County Community College District
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SYNOPSIS
Monday, August 26, 2002 - Saddleback College
AND TIMES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Channel 39, Saddleback
Channel 33, Irvine Valley
Friday, August 30- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - August 31 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 30 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - August 31 - 7:00 p.m.
PUBLIC SESSION BEGAN AT 7:10
P.M. AFTER CLOSED SESSION.
Board President Donald P. Wagner opened the meeting
by welcoming all new and returning students to the
new fall, 2002, semester.
Board Clerk Trustee Nancy Padberg announced the following Closed
Session actions: The Board voted unanimously, with Trustee Lang absent,
to place an administrative employee on paid administrative leave. The
Board voted unanimously, with Trustee Milchiker and Trustee Lang absent,
to reassign Vern Hodge, Vice President of Student Services at
Saddleback College, to Vice President of Student Services, Irvine Valley
College, effective October 1, 2002, or sooner upon agreement of the
parties. The Board voted, with Trustee Lang and Trustee Milchiker absent,
to appoint Diane Dumas as Acting Dean, Health, Human Services,
and Emeritus Institute at Saddleback College, effective August 26, 2002.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPORTS
Trustee Thomas A. Fuentes offered his heartiest
congratulations to Trustees Wagner, Padberg, and Milchiker for their
uncontested re-election. He said their re-election without opposition
speaks volumes to their leadership of this Board, and he looks forward
to working with them. Trustee Fuentes said that he is delighted and
impressed with the fine programs planned at both colleges to commemorate
the September 11, 2001 Attack on America. Clerk Nancy Padberg thanked
the public for its confidence in her leadership. Trustee Padberg attended
opening semester ceremonies at both the IVC and Saddleback campuses
and attended Chancellor Mathur's "New Beginnings" Reception
for District management at the Mission Viejo Country Club. She noted
that the campus parking lots were full when she arrived at 7 a.m. She
thinks that the location signs, information booths, and parking updates
on KSBR are all very helpful and welcoming to students. Vice President
Dorothy Fortune did not give a report. Board President Donald
P. Wagner thanked the public for its confidence in him. He welcomed
Chancellor Mathur back to work. President Wagner urged everyone in the
college community to attend the 9/11 events beginning at 11:45 a.m.
on their respective campuses to express solidarity. He said that Trustee
Fuentes will emcee the IVC ceremony. He is happy to report that enrollment
is up, a long-standing goal of the Board. President Wagner thanked the
Chancellor and the Presidents, faculty, and staff for all their good
work on launching the new semester. Trustee Marcia Milchiker
thanked the public for its vote of confidence. She pledged to do her
very best. She attended the opening semester remarks made by Chancellor
Mathur, and the faculty lunch and classified breakfast. Trustee Milchiker
noted that the Presidents reports at both colleges were very well done.
Trustee David B. Lang was absent. Trustee John Williams expressed
congratulations to Trustees Wagner, Padberg, and Milchiker for their
unopposed re-elections to four-year terms. Trustee Williams noted that
SOCCCD saved approximately $260,000 dollars because it did not have
a contested trustee election. Trustee Williams attended the Chancellor's
opening semester address and the faculty luncheon, for which he thanked
the Faculty Association.
REQUEST FOR REPORTS
Trustee Nancy Padberg requested a report on the
administrative staff load comparative to the two colleges and the other
community college districts in Orange County. The request was approved
Trustee Marcia Milchiker noted the increase in the number of
students enrolled at IVC and Saddleback. She requested a report on how
SOCCCD will cope with the increased enrollments. The request was approved
A Resolution to support local control of community colleges
in the new California Master Plan for Higher Education was approved
unanimously by the Board.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACTIONS OF
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Board President Wagner advanced Agenda items #35 and #36.
#35 - New Board Policy: BP-4075, Health and Welfare Benefits
for Former Board of Trustees. It was noted that the District will not
incur any costs with the provision of benefits to retiring trustees.
Trustees would pay the entire cost. The item passed unanimously.
#36 - Revisions to BP 104 - Student Member. The Board
unanimously approved an amended policy for students to serve as advisory
members of the Board, including: residing within the boundaries of SOCCCD,
be enrolled in no less than twelve units per semester, and to maintain
the same academic standard as student athletes, a 2.0 GPA.
Board President Wagner advanced Agenda Item #18.
#18 - Health Sciences/District Offices Building Preliminary Design -
For Information Only. The architects for the project, LPA (Leason
Pomeroy Associates), presented the preliminary design for the Board's
review. Chancellor Mathur introduced representatives from LPA. Dr. Mathur
said that LPA's discussions with staff have been extremely fruitful
and very positive, and that LPA has been both responsive and responsible.
LPA representatives said that they have met with all user groups for
the past 10 weeks. LPA's intent in designing the building is to make
the campus better and to make the building a gateway, a front door entrance
to the campus. The Health Sciences/District Offices building, when completed,
will be the tallest building on the Saddleback College campus. The Board
hearing room is planned to have theater seating that will accommodate
lecture classes when the room is not in use. Board President Wagner
commented that it is nice to fill a need without having to issue a local
bond measure, because SOCCCD is funding the entire construction with
existing funds. LPA said that the goal of the building design is to
unify the materials and colors with the other buildings on campus. LPA
is designing the building "from the inside out" to make it
of Health Sciences/District Offices (HS/DO) Building. The circle,
right front, will be a board hearing room and lecture space.
of the 3-story, 61,000 square foot Health Sciences/District Offices
HSB/DO (red area) will be located in the North end of the upper
campus, between Technology & Applied Sciences and the Student
HSB/DO (red area) aerial view of the site location on Saddleback's
The Board unanimously approved the Consent Calendar.
The Board approved the minutes of the regular meetings
of the Board of Trustees of October 29, 2001, and November 20, 2001.
The Board accepted the notice of completion of Saddleback
College parking lots 9 and 10 resurfacing.
The Board accepted the notice of completion of the
Saddleback College remodel of Math/Science/Engineering classrooms.
Adoption of Resolution 02-43 to approve the revised
Conflict of Interest Code was unanimously approved by the Board.
The Board accepted for information a Basic Aid fiscal
report that shows SOCCCD receives more from local property taxes
and student enrollment fees than from Program Based Funding (PBF)
state aid. There is still no judicial ruling on the Pool Case, which
remains an emerging issue with the outcome uncertain. The 2002-2003
budget will provide a $9.6 million dollar reserve for prior year
impact of the Pool case in accordance with the estimates provided.
The Board accepted for information the Monthly Financial
Status Report. The ending fund balance of $7,093,608 of the $138,061,916
Budget includes a reserve of 6.25%.
SOCCCD's initial proposal for negotiation with the
SOCCCD Faculty Association was accepted by the Board and set a public
hearing for September 30, 2002. Board President Wagner recessed
the meeting to public hearings on Agenda item #23, the SOCCCDFA
Proposal, and #24, the Final Budget for 2002-2003. No members of
the public came forward to speak on either item. President Wagner
then reconvened the regular meeting.
Adoption of the Final Budget for 2002-2003. Chancellor
Mathur stated that the budget is a balanced budget with 6.25%
held in reserve, and was developed with the participation of all
groups. Although the state has not yet adopted a budget, SOCCCD
has in order to meet its obligations. Deputy Chancellor Poertner
said that the state will give a 2% COLA, and is expected to
adopt a budget with a $24 billion dollar deficit, with deficits
to continue for a number of years. The challenges to IVC and Saddleback,
and to many colleges throughout the state, are increased costs with
decreased state support. Despite the state budget scenario, the
SOCCCD budget picture is healthy because of its financial planning
and its prudent use of basic aid money and set asides for retirement
and other costs, in addition to the retirement of COP (Certificates
of Participation) debt. The Chancellor and the Board discussed remanding
most of the $260,000 saved from not having to hold a trustee election
to the colleges and to use a portion for staff development. The
final budget was unanimously approved by the Board.
The Board unanimously approved Academic Personnel
Items. The Board ratified the appointment of Saddleback College
Interim Dean of Business Science, Vocational Education, and Economic
Development Ken Patton, effective August 12 through December
1, 2002. The Board approved the new salary schedule placement of
Saddleback College Vice President of Student Services Vern Hodge,
effective July 1, 2002. The Board approved the reassignment of Irvine
Valley College Vice President of Student Services Armando Ruiz
to the Office of Special Programs and Support Services as an EOPS/Care
Counselor, effective September 3, 2002.
The Board unanimously approved Classified Personnel
Items. The Board approved new personnel appointments: Deborah
Russell, Saddleback College Health Center Nurse, effective August
27, 2002. Kristine Murakami is to be employed as an Irvine
Valley College Library Assistant II, effective September 3, 2002.
The following personnel resigned/retired/concluded employment: SOCCCD
Information Processor Kathleen M. Craven with the Office
of Economic & Resource Development has concluded her employment
effective July 31, 2002. Gloria Gimbrone, Saddleback College
Fine Art Lab Technician, has submitted her resignation effective
August 31, 2002, and her retirement effective on August 31, 2002.
Margaretha Henry, SOCCCD Information Processor I, Office
of Economic and Resource Development, has concluded her employment
effective July 31, 2002.
The Board voted unanimously to remove the new Administrative
Salary Schedule, previously adopted at the June 24, 2002 meeting,
for further review and study by Chancellor Mathur.
The Board voted unanimously to refer the contract
for the Classified Leadership Classification Study to Chancellor
Mathur for revision and to bring the item back to a future meeting
of the Board.
The Board voted unanimously to approve District-Colleges
The hiring of a geotechnical consultant to perform
geotechnical studies on the Saddleback College Technology and Applied
Science, Science/Math/Engineering and Library buildings was unanimously
approved by the Board.
Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur thanked the Board, faculty,
administration and staff for extending him best wishes when he was recovering
from heart bypass surgery. He congratulated Trustees Wagner, Padberg,
and Milchiker on their re-elections without opposition. SOCCCD enrollment
has increased 9.3% in the number of students. Productivity is up 6.5%.
A total of 32,129 students are enrolled to date.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE PRESIDENT
DIXIE BULLOCK congratulated the trustees who were re-elected.
President Bullock announced that the Saddleback College community will
hold a special commemoration, "Remembering 9/11," marking
the first anniversary of the Attack on America, on Wednesday, Sept.
11 at 11:45 a.m. in the Student Quad, and will feature patriotic songs,
a color guard, and reflections on the life of Lisa Frost, a 9/11 victim
from Rancho Santa Margarita. The event will be sign-language interpreted.
New directional signage and information booths around campus will help
students navigate the first few weeks of classes, and KSBR is broadcasting
up-to-the-minute information on how to avoid much of the parking crunch.
On Tuesday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. representatives
from CSU, UC and private four-year colleges/universities will answer
students questions at the annual College and University Transfer
Day. KSBR is keeping listeners "jazzed" in at least
95 countries, according to its streaming provider. The next annual Birthday
Bash will be held on May 25, 2003. Welcome to Ken Patton, the
new Interim Dean of the Division of Business Science, Vocational Education,
and Economic Development. Dean Patton served in a similar capacity since
1991 at Glendale Community College. Director of Safety and Security
Harry Parmer captured two gold medals and one silver medal in field
archery and bow hunting 3-D animal round, respectively, at the recent
California Police and Fireman Games. Music Prof. Al Brightbill and
his Saddleback Concert Singers were back-up singers at a recent
Barry Manilow concert. Dr. Cathy Hasson, Director of Research,
Planning, and Grants, has been elected to the Board of the Research/Planning
Group for California Community Colleges. Sports Information Officer
Jerry Hannula has been named ex-officio board member of the statewide
Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO). Learning
Resources Prof. Ana Maria Cobos is the co-author of "Latin
American Studies:An Annotated Bibliography of Core Works," Counselor
Peter Espinosa is a volunteer in South Orange County's celebration
of International Literacy Day, to advance adult literacy, set for Sept.
8 at Mission San Juan Capistrano.
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE PRESIDENT
DR.GLENN ROQUEMORE offered his congratulations to the Board members
who were re-elected by acclamation. He welcomed back Chancellor Mathur.
President Roquemore announced a successful staff development week, and
thanked the Board for its support. He said that head count is up 12.9%,
WSCH increased 7.3%, and more than 1,200 students were added to the
IVC student population, and may increase up to 1,300.
GOVERNANCE GROUPS' REPORTS
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS
ASG President Tony Bartolini did not give a report.
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF IRVINE VALLEY
No report was given.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE CLASSIFIED SENATE
President Mark Sierakowski did not give a report.
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE CLASSIFIED
President Gloria Garcia did not give a report.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE ACADEMIC SENATE
President Randy Anderson said that it is an exciting start to
a new year. He said that he hopes the Board will participate with the
Senate in terms of devoting some of its time to the important issues.
He thanked the Board for considering the funding for staff development.
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE ACADEMIC
President Jefferey Kaufman did not give a report.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE FACULTY ASSOCIATION
President Mike Merrifield thanked Board members for attending
the Faculty Association luncheon. The increases in enrollment are an
important consideration for the faculty. He said he looks forward to
working with the Board.
CLASSIFIED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
President Mary Williams thanked Trustee Padberg for her provision
of Krispy Kreme donuts at the classified breakfast. She said that enrollment
is up, yet classified staff has not increased, and classified employees
have worked without a contract for a year.
POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
President Cloyce Kelly did not give a report.
The Board of Trustees meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Donald P. Wagner, President
Dorothy Fortune, Vice President Nancy Padberg, Clerk
Thomas A. Fuentes, Trustee
David B. Lang, Trustee Marcia
Milchiker, Trustee John S. Williams, Trustee
Dr. Raghu P. Mathur, Chancellor
Student Trustee position is not yet filled.
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Board of Trustees meeting is
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