BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JANUARY 24, 2005
Ayers Hall Renovation
General Contractor, Chorba Contracting, is making
significant progress on this project with their new mechanical subcontractor, Modern
Heating & Air Conditioning of Gadsden.
Chorba is committed to expediting the construction schedule in order to
complete this project in a timely manner.
A realistic completion date is early May 2005. Overall completion percentage is
The Athletic Department moved in and is occupying the newly
completed building. Several punch list
items remain to be completed or resolved but all parties are aggressively
working to correct the outstanding issues with the magnificent facility. Dedication is scheduled for the April 18th
Board of Trustees meeting.
Dawson Building of Rainbow City completed
wing and they are in full operation.
Academy moved into their
space in late December and started holding classes this month. On December 21, 2004, the final inspection
occurred with the State Building Inspector.
Outstanding punch list items and change orders are being worked on in
order to complete the facility and make ready for JSU’s occupancy.
Library Interior Improvements
Hudak & Dawson Contracting is approximately 98% complete
on this project. Several outstanding
electrical items remain uncompleted and change order items remain to be
accomplished before the project is completed.
Field House Renovations
Hudak & Dawson have made significant progress on the
exterior of the building especially the front entrance area. Demolition and renovation are in-process on
the main floor for the new meeting/hospitality area facing the field. Cost estimates from the contractor for
proposed change orders were received on January 4, 2005 for the rear porch
extension, underneath enclosure and upgrade to upstairs area.
The cost estimate for the porch extension work exceeds the
preliminary planning estimate by a significant amount. This estimate will require further
evaluation and review. The porch
extension and enclosure of the underneath area for usable space, have increased
the scope of work and associated cost.
If accepted, additional work can be incorporated into a change order for
the project. If rejected, the original
scope of work for the contract will be completed and rejected portion re-bid at
a later date.
Funding from NASA was appropriated and authorized for use in
the amount of $1.8M. FY 04 and FY 05
additional funding requests are pending release and/or approval in the amount
of $1.0M and $3.5M respectfully. The
entire project scope and construction documents are being developed by the
architect in concert with Mr. Pete Conroy’s office and National Parks Service.
The substantial funding, which has been approved, allows the entire project to
be designed, bid and constructed without phases as originally discussed.
Roof Replacement 2002
The contractor has inspected and reviewed the problems with
the facility on their visits. To date,
no remediation effort has been accomplished.
Design work by the architects should be completed by mid-February. The telescope is scheduled to be moved to
campus before the end of January.
Vandalism at the site has subsided appreciably. An appraisal for an additional acre of land
at the site has been completed.
Discussions with the property owner have not been initiated.
Headcount enrollment this spring ‘05 semester was 18
students below last spring ’04. However credit hours taken increased by 3,931.
This translates into students taking more classes than last year. So much more
that the additional credit hours equal 261 undergraduates and 87 graduate
students. This is equivalent to an increase of 348 students.
University Housing reported residence hall occupancy for
Spring Semester 2005 is 80%. Apartment occupancy rate is 96%. Spring occupancy
rate for houses is 100%. Specialty housing is 90%. Overall occupancy average
for Spring 2005 is 82% above last Spring ‘04 rate of 79%.
The Council of College and University Presidents and the
Alabama Commission on Higher Education presented to the Alabama Legislature and
the first unanimous Unified Budget Request for the Education Trust Fund since
1988. All two year and four year institutions agreed on a budget request that
would increase higher education funding to $138, 230,921 or 11.62%.
The Council and Commission adopted the following principles
to be used in guiding funding for fiscal year 2005-2006:
1. That each institution receives its last year’s total
appropriation as its base. Monies previously associated with Knight v. Alabama, except for Alabama
for which the Court still requires certain line item funding, were into the
2. New monies to be distributed as follows (not in priority
Employee Compensation increases be 4% or that
the increase be at the same level as that received by K-12.
Fully fund mandated health insurance (PEEHIP)
and retirement rate increases (two and four-year institutions).
Fully fund mandated retirees’ health insurance
costs for public senior institutions not currently enrolled in PEEHIP. [
enrolled in PEEHIP will receive funds to cover PEEHIP rate increases.]
An amount to make the percentage increase
recommended for two-year colleges equal to the four-year percentage increases.
3. Participation in development of an education bond issue.
Under this recommendation
University’s budget would
be $33,648,294 a 9.95% increase. Whether or not this years budget
recommendations will be successful will be determined by the Legislature and
Governor Riley when this year’s legislative session begins February 1st
with the presentation of the Governors Education Budget. Dr. Paul Hubbert and
the Alabama Education Association have requested a 7% pay raise for K-12
teachers. Although the Education Trust fund has a budget surplus of
approximately $564 million there is not enough money to meet the requests of
all segments of education. The promise of an interesting legislative session is
We are very pleased to announce that
University will be
receiving Federal transportation funds of approximately $3 million. The
Department of Technology and Engineering will be receiving $1 million and the
University will receive $2 million for the development of an on campus
transportation system. The City of Jacksonville
and the East Alabama Regional Planning Commission have begun discussions of how
they might work together to develop a transportation system linking the city
and other areas to the University. The first of these funds are expected to be
appropriated by June of this year. We want to express our appreciation to all
our Congressional legislators for assistance in acquiring these funds.
I would like to ask Dr. Turner to present the Academic
Division of Information Technology
has always been fortunate to have been at the cutting edge of data management.
We are now facing the need to acquire new software that will be the basis for
all university administrative and academic computing systems for the next ten
to twenty years. I have asked Mr. Randy Harper, Executive Director of Information
Technology to provide a briefing of the need, impact, and expenditure required
for this next generation of software.
I will now call on Vice President Joe Serviss for an update
from his division.
Mr. Chairman that concludes my report unless you or the
Trustees have further questions.