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Kaskaskia College To Implement Four Day Work Week Due To Lack Of State Budget

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, March 21 for the regular monthly meeting. Board members include John W. Hawley (Odin), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Dee Boswell (Centralia), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Kelly Bennett (Irvington), and Student Trustee Kimberly Daum (Centralia).

Due to the lack of a State budget, which has resulted in no State funding for KC in nearly 9 months, the College is facing severe financial challenges. KC is committed to remaining the economic engine of District 501, and therefore must make significant budget cuts in order to continue to serve our District.

The Board approved a resolution for a four-day operational schedule for the full academic year for the main campus, extending the “summer hours” resolution previously approved and aligning with the 4 day schedule recently approved for all education centers. This four-day work week will have significant savings in energy effectiveness and provide students extended opportunity for family and employment over the three day weekends.

The Board approved changes to the Jump Start and College Now Programs which benefit high school students seeking college credit. The Jump Start Program will be revised to reduce eligibility from 4 credit hours to 3 credit hours effective this Summer 2016. Students will continue to pay half the normal tuition rate plus mandatory fees for the 3 credit hours and shall pay full tuition for additional credit hours taken beyond the 3.

The College Now Program will be revised to no long cover the cost of books or course related fees, effective Fall 2016. Tuition and mandatory fees will still be waived for College Now courses which allows this opportunity for high school students to remain a significant savings.

The Board approved a tuition increase to combat the lack of State funding support. Effective Summer 2016, the in-district tuition will be set at $133.00 a credit hour and mandatory fees will be remain at $16.00 per credit hour for a total of $149.00 per credit hour. Out-of-District (In-State) will be set at $235 a credit hour and mandatory fees remain at $16.00 for a total of $251.00.

The Board approved a resolution for Depew and Owen Builders, Inc. to make the necessary repairs to the South Roadway Bridge. Funds for the repairs will come from the Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) Funds.

In support of community economic development, the Board amended a resolution to the Real Estate Tax Abatement Resolution Altering the Proposed Territory of the Greater Area Enterprise Zone, and Altering the Territory of the Greater Centralia Enterprise Zone.

In personnel matters, the Board approved the resignation of Paramedicine Coordinator Lucinda Spencer and terminated the employment of a Building and Grounds Technician.

The Board approved a resolution that specific Kaskaskia College staff are granted the powers to do business with Midland State Bank Accounts,

The Board approved the final reading of the Student Wellness Intervention and Facilitation Team (SWIFT) Policy, and the disposition of college property.