Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights

July 18, 2016

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

Photos of Board Members

  • 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.
  • Resolution for Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor 2010-2016, and Marian Bergeson, longtime education advocate.
  • Irvine Valley College Forensics Team and coaches academic year 2016-2017 speech tournament schedule at a total estimated maximum budget not to exceed $59,100.
  • Irvine Valley College Liberal Arts project Audio/Visual Material and Installation and ratify agreement with ELB US, Inc. in the amount of $100,727.38.
  • Proposed curriculum changes for the 2016-17 academic year at Saddleback College.
  • Notice of Completion for the Saddleback College Storage Buildings project to RT Contractor Corporation, for a final contract amount of $115,138.98.
  • Donation of computers and equipment to the University of California, Irvine.
  • Saddleback College study abroad program for Spanish Language Studies in Salamanca, Spain from February 10-April 22, 2017.
  • Trustee conference attendance to CCLC Annual Convention.
  • Approve the specialized legal services agreement with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
  • Resolution 16-19 establishing the required State constitutional appropriations limit for FY 2016-2017 for the South Orange County Community College District.
  • Academic Calendar for 2017-2018.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between SOCCCD (Irvine Valley College) and the Irvine Unified School District
  • Memorandum of Understanding between SOCCCD (Irvine Valley College) and Capistrano Unified School District.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between SOCCCD (Irvine Valley College) and the Tustin Unified School District.
  • Change Order No. 5 and waiver language for the Saddleback College Sciences Building project with C.W. Driver resulting in an increase of $133,876 for a revised contract of $55,805,572.
  • Change Order No. 6 for the Saddleback College Sciences Building project with C.W. Driver, resulting in an increase of $61,347, for a revised contract of $55,866,919, with a project extension of 108 calendar days and a revised project completion, fall occupation and fiscal close out on September 16, 2016
  • Payment to Trustee Wright and Student Trustee Forde who were absent from the board meeting on June 27, 2016.
  • Eight firms for the SOCCCD Environmental Consultant Services Pool, Bid No. 334D, for no greater than a five-year period.
  • Three categories of firms for the SOCCCD Architectural Services Pool, Bid No. 331D for no greater than a five-year period.
  • Employment Contract for Acting Chancellor Dr. Debra Fitzsimons effective July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

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

  • Trustee Jemal commented on the retirement of Chancellor Gary Poertner and stated that the board is deeply appreciative for his leadership and will honor him with a resolution.  He added that the board asked Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons to fill in as acting chancellor while they consider the appointment of an interim chancellor. There will be a nationwide search for a permanent chancellor.  Trustee Whitt offered her sincere appreciation of Chancellor Poertner and his commitment to the stability of the district.  She appreciates Acting Chancellor Fitzsimons stepping into this role during the transition.  She thoroughly enjoyed the Saddleback College Department of Theatre's Summer Series production of Beauty and the Beast. Trustee Milchiker thanked Chancellor Poertner for his dedication and honesty and for serving the district. She attended several seminars where the college presidents were presenters including the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation's 2016 Education in Review and Outlook at the Ocean Institute and the IVC Classified Senate Luncheon. Trustee Lang spoke of his concern about the violence against law enforcement that has been in the news lately.  He thanked police officers nationwide for their service to protect communities and hopes that there will be more dialogue and understanding to deal with these critical issues. Trustee Wright commented on Gary Poertner's retirement stating that he will be remembered for all the good things he accomplished at the district.  Trustee Jay thanked Chancellor Poertner and wished him well in his retirement.  She also attended the IVC Board of Governors Foundation retreat. Trustee Prendergast thanked Chancellor Poertner for his excellent work.  He referenced the Student Success presentation as proof of Chancellor Poertner's hard work and dedication to the colleges' student success efforts. Student Trustee Forde is looking forward to the CCLC student trustee conference.

  • Acting Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons thanked everyone for welcoming her as acting chancellor. She offered her appreciation to Chancellor Poertner for his leadership and dedication to the district and colleges.  She reported that the district continues to work on improving Workday functionality.  She looks forward to attending many of the colleges' professional development activities next month and encouraged everyone to attend the Chancellor's Opening Session on August 16th featuring keynote speakers Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at the State Chancellor's Office, and Steve Gyler, LA/OC sector navigator, who will provide an overview of new state and regional workforce initiatives.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included:  President Burnett was a featured guest speaker at the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation's 2016 Education in Review and Outlook at the Ocean Institute.  Topics included K-12 partnerships, adult education, economic and workforce development, career technical education, the benefits of starting at Saddleback and transferring to a four-year college, among many others. The department of theatre arts is presenting a free summer of theatre, jazz, and Shakespeare outside on the upper campus quad- Beauty and the Beast in Concert, the Saddleback Big Band, Othello and Cymbelline, and Little Shop of Horrors. Saddleback College's real estate program will now operate the California Community College Real Estate Education Center after being awarded a grant by the state chancellor's office. Saddleback's VETS Center is a recipient of the state chancellor's office John Rice Diversity and Equity Award, which was established in 2001 to honor community college staff members, districts, colleges, or programs that have made the greatest contribution toward faculty and staff diversity or student equity.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included:  The Forensics team traveled to China this summer and competed in two debate tournaments at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Xi 'an International Studies University. A total of 25 students and instructors and Trustee Milchiker participated in this year's trip.  Five students were in the two final rounds.  The college will offer four additional accounting courses for students who hold a bachelor's degree to take the necessary courses and units needed to obtain a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Women's beach volleyball duo Haille Earnest and Emily Reinking were named the Orange Empire Conference team of the year. The Volleyball Coach Tom Pestolesi was named the Orange Empire Conference coach of the year for the 2015-2016 season.  The six-week IVC Summer Bridge Program has begun which consists of 60 incoming freshmen recruited from local high schools and Guaranteed Account Program (GAP4+ 1) students, along with three IVC instructors. The Bridge Program helps to smooth the transition of graduating high school seniors entering into freshmen classes at IVC and sets common goals for successful outcomes at the end of their IVC experience, such as transferring to a four-year college or university and obtaining a bachelor's degree.


  • Student Success Scorecard - Research Directors Denice Inciong (District Services), Dr. Craig Hayward (IVC) and Dr. Jennifer Klein (SC) presented an annual overview of the Student Success Scorecard. The Student Success Scorecard provides stakeholders with clear and concise information about student progress and success, specifically in remedial instruction, completion of units and successful outcomes in degrees and certificates attainment, transfer and CTE.  As part of the state requirement, these metrics are presented every year to the board for review and discussion. Click here to view the presentation.

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

The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, July 24 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, Acting Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Tere Fluegeman and Natalie Cooney

Public and Government Affairs