SWIC board approves tentative budget

The SWIC board of trustees on Wednesday adopted a tentative budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

The proposal is a 2.6 increase over the previous year.

“The tentative budget is $69,556,794, representing a 2.6-percent increase of $1,788,697 over fiscal year 2015,” according to SWIC spokesman Mike Fleming.

The reason for the increase was “negotiated salary increases with SWIC bargaining units and projected continuing increases in healthcare costs,” Fleming said.

The budget will be formally considered after a 30-day public display and a public hearing.

In other business, on the eve of the start of school truastees voted to approve the hire of several new employees Wednesday.

Jobs filled included the hiring of a manager of intake and technology as well as a manager of testing, data and records, both at a salary of $54,500 per year. A grant-funded position of youth services coordinator at $37,000 per year and the appointment of two public safety officers at $37,149 per year as was a position of administrative and special event assistant at a salary of $28,844.

Several other appointments were made for part-time postions including:

▪ Men’s soccer head coach Larry Petri at $8,997 a year

▪ Men’s assistant soccer coach Adam Sanchez at $2,840 a year

▪ Men’s basketball coach Jay Harrington at $12,000 a year

▪ Men’s assistant basketball coaches Norm Toenjes and Steve Campo at $1,551 a year

▪ Baseball assistant coach Marsall Vallangingham at $2,400 a year

▪ Women’s basketball assistant coach Rich Hubert at $2,464 a year

▪ Women’s soccer head coach Juergen Heuttner at $6,000 a year

▪ Women’s assistant soccer coach Brad Dietrich at $2,400 a year

▪ Cheerleading coach Regina Ray at $4,000 a year

The hires and appointments were approved unanimously by the board.

The meeting was held at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus at 4950 Maryville Road. While board members met in a room next to the campus commons, a throng of new students crowded the building’s halls. Some were registering for classes and getting identification cards made while others were taking part in student orientation.

SWIC president Georgia Costello said she was glad board members got a chance to see the Granite City location.

“It’s looks really beautiful,” Costello said. “A lot of improvements have been made here in the past few years.”

The SWIC board occasionals meets at the school’s Granite City and Red Bud campuses as an alternative to the usual meeting place in Belleville.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.