Illinois Eastern Community College trustees have taken steps to address a statewide educator shortage.
During their meeting Tuesday at Frontier Community College, Fairfield, trustees approved three articulation agreements for IECC students with Eastern Illinois University.
These agreements should assist with the transfer from IECC's associate in science and arts degree with an education focus into EIU's bachelor degrees in early childhood education, elementary education and middle level education.
The board also approved an articulation agreement with Franklin University to facilitate the transfer of IECC graduates into Franklin University programs. These agreements continue a cooperative relationship that the colleges have enjoyed for many years.
Also Tuesday, the board approved tax levies payable in 2020.
The estimated tax levy is almost $5.1 million. This is up from almost $4.92 million last year. There is also an extension for bond and interest payments of almost $2.2 million, similar to last year's levy. The total proposed levy is almost $7.26 million.
In personnel matters, Michael Wagaman was hired as a maintenace worker and groundskeeper at Lincoln Trail College, effective today. A change in status was approved for Olivia McVicker. She will switch from being a career advisor at Olney Central College to program director for grants and compliance at the district office, effective Monday.
Trustees also accepted the resignation of LTC Industrial Training Coordinator Evan Semple, effective Dec. 29.
Dates, times and meeting location were set for regular monthly board meetings for the coming year. The board will meet on the third Tuesday of each month, except December, when it will meet on the second Tuesday of the month.
The next regular board meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at LTC.
The holiday calendar for administrative, technical, professional non-faculty, clerical and maintenance personnel was approved for calendar year 2020. The schedule is the same as in previous years.
Updates were authorized for two board policies.
Revisions were approved to the student military policy that address treatment of students who are veterans and revisions to update the credit by examination policy to include awarding credit to students who achieve high GED scores.