SIC Board Meets to Approve Budget Items

May 22, 2014

The SIC Board of Trustees met Tuesday night, May 20, in the Rodney J. Brenner Board Room.  They passed numerous budget-related action items and hired a new business instructor.

End-of-the-year budget transfers were approved and three resolutions were passed:  prevailing wage, working cash, and flexible spending accounts.

The board also heard an update that the state budget as it stands now may be flat once again, but that is contingent upon an extension of the temporary income tax increases.

Kelsie Bond from Galatia was hired as the new full-time business instructor.  She is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and attended SIC for her first year of college.  She is a graduate of Galatia High School.

“We’re excited to welcome Ms. Bond aboard,” said Dr. Rice.  “She will be a strong addition to our faculty.” 

Administrative reports included updates on a recent Dollar General Literacy grant that was awarded to the college.

The Board also reviewed a first reading of the campus security policy.

On-campus budget hearings are winding down and a college budget will be prepared soon.  A board finance subcommittee was named comprised of Dr. Pat York and Jim Ellis.

President Rice informed the board that he and his wife will sponsor two new $1,000 scholarships for students in the region beginning Fall 2015 to honor their parents.

The college is working on its accreditation quality initiative project and the committee has recommended an electronic retention system, Starfish, to be used by faculty and staff for retention growth.  This initiative will be partially grant-funded.

The ICCB is working on new language for administrative rules regarding dual credit, including teaching credentials and student qualifications.  The college is monitoring the situation.

In other business, the board approved continued employment of the senior executive officers, approved the transfer of the ABE/GED assistant to the ABE/GED coordinator and data manger, and received the resignation of a Child Study Center teacher.