KC Approves Re-Bidding of Nashville Ed.Project

September 26, 2014

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, September 22 for the regular monthly meeting. Board members include John W. Hawley (Odin), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Dee Boswell (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Aviston), Kelly Bennett (Irvington), and Student Trustee Courtney Gerstenecker (Shattuc).

The College Board has authorized College Administration to work with BLDD Architects to revise the specifications, proceed with the construction documents and re-bidding process for the proposed new Nashville Education Center.

The Board also voted to reject all bids for construction of Phase II of the Veterans Tribute Project as the bids were over-budget.

In personnel action, the Board approved the hiring of Toby Dothager of Vandalia as the new Work Based Learning Coordinator for the Automotive Technology Program and Christopher Shaw of Carlyle as the new Network Support Specialist. Fran Windler of New Minden was re-classified as a full-time Recruitment Specialist; re-classified Suzanne Christ of Carlyle from Coordinator to Director of Institutional Advancement; and hired Allison Rhodes as Temporary, Full-time Office Technology Instructor at the Greenville Federal Correctional Institute.

The Board approved a resolution to accept the bid of $61,806 to Bruce Unterbrink Construction of Greenville for the Trenton Education Center Corridor Addition.

The Board learned that Kaskaskia College’s application for the Fiscal Year 2015 Bridging the Gap Grant was approved in the amount of $8,925.00. The purpose of this grant is to assist community colleges with secondary to postsecondary curriculum alignment efforts, focused on the New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. Another rationale is the development of Summer Bridge programs designed to reduce remediation in math and /or English, emphasizing the connection between the high school and college curriculum.

Kaskaskia College’s grant program will support a 2015 Math Summer Bridge program for qualifying rising seniors and graduating seniors at Centralia High School. The grant will fund a summer course of study, pre and post assessment testing, cost of textbooks, faculty stipends for planning meetings and curriculum development, and salaries for the summer professor and paraprofessional tutor. Students will participate in the grant-funded program at no cost.

According to Kellie Henegar, Dean of Arts and Sciences, “the College is excited to see how the Math Summer Bridge with Centralia High School will help students, testing below the college level in math, bridge the gap from transitional courses to college level courses.” In addition, by focusing on the rising seniors this program has the potential to impact the student’s senior year by helping strengthen their math skills before graduation.

The College feels that success with this Math Summer Bridge Program will offer a model that the College can follow with other district high schools in the future.

The Board also approved a resolution for an election to be held April 7, 2015 through the auspices of the office of the County Clerk, for three positions on the Board of Trustees for terms of six years.

The Board also approved the 2014-15 Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule.

In other news, the Board learned that the KC Cosmetology Club hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on August 25 and 26. The Cosmetology students served as volunteers for the drive. The 2-day goal for this event, 131 units of blood, was surpassed with a total of 166 units donated. According to the way that the blood is processed, 3 lives can be positively impacted through one donation; therefore, almost 500 individuals were potentially assisted by these donations.

The Board also learned that “The Reading Link” held its Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on September 10. Community volunteer tutors from throughout the college district were recognized for their selfless devotion of increasing the literacy skills and confidence of adult learners. Linda Summers of Nashville was named the “Volunteer of the Year.” Cathy Karrick, KC’s Director of Public Relations, received the “Outstanding Support Award” for her assistance in fundraising for the program. In addition, Extraordinary Volunteer awards were presented to: Phyllis Harmening, Lucy Ervin, and Ruth Hughes all of Centralia; and Julie Hummert of Breese.

The Board learned that on Saturday, August 23, KC hosted a Solar for Schools workshop attended by instructors from three area high schools as well as faculty and staff at the College. Kaskaskia College is one of four Illinois community colleges participating in the Solar for Schools Program, jointly sponsored by the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) and Illinois State University (ISU). The purpose of the program is to provide junior high and high school faculty with the tools and knowledge to infuse their science and technology classes with content on solar energy. The end result is that students gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of solar power and other renewable sources of energy.