>>Chair Greg Musil: Good evening. I’ll call the meeting of the Johnson County
Community College Trustees for February to order. Please help me open the meeting with our Pledge
of Allegiance.>>I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. The next item on the — I guess before we
go on, I’m going to announce now that at the end of the meeting we do have about an — we’re
going to ask for an hour Executive Session on two topics. So that won’t affect the rest of you, but
I wanted to make sure the trustees knew already that their evening was going to be prolonged. The next item is roll call and recognition
of visitors.>>Ms. Terri Schlict: This evening’s visitors
include Dick Carter and Roberta Eveslage.>>Chair Greg Musil: The next item on the
agenda is the Open Forum. The Open Forum is a portion of the board agenda,
a time for members of the community to provide comments to the board. There will be one Open Forum period during
each regularly scheduled Board of Trustee meeting. Comments are limited to five minutes unless
a significant number of people plan to speak. Tonight we have three people signed up, so
each will get five minutes. In order to be recognized, the individuals
must register at the door. Individuals are expected to be respectful
and civil and should not address matters of personnel, matters with the college. As a practice, we do not respond in this setting
when the matter concerns personnel issues or matters that are being addressed through
our established grievance or suggestion processes or otherwise the subject of review by the
college or the board. As I said, we have three people signed up
this evening. The first one is Tope Seyi-Ajai. Jawe?>>Mr. Seyi-Ajai: Yes, sir.>>Chair Greg Musil: Come on, Tope, up to
the podium, and if you want to say your name correctly, that would be awesome as well. I know you’re a student here.>>Mr. Seyi-Ajai: Good evening, ladies and
gentlemen. As the President Greg Musil said, my name
is Tope Seyi-Ajai, is the correct pronunciation. Thank you very much. And I will not take too much of your time
this evening. I only want to speak briefly about an issue
that’s been brought to my attention. Like I said, my name Tope Seyi-Ajai, and I
am here as an advocate on behalf of the Muslim student population we have on campus, and
how we as an institution can better our — offer our support to our Muslim students. First of all, I want to thank Dr. Sopcich
for the e-mail that you sent to the students showing our support as an institution and
emphasizing how much we support and care for our students. I believe we could go a step further in showing
that we care for our students by turning those words into action. Here at JCCC, we have a total of 16,931 enrolled
students as of 2017 spring semester. Out of those 16,931, 1,378 are international
students, students with visa and which makes up 8% of the institution’s head count of students
on campus. I have taken the liberty of acquiring some
of the statistics sheets that show the population of students by country we have on campus,
and they are as follows. And just to be time efficient, I’m only going
to name the top five with the highest population on campus, so that way I don’t read off the
whole sheet. We have 28 students from Algeria, 36 students
from Iran, 61 students from India, 13 students from Saudi Arabia, and 19 students from Pakistan. Hmmm, with such a high population, I believe
that these students, they deserve our efforts because of the situation that we’re forced
to face with in America. Everyone is familiar with our President currently
banning the I guess migration and traveling to — to and from nine countries. I’m not going to go into details or specific
details about that. That’s an issue above my head. But what I am going to go into further detail
on the topic is how we could support our fellow students, and I have a breakdown on how much
each student as an international student is paying on campus per credit hour. As an — as an international student, which
I fall under the same category, I’m an international student myself, per credit hour we are paying
$220 in comparison to a Johnson County community resident, who is only paying $93 per credit
hour. With that being said, if they are committed
to paying this much per credit hour and still show an effort that they want to be here,
I can only ask that we show effort into how much we show that we care about their safety
and what they have to go through as Muslim students on our campus as well. I have attended two of the MSA meetings. MSA stands for the Muslim Students Association. I have taken liberty to attend two of those
meetings on campus here myself. And since the hitch — since the issue has
been brought up to my attention, and here are some of the suggestions that they were
comfortable much to share with me as a way of resolving the issue at hand. The Islamic center at — of Johnson County
was said to have invited some FBI agents to come and further educate I guess the Muslim
followers at the Islamic Center of Johnson County, they educated them about the rights
and laws of Muslims, and I feel like — or I believe that if we could just have a guest
speaker come on campus to further educate us not only as students, but also as faculty
members about the rights and laws of Muslim, you know, it would make our relationship better
as students and as an institution amongst one another. Another thing that I would also — that they
told me or related to me was that I don’t know if this is going to be possible in any
way, shape, or form, but they said if we can invite an Imam to speak. An Imam is just a Muslim leader that — or
a person in charge of like a Muslim gathering; that’s what they are called. They are referred to as the Imam. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen,
I’m not going to take too much of your time, again, I believe by combining our efforts
as much as — as well as our ideas, we can successfully show our students on campus the
love and support that they need. Thank you very much for your time.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Tope.>>Mr. Seyi-Ajai: No problem.>>Chair Greg Musil: I think the Faculty Association’s
Statement of Principles that they read that I think Dennis presented two meetings ago
captured some of those same feelings about inclusiveness and tolerance and the benefit
of diversity and I hope that we continue to make people of all faiths, all colors, all
genders, everything, welcome on this campus, and I’m sure the people here in the administration
have listened to what you had to say today and will work with you to try to make that
a reality.>>Mr. Seyi-Ajai: Thank you so much, sir. I can only ask that you guys show your support
collectively as an individual and as a whole group.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you.>>Mr. Seyi-Ajai: No problem. Thank you guys.>>Chair Greg Musil: Appreciate your standing
up today.>>Mr. Seyi-Ajai: Thank you, sir. Thank you, guys.>>Chair Greg Musil: Following that, David
Krug. David Krug, faculty member here. Come on up, Dave.>>Mr. David Krug: Hello. My name is David Krug and I am a professor
of accounting here. And I wanted to take just this opportunity
real quickly just to spend a couple minutes talking about a wonderful event going on right
now on campus, and that is the — the BizFest that’s over at the Regnier Center. And I know some of you have been able to drop
by. This is my first year involvement with BizFest. I actually kind of found out about it by accident
last year. I was walk around campus and I saw about six
or seven students dressed up very nicely and I could tell they were practicing for a presentation
and so I asked them, you know, what was going on, and they talked to me about BizFest. They were Latino students and they said they
were getting ready to present. And I was like I’ve been a professor for 12
years, how come I didn’t know about this? And so I talked to Melisa Jimenez and I talked
with Henry and wanted to get involved with that and was able to present regards — in
regards to finance and accounting this morning. And first of all, I really want to thank — I
know she’s not here, but Melisa Jimenez is a recruitment coordinator and she has worked
very, very hard on this event. We probably have, oh, what is it, 150 to 200
students from the community? They’re not all Latino students. Primarily Latino students. And we have been — we were — Saturday we
had our orientation. It started yesterday. I was able to present today. And it’s just a tremendous opportunity, and
I want to thank the campus for hosting this. This is exactly the sort of thing that gets
— gets my juices going, just love it. I mean I’m talking to these students and they
— they’re working on business plans and they are so eager to learn new things and they’re
— they’re asking questions and they’re taking notes and I can just see the drive in their
eyes. And I had a number of students today I talked
to after the presentation said, you know, I’ve never been on a college campus before,
and, you know, and their words, she said I could see myself going to school here! And it is a tremendous, tremendous thing that
they have going over there. And I want to make sure we keep it at JCCC
because I’ve already heard through the grapevine that MCC and KCKCC is trying to get it over
to their campus. And I want to do whatever we can to keep it,
because this is just exactly a group that we would love to have on campus. I know in my former life before I was a professor
here, I was a recruiter, a headhunter. I had my own company for ten years and I worked
with Chiquita International and I was able to talk with these students as far as if you
are a bilingual accountant, one of my specialties was recruiting bilingual accountants, Hispanic-speaking,
English-speaking accountants and CPAs, and it is a tremendous competitive advantage. And I was able to talk with them about the
associate’s degree program at JCCC and I’ve already — already been lined up to talk with
some of these students as far as what we can offer here at the campus. So I want to thank the campus. I know, Joe, you worked with it, too. I especially want to thank Henry, though,
because I’m going to tell you, Henry is a business leader and he was able to talk about
his background as a Latino with these students, about his journey, about where he came from,
where he is now, and that is — that is inspiring to these kids. I’m very excited to have Henry as a trustee
because I can see he has a passion for this college, he has a passion for young people,
and he especially has a passion for young Latino students, and that was very, very apparent
in his work over there with BizFest. So as a faculty, I want to really thank you
for your efforts. I can tell you really, really care about those
young people. So thank you for all your efforts in regards
to BizFest. And I really want to keep it here on campus. Let’s not let it go.>>Chair Greg Musil: Dave, last year was the
first year we hosted it. So that’s why you didn’t hear about it the
previous 11 years.>>Mr. David Krug: Yeah.>>Chair Greg Musil: And I, like you, am very
glad it was there. I had the opportunity to welcome the group
last year and the sponsors, several of them came up and said these kids have never been
on a college campus before. They’ve never thought about college some of
them. They’ve never had the opportunity. And we want to give them that, and if it’s
at MCC or KCKCC, that would be fine, but I’d love to keep hosting them here. There’s a graduation ceremony on Saturday,
I understand. Do you know what time? Anybody know what time?>>Mr. David Krug: That’s on my agenda. I don’t know. It’s a pretty full day.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: 1:00.>>Chair Greg Musil: 1:00 in Regnier? Okay. So if anybody wanted to attend and see some
inspiration and maybe get our juices flowing, because that’s what we try to do for you,
Dave.>>Mr. David Krug: And it’s all day tomorrow
as well. I see some faculty here. If you have a chance tomorrow, drop by Regnier
Center. And it’s in the big room down there. And it’s just — it’s just a tremendous event.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. And thank you, Trustee Sandate, for your work
on that.>>Trustee Henry Sandate: You bet.>>Mr. David Krug: Yes. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Lorie Paldino. Hi, Lorie.>>Ms. Lorie Paldino: How are you?>>Chair Greg Musil: Good.>>Ms. Lorie Paldino: I debuted last month
and you weren’t here.>>Chair Greg Musil: I apologize.>>Ms. Lorie Paldino: Well, this is round
two. Reading less, fewer notes. I’m going to go off the cuff a little bit. My name is Lorie Paldino. I am the vice president of the Faculty Senate
and an adjunct English and Business Communications professor. And I just wanted to update you on some of
the things that the Senate is working on. We had — they are — they still might be
there as a matter of fact. We had a very busy meeting today starting
at 3:00. First on the agenda was the process that we’ve
started. After speaking with Dr. McCloud, the adjunct
committee is looking into adjunct facilitation. So you may or may not know that as adjuncts
are brought onboard, either within the division or the department, someone is assigned to
help them to on-board, basically. And we’ve heard here and there, you know,
we thought that things were pretty consistent, but we’ve been hearing that things are not
so consistent. So the question is, how does each division
bring an adjunct on. And then to further, is there an orientation
type process and is there ongoing facilitation. We know it happens in some areas. What is the process so that maybe we can suggest
some consistent policies. The second thing that we are dealing with
is online best practices. We’ve had lots of conversations and different
divisions have come up with lists of online best practices, but we’re thinking that maybe
there could be something a little more global that would apply. We had a conversation in the Senate about
the difference between guidelines for online courses and best practices, and we’re really
look at best practices, some — what are some of the best things to make an online course
as invigorating as possible, which is always the challenge. We met with Sheri Barrett for HLC accreditation. She gave us an update and we are going to
be taking a look at the portfolio that she’s put together, as I’m sure you all are. It’s sort of an all-eyes-on process, and so
as much feedback as she can get and she needs to cut some pages. So maybe we’ll have some suggestions for her. We met with HR, Brian Scala came in and explained
job postings because thankfully we have quite a few full-time faculty positions that are
posted at the moment and sometimes the communication process doesn’t quite get down to the adjunct
level. And so the very people who are already teaching
here on a part-time basis may be wanting full-time positions. So we’ve hopefully smoothed out that process. It was posted on infolist today. You may have seen the very long list of faculty
positions and Brian gave us a Twitter lesson on the fact that if we were following them
on Twitter, we’d automatically get it because he posts things to LinkedIn and probably more
than you need to know, but we’re good and the communication has been improved. And then the last thing is College Now, and
we were updated on the process, because HLC credentialing was a bit delayed for College
Now people. I think they were given five years as opposed
to three, and so they haven’t had to commit to gaining that extra 18 credit hours in their
discipline until April of this year. So we’re hoping to monitor that process and
support our high school faculty. We all have a vested interest in it. We found out today that 23% of enrollment
comes from College Now courses. So it really would be in all of our best interests
to make sure that those faculty are supported in gaining those credentials to continue teaching
here. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. I’ll report a little bit more on some adjunct
discussions we had at Collegial Steering that Doug Harvey may have shared with you and I’ll
share with the group. Thank you, Lorie. Our next item is awards and recognitions. Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil. And it’s my pleasure to turn it over to Dr.
Korb.>>Dr. Judy Korb: Okay. So I would like to ask Tom Patterson if you
would come to the podium, please. And I’m going to read this because I’m afraid
I will leave out something really important if I don’t read it. So Tom is being recognized by the Global and
Multi-Cultural Education Center for the 2017 Peace Builder Award. He is the Associate Professor and Director
of International Education, and he has been selected by the Global and Multi-Cultural
Education as a recipient of this 2017 Peace Builder Award. The Global and Multi-Cultural Education Center
annually honors an individual and a grass roots organization that have demonstrated
an outstanding performance in the area of global intercultural and interfaith understanding. The individual or organization chosen has
shown a visionary commitment to the area of personal, social, political, economic, education,
or environmental justice, and a commitment to a more just and equal global society. Tom was selected because of his vision for
and his leadership in the annual Peace Building Conference and will be honored at a luncheon
on January 21st. And he joins a long list of distinguished
individuals who have received this award, including the Honorable Emanuel Cleaver last
year. Congratulations, Tom. (Applause.)>>Mr. Tom Patterson: Thank you. And I’m very honored by G.A.M.E. for this
award, and in return, I mean I would like to thank all of you and JCCC for encouraging
me and allowing me to do the kind of work that has resulted in this award. The — the annual Peace Building Conference
that we put on, we’re going to be putting on our fifth annual one this year, which originated
with a United — with a U.S. Institute of Peace grant, the State Department grant that
we work on with Pakistan. This is our second that we’ve been doing,
work with the International Relations Council. We did a series of talks on closing the global
gap. And all of these are part of the effort of
bringing international, intercultural understanding, which leads to peace, so thank you for the
opportunity to do this work. (Applause.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I’ll share with you that
we do things at our college that other colleges can’t even — they can’t even dream about
and it’s because of the people who work here. When Tom gets — when Tom gets an award like
this, naturally it’s about him, but also it represents the efforts of so many people across
campus who really contribute incredible effort to pulling this together. So, Tom, I just want to read the plaque real
quick. In recognition of his Peace Building Conferences
and contributions to promote non-violence, international understanding, and world peace. This is presented on behalf of the Global
and Multi-Cultural Education. So congratulations to you.>>Mr. Tom Patterson: Thank you. (Applause.)>>Chair Greg Musil: I sense a theme to this
meeting and it’s a pretty good one. Congratulations, Tom. Thanks for continuing the recognition that
this college has earned because of the work of people like you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And we have one more.>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes. One more award.>>Dr. Judy Korb: Yes. Okay. So I would like to invite Debbie Eisenhower
to the podium. Debbie is our coordinator in staff development
and she is going to talk to us about this award and who we get to recognize.>>Ms. Debbie Eisenhower: Thank you, Judy. So Angie Sunderland, many of you know, she’s
an Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Sciences, Information Services. She received the JCCC Leadership Institute
2016 Servant Leader Award. And I’ll first tell you a little bit about
the Servant Leader Award and then share with you why Angie’s colleagues nominated her for
the award. Angie was selected among the 15 members of
the cohort, and the award actually began back in 2009 when the Leadership Institute cohort,
the first cohort — that’s a word, that’s a mouthful — graduated in 2008. David Kennedy was a member of the cohort,
and he died in 2009 unexpectedly, so the cohort asked — went to Karen Martley, I believe,
and Judy Korb and said we’d really like to honor David in a very special way. So since that time, we have been awarding
a member of the graduating class who demonstrates service to the community, displays remarkable
leadership within the institute program, participates with thoughtful engagement, enthusiasm, and
passion and positivity, and exemplifies a true servant leader. So Angie’s colleagues applauded her for impacting
the lives not only of our current students, but our future students. Angie puts in an additional consideration,
time, and effort to her programs in her department. As a Leadership Institute member, she exuberated
positivity, energy. She’s very thought-provoking, recognized as
being kind, smart and funny. As for demonstrating her work, within our
— or for our — excuse me, without — as for demonstrating her work with our future
students, one needs only look to the Girls Who Code Club that Angie brought to campus
back in 2015. So the Girls Who Code Club, it’s a national
organization. She worked hard to bring it to JCCC and actually
to Kansas City in 2015. The club was the first of its kind here in
KC and now there are three. The club is open to girls 6 to 12 years of
age with the mission being of teaching 1 million girls how to code by 2020 to fill technology
industry jobs that will be opening up in the near future. Angie received her award at the luncheon,
and so Angie, if you’ll please come up. I’m sorry, I should have had you standing
right next to me. So this is the award that Angie received at
the luncheon. And then her name will also be displayed or
is being displayed in GEB 264, which is where our Leadership Institute sessions twice a
month meet. And in addition to Angie, some previous award
winners, 2009 was Gail Callahan, then Lindy Robinson, Judy Riley, Jim Lane, Phil Wegman,
and now Angie. Congratulations. (Applause.)>>Ms. Angie Sunderland: Well, thank you so
much. And I wanted to thank, first of all, the Leadership
Institute is an amazing experience. If you haven’t done it, I encourage you to
try it out. And I want to thank the college for continuing
to fund that, because I learned so much in there and met so many other servant leaders
from all over campus that I never would have met and engaged with. So it was a great experience. There are a lot of servant leaders on this
campus. I work with them every day. So you could give away a lot of these awards
I can tell you. And lastly, I’d like to thank Deb Elder and
Mike West, my assistant dean and dean, because every time I come to them and I want to do
something and there’s a road block, if it is humanly possible, they remove the road
block for me. So I really appreciate that. That has enabled me to do a lot of this. So thank you very much.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Congratulations. (Applause.) We’re going to get into some really boring
plumbing during this meeting, but it’s been an inspirational start so far, and that will
continue with Donny Whitton, our Student Senate president. Come on up, Donny. Welcome.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Good evening. Thank you. As you said, I’m Donny Whitton. I’m the Student Senate president. I’d like to thank you all for allowing me
to address you on behalf of the Student Senate and the student body. And I’d like to say thanks to Tope, who just
left, for having the courage to get up here and address you all because that’s not an
easy task. So as far as retaining senators, we actually
had four or five move on to some four-year institutions. So our numbers dwindled. But we immediately had four people turn around
and join the Senate and there’s actually one or two waiting that want to be part of the
Senate. We’ve had such good retention this year that
we’ve considered making the Student Senate larger, but we haven’t done that yet. We’re also in the process for preparing for
our elections for next year, and we hope with this wave of excitement we’ll have a lot of
good candidates for the executive board position so they can continue to do the good work that
we’ve gotten done this year. I’d like to talk a little bit about our budget
committee, because they’re kind of the unsung heros. You know, we get money to disburse to the
clubs and organizations throughout the course of the academic year, and you know, you may
hear about the events, but you don’t hear about the Student Senators that are going
over these budget requests with fine-tooth combs and making sure they’re accurate and
that we’re being fair. And thanks to Frankie Zeng and his budget
committee, we’ve been able to disburse $29,325 so far to different clubs and organizations
on campus. There have been a total of 16 budget requests
already processed and we still have some more to process. We’ve had an increase in activities this year,
so we’ve actually had to scale back on the amount we’re able to give each club because,
you know, there’s just a lot going on on the campus. These funds have helped students get — to
participate in things such as the national and regional Model U.N. conferences, the Culinary
Olympics in Germany, Women in Military Service recognition, the Phi Theta Kappa National
Convention, the Missouri Interpreter Conference, and the Student Veterans of America National
Convention. We are thankful for the opportunity to help
these clubs obtain development opportunities and to share with our campus, because they
bring these, you know, these learned lessons back and demonstrate leadership on campus,
and so it’s really invaluable. And so thank you guys for making those funds
possible to allow us to help these clubs and organizations out. I would also like to point out that on the
22nd there will be a band playing at the basketball games for the first time. So if anybody wants to come see them, they’ll
be there. And I think that’s all I have. So thank you guys.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Questions for Donny? Thank you. Oh, go ahead.>>Is that a pep band or is that a rock band?>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Yes, it is a pep band.>>I wanted to make sure.>>Chair Greg Musil: Mick Jagger will be there
at halftime.>>I was going to say…>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for continued
good work.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Thank you guys.>>Chair Greg Musil: Let us know how we can
help.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Mr. Chair, if I might.>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes, Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Donny, don’t leave. I was afraid that was going to happen. Before Donny leaves, I wanted to — and I
apologize for my volume. I ruptured my ear and I can’t hear out of
this ear and it’s ringing, so. But I just wanted to say that as part of my
report to the National Legislative Summit that we just got back from, the reason my
ear ruptured, not because of the activity at Washington, D.C., it was because of the
plane ride. (Laughter.) But Donny was so gracious to attend the Summit
with us. We visited Senator Roberts, Senator Moran
and Congressman Yoder’s office, and Donny was the key player in terms of explaining
the process he has gone through post-high school, seven years in the military, mixed
experiences at universities, president of the Student Senate, is currently pursuing
a dual degree in physics and engineering. He has started the PACE Program on campus,
which is a very special program for veterans. He’s very active with the Student Senate,
as you can tell with the number of people lined up to be on the Student Senate. It always hasn’t been that way. And so I just wanted to publicly thank you,
Donny, for the outstanding ambassadorship you did for the college. As a result of that, both Senators and the
Congressman are very supportive of not just Johnson County Community College, of course,
but community college efforts in our state and were very, very impressed with the young
man you are and the great ambassador. So thank you very much. We really appreciated you attending. And Dr. Sopcich, you might have a word as
well for that, but. (Laughter.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Okay. Is there anything left? Is there anything left for me to say after
that? (Laughter.) No, Donny was terrific. And when you visit with our representatives,
our elected representatives, naturally the one person they want to talk to in the room
aside from Trustee Cook is our student, and that was Donny. And never lets us down. I mean for those of you who were at Some Enchanted
Evening, he did a remarkable job presenting there, and he continues that on. So he has quite the future as a public speaker,
as well as whatever else may happen to you. So, Donny, thank you for your service and
for joining us on the trip to D.C. It was a big success. So thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. (Applause.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Trustee Cook,
for pointing that out, because Donny is more than just a student here and more than just
a Student Senate president. He is an ambassador as far away as Washington,
D.C. A very talented young man. He will be followed by a talented young man,
our college lobbyist, Dick Carter. Can you tell us what’s happening legislatively,
please.>>Mr. Dick Carter: I certainly can. I hope I get to be in the category of the
inspirational start and not the boring plumbing part of the meeting.>>Chair Greg Musil: Has yet to be seen. (Laughter.)>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yes it does. Since we gathered last month, the good news
is the budget revenues receipts coming into the state are up 24 million over expectations. That is good news indeed. I would just remind you that in November we
did adjust what those expectations should look like, and so it should not be a surprise
that we’ve had three months where we’ve actually met some of those revenue expectations. Don’t confuse a $24 million uptick with a
problem being solved. We still have a current year budget shortfall
of around 325 million. Legislators are currently — this — this
is what we’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks, the legislature is currently debating
how to fill that hole and how to generate additional revenue. And so I have a few updates regarding that
that are as recent as of 4:00 this afternoon. Last Thursday the Senate was set to debate
a budget and a tax plan that they’d been working on in their respective committees, and they
had set aside the entire day on Thursday to hold those — those conversations, that debate
on the floor. Things blew up before the Senate ever even
went in at 8:00 a.m. and I would say a day was wasted at least as far as the legislature’s
work on the Senate side, what they had planned to accomplish they were not able to do during
that time frame. At that point, the Senate budget bill cut
K-12 education approximately 5%, cut higher education in the neighborhood of 3%. Those numbers were 128 million and 23 million
respectively. They delayed the payment back to KPERS, which
was about 90 million, swept some money from the Pooled Money Investment Board, which has
been part of the governor’s plan to arrive at a number that they could at least make
ends meet for this fiscal year, the year that we’re currently in. The tax plan that they had passed out of tax
committee eliminated or repealed the LLC pass-through income provisions that were passed in 2012,
adjusted some of the individual income tax rates and the two brackets that exist today. And so the combination of those, of those
two items essentially got us out of the pickle that we’re in in the current year. That didn’t begin to address the problems
that we have facing in fiscal year 2018, and we’ll get to that at some point in the session. But there was a little bit of a, like I said,
a little bit of a kerfuffle Thursday morning and things just did not go as planned. Today the House had continued with the development
of their tax plan and the conversation was held on the — on the House floor yesterday. It was not much of a conversation. The tax plan in the House passed on a division
vote of 83-39. I say that because that is significant. We no longer look at things in the House and
Senate as merely 21 and 63. 84 votes are what it takes to override a veto. 28 in the Senate, 84 in the House. And so the fact that on a division vote in
the House the tax plan passed with little conversation yesterday with 83 votes is fairly
significant. They went on to have final action today, and
seven or so peeled off. So the House tax plan passed with a vote of
— final action vote of 76-48 around noon today. That plan now goes over to the Senate, where
it’s planned to be fast-tracked. In fact, it will not go through the normal
committee process in the Senate. I think they’re planning to bring it directly
to the floor, have that debate or that conversation on the Senate floor. Senate President Wagle indicates that she
believes the votes are there to pass the House tax plan. We’ll see. We don’t know if there will be further debate
or further amendments. Certainly there will be some that challenge
the fact that it didn’t go through the committee process, but we’ve been subverting that for
several years now, and so I’m not terribly concerned about that. We’ll see what happens. It would be a significant shift in tax policy
certainly since 2012, and the governor has indicated that he plans to — to not sign
it. Whether or not he allows it to become law
without his signature or he in fact vetoes it I think remains to be seen. Not a lot of difference in the — in the House
tax plan. It still eliminates the LLC pass-through. It adjusts the individual income tax rates. It adds back in a third bracket that existed
prior to 2012. And there are some other tweaks in there as
well that get them to where they think they need to be. And so that’s pretty much where we’re at budget
wise as far as a rescission for the current year is, as well as finding — getting some
revenue generated. A lot of that revenue doesn’t show up until
fiscal year 2018 and they need money now. So we’ll see what happens tomorrow when the
Senate decides to take up the House’s tax plan and we’ll see if they do in fact have
the votes to pass it. Let me talk a little bit about some other
issues that have been going on and some issues that we’ve been a part of. There have been a number of bills dealing
with guns on campuses or guns in public buildings. There are two bills that would seek to extend
the exemption for college campuses and/or other public buildings. There are two bills out there that would provide
immunity to employers in the public arena who have employees that may choose to — to
carry even though their job does not require them to do so. It would provide immunity to those employers. There’s a general clean-up bill through the
attorney general’s office. I did not include that in the report. It’s — I think it’s rather non-controversial. However, I think they’re going to wait to
work that until the very end of the session because any bill is amendment bait, is what
we would call it, on the House or Senate floor and I think those are some of the concerns
that the various folks in leadership have. There’s one other bill out there that was
defeated yesterday in committee, and that was a bill that spoke specifically to guns
at — at the KU Hospital Authority, or at the University Medical Center, and that bill
is stuck in committee. It was on a tie vote. That essentially kills the bill for now. There’s all kinds of rules. You can always bring something back. I think we’ll have the conversation later
on in the session again about guns on campus. It’s an issue that’s not going to go away. But there is not the will to pass those bills
on to the — to the floor for further debate at this point. JCCC did submit a statement via Trustee Musil,
as well as we had representatives from the Faculty Association that appeared before the
committee in the Senate. There was a communication error in the House. However, their statement was included in the
— for the record. And they may talk about that in the Faculty
Association report a little bit later. There may be some further conversations about
that that occur later on in the — in the meeting today, but I’m happy to answer any
questions here in just a minute, or whenever you want. There continues to be discussions about working
after retirement in KPERS. There’s lots of subcommittee meetings that
are going on and legislators are trying to get their mind about — around how that looks
and how that works and we continue to follow that. While Dr. Cook, Dr. Sopcich, and I, along
with Kate Allen and Donny Whitton, were in Washington, D.C. this past week, the House
committee visited the issue of due process again for K-12 teachers. We’ll see what happens there. I don’t know that the — from what I read
and from what I picked up from some of my colleagues, I don’t know that the conversation
went well by the way the committee leadership administered the hearing. At least that’s what I’m picking up in some
of those various accounts that have been in print. The chairman has indicated that he desires
to work out a compromise with all parties, and so we’ll see if that takes place next
week. Just some other education matters that — that
are out there related to higher education. The Senate Education Committee, under the
leadership of Senator Baumgardner, has held a series of informational meetings on a host
of topics that I think we’re going to probably see some bills about later, either later on
or certainly into the future, and those issues relate to remediation, tuition, or tuition
deals that might be out there with different community colleges. Talked a little bit about service areas. And so we’ll see what comes of those conversations,
but have had a nice round of informational hearings to bring folks up-to-speed, at least
on her committee, about what’s going on in the world of higher education and specifically
in the community college and technical college areas. I think it’s important to call your attention
to an addition to the staff, either through KACCT or through Devine & Donnelly, the lobbyist
firm that helps out KACCT, Dr. Vietti, Jackie Vietti, who retired from Butler College, Butler
Community College, has temporarily joined their staff just to offer some expertise and
some analysis on various higher education related issues. The Post-Secondary Technical Education Authority
was approved today in the House, 124-0. That bill was on the consent calendar, which
means there was no opposition. It sat there for three days and was approved
124-0, as was a bill that would add a trustee member at Cowley Community College. Just to kind of bring you up-to-speed on that
issue, Cowley has been granted taxing authority in another county, I believe it’s Sumner,
and they desire to build a building there, and so in doing so, they wanted to add a representative
from that area that is being taxed on to their — on to their board. That bill passed in the House 124-0. Interestingly, there is a mirror bill in the
Senate, Senate Bill 75, which was passed out of committee and placed on the consent calendar. It was later pulled off the consent calendar
and it sits on general orders awaiting action in the House. So that issue is not complete or it’s not
done. I’m not sure what the issue may be there,
but I think folks just kind of wanted to sit back and take a look. And then, finally, we did have a very successful
trip to Washington, D.C. The conversations always go very well when
we’re in the delegate’s office. We have the fortune of almost office being
able to meet with the elected delegate. We had one that had to run to the Senate floor
for a vote, but did take the time to greet us and just have a brief conversation before
we got into the details of the business. But I can tell you that the staff in those
offices are dedicated to their work. They do a good job. They’re engaged on our issues and on our topics
and they can — they remember from year to year the things that we bring to them and
talk about. And so I think there’s going to be some distinct
opportunities in the future with the way both Congress and the Senate are moving along with
some of the possible opportunities that may be coming down from the administration. And so we’ll keep our — our eyes and ears
open on that. But I was very encouraged this particular
trip, maybe more than in the past, with some of the conversations that we had with those
folks. We also again hosted on behalf — or coordinated,
rather, along with hosted with the 19 community colleges in Kansas a reception for the delegates
and staff. A little bit difficult to do when it’s Valentine’s
Day, but we did see some love from some of the staffers and from some of the young people
that work in those offices, and it was really a great atmosphere to continue building those
relationships and we’ll be happy to do that if asked to do so again. So what’s next? Next Friday, a week from tomorrow, is the
first turn-around deadline. I do think that we will have a rescission
bill, along with a tax package that comes out. I don’t know what it will look like. I do not think it will look like what passed
the House today and it may not look like what comes out of the Senate tomorrow. But we will have those completed most likely
by the 24th. Folks are going to take off about a week or
so and bank some of that time to add on at the end of the session and they’ll be back
on March 6th, Monday, March 6th, to start sort of the second round of the legislative
session. And so just to remind you the way that works
is all bills are supposed to be out of the house of origin that they started in. We’re hearing that there’s not going to be
a lot of blessing of the bills, it’s the term used to keep a bill alive, if it hasn’t met
the criteria for moving from one house to the other. So let me stop there, Mr. Chairman, and see
if there’s any questions that — I thought Coach Cook might have a question.>>Chair Greg Musil: Apparently Trustee Cook
and Trustee Cross and I and others have questions. Jerry.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. Did I understand that the Senate will address
the House bill tomorrow? Or is it just going over to the Senate tomorrow?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, it’s making its
way over to the Senate. It should be there now and they will be addressing
it tomorrow, on the floor.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Mr. Dick Carter: That’s the plan.>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, thank you, Mr.
Chair. Is there any news or any discussion at all
about due process for community college professors?>>Mr. Dick Carter: No, I’ve not heard any. I figure that may be a first step bill with
the bill that was heard this week, and I don’t think it will be addressed before turn-around. It may be one of those bills that in fact
does get blessed, or is dealt with later on at the end of the session. But I’ve not heard anything to that tune yet.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Uh-huh.>>Chair Greg Musil: And I’m going to clarify
that question, it’s a good question. Due process for community college professors
was a topic last year in the legislature. It is still state statute that provides a
due process protection for professors. We also have it in our Master Agreement. So it’s not — it was not adding something
to the state statute, it was removing it last year, and we frankly I think have a better
process in our Master Agreement if the State were to take some action to remove it. I guess my only comments, as usual, would
be I’d have to comment that I’m not impressed with meeting expectations when we have lowered
them probably a dozen times in the last four years. Eventually you will meet your expectations. We don’t do that here at the college for our
students. We don’t do it for our faculty. We don’t do it for our staff, say, oh, we
met our expectations, we only wanted a 5% drop in students, and we were able to convince
5% of the students not to come back. So that’s not impressive in the structural
thing. What I’m hoping that we see and I think everybody
should see, nobody likes more taxes, but if we don’t get a structural fix so that we’re
not continually borrowing money from whatever we have left in funds or borrowing future
income streams from the tobacco securitization or otherwise, we don’t have a budget. We are borrowing money. That $317 million in the Pooled Money Investment
Board, the governor wanted to borrow 300 of it. So what do you do next year when you’ve got
17 million left? He wanted to sweep KDOT again, Department
of Transportation funds. He wanted to not pay KPERS, retirement for
public employees. We have to get a structural budget in Kansas,
and I think the people on this board when we talk to our representatives explain that
to them and hopefully there will be a majority in Topeka, a majority or a super majority
if necessary to override a veto that will say Kansas ought to be able to pay its bills
in the future. So thank you for your efforts up there. I know every day is a new day and things change
quickly and we appreciate having you up there, and Kate, your work up there as well with
Dr. Sopcich. Any other questions or comments? Trustee Ingram?>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I have one, yes. And it was just really a clarification of
something that you said about the Senate Education Committee that met, and you referred to tuition
deals. What does that mean?>>Mr. Dick Carter: One of the — one of the
conversations that has come up is the — Dr. Sopcich, you may have to jump in here a little
bit — the value of the education that you’re receiving, the price that another college
may be offering either in-district or out of district, or deals that they may be developing
between an intra or inter-institution. And so you may have some — some four-year
institutions offering a reduced or free type tuition incentive for students. Is that fairly accurate? And did I —
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It is. You know, what’s going on is incredible competition
for enrollment.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Right.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I mean that’s across the
country really, but definitely in this state. So it kind of got started when I think Wichita
State started doing concurrent classes for $100 a credit hour, which is considerably
lower than what they would normally charge — excuse me, $100 a course or $33 a credit
hour. So now what you have is a Wal-Mart effect
where its prices are being knocked down. Another community college sent a flyer up
here to our school districts offering $49.99 concurrent. So it’s kind of insane. Wichita State is offering in-state tuition
to students on the Missouri side in Kansas City. It’s — it’s kind of fascinating to see exactly
what’s going on these days. So that’s what Dick was alluding to, and I
think it’s important that the legislature at least has an idea that this is going on
because if we continue to devalue our product in a dollars and cents way, then I think the
legislature will say, well, if you can do it for $33 a credit hour — some schools,
by the way, are giving away the concurrent for free — then why should the state reimburse
you at whatever rate you’re charging. So we do not do that here, you know. We’re at $93 a credit hour and that’s it. So it’s really kind of a fascinating thing. The other thing we don’t do here, you know,
well, we also have increments that will increase tuition with regards to out of state, out
of county, you know, out of country. Not all schools do that. You know, not all schools do that. And when it comes to competing on the tuition,
then it puts us at a disadvantage. But we’re not going to make a recommendation
where we go to the lowest bar possible, which seems to be happening at a lot of institutions.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: And although Trustee
Sharp is not here, I know she would remind everyone to stay in touch with your members
of the legislature throughout this session as well, so. Don’t give up.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Dick.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Appreciate your work
in Washington, too, coordinating that effort. The next item on the agenda is committee reports
and recommendations. The first one is the Audit Committee. Trustee Sharp and I sit on that committee. We met on February 9th at 8:00 a.m. We received the audit, staff’s review of the
biennial travel and expense review where they look at 100% of all trustee travel and 100%
of all cabinet level employee travel to ensure that it complies with appropriate reimbursement
policies, and all of it did. We got quarterly project — and they also
do a random sample of travel expenses for faculty — other faculty and staff, and all
of those show that people were following appropriate policies. We received some quarterly project updates,
including an audit of the Johnson County Community College Foundation that’s ongoing, and the
employee benefits department of the college, and there will be an upcoming outsourced privileged
identity and access management audit to see who has access to various computer databases
and software databases on the college. We always get a follow-up matrix on recommendations
made in prior audits to see that they are actually being implemented and they just weren’t
talked about. We received a report on the Johnson County
Community College Ethics Report Line, which is our ability to report either anonymously
or by identifiable reporter issues on campus, whether it’s simply odd behavior or it’s believed
to be sexual harassment or employee discrimination, theft, or those types of things. That is always followed by a report on Behavioral
Intervention Team, specifically looking particularly at students but employees about things that
are going on where we could use some intervention to assist them in facilitating their education. And we received an executive briefing on the
hospitality and culinary fiscal review. Our next meeting is May 11, 2017. That meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. I’d be happy to answer any questions. If not, the next report is Collegial Steering. That is also Trustee Sharp as vice chair and
myself as chair. Professor Paldino in her report during Open
Forum talked about some adjunct issues, and I understand prefaced those last month when
I was absent. We spent the meeting this past week ago Tuesday
also talking about adjunct issues brought up by Doug Harvey, who is on the Collegial
Steering Committee as an adjunct. And I guess I’ll say for people viewing, an
adjunct is a part-time professor paid by credit hour, not a full-time employee as our other
full-time faculty members are. So they have some different issues and some
different integration and coordination issues. They may teach at multiple colleges with different
types of reporting requirements, different types of databases, grading, syllabus, other
things, and it does become an issue of coordination. We talked about a number of issues, some of
which are easier to handle than others. Some of which are very intractable, not necessarily
intractable, but include significant budget issues with respect to compensation and benefits,
but are nonetheless issues that deserve continued discussion. And I think we’ll probably maybe continue
some of that discussion as the efforts that Lorie talked about for things like an adjunct
handbook and more coordination and best practices continue across the campus. But it was a good discussion. Questions about Collegial Steering? If not, we’ll move to the next item, which
is Human Resources. Trustee Ingram has been working non-stop on
her report.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you. The Human Resources Committee met on February
6th, 2017. Matt Wheeler and Michelle Oldie from Holmes
Murphy & Associates presented detailed information regarding the medical plan renewal proposal
from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. The college has experienced good performance
in the medical plan over the last year and after negotiations by Holmes Murphy, the aggregate
increase for Johnson County Community College medical premiums will be 3.8%. The premium increase percentage on plans offered
will vary slightly based on the actual cost increase to specific plans. The committee reviewed and is prepared to
make recommendation on several 2017-2018 benefit plan and administration contract renewals. Chair Musil, I can provide a brief summary
of each renewal if you would like to consider all of them as one recommendation this evening.>>Chair Greg Musil: We have multiple recommendations. Is there anybody that would like to pull one
of those and consider it separately? Or are you comfortable with Trustee Ingram
summarizing them and we’ll approve them in one motion?>>I’m fine.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I would have one motion
if we could.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. Let’s do it that way.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Certainly. Cigna Dental — well, excuse me. All of the following renewals are for plan
year 2017-2018, and the full description in the board packet includes a breakdown of plan
costs as appropriate. Each renewal is an annual renewal for a longer-term
agreement. The first is Cigna Dental. It’s a final renewal and a three-year agreement
reflecting a 0% increase in annual fees. Delta Dental, final renewal and a three-year
agreement with a 3% increase in annual fees. VSP, which is vision, final renewal and a
two-year agreement with 0% increase in annual fees. Standard Life Insurance is a third renewal
and a five-year agreement with 0 increase in annual fees. Standard Life Insurance short-term disability
insurance is a third renewal and a five-year agreement. This includes a 25% increase in annual fees. This increase is justified based on plan performance
and takes our rate back to the annual fee prior to the current agreement. Holmes Murphy & Associates benefit consulting
is a third renewal and a five-year agreement, 0% increase annual fees. ASI Flex is our flex spending account administration,
which is a final renewal and a three-year agreement with 0% increase in annual fees. ComPsych Guidance Resources employee assistance
program is third renewal in a five-year agreement, again 0% increase in annual fees. Flex benefit funding remains at $1,108.94
per month. Employer 403(b) contribution is 7% for benefit
eligible employees prior to June 1, 2014, and 8% for benefit eligible employees after
June 1st, 2014, and that reflects a 0% increase. Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City final renewal
in a two-year agreement, 3.8% increase in aggregate annual premium, as I mentioned earlier. It is the recommendation of the Human Resources
Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the college administration’s recommendation
to authorize the president to renew contracts subject to review by college counsel for the
provision of the benefit plans and administration as listed as numbers 1 through 10 in the board
packet on Pages 1 through 5, and I so move.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the seven benefit plans for plan year 2017 which affect all of the employees
here, and I just confirmed our operating budget about 79% of our operating budget is people. These benefit costs are a big part of that. I think overall the percentage increases indicate
that our staff and Holmes Roberts did a good job of negotiations again. So is there any further discussion on that
motion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no. Motion carries 6-0.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: The Human Resources
Committee is also bringing forward a recommendation for an investment advisor to provide investment
consulting on Johnson County Community College’s 403(b) plan. An RFP was issued and six firms responded. A committee reviewed the proposals and asked
two companies to give presentations. After careful consideration, Two West was
selected for a recommendation. This is a recommendation of the Human Resources
Committee, but was noted as the Management Committee in the board packet, so I want to
provide that correction for us this evening. That being said, it is the recommendation
of the Human Resources Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation
of the College Administration to approve the proposal from Two West for an annual contract
for investment consulting services in an amount not to exceed $40,000, and I so move.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the recommendation for Two West as the investment consulting services. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries 6-0.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: That does conclude
my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Nancy. That’s a lot of hard work to go through those
for the committee, and I appreciate your doing that at the committee level and helping us
facilitate it here. But those are important to everybody that
works on this campus. So thank you. Learning Quality. Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, thank you, Mr.
Chair. And welcome back, Mr. Chair.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you.>>Trustee Lee Cross: You were missed. Mainly your sense of humor, not so much you. Mr. Chair, the Learning Quality Committee
met on February 6th, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. in this room. Trustees Sandate, Ingram, and myself were
present, along with a host of other people. Mike West, Emily Behrmann, Tom Patterson,
Judy Korb, Mark Van Gorp, and Debbie Rulo all gave presentations, summaries of which
can be found in your board packet on Pages 8 through 12. The Learning Quality Committee, Mr. Chair,
will meet again on March 6th. I stand for any questions, and that concludes
my report. I sure hope you know I was kidding.>>Chair Greg Musil: I agree. It’s been moved — do you have a recommendation?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Oh, we do. I apologize. It is the recommendation of the Learning Quality
Committee, Mr. Chair, that the Board of Trustees accepts the administration’s recommendation
to allow contract negotiations for groups to perform at the Carlsen Center during the
2017-’18 academic year as shown below in your board packet at Page 9, which is a confidential
list, so I’m pretty stern about confidentiality, as you know. So I’m not going to read that list, but it’s
a fascinating list and an awesome list. I didn’t mean to skip over it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I so move.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
that we authorize the college to contract for the groups listed in the board packet
to perform in the Carlsen Center during the 2017-2018 academic year. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries 6-0.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair, that concludes
my report. The next meeting will be on March 6th.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Management Committee. Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Trustee
Chair. As I was studying best practices and management
strategies out of the country, I was not in attendance, so I’ll defer to Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you, Trustee
Cook. It was my honor to chair the meeting of the
Management Committee. It was the audience’s chagrin, however. Mr. Chairman, the Management Committee met
at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1st, here in the board room. The information related to the management
meeting begins on Page 13 and runs through 26 of the board packet. The Management Committee received several
reports from staff. We began with a presentation from Emily Behrmann,
general manager of the Performing Arts Center. Is Emily here today? I don’t see her. Emily reported on the college — college’s
Performing Arts programming. She gave a financial report and an overview
of expenses and income, and she presented highlights from the recent renovations completed
at the Carlsen Center. Emily made a note of — that the private dollars
that have been supported — that had been donated to support refurbishments, including
a donation for upgraded sound systems in the Polsky Theatre, a new Steinway concert piano,
a grand piano, handrailings for the terrace seating at Yardley Auditorium, and Take A
Seat Campaign to provide support for Performing Arts programming by naming a seat in Yardley
Auditorium, and to date, there are 48 of those seats have been sold. Emily and — and I think it’s important that
the board know that Emily thanked the Board of Trustees for its support of the renovations
project over there. John Clayton, Executive Director of Institutional
Effectiveness and Planning and Research, reported on two agreements with outside agencies. These agreements can be found in the Consent
Agenda, if you have an interest in those. And Rachel Lierz — Lierz, chief financial
officer of the college, she reported on the budget development continues through the 2017-’18
year, fiscal year, and she provided a detailed progress report — she mentioned that a detailed
progress report will be made to the Management Committee on April 5th in advance of the annual
budget workshop, which will be held during the board meeting on — here at April 20th. Rex Hays, Associate Vice President for Campus
Services and Planning — Facility Planning, provided a monthly update on capital infrastructure
projects. And this report can be found on Page 24 of
today’s packet. And we have two recommendations to present
to the full board this evening. The first is — recommendation was to change
policies in the accounting and auditing section of the college’s policy library, which have
been reviewed as part of a broader assessment of the college’s finance policies and procedures. These policies changes begin on Page 14 in
the board packet, and I have a recommendation, Mr. Chairman, to make on that, and it is the
recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation
of the College Administration to, one, approve deletion of Debt Funding Refinancing Policy
210-08 A and the Unencumbered Balance Policy 210.10, and, two, and secondly approve modification
to the following policies: Accounting System 210.01, Capital Funding 210.09, Cash Reserves
210.07, Debt Service, 210.08, Designation of Banks and Disbursement Authority, 210.04,
and my monthly reports 210.03, as it is shown subsequently in the board packet. That’s a lot of 210s. And I’ll make that motion.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the recommendation of the Management Committee and the administration to revise
the policies identified. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman,
our final recommendation is for a bid for the construction manager at-risk services
for Career and Technical Education and Arts Building and related renovations, and it would
be the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept recommendations
from the College Administration to approve the proposal from JE Dunn Construction for
the construction manager at-risk for Career and Technical Education and Arts Building
and related renovations to include pre-construction services in the amount of $79,500, and construction
and management services at the rate of 1.50%, and the general condition cost at the rate
of 3.56% of the actual project guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, construction cost,
with the final agreement subject to separate board approval of bond issuance and receipt
of sufficient bond revenue to fund the project, as well as reviewed by the college counsel,
and I’ll make that motion.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the recommendation to contract with JE Dunn Construction as the construction manager
at-risk. I guess I’ll note that was the low bid. There were 57 companies notified, 5 responded. Is there any discussion?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Yes. I have a further comment. Not only was it the low bid cumulatively,
there were three sections of the bid that I noted there and JE Dunn was the lowest in
all three of those separate sections.>>Chair Greg Musil: Great. Thank you. All in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries 6-0.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman,
that concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: We finished the committee
reports and we’re ready for the President’s Recommendations for Action. The first item is the Treasurer’s Report,
which would be Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair. The Treasurer’s Report for this month is contained
in the board packet and it is for the month ending December 31st, 2016. Some items of note include at Page 1 of the
Treasurer’s Report is the General Post-Secondary Technical Education Fund Summary as of December
31st, 50% of the college’s fiscal year has expired. The college’s unencumbered cash balance as
of December 31st, 2016, in all funds was 55.3 million. State aid payments of 10.3 million were received
in January and will be reflected in next month’s report. An the ad valorem tax distribution of 50.1
million was received from the county in January and will be reflected in next month’s report. Expenditures in the Primary Operating Funds
are within the approved budgetary limits and it is, therefore, the recommendation of the
College Administration, Mr. Chair, that the Board of Trustees approve the Treasurer’s
Report for the month ended December 31st, 2016, subject to audit. And I so move.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to
accept the Treasurer’s Report subject to audit. Are there any questions for the treasurer
or staff? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries 6-0. Thank you, Lee. Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil. I hope you take the time to review the February
Monthly Report to the Board. A lot of great information in there from across
all the departments on campus. This edition is excellent, by the way. I think you’ll really appreciate it. We even have some color photography in here
as well. I just want to talk about a few things very
quickly. First of all, enrollment. We are doing — Jerry and I were in a cab
line talking to another community college president. They’re down 10% this semester. And across the country, as we talked about
earlier, schools are really scrambling for enrollment. We can celebrate here that we’ve had two consecutive
semesters of enrollment growth. So it’s very impressive. Our fall to fall, if you look at last fall,
we were up .3 of 1% — it’s still a win — with our head count, and this spring we’ve been
up 1.7% versus a year ago. So that’s outstanding. It’s really reflective of a lot of great work
done by our Student Services area, our admissions team, counseling, it’s — it was just an outstanding
wrap-up for this semester. I also want to note that a little more than
a year ago, I think you all approved the metro rate, and it’s something that we hadn’t done
before. From last spring to this spring, our metro
rate enrollment is up 31.3%. That totals 863 students. So that’s outstanding bringing those students
from Kansas to Missouri.>>Chair Greg Musil: How about Missouri to
Kansas.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Missouri to Kansas, thank
you. I should take the — I should take a class. There you go. That gave you great joy, didn’t it? But, you know, tonight you heard Dave Krug
–>>Chair Greg Musil: Confuse a trustee up
here or something.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Tonight you heard Dave
Krug talk about Biz Fest and the enthusiasm and the excitement he’s had about that program. I hope you all get a chance to go to the 1:00
ceremony on Saturday. It’s really wonderful. Angie Sunderland was up here talking about
her program and the award she received and I’ve sat through her capstone class. In fact, I brought a couple of those students
here I think a year ago, and with Angie’s support, they shared with you the projects
that they’re doing with the local community as far as helping them with some of their
software needs. Lorie was up here earlier, Lorie Paldino. She’s done — I watched her in action at one
of our adjunct orientations when she was working with the other adjuncts trying to get them
— share with them some of the more state of the art online classes. Later on you’re going to hear Dennis Arjo
speak. I mean Dennis will do an incredible job, kind
of makes everyone want to take a class in philosophy. I heard Melanie Harvey speak at the capitol. And the reason I’m saying this is that wouldn’t
all of you love to take a class from any one of these instructors here? I mean what incredible representation that
we have that goes on inside the classroom, and I think when we talk about all of these
growth in numbers, it’s so many things that happen across campus, but what happens in
that classroom is ultimately the biggest deal that we have. And when you look at those profs that we’ve
had up here tonight, that’s so indicative of the quality that we have at Johnson County
Community College. A few other points. I’d like to share with you an accomplishment
of our nursing program. RegisteredNursing.org rated all the nursing
programs in Kansas, and our nursing program — this is a great accomplishment for us — our
nursing program came in number 4 in the state and number 1 versus all the community colleges. I know you want to know who 1 through 3 is. Two of those were technical schools and the
other one was Newman. And so hats off to Karen LaMartina and her
team for for making this happen. The criteria were how well a program — how
our students are directed and helped through their pursuit of licensure and beyond, and
also our pass rate. And I think it’s the NCLEX — is that the
proper way? And what’s our rate, Mickey? What’s our pass rate on that?>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Currently we are at
98.3.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah. And is that typical for nursing programs?>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: No. Most places that top 90 is — is pretty good. There are a few that are in the 80s.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: So that gives you some
idea of the quality of our nursing program and what a great job they do. Today Dr. McCloud and I attended the 22nd
Annual Kansas All-State Academic Team Luncheon and we had two recipients there. Two of our students represented our college. One was Steven Brewer, who is carrying a GPA
of 3.67. He’s majoring in public administration. And just an incredible student who also works
full-time for the City of Olathe in fleet coordination. And it was really impressive when he was explaining
to us what he did. It was fantastic — in fact, it was fantastic. He’s undecided about where he’s going to go. He’s definitely going to go far master’s in
public administration down the road. And Katalina Wedman, she has a GPA of 3.82,
majoring in Hispanic studies and human rights. She is also undecided. What incredible representatives we had for
our school there today to receive their awards. And a special shout out to Anna Page and her
team, who have done such a great job with our Phi Theta Kappa program. Our Chair would be happy to know that in getting
commitments from this group, of all of these, every school and every campus had two award
winners, that KSU humbled their main in-state rival 13-5. So congratulations to K-State. Trustee Cook will talk about the Legislative
Summit. Donny did a great job lobbying everyone there. I have to tell you that it’s great to take
a student there and we’ve been doing that for a couple years and they get to see exactly
how our government works or maybe perhaps how it — how it doesn’t work, but the staffs
in those — in those offices are absolutely fantastic, and they treat us with incredible
respect. Hats off to Dick Carter for always setting
that up. It’s just another example of one of the many
opportunities we have here for student success. And I think that we should all be proud that
those types of opportunities happen every day for all of our students here at Johnson
County Community College. So that wraps up my report. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Great report. Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Question, President
Sopcich. On the — on the enrollment figures, how different
would it look, and I guess I could do the math, but I don’t have it in front of me. How different would it look if we did not
do the — if we didn’t see the growth in the metro?>>We’d be down.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: We’d be down, yeah.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Great. Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It was a good move. It was a good move for us.>>Chair Greg Musil: And the metro rate was
a special mid-point tuition rate between out-of-state and in-state that we allowed for certain zip
codes within the Kansas City metropolitan area. So that’s what we refer to when we talk about
the metro rate.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah. It was a — you know, we told them that we
were going to launch the metro rate and part of the deal was we got Mr. McCloud, too, or
Dr. McCloud. So it worked out really well for Johnson County
Community College. So thanks, Mickey. He’s giving us all kinds of special intel
on this. We were in all kinds of negotiations, weren’t
we –>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Yeah.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: — before that actually
happened.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Back door dealings.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah. That’s right.>>Chair Greg Musil: There’s a player to be
named later, too, I think.>>Yeah, there is.>>Chair Greg Musil: Jim Later will be here. Okay. Trustee Cross, you had a question?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, thank you, Mr.
Chair. Mr. President, we have a number of different
things we do internationally. Looks like, as I know and you know with Pakistan
and Germany and Heidelberg, I believe. But my main question is, we have six — six
students who are going to Northwestern Polytechnical University in — I botch this name, Xi’an.>>Xi’an.>>Trustee Lee Cross: How did we establish
that relationship in the middle of Northwest China?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That has been around for
some time, and I’m not sure the history.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I apologize for just
becoming aware of it.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: No, that relationship
actually is one that we inherited and Tom has been shepherding for quite some time. It started with some folks from Johnson County
faculty being interested in human rights in China, and then working with some of their
colleagues and then down through the years we’ve had both a robust number of students
that transfer. Our agreement actually is that they provide
a set number of spaces. We have 28 spaces that we can fill if students
are qualified, they guarantee they provide housing for those students and allow them
to study there for the semester. We routinely have about 13 students every
semester that go. This semester is — is a few — different,
but because we had some folks who wanted to stay, and we kind of said, no, you gotta come
home and give some other folks the opportunity to actually go travel, so.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just a brief follow-up. Approximately how many international students
do we have on campus?>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Oh, man, right now
about — a little over 1300. Close to 1400 international students.>>Trustee Lee Cross: It’s a substantial percentage
of our total student body.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: About 8.>>Trustee Lee Cross: And they all pay a higher
tuition and fee rate?>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: They do. A little more than double.>>220.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And we don’t even really
market that. I mean a lot of that is word of mouth and
some of the relationships that we have. A couple years ago I had the privilege of
joining Dr. Brian Wright to Model U.N., a kind of a national competition in New York
City, and we all — we shared that competition with a group from Xi’an. So 17 Chinese students working side-by-side
with our students. It was really an incredible experience. And you should have seen our students and
Dr. Wright work with these — with the Chinese students getting them to be really strong
participants in the whole — in the whole process. So it was a great — a great experience for
all parties involved.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: That’s every year. We’re right now finding host families for
those students to come this year.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Other questions? Dr. McCloud, I don’t know how you’ve learned
all that detail so fast.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: We don’t either.>>Chair Greg Musil: But I tell you, I am
impressed.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: I read a lot.>>Chair Greg Musil: You must.>>Went to Iowa State. Cyclone.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: We were in Topeka today
and like everybody there knows Dr. McCloud already. It’s really kind of — it’s terrific.>>Chair Greg Musil: I’m impressed. All right. The next item on the agenda is Old Business. And typically we don’t have any Old Business,
but I’m going to read some things today that I think are important for the board to communicate
to the public and to the campus community. As Dick Carter indicated earlier, there were
hearings a week and a half ago in both the House and the Senate on bills that would have
extended the exemption for higher education to allow us to not permit concealed carry
on campus. In other words, we could continue to control
our own destiny. And Melanie Harvey testified and presented
testimony at both of those. I felt it was important that we do something
on behalf of the community college as well from the trustees. This is an historical position that the college
trustees have taken in 2012 when the concealed carry bill was passed that gave a four-year
window for colleges not to allow it that will expire this July 1 absent a change in legislation. Melody Rayl was the chair of our Board of
Trustees and Melody went to Topeka and testified. Melody is an Army veteran. She is a law enforcement officer veteran. She taught at the Police Academy at Johnson
County Community College. And she was a member of the Board of Trustees. There couldn’t have been anybody more qualified
to testify about safety and security issues, the issues of weapons in various communities
and settings. Her position at that time was that this is
a local control issue and it ought to be left up to the Board of Trustees of various community
colleges or the Board of Regents for the Regents universities. So I think it’s helpful, I’m going to simply
read the memorandum that I submitted on behalf — I guess on behalf of myself and the board
based on our historical position. In 1965, the Kansas legislature established
the Kansas State System of Community Junior Colleges. The legislation enabled the locally created
system of community colleges that serve our communities so well today. The fundamental basis for the Kansas community
college system was its insistence that locally elected trustees serve as the overseers of
policy and practice for their respective colleges. Johnson County Community College, through
its elected trustees, has consistently supported and advocated for local control inherent in
the community college system. Our college operates because of the support
of Johnson County taxpayers who provide 61% of our revenues and our students who provide
22% of our revenues through tuition. Most importantly, Johnson County residents
elect our seven college trustees who oversee the college. We believe our trustees who serve at the will
of the people are best suited to determine policy affecting the college. House Bill No. 2353 passed in 2012 provided
college campuses with an exemption from changes in Kansas concealed carry law until July 1,
2017. Since then, our college has worked hard to
determine the best ways to provide the safest environment possible within the law. This effort contributed to where we are today. We have fully armed — a fully armed professional
police department with 37 employees, including 23 sworn officers who carry weapons and have
full arrest powers. The remaining 14 employees are trained civilians
who serve in the roles of dispatcher, emergency preparedness, and other support functions. The total annual cost for this police department
is $3.3 million. Throughout our campus, we have 462 cameras
monitoring activity in our parking lots, grounds, and hallways. We have conducted 117 A.L.I.C.E. training sessions, Aleft, Lockdown, Inform,
Counter, and Evacuate. This training empowers faculty, staff, and
students to provide the best response to a violent intruder. We commissioned the Docking Institute of Public
Affairs at Fort Hays State University to survey our staff and students regarding their position
on allowing guns on campus. JCCC faculty commissioned the same organization
to survey the faculty. The results are as follows:
81% of faculty and staff wish to eliminate guns on campus or extend the current exemption. 16% indicated a desire to have guns on campus. 65% of students wish to eliminate guns on
campus or extend the current exemption. 35% indicated a desire to have guns on campus. We are ever-vigilant in our efforts to help
ensure the safety of our campus. Our Behavioral Intervention Team and our Keeping
Our People Safe, or KOPS, program are proactive approaches to provide early alerts regarding
safety camps. We continually reinforce, “if you see something,
say something.” In summary, we have not wavered from our position
provided in testimony in 2012 by former Trustee Chair Melody Rayl. It is our position that the issue of whether
individuals should be permitted to carry concealed firearms in campus buildings should be decided
by the locally elected officials who have been entrusted to make such decisions by the
citizens we serve. Thank you for considering our statement. That was submitted to both the Senate and
the House committees. The second thing I wanted to note was that
we have presented at two of the trustee meetings and I believe by consensus agreed to a system
of statement of principles on our legislative positions generally, which the — which my
memorandum on the concealed carry legislation followed. Our state principles for state actions include
supporting the authority of the locally elected JCCC trustees to determine policies and procedures
in the best interests of the college and its stakeholders; to oppose higher education policy
provisions that undermine local control of funding, thereby eroding an institution’s
connection between its stakeholders and the needs of the local community; oppose higher
education policy provisions that undermine local control to make decisions related to
the safety and protection of our campus community; to support strategic higher education partnerships
with entities such as the Kansas Board of Regents that strengthen accountability and
outcomes for students; to support sufficient state fundings to meet the objectives of Senate
Bill 345, which brought community colleges under the supervision and coordination of
the Kansas Board of Regents effective July 1999; to support continued funding of career
and technical education initiatives such as Senate Bill 155, enacted in May 2012, which
authorizes Johnson County Community College to waive the cost of tuition for high school
students who meet the — who meet Kansas residency requirements for enrollment in tiered career
educational — career technical courses; to support fiscally sound policies that strengthen
and protect the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System; to promote the recruitment and retention
of employees. We support the continuation, enforcement of
designated geographic community college service areas to meet the educational needs of the
state in an efficient manner for taxpayers and we support access to higher education
for everyone in our community to prepare all students to meet the increasing global demands
of our economy. On the federal side, our principles are to
support federal programs that enhance the access, quality, accountability, and outcomes
of higher education. All of those are somewhat general in nature,
but establish a principle and a framework for us to make decisions on individual items
that may come before either the Kansas legislature or the Congress. So I believed it was important to relate those
today as part of the old business. Believe they have been endorsed by this board,
and unless there are other comments, we will move on to the liaison reports. Thank you. I think the campus community should know those
statements on behalf of the board.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just generally, if I
may, Mr. Chair.>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Trustee Ingram I think
mentioned earlier what Trustee Sharp would always say, and it is to reach out to your
elected officials. I think now more than ever they need to hear
from you and I think there’s certainly grounds for compromise. Representative Louise, who I know in the state
legislature from Kansas City, Kansas, had mentioned that maybe home rule could be one
option where like on a county by county basis perhaps in counties where they need — or
may need this law and where we spend quite a bit of money here at a college or in a community
on local police, we may not want this rule. So I think reasonable minds can disagree. I think you said it very eloquently, and I
appreciate your comments and leadership on this issue. But I think now more than ever I think is
the time that you need to reach out to your elected officials and let them know what you
think.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. We’ll move on to our liaisons. And the first one will be from the Faculty
Association president, Dr. Arjo. President’s already bragged you up, so there’s
some pressure here.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Well, we’ll see what I
can do. Thank you, as always, for the chance to address
the board. I have a couple things tonight, one, just
picking up right where Trustee Musil left off. So recall at the last meeting I presented
a statement on behalf of the FA in support of legislation that would extend the exemption
to the conceal carry laws. That did make its way into the written testimony
to the House and Senate bills and you’ve heard Melanie gave oral testimony, the two of us
were supposed to give oral testimony at the Senate hearing, but something went amiss. But as we just heard, we were joined in this
by Trustee Musil on behalf of the Board, and at our last meeting, the FA meeting, I was
not there, I was sick, but in my absence I was asked to present a statement professing
our appreciation for that. So I would like to do that now. So on behalf of the Johnson County Community
College Faculty Association, I would like to express our appreciation to Chair Greg
Musil and to the Board of Trustees for the written testimony that was submitted in support
of HB 2074 and SB 53. While we acknowledge the presence of dissenting
opinion in the JCCC community regarding having guns on campus, we agree strongly with the
sentiments expressed in support of keeping policies and practices regarding campus safety
within the pervue of the college. The FA intends to continue to press for an
extension to the current exemptions and we are thankful for the support of the Board
and Administration. I’ll also my personal thanks for that statement.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s always nice to be
on the same side.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: It is. We do appreciate that. All right. Real quick, I want to take advantage of my
opportunity here to invite the Board and Administration and the JCCC community to an event I’ve been
helping organize in conjunction with Anna Page and Honors as part of their international
week. So on Monday night we’re going to be screening
a film called “Gandhi’s Gift,” which is a documentary covering the last year of the
Gandhi’s life. This was a lift time for him. He was dealing not only with the final stages
of the push for independence from Great Britain, but also with growing sectarian divide within
India between Hindus and Muslims. Caused him a great bit of anguish. So after the screening, which will be at 7:00
in the Hudson, we’re going to have a panel discussion with one off the film producers
— film’s producers, along with three faculty members. So this will be Professor Stephanie Sabato
from graphic design, Professor Samira Hussein from business, and my colleague in philosophy,
Professor Dawn Gale. So we’ll have a discussion about the film
and some of the issue that it raises. So there’s a reception at 6:30 in the atrium. I’d just like to invite everybody who might
find this interesting. I think it’s going to be a very inspiring
evening and a very timely message. So thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. I think that we’re not quite done, so we can’t
tie a ribbon around it, but the international and multi-cultural theme of this event, of
this meeting will continue then through Monday evening through that presentation, so.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Absolutely.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Dr. Arjo? Thank you.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Thanks a lot. Appreciate it.>>Chair Greg Musil: Glad you’re feeling better,
too.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Yes.>>Chair Greg Musil: The next report would
be Johnson County Education Research Triangle. Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman,
I have a brief report. Receipts for January were $1,423,569.79. This amount reflects a approximately $9,000
increase over last year’s sales receipts. Sales tax receipts in Johnson County were
up around 3%. We — we — our last meeting was on January
23rd at the KU Edwards Campus. Predominantly our business at that meeting
was transitioning our membership. We lost four members at that meeting, Lenexa
Mayor Mike Boehm retired off the board after being — serving there for eight years, Johnson
County Chairman Ed Eilert went off the board, Senator Kay Wolf and Senator Jeff Melcher
all stepped down from the board. Those members were replaced, all but one were
replaced, Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland, and State Representative
Melissa Rooker were their replacements. There is one vacancy that we’re working with
the governor’s office trying to get them to make an appointment there, and we also voted
for officers for J-CERT, and those officers are Carl Gerlach will now be the chair, Peggy
Dunn will be the vice chair, and Jason Osterhaus will serve as treasurer, and the next meeting
is Monday, April 10th at 7:30 a.m. at K-State Olathe Campus. And again, I would encourage everyone if they
want more information about the J-CERT efforts to go on JOCOtriangle.com. That concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, David. Questions? If not, we’re ready for Kansas Association
of Community College trustee report. Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. The committee met today. I did not attend because of my ear problem. But it was part of the Phi Theta Kappa luncheon
that Dr. Sopcich mentioned earlier. But I will take the — and our next meeting
for KACCT is June 9th and 10th in Colby Community College. So maybe we could walk across Kansas and get
to that meeting in time. I would like to take a moment, though, to
talk a little bit more about the ACCT meeting that was held — was really the sponsor for
the National Legislative Summit, and we had meetings on Saturday, full board meeting on
Sunday, committee meetings — actually committee meetings on Sunday, board meeting Monday morning. And I think it’s important to understand that
ACCT has a real clear mission about being the chief advocate for community colleges
across the country, and I think it’s also important to understand that their six core
values deal with boardsmanship, advocacy, student success, diversity, innovation, and
service to community. And as we talk about a board regarding those
six core values, we always challenge ourselves to benchmark against our own college as to
how are we doing. How are we developing boardsmanship within
our college? Are we — are we really serious about student
success? And how do we measure whether students are
succeeding or not? And so I think it’s always refreshing to know
kind of where we are in comparison to other colleges. And again, I’m just very pleased to be able
to represent this college when we talk about those six core values. We — we presented a platform to our Senators
and Congressmen, as we’ve already discussed. I won’t go into that. But among those major initiatives that ACCT
is advocating for is the renewal of the Pell Grant. Many of you, at least on campus that deal
with the Pell Grant, know that in 2012 that program was cut. There used to be 18 semesters of eligibility;
that was reduced to 12. Our initiative this year is to go back to
14 semesters and continue with the year-round Pell Grant distribution. I think we know pretty clearly that the research
indicates that when a student aborts their program, doesn’t go to summer school, drops
a semester, the likelihood of completing that certificate or degree is diminished. And so I’m pleased to say that I believe our
two senators and our Congressmen are very supportive of the Pell Grant and we expect
that we’ll get that — we’ll get that reauthorized. We also are pushing the reauthorization of
the higher ed bill, the Perkins Act. We have a piece in there for infrastructure
and not just — not just roads and bridges and highways and buildings, but we had a considerable
discussion about data links becoming a part of our infrastructure, to the point where
if a student is at college A on the East Coast and decides to move to college B on the West
Coast, it seems with technology we should have the data resources available that those
credits would be transferred seamlessly, and that student wouldn’t lose the work that they
had done in one part of a country and moving to another part of the country. We also have a program for DACA students,
the — the students who may have immigration issues and how we can help them continue with
their program. So I’m just pleased that the national organization
is very committed to the advocacy of the community college network. I’ve lost it here, but let me pull it up again. This morning, Secretary DeVos addressed our
conference. I was not there as I came back yesterday to
try to be at meetings here today. And as you — as you read the media, we all
probably have a feeling about the Secretary of Education and we’ve seen in the media where
she hasn’t been welcomed very well at least by K-12. But this was her first public speech this
morning to a national organization of ACCT, and I just want to share one part of her speech,
because I think it’s a real tribute to the hard work we at least do on this campus. And I’m just taking a paragraph out of context
of her total speech. She says this: Community colleges are a uniquely
American education asset. They are nimble. They are — she says you. You are nimble. You are entrepreneurial. You provide important and valued pathways
for students to prepare for success in our competitive economy. You equip students for high demand fields
and skilled jobs that help grow local economies and maintain community, and you’re absolutely
essential engines of workforce and economic development locally and regionally. Another — another one of our key pieces I
forgot was this whole notion about Workforce Development. And what’s exciting, I believe, about that
is that appears to be a strong bipartisan issue, whether you’re Democrat or Republican,
I believe our elected officials understand that within their communities and within their
states, the community college is the best positioned agency to help grow economic development
and develop career paths for people to meet the employment needs of their respective communities. And there are other issues that are going
to be seriously partisan, but we think our community college platform and what we mean
to economic growth is — is going to receive strong bipartisan support. So I was encouraged by Secretary DeVos’ remarks,
even though the jury is really young on what her success will be particularly as I say
in K-12. I think aside from that, I’m just really pleased
to represent this college at ACCT. As Dr. Sopcich and I were standing in line
for the cabs, we visited with a president of — of, well, Jersey City, Hudson Community
College in Jersey City, New Jersey. And their president used to work on this campus,
and his — his trustee is the president of ACCT, Bakari Lee. And two presidents ago, another former employee
here, is president of that Michigan College and Robin Smith from Michigan was the president
of ACCT. So I guess what’s really exciting is the roots
go deep of Johnson County Community College, not only within this community and state,
but across the country. And so I’m pleased to represent our college
in that regard. That concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Jerry. We are pleased that you take the time and
effort to do that as well. Questions for Trustee Cook? If not, we’ll move on to the Foundation liaison
report from Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. And I do not have a report this evening for
you. We meet again on March the 7th.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. The next item on our agenda is the Consent
Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a portion of the agenda
each month which contains routine matters that have been reviewed by staff and by other
committees. They are typically considered in one — one
motion and one vote. Any member of the board may pull an item to
be considered separately and debated and voted on separately. Are there any members of the — any items
on the Consent Agenda that anybody would like to have considered separately this evening? If not, I would accept a motion to approve
the Consent Agenda.>>So move.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded. Is there a discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: All opposed no. The Consent Agenda passes 6-0. At this point, I would like to request a motion
to go into Executive Session for two separate purposes, and I’ll outline each of those separately
and ask for one motion. The first Executive Session would last for
no more than 45 minutes. It would be a motion to go into Executive
Session to discuss — for discussions concerning security and safety matters on campus. We would like to invite to that 45-minute
Executive Session Joe Sopcich, Teri Schlicht, Judy Korb, Mickey McCloud, Barbara Larson,
Tanya Wilson, Chris Gray, Greg Russell, and Alisa Pacer for the purposes of that session,
which would last again no more than 45 minutes. After that, we would immediately move into
an Executive Session for the discussion of personnel matters of non-elected personnel
in order to protect the privacy interests of the individuals to be discussed. That session would last no more than 15 minutes. So thus the Executive Session would last no
more than 60 minutes. We would reconvene in this room. No action would be taken in either Executive
Session. The second session we would like to invite
President Sopcich and general counsel Tanya Wilson. Is there such a motion?>>So moved.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to
move into those Executive Sessions not to exceed 60 minutes and for those limited purposes. All in favor say yes. (Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no. That motion passes. We will start the Executive Session at 10
till 7:00 on this clock.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Before you adjourn
to Executive Session, could I ask either Dr. Larson or Dr. Weber to possibly comment on
last night’s athletic academic presentation?>>Chair Greg Musil: Oh, absolutely.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Does anyone feel
comfortable in doing that?>>Dr. Barbara Larson: It was great. It was amazing to see all of our athletes
represented and look at their GPAs in the program and then at the end, our director,
Carl Heinrich, asked those students among many that were lined along the gym, those
who had a 4.0 to come to the center of the court, and, gosh, there must have been 20
more of those students. They were enthusiastic. They were bright and it was — it was a great
— a great ceremony.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for bringing
that up because that’s always an impressive event. Our student athletes are students, they’re
not just athletes.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dr. Weber, do you have
something to add to that? (Inaudible).>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. Why don’t we — do we need to — 10 till soon
enough? That gives us about three minutes if we need
a break. We’ll start the Executive Session at 10 till
7:00. We’ll reconvene here no later than 10 till
8:00. Thank you all for coming. You’re all welcome to stay. (Executive Session).>>Chair Greg Musil: We have reconvened in
Open Session. We finished our Executive Session at 7:50. It’s now 7:52, by the time we got back on
camera. No action was taken on either of the Executive
Session items, and we are ready for a motion to adjourn.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Move to adjourn.>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded. All in favor say yes. (Yeses, aye).>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no. Meeting is adjourned. Thank you all for hanging around.