Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

The board tentatively approved the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of total cost for paving, walks, and site amenities; landscaping; slabs and stair pan fill; gypcrete; masonry; finish carpentry; insulation; EIFS; siding, soffits, fascia, gutters, and downspouts; roofing; aluminum entrances and storefront; gypsum board; acoustical ceilings; flooring; painting; fire sprinkler; mechanical; and electrical for the dormitory project subject to final approval following public hearings which were set for February 11, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the board room at Southwestern Community College.

Tom Lesan, vice president for economic development, reported to the board on the progress of the residence hall construction.  Lesan said construction is on track despite the inclement weather.  According to contractors, the storm drain will be installed as soon as weather permits.  He said bids for the next phase are due on February 6 and will be reviewed at the February board meeting.

In personnel, the board approved the early retirement of Dave Neas, English instructor, from Osceola.  Neas has been employed at the college since 1987.  He has served in various positions at the college including part-time English instructor, special projects coordinator, assistant to the vice president of instruction for special projects, and Osceola Center/trucking school coordinator.  Neas began teaching as a full-time English instructor for the college in August 1996 and has continued in that role since.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported to the board on the recent IACCT meeting.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, reminded that board that the college is co-hosting the 2014 IACCT Retreat with North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.  The retreat runs from March 31-April 1 in Des Moines.