President's Quarterly Report to Board of Trustees
Demolition of Steam
Plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Halls
This project was
completed by Taylor Corporation. A change order was submitted by the contractor
which was denied by the University.
Taylor Corporation has appealed to the State of Alabama Building Commission to review the
claim dispute. A tentative hearing date was scheduled for June 7, 2007 but is
now rescheduled for October 25, 2007 due to a conflict for Taylor Corporation.
Bids were received and
opened on April 5, 2007 and the apparent low bidder is Eidson and Associates
AL with a base bid of $4,700,000. Various alternates are being reviewed and
evaluated for acceptance depending on available funds.
The building structure
is complete. Installation of the
telescope mount and controlling mechanism for the dome and telescope to
function in unison has been a technological problem for the contractor. Specialty vendors have been located and will
be employed to get the system functioning within the next 90 days. This project will greatly enhance the
University’s astronomical programs which can be shared with public schools.
CCS-Duncan of Madison, AL
is the General Contractor on this project.
The contractor is making progress. However, the roof system is not
complete at this time. The incomplete
roof prevents permanent materials i.e., insulation, drywall, from being installed. This roof issue could create a schedule
slippage in completion time if not addressed expeditiously by the
contractor. The architect has been
directed to issue a “Notice to Cure” to the contractor to highlight this
Stadium Scoreboard and
Other Electronic Campus Signage
Daktronics, Inc., Canton, GA was the low
bidder for this project which included a new scoreboard for Paul Snow Stadium,
a second scoreboard mounted to the Field House facing the field and alternates
for electronic message boards at Montgomery
Building, and Pete
Mathews Coliseum. Steel columns arrived
and were erected on March 12 and 13.
Metal framing and sign panels were installed at the end of March. Electricians are very busy with underground
conduits and pulling wire to the system.
The display board is scheduled to be operational for April graduation.
Building sign is operational. The new
message board at the Coliseum is up but needs the conduit run underneath the
parking lot before it, too, can be operational.
Hopper Cafeteria Dishwashing Machine Replacement
Hale Building Company,
Inc., of Anniston,
AL was the low bidder with a base bid of
$286,900. Materials have been ordered
with demolition and installation scheduled for early May depending on material
Office of Admissions is pleased to announce that Spring Preview Days 2007 were
a great success. 309 students registered
in February and 284 registered in March for a total of 593 new students
registered for Fall Semester 2007. This is the highest total since the
beginning of registration at preview days in 1995.
Fall Semester 2007 application and acceptance numbers are the highest ever
recorded. The total in your Board manual reflects
applications as of March 28th. The Office of Admissions is pleased
to inform you that the application count as of last Wednesday April 11th
was 2,753 for newly accepted first time freshman and transfer students. This is
an increase of 264 or 11% above last year at this time. Our number of new
applications for first time freshman and transfer students from Georgia are
also the highest ever recorded. 548 new applications from Georgia have
been accepted for an increase of 82 applications or 17.6%. In view of Georgia’s excellent Hope Scholarship Program,
this is significant and speaks to the value that is
University in quality and
Housing occupancy for the last month of spring semester is 95% ; representing
only a 2% decrease from the beginning of Spring Semester 2007. The report
indicates that university housing: apartments, houses and residence halls
accommodate 1,549 students.
the last two Board meetings: October and January you learned that the JSU
Foundation is considering a proposal to the Board that would build apartment
like dormitories and provide 300 to 500 additional living spaces on campus. In
January the Housing Project Committee of the Foundation chose University
Housing Services (UHS) to assist them in studying the feasibility of this
project. The University agreed to retain
Anderson Strickler, LLC to conduct a study that would
assist in identifying the type of facility best suited to JSU’s student needs. A
draft of the executive summary of that study is provided for your review under
Tab 6. The final report will be mailed to each of you for your review. The
study indicates support among JSU students for additional University housing to
be built in the apartment style of 2 private bedrooms and/or 4 private bedrooms
in suite arrangements that share a common living area and kitchenette
(microwave, refrigerator & sink). The study recommends construction of
approximately 400 beds. The Foundation has not completed its plans at this point
but should be able to do so by the July Board meeting. New housing initiatives
need to be pursued at the end of the current housing bond obligation which ends
in 2008. The University will need additional campus housing in order to
maintain a viable residential student life program for campus, whether the
Foundation plans to pursue the project or not.
two issues before the Alabama Legislature this session that have the most
significance for Jacksonville
are the annual appropriation and the bond issue. The appropriation for Jacksonville
as proposed by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education is $47,719,889 or an
11.7% increase. Unfortunately Governor Riley was not as generous and proposed
$45,743,061 or a 7.09% increase. Considering the mandatory increases in Teacher Retirement
Rate of $679,924 and the increased cost of health insurance, Public Education Employees Health
Insurance Plan (PEEHIP) of $606,967 for a total of $1,286,891; the balance of new money
(increase above last year's budget) left under the Governor's proposal would be
$1,741,767. Although the Governor proposed a 7% salary increase for education
employees, this would not be enough for the University to offer any raise and
meet the cost increase for utilities and additional expenditures for a campus
with growing enrollments. A 1% raise for JSU employees is approximately
$500,000. Therefore a 7% increase would be approximately $3.5 million. Jacksonville
faculty and staff deserve a 7% increase in salary as do our partners in
elementary and secondary education. This is the position of
University and that of
the Partnership for Higher Education.
State Bond Issue, as supported by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education,
called for a $1 billion issue split between elementary/secondary education at
60% and higher education 40%. The Governor’s proposal is for $850 million to be
split between elementary/secondary education 71% and higher education 29%. In
your Board manual under Tab 6 is a summary of bond issues for education through
Public School and College Authority for
the last 11 issues dating back to 1959. The historical split has been
elementary/secondary education 63.9% and higher education 36.10%. The position
will be to support that of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
Rebecca Turner, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, has prepared her
report in your binder under “Tab 6” which you may read at your leisure. The
Board is aware that Chairman Bennett requested that a report on the
University’s Comprehensive Plan to reach an enrollment of 10,000 students be
prepared for this meeting. Dr. Turner, her staff, as well as other vice
presidents and staff have prepared a presentation and handouts to answer all
the questions in Mr. Bennett’s letter and familiarize our Trustees with the
University’s ongoing plan that has brought us to 9,000 students and our plan to
achieve the 10,000 enrollment goal. Dr. Turner will present the academic
portion and Mr. Garner will present our marketing objectives.
Director Jim Fuller will present his Athletic Report
Business Affairs Report
Carlson will present the University’s Cash Management and Investment Report
later on the agenda. But if there are any questions of Business Affairs he will
be glad to respond.
Joe Serviss, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, will provide a brief
update of our capital campaign and present the Spring 2007 Gem of the Hills alumni magazine.
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