Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights

March 28, 2016

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

Photos of Board Members

  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions, except 5.2 which was tabled pending corrections. Item 6.3 and 6.9 were approved with minor revisions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Curriculum revisions for the 2016-17 Academic Year for both colleges.
  • Community Education courses, presenters, and compensation for Summer Session 2016 for both colleges.
  • Furniture, fixture, IT and equipment for the IVC Liberal Arts project estimated at $1,550,000.
  • Saddleback College Study Abroad Programs to Madrid, Santander, Barcelona, Spain and Florence, Italy.
  • Trustee request to attend ACCT Leadership Congress 2016.
  • Contract with Walsh & Associates, APC to provide specialized legal services on an as needed basis for community college legal matters specifically for personnel related legal issues.
  • Nomination of the following candidates to the California Community College Trustee (CCCT) Board of Directors: T.J. Prendergast III, South Orange County CCD; Sue M. Keith, Citrus CCD; Linda S. Wah, Pasadena Area CCD; Loren Steck, Monterey CCD, and Kenneth A. Brown, El Camino CCD.
  • Construction management services agreement with Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC for the IVC Barranca Entrance, ATEP IVC First Building and adjacent parking lot, and ATEP Utilities and Infrastructure, Phase I projects, not to exceed $1,151,310.
  • Change Order No. 3 for the Saddleback College Sciences Building project resulting in an increase of $665,512, for a revised contract amount of $55,545,633.
  • Change Order No. 5 for the Saddleback College Technology & Applied Science Building Swing Space project to Solpac Construction, Inc. (dba Soltek Pacific Construction Company) in the amount of $292,451 for a revised contract amount of $7,393,824.
  • Contract with Barracuda Networks for a new unified data backup infrastructure solution to safeguard data from hardware failures and other potential disasters not to exceed $500,000.
  • Contracting with Hewlett Packard Enterprise for servers, storage, and purchase of computers, laptops and tablets, not to exceed $2,500,000 annually.
  • California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Trust (PST) agreement to assist in pre-funding pension costs and reducing net pension liabilities. Last month the board approved a funding plan for liability resulting from increased employer pension rates for STRS and PERS currently estimated at $39.6 million through FY 2020-2021.
  • Revision to board policies: BP-2100 Delegation of Authority to the Chancellor, BP-3200.1 Contracts, BP-3200 Purchasing and Contracts, BP-4006 Medical Examination, Communicable Disease, and Tuberculosis Testing, BP-4007 Health Examinations, BP-4161 Professional Development and Growth, BP-4215 Student Employment, BP-4306 Calendar, Committees, and BP-6180 Career and Technical Educational Program Advisory.
  • Payment to Trustee Wright who was absent from the board meeting on February 22, 2016.
  • Amend the 2015-2016 full-time faculty hiring list for IVC to remove the Automation Electronics-Electrical-Robotics position, School of Physical Sciences & Technologies, and add a position in the Engineering Technology discipline, School of Math, Computer Science & Engineering.
  • Amend the 2016-2017 full-time faculty hiring list for Saddleback College to add two Nursing Instructor positions in the Division of Health Sciences & Human Services; one Adult Education ESL instructor in the Division of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships; and one Math Instructor position in the Division of Math, Science & Engineering.

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

  • Trustee Prendergast attended the Orange County School Board Association dinner featuring a social psychologist who provided insight on how students think and ideas for better reaching them in the classroom. Trustee Jay congratulated classified employees of the year Mark Peterson, Michelle Jackson, Betty McClelland, Dan Johnson and Steven Gross. She attended the Saddleback Foundation Gala and thanked all the staff for a fine job. She attended the IVC Foundation board meeting and urged everyone to attend the upcoming IVC Foundation Gala coming up on Sat. Trustee Whitt attended the SC Gala and commented that it was wonderful. She also attended the SC Foundation meeting and thanked the staff for their hard work. Trustee Milchiker attended the Orange County Community College Legislative Task Force meeting. Some of the topics the task force is tracking this year include: California Promise initiatives and financial aid bills to provide more assistance for students demonstrating need; and ADA Reform. There are an alarming number of ADA lawsuits occurring across the state, forcing community colleges to make upgrades that aren't in alignment with existing facilities transition plans. New legislation would enable the state to collect data and better understand where the problems occur so that outcomes could be discussed. She also attended the SC Foundation fundraiser and is looking forward to IVC's. She is very proud of our foundations who give about $1 million in scholarship funds each year. She just got back from the SC study abroad trip to Cuba, traveling at her own expense in order to understand socioeconomic situation in Cuba. The trip gave our students an opportunity to see a different part of the world and watch it in transition. Trustee Lang was pleased to see recent press coverage about articulation with four year colleges providing a more efficient path toward degree completion, workforce readiness and, ultimately, employment for our students. He commended our colleges for working with high schools to communicate the value of choosing a community college pathway. He congratulated the classified employees of the year and thanked them for their contributions to our college community. He called attention to the many extracurricular activities that engage our students of all ages, including seniors. He thanked staff, faculty and volunteers for making our district one of the best in the state. Trustee Wright conducted a TV interview at Laguna Woods TV, Channel 6. He enjoys sharing what our colleges are doing. He congratulated the SC men's basketball team for their outstanding season leading to the state championship rounds and a 31-2 season record. He was privileged to attend all three games. He commented on the team's extreme poise even when losing. They are not only great players but great guys. He enjoyed attended the SC Foundation Gala and looks forward to IVC's. He attended classified staff development day and congratulated all award recipients. He attended funeral services for Wendy Baker, former assistant dean at SC. Trustee Jemal was pleased to attend the SC Foundation Gala and looks forward to IVC's. He underscored his support for building a stadium at SC. He said it is important that the process is done correctly and he encouraged the district and college to work together on a plan that makes sense. Student Trustee Momand welcomed back students from spring break. He enjoyed attending the SC Foundation Gala and commended them on their efforts to help students by raising scholarship funds so they can focus on school.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner commented on a new measurement tool rolling out in June from the State Chancellor's Office. Skills Builder will compliment the College Scorecard by measuring students who simply take a few courses that allow them to advance professionally. This is a big step forward to making the Scorecard more meaningful by tracking more than transfer rates and degree completion.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included: The Saddleback College Foundation Gala was held on Saturday, March 12th, at the Laguna Hills Marriott Resort and Spa. The gala raises funds for student scholarships and college programs.  Dr. Burnett honored the 2016 Saddleback College Alumna of the Year, Michelle Desilets, who has been recognized around the globe for her work in the protection of endangered orangutans and their habitat.  The college athletic department announced that 126 of the college's 304 student athletes have been named to the Athletic Honor Roll. Seven of the college's 10 fall semester athletic teams posted an overall team grade point average of 3.0 or higher and will be nominated for Orange Empire Conference and California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) scholar-team awards. The men’s basketball team competed in the CCCAA state championship tournament, but was defeated by San Francisco Community College 68-57.  Dr. Burnett and seven members of Saddleback's VETS Program team participated on a panel at the Veterans Summit in the City of Industry and hosted by the California Community Colleges. The purpose of the summit was to share information and best practices to better help veterans transition to higher education. Saddleback College hosted the Southern California Social Entrepreneurship Venture Challenge, a philanthropic "shark tank" competition. The Emeritus Institute is commemorating its 40th anniversary with an extensive art exhibit in the library through May 13th.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: The college hosted its first combined high school principals and counselors summit.  The event drew more than 125 in attendance and allowed IVC administration, faculty and staff to share in an experience focused on the topic, "Why it is Important for a High School Student to Attend Community College."  Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation Dr. Craig Hayward received recognition from the Research and Planning Group (RP Group) for California Community Colleges for excellence in regional and statewide research for the Multiple Measures Assessment Project.  The college invited high school juniors and seniors to participate in Preview Day. Approximately 1,500 students attended and participated in a presentation highlighting IVC's programs and services.  The Western States Communication Association (WSCA) recognized IVC at the March WSCA conference. IVC teamed up with Bakersfield College, Butte College, and the College Futures Foundation to co-host a summit on "Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Guided Pathways Approach." The women's beach volleyball team has been selected as a CCCAA Scholar Team Recipient. The award recognizes the academic achievement of all members of one specific team.  The college will hold its first Cultural Competence Summit at the IVC Performing Arts Center. The summit will focus on cultural issues that are prevalent on college campuses and conclude with a book signing and reception.
  • Presidents' Oral Report - Presidents Glenn Roquemore and Tod Burnett discussed the college foundations. SC exceeded all expectations and funding goals for their recent event. President Roquemore promoted the upcoming IVC Gala and awards event at the Marconi Auto Museum this weekend.

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

The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, April 3 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; Lemar Momand, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


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