KC Board of Trustees Workshop Considers Changes

July 19, 2013

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees held a workshop to consider amendments to the College’s Capital Projects Plan on Monday, July 15.

The original Capital Projects Plan called for construction of expanded facilities for the Trenton and Nashville Education Centers, renovation and expansion of the Crisp Technology Center, and the construction of new Nursing and Agricultural facilities on the main campus.

Kaskaskia College recently signed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Illinois that allows for KC to utilize the former Animal Disease Lab on the KC main campus for instructional purposes for a five year period with one five year renewal period. Use of the existing building, with the proposed new name “Kaskaskia College Agricultural Education Center,” could be accomplished with a minimum of renovations and would allow for the KC Agriculture department to begin utilizing the space in the near future, lessening the need for a new building to be constructed for expansion of Agriculture programs and facilities.

The facility may also be used for providing public water testing services, and there is a reported interest by the Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois for maintaining offices in the newly acquired building. Both would be considered excellent partners for the College.

Ratification of the Intergovernmental Agreement is on the agenda for the regular Board of Trustees monthly meeting to be held on July 22.

The proposed changes to the Capital Plan suggests that the Arena portion of the original Agriculture Building be postponed for a period of time and the bond funds originally allocated to the new Ag facility be used to complete the other Capital projects on the list.

These bond funds, as re-allocated, would allow for completing plans for the Capital Projects s in a timely manner.

The Board Workshop session met to discuss the proposed re-allocation of bond funds before a vote is taken on the issue at the July 22 regular monthly Board meeting.