November 2023 Board Report

Illinois Valley Community College’s Board adopted a tentative $15 million 2023 tax levy, a 4.99 percent increase from the 2022 actual tax extension of $14.3 million.

The levy is based on an estimated 8.96 percent increase in the district’s eight-county combined equalized assessed valuation. The levy will result in a decrease of 0.0131 cents in the tax rate. The average $100,000 home that has no change in its assessed value will realize a decrease of about $4.32 in taxes.

Adoption is expected next month. Since the increase is less than 5 percent, no truth-in-taxation hearing is required by statute.

In her monthly report to the Board, President Dr. Tracy Morris:

  • Reported that the IVCC Choir was invited to participate in the IL-ACDA Two-Year College Festival on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Geneseo High School Performing Arts Center.
  • Noted that all of the Licensed Practical Nursing students, and 91 percent of the Registered Nursing students, passed their state licensure exams on the first try.
  • Reported that math instructor Mary Black became the eighth IVCC instructor to complete the ION Master Online Teacher program.
  • Announced that a basic-needs drive to supply Eagles Peak kept growing past its month-long collection deadline, and a total of 1,024 basic needs products have been collected to date.

In other business, the board:   

  • Approved three Protection, Health and Safety projects costing $1.9 million. Those projects include interior lighting upgrades throughout campus, Building C mechanical room structural repairs and waterproofing, and loading dock reconstruction.
  • Approved an update to a policy that governs review and update of policies and procedures and updated two other policies governing chronic communicable diseases and animals on campus.
  • Discontinued the forensic science certificate.
  • Approved a change order to the lighting and security updates project not to exceed $100,000, and a change order to the lighting project in the Truck Driver Training area amounting to $10,200.

The board also learned of the following:

  • Appointments of Christian Carboni, welding instructor; Eric Johnson, Controller; Susan Monroe, IVCC Foundation Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator; Laurie Polte, student services information specialist, and Karsen Gromm, marketing coordinator.
  • Resignations of Tina Lowande, assessment center specialist and Grace Norris, electronic resources librarian.