Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

September 24, 2012



Denice Inciong, District Director of Research, Planning and Data Management, provided a brief overview of the first annual progress report which outlines progress on the six goals, 14 objectives and 76 action steps in the District-wide Strategic Plan 2011-2014. After the first year, 29% of the objectives and 47% of the action steps have been completed.


Student Success Task Force Recommendation 1 calls for community colleges to work with postsecondary
and K-12 partners to articulate standards, expectations, curricula, and assessments in English. Karima Feldhus, Dean of Humanities and Languages at IVC, Brenda Borron, Professor of Writing at IVC, Jonathan Alexander, Campus Writing Director at UCI, Renee Bangerter, Associate Professor of English at Saddleback, and Dawn Lewis, Associate Professor of English at Saddleback, provided an overview of articulation efforts among area colleges, junior highs and high schools.  Some efforts at Saddleback include developing an intersegmental council to identify common writing standards and develop short online content tutorials to share with teachers. The effort began for local use but through a private-public partnership, rubrics were developed and are now shared worldwide through and a Google shared community among teachers. Click here to view SC's presentation. IVC referenced the comprehensive articulation example highlighted at the chancellor’s opening session and shared numerous comments from participants in collaborative sessions with high school and college students and teachers. Further assessments will be done to provide qualitative input for future efforts. Some next steps include AWPE scoring for high school teachers, upper division scoring for community college teachers and a summer institute on the teaching of writing. Click here to view IVC's presentation.


The colleges presented a draft of their follow-up reports for the Fall Semester 2012 Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accreditation team visit which represents final wrap up items for three recommendations. Both college presidents thanked the accreditation teams and acknowledged the collaboration and leadership district-wide to accomplish such progress.


Compared to the results of a 2010 valuation, there has been a large increase in the Actuarial Accrued Liability (AAL) and Normal Cost (NC) in the amount of $15,820,942 for retiree health benefits.
Dr. Debra L. Fitzsimons, Vice Chancellor of Business Services, provided a presentation of the actuarial report, and reviewed implications and funding options for the district. Some factors that affected these variations over the last two years include a huge increase in number of retirees (52 faculty recently retired), number of employees hired, higher costs for retiree medical claims, and PERS and STRS tables which were recently updated. In general, she said, people are retiring earlier and living longer, which also contributes to increased costs. Vice Chancellor Fitzsimons said an experience study will be conducted to verify data used in the actuarial study before the shortfall amount is finalized.


Executive Director of Fiscal Services Kim McCord provided a factual overview of the Proposition 30 ballot measure for the November 6 election and highlighted possible impacts to SOCCCD. The measure would create new tax revenue to increase the existing Proposition 98 funding guarantee by $2.9 billion with $210 million coming to community colleges. The board of trustees did not take a position on Proposition 30 but did voice concern about the devastating cuts to community colleges and did point out that Proposition 30 is the only ballot measure which would fund community colleges. They expressed their dismay that California politics has put education at risk at a time when we need to focus on increasing student completions and training people for jobs in a struggling economy.

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

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Renaming the renovated Saddleback College Library to Saddleback College Library and Learning Resource Center.
  • Fully funding the retiree health liability shortfall before the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2013, in the amount of $15,820,942 in basic aid funding pending further studies and verification of final amount.
  • Board Policy Revisions to BP-4000.5: Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Complaints; BP-4001: Personal Use of Public Resources; BP-4010: Commitment to Diversity; BP-4021: Classified Managers; BP-4072: Domestic Partners; BP-4209: Classified Management Personnel Reduction In Force Notification.
  • Memorandums of Understanding between the District and the Faculty Association.
  • A Police Officers Association Master Agreement between the District and POA for the July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.
  • Increasing dental coverage to include three dental cleanings per calendar year and dental implant coverage for unrepresented full-time employees to align with benefits provided to bargaining unit groups.
  • Agreement describing surety take-over conditions and naming SJ Amoroso as completion
    contractor for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences building, with a projected completion date of April 29, 2013.


  • Trustee Jay questioned how the budget situation will impact enrollments and said he will ask for a board report. Trustee Milchiker attended the 9-11 ceremony at SC commenting that it was beautiful. She provided a legislative update from the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force, commending them for their advocacy work on behalf of student veterans. Trustee Prendergast attended the 9-11 ceremony at IVC, and enjoyed a tour of district services departments, especially IT (“the geek part”). He is looking forward to SC’s homecoming game. Trustee Padberg attended IVC’s 9-11 ceremony and will attend SC’s homecoming game. She also took the tour of district services departments, calling them impressive. “We’ve come a long way,” she said. Trustee Wright enjoyed the IVC 9-11 ceremony, and attended an SC science lecture series, an SC football game, and a tour of the SC Library and Learning Resource Center which he commented was packed with students using computers and studying together. He also attended the memorial service for Prof. Darrell Deeter, remembering him as “such a wonderful teacher and compassionate person.” He is looking forward to the SC homecoming game. Trustee Lang attended the IVC 9-11 ceremony and extended his appreciation to President Roquemore for inviting the community and including powerful speakers so we don’t forget this important part of our history. He also attended a UCI STEM initiative, and commented that he is pleased that IVC has identified STEM initiatives for the ATEP site. He enjoyed the district services tour, and said he was surprised how much he learned, even after serving for 16 years as trustee. He commended district services for the great work they are doing. Student Trustee Parks attended IVC’s club day.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner thanked the faculty for making presentations regarding student success and completion agenda, the first of many presentations. This is an important topic that we will be working on for a long time and he appreciates their involvement.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: September 11th commemoration ceremony at the Veterans Memorial; homecoming football game on Sep. 29; Emeritus Institute faculty member Valerie Geller appointed as new conductor of the Seal Beach Symphony; Four biology students - Brittany Blau, Brett Bird, Naz Khatiblou, and Caitlyn Topper were selected to participate in a paid 10-week Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar summer research program at CSU Fullerton; the new Ethnic Studies department sponsored a week-long series of events entitled "Living in the Bubble: Social Issues in Orange County;" The VETS Program hosted its 4th Annual Veterans Resource Fair on September 19th welcoming over 200 veterans from SC and the community to link with on and off campus services focused on their success post military.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: 2012 President’s Awards on August 13 - the Administration Award was presented to Dr. Craig Justice; The Classified Leadership Award was presented to Bruce Hagan; Faculty Awards were presented to Ilknur Erbas White, Roopa Mathur and Matthew Wolken; Melody Harper received a Part-time Faculty Award; The Classified Staff Award was presented to Dennis Gordon; 2nd Annual Veterans Symposium held with information on transfer center workshops, campus tours, and expediting payments/benefits; commemoration of the 11th anniversary of 9/11 held in the IVC Performing Arts Center; IVC PAC hosted award–winning pianist Keenan Reesor; UC Transfer workshop held August 29 and 30, IVC Foundation Gala to be held Saturday evening, Oct. 13 and will benefit student veterans.       
  • Business Services - Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' report included: initiation of monthly budget transfers reporting to the Orange County Office of Education (OCDE) in order to keep accounting systems in balance throughout the year.  At the end of some fiscal years, OCDE had been granted authorization to make budget transfers on the district’s behalf in order to balance the accounts at year end. This past fiscal year, there were no transfers required at the end of the year for OCDE to process - evidence of the district’s improved efficiency and effectiveness in this area.
VIEWING ONLINE/TV...............................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Sep. 28 and Saturday, Sep. 29 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Sep. 30 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Marcia Milchiker,
Nancy M. Padberg, T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; Heather Park, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


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