Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase two of construction for the Instructional Center improvement project.  Phase two will include renovation of the 100 bay classrooms.  Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, presented the bids received.  Lesan explained there were five bids submitted with the lowest bid coming from Camblin Mechanical of Atlantic.  Following review of the bids, the board approved the Camblin Mechanical bid of $761,600 as presented.  Lesan said Accelerated Career Education (ACE) grant funds will be used to pay for the project.  Construction for the project will get underway on March 18, which is prior to the college’s Spring Break.  Classes in the 100 bay will be moved to other areas on the SWCC campus when classes resume following Spring Break.


In other business, the board approved a motion by Vicki Sickels, board member from Mt. Ayr, to receipt and file the college’s audit report as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC’s chief financial officer.  The audit was conducted by Draper, Snodgrass and Mikkelsen, PC.

The board set a date for a public hearing on the college’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.  The public hearing will be held on March 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at Southwestern Community College.

Lesan reported to the board regarding an offer from Iowa 34 Housing, Inc. for conveyance of property, located east of the college at 1013 Manor Drive, to the college at a cost of $10, plus closing costs.  The Clearview Apartments were located on this property until they were destroyed by the April 14, 2012, Creston tornado.  According to Lesan, Todd Nielsen, Creston attorney, examined the Abstract of Title and presented a Preliminary Title Opinion and due diligence recommendations for inspection of the real estate.  Lesan noted there are no restrictions regarding use of the land by the college.  Following Lesan’s presentation, the board authorized SWCC’s administration to accept the conveyance of real estate from Iowa 34 Housing, Inc. as presented.

In personnel, the board approved the hiring of Henry Lemke for the position of industrial maintenance technology instructor.  Lemke has worked in the industrial maintenance field for 25 years.  Most recently, Lemke was employed as an industrial maintenance professional for Kawasaki Motors in Maryville, MO.  The industrial maintenance technology program will be offered at Southwestern starting with the fall 2013 semester.

Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, spoke to the board concerning the possibility of entering into a lease agreement with the City of Creston to obtain space in the Creston Depot/City Hall for placement of a SWCC art and design department Virtual Art Gallery kiosk.  The art and design department recently purchased three kiosks, in part funded by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, to act as virtual art galleries and publicize art and cultural events and activities.  The first of the kiosks is located in the front entryway of the SWCC Instructional Center.  Following discussion, the board authorized SWCC’s administration to enter into the lease agreement for placement of the kiosk at the Depot.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, reported on the college’s spring 2013 enrollment.  Thompson stated SWCC’s enrollment is at 1,544 students and 14,694.5 credits.

In other business, Ken Rech, SWCC board president from Red Oak, noted an online evaluation survey of board members will be used again this year for the annual evaluation of SWCC’s president.  

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola, spoke briefly about the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) regular meeting that was held electronically due to the weather.  Smith said the IACCT annual retreat will be held in West Burlington from July 24-26, 2013.