>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Good evening. My name is Stephanie Sharp, Vice Chair of
the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. I’ll be chairing this evening’s committee
meeting in place of Chair Musil, who is unable to join us this evening. I’d like to officially call to order the January
19th board meeting, and we’ll start with the Pledge of Allegiance.>>I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United
States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible
with liberty and justice for all.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: We go to roll
call and recognition of visitors. Ms. Schlicht.>>Ms. Terri Schlict: We have two visitors
this evening, Dick Carter and Roberta Eveslage.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you. We move to the Open Forum section of the board
meeting, which is a time for members of the community to provide open 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. In 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
should be respectful and civil and should not address matters related to individual
personnel matters with the college. As a practice, the college does not respond
in this setting when the matter concerns personnel issues or matters that are being addressed
through our established grievance or suggestion processes or are otherwise the subject of
review by the college or the board. We do have one Open Forum speaker registered
this evening, Lorie Paldino with the JCCC Faculty Senate.>>Ms. Lorie Paldino: Thank you, Madam Chair,
members of the Board of Trustees, President Sopcich and administrators. I appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf
of the Faculty Senate. I am vice president of the Senate and an adjunct
in both the English journalism and business divisions. I am standing in for Patrick Lafferty, president
of the Senate and associate professor of web development and digital media, who teaches
at this time. The mission of the Senate begins with the
premise that faculty has primary responsibility for maintaining standards of excellence in
higher education, both at JCCC and in the larger academic community. We represent all faculty, full-time and adjuncts,
union members and non-union members. In fact, our executive committee includes
the leadership of the Faculty Association and Ed Affairs in an effort to be inclusive
and fully represented. The Senate maintains that high quality education
and student success depends on faculty engagement beyond basic teaching duties and those goals
depend on faculty members being involved in decisions that impact instruction. Consequently, it acts as a resource through
which that knowledge and expertise can be used by students, staff, administrators, and
trustees in making well-informed decisions. We thought we’d take a moment in this Open
Forum to update you on what’s been happening in the Senate this academic year. First and foremost, we’ve spent a portion
of every meeting discussing the expiration of the exemption of the state of Kansas’ Conceal
and Carry Law currently enjoyed by colleges and universities. Today, the Senate and the Faculty Association
have crafted a statement which I will leave to Dennis to read during his time, since I
only have five minutes, and we also have representatives active on the KOPS committee who have kept
faculty posted about their progress, and we continue to meet with administration to achieve
a Conceal and Carry Policy that protects the physical safety and culture of academic exploration
necessary on a 21st Century college campus. We would hope to hear from the board on their
stance on the issue and the legislature’s moves to retain that — to retain that exemption. This fall, there was also heightened attention
given to the topic of faculty engagement. In fact, the Senate presented its own statement
to the Engagement Committee in the hopes of contributing to that conversation. Because the conversation centered on full-time
engagement, the question remained for the Senate as to what adjunct engagement means
and how we can support adjuncts. An engaged faculty is a strong faculty, no
matter the number of hours those instructors are on campus, and we’ll take up that issue
this spring. We have also made it our goal to strengthen
communication between the Chief Academic Officer and the Senate, as the Senate is the natural
forum for conversation about new policies and pending issues. Two recent topics that come to mind, the reorganization
of the divisions, which impacts Senate representation by the way, and what has become known as the
30% rule were two things in fact that we discussed this last hour with Dr. McCloud. And thank you, Dr. McCloud, we appreciate
your time. We remain hopeful that the CAO will use the
Senate as a sounding board for new ideas and ways to continue to keep the college fresh
and relevant. We’d also like to extend the offer to you,
Board of Trustees members, to attend any and all of our meetings. We meet on the third Thursday of each month,
conveniently just before this one, from 3:00 to about 4:30 or 5:00. Our schedule is posted on our blog site and
is available on the Senate page of the college website. Thank you for your time.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you. Moving to awards and recognitions.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Trustee Sharp, we have
no awards or recognitions this evening.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Okay. My goal is to set a land speed record by the
way.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: You just might.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Working on it. Student Senate report. Mr. Whitton.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: I’m Donny Whitton, the
Student Senate president. I’d like to thank the Board for allowing me
to address them on behalf of the Student Senate. Last semester we had a really fun-filled,
exciting semester and we got a lot done. We had our Trick-or-Treat With Kids at the
end of October. We had a lot of games where the kids could
come and participate and I think we had a big spider web on the wall. It was a version of pin the tail on the donkey,
but we put spiders up on the spider web. We had a massive turn-out, much bigger than
last year. So it was a really big success. Our Photos with Santa in December was also
another really big success. We not only got a lot of great photos with
the kids, but a lot of the departments around Johnson County Community College came and
participated in the clubs and organizations. So it was a great way to be able to celebrate
the holidays and bring JCCC closer together. The big success of our semester, though, was
our JCCC Gives. If you’re not familiar with that, it’s a program
where you’re able to nominate members of the JCCC community that are down on their times
for the holidays, and then the Senate raises money to help provide for these families or
individuals that aren’t able to provide for themselves during that time of year. We had a goal of raising $2,000, and thanks
to the hard work of all of our senators, but especially some innovative fundraising by
our vice president, Amanda Wang, and our treasurer, Frankie Paine, we not only broke our previous
fundraising record, but we blew it out of the water. We raised around $3,120. That really made a big difference for the
11 families that were nominated. You know, a lot of those kids probably got
some presents and some food on the table that day that they weren’t going to get before. So for everybody that contributed, because
there are people in this room that did, I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the Student
Senate and those families we were able to help. This semester, Student Senate we focus on
strengthening the leadership skills of the Senate so that the hard work of this year
can continue to the next year. We really want to continue to empower and
encourage the senators we have so that they can step up and do bigger leadership roles
next year and hopefully not lose any of the momentum or the progress that we’ve made in
year. And so up to this point, I’d like to say thank
you to everyone who has made this semester so effective so far, because we’ve really
been able to do a lot and have a lot of fun. So thank you guys, and that’s all I have.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Can I just ask
you a quick question. I keep calling you Mr. Whitton. Remind me your military rank.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: I was a staff sergeant.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Okay. I don’t want to be disrespectful. Nancy.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I wanted to ask a
little bit about the band. You mentioned the band and you and I talked
about the band. The band — this weekend, is that right?>>Mr. Donny Whitton: I think — I can’t remember
the day now. It’s the Wednesday in February, when the first
basketball game is. That’s when we’re shooting for.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Okay.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: They just started practicing
again with Ryan Heinlein this week, so he’s going to assess over this week whether or
not they’re still ready for that, and then I will get the word out.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: It’s all good. I just thought it sounded very exciting. And thank you for your work on just the enthusiasm
and spirit.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Well, thank you.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Trustee Cook?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Madam Chair. Mr. Whitton, I just want to compliment you
and the Senate and the faculty. You said a key line in there, bringing the
campus together. And I think we all realize that there are
a number of students that perhaps are challenged — not perhaps, but are challenged from week
to week and month to month, and so for you to provide leadership and collectively exceed
your goal by over $1,000, that’s very commendable and I just, I think we trustees all appreciate,
as Trustee Ingram said, your leadership and your enthusiasm and raising the Cavalier spirit. So thank you very much.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Thank you, sir.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Trustee Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: How do students
inform you that they’re in need during the holidays?>>Mr. Donny Whitton: So as the Senate, we
go around and we distribute as many of these forms as we can, you know, that just say,
you know, if you can put down a person’s name and what they’re in need of, you know, and
it’s all very anonymous. And those are turned in directly to Mindy
Kinnaman and she keeps all that very discrete. And so we — we do our best to get as many
of those around campus as possible so that we can get as many names as possible to make
sure we’re really able to spread around that money we raise to make the best scenarios
for those people over the holidays. And then so this is just the money that we
raised. So people can also adopt a family. And several of those families were also adopted,
and what they did was then we find people to adopt and they go to Mindy and say, hey,
I want to adopt or I want to give money and people that are adopted, you don’t know who
you’re adopting, you just know what they need. And so you’re able to adopt a whole family
or one person from the family and buy things for that person and they just tell you the
age and gender and what they’re in need of, you know, so it’s all very anonymous. But…>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Donny, you’ve been a real
pro for us. I mean you spoke at Some Enchanted Evening,
you were a big hit, made that event very successful. I know you’ve spoken at Foundation functions
as well. Recently, I was at a deal and you received
a STEM scholarship. Could you tell us a little bit about that?>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Yeah. I’m actually pretty excited about that. So there are 27 applicants for the STEM scholarship
and 6 were selected and so we had to write two essays, and those were I think sent to
two different boards, I think state level and federal level.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And national NSF, National
Science Foundation.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Yeah. And they ranked those 20 — well, I guess
it would be 2 per 27 essays and from highest to lowest and average those essays across
the boards and then pick the top six candidates, and it’s a three-semester auto-renewed scholarship
as long as you maintain your academic side and, you know, put in your time in the Resource
Centers. And it’s really a big honor to get it and
it’s great that JCCC is able to bring that here and promote that sort of STEM development
from junior college on to the four-year level. You know, it’s going to provide a lot of data
as well in what resources are working and what’s able to contribute to student success. I’m really excited to be part of that.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Donny was one of the few
college students here that got this. That was a 600-and-some-thousand-dollar grant
from the National Science Foundation. Malinda Bryan-Smith was a big part of that
in our grants writing office and it’s quite an achievement for the college and for the
individual students.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Anybody else? Thank you.>>Mr. Donny Whitton: Thank you guys.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: College Lobbyist
Report. Mr. Carter.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, good evening. Last week we had the return of the legislature
to Topeka, and things got started off in the fairly normal process, but we have a lot of
new faces. About a third of the legislature is new this
year, and we’ve got some folks that are very intent on making their mark, and so that means
we have folks that are introducing bills. We’ve had some hearings much earlier in the
process than we — than we typically do. Lots of the first weeks of the legislative
session is generally spent doing annual reports from different agencies and informational
briefings, and we’ve already begun with some legislative hearings on budgets, on how we
fill vacant Congressional seats, some interesting topics. And so that has really changed the pace of
the way the legislature typically starts. I don’t plan to talk a lot about the first
part of my report, although I’ll answer questions if there are any from folks around the table. But essentially I’ve laid out some of the
governor’s budget recommendations. I will just say that they were met with lukewarm
approval by the legislature and I think that the discussion on the rescission bill, which
is the current budget year, it was anticipated that things would move swiftly. I think that process has slowed down and we
may not be seeing any action well into February. And so that starts to get a little dicey when
you start approaching the end of the fiscal year. I know when you say February it doesn’t sound
like — it sounds like it’s a long way off. But when you’re cutting 300-some million dollars
out of budgets, that starts to get a little interesting. So we’ll see what happens with that process. Those conversations are ongoing. A lot of them are between leadership and the
governor’s budget director. But there are legislative hearings that have
been scheduled on the rescission bill, and we’ll see what happens. We’ve got to find 350-some million just in
the current year to make the budget whole. Again, legislators aren’t excited about the
governor’s budget recommendations, but they haven’t come up with additional ideas themselves
just yet. Let me talk a little bit about what has gone
on just this week. Blake Flanders, President and CEO of the Kansas
Board of Regents, presented to the Senate Education Committee sort of the state of the
state of higher education in Kansas, and I included a PDF of his slide deck in the report
that I submitted. It’s separate from the report, but you should
have received that attachment and I encourage you to take a look at it. He did cover the Foresight 2020 three main
points, and certainly we fit into that conversation. I will say, and I didn’t include this in the
report, but some of the questions were along the lines of numbers of students, and so I’m
sure that we’ll see some requests either from the Board of Regents or from legislative research. A lot of that information is already contained
at institutional research at the board office. But there are a number of areas where the
legislators are desiring to see where students are attending, what their current success
rate is, and along those lines. Dr. Sopcich has been in Topeka quite a bit
this week anyhow. We had the opportunity to sit down with the
Chair of Senate Education for a great conversation just about where — where we are in the process
with the other community colleges, where we are in the process with the Kansas Board of
Regents, and we’ll be taking those opportunities to meet with other members of the Johnson
County delegation over the coming weeks. Kate Allen was in Topeka today along with
Dr. Sopcich and Jean Claude, if you’re not familiar with Jean Claude, he — we should
have had him here tonight. He is our school mascot, and today was Higher
Education Day at the capitol. All 32 institutions that the Board of Regents
oversees were on display in the state capitol and it, again, gave us the opportunity to
showcase our college along with the other institutions of higher education in the state. I did have to leave before ice cream was served
from K-State, so I’m a little bitter about that. But that’s always an annual highlight for
folks in the capitol. We continue to prepare for the annual fly-in
reception in Washington, D.C. Once again, we’ll be helping coordinate that
event in D.C. It is on Valentine’s Day. So I’m hoping that a number of our staffers
and members of the delegation choose to spend that evening with us. We don’t have much control over that part
of the calendar. But we are looking forward to event. And then Josh Yurek, who is the education
staffer in Senator Roberts’ office, will be on campus next Tuesday for a brief update
and we’ll visit the CoLab and a few other things around campus. So I just wanted to make sure that you were
aware of that. Let me talk about a couple of bills that are
out there. There are no Senate bills right now that have
any application or impact to the college or its operations. But there are a few House bills out there
that I’m tracking, most of which have not even been scheduled for hearings yet. But again, that’s what I do is just watch
them as they sit or pop up on the hearing calendar. There’s an interesting bill, and I do think
this comes out of the Board of Regents, but I haven’t confirmed with Matt Casey yet, that
specifically addresses retirees in KPERS under the Board of Regents retirement plan, which
would exempt them from some of the issues related to work after retirement. And so we’ll be — that bill has not had a
hearing, but we’ll be following it very closely. There are a couple of exemption or creating
a permanent exemption bills out there for Concealed Carry on campus and in public buildings. One just came out in the bill packet today. I haven’t even had a chance to take a look
at it to see exactly what it does. But the one bill that’s out there that was
introduced earlier this week deals with creating a permanent exemption on campuses, public
buildings, or municipal buildings, as well as hospitals. And so we’ll be following those issues very
closely as well.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Excuse me, Dick. Who is sponsoring that? Do you know?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, I think there’s a
number of legislators that have requested introduction. In the House, I think the bill came from Representative
Clayton here in Johnson County. In the Senate, the bill was introduced by
a senator from Wichita. But I think there’s a collaborative effort
afoot by a number of legislators to look at those issues. The — there’s another bill out there that
the League of Municipalties has introduced that would create immunity for an employer. When the changes occur on July 1, they — you
— we can create policy, but we cannot prohibit employees from carrying concealed. This — this bill or this proposed law would
create an immunity for employers whose employees might carry while on duty but are not required
to carry a concealed weapon based on their job description. And so we’ll be following that bill as well. That’s House Bill 2081. There are a couple of bills out there that
deal with tax issues. Again, not necessarily applicable to the college,
but they affect a larger spectrum of the fiscal arena that we talk about when we talk about
budget issues. One of them is a repeal of the LLC, S-corp,
non-wage income exemption. It’s a full repeal of the LLC bill that passed
in 2012. There’s a lot of issues with that. Legislators have had several briefings from
some CPAs this past week on just exactly what that looks like. It’s not as simple as just wiping it off the
books. And so we’ll see what happens there. I anticipate that there will be a number of
different bills that address that particular issue as well. And — and close — closely related, but a
distant cousin, if you will, there’s a bill that was introduced just yesterday to repeal
the tax lid that was passed on local governments. Now, keep in mind, that doesn’t impact the
college, but again, those are things that we kind of just keep our eyes on when they
— when they get opened up and when they’re out there. So I would — I guess I would stop there. That kind of captures some of the salient
bills that have been introduced up through today and see if there’s any questions.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: I would — I
would quickly add, I think today’s bill was Susan Concannon’s bill to exempt the University
of Kansas Hospital from the Personal Protection Act, from the concealed carry.>>Mr. Dick Carter: I glanced at it quickly. That is included in the language. There’s another striking clause that would
strike the — the statute that deals with all municipal or public buildings. And so it’s not included in the title, and
if that’s the case, it wouldn’t matter the italicized verbiage up above in the bill. And so that’s why I’m hesitant to really get
too far out there especially since it was just a casual glance at the bill.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Crafty. Questions?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Madam Chair. Mr. Carter, in your report, you listed seven
House bills. As I look through them, four of them deal
in some form or fashion with concealed carry. Do you anticipate them being heard in one
committee? And if so, what committee is that? And will they be combined?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yeah, those bills are always
heard in the House or Senate Federal and State Affairs Committees. They very well could be combined in the end. We have a penchant at least as of recent for
combining bills in conference committee reports. I’m not sure at what level the bills may or
may not pass. I think our early indication is that should
they pass, the permanent exemption bills that is, they would be vetoed by the governor. I’m not sure where the line is on that particular
issue for an override vote. That’s going to be different than some of
the other budget issues I think that are out there.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dick, on KPERS, it’s difficult
to keep track of the moving KPERS allotments and rescissions or whatever. What’s the deal in the governor’s budget with
regards to KPERS?>>Mr. Dick Carter: So the governor’s budget
recommendations, at least as far as the rescission component of the bill, that’s the current
year cuts is to not repay the payment that was due at the beginning of the fiscal year. Actually, it was due at the end of the — at
the beginning of the fiscal year. We didn’t make that payment. It’s been further delayed. The director of KPERS, who was formerly the
director of Legislative Research, a man that is much smarter than me, has indicated at
least before the legislature gathered back in Topeka that there’s about $170 million
price tag for KPERS this year just to make it — just to make it whole.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Does that include that
8% that was supposed to be –>>Mr. Dick Carter: I don’t believe that includes
the 8% repayment. And I have to go back and look at that. I want to — I want to step back just a moment
before I — before I say that, because like you said, there are a lot of moving parts
and it’s easy — it’s easily confused when you start talking about that. But that is — those are the issues that are
out there with respect to KPERS.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, Mr. Carter. Thank you, Madam Chair. Are we going to have a dental school? Did I read that right?>>Mr. Dick Carter: There are a number of things
that have been proposed. There has been a D.O. school proposed, a private
institution, should someone choose to locate one here in Kansas or affiliate with one of
the other institutions. There’s a recommendation on a dental school. There’s a recommendation on a $15,000 total
baccalaureate degree. There’s a number of interesting proposals
that are contained in the governor’s budget. We’ll see what — what actually happens when
things start getting hashed out.>>Trustee Lee Cross: He proposed.>>Mr. Dick Carter: He did.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Sorry. I need to go back and re-read that.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Correct.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: I have a follow-up. Were there any suggestions on how to pay for
those ideas?>>Mr. Dick Carter: I think that that’s one
of those things that the legislature gets to talk about. There are some — with respect to — there
are some incentives I should say with respect to some of those programs, in particular there
were some scholarship incentives related to the $15,000 baccalaureate degree for the first
institution that comes up with that. I don’t know where the money comes from. But that — that’s what we’ll be talking about
over the next few weeks, coming months.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Anyone else? Thank you, Mr. Carter.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Thank you.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Moving to committee
reports and recommendations. I have the report on Collegial Steering. We met last week and had a good conversation,
a lively conversation, as you could probably expect from the topic. We talked about what does the future of higher
education look like under the new presidential administration. It was a good conversation about expectations
related to the Higher Learning Commission, how those could be changing and how — what
we could do to prepare for those changes. I don’t know that we came up with any cut
and dried recommendations, more of an ongoing conversation about how we need to be flexible
and — and see — observe the situation, watch the lay of the land and it was a good conversation. That really concludes my report. Human Resources Committee. Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. Human resources did not meet this month. We will meet on February 6th.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Great. Learning Quality Committee. Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Madam Chair, as requested,
I’ll summarize my report and it’s easy because we didn’t meet on January 2nd due to the holiday. There were a number of items, however, that
were sent to the committee electronically for consideration. The items will be brought forward for approval
today and are found at the board packet at Pages 1 and 2, and part of it I believe the
Consent Agenda. The next regular scheduled Learning Quality
Committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 6th, 2017, and that concludes my
report.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Trustee
Cross. Management Committee. Trustee Dr. Cook?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Madam Chair. The Management Committee did meet, as we always
do monthly, on Wednesday, January 4th, and I feel badly for the rest of you because those
of us that sit on the Management Committee have the privilege of receiving a great deal
of information in detail, and I want to make that clear to the — to the community, to
the public, because sometimes we go through these reports rather quickly, and a tremendous
amount of work goes into play with each of our departments, each of our divisions, and
the faculty/staff engagement represents many hours of work in getting these reports and
we sometimes go over them rather quickly. We received several reports, as I indicated. First report was from Tom Clayton, Director
of Insurance and Risk Management of the college’s insurance program, and Susan Rider, Director
of Accounting Services and Grants, gave a financial ratio analysis. And I would say that — and you have the detail
of those, a summary of that, but on our insurance policy digest, it’s just under 40 pages, 38
pages of detail, actually building by building, program by program contents, and it’s very
extensive, and I just want to say to the Board that I think those of us on the Management
Committee have a very high level of confidence in the work that goes into the insurance program
and to make sure that our buildings and our resources are protected at the appropriate
levels. And so I want to compliment them. It was a very outstanding report. Susan Rider’s report on the financial ratios,
and I would just quickly say that I think there were like five or so, we have a primary
reserve ratio financially, we have a net operating revenue ratio, return on net assets ratio,
liability ratio, and I think the — another is a composite financial indicator. And I may have missed one or two. But the point is, again, there’s lots of detail
here and our college is benchmarked against other institutions, of those ratios, and an
auditing firm sets a benchmark as to what should — what is a good range and where we
fall. And in each one of those ratio analysis, Johnson
County Community College exceeds those ratios, and so I’m very pleased, I think as Trustee
Cross and Trustee Lindstrom are, hearing those reports as to the financial status of our
college. We’re very strong, very healthy, and I just
again want to thank the — the team and the efforts that go into this analysis day-in
and day-out. Rachel Lierz presented the semi-annual review
of the management budget reallocations. Again, as you’re — as you might be reminded,
as we deal with our budget, a budget is a financial plan that’s established many months
in advance and sometimes you make adjustments throughout the year within departments or
between departments. It’s a routine activity we do each year, and
we had a very detailed report on those, on those transfers. I would remind you that the 2017-’18 budget
will be reviewed by the board at the annual budget workshop scheduled for April 20, and
it is to be approved at our May board meeting. The budget kick-off was held I believe January
10th, and that whole process is underway as we begin to develop our next spending plan. Mitch Borchers presented the sole source report,
as well as a summary of awarded bids between 25,000 and $100,000. That summary can be found on Page 6 of your
board packet. Jeff Allen provided a monthly update on capital
infrastructure projects, and that report begins on Page 13 of your packet. Tom Pagano along with Sandra Warner provided
a quarterly update on projects on our informations services. Again, a detailed report of where we’ve been,
where we are, and where we plan to go and a great deal of work has gone — has gone
into that, to that work on a daily basis. We had a report on information technology
security, which was presented by Philip Mein, the college’s information technology security
officer. I’m just overwhelmed in these meetings because
I’m not of the age range of a guy like Philip, and Philip, when we start talking about cybersecurity
and, by the way, we do have a cyber liability insurance policy, many of you have probably
been seeing recent claims of certain people against big institutions about cyber theft
and fraud theft and we’re always very concerned about that. But Philip is moving into a faculty position
in the college’s computer information services, and those students are going to be tremendously
blessed because I, for one, was very impressed with what Philip is about and what he’s doing. So having said all of that, I just wanted
to assure the Board of Trustees that we have some outstanding people every day doing the
detail work, and we sometimes gloss over these reports in a very hurried manner. We do have some recommendations tonight. I believe there are three. The first recommendation was for a transfer
of funds from the college to the Foundation. The Sustainability Committee has requested
that 6,000 of recycling proceeds be transferred to the Johnson County Community College Foundation
to be used for scholarships. It is the recommendation of the Management
Committee that the Board of Trustees authorize the transfer of $6,000 from the Sustainability
Initiative Fund to the JCCC Foundation to be used for student scholarships, and I’ll
make that motion.>>Second.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Do we have discussion?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I would say, Madam Chair,
before we vote, that I believe that the Sustainability Initiatives Fund has been very generous since
2012, and I think the running score on the amount of moneying that they’ve transferred
now is just under $60,000, $59,000, to be exact. So we applaud them for the great work they
do in our sustainability effort to transfer these funds.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: That is truly
amazing. $60,000 in recycling. And just 6,000 this — what’s the calendar
year on that, the 6,000? This…>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, I think it’s up-to-date
for this –>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Fiscal?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: For this current year
I think.>>The first transfer — this is the first
transfer. We generally do two transfers a year. So not surprisingly if it ends up being 10
to 12 this year.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Awesome. Thank you. We have a motion and a second. All in favor say aye. (Ayes.)>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: All opposed
same sign. Motion passes.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Secondly, we received
bids for the proposal of the Student Center rooftop solar photovoltaic design and installation. It is the recommendation of the Management
Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the College Administration
to approve the proposal from MC Power Companies in the amount of $146,833, plus an additional
$14,683 to allow for contingencies for a possible unforeseen costs, for a total expenditure
not to exceed $161,516 for the Student Center rooftop solar photovoltaic design and installation,
and I’ll make that motion.>>Second.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: We have a motion
and a second. Is there discussion? Okay. Seeing none, aye all in favor say aye. (Ayes.)>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Opposed?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Finally, the — we have
a recommendation for pavement maintenance and concrete restoration. Again, these are all part of our annual plan. It is the recommendation of the Management
Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the College Administration
to approve the low bid of $125,272.84 from McConnell and Associates Corporation, Inc.,
plus an additional $12,527 to allow for contingencies for possible unforeseen costs, for a total
expenditure not to exceed $137,799.84 for pavement maintenance and concrete restoration
and I’ll make motion.>>Second.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: We have a motion
and a second. Is there discussion? Seeing none, all in favor say aye. (Ayes.)>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Opposed?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Madam Chairman. That concludes the management report.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Dr.
Cook. President’s recommendations for action. Dr. Sopcich. Oh, I’m sorry, we need to go to the report
first. Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Madam Chair. The board packet contains the Treasurer’s
Report for the month ended November 30th, 2016. There are some items of note that include
at Page 1 of the Treasurer’s Report is the General Post-Secondary Technical Education
Fund Summary. As of November 30th, 42% of the college’s
fiscal year had expired. The college’s unencumbered balance, cash balance
as of November 30th, 2016, in all funds, was $66.4 million. During November, the college made scheduled
principal and interest payments as reflected in the Revenue Bonds Debt Service Fund in
the Treasurer’s Report with respect to the 2011 Series Revenue Bonds, $231,438, Series
2012 Revenue Bonds, $522,650, the Series 2015 Revenue Bonds, $692,500, for a total of 1.446
million. Also during November, the college made the
final principal payment on the Kansas Board of Regents Post-Secondary Education Institution
Infrastructure Finance Program, PEI loan, in the amount of $663,326.93. Expenditures in the Primary Operating Funds
are within the approved budgetary limits, and it is therefore, Madam Chair, the recommendation
of the College Administration that the Board of Trustees approve the Treasurer’s Report
for the month ended November 30th, 2016, apparently subject to audit.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Is that a motion?>>Trustee Lee Cross: I so move.>>Second.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: We have a motion
and a second. Is there discussion? Seeing none, all in favor say aye. (Ayes).>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Opposed? Motion passes. Now to Dr. Sopcich and the president’s report.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Sharp. I know that many of you have expressed your
disappointment to me with regard to the fact that we have not had a Lightning Round in
some time, and I think there’s no better way to begin the new year with a Lightning Round. So I’d like to turn it over to Dr. Korb. Judy.>>Dr. Judy Korb: Thank you. Okay. I want to highlight two things that are very
important to the future of Johnson County Community College. The first one being our HLC accreditation
process that we are going through. So we’re working, diligently working on the
Systems Portfolio, which is our self-study and it will actually be in draft form available
for all of us to review and take a look at within a couple of weeks. So we’ll do that and get feedback and then
we’ll actually submit that on June the 1st. You know that our site visit is coming up
spring of ’18, and one of the worst things that could happen would be when they get here
we say, what, we didn’t know you were coming. So you’ll hear me talk about this over and
over and over until you get tired of it! But we’re in the process of that, and it is
really important. The other thing that I just want to mention,
because it’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since we completed our strategic
plan. And so we are this semester going back through
the process now of reviewing and revising our strategic plan. So you’ll be hearing a lot more about that
as we go through this semester as well.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Terrific. Thank you. Dr. Larson.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Thank you. I think we’re all aware that we’re certainly
focused on safety and security efforts here at the college, and I really want to acknowledge
Karen Martley and her staff for all of the work that went into the Professional Development
Days last week. We had a special focus track on safety and
security issues. We held nine A.L.I.C.E. trainings, nine 90-minute A.L.I.C.E. trainings, and more than 260 individuals attended
those nine sessions. We did have a few that were canceled due to
weather, and we are — we taped one of the sessions and we’ll have that available. And we’re also talking about how we can reschedule
a face-to-face. But certainly want to thank everyone who participated
in those. I’d also add that since we last met as a board,
we’ve had some weather challenges, and I always want to acknowledge Rex and the grounds crew,
because they just do such an amazing job of keeping the campus clear and safe, and we’ve
had no reported slips or trips or falls, given all the ice that we’ve had and experienced
in several weeks. So we are — we remain in very good shape.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yes, I’d like to add especially
over the past, most recent ice storm that we all endured last weekend, the sidewalks
were pristine. So, Rex, you guys did a heck of a job on those. Thank you. Rex does a super job. They all come through every time. So thank you very much. That was a joke. I can see the trustees were amused. (Laughter.) Dr. McCloud, Mickey?>>Dr. Michael McCloud: We’ve had a lot of
interesting things going on, as was mentioned in the comments from the Faculty Senate. We’ve talked a lot about the reorganization,
which actually has gone very well for the academic branch. Personally, for me, it’s allowed me to learn
a great deal about both our processes, but also about our curriculum and what we teach
as we’re trying to align things. And there have been many kind of happy coincidences
to come out of this, like the way that we’re moving Kansas Studies Institute kind of out
of its really close alignment with history and into an alignment with all of our co-curricular
so we can really spread that out and bring in some math, some science so that we can
use that Kansas Studies State more broadly. Also this is one of my favorite times of year
because this is when I get to engage the high school folks and meet with their students. On the 10th, we had the healthcare challenge
where we had over 100 students out at OHEC working on skills labs and participating in
some medal events for healthcare. And on the 20th of next month we will actually
be bringing in 200 juniors and seniors from around the area to look at the college, ask
us questions, get some tours, talk about what we can offer them and really start to kind
of get them slowly indoctrinated into the idea that this is where they want to be.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s great. Thank you, Dr. McCloud. I’d like to express my condolences for the
defeat the Iowa State Cyclones endured against the mighty Jayhawks. Maybe next time.>>Dr. Michael McCloud: Well, yeah. (Laughter.) That happens a lot during the season, but
in the tournament we seem to always manage to be back. So I’m okay with that. (Laughter.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s terrific!>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: How’s Notre
Dame basketball going?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Please, please. We don’t need to go there. But thank you. Karen, would you like to take the podium? Thank you.>>Karen Martley: I want to also say, too,
thank you, Barbara for those kind words, but it takes a village for us to do all that security
programming, and her staff and Barbara as well were very instrumental in making that
happen. So thank you, too, Barbara. I just want to give a little update on transportation. We have the driver’s ed program in continuing
ed, so we decided to do interim sections of the class in line with our strategic planning
like credit did. So we opened one up and it filled. We opened a second one up and it filled. And a third one filled. So overall we had 56 students, high school
students come up over the winter break and complete driver’s ed. And then in our follow-up, 12 of those students
completed their 50 hours of driving, so when they returned to high school, they were ready
to go in and take their, you know, they would have their official license at that point. And then we also just started offering the
— the Department of Education came to us through the State and wanted us to start training
driver’s education instructors. So that’s just started to roll out as well. So that is a certification endorsement they
have to have in order to do that training for all the students that they work with. And then the last tie to driver’s ed going
on is we were asked by Blue Valley CAPS, who is our audience for driver’s ed, those students,
if they could do a marketing analysis on our marketing program that we do for our driver’s
ed. So they’re looking at who we target, how we
target the high school students, and for example, they talked to us about developing a car wrap
to put around our driver’s ed cars to help promote our program. So we can’t wait to hear the ideas that the
team at the high school comes back and shares with us. So… any questions?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s terrific. Thank you, Karen. Dr. Weber?>>Dr. Randy Weber: I’m going to try give a
quick sneak peek. At our next Learning Quality meeting I’ll
be giving an end-of-term census enrollment report. But I want to share just a couple numbers
with the larger group today. For the first fall since 2012, we were actually
up end of term 214 students. So up just over 1% enrollment. And so we’re pretty excited about that. A lot of efforts went into it. So I always like numbers. But I usually like a story that goes with
the number, and so one of the decisions that we made as part of our last year’s budget
process was we made the decision to go ahead and reallocate from a fully part-time success
advocate model to a blended full-time/part-time. So we took a lot of our hours and shifted
them and we had six full-time success advocates and their primary charge was to really help
with the onboarding and acclimating process for our first-time full-time students. And one of our metrics we wanted to use to
say how are they doing was we wanted to look at that fall to spring retention of that first-time
full-time cohort. So that was a little over 1500 students. And the exciting news is that we had an increase
— so last year our fall to spring cohort came back, we call it persisted at 82.5%. This year is 86.4. So we had about a 4% increase in fall to spring
persistence. And so that was their primary charge, the
success advocates, to connect students with other supports on campus, but in all honesty,
it was a college-wide effort to really focus on their success. And then the next step for that cohort is
that our counseling department is really look to overhaul their — their approach to student
success and doing some strategic planning and modeling with students beyond that first. So beginning with that first semester, but
beyond then. So they’ll be looking at some of our graduation
and transfer rates, too. So we’re really getting to be very strategic
and intentional about what we do with our first-time degree-seeking students.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Randy, that’s super. One question with regards to student success
and graduation. I keep hitting you all the time with this
inquiry. What are our graduation numbers now, percentage?>>Dr. Randy Weber: So our first-time full-time
cohort, you know, it’s a little less than we want to brag about, but you have to look
at gains. Our — two years ago our average was 16% for
the first-time full-time cohort. And that’s within 150% of their programs. So that would be within three years, that’s
16%. Many graduate, but oftentimes they take longer,
some of them transfer. So 16%. Last year, which would have been — 15 would
have been the fall of ’12 cohort in three years graduated 18%. This year we had a graduation rate of 23%. So it’s increased by over 40% in two years,
and 23% really is pretty good given the community college climate. So our graduation plus transfer, and that
becomes a new metric now that gets used in IPEZ, our graduation plus transfer is 45%. And that’s one of those things that we’re
looking at trying to improve with those students as well. But it’s — it’s demonstrating that we’re
doing more things right with those students. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re moving
in the right direction, which is a good deal.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Making great progress,
everyone throughout the campus as part of that. So thanks a lot, Dr. Weber. That’s terrific.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Question if I could. Do we have any indication how the metropolitan
rate has impacted our enrollment?>>Dr. Randy Weber: The metropolitan rate impacted
our enrollment pretty significantly. You know, we — we went — and I don’t have
those numbers right in front of me. They’re part of our strategic enrollment plan
is to measure that. But I know we targeted for a 5% growth with
our metro eligible students. And I think we hit 36-39% growth. So we had a lot more enrollment. I think in the fall we were up over about
200 students from the metro area that we — I want to say it was like 770 to 970 or something
like that head count, but…>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Is this our third semester
since we –>>Dr. Randy Weber: This is our second semester. Yeah, we started in the fall.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Trustee Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Have there been
any pushback on that?>>Dr. Randy Weber: You know, we —
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Not from — from other institutions is what I’m…>>Dr. Randy Weber: We get to have some conversations
with partner institutions pretty frequently and I really haven’t heard anything. I think we — that doesn’t mean that there
aren’t disappointments. One of the things that we did was we looked
at our students who were involved in our affiliate programs, and some of them were coming here
and trying to blend their educational experience. So maybe they were enrolled in a program that
we have here that isn’t offered at MCC and rather than trying to get gen eds there and
then they have a morning class and a PM class here for culinary, now they can pick up a
psychology and their history here that they — that wasn’t discounted prior. And so some of it’s those students who were
interested in those programs. But we haven’t had any outwardly pushback
that I’ve heard.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you. You may want to know that Wichita State University
is now offering in-state tuition to Kansas City residents. We do not offer in-state, but we do have a
premium as far as our metro rate goes, so that’s a — that’s a great move and thanks
for moving that forward.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: I do want to
add something. I’m grateful that we’re increasing those graduation
rates, but one of my constant frustrations that, and I always ring this same bell, is
that not all of our students fail because they don’t graduate. That’s not always their end goal. And so I don’t want the public to hear 16,
18, 23% graduation rates and see that as failure, because it’s a huge improvement, but also
that’s not all of our students’ end goals. And we serve a very unique set of students
from a broad range of intentions. And so we do a very good job at that. I just don’t want the public to think that
we’re — we’re failing students, because we’re not.>>Dr. Randy Weber: A number of our students
come in — (Inaudible).>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s terrific. We’re going to close with a few comments about
the president’s report. I’d like to highlight — first of all, thanks
to everyone who put so much effort into putting this report together. If you get a chance, please, please read it. Would like to recognize a few faculty members
here who were distinguished in the report. First of all, professor Danny Alexander, was
featured interview in the “Kansas City Star” about his recent book on Mary J. Blige. It’s always good to see faculty publishing
and then being recognized for that. Kathy Shrog, a faculty member in the speech
department, presented a workshop at Black & Veatch titled An Introduction to Intercultural
Communication. It’s wonderful to see our faculty out in the
community at-large especially giving lectures along those lines. Lastly, our own Dennis Arjo, Chair of Philosophy
and Religion, has a recent book out there, “Paradoxes of Liberalism and Parental Authority.” So, Dennis, you may get a few questions on
that when you take the podium. That was released in December by Lexington
Books. That’s all, that’s terrific. A comment about our role as a convener in
the community. Johnson County Community College should be
the convener in the community, and recently a member, I believe, from city government
in Shawnee said to me, gosh, I’m coming out here all the time now. And that’s a good thing and that’s a real
tribute to especially to our staff for making this happen. You may remember, and we’ve talked about this,
on election day, November 8th, our police academy was used as a polling place. That was in response to a request by Ronnie
Metsker, who was the county election commissioner, who called and needed help. He needed a place out here to where people
could vote. And so I’m just going to read a few sentences
from the note he sent us. You and your team were critical threads in
that tapestry throughout the entire process from initial planning to the courtesies that
were extended to election workers and voters. The use of your facility provides us the opportunity
to bring democracy to the residents of Johnson County at their neighborhood polling place. And that was terrific. I wish Chris Rossol was here tonight to have
heard that. And then recently the Overland Park Chamber
of Commerce conducted their legislative convener here. That was a first historically. It’s always been another location. I have to say it was an honor for our college
to host every legislator and public official in Johnson County on to our campus in the
Regnier Center for this annual event, which we hope to be annually celebrated here. I gotta recognize Jeff Lawyer, who has done
such an incredible job, because these were almost like last-minute deals that came up
and he was able to find solutions to some of the challenges. Dick mentioned that we’ve been in Topeka. Yesterday I attended a Council of Presidents
meeting and later walked the halls of the statehouse with Dick. Dr. McCloud was up there yesterday at the
KBOR meetings. Sheila Moppen was covering the Technical Education
Authority meetings also up in Topeka. Of course Dick was there. The KACCT director, Linda Fund, and also the
KACCT lobbyist Allie Devine were all up there working on our behalf. So that’s a lot of coverage for the community
colleges and for our community college in Topeka. Today I was up there with Kate Allen and Jean
Claude. Everybody was wanting to spend time with Jean
Claude and get a photo op. He was absolutely — it was great to have
him there, probably one of the finest-looking mascots of all the mascots. A heck of a lot better than — well, I won’t
go into specifics. (Laughter.) But it’s good being up in Topeka especially
for the session that’s going to be so critical for all of us. Lastly, hats off to Karen Martley and her
team for executing yet another great in-service week. There are so many people who are part of that. I’d like to recognize Jay Glatz and his team
for putting together a wonderful breakfast and gatherings. I know that takes a lot of work. It’s very well-received. Our all staff meeting was I thought one of
the finer ones. And I’d like to recognize Dr. Korb. Judy’s presentation on trying to make sense
of all the campus initiatives and where they fit into the overall scheme of things was
super effective and very well — very well given. And so I was so grateful for that because
I have yet to understand exactly what’s going on. So thank you, Dr. Korb, for making that work,
because I think it’s a big step in the right direction. We closed that meeting with a very heartfelt
tribute to our faculty and staff and to the college in general by Dr. Scott Eveloff and
his wife, Dr. Ruth Eisen. They both spoke very eloquently, blissfully,
beautifully about what this college and our faculty and staff did for their son, Andrew,
who passed on December 31st. Andrew was 24 years of age. He had a 3.3 GPA and had earned an Associate’s
of Arts degree. You know, I read off the names of the 38 members
of our faculty and staff that were able to collect, the first being Holly Dressler in
Access Services, and those 38 played a direct part in Andrew’s success here at Johnson County
Community College. But in reality, everyone here at our college,
starting with you all, our trustees, were responsible for inspiring Andrew’s learning,
transforming him as an individual, and strengthening our community in the process. So thank you all very, very much. And that concludes the report.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Dr.
Sopcich. We move to old business. Under the heading of old business, we have
a — I want to open up a discussion about the JCCC Statements of Principle with regard
to our state and federal legislative priorities and policies. Does anyone have any comments or questions
about the statements? We have had extensive conversations about
these in previous meetings and throughout committee processes. So I don’t want, again, people to think that
this is not being considered. But if there’s no further conversation, I
will move to new business. We have nothing under new business. So Reports from Board Liaisons. Dr. Arjo. Hopefully some paternal wisdom.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Okay. I’m going to talk mainly about some matters
that were referred to a little earlier, both by Lorie Paldino and also by Mr. Carter regarding
legislation relevant to the concealed carry policy. So as you probably know, we’ve been paying
very close attention to what’s been going on in Topeka regarding this legislation and
our FA’s vice president, Melanie Harvey, has been in contact with some legislators, so
we knew that there would be some legislation introduced that we would be very interested
in. It came rather more quickly than we thought,
so we were kind of scrambling today to come up with a response that we thought we’d have
more time to develop. But at the FA meeting, we did have a motion
to endorse a statement that was passed with the unanimous vote by members at the meeting,
and then the Senate at their meeting later this afternoon endorsed pretty much the same
statement. So I’m going to present that kind of a collective
here’s what we think about these matters involving conceal and carry. Before I get to that, I want to kind of rehearse
some of the reasons why we’re doing this. They’re in the statement, but I try to keep
it succinct. We know going in that this is not a matter
about which everybody is going to agree, including among faculty. There are some people who probably like the
idea of concealed carry on campus, but we know from a survey we did last year that a
pretty strong majority do not. So we are going to discharge our duties as
an association to do what we think is right for the faculty and for the college and for
our students in addressing most directly what happens in classrooms. Part of this I think reflects our confidence
in the procedures and policies of this college and the KOPS committee and our police force
to do things that do keep the staff, the faculty, the students safe. We would like to just continue in those directions. I would also point out that our interests
here align with oft-stated board preference for local control of these matters. We think that those who are closest to this
college, who know how it’s run, who know the environment here, who know the climate here
should be the ones who are making decisions about how we keep people safe at this college. Lastly, I want to say just a little bit about
educational values and how this whole debate reflects some considerations there. I’m actually pretty old-fashioned when it
comes to thinking about education. I think fundamentally, regardless of what
people come here for to study, that ultimately this is about a collective endeavor to pursue
knowledge, and it is a collaborative endeavor. And for this to happen, there’s got to be
a fundamental level of trust. And I have concerns, I know I’m not alone
in having concerns that when we adopt a defensive posture vis-a-vis one another by coming to
school armed, that’s in very deep tension with that collaborative effort to pursue knowledge. So with that, I will read the statement that
the two faculty bodies have endorsed this afternoon, so:
The Johnson County Community College Faculty Association and the Faculty Senate of Johnson
County Community College hereby express support for legislation which will continue the exemptions
to the state of Kansas Conceal and Carry Law currently enjoyed by colleges and universities. While we recognize that opinions vary on the
matter, a strong majority of our faculty oppose the presence of guns in JCCC classrooms and
buildings. Furthermore, we have full confidence in JCCC’s
current policies and procedures and in the ability of the JCCC police force to secure
the safety of students, staff, and faculty. We also believe decisions regarding the security
of an academic community are best made by those most intimately familiar with the institution
and its governance. It is the position of the JCCC faculty that
the presence of guns in the classroom is fundamentally incompatible with the free and civil exchange
of ideas and the open discussion of difficult and controversial topics that are the hallmark
of higher education. So we present that and that is our position
and we look forward to continuing to address these concerns, whatever may happen in Topeka,
but also keep an eye on the legislation. So now I’ll take questions.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Dr.
Arjo. And thank you to the Faculty Senate and the
Association for working on that. I think it’s important. Thanks. Johnson County Educational Research Triangle. Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Madam Chair, regarding
the Johnson County Education Research Triangle, I’m going to give a little just maybe two-sentence
history of what’s — how this began and where we are right now. Believe me, my report will be brief. The Johnson County Education Research Triangle
was created in November of ’08 when residents invested in the county’s future by voting
a one-eighth sales tax — one-eighth cent sales tax. Proceeds from this tax first assessed in 2009
generate more than $15 million a year for higher education, degree offerings, through
unique partnerships between Johnson County Community College, through the University
of Kansas, and the Kansas State University. Good news, I have good news and bad news as
it relates to this. And the bad news is — I mean we — we just
have to deal with it, it’s been eight years now since the — since the Triangle has been
in existence, and we have some term limits, and some of the people who are institutions
in Johnson County are going off the board, and that’s the bad news. The good news is, receipts for 2016 were $17,207,215,
which is $440,000 more than the previous year, 2015, over 2.63% increase in sales tax in
Johnson County. So that’s — that’s very good news. As I mentioned, there is some membership transition
because some of the members have termed off. There are seven board members on J-CERT. KU has an appointment, the Kansas Board of
Regents has an appointment. Actually, KU has two because they had one
for KU Edwards and then the Research. And then K-State has an appointment. Johnson County Commission has an appointment
and the governor has an appointment and we have an appointment here at the college, which
I serve on that — in that capacity. We are losing off the board our institutional
knowledge of Mike — mayor — Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm is termed off. He’s been on the board for eight years now. And Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert is going
off as well. We are also losing the two senators, state
senators, who no longer are serving in that capacity, Senator Kay Wolf and Senator Jeff
Melcher are both going off, obviously because they’re not elected any longer. But the good news is that three of those four
have been replaced. Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm, the KU appointment,
is being replaced by Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, which is terrific. Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert, who is
the Kansas Board of Regents appointment, is being replaced by Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland. And right now Senator wolf, who was another
— another KU appointment, is being replaced by Representative Melissa Rooker. So that’s the good news, and we meet quarterly,
and our next meeting is this coming Monday, January 23rd, and it’s at 7:30 a.m. at KU
Edwards Center in the BEST Building, which is about 125th and Quivira area. And anyone who wants more information about
the Triangle can go on JOCOTriangle.com. Madam Chair, that concludes my report.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Trustee
Lindstrom. Anyone have questions? Okay. The Kansas Association of Community College
Trustees. Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Madam Chair. You’re referring to the BEST Building, not
necessarily the best building.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: BEST. B-E-S-T.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Business, Education,
Science and Technology.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I was encouraged by
your passionate report on the recertification and the importance of that spring meeting
in 2018. In fact, I felt you were so passionate about
that, that I’m suspecting that I’d like to know what your engagement in that meeting
is going to be, changed your mind on anything. KACCT, Mr. Carter reported on the education
day today that we participated, KACCT was a part of that. We have not met since December, but again,
as Mr. Carter reported, our next meeting will be with the recognition of Phi Theta Kappa
students on February 16th in Topeka. There’s a luncheon held each year to recognize
the Phi Theta Kappa students. And then the KACCT board meets in the afternoon
of that meeting. There’s also a presentation in that for a
couple hours in the morning for KACCT members that are not attending the — their — their
legislators on the hill or the statehouse. Then the National Legislative Summit is February
13th-16th. I’ll be attending 11th-15th for the ACCT always
has a board meeting during that time, and needless to say, there are a few changes in
D.C. that will cause — will cause some additional excitement starting tomorrow I guess. And but we’re looking forward to that session
with the National Legislative Summit. And that concludes my report. Madam Chair.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Dr.
Cook. Anyone have questions? Okay. Moving to the Foundation. Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. The Foundation Executive Committee met Tuesday,
January 10th, in the Regnier Center and discussed the progress of commercializing the simulation
glucose finger patent donated to the Foundation. The college’s legal team, the Small Business
Development Center, and students are all involved in this project. The college’s marketing students and Hippo,
an outside marketing firm, selected the name Finger Shield for the device. Due to new competition in the marketplace,
we are researching self-manufacturing vs. licensing options. It was announced that Some Enchanted Evening
committee for 2017 will be chaired by Clint and Britton Robinson and our friend Jon Stewart
is going to serve as sponsorship chair. Nominations for the 2017 Johnson Countian
of the Year have been collected and the selection committee meets soon. The Foundation Board Development Committee
met on Wednesday, February 11th, and is evaluating candidates for the 2017-2018 board slate. The recommendation for directors and members
will be presented at the directors meeting in April. And finally, Beyond Bounds, the Biennial Art
Auction Gala benefiting the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, will be held Saturday,
April 29th. This event will also celebrate the Nerman
Museum’s tenth anniversary, and we are honored to have Jerry and Margaret Nerman serve as
honorary chairs. The Foundation would like to invite the trustees
and cabinet to our next Foundation social event in the Nerman Museum on Thursday, February
23rd, at 5:00 p.m. to hear from Bruce Hartman, our museum executive director, about the event
and the museum. And that concludes my report.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Thank you, Trustee
Ingram. Anyone have questions? Seeing none, we will move to the Consent Agenda,
and these are typically non-controversial items and they’re listed all in your board
packet. I do want to call out a couple of things and
— well, I should ask first if anyone has anything to pull off the Consent Agenda for
separate consideration? Okay. I do want to make a note of the extensive
list of retirements, people that are taking advantage of the fruits of the retirement
incentive and we’re losing a lot of institutional history, but we wish all those folks well
in their future endeavors and appreciate the gifts that they brought to the college while
they were here. I also want to highlight the folks who received
the Distinguished Service Awards this year and congratulate them and thank them for their
years of service to the college. If there’s no other comments —
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I will move the Consent Agenda.>>Second.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: I have a motion
and a second. Is there discussion? All in favor say aye. (Ayes).>>Yes.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Opposed? Motion passes. I do not have anything for an Executive Session
this evening. And — oh, 6:15. Meeting adjourned. I have to have a motion. Sorry. I need a motion to adjourn.>>So moved.>>Second.>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: All in favor? (Ayes.)>>Vice Chair Stephanie Sharp: Opposed? Motion passes. We’re adjourned.