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IVCC site in police consolidation talks

Illinois Valley Community College could be a potential site if Oglesby, La Salle and Peru consolidate police services, according to information learned at Thursday’s IVCC board meeting.

“Any time there’s an opportunity to enhance the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, count us in,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “The closer they are to our campus, the better I feel.”

In other business, the board approved:

Elevator upgrades totaling $19,494.

Purchase of Citrix App Layering maintenance and support for $13,440 to manage virtual desktops for staff. It allows software to be added and updates made to numerous machines at once.

Seeking bids for the purchase of a utility vehicle for the agriculture program to facilitate data collection (field mapping and soil sampling) and equipment simulation in the field. The estimated $14,000 purchase will be paid for by a donation to the ag program by LPO Junior College alumnus Ralph Scriba, of Palos Verdes, Calif.

Seeking bids for slope and road work to improve drainage in three areas: the south side of the gym, south of the parking lots and the north side of Building D. The project is estimated at $50,000.

A $107,200 bid from Vanguard Contractors of Pekin for exterior stair upgrades.

Semester-long sabbatical leave for nursing instructor Patricia Pence for fall 2018 and English instructor Delores Robinson for spring 2019.

The resignation of nursing instructor Maddalena Davenport effective July 31.

Deactivating the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree for lack of enrollment.

The board also learned:

Janine Full has been hired as administrative assistant III for business services and Angelica Fanti as Institutional Research/Information Technologies programmer analyst.

Of a $1,436 change order for emergency generator repairs. Cost went from $7,869 to $9,295 because repairs were more extensive than originally estimated.

An AAS in agronomy was approved in a March letter from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Agronomy focuses on crop and soil science, pest management and precision ag technology. The two-year, 60-credit program beginning this fall will prepare students for work in production, research, education, communication and sales.

The April 4 academic awards banquet honored 170 students and eight IVCC nursing students April 9 were inducted into the Nursing Honor Society.

The April 5 Giving Day raised more than $22,000 for the IVCC Foundation.

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