(acoustic piano music) – Good afternoon and
welcome to the February 21 board meeting of the Board of Trustees for Johnson County Community College. We apologize for my technical ability. I was going to mute, we have
two people on the phone today and I was going to mute
them and in my great wisdom I hit the wrong button, that Trustee Cross so nicely reminded me of,
I pushed the wrong one. Nancy are you there? Dick are you there? We’ll continue to work on it. Would you please join me in
the Pledge of Allegiance? – [All] 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. – Again welcome. We’ll have the roll call and
recognition of visitors, Terri. – This evening’s visitors
include Joseph Scarlett, Frank Harwood, Dennis
Batliner, John Stuart, Roberta Evaslage, Lucas
Gascogne, Cady Bergen, Brian Batliner, Blake Hogre,
Ken Seltzer, and Betsy Webster. Thanks for being here. Awards and recognitions, Dr. Sopcich. – Thank you Dr. Cook. Tonight we recognize DeSoto USD 232. Not yet, not yet Frank, no. Each school day DeSoto, the
DeSoto district welcomes more than 7400 students at
seven elementary schools. three middle schools,
and two high schools. USD 232 encompasses
nearly 100 square miles in Northwest Johnson County and draws from the communities of
DeSoto, Shawnee, Lenexa, a portion of Olathe and
unincorporated areas of the county. The accolades received by the school district are significant. It leads Johnson County in
high school graduation rates. It’s placed on the National
AP district Honor Roll. DeSoto and Mill Valley High Schools are among the best in the nation, according to US News and World Report. This all happens because of
the leadership at the top. And tonight we’d like to
welcome Frank Harwood, Superintendent of Schools,
and I’m gonna give a little introduction here Frank. Frank has served as Superintendent of Schools since July, 2016 Harwood came to USD 232
from Bellevue Public Schools in Bellevue, Nebraska where he served as Superintendent for five years. Prior to Nebraska Harwood ranked as an educator in Kansas for 18 years. He was a Chief Operations Officer for Lawrence Public Schools for two years. In that role he directed
finance, Human Resources, facilities, maintenance, food service, transportation, and technology. Harwood earned his bachelor’s
and master’s degree from the University of Kansas
and is pursuing his doctorate in education through the
University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a member of several professional, education, and community organizations. While in Nebraska he
successfully completed the Midwest superintendent’s
Academy, a 10 month program designed by the University
of Nebraska, Omaha. Here at Johnson County were
grateful for the partnership and the collaboration that
we get to have with DeSoto. Frank that’s because of you. We’d like to honor you tonight. So please, now you can take the podium. (all applauding) – So I do have to say
that DeSoto was a great school district long before I got there. So one of my big things is
just not to mess anything up. USD 232 has a great track record of some outstanding performances by our students. That starts with a really
supportive community. And one of the things that
helps us is our partnership with Johnson County Community College and the other districts in Johnson County. Some of the things we’re
really looking forward to as we embark on individual plans of study for all of our
students, six through 12 is helping those students articulate their plans for after high school. We think that’s a really
important thing to do, and Johnson County Community
College is a big part of that. We greatly appreciate our
new partnership with JCCC, KU Edwards campus, and the
Degree in Three Program. We have, I should probably
look the number up, but we have a lot of
students that take advantage of the dual credit programs
that we have through JCCC. And those are programs that
really give our students a leg up when they when they move into, either of the next phases of life, whether that’s additional
education or the workforce. So we greatly appreciate this honor and I look forward to many more year. – [Joseph] Thank you Frank. – [Jerry] Frank as a momento
we present you with this appreciation and partnership clock, to remind us that the time for teaching and learning is every day, each day. And we appreciate the partnership, and the good things you’re doing in that developing, growing
school district of yours. Thank you very very much. (all applauding) Next item on the agenda is the open forum. The open forum section of the Board agenda is 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 meeting. Comments are limited to five minutes, unless a significant number
of people plan to speak and that instance the chair may limit a person’s comments to
less than five minutes. In order to be recognized individuals must register at the door at each board meeting prior to the open forum agenda item. When addressing the
Board registered speakers are asked to remain at the podium, should be respectful and
civil, and are encouraged to address individual
personnel or student matters directly with the appropriate
College department. As a practice the College does
not respond in this setting when the matter concerns
personnel or student issues, or matters that are being addressed through our established grievance
or suggestion processes, or are otherwise the subject to review by the College or the Board. We do have, I believe,
five or six speakers registered for this evening. When I call your name come to the podium. And if you would state your
name and address for the record. And try to hold your
remarks to five minutes. First is Joseph Scarlett, Joe please. – Good evening my name is Joseph Scarlett, Overland Park, Kansas. This is actually the second time that I’m speaking before this esteemed group. The first time I think it
was the 10th year anniversary of what used to be called Project Clear. I worked with Larry Devaney
in the initial phases in the planning process of Project Clear. I was one of its first instructors. I also served as an adjunct faculty member here at the College. I taught regular educators, introduction to the
special education student. It’s a pleasure being here. I’m a retired certified
rehabilitation counselor and certified employment
supports professional. Anger I guess, when I read
the paper this morning. I remember seeing in Lawrence of Arabia where the British doctor,
when seeing the Turkish prisoners were being cared for. His two words were outrageous, outrageous. And that was my feeling this morning. The way that particular
information was gathered is tantamount to a peephole in the ladies dressing room at JC Penney’s. And the article certainly is
not gonna win a Pulitzer Prize. I would expect something like
that to come from Larry Pecker rather than the Kansas City Star. Let me tell you a little bit about Joe. And I only met Joe when he was
still Developmental Director. He wasn’t President. And by the way is it a prerequisite to be a President at Johnson
County Community College you have to wear a bullseye on your back? I mentioned to my friends in Virginia, quit being cannibals and try cannabis. In the absence, in other words chill out. In the absence of cannabis here in Kansas, legalized cannabis in
Kansas, I would suggest maybe going home and playing Generally Numb from
Pink Floyd to chill out. Anyway I met Joe first, I had a young man on the autism spectrum in
tow and went to Joe’s office and asked him if he would
provide an internship for this young man in the
business aspect of his office. I think it took him 10
minutes to decide yes. No I take that back, it
was only five minutes because when he found out
the young man was a fan of Notre Dame it took him very
short period of time to say yes. And that young man spent a lot of time, and it was a paid
internship here on campus. So there was no problems as
far as that was concerned. And Joe didn’t know me from Adam. And I didn’t see Joe again
after that particular experience until I ran into him at a
restaurant with his family. And I did call him once because I asked him if the Johnson
County Numismatic Society could put a display up on the campus, and Joe opened the door for that. When you talk about diversity on campus, and there was some consideration
of diversity on campus, all you have to do is ask the
people who are participating in Project Clear, or Clear and Search. Now Joe didn’t start those
problems but he hired the good people that did continue
those particular problems. I was gonna write down
on the sheet of paper when I first came in here WTF. And that’s how I feel
about this situation. – Thanks Joe. Next item John Stewart,
next person John Stewart. – Yeah my name is John Stewart. I live at 575 Mohawk Street,
Lake Quivira, Kansas. And it’s good to see many
familiar faces in the crowd. It’s been several years since
I’ve been into this meeting. Chairman Cook, Trustees,
staff, faculty and visitors I want to thank you for allowing
me to make some comments. And I want to thank the Trustees for your service to the community. From my 11 years as a Trustee
I know how hard you work. It’s not easy. And you do have bull’s eyes on you. You spend hundreds of hours a year, and I know you contribute
your own money because you’re asked, you see these
great projects on campus. You write checks, you go to events. So you do a lot and I appreciate it. And I was always humored
when someone in the community would come up to me when
I was a Trustee and say how much do you get paid for that? And I would tell them I was paid nothing. And most the time they didn’t believe me. They thought that I was
doing this for a paycheck. And so I know you aren’t, I
know you’re not getting one. So thank you very much for your service. I want to thank you too,
it’s hard to campaign. It’s harder today than when I ran. You got a lot of things
that you have to overcome. You gotta raise a lot of money
and it’s just a tough thing. But we need good people like you, good citizens of this county to step up to continue the leadership
and guidance for this College that’s brought it to be one of the best in the country over the last 50 years. We need the next 50
years to to be like that. I’ve been actively
involved, and a supporter of Johnson County Community
College for 39 years. It’s hard to believe but I
started as a student here in 1980 and I see some of the
Student Senate back there. I actually was a student. I was a 24 four year old with a family and I had a dream to get a College degree. It was hard, financially
it was hard for me. My family had to sacrifice
for me to achieve my dream. And I worked almost full time
while going to school here. I took out College loans, and
I even received a Pell Grant, so you that tells you where my income was. If you asked me back
then I would have been against an increase in tuition,
back then I would have. Like hey I can barely get by
now, how can I afford more? But over time I’ve learned,
and older and wiser I guess that that sacrifice that I made and my family made was well worth it. And I valued my time here,
I had skin in the game. And I did better, I was not a
good student in high school. I didn’t try. I wanted sports and girls. I got to College and then I’m paying, writing the check and paying
for this, and I applied myself and that caused me to focus and do well. And I ended up achieving my
dream of a College degree. But I think tuition needs to increase over time as our expenses increase. I was involved heavily in the financial side of the College when I was a Trustee. Faculty and staff want raises, utilities, insurance go up, expenses go up over time. And I don’t think it’s
unreasonable to expect that the direct
beneficiaries, the students, should pay their proportionate
share of their education. They don’t pay for the
cost of their education. They’re paying just a partial amount. I commend the President,
Sopcich and the Trustees. They put in place safety nets
to help students in need. These are since I’ve been
on the Board of Trustees. Childcare assistance, and
understand a meal sharing plan now for those that may not
be able to afford meals. I think those are ways we can assist. And because of the great experience I had at Johnson County Community
College I have dedicated myself to raising money for student
scholarships and programs. The reason I do this is
try to repay the community for helping me become successful. I have a strong passion for helping those who are trying to help themselves. Raising money for students
at JCCC makes sense to me. And I appreciate the passion
that’s been shown around over some issues here in the tuition. And I would like to ask those that have this great passion for it to maybe direct, write a check to the foundation for $30. That’s about the average cost of the tuition increase for a year. That could pay for a student’s tuition. The foundation has done an
amazing job raising funds and giving money to those in need. So I’m also here, and I’m a strong supporter
of President Sopcich. I’ve known Joe since
the day he was hired– – [Jerry] John if you could
wrap up, five minutes. – Okay I’ve known him since then. He’s helped raise millions
of dollars for student scholarship, much of it directed
to those students in need. Painting him as a person who does not care about those in need is not accurate. And unfortunately we live in
a time when you don’t need to hope know the whole
story to condemn someone. Recording a private
conversation and releasing partial sound bites is
deplorable in my opinion. President Sopcich has
dedicated his life to helping others in need, and
particularly students at JCCC. And I applaud in service to
the College and our community. Thank you. – [Jerry] Thanks John. Brian Batliner. – Brian Batliner 11420,
need the address still? West 104th street, Overland Park. – [Jerry] And the zip code? – 66214. There was a time when I was hoping I would not be back here to speak. It was actually just about two months ago. I really felt that we had
some phenomenal momentum going with our Save the Track efforts, the efforts to reinstate the
track programs here and have a meaningful discussion
about what that opportunity meant to the community,
and meant to the students, and meant, excuse me, to us as alumni. Unfortunately I’m back. And the main reason I
came back tonight was to, as we’ve done in the past,
is to provide an update. And kind of be on the public record as far as what our efforts have been. So on January third of this
year I was fortunate enough to have a meeting with a couple
staff here at the College. I’m grateful for their time. However I was very disappointed
with how that meeting went. I entered the meeting
fully under the impression that we were gonna have a discussion about meaningful ways that we could reinstate a track program here at the College, and the number of people that
would come to support that. We didn’t really discuss that much at all. Mostly we continued to discuss the reasons why we can’t do that. And so that was really
disappointing to me. I’ve had coffee with a lot of you. I’ve sat across my breakfast table, and I’m appreciative of that time. I felt that we forged some some really positive relationships and
it was a really hopeful time a couple months ago for us in our group, and a lot of people out
there that have been watching this for well the last 14 months. So very disappointed after that. I did follow up. I hate to pile on as far
as reading statements that we’re sent privately although I do think this is important to put out there. I asked Dr. Sopcich
directly are we gonna have this serious discussion or are we not? And the response was it’s hard to say. The priorities for the upcoming budget are already set and approved for next year. At this point in time there
are no plans to initiate discussions about a new
track for the upcoming year. Please know I wouldn’t
have worked to encourage our Trustees to meet with
you, or to set up the meeting with staff if I wasn’t serious. I don’t want to mislead you
or to create expectations that something like this as a slam dunk. It takes time, considerable
effort, and trust. Time, considerable effort, and trust. I threw my hands up to that
email to be honest with you. Because for 14 months
you’ve heard from us. For 14 months there’s been
an effort from this community to be heard about why
this program mattered. In March 500 people walked the track here as a show of support for these programs. And in August there
was a T-shirt campaign. We sent T-shirts all
over the world to alumni, all over the country, literally
we sent shirts to Armenia. We had high school kids
and high school coaches. We had people walk
nervously to this podium time, and time, and time, and time again and tell all of you
how important this was, and how we can support
this in this community. and how it matters to us as alumni. So I don’t have a response
to that email, I’m sorry. And so in light of recent events that I’m not gonna comment on right now, I just think it provides context. Our trust was broken when
the track program was cut. And it was a tedious effort
to rebuild that trust. And I believe that we
were giving you that room. But action is what’s gonna
rebuild that trust in the end. It has to take action on
the part of the College. And things like this,
providing opportunities to students in this community
to get a scholarship, to compete for this program,
to compete for this College that are a diverse background that have unbelievable reasons to not go to school, but track
draws them into this College. It’s important, it matters,
it matters to the alumni. So I’m still really hopeful. In the end of the day
everything that’s happened over the last year that
you’ve heard from us on, that we’ve commented about,
that we’ve fought for. I’m hopeful in the end that
we can have a positive outcome to everything that’s gone
on over the last 14 months. We believe in this College. Our group has never been
of bunch of wild activists holding placards and
screaming for people’s jobs. That’s not who we are. We’re professionals in this community that went to this College,
that graduated from here, that went on to get
degrees that now work here and raise families here,
and have jobs here, and contribute this community. We want the best for this College. We have to have a meaningful discussion for how we’re gonna do this. In the end all of us
will benefit, thank you. – [Jerry] Thanks Brian. Blake Hogre. – Everybody, Blake Hogre,
24853 West 148th Court, Olathe. A couple good speeches
there, hard to follow up. I thought John said it well. I don’t think anybody is doubting anybody’s
sincerity or kindness here. I think there’s a lot of
frustration with a lot of issues. And we’ve talked about
those a whole bunch. I came up here in January and talked about some of those things. But as Brian tried to
do, and bring it back to the track issue which
is what brought us here and keeps us here more or less. It all feels like a very familiar situation, a familiar sentiment. For over a year we’ve
fought for these programs. At the bottom line, 60 plus
fewer opportunities for athletes to get a scholarship and an education at Johnson County Community
College, the kind of scholarship that I know impacted my life greatly. I’ve told that story before. I’ve written that story on our website. We have literally hundreds and
thousands of similar stories. I can’t tell you how many teammates I had that would not have been in College if it wasn’t for the track program, or tennis, or golf, or any of the other athletic programs that
we have at the College, any program really that
provides a scholarship. But there’s something about
the track and field program, there’s something about this sport that a lot of other other
programs just don’t have in terms of that drive,
that grit, that willpower to compete when literally
every single fiber of your body wants you to stop, and you would almost rather
die then take another step. And I think that’s
indicative of why we continue to come up here every single month, despite the fact that I really
hate speaking in public. But it’s important to us
because it affected my life. It affected my teammates
lives at Johnson County. It affected my teammates lives at UMKC. And it’s just an incredible experience. And so we’ve been frustrated
that for over a year now despite hundreds speaking,
thousands signing our petition, writing in to you all, coming up here and speaking, walking the track. We feel discounted and
disagreed with, nonstop. And it’s apparent to me
through a lot of this effort that you all really don’t
like to be disagreed with. And you see it that way
rather than taking it as an opportunity to listen to learn and collaborate with us,
the alumni or the community. We get kind of shoved aside and you all seem to take offense to what we say. And that’s unfortunate
because quite frankly there’s nobody here that would rather champion the heck out
of this College than us. We want to be your biggest
supporters, we really do. We have ideas at the yin yang
for Alumni Association’s, for communication efforts,
things that we can do to really engage communities like ours. And that’s disappointing not to have that. In the last board meeting
I was a little disappointed after I spoke and one of the issues I mentioned was the mill levy. And I think I used the
phrase giving 2.6 million back to the taxpayers or whatever. I was kind of picked on a
little bit after I said that. I think it was inferred
that Mr. Harris Webster, he knew what he was talking about, and I didn’t quite know
what I was talking about when I phrased it that way. That was a little frustrating
to me because quite frankly I’ve heard you all used
that exact same phrase, giving taxpayer dollars back. Mr. Musil you used that phrase in December if you want to look at the record. So you choose to respond in semantics rather than an actual,
relative discussion there. It’s not about a dollar
increase in tuition. It’s not about cutting
the program necessarily. It’s not about the mill levy. It’s all of these issues combined. And that’s what creates
the problem here right? So anyway, that’s it. – Blake thank you very much. Appreciate your comments. Ken Seltzer, if you can just step up. That concludes the open forum. We’ll close the open forum and
we appreciate your comments. Next item is the Student Senate
report, Mr. Harris Webster. – Alright hello, it’s always a pleasure to come and speak before you all. So yes I have a report
from Student Senate. So we’re gonna be going,
covering the fun things first, our budget allocations, remaining budget. We have a new club that I’d
like to introduce to you all. We have a few new Senators, which some of them are here tonight, some clothing pantry updates,
and a tuition raise vote that I wish just to share with you all that Student Senate took. So Active Minds, we were
able to allocate 82% of what they requested
which is like $1,562. So this is part of our
primary responsibilities. So there you go, you
need me to speak in that? – [Terri] No, I’m actually gonna move it. Act like I’m not here. – Okay. (laughing) One of our primary objectives
of Student Senate is to allocate funds and help
sponsor other groups on campus. Phi Kappa Honor Society, we gave them 95% of the requested amount so
some of their club leaders are going out of state
on a trip where they’re gonna be able to present
some of their work, and just learn and develop some skills. So gave them at $3,360. Honor Students Association,
we gave them 97% of their requested amount,
so a little over $1000 for a dinner that they’re throwing. So we get our money from the
Student Activity Fee which is the $7 per credit that’s charged. And we get $38,000 altogether, it’s about 2% of the overall amount. But that’s what we give
to the student activities or student groups on campus. Some of them are like ultimate frisbee, fun pizza parties, and
then some of them are like the culinary school on their trip. Right now we’re sitting at about $12,496. So, yeah that’s where, just
give you guys an update on that. New club, Friends of Internationals. Our International Club is the
most active club on campus. They get 90 to 100 people. So this is a different club
called Friends of International. They have connections in
multiple different states, which is fantastic, so we’re hoping that through these connections
they’ll be able to allow international
students, if they transfer to these places they’ll
have a connected group that they can get in touch with. These are our new Senators. I’m just gonna ask them,
we have two of them in the back, if you wouldn’t mind just standing real fast to get recognized. We have Lisa– (applauding) Lisa’s on my left and
Sophie’s on my right. So Lisa’s studying pre-dentistry. Caroline, who’s not here,
is studying pre-law. She’s the lady in the middle. And then Sophie’s pre-medicine. Thank you. I told them they each had
to write a speech but. (laughing) Clothing pantry, so
really excited about this. Just to reemphasize what this is, it’s business casual
clothing for students who just need proper apparel
for job interviews, or just whatever they need it for. They’re able to come and pick it up, and we’ll actually just give it to them. So we’ve already built an online platform. We are actually accepting clothes now. Caleb is our Vice President
and that’s his Stumail. Anne Turney, who is our Director. So you can contact her. We actually just received
our first donation. So if any of you have business casual clothes you wish to donate. Dr. Cook I heard you have a
quite a collection of boots. (all laughing) – [Jerry] That’s true I do. – [Tiger] Clear out that
closet a little bit. We’ll be a happy to send some people over and help you with that. – [Jerry] I will see that
you get a pair of them. – [Tiger] Yeah I might even seriously come over and expect some of those. – [Jerry] What size you wear Tiger? – [Tiger] I just want
to share some pictures of the DC trip, it was so fantastic. And I just want to say
it’s such a pleasure to have been chosen for this and just a real honor to represent the students. I gave them all a Student Senate shirt. Pat Roberts, Sharice
Davids, and Jerry Moran. So yeah it was just a
really great opportunity. I just want to share one story. So I walked out of, Sharice
Davids was the first Congresswoman that we went and saw. And once we finished, as I was walking out I saw President Joe
Sopcich and Angelina Lawson scurrying and running down the stairs. And I thought they saw someone famous because there’s all these Representatives and you’re walking by these
office and they’re like, no no we just we just really want to go see Aleksandr Cortez’ office. It took us, I feel, like
30 minutes to find it. Because we got lost and the tunnels underneath the Capitol Hill. – [Joseph] That’s enough
Tiger, we don’t need to go on. – [Tiger] They told me it
was part of the experience. Overall it was just such
a privilege to help, and to talk to them about Pell Grants and how much they benefited me personally. Because I’m a Pell Grant recipient. Helped me to just continue
being a student here. And give time so I can actually, donate that time to Student Senate. I think a lot of people, just even on Student Senate,
Pell Grant recipients. So it’s just benefit a lot of people. so it’s just a pleasure
going into supporting that. So the tuition raise, so the official vote from Student Senate
was that Student Senate was unopposed to tuition rate. We had some people absent for this. And they’re not counted there. So we had 14 in favor, and two
against, and one abstention. I just wanted to share that all with you. – [Jerry] Before you leave
Tiger, are you finished? – Before you leave, Lisa and Sophie I don’t
know if you’ve ever heard of a guy by the name of Paul Harvey. He had a moniker of now
the rest of the story. And I don’t know if Tiger has
told you the rest of the story but he was so moved, he’s
filing for a position in the Congress and wants one of you two to take over the Senate
position next month. We hear you were a rock
star in Washington. What did you learn, why
is Tiger Harris Webster different today from that experience? – Well I mean you have like a, flying into DC the only conceptual reality I know is from House of Cards. (all laughing) It was just a real friendly environment when you’re in there, and
it was just so surreal just to actually just be talking to the people that represent us all. I guess it just kind of took away the fantasy how the TV shows perceive it, and just made it actual and real. And I don’t know just made
me feel a lot more secure, and felt like there’s
just these superb people that are just overseeing everything. Just like our world is
people here in this world and just trying to help each other. Yeah just really great insight. I was nervous at first because the only advice I got was
as soon as you walk in there it’s like shooting off the hip. You never know where it’s gonna go. But after after meeting
with them it just felt, just felt really great so. – [Jerry] Well thanks for
your time and going there. – [Joseph] Tiger, of the two Senators and Congressmen which
one was your favorite? – [Tiger] Oh man. – You don’t have to answer that Tiger. You can take the fifth amendment Tiger. – There’s favorite aspects of all of them. But I’ll say this, the
most interesting one was Pat Roberts just from the, we got to see some pretty
cool stuff that he had. – [Jerry] The ashtray. – Yeah, the ashtray from how was it? – [Jerry] Saddam Hussein. – Saddam Hussein, it took
us I felt like forever like 10 minutes to figure
out what that thing was. And the only hint he
gave was tapping on it, and apparently that’s
where his cigars went. – You did really good,
if I may say Mr. Chair. with Senator Roberts, with everybody. Senator Roberts wanted to
wax really philosophically I felt about the status of world trade, the importance of trade with China. And we were encouraged
by Dr. Sopcich and others to really just let the
member or the Senator take control and talk about
what they want to talk about. And Tiger does great just sitting there listening to Senator Roberts
talk about all these things. And about Kim Jong-Un, is
the current Kim Jong-Un? It’s not good to trust
one man or one person. They don’t have all the ideas, like we need to work together. Really a positive spirit I felt with the budget deal being reached that week. So all we had time for
with Senator Roberts was for Tiger to talk. Tiger was really our sole
vehicle to get our message to Senator Roberts, so you did great. – Yeah well I appreciate that. – [Jerry] Any other comments, questions? – I’m free next year by the way. (all laughing) – Good luck in your campaign. Next item is the College lobbyist report. But I have to explain what I did. I heard papers rustling and it’s loud, and I thought I hit the mute button. And yet I hit the disconnect mute button and we’ve lost them forever. But I think if we can move
that item down a little bit. Do you want a 15 second break? – We can just try it right now. – Let’s take a technical
adjustment time here. Sorry for you in the television audience. – Everyone here knows James Drone. James would you like to address the group? (all laughing) – Nancy there? – Hello? – While you work on that
let’s move that down. Trustee Lawson if you could do the Human Resource part of the agenda. – [Angeliina] Are you doing
the Collegial Steering one? – I’m sorry, oh I’m sorry. – No you’re fine.
– Yeah thank you. I’ll do College Lobbyist
Report, that’s next. Thank you very much, I’m sorry. I mean the Collegial Steering. Yeah Collegial Steering. We met on Tuesday, February sixth. We had four items that we talked about. The first was the student agency project. And we probably spent a third of the time discussing student agency. Student agency is a program where students can be mentored by faculty
in partnership with businesses in the community
for on hands experience through the Small Business
Development Council. And Karen if you could do a
30 or 45 second commercial on just exactly what is student agency. By the way in Collegial Steering, it’s made up of Educational
Affairs, Faculty Senate, Faculty Association,
Administration, and Trustees. And I thought it was really
good dialogue about everybody trying to understand where we
were with the student agency and how that impacted
faculty and students. So if you would please. – Sure, and you can jump in Micky too if I miss any pieces of it. But basically the way the
agency account was set up. I see Kate back there as well too. Through the foundation
they have funding to assist with faculty that are
involved in the project. We work with the project
by using our entrepreneurs through our Small Business
Development Center. And then bringing a student in to work on projects
within those companies. So it gives students real experience, paid internship time to be there, as well as faculty being
involved with funding as well. And of course it really
supports the small businesses who have different initiatives
that they’re working on, whether those be a marketing initiative or something IT related. – Okay thanks. Another item was the Banner
Nine program, and it’s really a software program of course descriptions and how we track course descriptions, and how we make that information
available to students. And Micky could you do
a 45 second commercial on Banner Nine and where we are with that? – Banner Nine as we have
moved into it this year at the behest of our vendor who’s moved to a cloud centered where
everyone in the nation who uses Banners is on Banner Nine. We’ve experienced some changes
because our legacy system allowed us to move some things around in terms of course descriptions, to put some things on the front page that is not designed
in the current program. And so we have changed the functionality of what faculty and staff
have become accustomed to, as well as student ability
to see certain pieces of information about classes
and books on that front page. The information is still there, but it requires some drill down. And so what we’re looking at right now is if there is a solution for us to try to both work with Ellucian, the
company that owns Banner, to provide some of those pieces back to us as well as how we can
leverage the legacy system that we had in place to
maybe keep some of that functionality available
for Deans and Faculty to be able to track
some of the information that we use in the
diligence of our duties. – [Jerry] Good, thank you
very much, appreciate that. We also talked a little
bit about curriculum. We were running out of time, we try to keep our meeting to an hour. But the curriculum issue has to deal with moving from a 16 week
semester to a 15 week semester and some adjustments when we move to that 15 week semester in the fall of 2020. That discussion will
continue at our next meeting. We also talked about communication. And as we’ve seen
communication is something that we all need to work on every day. Our focus on communication
and that regard was the engagement of all of the
faculty, Senate Association, affairs, and we talked about
student agency program, the Banner Nine program
and I think we talked a lot about how we can be more inclusive of the people that use
Banner, well all the faculty, and getting a solution
that’s helpful for everybody. So communication will continue to be an item on our agenda as well. And we had a really nice
productive meeting I thought. And I always judge it how quickly it goes. And of course it we had
a little weather issue developing that night as well. But we had a really productive meeting. Dick Carter are you there now? – [Dick] Yes, can you hear me clearly? – Yes the reason I tried
to mute you is I think you were rustling your papers, and it was a little bit distracting. So if you can keep your papers quiet and your oration loud we
are ready for your report. – [Dick] Well thank you. February 28th is the
House of Origins deadline. And that means that all bills
that started in the House move to the Senate, and
all bills that started in the Senate move to the
House, and vice versa. And after the legislators
complete that deadline turn around they’ll take a little
break until March sixth. And so session will be out,
committees won’t be meeting for those few days that legislators are on their personal break. The January revenues were down about 51 million from what was expected. And so that kind of plays
into this larger question of where are going with various
significant budget items such as K-12 budget, the
increase for higher education. The Governor has some other
things that have a significant cost to them as well in
our budget recommendations. And so all folks connected to the budget are watching that very closely. The House Prior Ed Budget
Committee did increase from the Governors budget recommendations to the amount of 10 million
for higher education. And that would be spread
across the system. So whatever the formula that
the Board of Regents would use, that money would be parceled
out to all of higher education. So 10 million doesn’t go very far, but it is 10 million more
than what the Governor recommend for initial budget. That report went to the
full House Appropriations Committee this morning at nine o’clock. And there were a couple of other things that were added in to that budget. One is a proviso or a comment if you will that the Regents are to
come back with a plan to lower costs to students
and lower student debt by the next legislative session. That really is a charge
just to state universities but it’s something that we’ll
note at least moving forward. There was also an attempt to add an amendment that would recenter some of the CPE programs for community Colleges. That amendment went on
but with the qualification that they come back and
sort of further defined just exactly what is meant by that. That would actually add some
dollars to the JCCC budget as well for some of those courses. But we’re not exactly
sure where that fell. It was very confusing
even for committee members as they were talking about it. The Senate budget committees do not meet until the second week of March. And we’ll go through the
entire process all over again, just like we went through the House. A couple of other issues
I’d like to talk about. The first one is Capers. The reason I want to
discuss that is because that played into the
whole budget discussion. The Senate passed it’s version, which would be 115 million dollar transfer from the state general
fund to the Capers fund. And that makes up that 2015 missed payment, along with interest. And so simply transferring
115 million dollars in existing or current
resources over to Capers. The Governor’s plan was
to reamortize Capers bonds over a 30 year period,
freeing up some additional money to be used for budget items. That plan met with
immediate negative reaction when it first came out
of the gate if you will. But the House did debate
that plan last week. And it was defeated,
that effort was defeated. So today the House took
up Senate Bill Nine. It made it’s wat to the
committee and the House. And it passed the House on a
voice vote on general orders and will be voted on in
final action tomorrow. So again that will be 115 million dollars out of the existing resources budget instead of reamortization. – Dick can I interrupt you there? While you’re on that point was the total amount again of that loan? Do you recall? – [Dick] For reamortization purposes? – The loan from Capers that
went into the general fund? What was the total amount? It was more than 150– – [Dick] I may not be understanding. – [Jerry] Wasn’t it more
than 115 million though? – [Dick] That was the missed
payment in 2016 plus interest. – [Jerry] Right, but do you recall what the total amount of the
transfer was originally? Anybody remember what that total? – [Dick] It bonded. – A billion right? – With a B? – [Dick] It was one and
a half billion I think. – Okay thanks, that’s the
number I’m looking for. – Bonded to fund Capers. – Thanks, I’m sorry go ahead. – [Dick] The final issue
I want to discuss is the issue around House Bill 2144. That was a bill introduce
by Representative Williams from Butler County. And it is a non-committee
bill, and a non-exempt bill. That bill provided for a number of issues related to transparency,
posting on websites, printing and newspaper. But it also had a
component that would remove partial control by putting
in a protest decision which some people are calling
essentially a patch to this. KCTV opposed that original March hearing. We were a part of the KCTV testimony. And I attached that to my
report, so you should have that. That bill was worked today in committee and Representative
Williams had an amendment that essentially struck the portion that was most offensive
related to local control, and any budget issues, and made
it only a transparency bill. There still are some concerns. That bill did pass out of
committee on a vote of 10 to five. I think that there’s going
to be some procedural effort to bring the bill back to committee and maybe redress some
of those those issues that were concerning related to what was included in the transparency. Our College is already putting
most all of those things online, or are part of the
regions big data book already. There’s lots of redundant efforts here. But I think the bill is
in a much better position than it was prior to today’s hearing. So that’s kind of where things are at specifically with issues related
to the Community College. And I would stop there
and ask these folks, see if there’s any questions. – Questions? Yes or no, I see none. Nancy are you there? – [Nancy] Yes I am. – [Jerry] Oh good. I’m sorry I cut you
off, that was my fault. Do you have any questions for Mr. Carter? – [Nancy] No I’m fine, thank you. – [Joseph] Is this for the end of his? – Are you done with
your report, Mr. Carter? – [Dick] That concludes my report. – Okay any questions? – I would just like to
comment on the House bill. That would have been a disaster for local control generally,
and particularly for us. One of the provisions was
if you expend $250,000 on a project you have to
wait for a protest petition. And if there’s a protest
petition by 5% of the voters, which would be hard to
get, you have an election. Our bathrooms, if they
have multiple stalls in both men’s and women’s
are more than $250,000. And this was a local
issue in Butler County that a local representative
tried to bring statewide. And I was heartened by the fact
that members of both parties said this is a local
governing body decision. And if you’re having trouble
with your local governing body there are ways to deal with
that, it’s not a state issue. Dick I appreciate your help. I don’t like the idea
that they will force us into certain kinds of
disclosures that we already do in a certain format,
because I think it does take away from local control. But certainly the bill is in better shape as you described it today
than when it was introduced. – [Dick] We’re not done with it. We’re not done with it yet. I think they’ll still be
some more improvements. – [Jerry] Dr. Sopcich has the point. – The Johnson County
legislators that are on that committee how did they vote on this? – [Dick] We have six Johnson
County legislators who serve on the House Education Committee. Four of the Democrats voted
no to advance the bill. Two Republicans voted to send
the bill out of committee. – Okay, thank you, appreciate that. Hearing no other comments we’ll move on to Human Resources, Trustee Lawson. – Sure, thank you so much Mr. Chair. So in the January new business
section of our last meeting I asked for an amendment to
our non-discrimination policy and it was sent to our
Human Resource committee. It was to add the two
words gender identity. And so we had Tanya Wilson
who made a statement about that, saying the progress of it. And so right now in March
it will be presented to the President’s Cabinet
for review, then the faculty. It will come back through HR in April and then go to a vote for the Board. So I just wanted to
give an update on that. And then we have quite a few recommendations, about 11 of them. So if it’s okay with the Board
if we do the vote as a whole. I would like to make some
comments specifically about two policies that went out to bid. That was our employee group
life insurance policy, as well as the employee 401(3) plan. Contribution went out
to bid, is that correct? – [Terri] Medical
insurance went out to bid. – Oh I’m sorry, I had that. Yeah medical, the one right underneath it. That went out to bid and
everything else was up for renewal. And so I would like to see
if that’s a possibility. And if any Trustee is
comfortable to remove one of the recommendations
before we vote on a whole. – Trustee Lawson if you would read, which ones are you talking about? Group dental, group vision, group life? – Life and medical went out to bid. – [David] But you want to
take all of these together. – Do a recommendation and a vote for all. – We’ve done that in the past. Does any Trustee want to
discuss any of those issues? Are there any unusual increases, decreases, changes to the plan? – We had one decrease what was it, that came back from
Blue Cross Blue Shield. – [Terri] It was just a 3.8 increase. But it was for the form. – So if you would entertain
a motion in that regard. – [Angeliina] Do you want me
to read the recommendations? – I think if you just hit the group name, and we’ll take them as– – [Angeliina] Right here. – Yes yes, which ones you approve. – But I just want to make sure. They are board packet
on page one through 10. That is published online. So a recommendation would be
for the employee group dental, and employees group
vision, life insurance, short-term disability insurance, employee benefits consulting services, employee assistant plan, the
flexible spending account and HRA Administration,
the flex benefit funding, employee 403(B) plan contribution, and the employee group medical insurance and salary increases for fiscal year 2020. – And so is your motion then, is your motion then as recommended in the narrative for each of those? – Correct. – [Jerry] Okay is there a second? – [David] Second. – [Jerry] Any discussion? – I would just point out and
I know that Becky and Jerry and our staff did a great job
because our employees here, faculty, staff,
Administration are getting. There was virtually no increases. There was at least I think one decrease, and very small increase
in the medical insurance. In today’s environment we did very well and it’s attribute I
think to the healthiness of the people on campus, and
our efforts to to be healthy, and our efforts on wellness so that we can keep all of our insurance rates lower. – [Jerry] Any other questions. – As well as we, I went through
the Human Rights Campaign. I mentioned this last month. – Just a minute. We haven’t voted on them yet so. – Oh it’s just a part of the
discussion is all I was saying. – Oh on one of them? – On just the whole of– – Let’s vote on them and then
come back to your human– – I think her discussion relates to them. – Oh I’m sorry. – Yeah it relates to the incorporation. – Okay I’m sorry, go ahead. – So the Human Rights Campaign
has a corporate rating index and as we reviewed and
researched all the companies, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, they all provide LGBT
services with a 100% scoring. So I just wanted to make that note. – [Jerry] Thank you, thank you. Any other questions or comments
on all 11 of those motions? – The last one that was
included is the staff, the recommendation for
staff salary increases which matches the collective bargain, the master agreement for faculty. So that’s really not a healthcare benefit. But it’s a raise for staff at 3%. – All in favor of those
motions signify by saying aye. – Aye.
– Yes. – Opposed? Motion carries. Thank You Trustee Lawson. Anything else from Human Resources? – That concludes my report. Anything else? – Thank you. Learning Quality, Mr. Snyder is traveling I think somewhere between here and there. And Trustee Lindstrom? – Thank you Mr. Chairman. The Learning Quality
committee met at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February
4th here in the Boardroom. The information related
to the Learning Quality committee meeting begins on page 11 and runs through page
27 of the Board packet. The committee received six presentations. And tonight we have one recommendation, albeit multifaceted in
that recommendation. Our first presentation was about faculty innovation in the classroom. There we heard from professors
Ty Edwards and Dan Owens who described their work
in aiding interdisciplinary learning by designing and
deploying a learning community opportunity between history and economics. Next we received a sabbatical report from Professor Sarah Boyle
regarding her research around teaching US History from
a global perspective. She described the approach
she takes in selecting materials and designing projects as well the impact this has had on her classes. It was also interesting
to hear how she shared her research, and the changes that she has implemented with her colleagues, building a collaborative
network with her department. That is a model for
the effect that we hope all sabbatical projects
of this type, we can have. The next report was a committee, the committee was given
an overview of the CSIT, Computer Science Information Technology and Cosmetology departments
by Dean Sheila Maupin, Assistant Dean, Dev Elder,
and coordinator Elena Hodes. Next, regarding policy initiatives Dr. Randy Weber, Vice President
of Student Engagement, I brought forward a slate
of policy modifications and updates that have been provided to you in the Board packet, and which we’ll have a recommendation at
the end of this report. Fifth, we heard from Dr. Gerber Singh who brought forward an
affiliation agreement for clinical research, I’m sorry, clinical experience
partnerships that were also provided for your review
in the Board packet. And finally Professor
James Hopper provided the recommended curriculum
changes voted on by the Educational Affairs
Committee in January for the consideration,
board’s consideration tonight. And therefore it is the recommendation of the Learning Quality Committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the recommendation of the College Administration
to approve as shown in the Board packet the following. Number one, deletion of following policy. Application of student
policies, policy 301-00. Number two, modification of
and combining into one policy, the credit admission policy 310.01, continuing education
admission policy, 310.02, and international student
admission policy, 310.03. And then finally the modification
to the following policies, student attendance policy 314.01, transfer credit policy 314.02, grading system policy 314.04, honors policy, I’m sorry, 314.05, academic standings policy, 314.06, And finally academic
renewal policy, 314.07. And I would make that motion. – For the benefit of the audience Trustee Lindstrom just gave a lot of information, a lot of reports. And I guess Dr. Webber I might have you correct my perception. As we look at these we’ve been in a cleanup of policy for some time. Some of these aren’t really major changes, other than language usage. But also updating with certain policies, federal policies that
we may have to live by. Is that pretty clear on my
understanding of these changes? – A number of those are kind
of housekeeping item cleanups. A couple of them have
some distinctive change as far as the way we support
students and our goals. – [Jerry] Okay, any questions? Any questions Trustees? We have a motion and a second. All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed? Motion carries. Thank you Trustee Lindstrom. Anything else from Learning Quality? – No Mr. Chairman, we adjourned
the meeting at 9:00 a.m. on that day and that concludes my report. – Thank You. Management, Trustee Ingram
is away but on the phone. But I think Trustee
Lindstrom you’re prepared to give that report on her behalf? – I am, I’m pinch hitting twice. – [Nancy] Thank you. – You’re welcome. The Management Committee met at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday February six,
here in the Boardroom. The information regarding the
Management Committee begins on page 28 and runs through
page 45 of the Board packet. First we heard from Barbara
Larson, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services who presented an agreement with the Johnson County Library
for use of classroom space at Antioch and Gardner libraries. This information can be
found in the consent agenda on page 73 of the Board packet. Next we heard from Susan Ryder, Director of Accounting
Services and Grants. She gave a presentation on the College’s financial fiscal health
using financial ratios based on audited financial statements through the most recent fiscal year, 2018. The report outlined how the
College is using its resources, the areas of financial strength, the potential areas of improvement, and how the ratio analysis supports the College’s strategic plan. Rachel Leers, Associate Vice President of Financial Services, and
Chief Financial Officer gave the monthly budget. She said that the budget
development continues for the College for
2019, 2020 fiscal year. A detail of that report will be made to the Management Committee
on the meeting at April third, in advance of the annual budget workshop which will be held during the
Board meeting on April 18th. Janelle Volger, Associate Vice President for Business Services presented
the Single Source Report, as well as a summary of the awarded bids between 50,000 and 150,000. That summary is on page
39 of the Board packet. Rex Hayes, Associate Vice President of Campus Services and Facility Planning introduced Jeff Allen, who’s the Director of Campus Services and Energy Management, and Brad Edwards, Maintenance Supervisor. Mr. Edwards demonstrated the new Building Automation System, or BAS, and reported that the
upgrades made will improve the building climate, reduce
energy usage, and improve analytics related to
building mechanical systems. Mr. Hayes also gave a monthly update on capital infrastructure projects. And this report can be found on page 44. Next Mr. Hayes provided
information on the current progress of the construction projects on campus. He reviewed the report on the financial status of facilities master plan. That report is in your packet on page 45. The Management Committee has five recommendations to present this evening. The first is a recommendation
for construction of a standalone garage for the
Oral Health on Wheels vehicle, and the addition of a storage
space for motorcycles. Staff made an initial
recommendation for the standalone garage in our January
Management Committee meeting. At that time members asked
if there were other needs that could be met by
building a standalone garage. And staff returned with the report to the February meeting
with an expanded garage to address the need to store motorcycles used in continuing education,
motorcycle safety course. These motorcycles are currently stored, you may have noticed them, in shipping containers
on the campus grounds. The estimated construction cost for the expanded garage is $584,800. Funding is available from savings within the Career and Technical
Education building. And it is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the recommendation of the College Administration to proceed with construction of the standalone garage for the Oral Health on Wheels vehicle and motorcycle storage from savings within the guaranteed maximum price for the Career and Technical
Education building. And I will make that motion. – We have a motion is there a second? – [Nancy] Second. – Ingram seconds. Any discussion? So if I understand that
correctly there will be no additional cost to the
College that was planned on for the current Tech-ed building? – The funding for this is coming from savings from the CTE building, yes. – Any discussions on that recommendation? Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed? Your aye was a little delayed. I’m assuming that was for
or against, Nancy Ingram? I want to clarify, I think it
was for being you seconded. – [Nancy] For. – Yes thank you, proceed. – Mr. Chairman next we had the
Financial Services Department has reviewed the cash reserve
policies which are 210 dash, I’m sorry, 210.07 of the
Accounting and Auditing Policies. And the recommended
updates include an increase in the minimum general
fund reserve balance, and nonmaterial revisions
to reorganize content and bring the current policy language based on present terminology
and financial practices. It is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the recommendation of the College Administration
to approve the modifications to the cash reserve policies, 210.07. And I will make that motion. – [Greg] I’ll second. – We have a motion and a second? Any discussions? Trustee Musil. – I have one question and
then I would like to offer a fairly simple amendment I think. But the question is, the policy as drafted would say that we would maintain 25%, I don’t know if Rachael,
25% throughout the year. Is that on an average? Because as I look at our chart, our low point is December 31 every year. And on almost every year
that we have projected out we would be less than 20% at December 31, at the end of the year. So when are we measuring the 25%? – [Terri] Throughout the
year we would look at it. – A monthly average or? – [Terri] We could do it that way. We’ll have to look at
it just all year around. – Which we already do. This is really to update our
policy, which now says 10%, which we have exceeded for
a long time for good reason. My motion is simple. This is a policy, and
it’s a policy objective. And I shared this with Trustee Lindstrom, knowing he’d make the report today, and Chair Cook yesterday, and staff. We shouldn’t have this
look like it’s a mandate because we need flexibility
to drop below it on occasion if there are emergencies. So I would recommend
that we instead of saying the College will maintain, my
amendment is to change that to read the policy objective
of the College is to maintain. It simply gives us the
flexibility as opposed to somebody looking at that as a mandate, and complaining that we’re below 25% at a particular point in time. – Trustee Lawson, Trustee Cross what are your thoughts
about that discussion? – [Angeliina] Can you
say your motion again? – It would simply read
the policy objective of the College is to maintain
a minimum general fund reserve balance throughout
the year of 25%, aa opposed to the College will maintain, which makes it sound mandatory. And people are confused, I think, if we ever dropped below it. It would look like we
were violating a policy as opposed to having a policy goal. – When you change a word to
is to, how is that different? – The objective is to, as
opposed to the College will. That’s the distinction I’m trying to make. I don’t think it’s a big deal but I think we get criticized for
not following policies that say will, or shall, or must. This makes it more of a may,
or our goal is to do this. So that’s my only purpose. – I had a mentor in the law that taught me to say will endeavor to. We’ll endeavor to get you that
discovery over right away. – Trustee Ingram this is
probably new to use well. What are your thoughts? – [Gerald] I don’t have a second. – [David] I’ll second it. – I’m sorry? – I’m good with it. – I made the motion, and
I read Trustee Musil’s friendly amendment, and
I would agree it too. So I’d be willing to
change my motion on that. – We have an amendment
to the original motion to change the language as
Trustee Musil has indicated. That has received a second. Rachel if you’d come to
the podium for a second. I just want to talk a
little bit about this. Going from 10% to 25% as a
endeavor to throughout the year. What’s the trend these days? This is my tenth year on the Board. And I don’t know that we’ve ever addressed the amount of reserve beyond 10%. I guess when I was in the
public school business we tried to have at least two months operating capital in reserve. – 25% would then be
three months operating, one fiscal quarter and our trend really, our cash flow is very
different each month. And that’s why as we were saying it’s really almost a monthly test. Our reserve balance is very significantly based on the timing of tuition receipts, the timing of ad valorem tax distribution, timing of state distributions. So we may be at that low
point on December 31st, at that particular point in time. But as soon as two to three weeks later, based on tuition dollars in January, and a tax distribution in January, we’re up to 50 or 60% of reserves. So it’s very cyclical, and again this is a policy guideline to
guide throughout the year. – [Jerry] Trustee Cross. – [Gerald] Thank you Mr. Chair. We receive federal subsidy. That’s why we Washington last week for the legislative summit. So we receive federal monies in some form. – Pell grants and federal student loans. – How are those distributions made? – The Pell grant awards
and the student loans go directly on student accounts to pay off tuition balances if you will. – Do they happen periodically,
or certain times of the year? – At the beginning of the
semester there’s a schedule based on where we’re at
within the academic calendar, X number of days after
the start of the term the aid is distributed according
to the federal guidelines. – I’m just asking, and I don’t really want to make this political,
if a shutdown occurs are we subject then to the
shutdown delaying payments? – We didn’t have any delayed payments this January if that’s what you’re asking. – Yes and no, I just I don’t quite know the logistics of how
the payments would work. So I’m saying I think it makes some sense to have extra money laying around in case. – That’s a completely different. The issuance of federal
funds is what the students eligible based on completion of the FAFSA. That money comes to us based
on the student’s eligibility. During the last number of shutdowns we’ve never not had access to funds. We have had issues where
the people who work in the agencies completing the FAFSA isn’t getting them returned to
us in a timely manner. May be an issue. But access to those funds,
and that would be difficult. So we would be in greater jeopardy if we didn’t get a student’s
eligibility amount, than actually the money
because that money is really, we’re kind of the pass through. So it goes with to the student, then goes to their tuition
account, and they get over award to go toward
their cost of living as well. – [Gerald] Thank you for that, sorry. – [Jerry] Trustee Lindstrom. – Mr. Chairman I mentioned
earlier in my report that Susan Ryder had made
some comments regarding our fiscal health financial ratios. And I asked a question in the
in the Management Committee what impact this would
have on those ratios. And I got a report back
that was very satisfactory in my mind that this was
a proper thing to do. – I just have a process question. So this is the first time
I’m hearing of an amendment. So I can’t help but
think about last month. So was this something
of a process beforehand? If we have an amendment do we turn that in so all the Trustees know that this is something that we’re gonna bring up? Or is this the process where we can present amendments on the spot? – Well it’s a great question
and I think one of the things we’re always concerned
about is how many Trustees do we contact about any particular
item outside of meeting. So I think, just as I’ve indicated before, if if a Trustee has an item
they would like to discuss to bring it to the Chairs attention. In this case Trustee Musil brought it to the Management Committee. I did get an email about it yesterday. And being it was a
language, it wasn’t really a substantive change to
what we’re intending to do, more an item of what our attempt is to do. But it’s a good question. I would still like to
say that when we have changes to the agenda,
amendments to the agenda, our policy is seven days in advance to the chair to change the agenda. This really isn’t changing
an agenda as it is amending a recommendation
that’s being made on the agenda. But your point’s well taken. – Well I think the the issue last time was people felt surprised,
I feel surprised. So I didn’t know that this was an amendment that was gonna be presented. I read the Board packet the way it was. So this is the first moment
I’m hearing of this amendment. I have not had a chance to look at that. What does that mean if we
change it versus objective, which is the way it was written. – Good point. – I apologize if this language change, I mean it is an agenda
item that’s on there. And I don’t know if I could
have sent it to everybody. I think we’re we’re all worried about too many serial communications. So I sent it to the Chairman of the Board, so that he had notice
of it, and to the person I knew was reporting it for the committee. So that he had notice of it. I did not believe I could
send it to anybody else. It is not a substantive amendment. And I apologize for any surprise caused to my fellow Trustees. – Well I think again how I
perceived it Trustee Lawson was it wasn’t a change in the
agenda, a new agenda item, as it was an amendment
to a recommendation. I guess if you feel that
you’re not comfortable with that amendment you can
vote no on that amendment. But I don’t really regard this
as a substantive change to the intended recommendation originally. – Okay so I just want to be clear. So if I have an amendment that I want to put forward I don’t
have to make notice? – I think an amendment to a recommendation is fine in a meeting. Tonya you have comment? – [Tonya] An amendment to be
put on the floor is allowed. So at this point, from my perspective, Trustee Musil has mad a motion to append the pending motion that’s on the table. And we vote on that first
and get a majority vote. And then if that passes then you’ll vote on Trustee Musil’s amendment. If it fails you’ll revert
back to the original motion. – To answer Trustee Lawson’s question, any Trustee can make an
amendment to a recommendation that’s on the Board and we vote
on it as we normally would. And if it fails then it fails,
and if it passes it passes. My point a month ago
was changing the agenda with a new item all by itself. – Tonya if you could
put out an email to us as to how we could communicate this. I assume if we go through
your office or the Chair’s then somebody can
distribute it to everybody. I just wasn’t sure or comfortable that I could do that to all
six other Trustees without getting in a bind with the
Kansas Open Meetings Act. Because it’s certainly not my
intention to surprise anybody. – So we’re voting on the amendment first Tonya is that correct? And the amendment is
that, would you like to repeat the language again please? – Amendment would start
the policy to read, it’s a second paragraph
of the recommendation. It would now read the policy
objective of the College is to maintain a minimum general fund reserve balance throughout
the year of 25%, et cetera. Instead of the College will maintain. – That has received a second,
any further discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed? – [Nancy] Aye. – Are you a yes Nancy? – Yes.
– Yes okay I’m sorry. – [Nancy] I said aye, I’m sorry. – Yeah but there’s a little
delay in the phone and so, and I go way too fast, so
I just want to make sure. I’m trying to work on communication. And now on the motion, on the
motion of the recommendation originally made by Trustee
Lindstrom any further discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – Yes.
– Aye. – [Nancy] Aye. – Opposed? Motion carries. Trustee Lindstrom proceed. – Thank You Mr. Chairman. I have, now for the third item
I have for a recommendation. There were three
recommendations based on bids. The first were was a bid for bulk fuel, and it is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the recommendation of the College Administration to approve the renewal of Mcenany Oil Company, at an estimated annual
expenditure of $60,000, for the second of four
option years, and $120,00 for the remaining two option years, for the total estimated
expenditure of $180,000. And I will make that motion. – [Trustee] Second. – We have a motion and a
second, any discussion? Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed? Motion carries, proceed. – The next bid is for the
purchase of necessary HVAC and electrical training
systems in associated equipment for the new construction classrooms within the new Career and
Technical Education, CTE building. First of all, it is the recommendation of the Management Committee
that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of
the College Administration to approve proposals for
their one time purchase from Hampton Engineering Corporation for Hampton brand training
systems in the amount of $363,910 and Innovative Education Systems for Festo brand training
systems in the amount $91,140 for a combined total of $455,050. And I will make that motion. – [Trustee] Second. – We have a motion and a second. Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed? Motion carries. – The final bid is for roofing replacement in roofing recovery on
the gymnasium building, Industrial Training Center building, and the warehouse building. Therefore it is the recommendation of the Management Committee
that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation
of College Administration to approve the low bid from
Premier Contracting Incorporated in the amount of$616,884,
with an additional 10% contingency of $61,688
to allow for possible unforeseen costs for a total expenditure not to exceed $678,572, and
I will make that motion. – We have a motion is there a second? Nancy Ingram seconds. Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed? Motion carries. – Thank you Mr. Chairman,
that concludes my report. – Thank you very much. Let me just surprise everybody. Dr. Sopcich, being we’re talking about all this management and
buildings and so on. Unless it’s in you
report the FADS is open, construction on CTE s going well. – [Joseph] Jerry you surprised me on that. Rex could give us a little
update on FADS building and CTE? – [Rex] Yeah well as you
know the FADS building we moved into the building and
we’re holding classes there. Still a few punch list items to complete. The educational processes
is continuing there. And the Career and Technical Education building is certainly on schedule. And moving on time, and we’ll
be ready for classes soon. – I was probably gonna say this at the end but I’ll say it now. In light of all of the
construction going on, and all of the changes in
traffic flow and so on, Rex I just want to commend the
staff on the weather control, cleaning sidewalks,
driveways, all of that. I know that’s really been an
extra charge of the people. You guys have really done a terrific job, at least from my perspective so thank you. Ice is hard to handle, but
thank you very much for that. – Rex when he talked
about the FADS building, being able to move into
the FADS in the timeline that was established was
really a Herculean effort by faculty and staff to make that happen. A lot of folks came in over break. And in the end it seems
to be working out okay. I know there’s still a
few little things to do. But it was an incredible
effort across the Board. – [Jerry] President’s recommendations, treasurer’s report, Trustee Musil. – [Greg] Does Hercules know
what FAD stands for that we could share with everybody? Fine Arts and Design Building. You know my hatred of acronyms. The citizens watching
don’t know what it means. So it’s a very impressive
Fine Arts and Design Building. And it was a Herculean effort. Thanks everyone on staff. The board packet contains
a treasurer’s report for the month ending December 31, 2018. It starts at page 52
of the Board’s report. Some of the items of note
are page one, is the general post secondary technical
education fund summary. December was the sixth month of the College’s 2018, 2019 fiscal year. An operating grant payment
from the state of Kansas of 10.6 million was received in January and will be in next month’s report. An ad valorem property tax distribution of 54.7 million was received in January, and will be included
in next month’s report. The College’s unencumbered cash balance as of 12/31/18 was 58.5
million, which is about 8.1 million less than last
year at the same time. And all the expenditures in
the primary operating funds are within the approved budgetary limits. And with that it is the recommendation of the College Administration
that the Board approve the treasurer’s report for the
month ended December 31, 2018 subject to audit, and I so move. – Second. – We have a motion in a
second, any discussion? Any discussion? – All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Are you there Nancy? – [Nancy] Yes, aye. – Opposed? Motion carries. Monthly report. – [Nancy] It’s very muffled, I apologize. – Sorry. Presidents report. – Thank you Dr. Cook. In light of the events over the past week I’d like to share with you a statement. As many of you know on
Wednesday morning February 13, Trustee Lawson and I were in a restaurant and our conversation
evolved to the two of us rehashing our positions
with respect to the student tuition increase of $1.00
that the Board approved for the 2019, 2020 budget,
or 2020 academic year. It was a spirited dialogue on the issue. And very soon afterwards
phrases attributed to me were posted on social media. Anyone who knows me or has watched me over my 27 years here at
Johnson County Community College knows my passion for this
College and our students. You would also know I
enjoy a spirited debate or lively discussion on the issues, and this is what occurred. The conversation on an important topic, that portions were taken
and posted with no context. In doing so this posting has the effect of making a statement
of intended hyperbole sound like a statement of belief. The resulting narrative from
these points is unfortunate because I am a leader who
does care about our students, especially those who are struggling due to financial hardship. People can and have
condemned certain decisions I’ve made during these
six years in office. This type of treatment
comes with the position. But in this case, to be
accused of neglecting students who work so hard, to be accused of being insensitive to their
needs demands a response. This particular attack is
not just on my decisions but attacks on my character. I recognize and embrace the
diverse population we serve. I also realize there are real struggles that students and families face daily. I’ve spent the better
part of my adult life helping those I am now seen as minimizing. In this regard I’m absolutely willing to stand behind my years
of work and service. Before coming to Johnson
County Community College I worked for one of the
largest social service agencies in Chicago raising
money for case managers, summer camps for kids, and
legal assistance for the poor. I also worked as a fundraiser
in an Historical Museum to bring the arts and history to disadvantaged youth in Chicago. And after moving here to Johnson County spent 17 years working as
Director of College’s Foundation and raised millions of
dollars to benefit students, and provide those in need with the opportunity to attend our College. Johnson County Community
College has been a leader in championing and
supporting student focused initiatives while I’ve been President. These initiatives are never
accomplished by one individual, but are the result of our College culture that is caring and compassionate
for all our students. Please allow me to share a
sampling of these initiatives. Since 2013 we’ve disbursed an average of over one million dollars
in scholarships every year. 2019 is set to exceed 1.3 million. We’ve held tuition and fees flat at $93 a credit hour for three years. Just recently the Board approved
an increase of one dollar. Over the four year span this
equals an increase of about one quarter of 1% in student
tuition fees since 2017. We offer the third lowest
cost per credit hour among the 19 Community Colleges in Kansas. We’re expanding our longtime food pantry, and two year old meal share program. Currently we are in talks with
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City to further bolster funding and awareness of food
insecurities among our students. We’re exploring a key initiative
in the 2019, 2020 budget that would assist students with
their transportation needs, and in the process help
us provide greater access to those who want to come to our school. We’ve infused $40,000
into the Counseling Center Hardship Grant from an unrestricted plan gift realized by the foundation. We’ve sought and received
a federal child care access means parents in school
grant, which provides about a little over $100,000 a year
over four years in child care assistance to the users
of our child care center. One student that received
this recently shared her story about how she was now able
to move out of the shelter because she no longer had to pay for child care while she’s in school. And we were actively
exploring with the community, a College promise type program
to help those attend school who ordinarily may fall
through the cracks, can’t afford College,
and don’t benefit from a College going culture in the home. We have already held several meetings with our K through 12
superintendents and their teams, and we will be conducting
a meeting in March with community leaders
to discuss the merits and feasibility of this program. Rest assured the example live I’ve shared represent a small slice
of the significant effort that is made here every day to help our economically challenged, and
all our students succeed. And succeed they do. Believe me I know, because
as President of this College I have the privilege to
share these heartwarming success stories throughout our community. As for myself please
know I am fully willing to be judged by the facts
of my decades of service to this College and my community, and the good works we
do together every day. And on that I will stand. Thank you Doctor. – Do you have any other items
in your report, that’s it? I would say that, and I hope the Board, thank you for your remarks. I hope the Board would
refer to the pages of a report each month we get. And I think Mr. Scarlett
you’re still in the audience. One of those pieces of that report was an update on the Clear Project. So I’m hoping that the Clear that you were involved with years ago is the same Clear Project that we’re working on today. And you’d be proud to know the number of, I think there was over
470 students or something, and 50 some different kinds of courses have attended that clear project. And thank you for mentioning
that in your remarks. It’s a terrific, terrific program. But again there are several
pieces of good news that the staff and faculty put
together in that monthly report. And I thought it was
coincidental that you would talk about that and it
was part of our report. – I don’t know if you want
comments at this point with respect to the
President’s remarks or not. Or if it’s appropriate
late in the program. – Let’s do that later if need be. Any old business? Any new business? Any new business, any new business? Reports from board liaison,
Faculty Association Dr. Harvey. – Okay well we’ve had
a very exciting month. We’ve actually had two
Faculty Association meetings since I last stood at this podium. Both of them were very contentious really. The positive of that is that
it was a very well attended meeting both times, a packed room. I think every seat was full. The negative course of that is that the events that led it to be a full room. It shows there’s an increased frustration and disappointment, and it hurts morale, the fact that that we had those kind of contentious things
happen in the last month. Last month we were primarily
focused on concerns over whether or not a part of
our contract would be honored. There was an email sent to faculty that day that was not well received. In fact it was, there were a lot of people who were very offended and
felt insulted by that email. That situation was temporarily resolved, and I feel like we can move
forward constructively, I hope. We have agreed to reopen the Distinguished Service Award section of our contract, assuming that everyone wants to do that. We have agreed on our end
that we’re willing to do that to see if we can avoid the
train wreck that happened in recent months with
this part of our contract. So we’re hoping that, we’re confident, that we could come to some kind of changes and clarifications that
would be mutually beneficial and we’re willing to do that
so we can avoid what happened. I will say that when
faculty are not confident that their contract is gonna be honored and followed, every
part of their contract. If we feel like it’s can’t we’re gonna have to have a legal battle
to get our contract honored, it really erodes any trust that we have with the Administration,
with the Administrators, with the Board even. So just something to keep
in mind as we go forward. Today we heard from Kate Allen, she talked about the
foundation, many of the efforts that the foundation does
to help our students, efforts that have opportunities
for faculty to be involved. We talked about some
of their ongoing things that are sponsored by the foundation. We heard many of the
statistics and different things that Joe shared about
our students from her. We heard some of the ideas in play to grow our emergency fund for students. And we also heard some of
ideas that are being considered for expanding our food pantry on campus. The food pantry here was started by Brian Wright and the Model UN students. And the demand seems to
be outgrowing the supply, and the needs that our students have, our student population, so
there’s efforts underway to look at ways of expanding that. Then we discussed the
comments shared in the news, and it was a lively discussion. I do want to invite, oh yeah. If you’ll just indulge me for one second I want to give Bill like a
minute to share a statement on behalf of the Faculty Senate. He tried to sign up at the beginning and signed the wrong list so. Is that okay with you Chair to
give you a small bit of my– – We will try and deal with
that on staff development of how to sign that letter, but yes. – Okay come on up Bill. This is Bill McFarland and he is currently the President of our Faculty Senate. And he had a short statement
that he wanted to read. – Thank You Melanie. This is a learning experience for me. And so we’re at the right place for that. This is in reference to the
news stories of the last week. As in the Faculty Association, the Faculty Senate had a
lively discussion about this. And there’s two actions from
our meeting on February 19th. The first is a statement, and that is the Faculty Senate
respects our student body and challenges they face, both
personally and financially, in attempting to complete their education. The second is that the
Faculty Senate will organize a special session to focus attention on College resources available to students who are experiencing financial challenges. It’s important that we
understand what support is currently offered by
JCCC so that we can help our students to succeed both
in and out of the classroom. During this meeting we’d
like to hear from students in an effort to identify any
needs that are not being met. And we’ve offered an invitation
to the Student Senate, although the timing is that
they haven’t met yet so we hope you hear from them soon. And then finally we
will propose or promote new lines of support to
help them, the students, meet any under met needs, thank you. – [Jerry] Thanks Bill. – Great, thank you Bill. And I know that we did make a statement. And our statement was shared
in the Kansas City Star. So I don’t think I need
to reread that for you. But I do want to challenge the College leadership in two areas today. The first one is that I would
just like to encourage you to exercise restraint in communication. And first of all, I wouldn’t ever send an email if you’re mad or frustrated. I’ll be honest, I have a
small team of officers. I have part of my officer
group, I have three people, that before I send
anything I send it to them. And I say should I take anything
out, should I add anything? And if I’m really upset about something I usually call Dennis Arjo and say, or Jim Liker and say I need you to respond to this instead because
I’m too mad right now. I think it’s a good practice
to not send out things that you haven’t really
thought about first because they can come off arrogant, there can be this indignation
that comes with it and it’s hard to take it back, and it does damage to relationships. So that’s the first thing. I think if you’re saying
things in anger or in arguing that reflect poorly on our
College, and they get picked up. Those are also things that
we don’t want out there because it does damage to
our College reputation. It’s hard to take seriously
when someone speaks about the needs of students
if out in public record there are comments to the contrary. It’s hard to overcome that. The second challenge that I
have for you is that I think we need to do a better job of
understanding our students. It’s hard to hear the
comments that were read and not realized that it seems like there’s a lack of understanding
of our student population. I’m not denying that there’s a history of providing some
services for our students, and doing some good things for them. But I still think that the
place that those came from, the things that were said,
recorded, documented, they still reflect a lack of understanding of our full population
and what they experience, how many of our students
experience these problems. And I think a lot of our
staff and our faculty have the honor of spending their days getting to know our students. We’re hearing and seeing
the obstacles they face. We have a front row seat. And we see their challenges,
they amaze us, they inspire us. And I know that not everybody in this room has that opportunity to see all of that. You hear antidotal
stories from time to time. You see a few that get
letters written to you. But you don’t see the day in, day out cross section of our population. So I do wish you would have apologized for saying those things out loud. But I do want to say that
we need to do better. We need you guys to do better. We owe it to our students to expect it from our Board and Administration. I want to also add that
just as an educator I feel like there are some questions about our students I would like to see answered. For example, when you look there
are some studies out there. They’re studies with League schools. But I don’t know that we know some of these questions about our own students. For example what percent of our
students are single parents? What percent of our
students have children? What percent of our students are in school full time and working full time? What percentage of them
are in school full time and work multiple part time jobs? What percent face housing insecurity, homelessness, or food insecurity? Do we know the answers to those questions about our student population? I do think that one step
to educating ourselves about what our students look like, if you’re not able to have a
front row seat to all of that, is to find out the answers
to some of those questions. We do know that the demographics in Johnson County are changing. One of my officers gave me this today but she said that there’s about roughly 25.4% of the K through 12 in all of Johnson County, if
you put it all together, qualify for free and reduced lunch. To get free and reduced lunch
if you have a family of four, then you need to make
$44,000 a year or less. So you think about that percentage, and we probably get more of those students than say KU, or K State,
or somewhere else. So I just think we need to
be careful with our words, because once they’re said
it’s hard to take them back. We need to be careful
with, and not careless, when we email or when
we say things in public that could be picked up,
regardless of the circumstances. And that’s all I wanted to say about that but I will add that I also did email the House Education Committee this week. And I wrote on behalf of House
Bill 2144 objecting to it. Objecting to it because I
realized that it would be really, really harmful
to this institution. And so I was pleased to hear
in Dick Carter’s report that they’ve taken out that
financial piece from that. So that’s totally random other thought, but I wanted to share it. But I did oppose that bill too so. – Dr. Harvey a clarification. You said that the contract
had been violated. Is it in the Distinguished Service Award category that you’re referring to? When we used to have
ten awards for $10,000, and we were thinking of
six awards for 10,000. What were you speaking of where
the contract was violated? – So we had multiple
issues with the way that it was carried out from what’s
in the contract in the end. – [Jerry] On that topic or several topics? Just that topic? – But multiple issues within the process. So, depending on who
you ask, they would say there were a lot of parts of it that were kind of screwed up along the way. Ultimately, I had filed a
grievance and I had objected to, there’s a part in there
that has always been interpreted from, we’ve had
this probably 25 years or so. I’m not really sure how
long we’ve had this award. But the way that it’s
always worked is that there’s an external
judge, and the judge is tasked with following
criteria to judge portfolios. And the judge is tasked with determining, up to ten awards, who should win. And it’s always been left at the judge to determine the number of awards. And this year there was just
a big train wreck of that. But in the end our contract, in my mind, was at least to that extent
honored as much as it could be. There was a lot of mistakes along the way. But I’m not gonna go into all of that. – In that one area?
– In that one area. – I’m trying to clarify
for the viewing public is I don’t believe, and when you talk about we need to be careful
about comments we make. And you just said up to ten
could be awarded each year. The history has probably
been ten have been awarded, and therefore the assumption
is ten will always be awarded. But I think it does say up to 10. And I want the general public
to know that that is a piece where faculty can apply
for a Distinguished Service Award recognition for
additional compensation. And it’s not a violation
of the entire contract, but that one segment of it. – But every piece of our
contract is important to us. – [Jerry] I understand, I understand that. – So yes there wasn’t a violation of other parts of the contract. It was that one part of the contract. – [Jerry] Appreciate that. – But in the end I
think we’re pleased with how it ended this year, we’re satisfied with how it ended this year for now. But it was such a mess that I don’t think it’s good for anybody if we repeat that. So that’s why it is
important that we revisit the details around that
so that we can avoid the situation that we got ourselves into. – Question, Trustee Cross. – Thank you Dr. Harvey, I
appreciate you being here. I had not seen your statement. I guess I’ve read this partial statement that’s in the Star, in the Star article. The statement reads in part
he did not dispute any reasons or factual content when
asked if he wished to do so. Does it sound like your statement? – That was a part of
an email that we sent. But our statement was
towards the end of the email. Did you want me? – Well the statement also
advises faculty leaders not to form hasty judgments
based on incomplete data and information from social media. That’s also in the statement right? – [Melanie] Yes, that’s in the statement. – But that essentially you
disavowed the statements because they’re essentially insensitive
to our students, correct? – [Melanie] Yes. – Thank you very much, I just
wanted to understand that. – [Jerry] Questions of Dr. Harvey? – Well Dr. Cook let me make this comment. Some of these comments later but I agree with almost everything you said. We should be careful about what we say. And we should be careful about what we hear when somebody says something. Because context matters. You called the Distinguished Service Award matter a train wreck. That is a loaded term. Dr. McCloud worked hard on that
trying to figure out a way. And he may not have done it perfect. And I know the Faculty
Association doesn’t think he did. But to call it a train wreck is saying something
that you can’t take back about a disagreement over an interpretation of the Master Agreement. And I don’t know enough about it to know whether you were right
or Mickey was right. But if we’re gonna be
careful about what we say, and I really would prefer
we not be so careful. Because what has come out
of this comments this week is a failure to have robust
conversations on this campus. Because now everybody on this board, and everybody in the Administration, and a bunch of people out here, including faculty members I’ve heard from are afraid to say certain things, are afraid to use any rhetorical devices like hyperbole that we all learned about when we took rhetoric, or
composition, or speech. Because if somebody lifts
one comment out of that it makes me look like I
don’t care about students. And I appreciated Dr.
Sopcich’s comments because he has a full career
dedicated to students. He’s raised more money than anybody else in the history of this
College for students. And so I just want us all to be, I would rather have a robust conversation where I irritate you and you irritate me, but we have a full conversation instead of tiptoeing around items because we’re afraid somebody’s
going to pull a comment out. I don’t know how we get back to that. You and I can start that process. I would be happy to do that. – And I will just say I don’t want to go into all the details
when I said train wreck. But there’s some items
that I was referring to. For example, originally the wrong rubric was sent to the judge, one of the applicants
wasn’t sent to the judge, that applicant wasn’t
reviewed by the committee that was supposed to review
them before they went. Let’s see what else? There were multiple things,
when I say train wreck I’m really not exaggerating in this case. There were so many things that went wrong. And I don’t want to throw
anybody under the bus because of the mistakes that were made. Part of that was the lateness
of finishing our negotiations. And the contract rolled out and then there was deadlines
associated with this award. There were so many things,
one of the people found out something about their ranking
they should have never known. There were a lot of little
things that happened that the word train wreck
honestly I’m not being, I’m not exaggerating here. It really was a mess, and
we do really want to kind of polish up all that, I think
everybody wants to fix that so that it just doesn’t happen again. I don’t want the staff or
Administration handling that award to be in the same position again. I don’t want to be in that position again. And I don’t want the applicants or the outside judge to be in
that position again. So in response to that, that’s
where I’m talking about. – Let me abort any further discussion in solving this issue tonight. I would say again though
in Collegial Steering, at least I feel good about
having Faculty Senate, Educational Affairs, Faculty Association, and Administration there. I thought we made some
really good progress on the misunderstanding, or
not the full understanding of the Student Agency Program. And we began to talk about the
frustration with Banner Nine. So I believe it’s forums like that, rather than in a meeting here, where we’re trying to
conduct a lot of business that we can have candid
discussions about that. – I think there’s a positive,
and a very positive note with your comments regarding
yourself, Dr. McCloud in the future and how you can move forward and try to work this out. And I think with
everything under the bridge this is a great way to start that process. So I appreciate that perspective. – [Jerry] Dr. Harvey thank you. And I appreciate both of your commitments to understanding our students better. That is something that
I think everyone up here is interested in doing,
and we’ll move ahead. Thank You Johnson County Education Research Triangle, Trustee Cross. – Yes Mr. Chair, again this month the Research Triangle did not meet. Our next meeting is set
for Monday, April 22nd, 2019, 7:30 a.m. at KU Edwards Campus. That concludes my report. – Wow, cool. KACCT, Trustee Lawson. I saw a number of your
colleagues last night. My former colleagues from
KACCT as Dr. Sopcich and I attended the Kansas
Board of Regents dinner. And so the Trustees that are on that board that I used to know said hi
for you and for Trustee Ingram you too because you’re
still Secretary I think. But in any event please proceed. – Thank you. So the Kansas Association
of Community College of Trustees, I’m a liaison for that. We have our first meeting March 7th at the Ramada Convention
Center in downtown Topeka. We were just in DC for the
Association of Community Colleges and that is a national legislative summit that is designed to inform and educate Community College leaders
on federal policy issues that impact community
Colleges and students. We heard from members of Congress, leading political analysts
on the current climate in DC, recent elections, and
the legislative issues impacting Community Colleges. I was also appointed
to a national committee for diversity, equity, and inclusion. And that was a very exciting
a committee to attend. And I brought back a lot of information, many that I shared with you. And recently when we
had our meeting it was a very healthy discussion so
I appreciate that Mr. Chair. They brought forward a
few issues that I believe working with our Chair we can look at discussing here at the College. There are three in particular that I’d like to bring forward, and not now, but we’ll have a discussion about that. First is working to
provide a way for small local owned, women owned, minority owned businesses get in the door at JCCC. Often Colleges make
contracts that are so large that local and small business owners struggle to find a way to become a vendor. I think we can work to help be a better consumer of our local businesses. Second I think we can work on improving and building an anti bullying program that helps students,
faculty, Administration, Board of Trustees, and anyone
connected to the College find a way to help with bullying issues. And finally I think we
can work on establishing an inclusion policy,
one that can help build our shared governance,
grow our community trust, and establishing a role for our students in the governance of JCCC. That concludes my report. – Very good, any update
that you’re aware of from KACCT regarding
Linda Fund’s replacement. They’re in the process– – [Angeliina] I have
not, maybe the answer– – Nancy do you know anything, Trustee Ingram do you
have any input into that? – [Nancy] Yeah, I can go ahead
and give an update on that. I think the Board is aware
that the Executive Director is going to be leaving,
his term ends in April. And as a result of that
it’s the Executive Committee who is waiting to charge the lesson of the new Executive Director. We did meet today on some minor issues. I do not have the report of that meeting but I have a report on applicants. Four different applicants did not meet the requirements we had
interviewed to review. And we did plan to interview with three of the candidates following
at least one month. So they will be interviewed
on March seventh an eighth. And we hope that I have a new Interim Director in place on April 11th. – Thank you, any questions
of Trustee Ingram, or Trustee Lawson, Trustee Cross? – If I may, are we having a report on ACCT from last week or maybe didn’t do it? – [Angeliina] That was it. – That was it, okay yes. That is what you gathered
from the meeting, the diversity meeting on Saturday right? Okay, thank you. – You have anything else
to add for ACCT, NLS? – I work in Washington, I love Washington. Although I don’t have Potomac
fever enough to be there. It was a nice trip, I thank
the College for sending us. I think Tiger was an excellent choice. The delegation received,
us each of the Senators took copious time to meet with us. I’m blessed to know
Sharice Davids fairly well. Not to ramble here but we were socializing with members of a nearby Community College in a different state and they were sort of dreading,
frankly, having to go meet with their Congressional
delegation and staff. We are just in a wonderful
position to command in person meetings with
our members of Congress. And I think that we’re
extremely blessed to do that. I think this place remains,
as it was when my family lived in a trailer and drove down K10 from Lawrence Kansas to
come to this College, the shining jewel of Johnson County. So I think we’re in excellent
shape and I had a blast. I actually left early,
I’ve been traveling so I talked to Dr. Sopcich
about leaving early. So I left early Tuesday evening and I appreciate the
College’s flexibility. – You might mentor Tiger
about Potomac fever. I think he’s got it
and you might help him. – It rains there all the
time, and so I said to people I was told you either
fall in love with the rain or you get out, and you’ll
note that I got out. – I know Trustee Lawson and Trustee Cross have challenged us on
the federal lobbyist. But you just said a key word in terms of we’re held in high
regard by our delegation. And I still maintain that
while it’s good to go there and be with them, our
efforts that we do every day home with staff, of their
staff here back in Kansas, really pays lots of dividends as well. And so to get to know that staff and to work with them is really critical. Before you make your comment
about that I would say last night Dr. Sopcich and I had a chance to go to the Kansas Board
of Regents Annual Dinner where they have the
President and the Chair. And when you talk about high
regard at the federal level, I think it’s important for the community, and certainly the audience
here to know tonight that when you get the Johnson
County Community College name tag on, yes we’re blessed
in many areas with assessed valuation, and our financial
resources, our staff. But for them to come up
and say we really hold your College and staff, faculty, teachers, everybody in high regard and we know you’re one of the best in the nation. So Trustee Lawson when I said I was with your colleagues last night, and it was the Board of
Regents I think input, and other Presidents and
Trustees that say hey we’d kind of like to be like you guys. And we sometimes forget that
when we deal with issues that need to be dealt with but are, they’re not capturing the big picture that goes on every day, and we just have so many great things
going on every day here. I appreciate it. – Sure, we’ve all talked about
the success of those visits. I’d just like to recognize Kate Allen. Kate’s the one who
orchestrated those visits, in a very small window to pull that off. And the fact that we not
only got to meat with staff, but also our two Senators
and Congresswoman is really commendable, so
it was a nice nice job. – [Gerald] For those keeping
score at home who’s Kate Allen? – [Jerry] Yeah, that’s
an acronym, Kate Allen. – I don’t mean to correct you. I’m just saying people don’t
know who Kate Allen is. – Oh Kate Allen our
Associate Vice President of, Kate what’s your full title? – Thanks Kate, thanks for all you do. Appreciate it very much. (all applauding) Speaking of Kate Alan, we
go to the foundation report. Trustee Musil. – Thank You Mr. Chairman. The Foundation Board met on January 16th and discussed multiple topics including participation in the ribbon cutting, and the dedication of the new Fine Arts and Design Studio Building, FADS. The foundation approved
moving its annual luncheon from May to April 26th, the
date of the ribbon cutting. All Trustees are invited
and I’m sure Terri will have it on her April calendar. 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. in the FADS courtyard with the ribbon cutting and dedication immediately following at
1:15, that’s on April 26th. On February 28th the
foundations winter social will be held from 4:30 to 6:00. We’re hosting this event
in conjunction with the Overland Park Chamber and the Olathe Chambers of Commerce. The featured topic is the
Fine Arts and Design Studio. There will be a social
held in the Capitol Federal Conference Room in the Renier Center, with small group tours of
FADS leaving every 15 minutes. And again all Trustees
are invited to attend. That is next week, February
28th, a week from today. And finally please enjoy
the custom chocolates as a late Valentine’s Day
present from the foundation. They were produced in partnership
with Christopher Elbow, and faculty chef Erin Prater through our Wiley Hospitality and Culinary Academy. A JCCC alum currently
employed at Christopher Elbow chocolates produced these
custom gifts for the foundation. They’ve been a hit with
donors and volunteers. Thank you all for your continued support. And I will donate this to the
first person in the audience that gets up here after the
motion to adjourn has passed. ‘Cause I don’t need them. – [Trustee] Motion to adjourn. – That’s all I have. – What I was gonna do with mine. but you’ve you kind of superseded me was, I recall a story where there
was a gathering of people and it didn’t appear that there wasn’t enough fish or bread,
and they turned it in. So I would take my little
box and have you each come up and get a piece and see if we can’t have enough for everybody. But we’ll see if we can work that out. – [Trustee] That’s why he’s Chairman. – The last item on our
agenda is the Consent Agenda. It’s a time when we deal with a number of items in one motion. I would entertain a motion to
approve that Consent Agenda, unless a Trustee would
like to pull an item off. Is there any item to pull off? – I would like to pull one off please. The grant that comes
under the consent agenda. – Item number three? Grants, contracts, and
awards we’ll pull off. Any others? I would entertain a motion to
approve those that are left. – I approve.
– I so move. – We have a motion and a second. Any questions, any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed, motion carries. Item 3 of the Consent Agenda,
Grants, Contracts and Awards. Trustee Cross. – Item number three under
Grants, Contracts, and Awards. It’s a testing the All Nations Snuff Out Smokeless Tobacco Cessation
Program for the Efficacy Grant. What does that mean? – Anybody speak to that? – Melinda.
– Melinda. Thank you Melinda. – This is through the the Center for American Indian Studies, Sean Daly. This is a grant that he’s
had over the past five years. And he is reapplying for this. – [Jerry] So Daly is still here? – He is. – [Jerry] Okay good. – Yes and so this is work that he does at the various Indian Reservations in the State of Kansas, both
urban as well as rural. – My mother died of lung cancer. So this one caught my eye. Does this mean it’s approved,
the amount requested? – [Melinda] No it’s just been submitted. – [Jerry] We’ve applied for it. – [Melinda] We’ve applied for it yeah. – That’s excellent, thank you so much. – [Melinda] You’re welcome. – [Jerry] Any other discussion? – I move we approve the Grants portion of the Consent Agenda. – [Gerald] Second. – [Jerry] We have a motion
and a second, any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. – [John] Opposed? – [Nancy] Aye. – The motion carries. I would, again I just
want to make a comment Rex to all of your
staff for the good work. And I know it’s a lot of hours to clean this campus and get it ready for classes. And I know that when
we start late or delay it causes lots of
challenges and adjustments. And so I appreciate the
patience of everybody in dealing with our weather conditions. I found it interesting,
I live in a neighborhood with a few middle school age students, and they’re starting to
mumble that they wish they could get back to school because they don’t like missing
all these days of school. So I guess it goes around doesn’t it? I have a motion to adjourn? Do I have a motion to adjourn? – [Greg] Non debatable. – Ingram motions, is there a second? Cross seconds. all in favor signify by saying aye. – [Greg] I didn’t say anything. – We are adjourned, thank you very much. (calm music)