YOSEMITE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FOUR HUNDRED FORTY-FIFTH REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 2, 2002
At 3:30 p.m. President Joseph Mitchell called the meeting to order in YCCD Conference Room B. Trustees then recessed to closed session for the purpose of discussions pursuant to G. C. Section 54957: Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release; Pursuant to G. C. Section 54956.9: Anticipated Litigation; Pursuant to G.C. Section 54956.8: Real Property.
Board Members Present
Board Members Absent
Doralyn Foletti (Student Trustee)
D. Baggett, M. Baker, A. Boyer, S. Conner, P. Fisher, T. Flemming, L. Hoile, K. Jeffery, A. Johnson, B. J. Marks, L. Masingale, W. McLeod, A. Murillo, R. Peralta, J. Riggs, T. Scott, B. Scroggins, N. Stavrianoudakis, D. Sunday, J. Williams, R. Wolf, E. Osnaya (recorder)
At 5:00 p.m. the Board of Trustees reconvened to open session in the YCCD Board Room.
The Pledge of Allegiance preceded formal Board action.
14,449 Approval of the Minutes
A motion was made by Mr. Allen, seconded by Mr. Rojas, that the Board of Trustees approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 11, 2001.
The motion carried with a vote of 7-0.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Mitchell presented Mr. Hallinan with a plaque in recognition and appreciation of his service as 2001 President of the Board of Trustees.
14,451 Student Activity Reports
Bryan Justin Marks, ASMJC President, started his remarks by welcoming Dr. Williams to MJC. He then reported that due to finals and the holidays, activity had been minimal last month. However, students have plans for several large projects this semester. Some of these projects include the following Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative activities:
•Cosponsoring a presentation by actor Danny Glover with the Peace Life Center at the Unity Baptist Church on January 19.
•Participating as a panel member for the City of Modesto's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 18.
•Hosting MJC's commemorative celebration on January 22.
Other planned activities include a trip to the Museum of Tolerance and a voter registration drive. Mr. Marks acknowledged the retirement of Mr. Bob Gauvreau, Dean of Instructional Services, and the departure of Mr. Tim Flemming, Director of the MJC Foundation. He wished them well in their new endeavors.
Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, Vice President of Student Services at Columbia, reported that students at Columbia are planning a Valentine's Day dinner on February 14, as well as working to fill an AS Vice President vacancy, and participating in the planning of activities related to Black History Month, Women’s History Month and the annual Pow Wow.
14,452 Academic Senate Activity Reports
Dr. David Baggett, MJC Academic Senate President, made a brief report to the Board. He welcomed Drs. James Williams and Bill Scroggins, MJC's new President and Vice President of Instruction respectively. Dr. Baggett stated that several momentous changes are taking place at MJC and he is excited about them.
President Mitchell invited Dr. Williams to comment. Dr. Williams stated that he was honored and delighted to be at Modesto Junior College. He also said he was pleased to have had the opportunity to take part in the selection of the new Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Bill Scroggins, as he introduced him to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Scroggins echoed Dr. Williams' sentiments about being at MJC. He stated that he welcomed the opportunity to help put together a new team. He assured the Board of Trustees that the new team is a good and experienced one. Dr. Scroggins added that one of the reasons he came to YCCD was Chancellor Fisher's leadership. He said she is well known statewide as one of the best in her field. The Board of Trustees welcomed Dr. Williams and Dr. Scroggins.
14,453 INFORMATION ITEMS
College Institute Days
Dr. Jim Riggs reported that Columbia College's Institute Day will be Thursday, January 3, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Aspen 1. Dr. Williams shared that MJC's Institute Day will be held on Friday, January 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium. In addition to other comments and breakout sessions, both events will include a provocative and entertaining production of Horizon Line presented by the National Conference for Community and Justice, Los Angeles Region. Trustees were encouraged to attend one or both of these events.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations
Dr. Riggs reported that Columbia College will sponsor a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 13 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Dogwood Forum. Along with inspirational readings from Dr. King's writings by local playwright Rick Foster and actor Tom Maguire, featured performers include the Columbia College Community Chorus (Negro spirituals), a Hmong dance troupe, Native American dancers, Celtic musicians and original acoustic folk musicians.
Modesto Junior College's tribute will take place on January 22 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall. The program will include a video tribute to Dr. King with excerpts from past MJC speaking performances by Yolanda King and Maya Angelou. Dr. Jim Williams, MJC's new president, also will speak. The program will conclude with an act by Voris Brumfield entitled "History Comes Alive with Alberta Williams King, a Mother's Story."
Leadership Tuolumne County
Chancellor Fisher reported that the Leadership Tuolumne County's Education Day lunch was held for the fourth straight year at Columbia College on December 6. Fifteen participants in the program visited county schools and completed their tour with a luncheon at the College. Faculty member Shelley Attix presented a talk on Eco-Tourism.
Calaveras College Center
Columbia College has been providing programs and services in Calaveras County in a small area located in the County's Office of Education for the past three years. In an effort to respond to the growing needs of the community, Dr. Riggs reported that for several months the College had been looking to increase its physical space. In December, a 4,800 square foot facility was leased near Angels Camp (in the Glory Hole area), which will house the College's new Calaveras Office, a computer lab, and space for other classes and services to meet their educational needs. Dr. Riggs thanked Maria Baker and Teresa Scott for their assistance in finding a suitable and appropriate location for the new Calaveras Center. He also thanked Calaveras Superintendent of Schools, John Brophy, for the use of their facility and for his assistance in starting a Columbia College center in Calaveras County.
Irvine Foundation Grant
Chancellor Fisher reported that the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) was awarded an $850,000 grant over a two-year period to address issues surrounding the need to increase the college-going rate in the Central Valley - a rate that lags behind the state average by one third. The CVHEC member institutions include MJC and Columbia College, as well as other community colleges, and four-year institutions from Stockton to Bakersfield.
Chancellor Fisher reported that across the country, leaders in the community college field are discussing, writing about, and planning for an anticipated major shortage of qualified staff ready to assume positions as deans, vice presidents, and presidents. She said that depending on the particular study, estimates indicate that from 50% - 60% of vice presidents and presidents will retire in the next 5 years. To encourage and prepare people for these positions, several efforts are underway.
Dr. Fisher said that at the national level, the AACC has formed a Leadership Development Task Force. In California, the Community College Leadership Development Initiative (begun by the Accrediting Commission) has entered into an agreement with Claremont College to run the CCLDI. In Central California, the CEOs of HECCC (Higher Education Consortium of Central California) have been working with CSU, Stanislaus to develop a 15-unit certificate program in community college leadership. It will begin in the fall of 2002 and will count toward a graduate degree and provide salary schedule credit. Finally, within the Yosemite Community College District, Dr. Fisher said plans are being developed for a local Leadership Institute that will identify, encourage and prepare members of our own faculty and staff to seek new positions of increasing responsibility.
14,454 CONSENT AGENDA
A motion was made by Mr. Hallinan, seconded by Mr. Rojas, that the Board of Trustees take the following action on the Consent Agenda:
Approve the purchase orders issued from November 1, 2001 through November 30, 2001.
Modesto Junior College Curriculum Review
Approve the curriculum additions, deletions, and modifications for Modesto Junior College for the period of October 23, 2001 through December 4, 2001.
Rejection of Claim
Reject the claim filed by Mark C. Shumar, Esq. of the Law Offices of Mark C. Shumar, on behalf of Ms. Mindy McNay and refer the claim to the District's claims administrator.
Rejection of Claim
Reject the claim filed by Mark C. Shumar, Esq. of the Law Offices of Mark C. Shumar, on behalf of Ms. Jackie Aispuro and refer the claim to the District's claims administrator.
Notice of Completion of Contract
Accept the work performed by Tru-Tech Coating and Roofing Systems for reroofing at various locations at Modesto Junior College East and West Campuses and Columbia College, Bid #01-1485, as having been completed in accordance with the plans and specifications, and authorize final payment to be made.
Notice of Completion of Contract
Accept the work performed by Gatewood HVAC, Inc. for HVAC at Madrone and Willow at Columbia College, Bid #01-1479, as having been completed in accordance with the plans and specifications, and authorize final payment to be made.
Authorize the Yosemite Community College District to submit the following project applications/amendments and to enter into a contract with the appropriate donor agencies when the projects are selected for funding: (Report #2044)
a. Columbia College Infant Care Center
Submitted to Sonora Area Foundation
Agency share: $35,000; Proposer share: $0
The motion carried with a vote of 6 ayes and 1 abstention (Neumann).
14,455 DISCUSSION ITEMS
YCCD Grant Development Annual Report
During the 2000-2001 academic year, YCCD's grant development and management activities continued to expand. Categorically funded programs, contract education, and competitive and ongoing grant-funded activities increased at both Modesto Junior College and Columbia College. Ms. Shelly Conner, Director of Grant Development and Special Projects, presented a summary of grants obtained, sources of funds, and participating college staff. She also explained how externally funded projects are essential in helping the district achieve the vision statements outlined in our Vision 2010 document. Ms. Conner reported that over $9 million in competitive grants and over $10 million in categorical grants were obtained. She thanked Vice Chancellor Ben Tom for his support, as well as staff members Rhonda Wolf and Laurie Masingale for their hard work. Trustees commended staff for their phenomenal efforts.
14,456 Naming Sierra Halls
The Board of Trustees, at their August meeting, approved a contest to solicit names for MJC buildings on West Campus, including existing buildings and the new "Sierra Halls." The contest was open to everyone on campus and to the community at large. Entries were to consist of a "theme" and at least four names within that theme. According to Board Policy 3104, acceptable entries could (1) designate the function of a building or facility, (2) reflect natural and geographical features; or (3) reflect a traditional theme of the college or the District. Contest entries were submitted by MJC faculty, students, staff, administration, and the community. Campus organizations and the MJC Foundation received the entries from their respective constituents and selected one proposal to be forwarded. The five final entries were presented to the MJC College Council who ranked them and submitted their recommendation to the Chancellor. Dr. Fisher reported that the Council's first choice was the proposal submitted by the students. Their theme was "Yosemite National Park," and included possible names such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Muir, Glacier Point, and Wawona.
The Chancellor pointed out that there was considerable overlap among the five proposals in that all had a Yosemite, Sierra, or mountain theme. Due to the overlap in the ideas, and the need for eight or more names, Dr. Fisher said it is likely that some of the suggestions from the other proposals will be added. The Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the MJC College Council and endorsed the building-naming plan for West Campus submitted by the Associated Students of MJC. A detailed plan with a name for each major building on West Campus will be prepared by a college committee and presented to the Board of Trustees at a future Board meeting.
Dr. Fisher reported that as reported at the December 11 meeting, state law requires each public entity governed by an elected body with representatives from designated geographical areas to review their internal geographical boundaries every ten years based on the new census data. Each trustee area's population must be within +/- 5% of the average trustee area population. Staff have been analyzing the new data and some modifications will be necessary to trustee areas. As scenarios were developed, principles followed included making the minimum number of modifications, using natural boundaries, and keeping neighborhoods intact wherever possible. At this meeting, Nick Stavrianoudakis, Director of External Affairs, described the redistricting process and presented two options for the Board to consider. Due to trustee areas growing at uneven rates, internal boundary lines of the district must be modified. Opportunity for public input will continue through January and at the Board's February meeting when the item will be presented for action. The Board of Trustees gave staff direction to continue with the process and commended Mr. Stavrianoudakis, Ms. Diana Sunday, Director of Research and Planning, and Ms. Lucy Munoz, Executive Secretary to the Director of External Affairs, for their efforts.
14,458 Nonresident Tuition Fee
The Board of Trustees is required to establish annually a nonresident student tuition fee for the succeeding year. The 2001-2002 nonresident student tuition fee is $134. The 2002-2003 nonresident student tuition fee must be at or between the statewide average expense of $141 per unit and the Yosemite Community College District's expense per unit. Historically, the Board has adopted the statewide average rate for the following reasons: 1) The district rate is usually more than the statewide average rate, and 2) Our neighboring districts normally charge the statewide average.
A motion was made by Mr. Allen, seconded by Mr. Neumann, that the Board of Trustees adopt a 2002-2003 nonresident student tuition fee consistent with the statewide average expense of $141.
The motion carried with a vote of 7-0.
14,459 Sabbatical Leaves
The Columbia College and MJC Sabbatical Leave Committees submitted their recommendations regarding 2002-2003 sabbatical leave recipients. The Committees' recommendations were reviewed and approved by the college presidents.
Applicable Education Code sections require that employees who are granted sabbatical leaves either post a bond in an amount equal to the salary received during the period of the leave, or enter into an agreement with the Board of Trustees for the proportional repayment of the amount received during the leave if service is not provided to the District in an amount twice the length of the leave.
A motion was made by Mr. Rojas, seconded by Mr. Hallinan, that the Board of Trustees approve 2002-2003 sabbatical leaves for the following YCCD Academic employees:
Academic Year - 2002-2003
Jim Toner - CC
Marianne Franco - MJC
Tim Vaughn - MJC
Stan Spector - MJC
Fall Semester 2002
Brian Sanders - MJC
Derek Madden - MJC
Jane Mengel - MJC
Sue Adler - MJC
Alex Beattie - MJC
Spring Semester 2003
Dennis Albers - CC
Terry Hartman - MJC
Linda Kropp - MJC
In addition, approve Resolution No. 01-02/09 in lieu of a bond for the recipients.
The motion carried with a vote of 7-0.
14,460 PERSONNEL ITEMS
Mr. Richard Peralta, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, presented 26 personnel items for trustees' approval. He noted minor technical corrections to the items related to the appointment of Ms. Melinda Fontana and Dr. Bill Scroggins' starting date.
Mr. Mitchell recognized the retirement of Mr. Bob Gauvreau and trustees officially commended him for his years of valuable service to the district.
A motion was made by Mr. Rojas, seconded by Ms. Flores, that the Board of Trustees take the following action on the personnel items as corrected:
Grant retirement emeritus status to Bob Gauvreau, Dean of Instructional Services, Modesto Junior College, effective January 2, 2002, and officially commend him for 27 years of valuable service to the district.
Approve the probationary appointment of Frank Burrowes, Skilled Craft Technician, HVAC, Facilities Operations, Yosemite Community College District, effective December 10, 2001.
Ruhi Sheikh Pierstorff
Approve the probationary appointment of Ruhi Sheikh Pierstorff to Support Staff Specialist (55%), Learning Resources, Modesto Junior College, effective December 10, 2001 (10-month work year).
appointment of Melinda Fontana to Program Representative/Office Administration,
Business, Behavioral & Social Sciences, Modesto Junior College, effective
January 2, 2002 (11-month work year).
Approve the probationary appointment of Hebe Garcia-Bolio to Child Development Center Master Teacher-Preschool (87.5%), Allied Health/Family & Consumer Sciences, Modesto Junior College, effective December 17, 2001, contingent upon funding (11-month work year).
Hemendra (Harry) Prassad
Approve the probationary appointment of Hemendra (Harry) Prassad to Stock/Delivery Driver, half-time (50%) position, MJC Bookstore, effective January 2, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Joyce Lopez to the position of Support Staff Technician 50%, Yosemite Community College District, Facilities Planning & Operations, Columbia College, effective January 2, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Coni Chavez to the position of Program Specialist-Student Outreach and Development at Columbia College, effective January 2, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Shelley Muniz to the position of Library-Media Coordinator at Columbia College, effective January 3, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Robert Carson to Bookstore Buyer, MJC Bookstore, effective January 2, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Loretta Hampton to Program Assistant - Financial Aid/CalWORKS, Financial Aid, Modesto Junior College, effective January 7, 2002, contingent upon funding.
Approve the promotional appointment of Catherine Bostwick to Job Developer/CalWORKS, Financial Aid, Modesto Junior College, effective January 2, 2002, contingent upon funding.
Accept the resignation of Michele Gruber, Fiscal Services Technician, YCCD Accounts Payable, effective December 21, 2001.
Accept the resignation of Patricia Bryte, In-House Program Coordinator, Great Valley Museum, Modesto Junior College, effective November 30, 2001.
Accept the resignation of Tim Flemming, Director of the MJC Foundation, Modesto Junior College, effective January 31, 2002.
Approve the administrative appointment (interim) of Gina Rose to the position of Dean of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Modesto Junior College, effective January 1, 2002 and ending on or before June 30, 2002.
David D. Tingle
Approve the probationary appointment of David D. Tingle to the position of Campus Security Officer - 40%, Columbia College, effective January 2, 2002. This is a 16-hour per week, 12-month per year position.
Approve the probationary appointment of Koni Bicknell to the position of Administrative Secretary, Columbia College Instruction Office, effective January 2, 2002.
Rescind the probationary appointment of Joseph Layedra, Program Assistant - Financial Aid/CalWORKS, Modesto Junior College. He declined the position.
Approve the probationary appointment of Dominique Lowitz to the position of Support Staff II, Community Outreach, Development Services at Columbia College, effective January 2, 2002.
Kelley C. Marshall
Approve the probationary appointment of Kelley C. Marshall to the position of Alternate Media Access Technician, Disabled Students Programs and Services at Columbia College, effective January 2, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Trudy Folks to the position of Support Staff I (50%), YCCD Campus Security, effective January 2, 2002.
Accept the resignation of Griselda Jaurequi, EOP&S Student Outreach Recruiter, EOP&S, Modesto Junior College, effective January 4, 2002.
Approve the probationary appointment of Terri Isaman to the position of Administrative Secretary/Administrative Services, Columbia College, effective January 2, 2002. This is a 40 hours per week, 12 month per year position.
Approve the appointment of William Scroggins
to the position of Vice President of Instruction, Modesto Junior College,
January 4 January 1, 2002.
Approve the interim administrative appointment of Brenda Robert to the position of Title V Director, Instruction, Modesto Junior College, effective January 2, 2002 through June 30, 2002, contingent upon funding, with possible renewal. (Dr. Robert will voluntarily reduce her Division Dean assignment to 50% of full time to accommodate this appointment.)
Trustee Neumann asked how the reduction of Dr. Robert's assignment as Division Dean will be filled. Dr. Fisher explained that an interim faculty coordinator will be appointed to assist Dr. Robert, similar to what was done in the Science, Mathematics & Engineering Division.
The motion carried with a vote of 7-0.
14,461 COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC - There were no comments from the public.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, February 5, 2002. Closed session will be at 3:30 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m. in the YCCD Board Room, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto.
Joseph Mitchell, President Pamila J. Fisher, Secretary
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