By TRAVIS MORSE
---- — INA — Rend Lake College has a long-term plan to build a new industrial training center in McLeansboro.
The initiative, which is in its early stages, is listed as one of the college's priority projects in the newest RLC District Site & Construction Master Plan.RLC President Terry Wilkerson said the project came about due to interest expressed from the McLeansboro community.Still, though, college officials will have to investigate the project thoroughly before committing to moving forward, he said.“We're exploring the feasibility,” Wilkerson said. “There was a lot of interest in that area. Specifically, White Oak is over there, the coal mines – there's interest in training the workforce there. … And so that's something that we put on our documents that we ought to be looking at and we ought to be gauging.”The RLC Board of Trustees examined the master plan at its meeting Tuesday night. College officials draft a new plan every five years or so to outline needed construction projects.According to the 2013 document, the proposed 9,000-square-foot McLeansboro facility would provide general industrial training, general classes, and dual-credit classes with Hamilton County Senior High School.It would likely have space for training, shop, and welding activities, as well as for a computer lab and administrative offices.But Wilkerson stressed that just because there's been interest shown doesn't mean RLC will definitely move forward with the project. There will have to be a lot of questions answered first.“So, is there a student need or is there a training need in that area?” Wilkerson said. “We'll do a lot of feasibility studies of those things.”The master plan also includes information on several other new projects on the horizon for RLC.They include: renovating the current RLC Science Building, constructing an addition to the Learning Resource Center, and replacing the college's Advanced Technology Center.Funding details on these projects have not been provided and there is not yet a timeline for construction.In addition Tuesday, the RLC Board officially approved its 2013 tax levy, payable in 2014. The levy amounts were approved in September, but the actual levy was formally adopted Tuesday.The total 2013 levy is $4,823,940, down from the 2012 levy of $4,825,777. Other RLC Board actions Tuesday included:n Approval of the resignation of Nicki Bowlin as an academic advisor.n Approval of the transfer of Leah Schlag from the position of records specialist to academic advisor.n Approval of employing Amber Williamson as a temporary full-time music instructor.n Approval of granting tenure to Bria Robinson, a radiologic technology instructor, effective Jan. 3, 2014.n Approval of appointing Abbi Carman and Charlotte Loquasto as record specialists.n Approval of appointing Joy Fitts as an administrative assistant.