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Renovation of art classrooms at the East Central College campus in Union is underway.  At their May 13 meeting, college trustees approved a bid for HVAC equipment and installation related to that project. 


The low bid of $134,648 from Coleman Heating and Sheet Metal in Bridgeton was approved.  The bid includes removal of four existing HVAC units and the connecting ductwork.  The project also includes installation of four new HVAC unit s, ductwork, gas plumbing, reinstallation of dust collection, spray booth and kiln exhaust ductwork and hooding along with installation of control electronics.  HVAC roof equipment ports and fire alarm equipment will also be repaired as part of the contract.


Air Pro Heating and Cooling from Beaufort submitted the only other bid for $143,874.


For more than 20 years the art department has been housed in space that was originally used by the automotive technology, building construction and welding programs.  The space was never renovated for the specific needs of the art program. 


Total value of the project is estimated at $300,000, although the actual cash outlay will be significantly less since ECC facilities staff are doing much of the work.  “We’re doing the work in phases,” said Bauer.  “The college should receive 50 percent reimbursement from the state in maintenance and repair funds.  Our own personnel costs can be submitted as the local match for those funds.”


In other action trustees approved an extension of the June 2005 memorandum of understanding with Central Methodist University for continuing usage of facilities for the 2014 fiscal year.  CMU will continue to pay a flat rental fee of $17,000 per year based on 45 credit hours per eight-week session for general classroom usage.  CMU has offered bachelor’s and master’s level classes on at ECC in Union for nearly 20 years.




In personnel matters, trustees approved the re-employment of 48 full-time members of the professional staff for fiscal year 2014 as well as adjunct instructors for the upcoming summer session.


Three people were appointed to full-time instructor positions effective with the start of the 2013 fall semester.  They will replace several retiring faculty members.


The employment of Christina Swanson as theatre instructor was approved.  Her previous theatre work experience includes carpenter for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, resident lighting designer for Germantown Community Theatre, technical director for Playhouse on the Square in Memphis and assistant technical director/instructor for Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  


Swanson has also been a sales consultant for Mainstage Theatrical Supply and Ovation Designs. She earned a master’s degree in communications with an emphasis in technical theatre from Morehead State University. 


DeAnna Cassat will teach accounting and business.  Cassat earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Her previous work experiences include associate cost accountant at Harman International.  She has been employed as a tax services associate at Anders, Minkler and Diehl, LLP for the past three years. 


Trustees also approved the appointment of Mary Buckey as reading instructor.  She previously served as an adjunct reading instructor at St. Louis Community College and St. Charles Community College.  Prior to those positions she was a Learning Center instructor, test supervisor and GED instructor at Jefferson College.  Buckey is a graduate of Missouri Baptist University with a master’s degree in education and reading.


The resignation of Ryan McDonnell, coordinator of student activities, was approved effective June 7, 2013.  McDonnell has accepted a position at Maryville University as assistant director of residence life/student conduct.  

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