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SWIC approves $1.2 million in repairs, improvements

The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees on Wednesday requested $1.2 million worth of repairs and improvements to the school’s facilities.

▪ $389,025 for relocation of the emergency diesel supply at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

▪ $250,775 for gym drainage and flooring improvements at the Belleville campus

▪ $196,140 for gym boiler and piping replacement at the Belleville campus

▪ $179,010 for air conditioner chiller replacement at the Schmidt Art Center at the Belleville campus

▪ $185,050 for campus infrastructure and restroom improvements at the Belleville campus.

SWIC spokesman Mike Fleming said the list is simply a request to the ICC Board and SWIC leaders don’t know if the request will be granted.

“The college is annually required by the Illinois Community College Board to submit a list of proposed Protection-Health-Safety projects for funding consideration,” Fleming said. “This is our list.”

In other business, SWIC trustees approved the hiring of a new systems/application security analyst at a salary of $60,000 a year, an assistant controller at a salary of $65,000 and a grant-funded position of director, retired senior volunteer program at a salary of $40,000.

Raises were approved for part-time coaches. They’ll get a .25 percent retroactive raise backdated to July 1, 2014, and a 3 percent raise retroactive to last July 1.

Suzette Hechst, director of SWIC’s Kids’ Club told trustees she recently returned from Washington, D.C., where the Newman’s Own Foundation recognized a program to use a grant to help vets and active military members get their education.

The Kids’s Club got a $30,000 grant from the organization after it applied for the money with plans to use it to subsidize the cost of daycare for current and former military members who are attending the school.

“We’ve used $12,000 of that money so far and about 20 families have taken advantage” of the opportunity,” Hechst said. “The parents are so appreciative.”

The Newman’s Own Foundation awards dinner was held at the Pentagon. about 140 children are in the Kids’ Club program at SWIC.

Trustees also accepted a grant Wednesday from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $604,670. The money, according to Fleming, will be used to support scholarships for “underrepresented and socio-economically challenged populations” majoring in science, technology, engineering and math programs at SWIC.

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