July 23, 2014

STEVE O'KEEFE
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees approved the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2015 at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

The budget will be available for public inspection for 30 days in the Administration Building before final approval is made at the August board meeting.

“We have had good times, and this is not one of those years,” said Finance Committee Chair, Mike Hopkins. “We are going to need to begin the process of looking at ways to incorporate tech and network upgrades into our tax levy (in order to raise additional funds).”

Fellow trustee, Cheryl Graff, made her concerns over the budget known.

“Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs are vital to our future and we are going to have to find ways to fund network upgrades to meet the needs of these programs,” she said.

Tuesday’s meeting marked the first board meeting for the new Vice President for Instructional services, Dr. Laurel Klinkenberg.

“I want to thank everyone for the sincere hospitality,” she said. “I have only been here a few day, but it already fees like home. I am looking forward to getting settled in and getting to know everyone.”
Student Trustee, Kayla Malone, reported that the College had recently enjoyed a successful blood drive and that a second drive would be held on campus Aug. 25 and 26.

Malone also reported that the Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association had recently named JALC as the southern site for its fall conference.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Education, Dr. Tim Daugherty, reported that the College would hold the annual “Back to School” meeting for faculty and staff on Aug. 15.

This year’s theme will be “How Technology is Changing Us” and will feature Liz Murphy, the chief executive officer with CampusWorks, as the speaker.

JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith, reported that he had recently been named to a sub-committee of the Illinois Community College President’s Council to look into the possibility of community colleges offering limited bachelor’s degrees in some applied technology and healthcare programs.

“This concept is in the very early stages of discussion, but it is something that community colleges are doing nationally,” Dreith said. “We are looking at how other states are offering these programs and how this could be introduced legislatively. We, of course, would only look at programs that would not affect our relationship with SIU.

“Currently, our Associate Degree Nursing students cannot finish their BSN at SIU, which baffles me, so we would look at programs like the BSN as possibilities.”

Dreith added that nursing students only have the option of completing the BSN at SIUE or at a program offered at JALC through McKendree University. Other programs mentioned by Dreith as possibilities were: construction management, electronics and healthcare administration.

The board approved the following consent agenda items: Southwestern Illinois Bus Company, LLC for athletic team transportation; renewal of athletic insurance; approval of a joint agreement with Illinois Eastern College; and the future appointment of a member of the board of trustees to the Integrated Technology Committee.

In old business, the board approved the following policy revisions: 5221, Non-Union Operational Staff Guidelines; 5221B, Non-Union Operational Salary Grades and Positions; and 8243 Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Courses.