Call the meeting to order. Vanessa, will you
call the roll please? Chair McKnight-Morton. Vice Chair Fleming. Here. Treasurer Miliken. Here. Secretary Davis. Trustee DeVarti. Here. Trustee Hatcher. Here. Trustee Landau. Here. OK, we need to
approve the agenda. Do I hear a motion to approve? So moved. A second? Second. Are there any comments
on the agenda, as is? Hearing none, moving on. Tab A, approval of the
minutes from November. Do I hear a motion to
approve the minutes? So moved. Moved. Do I hear support? I have a question
before the vote. Yes. We misspelled the Wadham’s
name in the minutes. OK. And they’ve been
generous supporters and they’d like to correct that. Can you point out where that is? I’ll find it for you. OK, Vanessa’s getting it. I know where it is. Thank you. Any other comments? Yes, Ruth. I’d just like to add under
my remarks, as I recall, I did thank Mr. Callaghan. But I also asked for an update
on the police, Washtenaw Community College police
hiring and commitees, at some point, so I’d like
the minutes to reflect that I raised that question,
and made that request. OK. Any other comments on
the November minutes? This is an accolade, right? So all in favor of approving
the minutes, say aye. Aye. Aye.
Aye. All opposed? All right. Minutes approved. Moving on to citizen
participation, the WCCEA. It’ll take me longer
to get to the podium than what I have to say. That’s a lovely tie, Dave. I get to wear ugly ties
about three weeks a year, and you’re suffering
from that right now. I’m actually impressed by
the volume of ugly tie. I’ve got a bunch of them. So only really two comments. The first is I’d
like to note that we have three longtime faculty
members who are retiring at the end of this semester– Connie Foster, Gloria
Velarde, and Belinda McGuire. Between them, if I’ve
done my math right, I think there’s 77 years of
experience here at the college. That represents a tremendous
loss in all three of them, but especially, I
guess, Connie Foster, because she has been an
incredibly important figure in our radiography
program and, I will say, a longtime important
participant in the WCCEA. All three of them
will be missed. And we wish them good luck. And the only other thing
I have to say to the board and to folks who are
here and who are not here is, have a happy holiday. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Same to you. Thank you. Are there any public comments? Hearing none, Vanessa, did we
get any written communications? No. No? OK. Moving on to special reports,
we have special guests from SEMCOG to present
for us “Providing Quality Education for All Students.” Naheed and Grant? And you have the presentation
in the blue folder by your side. Good evening, and thank
you for the privilege of speaking to the board. And we have met
some of you before, but really, this is one
of our first opportunities to see the whole board
together, and we’re really happy to be here. So my name is Naheed Huq. I am the manager of talent
and economic development for SEMCOG, and my
colleague Grant Brooks is the membership specialist. And we work on education and
workforce development issues together. So the report that you
have in your packets, “Providing Quality
Education for All Students,” is a regional effort to identify
some of the challenges facing our education system,
particularly our K-12 systems, and then figuring out
how we can improve it to ensure that
all students are college and career-ready when
they leave our K-12 systems. So the recommendations were
developed by the SEMCOG and MAC education reform task force. MAC is our partner organization
and represents business, labor, and government. And so along with our education
and our local government members, we have
a lot of sectors covered by our task force. And Trustee Diana
McKnight-Morton and President Rose Bellanca were
both members of the task force. Before we go over the
actual recommendations, my colleague Grant will
provide an overview of SEMCOG Just to give a brief
overview here, so SEMCOG, or the Southeast Michigan
Council of Governments, is a regional
planning membership in council governments. Our area of jurisdiction is
made up of seven counties, out of the 83
counties in Michigan. So it’s Livingston, Wayne,
Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, and St. Clair. So we have about half the
population of the state, and much of the
economic development. In this current
map you see here, SEMCOG members are shaded. As I stated, all seven
counties, and also, six of the seven intermediate
school districts and seven community colleges, or several
community colleges as well. Our funding is provided
by member dues, which we use to match
federal and state grants. Each member community votes
to join, pays member dues, and it appoints
delegates and alternates to SEMCOG’s general assembly,
our full membership committee. Your delegate is
Diana McKnight-Morton, and your alternate is
President Rose Bellanca. So a little bit about
member engagement. Membership in SEMCOG is
organizational, so all of you are welcome to attend and
participate in our meetings, attend workshops. You can contact our staff
for any data and information you may need. We have a wealth of
data on population, economic development,
transportation, and land use. We encourage you to take
advantage of this information, as well as our events. Additionally, you are welcome
to join any of our committees and task forces, where much
of SEMCOG’s work is done. At those smaller group
meetings, we also invite participation
by representatives from the private and
nonprofit sectors– labor organizations, as well
as state and federal partners– so we can tap into
expertise and perspectives from all areas of the region. We encourage you to attend
our general assembly meetings. They’re three times
a year, and our next will be Thursday,
March 22 of next year. So a little bit of our
data and maps here. Two tools that we
would like to highlight are our new interactive
employment data density map, which allows you to
find the number of density of jobs in the region by
sector, geographic location. We believe there’s a particular
interest of community colleges members to design training
programs in high-growth industries. Another resource is
our community profiles. You all have that in
your packets here. This provides key
information and demographics, economy and jobs,
housing, transportation, and environment, and
land use for the region by county, community level, or
a combination of communities. We also– [INAUDIBLE]. Sorry. Our regional
development forecast. I don’t think that was
supposed to be in the slide. So without further ado,
I’ll turn it over to Naheed. Thank you for your time. Thank you, Grant. So I’m going to go
up a little bit. So education reform is not– I mean, challenges in our
education system is not new. We’ve had them for years. We’ve always tried
to address them. We try to address
specific issues within our own communities,
within our own districts, within our own counties. But still, there
are many challenges in our education system. So why are SEMCOG and MAC
looking at this issue now? And there are two main reasons. One, SEMCOG’s 2045 forecast
for demographic and economic changes shows that there’s going
to be a declining labor force. We’re going to have fewer
school-age children. And at the same time,
our economy is changing. Our manufacturing industry
is going to start declining, in terms of the number
of jobs it produces. Although productivity
will continue to increase, the number of jobs will
decline in manufacturing. At the same time,
the number of jobs in health care and
information technology and certain other fields
will continue to grow. So we need to be
able to make sure that our education
system prepares our students for the future. So in terms of declining
school-age population, our 2045 forecast shows
that between 2002 and 2028, there’s going to
be a 25% decline in the number of school-age
children ages five to 17. That has consequences not just
for our school-age population in our school
districts and our ISDs, but also for community colleges,
because fewer people who are getting through
the system will be coming to sort
of higher education, although as we look at our
education system as a whole, we know that at the same
time, different– it’s not just the traditional school
leavers who come to colleges. We have a changing
economy with many people from different parts,
stages of their lives, going back to education. So that’s the benefit. But certainly, one
of the areas that will impact school-age
students who come to community colleges
and four-year colleges is the declining
school-age population. Another finding of
our 2045 forecast is the declining prime
working-age population. And this means that
we’re going to have fewer people in the workforce. Already, we’re looking at a 15%
decline in the last 17 years. And future growth isn’t
going to be much more. Can I stop you for a second? Sorry? You’re telling me
that I’m no longer in the prime working age? Um– this is a– It depends on how [INAUDIBLE]. I guess I kind of
knew that already. Yeah, but, you know. I think it’s all in your mind. But the– [LAUGHTER] So as we can see, the numbers– if we had looked at the
working-age population from 16 to 64, which
is the traditional one, I think it’s much broader. That would make me feel better. OK. But certainly that’s
something for us to think about, and think about
the sort of training we offer people, the technology,
how technology is going to be changing jobs. All of those things
are very important to our education
system– of course, community colleges being
an important part of that. So in terms of job
changes by major sector, we can see that the
industrial mix of our economy will be changing and evolving. We can see that
manufacturing will– the orange line will
continue to decline, even as production increases. Our production of
manufactured goods will increase over the
next three decades, and the automotive
industry, including the mobility industry,
will account for many of our manufacturing jobs. But at the same time,
the actual number of jobs will be declining. Having said that, this will be
offset by growth in health care jobs, as well as
knowledge-based, export-oriented services– IT, engineering,
other management, those types of jobs. Our government will
be largely stable, and retail will
also be declining. But we know that’s
going to happen just through the way our
shopping habits have changed over the years, and
they’ll continue to change. So why did we
actually go into this? Why is education important
to Southeast Michigan, to SEMCOG, to Metropolitan
Affairs Coalition? Various reasons. We know that there’s a
very strong correlation between education
and economic growth. Our economic development
strategy for Southeast Michigan identifies 11 key strategies. Four of them, the orange areas,
are related to education. Whether it’s educating
our future workforce, connecting people to
jobs, advancing innovation in technology,
they’re all related to our education sector. We also know that education
is essential to workforce development, and a
superior education system creates a stronger workforce. Finally, education is important
to our region’s quality of life. Higher levels of
education generally lead to higher incomes,
attract businesses and jobs, create stable neighborhoods,
and create more revenues for local governments to provide
more services, and all of these improve quality of life. So education reform– we
defined this as the recognition that a well-educated
population is an asset, and we can do better to prepare
the state and its citizens for the inevitable
changes resulting from national and global
demographic and economic trends. Our current system
has many challenges. We know it’s underfunded. There’s ever-changing
curriculum and testing, lack of sufficient
support systems, and we’re not providing
equal education opportunities for all students. All of these things will help
us create a better education system, and then
create people who are able to graduate from school
ready for work and/or college. So what are the skills
that we are looking for? What are the skills
that we need to make sure that our students have? And although a lot of this
presentation is based on K-12, it has such implications
for the students who then come to community colleges
and four-year colleges, because you are getting the
recipients of an education system that in some
cases isn’t working as well as it should be. So we heard from–
we did some research, and we found that industry,
or business, employers, are looking for certain skills. And so looked at a few surveys. There was a Forbes
survey of employers. The CTE, the state CTE
survey and analysis asked employers what they were
looking for in their students, or new employees. And also Ford Motor
Company did a presentation to our task force, and they
came up with these ideas. And as you can see from
this, among the top skills are actually new
workplace skills, or soft skills, not necessarily
the technical skills. And we heard from
various people that we can teach technical
skills, but we have to have those soft skills,
turning up to work on time, or being able to work in teams,
being able to collaborate and communicate. Those are just as important. And as you can see, these were
the top five for these three surveys that we looked at. So we know that we
need to be working on both technical and soft,
or foundational, skills. So we’re not the only people
doing it, as you know. There are lots of organizations
that are looking at education. What is it that we need to do
to improve our education system? And we actually, as
part of this task force, we studied the reports
from these various groups. So “The Choice Is Ours”
was a look at the Detroit public education system. The “Top 10 in 10 Years”
was the Michigan Department of Education’s report
on what we need to do to make Michigan a
top-10 state for education. We also looked at the governor’s
21st Century Education Commission’s report, “The
Best Education System.” So we looked at
these, and we didn’t want to recreate
the wheel, but we wanted to see if we differed in
any way for Southeast Michigan. Are there particular challenges
in Southeast Michigan that we need to be focusing on? And on page 46 of your
reports, we actually have an analysis of these,
the key recommendations from these five groups,
as well as ours, and comparing where they focus
and where we were focusing. So with that, I will briefly
go through our recommendations. So we have one overarching
goal and 15 recommendations. So the report also includes
various case studies from the region,
in terms of, what’s going on that’s going well? And there’s several from
Washtenaw County too. So in terms of our
overarching goal, it’s to provide
every child access to an aligned, high-quality
education from early childhood through post-secondary
attainment to prepare for academic,
career, and lifelong success. I think one of the things
that we figured out was, we’re not just creating people
directly for the workforce. There are other
things that matter. And we want to make sure that
people, the students, as they go through our
education systems, are able to gain
skills that allow them to do well in life as
well, not just in the workforce. And there are many
good education systems around the
region, and many students are doing just fine. But future economic
growth, especially in terms of the declining
working-age population and the fewer number
of children who are going to be entering
our school systems, means that we have to
make sure that everybody is ready for the workforce. We need to make sure that
everyone we can engage, everyone who is able
to study, to get the resources they need
to be able to succeed in our education system. And that could mean, whether we
prepare them for work or a two or four-year college, industry
certification, apprenticeship, or anything else. But we want to make
sure that we are able to provide quality
education, to provide a foundation for
lifelong success. The five focus areas are
high-quality instruction, funding, career
technical education, serving at-risk and
special needs students, and also ensuring that our
governance structure really is accountable. So in terms of
high-quality instruction, we really want to
figure on the notion that the educators are such an
important part of our education system. We really need to elevate them. We need to provide them
with fair evaluations and compensation, professional
development opportunities. We also need to elevate
the teaching profession. Make sure that it’s attractive
for young adults who are entering the workforce
or higher education, thinking of education,
teaching, as a good career. We also want to make sure
that our teaching programs are able to provide
child-centered instruction, so that they’re ready to
deal with the different needs of students as they enter
the teaching profession. We also want to, secondary,
is redesigning funding. And again, the notion here
is to redesign the funding to adequately meet the
needs of all students. According to national data,
school funding in Michigan has declined compared
to other states. In 2002, Michigan ranked
seventh in per-capita spending on elementary and
secondary education. By 2014, it was 34th. So a huge change. And the basic premise
for redesigning Michigan’s public
education funding is that we’re
experiencing a declining school-age population,
and will continue to do over the next 30 years. In this context, the
per-pupil funding concept, which is what we’re
based on, doesn’t provide adequate or
equitable funding to maintain school finances. In addition, the
funding system does not provide adequate supports for
students with specific needs. We call for more equitable
state funding, adjusting for declining
school populations, and strengthening funding for
students with special needs. Our third area is promoting
career technical education. And our recommendations are
to expand and strengthen the CTE pathway, promote
awareness of in-demand jobs, so students, when they are
going through their education experience, are able to look at
opportunities where they maybe have an interest
and we can help them through the different pathways. We also want to integrate
work-based learning, whether this is internships
or apprenticeships or exposure to different careers. And certainly, CTE has had
a bad rap over the years. Many students and
their parents see CTE as an option for students
who are not college-bound. Yet, just as many
students from CTE programs enter higher education as
from general education. And in fact, graduation
rates are higher than the general population. So that’s something
to think about. Currently, you may
be aware that there’s several bills in the
Michigan legislature looking at improving career
technical education, and looking at
options for students to consider skilled trades
or technical careers. And one of those initiatives
is the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance. And I believe
Washtenaw Community College joined the Alliance,
and SEMCOG did too. So we’re supportive
of that concept that we need to
get more students interested in and exposed
to different career options. Our next category
of recommendations is at-risk and special
needs populations. Students who are
considered at-risk are those in danger of
not graduating high school due to factors such as
poverty, homelessness, medical and mental
health issues. And our recommendations
would address these needs through the provision of
community-based support services, such as
transportation, nutrition, and other social services. And we also want to address
the chronic absenteeism in many districts. Not just less fortunate,
less economically stable communities, but in
many communities, absenteeism is a huge problem. And we want to address
this through providing more community-based supports
and creating a system to monitor student attendance. Our last area of focus is
ensuring that governance supports accountability. And the recommendation is
to rationalize and enhance accountability of K-12
education by requiring the same transparency
and standards whether local district,
charter, education management organization, homeschool,
or cyberschool. We know that choice is
important to parents, and we want to support that. But we want to make
sure that the state has an important role in
setting common standards for accountability
and transparency for all types of
schools, so that parents can make more informed
decisions as they look at the different factors
that they consider as they make their decisions. So in summary,
traditional public schools still educate about
90% of students, including through
schools of choice. But to maintain their role as
successfully preparing students for college and
careers, they need to provide high-quality
instruction, need to make sure we
have enough resources to support all students, and
also those with special needs. And we also want to make sure
that our education system helps meet the needs of
employers and industry, so that both the
economy can grow, but also people know that
they have jobs in the future. Reforms that address
these needs will help create an education
system that improves the well-being of
residents and strengthens our future economic growth. And in terms of
next steps, we’re presenting the report
and recommendations to build support and awareness
of where we’re coming from. But we’re also participating
in creating momentum on common themes. In terms of the legislation
that’s been introduced, many of those ideas, concepts,
are in our recommendations. So we’re supportive of that. And we also want to
promote and advocate for some of the case studies
that we have in the report. They’re good examples
of how things can happen when we encourage
others to see whether they can be replicated elsewhere. They wouldn’t be customized. They wouldn’t be
exactly the same, because the nature of each
community might be different. But certainly, there’s some
good ideas, and maybe we can– it may be useful for
people to follow that. The other thing
we’re doing is we’re participating in
a shared education vision for Michigan
with the Michigan Department of Education. Recently, the state
superintendent identified some of
those organizations that I listed who
have produced reports. And we’ve been talking about,
what are the three or four things that really will move
the needle in terms of improving education in Michigan? And Superintendent
Whiston’s goal is to make Michigan
a top 10 in 10 years. But we’re looking at, OK, so
if there were three things that, say, a group of five,
six, seven organizations agreed on, how can we
advocate for those policies and make those happen? Because we know that they
are the most important. Even though we’ll be
advocating for all of our 15 recommendations, in
our case, and others will do whatever they have,
but if we can identify sort of real momentum around
three or four issues, I think we’re going
to be more successful. So I think ultimately, a
key outcome of this work is to speak with a common
voice, to build momentum on the most important elements
of creating an education system that provides quality
education for all students. And so that’s really the
end of my presentation, but I’d be happy to
take any questions, but also get you to think
about whether you support the recommendations
overall, if there are certain recommendations that
are more important to you, which action steps might make
the most difference, and did we forget anything? If there’s anything
here that we didn’t do, we still have opportunities. It might not be in our
report, but certainly, as we pick up ideas and input
from our various audiences, as we meet with the State
Department of Education, we’re actually
sharing those ideas and saying OK, we may
not have had that, but we’ve heard that
this is really important, so let’s put that
in the mix as well. So that’s really the
end of my presentation. But I’d be happy to
take any questions, and hope you’ll all participate
in SEMCOG events in the future. You are all welcome. We appreciate input from
our education members, and not just on
education issues. Certainly we have
our task forces and we want you to be there,
but Trustee McKnight-Morton is on several other
committees too. And once we find someone,
we don’t let them go. So– and she knows. But please come to our
events, participate, look for– if you have
questions about data, we have enormous
amounts of data. Ask us. We can put together
for our members customized data for specific
needs within your organization. So with that, that’s the
end of my presentation. I’d be happy to
take any questions. Thank you. Go ahead. Thank you very much
for the report. I haven’t– it just came
today, so I will look at it, and especially the
recommendations and action steps, which I just
took a glance at. It seemed a lot more specific
than in the PowerPoint you just went through. I just have– off
the top of my head, I wrote a bunch of notes,
which I’ll look at. And I would like to take
the opportunity you’ve offered potentially
to participate in future activities
or in a group setting. One thing I would say, when I
look at the Changing Skill Sets page, I don’t know if you
want to pull it back up. But as you pointed
out, not a lot of that is technical training. Now, I think technical
training is very important, and it’s something
that we do here. I also want to point out
that, as you pointed out, that jobs in the
health care field is going to be increasing. And we’ve recently
made some steps to significantly
increase our capacity for training in that area. So I think WCC is moving
in the right direction to address some of that. But I do want to just mention,
one thing that jumps out of me is a lot of these things, like
integrity, decision making, desire to learn,
teamwork, all of those are learned through a strong
liberal arts education. And I think something that’s
frequently underemphasized is the importance of a strong
liberal arts education. And I would say that I’d
like to see something call that out specifically,
since it’s all over what the employers are looking for. Let’s explicitly point out
that, hey, this is philosophy. This is history. This is literature. This is– these are the
traditional liberal arts will teach these skills that
employers, at the bottom line, are looking for. Yes, the technical
skills are important, but the foundation
underlying what you do with those technical
skills is equally as important. And I’d like to see some sort
of emphasis on liberal arts education in this as well. OK. Thank you. I’ve definitely
written that down. Excuse me, I’ve lost my voice. But I just want
to emphasize just a little bit what you
said, Trustee DeVarti, is that we did discuss that. And we did– I mean, believe me, it
wasn’t just Naheed and Grant. It was people from
everywhere, just about all community colleges, Monroe,
Macomb, [INAUDIBLE] St. Clair, I mean, plus business people. We’re all– teachers,
administrators, presidents. We all discussed this. But that was one
of the point too. But I think what– from my take of
it, is that when we were going through
all of these areas, there was a lot to discuss. And that’s a good point
that you’re bringing up, and possibly Naheed
can go back and say, hey, you know, maybe we can
look at this area again. Because there were so
many areas to discuss. And believe me,
there’s some areas that Naheed hasn’t
even brought up yet that is very, very
detrimental to education and the industry of education– where are the teachers
going to come, because they’re
leaving the industry? How do we keep them? What about the base pay? You know, they’re
not just babysitters. They need to be paid
like a professional, and they’re not being
paid like a professional. And unfortunately, the
people, the powers that be, are not looking at
them as professional. But that’s just one of those
things that we do talk about. OK. Thank you. And there are a lot more
details in the report. Yes, I just took a
quick glance at it. I could clearly see that. It’s quite in-depth. And we may– I mean, this
is not our last project. We’ve actually done
projects on soft skills. We did a whole initiative on
lifelong soft skills framework, and the fact that you can’t
teach soft skills for two weeks in seventh grade and be done. It’s something that
happens over a lifetime– your parents, your community,
pre-K through higher education, and employers all have a role
in development of soft skills. But yes, a liberal arts
education certainly does that. We actually did find,
though, that CTE, the CTE programs that we
have in Michigan have both an emphasis
on the technical, but they also teach
those workplace skills. And there’s a real
emphasis on that. And so we’ve been promoting
CTE, and actually, I think one of the
recommendations is even to say that all students should
take at least one CTE class, just to see what it’s like,
because it’s neither– it’s a combination of
academic and technical. And so I think students who
come out of the CTE programs, they have skills, they
have certifications, and they have the ability to
go straight into the workforce if they want to. Thank you. Thank you both. That was just wonderful. You wrapped it up,
summed it up, real good. Thank you so much. Did we have another question? I just– you were
asking what we saw. Just, we haven’t had a
chance to read it all, but I’m particularly struck
with the funding issues. I mean, there are pages
of wonderful ideas here. But unless Dollar Bill comes
up with the money for it, it’s not going to happen. And I was particularly
struck we’re going from seventh to 34th. It seems to me not
much of this is going to happen unless
the funding is addressed. The Michigan education
funding collaborative is a group of about 22
leaders from education, business, the
legislature, looking at the cost of
educating a child. And their report will come out
in January, around January 16. They’re actually
looking at that, and using that as a basis for
working with the legislature to say, you know what? Yes, I mean, you can give
every child $7,700, or $7,800. But certain students need more
to get them to the right level. And so this study
is actually looking at the additional costs for
students with special needs, or ELL, and with
a view to saying, OK, well, in our school
district, or organization, we have 35% with special needs. We need to make sure that
we have those funding. So hopefully– and
they’re actually on this shared education
vision group as well. So hopefully, we’re going
to see some momentum. Thank you. OK, thank you. Thank you. Yep. OK, moving on to our
monthly reports, Tab B, the personnel recommendations. Do I hear a motion to accept
the personnel recommendations? So moved. A second? Support. Any discussion on the
personnel recommendations? Yes, Trustee Hatcher? Belinda McGuire either has 29
or 30 years of experience, one or the other. Do we know which one it is? 30. I don’t know. Let’s just call it 30. 29/30. Any other comments
on the personnel? OK, and this is accolade. OK. All in favor of accepting the
personnel recommendations, say aye. Aye. Any opposed? OK. OK, remarks of the
board of trustees. Does anybody have any remarks? No? I would just like to
say, first of all, I want to say I’m
very sorry I was late. I had to go to see a doctor,
then go by the drugstore to get my medication. And it took forever because they
didn’t have my prescription. So, and then I got caught on
Washtenaw Ave. So needless, I don’t need to say anymore. But I do want to say, from
the bottom of my heart, and my family, I want
to thank everyone from here that showed
up at my mother’s funeral this past Saturday. It meant so much to see faces. I really appreciate it a
lot, and my family too. Thank you. Yeah, I just want to say thanks. I appreciate everyone
showing their support, those showing up
that didn’t even ask. Like Reverend Dean Tucker. Truly appreciate
you, and what he did. And joining the
rest of the clergy in delivering the passages
out of the Bible and such. And that truly meant a lot. And then having the board and
other members of the Washtenaw Community College staff. Those who sent cards,
thank you very much. Very touching. You know, words just cannot
express what we’ve gone through, and I’m sure everyone
else have experienced what we’ve experienced. But when it hits your home,
you know, it’s something totally different. And the outpouring of love,
the prayers, and the support has been tremendous. And again, appreciate it. The family appreciates you. And thank you so much. We love you. Thanks. Thank you. OK. Are there any comments
from the president? No comments. No comments. Thank you. Moving on to old business, Tab
C, revisions to policy 3046. Is that a mistype? That’s right. It’s three– OK, on the agenda
it says 3046, but it’s 3041. [INTERPOSING VOICES] OK. OK. Are there– actually,
do I hear a motion to accept the recommendation? So moved. Do I hear a second? Second. All right. Are there any discussion on the
recommendation of this policy? Any comments or questions? VP [? Herne, ?]
is there anything you’d like to say about it? Nope, I think we kind
of cleared that up when we did the MTA changes. OK. All right. Hearing no questions, we will
go ahead and take the role. Chairman McKnight-Morton? Yes. Vice Chair Fleming? Yes. Treasurer Milliken? Yes. Secretary Davis? Yes. Trustee DeVarti? Yes. Trustee Hatcher? Yes. Trustee Landau? Yes. Moving on to Tab D,
contract change order for the campus security system. Do I hear a motion to
accept the recommendation? So moved. Second? Support. Support? Any discussion or
questions on this? Mr. Flowers, do you have any
comments you’d like to add? No, we addressed
them last month. OK. Any questions or comments? Hearing none, OK, Vanessa,
go ahead and take the role. Chairman McKnight-Morton? Yes. Vice Chair Fleming? Yes. Treasurer Milliken? Yes. Secretary Davis? Yes. Trustee DeVarti? Yes. Trustee Hatcher? Yes. Trustee Landau? Yes. Moving on to Tab E, the
emeritus staff recipients. Do I hear a motion to
accept the recommendation? So moved. Do I hear support? Support. Any discussions or
questions on this, the emeritus recommendations? Just to notice that George
Kapp taught for 48 years. He was determined to teach
more years than Edith Croake, and I think he did. I would just like to
give my congratulations to all of these people. They’ve devoted their
life here, and it shows that if you
live long enough, you can retire from here. [LAUGHTER] All right. For 100 years. Any other comments? All right. This is not a role. OK, all in favor of accepting
the recommendations, say aye. Aye. Any opposed? OK. Moving on to Tab F, we
put it off [INAUDIBLE].. We were waiting for you guys. I remember this. Do I– I thought we changed our minds. Do I hear a motion to
accept the resolution? So moved. Do I hear support? Support! Any questions or comments
on the resolution to rename the plant
operations building? I would propose that
the resolution be read. Yes. I’d be happy to
do so if you want. Please do. All two pages? Sure. Absolutely. Absolutely. I’d be– I think, Rich,
with your long service– OK, go for it. –you should be the
person to read this. Today, December 12, 2017,
the board of trustees wishes to honor Damon B.
Flowers, vice president of facilities, development,
and operations, for his extraordinary service
to Washtenaw Community College. For more than 23
years, Damon has managed the countless
facets inherent in assuring the college runs
smoothly, efficiently, and with a keen respect
for the environment. Damon’s impressive career
accomplishments while at WCC illustrate his leadership
abilities and passion for both sustaining
and growing our campus. Under his management,
two campus master plans were written and implemented. Those plans included more
than 130 construction projects with a cumulative
value of $120 million, and encompassed the construction
of the Business Education building, the Gunder Myran
building, the Great Lakes Regional Training Center,
the health and fitness center, the Landau Skilled
Trades building, the storage and receiving building, the
parking structure, and also the athletic fields. During his tenure,
significant additions were made to the Larry
L. Whitworth Occupational Educational building, the
Technical and instruction– and Industrial building, the
Morris Lawrence building, and the Crane Liberal
Arts and Science building. An innovative thinker,
Damon initiated the college’s first campus space
utilization study and first campus-wide energy
master plan, which resulted in significant
efficiencies and cost savings for the college. Damon’s forward-thinking
approach and adoption of sophisticated technology
is evident across campus. He directed and implemented
the first keyless card access system for all
classrooms and labs, as well as the installation of
a campus-wide emergency lockdown and video surveillance system. He also greatly enhanced
the productivity of the landscape and
grounds maintenance crew by establishing a
computerized management system for all building operations. Always a good steward
of our environment, Damon established sustainability
and energy conservation as campus standards and
introduced an expanded recycling operations and
composting to campus. Other sustainability
efforts included working with the city of Ann
Arbor and Ann Arbor Township to develop an emergency
campus backup water resource, and the installation
of vegetated building roofs. He also expanded the
campus landscaping to include over 15,000
annual flowers and plants, making our campus
beautiful year-round. During his time at the
college, Damon was responsible for securing four
Department of Energy grants, and recently obtained a grant
from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments to
establish a 0.6-mile walking and bicycle path
across the campus. Damon is the recipient of
several national awards and professional recognitions,
including the Grand Award from the Professional
Grounds Management awards program, the Innovative
Architecture and Design Award from Recreation Management
magazine, the prestigious Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus
USA designation, and Gold and Silver design
designations from the internationally-recognized
LEED green building certification system. Under his leadership,
the college has grown from
600,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet. His tireless work
has been a key reason the college continues to be
a valued community resource and academic home to
thousands of WCC students. Be it therefore resolved
that in recognition of his long-standing commitment
to the college and his 23 years of extraordinary service
to Washtenaw Community College and its mission, the
board of trustees finds it to be fitting
and appropriate that the building that houses
the college’s facilities and plant operations leadership
bear Vice President Flowers’ name. Therefore, the plant
operations building shall be renamed the
Damon B. Flowers building. Yay! Hear, hear. [APPLAUSE] Speech? Speech! Any comments? Well, I guess I’d
just like to say this is obviously an
extraordinary honor, very humbling honor for me. When President Bellanca first, I
guess about two months ago now, called me on a Saturday and said
that the board was considering this honor, I almost
fell off my chair. I just could not
really comprehend this kind of recognition. Whatever I’ve
accomplished I think is really indicative
of the entire staff that we have here at
the college that I’ve had the honor of working with. Our facilities staff, our
landscape and design staff, which some of the board met
at their reception in October, but our entire facilities
staff has just been a great joy to work with, many of whom have
been with the college longer than I have, and our
custodial maintenance staff are some of the
most dedicated staff I’ve had the pleasure
of working with. But it’s the entire college. I mean, this has been
sort of– for me, it’s been kind of a labor
of love, of working here. Our management staff and
facilities have been great. I mean, our OPTs, Penny Hill,
who Linda often reminds me that she hired
Penny, but my retort is that she stays
with me, though. [APPLAUSE] For almost the 23
years I’ve been here. So our management
staff, our great faculty who serve our students, our
executive staff, the folks at this table who have
been so supportive of me. And having the honor of working
with three presidents whose vision has really been
responsible for the things that we’ve been
able to accomplish. So more importantly, I
guess the board of trustees, because you are the leaders and
you make everything that we do, that I’ve been
able to do, happen. So I just thank you all
from the bottom of my heart. This is a great recognition, and
I really, really appreciate it. Thank you very much. Thank you. You’re welcome. Oh, should we get a picture
before voting, or after? Should we vote first? Vote. OK, we’re going to vote first. All right, go ahead and
call the role, Vanessa. Chairman McKnight-Morton? Yes. Vice Chair Fleming? Yes. Treasurer Milliken? Yes. Secretary Davis? Yes. Trustee DeVarti? An enthusiastic yes. Trustee Hatcher? Yes. Trustee Landau? Yes. Why don’t we just get
through the last action item? Get through the
last action item? Because I think it’ll go quick. All right. Can we do the picture after– OK. Thank you. All right, moving on
to Tab G, the network firewall purchase, discussion
and possible action. I know that because we’re
dealing with the network firewall, this is a
security issue that– and they need to
have it updated. I know that they want to ask us
to consider a possible action on this tonight. So do I hear a motion to– So moved. So moved. Support?
Support. Support.
OK. Any discussion on this? No. OK, and Mr. Johnson, would you
like to say anything about it? Sure. Maybe just a couple words. You know, our
firewall is very old. It’s five years old. It sounds such a short life,
but in the world of technology, and in the world
of data security, it feels like forever for us. The threats are
constant, and this had been in our plan to put
in the budget for next year. But because of the
evolution of the threats, the fact that our current
firewall is becoming more and more out of date
with each day that passes, we thought it was
incumbent upon us that if we could cobble
together the funds within our current-year
budget, which I can, that we would bring
forward to the board the possibility of purchasing
and installing a new firewall. We used an outside firm to
help us with this, CampusWorks, who have experts in the area. We vetted four different
manufacturers of firewalls, including our current one,
Cisco, their ASA firewall. We felt that the
Palo Alto firewall was superior in
many ways with that. And then once we had settled
on the Palo Alto firewall, we then went through
the bid process. Fortunately, as you might
know, the state of Michigan has the purchasing
consortium, and ENI is a vendor that
actually had done the robust, competitive
bid on this very firewall. So we felt like that we were
getting the very best prices. In fact, the discounts
on the elements of the firewall we
wanted to buy were anywhere from 15% to 40%
discounts off the list price. We then looked at and asked for
quotes on those prices for one to three years. We felt that this
three-year quote, we know that we’re going to have
this for at least three years, and it was about
a $25,000 savings to go with the
three-year commitment versus the one-year commitment. We feel like that if the
board felt so inclined, that we would– and approved, that we
would go ahead and buy it, and we are currently targeting
the very narrow window of MLK weekend. We need to actually
bring down our network to install the new firewall. We bring down our network
for about two hours to install the new firewall. So we always try to
find those windows that have the least impact. But we would do
our planning work during Christmas break,
and then the two weeks that precede the MLK
weekend, and then go ahead and do the installation. Thank you. Trustee Davis? Actually, I had
a question, and I think you may have answered
it in what you were saying, because I was looking here. Well, first you
said our firewall is five years out of date. And you’re looking at
the cost effectiveness from one to three years,
and the three years actually worked out better. So we’re no longer
going to wait five years to replace our firewall, right? We’re going to do this
every three years? Or do we have to
constantly repay for– every three years
out, we have to repay to have a new
firewall installed? How is that going to– We felt that this firewall,
with updates that we’ll get from the manufacturer, will keep
us state-of-the-art for three years. After the three years,
from year to year, we will reassess, just as we
did with our current firewall, which has been now
five years old. But the technologies
have evolved so far in the five years that normal
updates to our current firewall don’t provide as robust level
of data security protection that we need. So we will do that
assessment again at the end of the
three-year time period, and then decide if we
want to go year-to-year, if that’s the best pricing, or
if we need to go out and buy a new firewall. But we feel very certain
that for three years, that this will give us the
protection that we need. OK. Other questions? Trustee Milliken, then DeVarti. It looks like we put a good deal
of weight on CampusWorks here. Why do we like them? CampusWorks was the
firm that the board had approved to do
an initial assessment of our entire IT environment. And they reaffirmed
what the college IT staff knew, which was our
current firewall needed to be replaced. And so it was reassuring to
us to get a third-party firm to do their own
separate assessment and to come to the
same conclusion. And they have a very robust
team in this particular area for expertise. Thank you. Go ahead. As I recall,
earlier this year we had a problem with
our computer system, or our emails, or something. Is this partially going to
address the shortcomings that allowed that to happen? Or is– Actually no. Those were separate issues. The email system
was just staying current with all
the various updates that you need to the software. And it was a two-week window
that we were out of date on our email system. And the bad guys are
really, really aggressive. In that two weeks, they targeted
the entire world, really. That came out of a leak from
government data, actually. That’s what exposed
that particular threat. And so the second outage
that we had had nothing to do with data security. OK. Go ahead. The question– I would
like to expand a little bit on from Trustee Milliken
regarding CampusWorks. I just wanted to
say that CampusWorks is highly respected company
throughout the country, and they have their expertise
in many, many universities and major community
colleges across the country. So they come highly recommended,
and they do an excellent job. Thank you. Any other questions on this? Is anybody opposed to
this being an action item? I move that this be
advanced to immediate action and vote on the support. I second that motion. Second? OK. So we have two votes, one to
move it, and then one to– If there’s a voice
vote on that, then– OK. All right. All in favor of approving this
being moved to an action item, say aye. Aye. Any opposed? OK. Vanessa, go ahead
and call the role. Chairman McKnight-Morton? Yes. Vice Chair Fleming? Yes. Treasurer Milliken? Yes. Secretary Davis? Yes. Trustee DeVarti? Yes. Trustee Hatcher? Yes. Trustee Landau? Yes. OK, that’s everything. Meeting adjourned.