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Board of Trustees news: Fiscal Year 2017 budget on public display

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 19, 2016

The College of Lake County Board of Trustees authorized placing a proposed $102.5 million operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17) on public display in Room A100 at the Grayslake Campus, starting at 10 a.m. on May 20. The action was taken at the board’s May 17 meeting. On June 28, the board will hold a public budget hearing at 6 p.m. Following the hearing, trustees will vote on the new budget.

Board Chair Dr. William M. Griffin acknowledged the hard work done by the college community to prepare the new budget. “We strive to keep the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer while at the same time continuing to offer quality education for students throughout Lake County. That has been especially difficult with the uncertainties of state funding,” he said after the meeting.

The proposed budget represents an overall slight decrease in expenditures of 0.3 percent over the FY 16 budget of $102.8 million. According to Ken Gotsch, vice president for administrative affairs, the FY 17 budget’s revenue is based on a 20 percent decline in state funding, a 1 percent increase in property taxes and a 4.7 percent increase per credit hour in tuition and fees, from $129 to $135 for in-district tuition.

On the expense side, the budget contains a 1 percent increase in non-personnel expenditures, a 7.3 percent increase in health insurance costs and $5.7 million debt service for the Sustainable Campus Master Plan.

Gotsch said the college will implement a wide range of cost-saving measures in FY17, including eliminating 20 positions, increasing employee contributions to health insurance premiums, reducing spending on contracts and travel, and a push toward paperless payments to the college.

“In addition, our new budget task force, composed of staff from a wide range of departments, will explore a variety of other ideas to help us control costs. The reorganization and consolidation of several departments will also build a superior student service experience,” Gotsch said. “And the good news is that Moody’s recommends maintaining the college’s Aaa bond rating, a result of the board’s prudent financial policies and practices.”

In order to balance the current budget and in light of the state’s reduced funding to CLC, Gotsch recommends transferring between $1 and $2.7 million from the operations and maintenance restricted fund to the operating fund.

Student success report

Business administration faculty member Patty Clark described the recent “Big Idea” contest held to encourage entrepreneurial business ideas by students. Paola Velasco, who won first place in the contest, explained the components used in her “Woop House,” a sustainable house made from bamboo, cardboard and mushrooms and designed for people affected by natural disasters and homelessness. She was one of five finalists who presented to a panel of five judges from the college and business community in a “Shark Tank”-like contest.

Velasco won $500 from the event’s business sponsor, Suzy’s Swirl of Gurnee. Clark said the business faculty and business club plan to make the “Big Idea” contest an annual event. “The next steps will be matching up the contest winners with experts in the community who can assist with business planning, market research and feasibility studies. Then they can look for investors and take their ideas forward,” Clark said.

New degrees and certificates added  

The board approved adding four new early childhood education certificates effective Aug. 15, 2016. They include the following: Infant/Toddler Level II Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential (18 credit hours) Infant/Toddler Level III Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential (30 credit hours); Early Childhood Level II Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential (18 credit hours); Early Childhood Level III Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential (30 credit hours).

The certificates are designed for child care professionals who work with children from birth to age 8. Gateways credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child Care and Development, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The credentials will provide clear, stackable pathways and certificates for early childhood teacher preparation and are used in statewide early learning provider quality ratings and as a prerequisite of employment in early learning programs. The certificates will also increase professional development and employment opportunities for students who want to complete an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree Level IV credential or earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Level V credential.

In addition, the trustees approved adding a new 61 credit hour Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding Technology, designed to provide hands-on advanced-level marketable welding skills are prepare students for career advancement. The degree will become available Jan. 1, 2017.

Human resources

The trustees voted to approve a 3 percent salary increase for non-union staff to coincide with adoption of the fiscal year budget and to comply with a new requirement to post employment contracts with a board agenda prior to approval of the contracts. The non-union staff covered by this increase for Fiscal Year 2017 are regular full-time and regular part-time non-union employees (Classified, Specialist, Administrative and Professional), if hired prior to April 1, 2016.

The board also voted that in Fiscal Year 2017, the salary ranges that cover 12-month, 10-month and 9-month regular full-time staff, as well as the salary structure (salary ranges) that cover regular, non-union part-time staff, will be increased 2 percent. The minimum annual salary for the full-time staff salary ranges will be $21,840 ($10.50 per hour).

Treasurer’s bond

The board approved a $25 million treasurer’s bond to comply with state law. The bond from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company covers FY 2017 at an annual premium of $18,750. A copy of the bond will be certified and filed with the Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools.

2016-17 meeting schedule

The board established its regular meeting schedule for FY 2017. Board meetings will be held starting at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the CLC Grayslake Campus unless noted below: July 26, 2016 (subject to call) at Lakeshore Campus, 1 N. Genesee Street, Room 1NG008, Waukegan; Aug. 23, 2016; Sept. 27, 2016; Oct. 25, 2016 at Lakeshore Campus, Room 1NG-008 1 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan; Nov. 15, 2016 (third Tuesday); Dec. 20, 2016 at 5 p.m. (third Tuesday); Jan. 24, 2017; Feb. 28, 2017; March 28, 2017 at Southlake Campus, Room V340, 1120 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills; April 25, 2017; May 23, 2017; June 27, 2017.

State funded renovation request

The Board of Trustees approved filing a Capital Project Application Form to the Illinois Community College Board to renovate Building E on the Grayslake Campus to house the CLC Police Department. The vice president for Administrative Affairs was designated as authorized agent and representative for Capital Project Application forms for the project, totaling $1.5million.


The trustees approved the following bids:

  • A bid from Maneval Construction of Ingleside, Ill., to reconfigure Parking Lots 7 and 7A by removing and replacing existing pavement, sewer, curbs, sidewalks and lighting at the Grayslake Campus for $920,294. This is a Sustainable Campus Master Plan project related to Science Building currently under construction. Work is scheduled to begin this June.
  • A non-exclusive agreement for temporary staffing services with Express Employment Professionals of Waukegan, Ill. for one year, estimated at $622,500. The Human Resources department will use the agency to provide short-term employees in an effort to save costs and reduce liability to the college.
  • A one-year extension printing and delivery contract for the continuing education class schedule from Woodward Printing Services of Platteville, Wisc. not to exceed $53,885.
  • A bid for on-site athletic training services from Athletico Ltd. of Oak Brook, Ill. not to exceed $50,000 for FY 2017.

Under non-biddables, the board approved purchasing office supplies from Office Plus Solutions & Supply of Waukegan, Ill., not to exceed $163,018.97. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm is part of the Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) Consortium.

In addition, the board approved a contract with Delta Controls Chicago, Inc. of Lombard, Ill., for maintenance and repair of the electronic controls and programs building automation system, for $98,500, to be completed by July 1, 2016.