Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

February 28, 2011



Project Planning

Vice Chancellor David Bugay, District Director of Facilities Planning Brandye D'Lena and Counsel Andreas Chialtas provided a summary of an alternative construction delivery method known as Lease/Leaseback that has been around for about 15 years and would provide for a more integrated relationship between the District and the contractor. It would allow the District to receive competitive proposals but avoid the lowest responsible bid scenario which can be problematic when low-bid contractors go bankrupt, often resulting in delayed timelines and increased costs for facility projects.


New Market Tax Credits

Vice Chancellor David Bugay and Dante Gumucio of Public Economics, Inc. (PEI) provided an update on the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) program which provides federal income tax credits to investors and stimulates private investment in eligible low income census tracts, such as the ATEP site. PEI and an investment broker have identified one or more interested investors through the NMTC program that would provide about $17M in funding to the district for the next building at ATEP.







South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions.  For additional information, please contact the Office of the President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • an agreement with law offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman for legal services related to Federal Communications Commission filings.
  • the formation and operation of a Saddleback College RapidTech Center on the UCI campus.
  • three full-time replacement faculty positions for Saddleback College.
  • nomination of Trustee David Lang for the Marian Bergeson Award.
  • funding in the amount of $199,465 to support Irvine Valley College as a provider for the California Employment Training Panel to deliver much needed technology training to regional employers.
  • an architectural agreement with Dougherty and Dougherty for the Saddleback College Sciences building in the amount of $2,604,000.     
  • proceeding with the new Saddleback College Sciences building with a reassignment of
    $14,789,346 in previously committed Basic Aid dollars for Saddleback College.
  • proceeding with ATEP's first building for Phase 3A with a reassignment of $12,869,899 in previously committed Basic Aid dollars for ATEP.
  • assigning $29,000,000 in uncommitted Basic Aid receipts to the Saddleback College Sciences Building and $1,000,000 to Irvine Valley College for the A-400 Renovation.
  • an agreement with investment broker Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P., for services related to the New Markets Tax Credit program at a cost not to exceed 2% of the transaction amount.
  • formation of a new California nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation to be
    known as Facilities Corporation 2011 of the South Orange County Community College District to facilitate transactions such as those required for the proposed New Market Tax Credits.  
  • Trustees Prendergast, Padberg and Lang commented on their attendance at IVC's Astounding Inventions event and President's Cup basketball tournament. Trustee Fuentes gave an update from the Orange County Legislative Task Force, including an upcoming career tech event which will feature a program from each of our colleges. He asked everyone to consider cost cutting suggestions to respond to the state's fiscal crisis. Trustee Lang offered best wishes for speedy recovery to Associate IT Director Jim Gaston who has been out ill for many weeks. Student Trustee Shieh highlighted her enjoyment of the creative, outgoing and smart kids at Astounding Inventions and attendance at IVC's homecoming. Chancellor Poertner also mentioned attending Astounding Inventions, President's Cup, Saddleback Foundation Gala and City of Tustin Mayor's Inaugural dinner. He said the district is working with the college presidents and their constituencies to form committees that will deal with issues pertaining to the accreditation recommendations. He discussed several items coming to the board over the next few months, including the 2020 Vision Report for Student Success and further direction for ATEP.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included mention of: a successful Foundation event raising $85,000; hosting a conference for 75 high school counselors; Freshman Academy to improve basic skills and augment student success; a donation of two cars from Kia Motor America to the Auto Tech department; Saddleback's mobile app release; Science lecture series; panel discussions and a job fair highlighting CTE month; performing arts events, including Jazz Day, with high school ensemble clinics and a Big Band concert; Journey of the Spirit From Dream to Reality Art Gallery through March 10; a free piano recital with Saddleback faculty and Wait Until Dark performing in the McKinney Theatre through March 6.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's written report included mention of: Awards for the IVC Debate team at the 2010 PSCFA Championships; Foundation Awards Dinner to be held April 26; Gregorio Luke as IVC's Distinguished Guest Lecturer on Mexican art and history Jan. 31; a new, collaborative, for-credit program in Recycling and Resource Management to provide job training; an anonymous $15,000 Foundation donation to the Theatre Department; 24th annual Astounding Inventions event to promote science education and innovation held Jan. 29; Freshman standout Fredy Razo honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for his contributions to the IVC men's soccer team including 26 goals this past season.
  • ATEP  - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles' written report included mention of: Phase I demolition projected to finish in late March; Phase II demolition to begin in March/April and run for 120 days; contractor request for bids for the helicopter hangar demolition slated for late March/early April; Orange County Business Council Vice President Dr. Wallace Walrod gave presentations at Saddleback and IVC on results of a research project outlining program growth and development opportunities for the ATEP site; attendance at the City of Tustin Mayor's Inaugural Dinner.

The Board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcast is scheduled for 7pm on both Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, March 6 at 7pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Marcia Milchiker,
Nancy M. Padberg, T.J. Prendergast, III; Eve Sheih, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor

Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, Acting Director, District Public Affairs