Summary of Spoon River College Board of Trustees July Meeting

The Spoon River College Board of Trustees approved a four-year contract with the College’s Faculty Association (SRCFA) during the regular board meeting held July 23 at the Canton Campus.

The contract calls for a stepped salary increase for the next four years: 2.75 percent increase the first year, 3.0 percent the second year, 3.10 percent the third year, and 3.25 percent the fourth year. SRCFA President Kay Norton commended President Curtis Oldfield and Human Resources Director Michelle Bugos for the atmosphere of mutual respect and team work that negotiations were conducted in.

The Board also approved the President’s employment contract to 2017.

The appointment of Travis Brown to the position of financial aid specialist was approved. Brown, who is a veteran, will be responsible for assisting veterans who are returning to college. Also approved was the appointment of Ellen Armstrong to the position of student accounts assistant. Both are full-time classified staff positions.

Student trustee Joshua Webb reported that many new and returning students participated in the Make It Happen Monday registration event that was held July 21 in Canton and Macomb. The event offered extended hours and door prizes, including a drawing for a free 3-credit hour class. Webb also noted that agriculture student Ryan Spangler was completing his internship this summer by working in the College garden and assisting with the SRC Campus market and the Canton Farmer’s Market that is held on Saturday mornings.

Carol Davis, vice president of community outreach and Foundation director, reported that as a result of a request to President Oldfield and due to the awarding of the DCEO grant, the College will be offering classes in Farmington in 2014-2015. One classroom with technology will be housed in the city building located on Main Street. A minimum of 10 classes per semester will be offered.

Davis also reported that the SRC Alumni Foundation was seeking nominations for honorary recognition of outstanding alumni. Honorees will be recognized at the annual Alumni Association Awards reception. This event, along with the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, will be held Saturday, October 11 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.  The nomination form is available online at by clicking on the Alumni tab.  

The SRC Community Chorus production of the musical QUILTERS will be presented on September 5, 6, and 7 in the theater in Taylor Hall.  Tickets are now on sale, with proceeds going to fund the Chorus’s fourth named endowed scholarship.  This scholarship will honor the late Roger Howerter, who was a Chorus member at the time of his death.

Complete minutes of meetings can be viewed at