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May 19, 2019

8/24/2018 10:50:00 AM
ROE preschool program moving to LTC facility
A local preschool program has a new home.

Storybrooke Preschool, a program offered by Regional Office of Education 12, is moving to the Lincoln Trail College North Campus. Forty students will attend morning classes and another 40 will attend during the afternoon beginning tomorrow, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce told the Daily News.

"We're really pleased about this," Bruce said. "This is an opportunity to provide a service needed in the community and we are a community college."

Storybrooke was previously in one of the former Gingerbread House day care facilities and has been using spaced donated by SENCO Construction for the past year. Earlier this year, the Robinson Unit 2 school board had discussed making space available for the program at Washington Elementary School.

LTC President Ryan Gower worked with ROE 12 to bring the program out to the college. Storybrooke will be in a former maintance building accessible from Prison Road. The building was no longer being used and has been fully renovated.

"It's immaculate," Bruce said.

IECC trustees gave the move the final go-ahead when during their meeting at Frontier Community College Tuesday when they approved a lease agreement for the building.

The board also adopted a tentative budget for fiscal 2019.

Thanks an increased Equalized Assessed Valuation, higher tuitions and the State of Illinois now paying its share on a regular basis, IECC is looking at being in the black again this coming year.

"We should be in fine shape," Bruce said.

The tentative budget reflects and anticipated 2-percent growth in revenues and an increase in expenditures of only 1 percent.

The budget has been available to the public at the IECC District Office in Olney since Aug. 8. A public hearing will be held at the next regular board meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at LTC. The final budget will be adopted following the hearing.

Several pesonnel matters were handled during the meeting, too.

Holly Andress-Martin was hired as chief academic officer at the district office, effective Sept. 10. Julie Courtney was hire as a clerk/receptionist at LTC, effective Thursday, while Jamie Carman was named as LTC's new retention coordinator, effective Sept. 5. Taylr Plummer was hired as LTC TRIO Upward Bound counselor effective Sept. 4.

The employment status of Candice Young was changed from LTC office assistant to TRIO Upward Bound counselor, effective Sept. 4. The resignation of Mary Morningstar Johnson, coordinator for college support service at the district office was accepted, as was the retirement of LTC information systems technician Chuck Bennett, effective Sept. 8.

Trustees learned the district's current agreement with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois has been an extremely successful partnership to benefit IECC students. They approved an additional component to the current CARLI image license agreement that provides access to expansive digital collections.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the schedule of dates for the trustee election to be conducted April 2. The six-year terms of John Brooks, Al Henager and James Lane end next year All three trustees are expected to seek re-election.

• Approved a 24-month contract with Homefield Energy for the time period November 2018 through November 2020 for electric power service.

• Approved affiliation agreements with area health institutions for the Medical Office Careers Program and the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.

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