NORMAL — The Heartland Community College board of trustees on Tuesday night approved the purchase an acre of property on the west end of its current holdings.

The parcel, near the intersection of Parkside and Raab roads, to be purchased is surrounded by college-owned property currently leased as farmland.

The total price, including a contingency fee, is $143,000.

The property includes a single-family house with an attached garage, but the college has no plans to use the house. The property was sought for future expansion.

The purchase still needs approval of the Illinois Community College Board. President Rob Widmer doesn't expect the ICCB to have any issues with it.

“This is obviously a parcel we've had our eyes on for some time,” Widmer said.

College officials have been negotiating with the owner for about five years.

In other action, the board re-elected Gregg Chadwick as its chairman and swore in the new student trustee, Chad Rosenbaum, and two trustees elected without opposition in this month's election, John “Jac” Copes and Becky Ropp.

Rosenbaum is a freshman from Normal and a graduate of University High School in the honors program at Heartland.

The board also approved a tobacco-free campus policy, which will take effect June 1.

State law requires all state-supported institutions of higher education to become smoke free by July 1.

Heartland decided to have its policy take effect a month earlier to coincide with the start of summer classes. It also applied its policy more broadly to include all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

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