Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board approved the proposed room and board charges for fiscal year 2014 as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer.  The rates per semester (if the minimum level of Cafe Cash is selected) follow:

•    Wilson Hall/West Hall    $2,600
•    Spartan Suites/Hall    $2,900

Three levels of Café Cash for the Spartan Café will be offered for fiscal year 2014:  $750, $950, and $1,150.  The minimum level of $750 will be required for all students living in the residence halls.


Krejci explained the SWCC budget will be very close to last year’s budget and the estimated taxation rate will remain relatively the same at $0.79 per $1,000 assessed valuation.  The board approved the fiscal year 2014 budget as presented.


Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, reported phase one of the Instructional Center renovation project is set for completion this Friday, March 15, 2013.  Phase two of the renovation, which includes renovation of the 100 bay classrooms, will begin on Monday, March 18, and is scheduled for completion on August 12, 2013.  The 100 bay classes will be relocated for the remainder of the spring semester.  Instructors have been announcing these classroom changes to students.

In other business, Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, briefed the board on potential effects to the college of the national sequestration.  The cuts could potentially affect programs such as the college’s Educational Talent Search program and the TRiO—Student Support Services program.  It was noted that the cuts would not affect current grants awarded from past years’ funding, but would affect future grants.

During the President’s Report, Crittenden told the board she had been invited by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to a national meeting of community college presidents on April 9 in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of the meeting is to address the future education of the nation’s nursing workforce.  It was the consensus of the board that Crittenden should attend the meeting.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member from Osceola, reported that the annual Iowa Association for Community College Trustees retreat will be held in West Burlington from July 24-26, 2013.

The annual CEO evaluation was held in closed session.