Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds March Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the administration center on the Creston campus.

The board accepted the resignation of board member Jan DeMott of Bedford.  DeMott represented District 7.  Ken Rech of Red Oak, SWCC board president, thanked DeMott for her years of service.  She has served on the board since fall 1987.  Rech appointed a subcommittee to fill the board member vacancy.  Subcommittee members will include Rech; Denny Davis of Greenfield, board vice president; and Vicki Sickels of Mt. Ayr.

Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, presented bids to the board for the copiers utilized across campus and by the college’s Copy Center.  Krejci stated seven companies had submitted bids but only one company met the required specifications.  The board approved authorization to enter into a five-year agreement with Xerox based on their bid proposal for a color photo copier on campus.  The college will continue to use the existing black and white machines. 

Krejci also reviewed the proposed plan for the cafeteria remodeling project in the college’s Student Center.  The project will include electrical and mechanical components, the purchase of necessary food service equipment, and possibly new seating.  The board set a date for the public hearing for the cafeteria remodeling project. The public hearing will take place on April 13, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., in the board room of the administration center at Southwestern Community College.

The board approved the college’s 2011-12 Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funding application.  Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, explained to the board the purpose of SWCC’s application will be to obtain funds to start a two-year health information technology program.  According to Taylor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and independent studies indicate a shortfall of approximately 51,000 qualified health information technology workers during the next five years.  Taylor explained the college surveyed area XIV health care administrators in 2009 and the results show more than 30 new jobs will be created in this field throughout SWCC’s merged area during the next few years.  The application will request funding of $796,000 spread over a two-year period.  The funding will be used to remodel classrooms, lab areas, and offices in the college’s instructional center.  The proposed area on campus formerly housed the college’s nursing program.

The SWCC board authorized the administration to seek offers for the sale of the 2009-2010 student-constructed carpentry house at 1301 North Mulberry Street in Creston.  The best acceptable offer will then be presented to the board for approval.
During the meeting, the board approved the college’s fiscal year 2011 budget as presented.
In other business, the board authorized a one-time payment of $44,110 in supplemental dues to the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT). 

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola reported on the CEO evaluation.  Smith, Davis, and Fred Shearer of Corning served on a subcommittee for the evaluation of Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president.  Smith said it was the consensus of the committee that the communication between Crittenden and the board was very good and they felt positive about the leadership she has provided the college.
During the president’s report, Crittenden told the board SWCC was having a used equipment auction on March 21.  At the auction, the college will sell welding and other equipment no longer in use by the college.  The auction will begin at 11 a.m.