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East Central College will see a reduction in insurance rates for 2012 with a change in providers for health and dental insurance for college employees.  Approval came at the November 7 meeting of the college board of trustees.


GHP will become the new carrier for employee health insurance at a rate of $565 per month, a 2.4 percent reduction from the current plan with United Healthcare.  Reliance Standard will be the new carrier for employee dental insurance.  The Reliance rate of $27.68 per month is a reduction of approximately five percent from the current dental coverage provided by UHC.  Changes in carriers should result in a savings of approximately $40,000 compared to 2011.


The college will continue vision coverage with Vision Service Plan and Reliance will again be the carrier for life, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability.  There will be no change in rates for those ancillary lines of coverage. 


Schroepfer Bauer Insurance, the college’s insurance broker, solicited bids for health insurance.  Representatives with that firm met with the employee insurance committee last month to review the options.


Dr. Jon Bauer, vice president of finance and administration, noted when putting together the current budget he projected a 10 percent increase in health insurance rates.  ECC will continue to cover 100 percent of the base medical plan for employees but will also offer a buy-up plan and qualified high deductible plan with a health savings account.


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Trustees approved the purchase of three computer numerical control lathes for use in the precision machining program.  Four bids were received, with Haas Factory Outlet of St. Louis submitting the low bid of $124,872 for the lathes.  Missouri Vocational Enhancement Grant funding will cover 75 percent of the purchase price of the equipment.  The bid from Haas included the trade in value of $18,000 for three units currently used in the program. 


Brenda Bouse, vice president of career and outreach education at ECC, noted that the lathes currently in use are approximately 10 years old.  “Obtaining parts is becoming extremely difficult and causes a major disruption to the program when the machines need to be repaired,” said Bouse. 


The precision machining  program is housed at ECC’s site in Washington located at Four Rivers Career Center where the college offers two certificate options as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree.  Over 50 students are currently enrolled in the program.




Trustees also approved a contract for the incoming college president. The board voted to approve the contract for Dr. Jon Bauer, who will become East Central College’s sixth president July 1, 2012.


The board appointed Bauer to the position on September 29, and at that time authorized board president Jim Perry to negotiate a contract for the board’s approval. Trustees Monday approved a three-year contract with a salary of $140,000 for fiscal year 2013.


Bauer has worked at the college since 1995.  He is the current vice president of finance and administration, a position he has held since 2005.  He began as director of public relations.  He took on additional responsibilities in 1999 as the director of college relations.  He was promoted to dean of enrollment management in 2001 and spent one year as dean of ECC’s satellite location in Rolla prior to his appointment as chief fiscal officer six years ago.


Bauer holds an associate degree from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, an MBA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Board members also approved the appointment of Donna Thomas as instructor in the LPN-RN program effective January 3, 2012.  Thomas has worked at ECC for five years as nursing retention specialist.  She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Webster University.


Her salary will be funded through the Training for Tomorrow grant.

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