in the program. The position will allow the administration to gather further data about the program and its direction at KC over the next two academic years.
A request to reclassify the Women’s Basketball Coaching position as a full-time position and the women’s softball position as part-time was approved. This will allow Blue Angels basketball Coach Jay Jenkins to have more contact with student-athletes on a day to day basis. In addition, Coach Jenkins will provide staffing at the College’s Fitness Center, as well as leading athletic academic student table and grade check processes including monitoring and enforcing student compliance, and facilitating student success strategies.
In other personnel decisions the Board of Trustees:
Approved two point five percent salary increases for non-faculty employees.
Approved the employment of Marsha Baro as Assistant Professor of Nursing.
Promoted Bruce Fischer as Director of Institutional Effectiveness.
Reclassified Financial Aid Specialist Sarah Ratermann and Enrollment Specialist Tabatha Thomas from 30 hours to 40 hours, as well as Information Technology Support Technician Matthew Taylor from 20 to 40 hours.
Hired Staci Palm of Centralia as an Academic Advisor.
Reclassified Student Recruitment Specialist Fran Windler as Coordinator of Student Outreach and Athlete Engagement.
Approved a salary adjustment for Director of Student Accounts Nancy Mattson to reflect additional duties Mattson has assumed in her new position.
In other action on Monday evening, the Board:
Approved the renewal of student-athlete accident insurance with First Agency of Kalamazoo, Michigan for $48,006 and with NJCAA Mutual of Omaha Catastrophic Coverage for $7,538 for the 2019-20 school year.
Approved a resolution to place the College’s tentative 2020 fiscal year budget will be on display for public review from July 24 through August 23. Members of the public can review the budget Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. except on (Friday, July 26), in the office of the Vice President of Administrative Services. A public hearing on the budget will be held prior to the College’s regular board meeting on Monday, August 26 at 6:15 p.m.
Voted to keep closed session minutes from January 28, 2019; February 25, 2019; March 25, 2019; April 22, 2019; and April 29, 2019 confidential as the need for confidentiality still exists for all or part of the minutes from those meetings.
Voted to destroy audio recordings from closed session minutes from June 26, 2017; August 5, 2017; August 28, 2017; and October 23, 2017.