South Orange County Community College District

Board Meeting Update

January 20, 2004

Following are the highlights of the Board meeting yesterday.

Recognition

  • The Board presented resolutions to the Irvine Valley College Men’s 2003 Soccer Team who won the State Championship and the Saddleback College Women’s 2003 Golf Team who won their fourth consecutive conference title in the Orange Empire Conference Championships.

  • The Orange County Teacher’s Federal Credit Union honored Beatrice Tseng, IVC Professor of Spanish, as Teacher of the Year.

Reports

  • During their reports, it was notable how actively involved our Board is in our Colleges, the District and Orange County.

  • Trustee Lang mentioned that President Bush in the State of the Union Address announced a new initiative to provide community colleges with funding to train American workers.

  • The Chancellor reported on the budget workshop he attended in Sacramento last week, and the positive surprise that a COLA of 1.84% was included in the Governor’s budget.

  • In their brief reports to the Board, President Bullock mentioned the visible progress of the health sciences building and that, per new State law, the Office of Admissions was limiting the number of high school students admitted into athletic classes. President Roquemore boasted that the IVC Women’s Volleyball was second in the State, the cafeteria is just three to four weeks away from a complete remodel, and that the SOCCCD debate team is first in nation!

  • Speaking to the Board were: from the Saddleback Academic Senate, Carmen Dominguez; Classified Association, Mary Williams; Police Officer’s Association, Cloyce Kelly; and ASOSC Kevin Fitzpatrick.

  • Allan MacDougall, Director of IT, gave an update on the district phone system replacement (the Board authorized funding in March 2003). A district wide procurement committee has been meeting to review technology, meet with vendors and develop specifications. The district procurement process should culminate with a preliminary recommendation to the Board in March.

Action

  • The Board selected Trustee Williams as the District’s nominee to serve on the California Community College Trustee Board of Directors. The CCCT Board consists of 21 members throughout the State and meets twice a year with the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

  • There was much discussion of the IVC Performing Arts Center and the request for an additional allocation of $6,527,000 from basic aid funding to augment over $14 million in State funding. The item was tabled for further consideration, discussion and possible action at a future meeting.

  • Sabbatical leaves were approved for 19 faculty members for the 2004-05 academic year. One faculty member is being asked to consider revising his request.

  • Trustee Milchiker was nominated for the Marian Bergeson Award. The Orange County School Boards Association created this award in 1974 to recognize trustees annually who exemplify the spirit of boardsmanship, and provide outstanding Board and community service to promote and enhance public education.

  • The Board voted in favor of a mailed ballot election to fill the board vacancy. The Registrar of Voters determined that a regular election would cost $615,222 compared to $431,549 by mail. The Special Election will be held on March 30.

  • The Board approved $100,000 from Basic Aid to complete the track and field facility at Saddleback College.

  • On the Consent Calendar of particular interest to employees was Board approval to enter into an agreement with Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union to administer our deferred compensation plan, beginning April 1, 2004.

  • The Board discussed the cost of extending and need to extend the library hours at each College. More objective data will be gathered and, if indicated, budgeted for next year.

  • The meeting was adjourned in memory of former State Senator Dennis Carpenter who recently passed away.

Special Note

  • Catch the board meeting on television this Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.

Congratulations, Beatrice Tseng, Teacher of the Year!

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Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, Director
Marketing, Government & Community Relations
949-582-4920
e-mail:
tdaly@socccd.cc.ca.us