SWIC trustees OK raises for 600 employees

News-DemocratJune 19, 2013 

The Southwestern Illinois College Board on Wednesday approved 2.75 percent raises for about 600 employees not represented by the school's union bargaining groups.

"These 600 employees are the only group that didn't get a pay raise for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2013," SWIC spokesman Mike Fleming said. "They'll get a raise in the coming year that is on par with what the other bargaining units got last year."

Fleming said there are 400 part time faculty members who teach less than six hours a semester, 141 administrators, nine offices workers and technical staff members and 50 other employees in various departments not covered by other bargaining units included in the group.

Their pay was frozen for the fiscal year that is coming to an end at the end of June, Fleming said. But they'll get a raise in the upcoming year along with the other groups of employees.

In other business, the board approved more than $1 million worth of renovations and repairs to the school's campuses.

They included:

* A contract of nearly $500,000 to repair Belleville campus parking lots was awarded to Sonnenberg Asphalt Co., of Belleville

* A $236,000 deal to restore the roof of the Belleville campus main complex was awarded to Lakeside Roofing, of Collinsville.

* A $206,000 contract for a water metering building at the Belleville campus was awarded to Haier Plumbing and Heating, of Okawville

* A $209,000 contract for bathroom and tile renovation at the Red Bud campus was approved.

While the repair work was given the go ahead, the board on Wednesday heard a presentation from Ittner Architects about how to finish the area between the Belleville campus' main building and its new liberal arts complex as well as the most prominent corner of the campus along Illinois 161 and Greenmount Road.

Ittner Director of Design Gregory Goebel showed a video presentation that called for an amphitheater to be built between the two buildings where concerts and other public events could be held.

"That space has about a five percent grade which would lend itself very naturally to a stage," Goebel said. "It's something that could host a wide variety of events."

SWIC leadership was enthusiastic.

"At some time in the future it might be a good place for a Jazz Festival," SWIC Board of Trustees President Nick Mance said.

"Or a country music festival," SWIC President Georgia Costello added.

At the front of the campus Goebel proposed landscaping that would turn a water retention pond into a more natural looking feature and a monument with the SWIC snow leopard mascot perched at the top. At the base of the monument was a message board that included a 4-foot-tall scrolling lighted sign.

No cost estimate for the proposal was given nor was a timetable given for when the project could become a reality.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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