January 23, 2017

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

  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Proposed curriculum changes for the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years at Saddleback College.
  • Saddleback College Student Travel for Study Abroad Program to Santander, Spain.
  • Accept award of $309,230 from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Young Adult Career Program Grant for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 for Saddleback College and grant subcontract agreement for $138,473 to Goodwill of Orange County for grant assistance and case management.
  • Award Bid No. 2059 for Saddleback College Auto Shop Equipment to Mohawk Resources, Ltd. in the amount of $103,554.24.
  • Revise 2017-2018 Instructional Material/Laboratory Fees for both colleges.
  • Procurement of Internet and Email Filtering Technology Software and Service from SHI International, Corp., for an amount of $240,000.
  • Payment to Trustee Wright who was absent from the board meeting on December 12, 2016.
  • Award Bid No. 2058 for Saddleback College PE 200 Gym Bleacher Replacement project and approve the agreement with Marjani Builders, Inc. in the amount of $669,000 with an effective date of January 24, 2017.
  • Award Bid No. 2056 for Saddleback College Communication Arts Renovation project, KSBR Radio Station Remodel, and approve the agreement with Patriot Contracting and Engineering, Inc. in the amount of $1,294,000 with an effective date of January 24, 2017.
  • Approve the name Laser Way for the new Irvine Valley College entrance road off Barranca Parkway.
  • Approve Board Change Order No. 6 for the Saddleback College Fine Arts HVAC Upgrades and Interior Renovation project and authorize staff to execute the corresponding change order with Solpac Construction, Inc., dba Soltek Pacific Construction Company, resulting in an increase of $404,555, for a revised contract amount of $8,008,704.
  • Adopt the following fee structures: 2017-2018 academic year non-resident tuition fee of $256 per semester unit based on the “District average cost” option; increase capital outlay fee to $74 per semester based on capital outlay and maintenance needs of the colleges; maintain the current $54 per semester application fee.
  • Approve Faculty Sabbatical Leaves for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
  • Accept board policies for review and study: BP-3950 Unmanned Aircraft Systems, BP-4101.1 Faculty Salary Classification Changes and Initial Classification Placement, BP-4203 Sick Leave for Educational Administrators and Classified Management Personnel, BP-5515 Transfer Center, BP-5520 Shower Facilities for Homeless Students.
  • Board request for report from Trustee Whitt to discuss the increasing population of homeless students on our campuses and mental health issues facing our campuses so that our campuses can accurately assess needs.

REPORTS ......................................................................................

  • Trustee Prendergast was teaching during professional development week so he wasn't able to attend the sessions but he did enjoy the first President's Cup basketball game and is looking forward to the IVC Astounding Inventions event this weekend. Trustee Jay enjoyed professional development week, especially the IVC session and game show to promote awareness and facts for the upcoming accreditation visits. She commended IVC for their new comment/compliment/ complaint card. She attended the faculty association luncheon to learn about faculty needs. At the SC President's breakfast she learned about key issues facing the college and enjoyed the detailed accreditation update from standard chairs at SC. At the part-time faculty dinner at SC, she learned about important college resources. Trustee Jemal attended both Presidents' opening sessions, accreditation sessions and the faculty association luncheon. He enjoyed a SC foundation fundraising event. He attended the swearing in for incoming Irvine Mayor Don Wagner. The board leadership is pleased with progress on the extensive search process for a new chancellor. Trustee Wright attended the President's Cup basketball game at SC. He attended 14 professional development sessions at the two colleges. Some of the highlights of the week included the IVC president's session with key information on accreditation, a legal overview of free speech, a session on student veterans at SC, the SC President's breakfast and the session on accreditation. He enjoyed the basketball game of SC vs. Cypress College and commented on SC's high ranking in the state. Trustee Lang wished everyone a happy new year. He was on vacation during professional development week. He remains concerned about college education funding at both state and federal levels, an issue that it is top of mind for the board. He attended the SC foundation board fundraiser. Trustee Milchiker attended multiple sessions including the IVC President's breakfast, accreditation, free speech, geek report highlighting the student success suite, a session on helping disadvantaged students, honors program, faculty association lunch, workshops on after-school programs, and the international student program. Trustee Whitt attended many of the same sessions, she especially enjoyed the game show presentation at IVC on accreditation. She recently spent some time with SC Foundation Executive Director Don Rickner learning about the foundation. She is looking forward to an upcoming OCSBA meeting and will serve as a judge at the IVC Astounding Inventions event. Student Trustee Forde is excited to get back to class after the break. As president of Psi Beta, he was pleased to see several students and faculty members win awards recently.

  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons is pleased to see the students and faculty energized and back on campus. She drew attention to the night's presentation on the district-wide ADA transition plan and highlighted it as a good example of collaboratively working together. She said a special meeting will be held on Feb. 8 to continue the board training series. Interim Vice Chancellor C.M. Brahmbhatt provided a short update on Gov. Brown's proposed budget. He said the proposed budget is an interesting mix of cuts to one-time funds for equipment and mandated costs/reimbursements, yet a COLA increase and funds from Prop. 55. We will know more after the May Revise.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included: President Burnett welcomed faculty, staff, and management to the spring semester with a faculty breakfast and part-time faculty dinner. Topics covered included One Book, One College, Innovation and Leadership Award nominations, Saddleback College Career Pathways Promise, enrollments, and accreditation. Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell presented on non-academic barriers to student success. The president's annual luncheon for classified staff will be held in February. President Burnett attended the inauguration ceremony of President-Elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC with Christopher Hargraves, director of student life, and Associated Student Government students Andrea Oliver, Lucy Hendrix, Alyssa Oliver, Anjishu Mostafa, Colet Goossens, Jeneffer Ramirez, Nathaniel Aguilar, and Rei Kamio. The Jazz Faculty presented a concert featuring 100-year-old Berisford "Shep" Shepherd. On January 26th, faculty member John Huntington, baritone, presents a free concert in FA 101. On January 29th, the Keyboard Studies program presented a piano duet with Anaida Grigorian and Natalia Gubenko. They performed Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Theatre Arts and Music auditions were held the end of January to cast students in upcoming plays and music performances. Health Insurance Open Enrollment Fair was held in the quad. It hosted the fair with several major health care carriers. The College is one of 350 colleges across the nation that has joined the White House in supporting the Health Campus 2020 Challenge.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: The College’s Business Leaders Society held a donation drive to collect men's and women's business clothing for Working Wardrobes, an organization that provides clothing to individuals in need, especially those who are seeking employment. The accounting major and Associated Student Government (ASG) Treasurer Alvin Ng was selected as a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (A PI ASF) Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The College’s Professional Development Week began with breakfast and the opening session hosted by President Roquemore. President Roquemore and Interim Vice President for Instruction Chris McDonald provided an update on the 2017 accreditation report. The college's executive leadership served on a panel and answered questions from those in attendance. Following the luncheon, guest speaker Sharon J. Ormond, Esq., a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo spoke on the topic of free speech on campuses. Music major Michael Salgado, tuba, was selected by the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Small Band Programs and Community Colleges Intercollegiate Band. On Saturday, January 28, approximately 2,000 people will come to IVC to participate in the 30th Annual Astounding Inventions student invention competition. Students from both the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts will compete for prizes in an elaborate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition that fosters student entrepreneurship and creative thinking. The men's soccer team finished a strong season for 2016. The team took second place in the Orange Empire Conference, ranked seventh in the state, and tenth in the nation.


Mark Schoeppner, District Services Construction Manager, presented an overview of the District’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan with a consultant from Cordoba Corporation. The district-wide plan comprises more than 2,000 pages and includes a self-evaluation. It addresses all barriers to access to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. Action items are prioritized into three categories. Assessments and hearings were performed at all district and college locations to provide opportunities for collaboration and public input.

IN MEMORIAM ................................................................................

The board closed the meeting in memory of Edward De La O, Grants Analyst at Saddleback College. Edward led the effort to secure a $2.3 million Department of Labor grant in 2014 and a Health Resources and Services Administration grant. He was a project coordinator for the AB 86 planning grant that transitioned local high school adult education programs to Saddleback.  In 2015 he became a recipient of the President’s Award for Innovation and Leadership. Edward was admired for his quick wit, ready smile, and positive outlook. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

VIEWING ONLINE/TV..........................................................................

The board meeting may be viewed online at www.socccd.edu. Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, January 29 at 7 pm.


South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Barbara J. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, T.J. Prendergast III,
Terri Whitt, James R. Wright
; Johnathan Forde, Student Trustee

Debra L. Fitzsimons, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Tere Fluegeman

Public and Government Affairs