JWCC trustees adopt facilities master plan

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- John Wood Community College trustees adopted a facilities master plan Wednesday night.

The plan will serve as a guide for deferred maintenance, space conversion and future capital projects.

JWCC President Mike Elbe said "nothing is etched in stone" in regard to the master plan.

"It is a plan, not a contract," Elbe said. "This adoption means we're adopting a process, or a road map."

The master plan was developed by Quincy-based Klingner and Associates and BLDD Architects of Decatur.

The plan includes prioritized options for JWCC to pursue as funding options become available.

"Funding is the key," Elbe said.

Key features of the plan include development of more student engagement and collaborative learning spaces, plus expansion of career and technical program offerings.

"We are proud of our campus and regional centers," Elbe said. "This update to the facilities master plan gives us a road map for potential upgrades and future capital projects to keep (JWCC) relevant and vibrant and to promote student success and community partnership."

In other business, the board of trustees:

º Approved a resolution to abate the 2019 tax levied to pay general obligation bonds, series 2012 used to fund energy efficiency projects. JWCC has enough funds from operations for the annual payment of the principal and interest on these bonds. As a result, the counties of Adams, Pike, Hancock, Calhoun, Schuyler, Brown, Morgan, Scott and Cass will not collect approximately $92,000 for payment this year.

º Approved a 7 p.m. Nov. 13 board meeting.