On Tuesday, November 10th, the McHenry County College Board will discuss expanding the MCC campus.
Below is a message from Vice Chair Liddell regarding agenda item 9, Next Steps for Space at McHenry County College, appears below:
You can look at the consultant’s study here.
MESSAGE TO THE BOARD FROM VICE CHAIR LIDDELL
In addition, once the Board has reached consensus on the direction, a discussion on financing the option chosen will also occur.
Even with choosing Option A or Option B and discussing financing, it will still be 5-7 years before a project is completed.
So, as the Board is thinking about the option to select, please remember that Mr. Demonica indicated that if all of Option A was selected and completed, that the space needs identified in the Paulien report would still not be addressed fully.
I encourage the Board to discuss which option will provide the space that the programs need.
We need to be making decisions now to address the needs the College currently has, because we are living in a dynamic time, and over the next 5-10 years, additional program needs will be articulated by the business/industry and district residents that will require the space to be flexible and expandable.
If everyone could take a closer look at Option B, because with further research it appears this might be the more feasible solution to meet our College’s requirements by 2025.
On that option the information in the box on the right of Option B all needs to be done. If one part within the box is done, all of the projects in the box need to be done.
Please read and review the information so that the Board can move forward to discuss specifically the option and the way it will be funded, and have a good solid conversation.
On page 81, the items inside the box all need to be done because they are interconnected; if one is done it impacts another in the box.
The things outside the box can be discussed one by one to see how implementing each may contributed to addressing the programmatic space needs.
I would propose three questions. When you’re evaluating areas outside the box, ask yourself:
• Is this part of the plan critical to the College’s stated mission?
• What is the impact on student engagement, which we know leads to student success?
• Does the layout make physical sense to our county, to our taxpayers, to our students?
We will be looking at all the different ways of funding.
After choosing the option, we will have some solid discussion.
Dr. Smith and the senior staff will be sharing some thoughts on how we can go about funding this, so that the burden is shared equally and it does not become so difficult having one segment bear the whole cost, but rather sharing it across all stakeholders.
We look forward to some lively conversation about that.