Trustees moved forward in a process to fund $2.8 million in technology and infrastructure upgrades during the June board meeting
Highland Community College Trustees moved forward in a process to fund $2.8 million in technology and infrastructure upgrades during the June board meeting by issuing debt certificates. The College intends to hold the funds in an account until they complete the process of borrowing the money to complete the projects. The College intends to repay the loan with a bond sale and levy the money in the bond and interest fund. College administrators have pointed out that the College is planning carefully to ensure that the tax rate remains the same as it was in 2003 prior to the public’s approval of an education fund referendum.
“We have an opportunity to decrease our spending in the protection, health, and safety fund because we have completed a number of safety-related plans. That decrease will allow us to make the needed technology and infrastructure purchases without increasing the tax rate,” said Vice President of Administrative Services Jill Janssen.
The College has a technology plan in place, including a computer replacement schedule. However, due to state and other funding cuts, it has only been able to fund the plan at about 40% a year resulting in 38% of the current computers being more than 5 years old. Other categories being funded under this plan include technology infrastructure, audio-visual classroom equipment, parking lot repavement, and some lease payments. The technology infrastructure and audio-visual equipment will directly benefit students by speeding up the network and by providing more opportunities for multi-media instruction in the classroom.
Trustees also approved a contract and officially appointed Dr. Joe M. Kanosky as the sixth president of Highland Community College. Dr. Kanosky has served in several administrative positions since he joined the College in 1981, most recently as acting president.
“We are pleased to be able to officially name Dr. Kanosky as president of the College. He has the right combination of skills and a history of service to Highland.” said Board Chair Stephen Kroeger.
The Trustees approved a three-year contract with Dr. Kanosky that will be renewable annually. The Trustees researched presidential contracts at 13 community colleges before agreeing to terms. The president’s contract is consistent with other colleges of similar size, budget, and district geography. Dr. Kanosky’s appointment will be effective July 1 at an annual salary of $124,900.
In other business, Trustees:
· Approved the appointment of Jill Janssen as vice president of administrative services. Janssen has been serving as the acting vice president since August 2005. Janssen has worked for the College as accounting director since 2001.
· Approved the appointment of Scott Anderson as the associate dean of business and technology. Anderson has been employed with Highland since 1990 as a mechanical technology instructor. He has also taught for the Business Institute and Upward Bound.
· Approved the appointment of Juliet D'Souza as biology instructor. Juliet holds a bachelor of science and master’s degree in biology from Western Illinois University. She most recently was employed as a biology instructor at Iowa Lakes Community College. Juliet replaced longtime biology instructor Keith Blackmore who retired at the end of the 2005 – 2006 academic year.
· Approved a lease agreement with the University of Illinois Extension and a security contract with the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Department.
· Set health insurance rates for employees.
· Established the board meeting schedule for fiscal year 2007. All meetings will be held the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. except for the October 2006 meeting, which will be held the fourth Tuesday.
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