Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

Public hearings were held for earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations, and the sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds for the new dormitory construction project.  No oral or written objections were heard or submitted.

Ken Rech, board of trustees president, noted no bids were received for the earthwork and major utilities project.  Therefore, Rech said action would be delayed until a later meeting on both the earthwork and major utilities project and the footings and foundations project.   Later in the meeting, the board agreed to hold a special electronic board meeting on November 26, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., for consideration of the bids for both projects.

The board then voted to authorize the sale and issuance of revenue bonds, not to exceed $10,000,000, for the dormitory construction project.

The board tentatively approved the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of total cost for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap and windows for dormitory project subject to final approval following a public hearing which was set for December 3, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., in the president’s office at Southwestern Community College.

The board tentatively approved the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of total cost for the elevator for the dormitory construction project subject to final approval following a public hearing which was set for December 3, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the president’s office at Southwestern Community College.

The board voted to reinstate the college’s early retirement policy for employees.  The policy has an April 1, 2014, application deadline for employees.  The expiration date for this plan is June 30, 2014.  This is the same early retirement plan the board has approved since 2010.

Beth Kulow, SWCC dean of student services, presented the annual student demographic report to the board.  Kulow said approximately 19 percent of 2013 high school graduates in Southwestern’s region are enrolled at SWCC.  For the fall 2013 semester, Kulow stated SWCC has 739 students enrolled full-time and 834 students enrolled part-time.

During the president’s report, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, noted the SWCC volleyball team defeated Kirkwood Community College for a berth in the NJCAA D-II National Women's Volleyball Tournament.  The national tournament will be held November 21-23 at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH, which is near Toledo.
 
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