More cuts and a tuition increase approved for Kaskaskia College

CENTRALIA — Due to the lack of a State budget, which has resulted in no State funding for KC in nearly nine months, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees Monday night, approved multiple moves to bridge the funding gap, including a four-day schedule and a tuition increase.

(Credit: kasto80)
(Credit: kasto80)

The Board approved a resolution  for a four-day operational schedule for the full academic year for the main campus, extending “summer hours” approved in a previously approved resolution and aligning with the four-day schedule recently approved for all education centers.

The Board says the four-day work week will have significant savings in energy effectiveness and provide students extended opportunity for family and employment over the three day weekends.

The Board also approved changes to the Jump Start and College Now Programs which benefit high school students seeking college credit. The Jump Start Program will be revised to reduce eligibility from four credit hours to three credit hours effective this Summer. Students will continue to pay half the normal tuition rate plus mandatory fees for the three credit hours and shall pay full tuition for additional credit hours taken beyond the three.

The College Now Program will be revised to no long cover the cost of books or course related fees, effective Fall 2016.  Tuition and mandatory fees will still be waived for College Now courses which allows this opportunity for high school students to remain a significant savings.

The Board approved a tuition increase to combat the lack of State funding support.  Effective Summer 2016, the in-district tuition will be set at $133.00 a credit hour and mandatory fees will be remain at $16.00 per credit hour for a total of $149.00 per credit hour.  Out-of-District (In-State) will be set at $235 a credit hour and mandatory fees remain at $16.00 for a total of $251.00.

The Board approved a resolution for Depew and Owen Builders, Inc. to make the necessary repairs to the South Roadway Bridge.  Funds for the repairs will come from the Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) Funds.

In support of community economic development, the Board amended a resolution to the Real Estate Tax Abatement Resolution Altering the Proposed Territory of the Greater Area Enterprise Zone, and Altering the Territory of the Greater Centralia Enterprise Zone.

In personnel matters, the Board approved the resignation of Paramedicine Coordinator Lucinda Spencer and terminated the employment of a Building and Grounds Technician.

The Board approved a resolution that specific Kaskaskia College staff are granted the powers to do business with Midland State Bank Accounts,

The Board approved the final reading of the Student Wellness Intervention and Facilitation Team (SWIFT) Policy, and the disposition of college property.