Coal Mining Tech equipment to be bid
Granted permission to advertise for bids for equipment to be used in the Coal Mining Technology program. Up to $741,900 of the cost will be funded by Department of Labor grant proceeds. Equipment sought includes a scoop, DC shuttle car, continuous miner, power center, roof bolter, electrical panel, and hydraulic training panels.

Vocational Building roof bid approved
Accepted the bid of $130,212 from Kerher Brothers Construction Co. of Albers to complete the Vocational Building roof replacement project. Seven bids were received; the project will be funded through Protection, Health and Safety funds.

Two new positions created
• Granted permission to create the position of Infant-Toddler Child Care Specialist, approved the job description, and granted permission to advertise and fill the position, which will be ratified at the July 14 Board of Trustees meeting. Project CHILD, the college's Child Care Resource and Referral entity, recently was informed it would be receiving additional funds from the Illinois Department of Human Services to hire a staff person to facilitate this program.

• Created the position of Coordinator of Special Projects, approved the job description and transferred Gretchen Hampsey to the position effective June 10. The position is needed due to the increased responsibilities of the Applied Science Division Chair and to better meet the needs of the Department of Labor grant. Hampsey had been the Admissions Leader for Studio RLC in Mt. Vernon.

Various personnel moves approved
• Transferred Paula Myers from the position of Workforce Investment Act Coordinator to Cooperative Education and Employment Services Specialist / Truck Driver Training Coordinator effective June 10 and approved the job description. The transfer is due to changes in the Man-Tra-Con contract.

• Transferred Kristin Yosanovich from the position of Practical Nursing Associate Professor to Associate Degree Nursing Associate Professor effective June 10.

• Revised the contracts for the Radiologic Technology Program Director and Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator, changing both from administrator to industrial contracts.

• Created a stipend to compensate Computer Networking Associate Professor Chris Sink for providing reports and performing evaluative tasks for the Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.

Resignation and related personnel matters approved
Accepted with regret the resignation of Michelle Gaede, Lead Pre-K Child Care Provider at the RLC MarketPlace Early Childhood Center in Mt. Vernon, effective Aug. 7. "Working with these children and staff has truly been a blessing to my life," Gaede wrote in her resignation letter.

The board also approved an amended retirement resignation from Dr. Sue Tomlin, Anthropology and Sociology Professor. Her retirement date was changed from May 15, 2010, to Aug. 1, 2010. In addition, the board accepted with regret the resignation of Cindy Caldwell from the General Education Assessment Committee. Caldwell will remain with RLC in her full-time position as Mathematics Associate Professor.

New courses, curriculum changes approved
Approved several new classes (ENGL 2114 - The Novel; MUSI 1111 - Music Literature; PYED 1174 - Water Aerobics IV; RAD 1200 - Radiologic Technology Orientation; RAD 1216 - Radiologic Technology Overview; and RAD 1231 - Legal and Ethical Topics in Health Care) and revisions to three programs (Office Systems Technology - Administrative Assistant, Office Systems Technology - Office Assistant, and Radiologic Technology), and approved their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for approval.

In other business, the board ...
• Learned that a total of $2,875.50 less advertising and auctioneering costs was made at the college's annual obsolete equipment auction held May 28.

• Approved revisions to board policy and procedure regarding job descriptions, stipends (first reading), and fees.

• Authorized the transfer of $84,117.21 in interest earned on the Insurance Reserve Fund in FY 2009 to the Tort Liability, Auxiliary and Audit funds. A similar resolution transferred $12,000 in interest earned on the Working Cash Fund in FY 2009 to the Education Fund.

• Approved the 2009-2010 RLC Student Handbook.

• Approved an interdistrict agreement for educational cooperation between Rend Lake College, John A. Logan College, Kaskaskia College, Shawnee Community College, Southeastern Illinois College and Southwestern Illinois College. The agreement allows students to take programs at another college if their sending college does not have that program.

• Granted permission to advertise for bids for the lease of copiers / duplicating systems and desktop printers.

• Approved salaries for administrative, administrative support and academic support personnel. Separate salary approvals were granted for office support staff and for RLC employees providing educational services at Big Muddy River and Pinckneyville correctional centers and the Du Quoin Impact Incarceration Center.

• Approved the Resolution for Participation in the State of Illinois Federal Surplus Property Program. Through this program, the state offers surplus property at a reduced price.

• Retained the services of Clifton Gunderson LLP for the annual audit.

• Approved a revision to the amount of coverage needed under a surety bond for the district as required by state statutes.

• Approved the Prevailing Rate of Hourly Wages Resolution.

• Approved the Resource Allocation Management Plan for submission to the Illinois Community College Board.

Mark your calendars …
• RLC Board of Trustees Workshop, 4 p.m. Friday, June 19, Rend Lake Resort.

• Illinois Community College Board Visit, Wednesday-Thursday, July 15-16, RLC Campus.

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