KC Board Approves College’s 2020 Fiscal Year Budget

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, August 26, 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).

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the College’s fiscal year 2020 budget that is balanced and projects an excess in revenues over expenditures for the year.

Most importantly, the $48 million dollar total budget reflects a decrease in its tax levies for the second consecutive year, while maintaining a strong fiscal base.

College President George Evans said it’s important that taxpayers know the College is being fiscally responsible with its dollars, at the same time providing the resources necessary to provide students with the quality education they expect from KC.

“Student success is Kaskaskia College’s highest priority, and we are diligent in achieving this goal. At the same time we take our stewardship of public funds very seriously. Through careful planning and preparation we are able to develop new programs and initiatives to improve enrollment, address a number of needed maintenance projects and technology upgrades.”

The Board approved engaging Poettker Construction of Breese to provide professional construction management services for the College. Poettker will oversee the several of the College’s planned Protection, Health & Safety projects, as well as work with the institution on planning for future facility improvement projects. Evans said “This was a very competitive process and many companies provided very informative and detailed presentations. We are very pleased with this direction.”

Trustees also approved a number of personnel moves:

Maria Zimmerman of Carlyle was hired as a full-time payroll specialist.

Tiffany Hixenbaugh of Central City was hired a full-time institutional research support specialist.

The Board accepted the resignation of Jordan Coffey as Coordinator of Career Services and Student Engagement.

Shara Smtih of Vandalia was hired as full-time Education Center Coordinator for the Vandalia and Greenville Education Centers.

The Board also approved the restructuring the positions of enrollment specialist and grant accountant to full time.

In other action Monday evening Trustees:

Authorized WRF Engineers, Inc. to proceed with professional services in upcoming heating and cooling systems on the main campus.

Awarded a bid from Heartsmart of Milford, Connecticut to replace the College’s automated external defibrillators on the main campus and education centers.

Renewed the College’s Microsoft Campus Agreement which allows the College to provide the latest version of licensed Microsoft products, CDWG, Inc. of Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Authorized President Evans to enter into an agreement with Affordable Gas & Electric, LLC to broker the purchase of electricity and natural gas for the College.

Declared a list of surplus equipment as “no longer needed for College purposes”, authorizing the college administration to dispose of the equipment in accordance with college policy.

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