The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees recommended a fiscal year 2010 budget request, approved collective bargaining agreements and set presidential compensation at its Oct. 17 meeting in Macomb.
A recommended FY2010 operating budget increase of $10.4 million was recommended by the Board. Western’s current FY2009 appropriated budget is $121.9 million. The proposed budget includes an additional $5.5 million to support salary increases; $1.5 million for deferred maintenance, such as classroom modernization, improving HVAC systems, enhancing plumbing and electrical distribution systems and renovating sidewalks and drives; $1 million for the University’s new bachelor’s degree in nursing; $750,000 for Western’s new engineering bachelor’s degree program; and $300,000 for teacher training and development through new preschool degree and certification programs in the Quad Cities and professional development in the Quad Cities. The recommendation will be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for action.
The Board also recommended an FY10 capital budget request of $111.8 million. The requests include projects that remain on the priority and capital request list for state funding through recent years, as the legislature has not approved new capital funds. A total of $96.2 million will support new construction on the Macomb and Moline campuses. WIU projects recommended include construction funding for the Performing Arts Center project on the Macomb campus, at a cost of $66.8 million, and the Western Quad Cities Riverfront Campus expansion project Building One, at a cost of $15.9 million, as the top priorities. Capital funds will also be requested for the Macomb campus for life safety improvement funds ($12 million), campus utility infrastructure planning ($4.1 million) and science complex planning ($9 million); and for the Quad Cities campus planning for a second Riverfront Campus building ($3.9 million). The recommendation will be forwarded to the IBHE for action.
A collective bargaining agreement on a wage reopener with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 417 and a two-year collective bargaining agreement on a wage reopener with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council was approved by the Board. Both have base salary increases of 3.5 percent for the current fiscal year as part of the agreements. The Board also: