JWCC Trustees Hear Report on Trustee Election and Spring 2021
The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees heard a report on the candidates for JWCC’s upcoming Trustee Election and an update on the Spring 2021 semester, during its regular meeting Wednesday, February 17. The meeting was conducted virtually as permitted by the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two seats on the Board will be filled in the consolidated election on April 6, 2021. The seats are for two, six-year terms. The three candidates in order in which their names will appear on the ballot are Paula Hawley of Griggsville, William (LB) Cornwell of Quincy and Don Hess of Quincy. Hess is an incumbent, Hawley and Cornwell are challengers. Trustees whose terms are expiring are Jim Gay of Rockport, IL and Don Hess of Quincy, IL.
The Board also heard a report on JWCC’s Spring 2021 semester. ”Students are attending in-person and our semester is progressing well,” shared JWCC President Michael Elbe. JWCC is preparing for the Summer and Fall 2021 terms with registration just a few weeks away. Elbe said, “We are optimistic as the pandemic is more controlled, this will continue to give students the confidence to move forward on their educational path. Our proven success model to date is allowing students to choose course delivery based on their comfort level and individual learning style.” JWCC offers learning options aligned with IDPH health and safety guidelines including in-person, in-person with virtual components and online.
Another important update was given regarding COVID-19. “JWCC along with our community partners, the Adams County Together Task Force and the Adams County Health Department are committed to public safety,” stated Elbe. “We are engaging in all measures to secure the best opportunities to successfully provide a safe and healthy campus.”
In other business, the board:
Granted tenure for full-time faculty member; Devron Sternke, effective at the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year.
Accepted and authorized a $98,000 bid for the courtyard concrete improvements to Rees Construction Co.
Approved the Memo of Understanding to the FY2019-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement on section 3.17 – Selection and Evaluation of Department Chair which will change the Spring 2021 Department Chair selection from January to a later date in the Spring term.
The next meeting will be held March 17, 2021, at 6 p.m. at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center, located at 4220 Kochs Lane, Quincy, IL.