Safety Officers Sworn In Among Other KC Board Action

Kaskaskia College swore in the three officers for its police for at its Board of Trustees Meeting Monday night. Pictured (L to R) President George Evans, Officer Brian Atchison, Officer Eric Wagner, Officer Shanon Neiber, Director of Public Safety Jeff Brown and Board Chairman Bill Hawley.

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, October 28, 2019, for its regular monthly meeting. Board members include Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Louis Kalert (Centralia) and Student Trustee Justin Huff (Dix).

The three officers of the newly formed Kaskaskia College police force were officially sworn in by KC Board Chairman Bill Hawley. Brian Atchison of Centralia and Shanon Neiber and Eric Wagner of Vandalia bring nearly eighty years of law enforcement experience to the college.

The officers join Director of Public Safety Jeff Brown, a retired Bond County Sheriff with more than 25 years’ experience. Brown and his officers will provide safety and security to KC students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus. Kaskaskia College Department of Public Safety is very pleased to bring aboard three very experienced police officers. With an over 80 years of combined service, these professionals will be focused on protecting those who work at KC and our student population. These officers will have full police powers to assist them in executing their mission.” said Brown. KC President George Evans is pleased to have the officers on board. ‘This is the last piece of the process for this institution and our progress towards a police force,” said Evans. “I am excited for the higher level of security that we can afford our students, staff and the general public.”

KC President George Evans (far left) swears in the College’s new police officers (L to R) Brian Atchison, Eric Wagner and Shanon Neiber

Trustees also approved the establishments of an Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degrees in Art and Art Education. The degrees will allow KC students the opportunity to complete an associate’s degree that prepares them to enter a baccalaureate program in art education with junior standing.

The Associate in Fine Arts degree focuses on drawing, painting graphic design and art history and art appreciation which would help prepare students for a career in graphic design, printing, marketing as well as a professional artist. The Associate in Fine Arts – Art Education degree will provide a wider scope of instruction for students who plan to pursue a bachelors in art education at a four-year college or university.

With the board’s approval the degrees will now be submitted to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for approval. If approved the two new degrees will be offered starting with the Fall 2020 semester.

In other action Monday evening the board accepted the college’s audit from CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA). The report indicated no significant findings. The board also approved the College’s 2019 tax levy of 58 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation, or approximately $194 annually for a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000. In keeping with recent years, this levy reflects a decrease from last year and the third year in a row the College has reduced one or more of their tax levies. The board also approved the state recommendation to levy the equity tax. The State of Illinois authorizes the College to seek the tax, so it can be funded at a level comparable to other colleges in Illinois. Trustees also approved abating the levy for the bonds used to construct the College’s Fitness Center.

In other personnel action, trustees hired:

Lauri Dougherty of Breese as a full-time Grant Accountant

Karol Potter of Patoka as a full-time Planning and Projects Administrative Assistant

Marcos Gilmore of Greenville as Reading Link Coordinator

Trustees also reclassified the position of Payroll Technician Linda Hellmann to Lead Payroll Specialist, and moved three 30 hour building and grounds technicians, Angela Meyers, Amy Blankenship and Chane Lyons to full time.

The board approved the purchase of a Fanuc Robot and Controller from Aidex Corporation of Rossville, Indiana for $35,675 to be used by the College’s Industrial Technology Program. Assistant Professor Lyle Gross said the new robot will be used throughout the program to support all four industrial degrees offered by KC, Industrial Technology, Industrial Automation, Industrial Electricity and Industrial Mangement. The robot will be used to teach students program tasks for machine loading and unloading as well as various material handling tasks.

Several area manufacturers such as Nascoate Industries, and Antolin utilize this particular robot, and representatives from these companies have recommended they be incorporated into the program’s curriculum. “The new Fanuc Robot is a great addition to our existing 6-Axis Motoman robot,” said Gross. “We will now be training technicians on the top two robotic platforms in the country.”

Trustees also approved:

Purchasing a Synoptix Software License for $29,990. The software will be used by the College’s Business Office to generate and provide more comprehensive and detailed financial analysis for the institution.

Upgrading the College’s phone system through a five-year lease and maintenance agreement with Complete Technology Solutions (CTS) of Sparta for $40,559 per year.

Establishing a full-time Application Developer position for the College’s Information Technology Department.

Student organization allocations for the new fiscal year.

The KC Board of Trustees also accepted the resignation of Trustee Jack Mays of Centralia. Mays, who has served on the board for ten years, indicated in his resignation he is pursuing a new career opportunity, which would not allow him time to continue his service on the board. In the next 60 days the college will be soliciting applications to fill Mays’ remaining term.