Southwestern Community College held its monthly board meeting June 11, and on the agenda was a boardmember’s resignation, new computer servers, hazard mitigation and an affirmative action plan.
After Cindy Cox of Bedford resigned from SWCC board of directors effective June 1, a board committee, consisting of boardmembers Ken Rech, Dennis Davis and Tony Cass, was appointed. The committee appointed former boardmember Jan DeMott of Bedford to fill Cox’s position.
Cox resigned after deciding to move to South Dakota.
DeMott represented District 7 and served on the board from 1987 to 2010, when she resigned.
Susan Lane resigned from SWCC board of directors effective June 11. A board committee consisting of Rech, Davis and Jerry Smith was appointed to find a replacement within 30 days of her resignation.
Teresa Krejci, chief financial officer, brought to the board installation of new computer servers.
“We have about seven or eight servers in this building. It’s very small and crowded,” said Krejci. “We’ve always been concerned about it.”
Krejci said the servers project has been needing work, and the idea of virtualization of servers came up. Virtualization of servers means you have the ability to operate several servers on one machine, rather than having more machines. A second location of servers in the nursing building will be set up also for disaster recovery.
“We’ve had trouble with temperature control in that area, and right now our servers are getting older,” said Krejci.
The new servers and installation will cost approximately $150,000. SWCC will also save money on air-conditioning because temperature control will be easier with fewer machines in the room, and with machines that are newer and don’t work as hard as an older machine.
Boardmembers adopted the hazard mitigation plan of 2013-17.
“We had meetings to go over situations that we wanted to do mitigation work, like with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) money for different projects,” said Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development.
Lesan said SWCC was asked specifically to participate because the college currently has policies in place that allow SWCC to be a backup area in case of emergency for Green Valley State Park and Greater Regional Medical Center. By participating more actively, the college is able to apply for FEMA grants, which gives 85 percent of a total amount, and the college pays 15 percent, for different projects to improve student and faculty safety during natural disasters.
FEMA grants are used for things like storm shelters and safe rooms, such as the ones being built at Creston Elementary, Middle and High schools, which are being built on FEMA grants.
Affirmative action plan
Every two years, SWCC adopts an affirmative action plan, which has a goal the college must meet in order to promote diversity among students and staff.
“It has our current practices, current policies in there,” said Krejci. “It has some information about our student population and our workforce.”
Krejci said the population currently has a large number of females, but a low number of minorities.
In other SWCC board news:
• Habitat for Humanity and SWCC are teaming up to build another house, located at 600 W. Montgomery St.
• SWCC’s facilities levy will be on the ballot in September, again. This is a continuation of the current tax that goes to repairs and renovations of the campuses in Creston, Osceola and Red Oak.