April 26, 2018

CARTERVILLE — A primary care clinic may be coming to the campus of John A. Logan College.

The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees voted to enter into an agreement with Southern Illinois Medical Services (SIMS) to set up and operate the clinic in leased space at the College’s Community Health Education Complex (fitness center).

“To have a primary care clinic located on campus is a major development,” said Dr. Ron House, president of John A. Logan College. “This means that students and employees of the College can find health care services conveniently within the campus.” It will also serve the greater Carterville area.

The agreement allows SIMS to renovate 2,200 square feet of space at the southern entry of the College’s fitness complex. The board of trustees has previously released the administration to develop architectural specifications with a request to award the contract at the June 2018 board meeting.

The College’s board of trustees met to conduct business in their April meeting on Tuesday, April 24. One of the first orders of business was to introduce Bill Orrill as the board’s newest member. Orrill replaces Cheryl Graff who recently resigned from the board.

The board then took a brief time to reorganize, voting to place Jacob “Jake” Rendleman was vice-chair and Mandy Little as secretary. Graff was vice-chair and Rendleman was secretary.

The board also seated its first international student as student trustee. Hannah David, who won the recent election for student trustee, is from Brazil.

The board then discussed a number of items including:

— Resurfacing roadway on campus using the College’s Heavy Highway Surface Learning Project.

— A proposal to present a tentative budget in July with the hopes of approving a final budget in August, at a time when more may be known about the state’s own budget situation.

— Discussion about the College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter being in the top 100 with 1,300 chapters worldwide.

— Discussion about a cybersecurity conference and a cybersecurity camp being offered at the College this summer.

— Discussion about an on-campus solar energy project that could provide up to 40 percent of the College’s energy needs.

— Employed new faculty to replace retirements in biology, math, and physics.