Board of Trustees eliminates online learning fee for students

Trustees approved the end of LCC’s $25 online course fee, effective for the summer semester, during their April 20 meeting. Given the switch to online-only education, the college and trustees agreed it was not reasonable to charge students an extra fee. Additionally, the fee was established to defray startup expenses of moving to online education, and the college now has a robust infrastructure to support virtual learning.
 
Further, trustees approved:

  • A $65,000 increase in the Blanket Purchase Order with Moore Trosper Construction Company necessary to complete the Student Affairs and StarZone renovation in the Gannon Building.
  • A $197,415 increase in the Blanket Purchase Order with WFF Facility Services to support the 2020 and 2021 increases in Michigan’s minimum wage.
  • An extension of the lease agreement with Howell Public Schools to use space at Parker Middle School for LCC’s Livingston County Center. The $536,870 lease will run Aug. 1, 2020, through July 31, 2022, with two one-year options to extend. LCC has leased the space since 2007, and now holds more than 100 courses every fall and spring at the Livingston County Center.

The trustees did not approve 2020-2021 sabbatical leave requests. While they did not question the merits of the sabbatical projects proposed, trustees agreed the leaves were an additional expense the college could not afford at this stage in the pandemic.
 
Trustee Robert Proctor provided an update on the college’s presidential search. The presidential search screening committee has completed its work, and will forward the names of five finalists to the Board of Trustees after all finalists as well as unsuccessful candidates have been contacted. The names of those finalists will be made public as soon as possible.
 
The Board of Trustees is next scheduled to meet Monday, May 18. Watch for details of that meeting from the Board of Trustees email account.