Saddleback College

Irvine Valley College
South Orange County Community College District

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING SYNOPSIS
Monday, March 24, 2003 - Saddleback College

BROADCAST DATES AND TIMES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Channel 39, Saddleback College
Channel 33, Irvine Valley College
Friday, March 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 - 7:00 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER 5:00 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING

PUBLIC SESSION BEGAN AT 7:18 P.M. AFTER CLOSED SESSION.

Board President Donald P. Wagner stated that there were no actions taken during Closed Session.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPORTS

Trustee Thomas A. Fuentes stated that he wanted to remember a dear friend who recently passed away, Frederick Harold Young, Ph.D., who served as an Emeritus professor from 1982 until 1990. He would have been 98 years old this month. A memorial service will be held at St. George's Epispcopal Church on Wednesday, April 2nd. Professor Young was a brilliant professor, a multi-talented and accomplished person, and a long-time friend. Board President Donald P. Wagner spoke at the Irvine Exchange Club as the guest of IVC Emeritus Director David Anderson, Jr. Trustee Wagner said that SOCCCD has outstanding administrators and faculty. He announced that he recorded an editorial reply in support of community colleges that will be broadcast on radio station KNX AM 10.70. Trustee Marcia Milchiker said that she attended the Orange County School Boards Association meeting, and received a pamphlet on engaging the community to generate support for schools, commenting that it was excellent. Trustee David B. Lang said that the freedom we enjoy is one of the incredible benefits of living in a democracy. He said that we recognize the contributions of the men and women serving in the military, and also pray for them and their families and the prisoners of war. He acknowledges the members of the media who remind us of the contributions of a free press. Clerk Nancy Padberg commented that the United States is trying to assist an oppressed people. She added that she believes SOCCCD and community colleges will overcome the state budget crisis. Vice President Dorothy Fortune did not give a report. Trustee John Williams participated in the Saddleback College Master's Track and Field Relay held on March 11th. He said that a 94-year old man participated in the shot-put throw. The event raised $2,000 for student track and field scholarships. He added that we pray for the safe return of our troops in the gulf and for peace in the Middle East. Student Trustee Derek Wong salutes our troops, and prays for their safe return. He attended the community college rally in Sacramento, and thanked Leslie Humphrey and Penny Skaff for helping students with arrangements to attend the rally.

REQUESTS FOR REPORTS

Trustee Marcia Milchiker requested a report on the cost-benefit ratio of Leisure World classes, and a report on Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College child care programs. Trustee David B. Lang requested a report on the annual reimbursements of expenses to all members of the Board of Trustees.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACTIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Board President Donald P. Wagner pulled #23 from the Consent Calendar, and advanced #39 after the Consent Calendar. Trustee David B. Lang asked to abstain from vote on item #8.
  • The Board unanimously approved the Consent Calendar.
  • The Board unanimously approved travel plans for the IVC Women's Badminton Team to compete in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, China between May 24 and June 3, 2003, after agreeing to a motion by Trustee Fuentes to review the safety of travel.
  • The Board unanimously approved the Saddleback College Community Education Summer 2003 courses, presenters, and compensation.
  • Academic Personnel Actions were approved by the Board.
  • The Board approved Classified Personnel Actions.
  • The Board accepted for information a Basic Aid fiscal report that shows SOCCCD receives more revenue from local property taxes and student enrollment fees than from Program Based Funding (PBF). The assumptions are that for the 2003-2004 fiscal year the Program Based Funding Base will be reduced by 5.5%, enrollment will be increased to $24 per unit, COLA will be 0.0%, and growth will be 2.0% in accordance with the latest information from the State Chancellor's Office. For each of the next four years, both PBF COLA and growth are estimated at 2.0%. Property tax assumptions estimated by the Auditor-Controller's Office for the next four years, which aren't certain, are estimated to be at 10% for secured taxes and 5% for unsecured. For each of the following four years, secured taxes are estimated to increase at 6.0% annually, and for unsecured, 4.0% annually. The "Pool" case is likely to reach the Court of Appeal by the end of April, 2003, and is expected to reach the state Supreme Court, regardless of the appeals court's decision. SOCCCD is holding $9.6 million in reserve in the 2002-2003 budget in case the "Pool" matter is successful.
  • The Monthly Financial Status Report shows $6,908,188 in reserve for economic uncertainties, and a year-to-date ending fund balance of $18,025,196.
  • Saddleback College has nonminated Liberal Arts Professor Susan Ruyle as the 2004 Teacher of the Year, and her name will be forwarded to the Orange County Department of Education for the annual competition.
  • The Board voted unanimously to bullet vote for the candidacy of Trustee John Williams for the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board of Directors.
  • The Board voted unanimously to use Basic Aid funds in the amount of $4,363,150 for the COP's (Certificates of Participation) debt repayment and retiree benefits fund transfer during the 2003-2004 budget year only, and in the amount of $5,230,000 for the addition of two infrastructure projects to the existing list of Basic Aid Capital Projects: a district-wide telephone system and construction of the Barranca Parkway entrance to the IVC campus. The Board took this unprecedented action to provide fiscal relief to both Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges due to state community college budget cuts.
  • The Board approved setting aside $3,489,500 from basic aid funds for a building repair program. This project will be undertaken after the completion of the Health Sciences building and further consideration and approval of details by the Board of Trustees.
  • The Board accepted for review and study a report requested by Trustee John Williams on the SOCCCD organizational structure, which is anticipated to be completed and presented at the April 28th Board of Trustees meeting.
  • The Board accepted for review and study Board Policy revisions to the 100 Series: Bylaws, BP 102, 106, 107, and 108.

CHANCELLOR'S/PRESIDENTS' REPORTS

Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur announced that the California Legislature voted to approve $161 million dollars in budget cuts to community colleges, 44% less than the Governor's proposed $288 million dollars in mid-year cuts. He said that the 10,000-person community college march and rally on the state capitol in Sacramento was very successful. He said that the League of Women Voters completed a study on proposed cuts to community colleges, and has become a champion of community colleges.

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE PRESIDENT DIXIE BULLOCK offered her congratulations to Student Trustee Derek Wong and ASG President Tony Bartolini who were elected to the 2003 Phi Beta Kappa All Academic Team. On Thursday, April 3 from noon to 3 p.m. Saddleback College will hold High School Senior Day. The summer schedule went online March 17 at www.saddleback.edu. Helice Bridges, an internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker will conduct a workshop on April 2 in SSC 212 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and at 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Division of Liberal Arts/Learning Resources will host an awards ceremony on March 27th at 3 p.m. in SSC 212 for high school students who won a Creative Writing Contest. The Model United Nations Team, whose faculty advisor is Narges Niedzwiecki, captured the "Best California Delegation" award at the UC Berkeley Model UN Conference. Saddleback College Performing Arts Director Geof English is to be congratulated for the SCLO 2002 production of "The Sound of Music" being named a top 10 production of the year by theater critics of the Orange County Register, which also honored Director Sheryl Donchey. Former Gaucho John Morgan (Track and Field) has been named 2002 Pepsi Scholar Athlete. The Men's Golf Team won the San Diego State Invitational, another title earned under the aegis of 21-year golf Coach Bill Cunerty. Liberal Arts Professors Lee Walker and Robert Kopfstein will lead a spring pilgrimage with donations from faculty/ staff/students to La Puerta de Fe orphanage in Baja, California on March 29th.

IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE PRESIDENT DR. GLENN ROQUEMORE thanked the Board for re-directing basic aid monies to help the colleges during the state budget crisis. The IVC Model United Nations Team earned six awards at the Pan-American Model United Nations, and was named the "Most Outstanding Delegation" at the American West Model United Nations. The new electronic marquees are lit up after being installed at the College Drive entrance on Irvine Center Drive. The 11 by 8 feet signs cost $139,000 and enable the IVC Public Information office to download text and images for display and to announce events and messages to students, faculty, and the public. RJ Liljestrom, a Woodbridge High School and IVC student, was selected as a semifinalist and received a $1,000 scholarship in the prestigious national Intel Science Talent Search. His parents credited math Professor Richard Zucker, and donated $1,000 to the IVC Foundation. Liljestrom will attend Princeton University in the fall. Professor of Spanish Beatrice Tseng has won a grant to teach Intermediate Spanish courses online. Second-year IVC student Erin ImHof has been named to the 2003 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Second Team. A Commissioner for Athletics for ASIVC, ImHof was recognized for her exemplary community college scholarship - she holds a 3.8 GPA - and for her volunteer work with senior citizens. The SOCCCD Speech and Debate Team won in February the 2003 Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensic Association Spring Championship. The SOCCCD squad continues to out-produce most two and four-year schools, taking home 37 trophies and extending its winning streak to eight consecutive league championships.

GOVERNANCE GROUPS' REPORTS

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS
ASG President Tony Bartolini did not attend.

ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
The student representative reported that the SOCCCD Forensics Team earned Second Place in the Community College State Championship. The ASIVC will conduct a blood drive on April 14 and April 15. The ASIVC is trying to generate more income for projects to help the college due to the state budget crisis. The student representative stated that IVC does not have a Journalism program or a student newspaper, and that it is very important for the college to start a student newspaper.

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE CLASSIFIED SENATE
President Mark Sierakowski did not give a report.

IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE CLASSIFIED SENATE
President Steven Woodard did not give a report.

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE ACADEMIC SENATE
President Randy Anderson said that the Senate has submitted the administrative retreat rights policy to Vice Chancellor of Educational Services Dr. Tom Anderson. He thanked Trustee Marcia Milchiker, Chancellor Mathur, and Vice Chancellor Anderson for the Board policy input. He highly commended the classified staff for pitching in during this budget crisis, and said that their contributions should be recognized.

IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE ACADEMIC SENATE
President Greg Bishopp thanked the Board for basic aid funds to mitigate the state budget cuts. He thanked President Glenn Roquemore and IVC Vice President of Student Services Vern Hodge and Vice President of Instruction Dr. Dennis White for soliciting the input of the Academic Senate.

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE FACULTY ASSOCIATION
President Mike Merrifield noted that 10,000 community college advocates marched in Sacramento, and that many SOCCCD students participated. He said that an October, 2002, Macias Gini audit report shows that state budget cuts will have little impact on SOCCCD due to its status as a Basic Aid district. He stated that SOCCCD has spent over $150,000 dollars in legal fees on faculty and classified negotiations instead of discussing solutions.

CLASSIFIED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
President Mary Williams is on vacation.

POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
President Cloyce Kelly did not give a report.

Chancellor Mathur commented that the Board has established guidelines that the administration will follow, because someday the district may not operate on basic aid. He said that the state budget crisis is still real. He said that he hopes that the relief that the colleges will receive will first go to help students.

ADJOURNMENT
The Board of Trustees meeting adjourned at 10:12 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
Student Trustee Derek Wong
Dr. Raghu P. Mathur, Chancellor

 

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