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Board of Trustees news: $28.6 million in projects awarded for energy savings, facilities for enhanced services

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 16, 2015


CLC trustees on Dec. 15 approved the award of $28.6 million in projects on the Grayslake Campus that will include a new student services Welcome Center and replacement of the campus’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to achieve an estimated 50 percent savings on energy costs. The action was taken during the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

In a related action, the trustees also approved assigning management of the construction contracts to M.A. Mortenson Construction of Elk Grove Village, which is overseeing construction of the college’s $163 million Sustainable Campus Master Plan, a five-year initiative to enhance facilities at CLC’s Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan campuses.

Included in the $28.6 million in work is the award of $4.5 million in contracts – 16 percent of the total – to female, minority and veteran-owned businesses (Disadvantaged Business Enterprises) and $9.4 million in contracts to Lake County-based businesses.

“Our procurement policy encourages contract awards to DBEs and local businesses, and we are very pleased that our projects will support the economy of Illinois and Lake County,” said Board Chairman Dr. William M. Griffin following the meeting.


Resolution to support CLC as an Early Voting Center

Acting on a request from the Student Government Association, the board voted to approve a resolution supporting making CLC an Early Voting Center.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, SGA President Connor Mallon asked the trustees to approve the resolution, citing the convenience the designation would offer students and college staff.

Student Trustee Yesenia Mata said that about 700 students have so far signed a petition asking the county clerk’s office to approve the college as an Early Voting Site.



The board approved an insurance premium package for the 2016 calendar year submitted by insurance broker R.J. Galla Company of Grayslake. Including property, liability, accident and workers compensation coverage, the total premium price of $674,483 represents a 1.4 percent increase over 2015 for the same level of coverage.



Under biddable purchases, the trustees awarded a contract for $30,982 to Benco Dental Supply Company of Pittston, Penn., for the purchase of a digital X-ray machine for the Dental Hygiene clinic at the Lakeshore Campus.

Under non-biddables, the trustees approved:

  • A contract for $339,724.76 with Krueger International of Chicago for purchase of convertible desks and furniture to transition 10 computer labs into classrooms.
  • A contract for $41,895 with Delta Controls Chicago, Inc. of Lombard, for purchase of software to upgrade the college’s electronic controls and building automation system.


Contracts and grants

The board approved a five-year agreement with the Lake County Area Vocational System Board of Control to lease space at the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus. Under the new agreement, rates will be charged by the hour rather than by the square foot as previously. In FY15, the college paid $151,570 to rent classroom and lab space at the campus with a projected cost of $151,169 for FY16 under the hourly rental model.



A new 12 credit hour certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) was approved by the board, effective Aug. 15, 2016. The TEFL certificate is often required to teach English in non-English speaking countries and is appropriate for current teachers who want to expand their knowledge and credential base.


Human resources

The board appointed Julia Guiney, executive director of Human Resources and interim vice president for Administrative Affairs, as ethics officer, effective Dec. 16 and as interim board treasurer, effective Jan. 1, 2016. 

In addition, the board appointed Eric Tammes, manager of Coaching for Academic Success, as interim executive director of Public Relations and Marketing. Tammes will serve until the board appoints a new executive director to replace Evelyn Schiele, who retires on Dec. 31 after serving in that role since July 1991.