DACC board to vote on new computers

DACC board to vote on new computers

DANVILLE — Some students at Danville Area Community College could be getting a new computer lab.

The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting is in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St. A copy of the agenda and board packet is available online at http://bit.ly/1vUcvND.

Trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to approve a $20,592 bid to Microage for the computer equipment.

The Glenview-based company offered the lowest of six bids, which ranged as high as $33,594, for 25 computers and monitors.

President Alice Jacobs said the equipment would be installed in a new lab in the Clock Tower Building. They would be used by students in the criminal justice and early childhood programs.

"The criminal justice is a very popular program," she said of the need, adding it draws both traditional college students as well as high school students in the College Express dual-credit program. "So, this lab will be scheduled most of the day."

The equipment would be funded with 2013 technology/equipment bonds.

Trustees will also vote on whether to obtain bids to replace three chiller units that serve Lincoln, Vermilion, Cannon and Prairie Hall.

One was installed in 1998, and the other two were installed in 1999. Administrative Services Director Mike Cunningham said the equipment, which has a 10- to 12-year life expectancy, has begun to fail and that are getting very costly to maintain.

The replacement project is estimated at $575,000. It would be paid for with protection/health/safety funds and board restricted facility/construction/renovation reserve and equipment reserve funds.

Also at the meeting, trustees will decide whether to increase fees at the Child Development Center, which currently serves about 65 children.

The weekly rate would increase $5 — $115 to $140, depending on the child's age, for DACC students; $120 to $155 for non-DACC students.

The daily rate would increase $2 — about $26 to about $36, depending on the child's age.

Jacobs said the increase is needed to offset an increase in expenses at the center, which also is a lab for DACC students enrolled in education, nursing and College Express programs. She added rates have not been increased for two years.

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