RCC approves raises, bonuses

First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON -- Employees at Robeson Community College will find something extra in their paychecks in November or December.
Interim President Vincent Revels told the board of trustees on Monday that the school planned to give each employee of the college a 1.8 percent permanent raise and 2.16 percent bonus within the next two months. The raise and the bonus are retroactive to July 1. The school has 174 full-time employees.
“The employees have made it possible,” Revels said. “And we wanted to give them something for all that they have done.”
However, Trustee Sammy Cox questioned whether the school could afford to give pay raises and bonuses in light of the budget restraints that have been placed on community colleges by the state. But Revels said the raises and bonuses were “well within the school's means.”
Former RCC President Fred Williams, who now serves as state Community College System executive vice president and chief operations officer, agreed. Williams, who attended Monday's meeting to thank the board for naming the student center for him, said that RCC is in better shape than most of the colleges in the state system.
“I've had to look at cutting the budgets of some other colleges and believe me this college is in an enviable position,” Williams said. “You could take a 7 to 8 percent cut and still be able to do the things you need to do. I can't say that for many schools.”
Computer fee
In other business, the board voted to charge students a fee to use computers. All full-time curriculum students -- those taking at least 12 hours -- will be charged $16 a semester. Part-time curriculum students will be charged $8 a semester. Continuing education students enrolled in computers course will be charged $5 a semester.
“There is no question that our costs in computer and technical supplies, materials and equipment are only increasing,” Revels said. “As a result, we feel we will have to pass on some of the costs to our students.”
The board held a brief swearing-in ceremony for James Munce, the new Student Government President. Munce, who lives in Fairmont, replaces Rudy Locklear, former SGA president. Munce is a non-voting trustee.
The board presented Locklear with a resolution honoring his service to the board. Locklear served on the board for a year.
“I know y'all are going to miss me,” Locklear told the board. “I'm going to miss you, but I can tell you that the college is in good hands. I hope you will continue to put students first.”
Before Monday's meeting, a reception was held for Carr and Alice Gibson and former school attorney I. Murchison Biggs, longtime supporters of RCC. Engraved plaques honoring the Gibsons and Biggs were unveiled in the lobby of the A.D. Lewis Auditorium.
“We're here to recognize two very special families that have contributed greatly to this college,” Williams said. “Through their vision and support, they have been vital to the life of this college and this community.”
In other business, the board voted to:
-- Table consideration of lease agreements for the Lumberton and Pembroke extension centers. Revels said the contracts should be ready in November.
-- Accepted the resignation of business instructor Georgia N. Simpson after 31 years. Simpson, who served as chairman of the business department, will be replaced by Joy Bukowy.
-- Announced it will hold a reception for employees on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. the Fred G. Williams Student Center.
-- Announced that the RCC Foundation Greater Golf Open raised $17,434 in net proceeds.

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