The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met on Tues., August 13, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the college’s Administration Center.  The board meeting was held electronically due to a light agenda.

In personnel, the board approved the employment of Kelly Franklin as English instructor.  Franklin has a master of arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University.  According to Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, Franklin is an accomplished writer and enthusiastic teacher who blends traditional teaching methodologies with innovative and creative techniques.  Taylor said Franklin has an extensive background in theater and is interested in leading the drama club.


Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, reported to the board that a collective bargaining agreement was reached between the Southwestern Community College Education Association and Southwestern Community College.  The board ratified the agreement, which includes a 3.5 percent salary increase for faculty members.  The agreement also includes an increase of $1,000 in the minimum starting salary for each salary category, as well as an increase of $2,500 in the professional development fund.

The board approved a Corporate Authorization Resolution for First National Bank.  The resolution had been updated to include authorizations for the college’s electronic banking access.

The board approved the college’s annual dues to the Higher Learning Commission.  According to Crittenden, at $3,316, the college’s dues are $19 less than last year.  The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

During the president’s report, Crittenden and Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, briefed the board regarding progress on the physical plant fund levy (facilities levy) that will be on the September 10, 2013, voting ballot.  Crittenden said Lesan has been out talking to groups and organizations throughout the college’s region to educate voters about the levy.  The college relies on the levy for 100 percent of its plant fund.

Lesan then updated the board on the progress of the Instructional Center reconstruction project.  He said the classrooms and the hallway are looking good with the only delay being windows.  Once the windows arrive they will take approximately two days to install.  The plan is still to have the project completed prior to the first day of classes on August 28.

Crittenden told the board the Osceola Center would be hosting an Open House on Wed., August 14, from 4-6 p.m.

Board member Jerry Smith reported on the recent Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) Conference.  Crittenden informed the board that Southwestern will be hosting the 2014 IACCT Conference from March 31-April 1 in Des Moines.