DANVILLE – The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday will take the next steps to begin the renovation of the Dr. Alice Marie Jacobs Hall/Carnegie Library.

The board will be asked to authorize Walton & Associates Architects of Springfield to develop detailed construction drawings to provide a “vanilla” workspace design for the renovation of the Dr. Alice Marie Jacobs Hall/Carnegie Library. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.01 million.

In 2016, the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System swapped the Carnegie Library for DACC property where a gazebo sits.

Walton & Associates recently developed an updated cost estimate and schematic design drawings of both floors of the Carnegie Library. A gift of $2 million is promised through the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation that will pay for the renovation work.

“We will have buildable plans in about two months,” DACC President Stephen Nacco said.

Renovation work could begin as soon as April after a contractor is hired.

“We’re going to make it functional but not make any dramatic changes,” he said. “It’s a beautiful building.

“The gallery on the main floor with the four columns is like an art museum,” Nacco said. “The basement will have art classes. It will be a studio down there. It will be a flexible space.

“We’re going to restore the beauty of the building,” he said. “This will honor Dr. Jacobs who loves the arts. She continues to be a patron of the arts, and this is a fitting tribute to her 17 years of exemplary service.”

The renovations also will include adding an interior staircase between the levels and a pocket elevator on the exterior of the Carnegie Library so that the building is ADA compliant.

Nacco said he expects the building to be in use by the fall semester.

Also Thursday, the trustees will:

• Hear a report from human resources. DACC HR Director Jill Cranmore is expected to present a five-year master plan of personnel needs and professional development for 16 departments on campus, Nacco said.

• Hear a financial update.

• Hear the president’s report.

• Consider adopting a resolution to transfer monies to the Education Fund and the Operations and Maintenance Fund from the Working Cash Fund.

The resolution authorizes funds to be transferred as needed to meet the payment due dates for expenditures incurred in these funds when the revenue is not received in time to meet the cash outflow requirements.

The transaction is considered an internal loan and must be repaid to the Working Cash Fund within one calendar year since the intent is not to abolish the balance in the fund.

The majority of the funds used to pay the loan will be from tax revenue and student tuition with no reliance on state funding. The timing of this resolution avoids having a negative cash balance at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The resolution is requested annually and meets the requirements of Illinois Community College Board and the college auditors.

• Learn about the student trustee election calendar.

Nacco said DACC students have the opportunity to “build their resume” if they become a student trustee.

“They become part of the leadership of the college,” he said.

Nominating petitions are available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, Feb. 24 until Friday, March 20, from the Secretary to the Board of Trustees Kerri Thurman in Room 202 of Vermilion Hall.

The first day students can start to file petitions is between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, March 16. On the last day of filing, candidates must submit their petition to Thurman no later than 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Room 202 of Vermilion Hall, to be placed on the ballot.

A canvass of the election results and an announcement of the winner will be held immediately after the polls close on April 8.

The new student trustee — who will serve a full term from April 15, 2020 to April 14, 2021 — will be seated Thursday, April 23, during a regular board of trustees meeting.

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