The LLCC Board of Trustees approved a balanced fiscal year 2015 operating budget for the college at its September meeting. Revenues match expenditures of $43,388,533.
The tentative budget was put on file for public review in late July. The Board held a public hearing on the budget at the beginning of last night’s meeting, at which there were no public comments.
The Board also heard a report on the renovation project ongoing at the LLCC-Taylorville original building. Renovation of the 40-year-old administrative and classroom building will include new energy efficient windows and doors, roofing and exterior walls. Inside, the classrooms, offices, student space and restrooms will be updated with improved accessibility. The finished project will complement the classroom building constructed next door in 2011. The renovation is expected to be completed in August 2015. In the meantime, student services and testing centers have moved to the newer building to maintain the same high levels of service to students.
The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees welcomed new faculty members Phyllis Biever, Dr. Ashley Green, David Leitner, Tim McKenzie and Deana Schenk at its August meeting Wednesday evening. Click HERE to learn more about them!
Also Wednesday evening, Dave Bretscher, director of facilities at LLCC, provided facts about the mainly “behind the scenes” work of his department. He said workers maintain more than 220 acres of property on the Springfield campus alone, including 70 acres of lawn and garden space, 35 acres of athletic fields and outdoor physical education space, 16 acres of paved parking lots and 12 acres of native prairie, plus three miles of concrete sidewalks and two miles of roadways. There are 17 main buildings on the Springfield campus covering 517,689 square feet. Buildings at LLCC locations in downtown Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, and in Litchfield, Hillsboro, Taylorville, Jacksonville and Beardstownadd an additional 134,584 square feet to be maintained.
Trustee and Board Vice Chair Craig Findley commented that of the many community and four-year college campuses he has visited in Illinois and elsewhere, LLCC’s campus is the most beautiful and well-maintained, an opinion echoed by Board Chair Justin Reichert.
Trustee Jeff Fulgenzi commended U.S. Senator Dick Durbin for his recent roundtable discussion and press conference held at LLCC, calling attention to student loan debt and the questionable practices of some for-profit colleges. Fulgenzi agreed with Sen. Durbinthat community colleges are a quality and affordable alternative to for-profit colleges and should be strongly considered by all seeking higher education.
The Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday evening to put the college’s tentative, fiscal year 2015 operating budget on file for public review for 30 days, as required by law. Final approval of the $43-million budget is anticipated at the September board meeting.
Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC president, noted that enrollment in College for Kids, a summer enrichment program in its sixth year, reached a record number of 578. She also reported on the natural prairie areas being established on campus which provide both ecological and economic benefits. The cost savings of maintaining one acre of prairie compared to one acre of turf is approximately $870 per year, for an annual savings of $10,440. Also, nearly 1,400 birds of 82 species were banded in the third season of the college’s bird banding station. Some 200 LLCC biology students were involved in the process.
The third and final session of College for Kids on the Springfield campus will be held 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students will begin each day in the Trutter Center, break out to classrooms all over campus, and return to the Trutter Center for closing so please use extra caution, especially driving.
A Radiography Information Session will take place on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.
A Blood Drive will be held in the Student Union, Menard Hall on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The July Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday at 5 p.m.
On Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m., a Rapid Registration event will be held in Menard Hall, 1173 to help current students get registered for Fall classes. Also, at 1 p.m. a New Student Orientation will begin in the R.H. Stephens Room.
At its meeting last Wednesday, the Board of Trustees welcomed Todd McDonald, new vice president for administrative services.
Todd joins LLCC after four years as dean of finance and facilities at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. Prior positions include assistant vice president of finance at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill. and business services senior manager for theRockford Park District in Rockford, Ill. He holds a B.S. in accountancy and M.S. in adult and higher education from Northern Illinois University and is pursuing a doctorate in community college leadership from Ferris State University. He is a registered certified public accountant in Illinois.
The Board of Trustees has approved a revision to Policy 6.12 – Disposal of Capital Assets. The change to this policy is to place a threshold on items that require board authorization to sell or dispose of, based on the estimated market value of the item. This change will allow the College to promptly dispose of surplus and obsolete items that can no longer be of use to the College.