Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, the board held public hearings for numerous construction projects related to Spartan Court, the new three-story residence hall currently under construction on the college’s campus. 


Following the public hearings, the board voted to approve bids for the following projects:
•    Paving, walks and site amenities, Caliber Concrete, Adair, $233,800
•    Slab on grade, topping slab, stoop slabs, and stair pan fill, Caliber Concrete, Adair, $62,000
•    Gypcrete, Jarco Builders, Sioux City, $49,000
•    Masonry, Smith Brothers Masonry, Rockport, MO, $161,600
•    Finish carpentry, Winterstien Construction, Creston, $373,530
•    Insulation, Builder Services Group, West Des Moines, $47,389
•    EIFS, Hilsabek Schacht, West Des Moines, $93,924
•    Siding, soffits, fascia, gutters, and downspouts, Lansink Construction, Johnston, $38,000, including a deduct of $17,000 for siding
•    Roofing, Lansink Construction, Johnston, $35,500
•    Aluminum entrances and storefront, Clark Glass, Des Moines, $52,500
•    Gypsum board, Hilsabek Schacht, West Des Moines, $249,850
•    Acoustical ceilings, Bloodgood Construction, Prole, $11,858
•    Flooring, Poindexter Flooring, Indianola, $191,544
•    Painting, Wes Jarnagin, Johnston, $72,645
•    Mechanical, ACI Mechanical, Ames, $970,600

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, reported to the board there were no bids received for landscaping.  He has been in contact with Erika Blair, SWCC ag instructor, and the introduction to horticulture class is putting together a landscaping proposal for the project.  The class was already working on a plan for landscaping around Spartan Hall, the residence hall constructed at the college in 2010.

Lesan stated the specifications for the fire sprinkler bid did not meet Code requirements, therefore the fire sprinkler bids were not opened and the project will be rebid.

Following discussion, the board voted to reject the lone bid of $1,308,900 from Van Maanen Electric for electrical.  The electrical project will be rebid.

The board authorized administration to purchase furniture for Spartan Court from Contract Supply at a cost of $164,384. 

The board then set new public hearing dates for the fire sprinkler and electrical projects for the residence hall construction project.  These public hearings will be held Thurs., February 27, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

Resolutions directing the sale and delivery of $1,000,000 dormitory revenue bonds, as well as authorizing and providing for the issuance and securing the payment for the $1,000,000 dormitory revenue bonds, were approved by the board.

In other business, the board set a date for a public hearing to review and approve the college’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget.  The public hearing will be held on March 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.  The estimated taxation rate will be $0.79617 per $1,000 taxable valuation, which is slightly less than the current year.
The board also set a public hearing to amend the published fiscal year 2014 budget.  Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, explained to the board that the amendment was necessary due to the construction costs associated with the residence hall construction project, paid for with revenue bonds and a no-interest loan, as well as the remodeling project for the Instructional Center, paid for with Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funding.  The proposal amends the budget from $6,010,000 to $10,010,000.  Krejci said there will not be an increase in taxes due to this amended budget.  The public hearing was set for March 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the college’s Administration Center.

Ken Rech, SWCC board president from Red Oak, noted an online evaluation survey will be utilized for the evaluation of SWCC President Dr. Barb Crittenden.  This evaluation tool has been used in past years by the board.  A committee of board members including Tony Cass of Creston, Fred Shearer of Corning, and Vicki Sickels of Mount Ayr will meet with Crittenden concerning the evaluation prior to the March 2014 board of trustees meeting.

Beth Kulow, SWCC dean of student services, reported on the college’s spring 2014 enrollment.  Kulow stated SWCC’s enrollment is at 1,481 students, which is a 4 percent decrease from spring 2013.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola, spoke briefly about the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) regular meeting and reminded the board about the annual IACCT Conference being held in Des Moines from March 31-April 1.  SWCC will co-host the event with Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.