Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds December Meeting

The Southwestern Community College board of trustees held its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. at the President’s Office, in the Administration Center, on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, the board of trustees approved the appointment of Larry Preston, Mt. Ayr, to the Education Foundation board. Preston is the director of electrical engineering for Heartland Energy Solutions in Mt. Ayr.

Board members approved a one-year extension to the college's early retirement policy.  To be eligible for SWCC’s early retirement package, the employee must be 55 years old prior to the year he/she applies for retirement, have completed at least 10 years of continuous paid full-time services and be an employee at time of application, and request early retirement in writing.

In other business, the board approved the resignation of Rebecca McCann, nursing instructor, effective December 19, 2008.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, reported that the building project is coming along well at SWCC's ag site. The foundation has been layed, the walls are up, and half the roof is finished. Once the roof is done, the project will be complete. This building, which is a 96'x60' metal structure will be used by the ag department as a livestock lab facility. It is being built with Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funding from the state of Iowa. Lesan stated that plans for fiscal year ’09 ACE funding include refurbishing areas of the technical building for an electrical program.  These plans will be presented at the January board meeting.

Lesan also informed the board of two 260E agreements that will be presented at the January board meeting.  These agreements will be with Farley and Sathers Candy Company, Inc. in Creston and Cloud 10 Corporation in Leon.

During the president’s report Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, noted there are concerns being expressed statewide about the possibility of across the board budget cuts for the current year and funding for the upcoming year.  Jerry Smith, board member, Osceola, said these same concerns were heard at the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) meeting last Friday.  Staff and board members will continue to watch these issues closely in the coming months.