ICC trustees approve budget

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 04:55 AM

Isothermal Community College (ICC) Board of Trustees approved a $28,099,388 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year during its meeting Tuesday.

The school recently received a $14,306,416 allocation from the State of North Carolina and $2,118,872 from Rutherford County Commissioners in June. The other $11,674,100 comes from the institutional budget allocated by the federal government to be used for financial aid.

"I believe we are in good shape. The first thing we wanted to make sure is that we funded instruction 100 percent. There are some slight reductions on the support side, but those are manifested in keeping positions open for a while to see how the rest of the year goes," Walter Dalton, president of ICC said. "All in all I think we are in good shape and we will not lose any full-time faculty or staff."

Some of the line items include $3,314,062 for institutional support, $7,325,831 for curriculum instruction and $1,138,561 for student support.

"If you look at the budgets, the spending is almost exactly what it was last year," Dalton said. "Eighty-five to 90 percent of what we do on this campus requires human capital. We are spending the money on those people that give us great service."

The board approved the sale of a WNCW National Public Radio translator site, a broadcast frequency on the airwaves regulated and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Donald Curtis of Eastern Airwaves LLC will purchase the translator, located in the Charlotte area, for $125,000. The net of the proceeds will be appropriated to WNCW.

The station has other translators in Charlotte, Boone and Greenville and have a pending application for a site in Asheville.

Several appointments and reappointments to the board were made including Don Hofmann, appointed by the Polk County Commissioners; Pat Morgan, reappointed by the Rutherford County Board of Education; Ron Giles, reappointed by the Rutherford County Commissioners and Elizabeth Hodnett, student government association president. Each appointee took the oath of office during the meeting.

The board also approved retirements and appointments of personnel. Retirees include Sara Newcomb, advising center coordinator; Mary Stanley, continuing education registrar; Louise Toney, Polk continuing education support; Michael Crater, emergency services coordinator and Nathan Cole, bookstore manager.

Statements of appointment will include Marie Davis, secretary for adult high school program; Jason Ellison, Rutherfordton Center custodian; Leeann Cline, continuing education registrar; Robert Scott Robertson, WNCW programming utility/media sponsorship specialist and Jerry Hinson, emergency services coordinator.

Upcoming dates for ICC:

-50th Year Kickoff Celebration Reception- Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

-Grub Day- Thursday, Oct. 17

- Humpy Wheeler Event- Wednesday, Oct. 30

Upcoming dates for The Foundation Performing Arts Center:

- The Hit Men- Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

- The Celtic Tenors- Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

- Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver- Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12.