Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met in special session, by phone, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 5 p.m.

Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development, 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 included a wage increase of 2 percent plus $3.50 per day. 

With the agreement, the Professional Development Fund language will be changed to reflect reimbursement to the fund by the instructor if he/she resigns the position within a specified time period.  Overload pay will increase $25 per credit and the hiring base for each level will be increased by $750.  This equates to a 3.32 percent increase in wages.

Contracts were approved and extended through June 30, 2016, with a 3.32 percent salary increase, for Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Bill Taylor, vice president of instruction; and Lindsay Stoaks, assistant vice president of instruction.

Crittenden indicated that all other classifications of staff at the college will receive wage increases at 3.32 percent as well.
In personnel, the board approved the resignation of Jeff Stuber, electrical technology instructor, at the end of his current contract.  Stuber has been an instructor at the college since 2011.

The board approved the employment of Melissa Butler as instructor in the nursing program.  Butler comes to SWCC from Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston where she has been a registered nursing in the surgery department.