Kaskaskia College Approves 2020 Tax Levy; Contract for Truck Driver Training Services

October 28, 2020

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, October 26, 2020, 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 Jim Mason (Breese).

Trustees approved a resolution recognizing the week of November 8-14, 2020, as “National Apprenticeship Week,” honoring Kaskaskia College’s commitment to building partnerships with area businesses to assist them in supplying a skilled labor force, and show the value of apprenticeship programs for students, workers, and employers.

Trustees approved the college’s 2020 tax levy of 57 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, or approximately $190 annually for a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000. This levy reflects a decrease from last year, and the fourth year in a row, the college has reduced one or more of its tax levies. The board also approved the state recommendation to levy the equity tax. The State of Illinois authorizes KC to seek the tax, so that it can be funded at a level comparable to other community colleges in Illinois. Trustees also approved abating the levy for the bonds used to construct the college’s Fitness Center.

The board approved the recommendation to eliminate the for-credit truck driver training program and enter into a partnership with 160 Driving Academy to continue the college’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) services to students in the district. 160 Driving Academy will replace KC’s entire instructional program with their equipment, instructors, and curriculum, which will provide the college with a savings of $40,000 to $60,000 per year. Arrangements are in place to ensure current students in the truck driver training program can complete their certificate or degree and schedule all CDL testing requirements.

Trustees also approved the college’s fiscal year 2022 Resource Allocation Management Program (RAMP) request application for state funding for capital improvement projects. The college seeks funds to replace existing concrete and install a stormwater drainage system in the main campus parking lots. The second request is for a proposed Fine and Performing Arts addition to enhance educational opportunities in the art, theatre, vocal, and instrumental music programs.

Several campus improvement projects were approved, including:
• Installing a new alarm system for the Crisp Technology Center, bid awarded to Johnson Controls from Saint Louis, MO for $46,330.
• Installing cellular service boosters throughout the main campus and education centers, bid awarded to Comm Squad from Lebanon, IL for $74,325.
• Authorization to seek bids to replace all existing water fountains with handicapped accessible bottle filling stations.
• Authorization to seek bids for removal of the campus greenhouse.

In personnel issues, the Board of Trustees:
• Approved a position promotion for Lisa Bowman from Human Resources Generalist to Human Resources Coordinator.
• Approved a position promotion for Paige Webster from her position as Academic Center Excellence (ACE) Specialist to Reading Link Coordinator.
• Approved the creation of a new Career Pathway Coordinator Position.

The board accepted the retirement of Mary Jo Jones, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Administration, effective December 31, 2020. The board also accepted resignations from Wayne Arnold, maintenance specialist, and Alyssa Fox, enrollment specialist.

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