April 25, 2019

The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees held an organizational meeting Tuesday prior to the start of the regularly scheduled April meeting. The Board approved the results of the April 2 election and appointed officers to two-year terms. William “Bill” Kilquist was re-appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees; Mandy Little was appointed Vice-Chair and Jake Rendleman was named Secretary.  In addition, the election of officers new Trustee Aaron Smith was seated.

At the regularly scheduled meeting Chairman Kilquist took the opportunity to denounce the recent placement of racist flyers on cars at the Carterville campus.

“Recently someone came out and tried to pepper some car windshields with these (racist) flyers,” said Kilquist. “The only thing I have to say about that is this is not who we are.  To those of you that try to distribute this garbage you are wasting your time at John A. Logan College.”

Later during President House’s report, College legal counsel Rhett Barke informed the Board that surveillance footage clearly showed the individual and license plate of the person’s vehicle responsible for the placement of the flyers.  According to Barke, the College has a policy against hand billing cars.

“As soon as we gained enough information to ascertain who this individual was we drafted a ban notice that was executed by President House and delivered by the Sherriff of Williamson County,” said Barke.  The notice stated that the individual is not permitted on campus either here in Carterville or on any of the satellite campuses in Du Quoin or West Frankfort.”

Barke added that this was done in accordance with school policy while still maintaining any freedom rights the individual may claim.  In addition, Barke stated that the individual was neither an employee nor a student at John A. Logan College.

In new business, the Board approved a project to renovate two classrooms in the Workforce Development and Construction Management building to accommodate the newly established Agriculture program.  Approval was also granted to move forward with plans to update the current Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) to Jenzabar One. The College is currently running an older version of the Jenzabar platform.  The system is used by the College for student and academic services, as well as all business services including accounts payable and receivable.

An agreement with SIU was approved to provide two classrooms dedicated to SIU’s Head Start Program.  As a result, the College will no longer provide a daycare program.  President House informed the Board that while the College will no longer have a daycare program, many of the students will transition to the Head Start Program and that the College will do everything possible to assist the employees and families affected by the change. 

“The contract with our operational staff calls for a six month period for recall in situations such as this,” said House. “We believe that during that six month period some if not all of the individuals will be able to return to work if they so choose.”

In personnel, the Board approved contract extensions for non-teaching professional staff and three retirements in the maintenance and grounds department.  The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, May 28 at 7 PM.