Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

October 28, 2013


THE BOARD APPROVED ..................................................................

South Orange County Community College District


  • On a 7-0 vote, the board approved the Settlement Agreement in California Department of Finance (“DOF”), etc. et. al, SOCCCD etc. et. al. (Intervenors) v. Grimes, and authorize the Chancellor to sign the Settlement Agreement on behalf of the Board. The Department of Finance, the Chancellor’s Office and the four community college districts in Orange County sued the Orange County Auditor Controller, Jan Grimes, and the County Board of Supervisors, as an intervenor on behalf of the auditor controller, for incorrectly calculating the County’s Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount (“VLFAA”) for 2011-12 and 2012-13 and thereby failing to pay approximately $150,000,000 into the County’s Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund for those years. The Orange County Superior Court ruled in favor of the districts, and the DOF. In order to avoid further litigation and appeals, the parties have agreed to a settlement which provides for the County to repay the $150,000,000 over time by making payments into the County’s Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund and through deposits into a separate account in the County’s treasury for the benefit of the California Community Colleges. Once all parties have signed the Settlement Agreement, a copy will be available through the Chancellor’s Office.
  • On a 7-0 vote, the board approved a resolution terminating the employment of an academic administrator at Saddleback College and directed administration to send the appropriate notice to the employee.
  • The board approved all remaining administrators listed on the agenda a renewal of a three-year contract with the exception of the Saddleback College administrator listed in the above action.


  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • A grant of $100,000 from City of Irvine Measure R and Measure BB funds to Irvine Valley College Foundation to support students’ academic performance through enhanced and innovative student health and guidance services in Irvine.
  • Five transfer degrees from Saddleback College in Art History, Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Kinesiology, and Theatre Arts.
  • Saddleback Student Out of State Travel to San Antonio, TX.
  • $170,660 award from the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB) to provide Veteran's Pipeline Initiative services through the OCWIB's Workforce Innovation Fund.
  • Saddleback College Study Abroad program to Peru.
  • Additional preconstruction services by C.W. Driver, Inc. in the amount of $72,588 for the Saddleback
    College Sciences Building project.
  • Bid award in the amount of $159,896 for biology equipment for the IVC Life Sciences building.
  • Modifications to the District’s Order of Priority for the Five Year Construction Plan for submittal to the State Chancellor's Office.
  • Revised Basic Aid Allocation Recommendations for FY 2103-2014.
  • Acceptance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) in the amount of $2,749,999 to streamline and enhance Saddleback College’s current allied health training programs and address emerging career opportunities resulting from the Affordable Care Act.
  • $47,925 in additional design services for the Saddleback College Technology and Applied Sciences building to be provided by gkkworks.
  • An increase in the project budget for the Saddleback College Sciences Building of $8,523,000 and authorization to execute and deliver Lease Leaseback Agreements. Director Brandye D'Lena provided a brief presentation on this item.
  • Board Policy Revisions to BP-3410: Nondiscrimination and BP- 4012: Academic Administrators and Classified Managers Personnel Files.
  • Rescind previously approved sabbatical leave for Kiana Tabibzadeh for Spring 2014 at her request.
  • New and replacement full-time faculty positions for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College contingent upon funding.
  • Layoff of one categorically funded classified position as a result of lack of funds and/or lack of work.


  • Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles provided a status update for the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) development, including status of ownership, site improvements, and roles and responsibilities of District Services, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College, and next steps. Click here to view the presentation.
  • SC President Tod Burnett, SC Outreach and Recruitment Director Leslie Humphrey and San Juan Hills Principal Tom Ressler presented an overview of the Saddleback College High School Partnership Program. Saddleback College, Capistrano Unified School District and Saddleback Valley Unified School District have developed the Saddleback College High School Partnership Program to better prepare students for the rigors of college coursework leading to success after high school. The HSPP provides recommended steps for high school students and the suggested roles for the college, high school, student, and parents or guardians in support of a student’s chosen pathway. Under the HSPP, Saddleback provides the Gaucho Guarantee which states that high school students who follow the recommended steps will achieve success whether they seek to attend college, enter the workforce, join the military, or pursue any other pathway after high school. Principal Ressler and President Burnett commented that educators need to embrace an approach of "K through Career".


REPORTS .................................................................................

  • Trustee Jay attended Professor Micael Merrifield's memorial ceremony; he congratulated all of the administrators who had their contracts renewed. Trustee Jemal attended the OCBC workforce indicators conference and was happy to see similar growth sectors identified that we are working on such as allied health.  He also attended the Teacher of the Year dinner and congratulated Professor Scott Fier for being named one of three finalists. He shared the personal loss of his father-in-law who spent his final years at Laguna Woods and attributed much of his sustained health to being a lifelong learner. He took art and photography classes and Trustee Jemal commented that these opportunities enhanced his life. Trustee Milchiker attended a SC science lecture series by a UC Riverside professor who spoke about global climate change. She pointed out that five of our trustees attended the Teacher of Year dinner and commented on the loyal support our trustees have for our colleges. Trustee Prendergast attended the water polo game and homecoming game at SC. He attended the Teacher of the Year dinner and commented on how special it was for him because Professor Fier was his brother's chemistry teacher and the families are friends. He urged everyone to take advantage of OC Register's subscription upgrade promotion which donates to schools. Trustee Padberg also attended the Teacher of the Year ceremony and commented that the event is special because it includes K-12 and college teachers and is sponsored by SC alumni. She remarked on how marvelous it is that they choose to host this event each year as their way to give back. She thanked SchoolsFirst for sponsoring more than 800 dinners for the event. She also attended SC homecoming and was sad to see them lose. Trustee Wright attended a science lecture series on the transformation of a low carbon future sponsored by Honda. He also attended two football games, the Teacher of Year dinner which was special as he has known Scott Fier for over 20 years. He applauded SC Journalism for their recent awards. He pointed out that it is National Campus Equity Week with the hope of drawing some attention to our part-time faculty. He said we need to better utilize their talent and provide them with adequate support. Trustee Lang offered condolences for the loss of Micael Merrifield and congratulations for all teachers of the year, including Scott Fier. He attended homecoming and said it was a tough loss but an exciting game. Student Trustee Robinson thanked SC Academic Senate President Dan Walsh for supporting a smoking ban on campus and encouraged the district to follow their lead. He commented that both UC and CSU have implemented smoking bans on their campuses. He offered condolences to the Merrifield family and commented that he was lucky enough to have had Professor Merrifield for one class and that he was truly a memorable professor with an inspiring and enthusiastic teaching style that empowered students.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner drew attention to the board meeting presentations including next steps and roles and responsibilities for ATEP; Saddleback's agreement with local high schools to better transition high school students to college; and an overview of progress on agreements for the SC Sciences building.


  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: the homecoming football game was held Oct. 18 and highlighted 46 seasons of Gaucho football, and recognized many alumni at half-time. President Burnett attended the CCLC regional advocacy convening session at Mount San Antonio College which provided an overview of California's budget process and community college advocacy initiatives. The Office of the Vice President for Student Services is conducting a division-wide meeting focusing on developing core values for student services and reviewing how they can support the college's strategic plan. SC is proud to report that 267 Saddleback students completed their Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) applications to the University of California. SC was just notified of a $600,000 grant to develop a common assessment instrument. President Burnett called attention to the upcoming veteran's day event on Nov. 12 to review the college's dedication to veterans over the past five years. He commented that the college is touched by the community's support after the loss of Professor Micael Merrifield.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: the college has launched an online program called the Kognito Platform that offers interactive tutorials to enable faculty and staff gain the proper skills needed to approach and help students in need. President Glenn Roquemore is chairing the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Economic and Workforce Development Committee. The Foundation held its annual Gala themed "Advancing Success, Celebrating Excellence" which included a crowd of approximately 200 IVC friends and supporters who gathered at Live Oak Terraces on campus. The Marketing team won three NCMPR Medallion Awards at the NCMPR District 6 Conference.
  • Business Services – Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimmons’ report included: The District is moving forward with the process of becoming Fiscally Accountable by selecting an audit firm to conduct a review of policies and procedures related to processing non-payroll checks. The field work will be completed the week of November 18 with the final report due to OCDE by January 1, 2014. The District recently received a notice from the IRS regarding a potential penalty for mismatched taxpayer ID numbers (TIN) reported on 1098-T tax forms for 2011. A response being prepared to the IRS that includes steps to correct the TIN errors made by the students and request any missing TINs from students.
  • ATEP – Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles’ report included: Demolition progress continues on the ATEP site. With the exception of the newly acquired four buildings from the land exchange, all of the structures on the property have been demolished above ground. The city of Tustin and the District are reviewing road design engineering firms’ bids to design the future Bell Avenue,  the ATEP Development Master Plan, future education and partner site recommendations, land use, planning approvals, documentation, circulations, infrastructure, development regulations oversight, engineering design and design guidelines. The district’s commercial real estate brokerage, CBRE, continues marketing the ATEP site for future partners. Several potential ground lease partners are in the early stages of review.

IN MEMORIAM ............................................................................

      The board meeting was adjourned in memory of Saddleback College Professor Micael Merrifield.

VIEWING ONLINE/TV .....................................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online this week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm.


South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; David Robinson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations