To go to the McHenry County College Board meeting tonight or not.
That is the question.
Tonight there will be live streaming for the first time. The meeting starts at 6:30.
You won’t have to sit in the auditorium or the entrance and watch the meeting on a big screen. You can watch it on your small screen.
Here is where you can sign up.
I’ve asked for this for years and the excuse was lack of band width.
The previous Board members would not even make a tape when meetings were recorded in times past.
Now the meetings will be archived and people can see who did what.
Newly-elected Board member Tom Wilbeck suggested the live streaming of Board meetings the night he was sworn in.
What’s up tonight?
Salary increases of 3.7% for the administrators, including President Vicky Smith.
It’s in Report
Not very user-friendly, wouldn’t you agree?
I’ll copy the guts of the proposal again and laboriously piece it back into something you can read:
A. Increase all administrators’ salaries by ___% for those administrators who were in their positions prior to March 1, 2013, excluding those administrators whose salaries would be over the maximum of their range or have been on discipline for any reason or on a Performance Improvement Plan.
B. Increase minimum and maximum rate for the administrative ranges for FY 2014 by the change in the December Consumer Price Index-Urban (CPI-U) for the previous fiscal year, which was 1.7%.
C. Have administrators contribute 25% of the premiums for medical healthcare and 50% of the premiums for dental and vision insurance plans selected.
Below is the whole report with the titles of everyone who would be given raises:
The pitch being made to Trustees is that the above listed positions should all get a one percent raise above the increase in the cost-of-living in order to pay the extra money employees in the pension system to which they and the instructors belong expect to be charged by pending legislation.
If that is passed, of course, all the other employees in the university pension system will expect the same indemnification from the increased costs to be imposed upon college employees. It’s called a “pension pick-up” in education circles.
This same legislation will force local taxpayers to start paying pension deficiencies through property taxes, so the eventual result may be that taxpayers end up paying not only bailing out state government on its soon-to-be broken promise, but also holding MCC employees harmless from any increased pension costs.
If you would like to communicate with Trustees, their addresses are below:
- Chris Jenner firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cynthia Kisser email@example.com
- Linda Liddell firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Miller email@example.com
- Ronald Parrish firstname.lastname@example.org
- Molly Walsh email@example.com
- Tom Wilbeck firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michele Lambert email@example.com (student trustee)
Or I guess you can use the old email address to all Trustees, if you find it easier: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s still on the web site and might still work.