Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees is making plans for the future even as they bid farewell to the district's long-time chief executive officer.
The board expressed appreciation to Terry L. Bruce during Tuesday's meeting at Wabash Valley College, Mount Carmel. Bruce was recognized for more than 23 years of leadership as the district's CEO.
Bruce, who was first chosen as CEO in March 1996, announced his retirement last month. It is effective June 30.
"It is time for me to make a change," Bruce said in May. "My time here has been professionally and personally fulfilling. I am grateful to the board of trustees for having given me this opportunity,"
Bruce was state senator from 1971 to 1985 and U.S. representative from 1985 to 1993. Bruce also serves on the Illinois State Community College Board, where he is vice-chairman.
Marilyn Holt is serving as interim CEO.
Also Tuesday, IECC's Resource Allocation and Management and Technology plans were approved.
The Resource Allocation and Management Plan has been developed to target necessary improvements to restrooms located at the four district campuses by renovating existing restroom space to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The cost of these renovations is estimated to be $5,390,800.
Projects previously listed include the proposed $8.4 million technology center for Lincoln Trail College. Also on the list are a technology center for Olney Central College, a student education and support center for Frontier Community College in Fairfield and student support expansion at WVC.
The Technology Plan for the next three fiscal years is grouped into the categories of administrative systems, academic technology and technology infrastructure. Budget expenditures for these updates were approved of $575,000 each fiscal year.
Trustees also approved other plans during the meeting. As a part of IECC's commitment to provide a safe and crime free college environment and in accordance with the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008, the board approved the Violence Prevention Plan and Emergency Response Plans for each college. These plans outline violence prevention strategies and outlines the protocol for response should a violent act occur.
The updated Distance Delivery Education Plan was approved. The revisions to support and promote district-wide distance delivery opportunities were made in response to the needs of the students and communities IECC serves.
An agreement with Wabash Telephone Cooperative was approved for placement of an outside antenna structure for use of space inside the LTC Telecommunications Building. This agreement and will add additional learning opportunities to the program.
An affiliation agreement was approved for LTC's Pharmacy Technician Program with CVS Pharmacy located in Lawrenceville.
A public hearing on the community college district budget for fiscal 2020, was set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at OCC. The tentative budget will be available for public inspection at the District Business Office, 233 E. Chestnut, Olney, on or after Wednesday, Aug. 7.
In other business, the board:
Adopted two policies concerning student services with revisions to better serve students and to ensure compliance with federal guidelines.
Approved a one year renewal of the district's property, casualty and liability insurance coverage.
Authorized the permanent transfer of about $124,000 in interest earned in the Working Cash Fund to the General Fund.
Authorized inter-fund loans during the 2020 fiscal year, with the loans to be repaid to the original fund within one year.
Conducted a semi-annual review of closed session minutes. Under the Open Meetings Act, the board is required to examine closed session minutes at least twice a year.
Authorized certain expenditures from the Operations and Maintenance Fund, such as custodial salaries and utility bills.
Approved special assignments were approved for FY '20 for all four colleges and the district office.
The next regular board meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at FCC.