OGLESBY — Students attending Illinois Valley Community College in the fall of 2015 will have much more life space to enjoy in the soon-to-be vacated counseling area.
The IVCC board’s audit-finance and facilities committees met separately Oct. 22 to discuss phase 3 renovation plans for areas vacated by departments moving into the new Peter Miller Community Technology Center.
As counseling moves into second floor offices in the William and Dian Taylor Student Development Commons next month, its former E-building area will be transformed into a 3,000-square-foot area for students to gather, relax and play games.
Conversion of the area, to include an elevator for accessibility, is estimated at $615,000. The estimated $1.1 million in phase 3 work will be completed by October 2015, said Cheryl Roelfsema, vice president for Business Services and Finance.
Other plans include:
• Emergency Medical Services (EMS) classrooms and lab going into the lower level D-building area now occupied by electronics.
• CETLA (the faculty’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment) going into the former Dislocated Workers Center offices.
• Jacobs Library filling in the area currently housing the cashier’s office in the main lobby.
• Forensics lab and classroom moving to the area currently home to electronics and computer networking in lower level D.
The audit/finance committee also reviewed the audit and tax levy, a high-deductible health plan and plans to waive tuition and fees for part-time employees who enroll in fitness center courses.
Auditor Randy Ragan of McGladrey said IVCC received an “unmodified opinion – the best opinion you can get” for its 2013 audit.
Regarding the levy, IVCC anticipates a 2.5 percent decline in assessed valuation for 2013 for an estimated EAV of $2.98 billion. It is anticipated the total tax rate will be .3663, an increase of 3.6 percent over 2012.
Anticipated tax extensions for the year are $117,194 higher than 2012 but $126,714 less than 2011.
Pending full board approval, IVCC will submit an $11.2 million levy to the county clerks at the end of December. With an increase of less than five percent over 2012, it will not require public notice or a public hearing, Roelfsema said.
The 2013 audit will be presented to the full board at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.
The committee also reviewed a plan to offer full-time employees high-deductible health insurance in addition to the two current plans. For employees choosing the high-deductible option, IVCC could offer a health savings account (HSA) with suggested annual contributions of $2,000 for employee-only coverage, $3,000 for employee plus one, and $5,000 for family coverage.
The facilities committee reviewed an insurance firm’s audit of the softball and baseball fields to determine potential areas of liability. The administration then presented the committee with its plan to address those areas.
Significant improvements are being made to the softball field including new dugouts being built by local union carpenters facilitated by the Building Trades Council with material provided by Western Sand and Gravel, Maze Lumber, Cyclops Welding and others.
With the baseball field in need of major repair, IVCC’s team will play its games at Dickinson Field in Oglesby this spring under contract with the city.