>>Chair Greg Musil: I call the meeting to
order of the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees for June 2016. Please help
me start the meeting with our Pledge of Allegiance.>>I pledge allegiance
to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one
nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Our first item of business is Roll Call and Recognition of
Visitors.>>Terri Schlicht: This evening’s visitors
include Dr. Mickey McCloud, Kathy Anderson, Dr. Roberta Eveslage, and Ron Contino.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I think we have a couple more student visitors who got here. We just
got our photo taken. So we’ll see them during the awards. Awards and recognitions, Dr. Sopcich?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Trustee Musil, I’d like to pass that on to Andy Anderson, his last
— last official meeting.>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Thank you. I’m delighted
to introduce Mark Cowardin, who has some awards to present to students for sustain — yeah,
you have to go over there. I could go over there, too, but we’ll see. And the sustainability
awards, the mart that you’ve seen on campus, one piece has been recently restored from
a tornado, personally restored anyway. Thank you. Mark.
>>Mark Cowardin: Yeah. I’m Mark Cowardin, professor of art, and I’ve done a project
the last — well, we’ve done it three times now, this is the third time, kind of a collaboration
between the Center for Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Committee, and my Sculpture
II classes. So we built a competition where my students, all of my students in the class
built a proposal for a sculpture that would be on campus that would deal with sustainability,
either through repurposed materials or conceptually, and sometimes both. In most cases, both. So
two of the students who were successful in that endeavor this semester, this last spring,
whose pieces are on campus now are here. Alex Anderson, right?
>>Yes.>>Mark Cowardin: And Megan Strohl. They both
have sculptures on campus. I don’t know, I haven’t done this before, I don’t know how
much information you want me to give. But I’m presenting them to you for recognition.
>>Chair Greg Musil: How about if we have each of them tell us a little bit about your sculpture.
And I first should introduce you as Andy Anderson’s nephew.
>>Alex Anderson: That’s correct.>>Chair Greg Musil: And also the winner of
the League of Innovation, 19 community colleges were a part of, you won the top — the Best
in Show, which sounds like a dog show, and I know this wasn’t.
(Laughter.) Best in Show Award, first time in the history
of Johnson County Community College, I believe.>>Mark Cowardin: Actually, it’s the second
time in three years that one of our students has won Best in Show, and I’m proud of that,
too. And I was going to get to that. I have a catalog here.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Oh, okay.>>Alex Anderson: The work that I proposed
and created for the campus I titled “Five Mast Viewing Device.” It uses all repurposed
glass and steel from here on the campus. The steel used to be the baseball stadium risers,
I believe, and the glass used to be in the computer desks that someone decided they didn’t
like anymore. And so I built these five very tall vertical masts which branch out and on
the ends of them have these panes of glass in frames that tilt and are angled in various
configurations so that when you move around the site that I chose, it — based on your
line of sight and the reflections it provides, as well as the continuously changing light,
it re-presents your experience of the site in a way you otherwise wouldn’t see without
that, based on the direction you’re looking. So, for example, you’ll have a reflection
of like an upside-down horizon almost in some of them as you’re moving around behind you
while you’re looking over the terrain of an entirely different area. So the idea is that
you experience your environment in a new way, and it draws your attention to the site in
that sense.>>Chair Greg Musil: Where is it located on
campus?>>Alex Anderson: Out next to the college farm,
in that sort of drainage ditch area. (Laughter.)
>>Andy Anderson: Some further recycling.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. Megan.
>>Megan Strohl: I did not know I was going to be talking in front of people today. A
little unprepared. My piece is made from steel I found in a junkyard, an old table, an old
door I found, and it just like represents like the good or the harmful choices that
we make. And if you guys have walked past it, it is starting to break down. But that
was the purpose of it, was that like, you know, the wood is going to deteriorate and
fall down while like the steel and aluminum still hold their shape, you know, like some
choices are long-lasting, you know. But my family hasn’t seen it yet. So I’m going to
go like try and fix it and then I’ll let it deteriorate.
(Laughter.) But my family has to see it first, but yeah.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you.>>Mark Cowardin: And I was going to say one
thing about the League for Innovation.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Absolutely.
>>Mark Cowardin: This is the 30th Annual League for Innovation Student Art Competition, and
every one of the board member schools, 19 schools, have 5 artworks that go represent
each college. And so it just so happens that these two students were both part of the five
that we had representing us. So I’m proud of them for that as well. But then, yeah,
Alex’s piece won Best in Show in the competition.>>Chair Greg Musil: Congratulations.
(Applause.)>>Chair Greg Musil: I might identify the other
three students that were representatives of the college, Laura Averill, Kyle Kemper, and
Edward Tajchman were also present at League of Innovation. And you are welcome to step
out of the meeting at your leisure. Don’t feel like you have to stay. You may have other
things that you’d rather do. College Lobbyist Report. We will not —
(Laughter.) Absolutely fine. College Lobbyist Report we
will not have today.>>That’s correct.
>>Chair Greg Musil: We’ll move on to the committee reports. The first item, Audit Committee.
I’ll just report that the Audit Committee minutes are in the board packet at Pages 1
and 2. We reported on the committee meeting last month. So we’ll move on to human resources.
Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Absolutely. The Human
Resources Committee meeting for June 6th was canceled, but we do have several recommendations.
The HR Committee has reviewed the recommended updates to the probationary period policy.
The proposed updates will lengthen the standard probationary period to 12 months for employees
new to any applicable — applicable, excuse me, regular non-temporary position. Mr. Chairman,
it is the recommendation of the HR Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation
of the College Administration to approve the proposed amendments to the probationary period
policy as shown subsequently in the board packet, and I so move.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to adopt the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee and the College Administration.
Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: The HR Committee has
reviewed the recommended deletion of the special exceptions by job classification policy originally
adopted prior to 1994 and the proposed adoption of an updated overtime compensation policy.
The first four sections of the special exceptions by job classification policy are duplicative
of content currently addressed in other policies, but this section is recommended for updates
to clarify the calculation of hours worked for the purpose of receiving overtime. Additionally,
the fifth section is recommended for transfer to a newly titled overtime compensation policy.
Again, it is the recommendation of the HR Committee that the Board of Trustees accept
the recommendation of the College Administration to approve the deletion of the original special
exceptions by job classification policy and adoption of an updated overtime compensation
policy as is shown subsequently in the board packet, and I so move.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to revise the policies and shorten the name by 40%. Is there any discussion? If not, all
in favor say yes. (Yeses).
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you. That concludes my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Learning Quality Committee, Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes. Thank you, Mr. Chair. The Learning Quality Committee meeting on
June 6th, 2016, was canceled. Items were sent to the committee electronically for consideration.
Details can be found subsequently in the Consent Agenda of the June 16th board packet. And
then the agreements noted below will be brought forward for approval through Consent Agenda
today, here at tonight’s meeting. Specifically, there’s a curriculum and program additions
and modifications made with respect to the 2016-2017 Kansas Core Outcomes Group. And
then an affiliation agreements, various affiliation agreements were in the packet. Mr. Chair,
I also wanted to note, I attended a ACCT conference this week supported by the Board and the Administration
on safeguarding campuses, mostly focusing on the active shooter scenario and then what
happened at Virginia Tech and at Umpqua, although various other catastrophic events were discussed.
I’m happy to report in a cursory manner that I’m thrilled with our emergency response plan
and having it in place. I’m going to meet with staff next week, including Chief Russell
and Vice President Larson, to get a more thorough report next week. But I think that we are
in pretty good shape. Everybody always has something they could work on, but it was a
wonderful conference, and thank you to the Board and to the Administration for supporting
my attendance, so.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for taking the
time to do that. Next item will be the Management Committee report. Oh, I’m sorry. Trustee Ingram?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: That’s all right. That is just fine. No, no, no, not a problem.
Just having been on the Board of Trustees for a short period of time, one of the concerns
that was brought forward in Learning Quality when I first began was the Higher Learning
Commission credentialing requirements on this campus and also for College Now. And since
we did not meet, I asked Dr. Anderson to at least address that before he leaves and kind
of give us an update on that, as well as placement testing, specifically the Accuplacer, just
so that we would –>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Right.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I think she’s suggesting you can’t leave until you fix this.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Until I fix all these things?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: That would be correct.>>Dr. Andy Anderson: We’re about — it’s almost
all wrapped up. It’s really exciting. And if it isn’t, well, we’ll talk to Mickey soon.
Actually, the College Now, the issues that we have with our high school faculty and on-campus
faculty in fulfilling the HLC credentials are the same issues, frankly, that are being
faced with the entire Higher Learning Commission, all the schools. We’re in I think very good
shape at this point. Last April, to deal with the College Now — our high school faculty
first — last April, all the high school district level coordinators received an Excel spreadsheet
identifying the credential status of all their faculty that are teaching College Now. So
the deans reviewed all the transcripts from all those faculty to see what — who were
lacking credentials and what they needed to do to fulfill those. In May, the JCCC College
Now liaisons, in each of the divisions there are college faculty who meet with the high
school faculty in their respective disciplines. They’ve met with them to follow up and cover
and answer questions about their credentials if they need additional work, and I believe
by now nearly all the College Now liaisons have completed contacting their assigned faculty.
Occasionally, even — even just this week, there are a few high school faculty that have
submitted further diploma work or credential work that are still being looked at. But basically
they’ve all been contacted by now. Perhaps the most important thing immediately is that
at this time, all the College Now faculty are good to cover the 2016-2017 school year.
So any faculty member in the high schools who are teaching College Now classes are good
for this coming academic year. The new HLC requirements will come into effect the subsequent
year, in 2017. And the College Now faculty who do not have the approved credentials will
be expected to submit a plan by December of 2016, this coming December. We are applying
— the college is applying for a five-year extension that HLC has allowed us to do that
will provide those faculty who need — high school faculty who need additional time to
continue their work and complete their credentials. That application, I just received actually
a couple days ago, Loralee Stevens has completed that. I want to thank her for tracking down
all those credentials and making sure that we have all that data, and we’ll get that
submitted actually before I leave this month. So that will go into HLC. They’ll be receiving
these extensions from probably every college in the HLC system. I’m not sure how they’ll
get — how fast they’ll get the answers back to us. But we’ll have our application in and
that should be pretty much, you know, pro forma, they should approve that.
That — that extension, again, will give those high school faculty time to get their credentials
in order if they choose to continue teaching in the program.
In addition, and this is something we just discussed actually today with the Board of
Regents, the regent schools have provided — are trying to better prepare — better
provide graduate credits for high school faculty, and actually faculty on the college campuses
who may need work, and there’s now a website on the KBOR website under concurrent enrollment,
faculty qualifications, and we’ll be sending that link out to the high school faculty that
will identify programs at regent universities that will help them attain their credentials
if they need help. They’re allowing the high school faculty and college faculty at the
various community colleges to avoid — they won’t have to take the GRE in order to take
graduate credit to meet those needs. So it will simplify that process. And that’s something
that we’ve been working on through the regents for the past year and that website is now
up. I want to thank Emporia, Pittsburg, Fort Hays, well, all the regent schools have set
some programs out there. That should help. So in short, I think for the Higher Learning
Commission, the credentialing, you know, there are some faculty who will need to extend their
work. They need to have a master’s and 18 hours in the field. But on the whole, I think
we’re in pretty good — pretty good shape, and for this coming year, you know, we’re
good. Yeah.>>Trustee Lee Cross: How many College Now
faculty are affected for us?>>Dr. Andy Anderson: I don’t have the Excel
spreadsheet here.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Ballpark?
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Probably over a third have some work they need to do, which is a
significant number. Many of them have — most of them — well, they all have a master’s,
frankly. Frequently what would happen, high school faculty would get their master’s in
an education in higher ed, and instead of getting a master’s in the discipline, and
so they have their master’s degree, which back when we were following strictly the KBOR
requirements, we were in alignment with KBOR, the Kansas Board of Regents wasn’t fully in
alignment with the Higher Learning Commission, and the Higher Learning Commission wasn’t
terribly explicit, frankly. When HLC defined their standards more clearly, the Kansas Board
of Regents, we had to align obviously with our credentialing agency.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: We’ve done our best to comply?
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Oh yeah, absolutely. Yeah. Yeah. And I think in most — I would
say all of the faculty have some of their credentials. They may not have 18 hours, and
that’s the part I’m not sure how far away they are, would be the — the issue. But it’s
a significant number, and it’s — it doesn’t help anyone in particular, but it is a condition
that colleges across the state and across the central state regions are wrestling with.
I will say, it does not appear that HLC has any inclination to change their requirement.
They’re pretty clear on all of this. They’re holding their — their concession to the — to
the challenge that they have posed for us really is the five-year extension. I think
it looks like nearly all the faculty are agreeing to move forward in attaining those credentials.
So I think we will be in good shape. But it is — it’s a challenge. And we’re — we’re
working with it.>>Chair Greg Musil: Is the five-year extension
both for the concurrent, the College Now faculty?>>Dr. Andy Anderson: No. That’s only for the
concurrent College Now faculty.>>Chair Greg Musil: Not for our own faculty.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Our own faculty will have to have their plans in place and be attaining
their credentials by — was it the fall ’17? They’ll have a year. And we’ve — we’re meeting
with all those faculty there that if they need to do their work, they’re working on
those things and have developed their plans to meet those credentialing requirements.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Trustee Ingram. I apologize. You told me ahead of time you
wanted to include that in your Learning Quality report.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: No, it was my mistake, Mr. Chair.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: And one more point on the Accuplacer. Again, placement in college
courses has been — we — nearly all the — in fact, again, pretty much nationwide, the Compass
exam was the standard placement tool. The Compass test has gone away; they’re no longer
supporting it, so it’s not an option after this year. The State has adopted the Accuplacer,
which is another major — in fact, it’s really the only major player in the market now. We
were able to negotiate through the State special rates that will get us a more affordable placement
device, and the Compass — the Accuplacer will be in place for the spring of 2017. That’s
when the Compass will finally end and the Accuplacer will come into effect. The State
has adopted common placement scores that were substantially lower actually than what the
Accuplacer even recommended. So our placement scores, our faculty have reviewed those cut
scores and we’re using scores that are really more in alignment with what the Accuplacer
itself actually recommends. We’ll be monitoring how those placement scores work to make sure
that they’re actually placing students accurately and into primarily Comp I and College Algebra
are probably the two major courses that are affected by that. The math faculty are actually
developing some — a local test to use in hand with the Accuplacer to better place students
into calculus, because the Accuplacer test they didn’t feel had the adequate questions
for that. They’ll have that developed by the end of the summer. In both the reading, writing,
and the math courses, we are developing additional alternative assessments so that if a student
tests within a range, instead of just automatically being placed into the developmental course,
they’ll have some alternatives. If they’re within a certain range they’ll visit possibly
with the chair in English or the Writing Center to review and assess if there is in fact a
chance that they can go ahead and move into Comp I. So one of the recommendations that’s
come from the State and from Accuplacer is to adopt multiple measures, which is what
the State is really pushing for and is actually the common, it’s really a best practice now
nationwide to look at multiple measures so that you use things like the G — the — the
grade — GPA, there you go. Only the biggest, most common thing in higher ed. But we can
use the GPA, their — their activities, their participation and their record in high school,
along with special local measurements, so that we can try and do a better job and make
sure that we’re placing students and not making them take courses that they may not need.
The — I’m also pleased, both the English and the math faculty are looking at ways of
assessing using the — my mind is going totally blank here — using alternative measures so
that we can look at how students — or I’m sorry, what I’m trying to say is corequisite
remediation, which is another increasingly common usage for placement, so that we can
look at better ways of putting a student in a course that they might be in the developmental
course along with support, or actually the gateway course with added support, so that
they can move through the gateway courses more quickly. So we have faculty that are
looking at those practices at other colleges and we’ll see. There’s dozens of ways of doing
that, and we’re exploring that as well. But in a nutshell, though I never say anything
in a nutshell, the Accuplacer will be in effect in the spring of 2017.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: The only other comment that I would make, I mean you gave a really
thorough report on the College Now. But just our own faculty as well, as far as the credentialing
from the Higher Learning Commission?>>Dr. Andy Anderson: They are in better shape
than our College Now faculty.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Okay.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: There are a few that need to pick up some additional hours, but
we are in good shape on campus.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you. I appreciate
that. Thank you very much.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions about either
the Higher Learning Council’s credentialing or our placement tests? Thank you.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: You’re welcome.>>Chair Greg Musil: I know you can say GPA
in Latin. (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Actually I could, but I won’t.
>>Chair Greg Musil: We’ll move on to the Management Committee. Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Before — I have to — I have to ask a question. What does it
mean when Andy Anderson says in short or in a nutshell? Whenever I’m with my — my teenage
grandchildren and we have a question, they always go to Siri and ask the question.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Even upgraded Siri.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: You started it in short,
and then you ended it in a nutshell, and I appreciate your passion and we’re going to
miss it sincerely. Thank you, Mr. Chair. The Management Committee met at 8 a.m. on Wednesday,
June 1st. Trustees Cross and Lindstrom were in attendance with staff. We have a number
of recommendations to present. The first is the official newspaper. Mr. Chris Gray, Executive
Director of Marketing Communications, that Kansas statute, as you will remember, requires
that a college publish legal notice in a newspaper and that newspaper needs to publish at least
50 weekly issues, 50 times a year, and so we have a recommendation tonight to select
our official newspaper. It is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board
of Trustees accepts the recommendation of the College Administration to designate the
legal record The Shawnee Dispatch and Tri-County News as official newspapers of the college
and that publication constitutes legal notice on behalf of the Board of Trustees, and I’ll
make that motion.>>Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded to adopt the administration’s recommendation
for our legal newspapers. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Mr. Gray also reported that each year the college sponsor selected
events that help the college maintain strong community relations and take advantage of
advertising opportunities, marketing opportunities, if you will. The organizations that have been
selected after extensive discussion by Mr. Gray and staff are listed on Page 12 of the
board packet. I will say that this college, as many of you know, gets several requests
a year to sponsor or be engaged with their activity, and so this is a really difficult
process the staff goes through. But it is the recommendation of the Management Committee
that the Board accept the recommendation of the College Administration to approve the
above-listed sponsorships for the ’16-’17 fiscal year at a cost of $14,000, plus an
additional 3,000 contingency, for a total cost of $17,000, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to
approve the sponsorships for community events. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor
say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: The next two, and Mr. Chair, if it’s okay to take them together,
these are — these are — while I don’t say any RFP is routine, these are relationships
we’ve had with past partners over a period of time. The first is with Gilmore & Bell
as bond counsel for 2016-’17; the second is with retention of Piper Jaffray as financial
advisor. If you want to take them separately I’m prepared.
>>Chair Greg Musil: We can take them together. We can take them together.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: And I would make that motion that we approve those two recommendations.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded.
I’m going to ask my standard question. Is there a periodic review within our policies
of these two particular vendor relationships?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: They’re reviewed annually
by virtue of the fact that it’s often presented to the Management Committee. But there’s no
formalized review as far as a process. These two firms, the college has worked with these
firms for many years with a great deal of success. It’s not exactly like these are lucrative
accounts for them, but nevertheless, they give us incredible service and have performed
well for the college.>>Trustee Lee Cross: What did you say, Mr.
President? It’s not exactly like these are —
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Lucrative. It’s not like a —
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Right.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. Any other questions or discussion? If not, all in favor of the
reappointments for bond counsel and for financial advisor, please signify by saying yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: The next three recommendations
have to do with year-end transfer of funds. In November 2006, the JCCC Foundation established
a Donor Endowment Fund to create an endowed professor in healthcare education. Per the
Letter of Agreement, the college will provide a monetary contribution for the balance of
the salary and benefit costs resulting from the position in excess of the annual endowment
income, which is distributed from the Foundation of the college — to the college. In addition,
College Financial Services staff identified two grants which ended with college funds
expended in excess of funds received from the grantor. Transfers are proposed for final
clean-up and to eliminate deficit balances in the grant fund. Before I make our recommendations
and ask for a second, I would say that on these grants, we did have extensive discussion
in our management meeting about how we — how we plan for a grant if it’s a three-year grant
or a five-year grant, and in these cases, in many cases there are lingering costs once
the grant ends with students that were in the program from the beginning of the grant.
And so I’m — I think the Management Committee was real pleased with the process steps staff
is taking to make sure that when we look at a grant initially, we’ll anticipate those
and — and then deal with them in an efficient manner at the close of that grant period.
Having said that, it is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the recommendation of the College Administration to authorize the following
transfers from the General Fund to each of the funds listed below, as permitted under
Kansas Statute 71-614: Transfer of $39,150, subject to June 30, 2016 fiscal year-end payroll
adjustments, to the Endowed Professorship Restricted Fund; transfer of $27,303.18 to
the Kansas Workforce Residential Energy Grant Fund; and transfer of $36,861.73 to the Kansas
Workforce Solar Electric Grant Fund. These transfer of funds will be recorded as of June
30th, 2016, in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to make the three transfers described. Any discussion or questions? If not, all in favor
say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next five recommendations are for bids or requests for proposals. Again,
each of these have gone under a very specific bid and RFP process review. The first is for
the Renewal of Annual Contract for Housekeeping Services. It is the recommendation of the
Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the College Administration
to approve the extension of the annual contract for housekeeping services be ABM Janitorial
Services, North Central, Inc., at an expenditure not to exceed $253,347.72, and I’ll make that
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any discussion about the renewal of the ABM Janitorial Services contract?
If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next is the renewal of annual contracts for furniture. These contracts
were first bid out in 2012. 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 the annual contracts for furniture with Encompass, the John A. Marshall Company, Scott
Rice Office Works, and Spaces, Inc., at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $700,000,
and I’ll make that motion.>>Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions or discussions regarding the renewal of the furniture contract?
If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next renewal was for an annual contract for fine paper. Paper purchased
under this contract will be used primarily by Document Services for the printing of instructional
support materials, college brochures, and continuing education publications. It is the
recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the College
Administration’s recommendation to approve the renewal of the annual contracts for fine
paper in amounts not to exceed $125,000 from Midland Paper Packaging and Supplies, and
25,000 from Veritiv, for a total expenditure not to exceed $150,000, and I’ll make that
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor
say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next is the annual RFP
for the annual contract for beverages.>>Chair Greg Musil: Motion carries.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Is it the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the recommendation of the College Administration to approve the establishment
of an annual contract for beverages with Pepsi Beverages Company at an annual expenditure
not to exceed $210,000, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: In recognition of former
Trustee Stewart –>>Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: — I’ll state his objection, since he likes Coke. But is there any other
>>Chair Greg Musil: Coca-Cola. Any other discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: The final bid recommendation
was for roof replacement and for the Police Academy and the Student Center. 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 $489,000 from the Quality Roofing
Company, plus an additional $48,900 to allow for contingencies for possible unforeseen
costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed $537,900 for roof replacements, and I’ll make
that motion.>>Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded to approve the low bid for roofing replacements.
Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously. I might mention, Trustee Cook, those renewals are where we did an RFP for
multiple years and these are renewals of the winning bidder from the initial year, some
were the last year of a four-year contract, some were the second year. But they were all
vetted and competitively bid at the initial contract.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Correct. Maybe not so much with the roof companies, but the roof
projects were part of the long-term construction phase anyway, we’ve had ongoing work with
them. But it’s a little different than like with Pepsi and some of the others, the paper
and so on and so forth. But they are partners that we have a high deal of confidence in.
In other committee work, information was presented related to student debt and college finance
by Dr. Randy Weber. In fact, we had a very extensive report on costs, and if you have
interest, I’m sure Dr. Weber would like to have a one-on-one with you with that detail.
But, Randy, that was really a nice report and greatly appreciate it. We administered
close to $30 million in grants and aid to students. JCCC financial aid staff improved
processes to minimize student debt and to improve the college’s default rates. So we
had a big discussion about that. Ms. Lierz said that the 2016-’17 management
budget that was approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on May 12th, 2016, was subsequently
loaded into the college’s accounting system in order to facilitate procurement of goods
and services for the coming year. Mitch Borchers gave the sole source report and award of bids
between 25,000 and $100,000. That summary is found on Page 18 of your packet. And Rex
Hays presented the Capital Infrastructure Inventory and Investment Plan and reviewed
our work schedule that — particularly those items that are scheduled this summer, and
as we anticipate completion of those projects by fall. And gave a — that monthly update
is reported on Page 34 of your packet. That concludes my report, and if you have
questions, I’d be happy to defer those to Trustee Cross.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for either of our Management Committee members, Trustee
Cross or Trustee Cook? In July, we will vote on the legal budget for publication that will
be published in August, and then in — at our August meeting we will hold our annual
public hearing on the budget for 2016-2017 and adopt the legal budget at our August meeting.
So if there’s anybody that’s interested in learning more about the budget and showing
up at the public hearing, they will be lonely because we don’t get much attention for that,
but we — it’s very important. So if you want to show up and have some public input in August,
that is your opportunity. Next report is from the Nominating Committee,
and that again goes back to Trustee Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you. We presented
to you — get out of one page to the other — the list of nominees at our last meeting
for you to consider. There are a couple of things. One I’d like to make sure that — and
it’s my error that we listed Stephanie Sharp as chair of Collegial Steering and chair of
Audit. That traditionally has been the chairman of the board. So in this case, Mr. Musil would
chair Collegial Steering and Mr. Musil will chair the Audit Committee. But Vice Chair
in this case, Ms. Sharp, will sit on that committee — serve on that committee. The
other thing that we talked about — so we present that to you for your consideration.
But a part of that, Mr. Chair, is that our terms have traditionally gone from July 1
to June 30, and with the change in the election for the next election cycle to November, we
had asked you to consider as a board that should we make these positions through the
first, what, Monday in January.>>Chair Greg Musil: Second Monday.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Second Monday in January. So I think that we have two things, one, to
approve that list of nominees, and then to discuss the length of term. And I guess I
would just ask us maybe to discuss that before I make the recommendation.
>>Chair Greg Musil: The effort would be to alter the terms so that they now match the
calendar year terms of our election years.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Correct.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions or discussion about — you want to make a motion on either
the slate and/or the extension so we can discuss it?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Yeah, let me do that. I’m trying to buy time until I found it, because
I went from Adobe to another. But I have that now.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: It is the recommendation
of the Nominating Committee that the Board of Trustees approve the 2016 slate of officers,
as changed with the chairs of Collegial and Audit Committee, committees and liaison assignments,
subject to extension through the second Monday in January of 2018 should the Board subsequently
determine that these assignments will run concurrent with the new fall election cycle
calendar; and I’ll make that motion.>>Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded. Is there any discussion about this? It will
basically extend the terms of anybody — of those of us two years into our cycle another
six months, and with it goes all the pay and benefits that we receive.
(Laughter.) Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just a point of discussion, and it’s not really any dissent. Someone had
raised the issue to me that it may make some sense to keep the structure we have because
if — is it the financial year, it’s in line with the financial year? So just raising it
as a point of discussion. I’m not dissenting from this. I’m fine with whatever we decide
here. I’m just raising the issue.>>Chair Greg Musil: I think it’s a legitimate
issue that our fiscal year set by the legislature is July 1 to June 30th. Our officer years
are — our Board of Trustee years are now second Monday in January for four years, with
four up every two years and three up the next two years. So there’s no — I don’t think
there’s a perfect solution here, and I frankly think it makes more sense to fit — fit it
in so that somebody, when they’re coming into their term on the second Monday in January,
then you decide who the officers are going to be for that year, rather than having maybe
them — they could be replacing four people in the middle of that year.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, Trustee Cross makes a good point because then you — one
could say, well, I’m coming in as a board member in the middle of a budget year. And
this, the election cycle would just affect us like every two years. But theoretically
if you named somebody to the — to a committee in July, if we keep it the same as it is,
take me, for example, and I lose the election in November, if I decide to run again, then
you have to change the board again with the new people coming on in January. So it’s a
good point. It’s just a matter of where do we want to be more efficient or less efficient
I guess.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I’m fine with it as it
is, I just –>>Chair Greg Musil: I think having it mesh
with the terms of our elected officials is the best way to do it. So I’m going to support
the motion. Any further discussion? All in favor say aye.
(Ayes.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Oppose, no. Oh. No. I
vote aye, or yes, which I forgot.>>I said aye.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I know. I asked you to say aye. Motion carries unanimously. I forgot
my yes and no versus aye and nay. Thank you. Okay, Nominating Committee has been resolved.
The next thing is the Treasurer’s Report. Trustee Lindstrom is not here today. He had
the opportunity and was invited to participate in a seminar this week at a world-renowned
prestigious university. It was either Kansas State or Harvard. I’m trying to remember which
one. I think it was Harvard. So Trustee Lindstrom is at Harvard for the week, which is a great
opportunity for him and I’m sure will rebound to the benefit of this board. So I’ll give
the Treasurer’s Report based on the summary staff has provided, and then Rachel Lierz
is here for any questions. The board packet contains a Treasurer’s Report for the month
ended April 30th. It’s on Pages 38 through 49 of your packet. Items of note, Page 1 of
the Treasurer’s Report is the General and Post-Secondary Technical Education Fund Summary.
As of April 30th, 83% of the college’s fiscal year had expired. The college’s unencumbered
cash balances as of April 30th in all funds was 82.1 million, which is approximately 10.8
million higher than at the same time last year, and the expenditures in all the Primary
Operating Funds are within the approved budgetary limits for the fiscal year ending June 30th,
2016. It is the recommendation of the College Administration that the Board of Trustees
approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month ended April 30th, 2016, subject to audit,
and I would so move.>>Second.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Are there any questions
for Rachel? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carried and the Treasurer’s Report will be accepted.
Advisory Committees, Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil.
On Page 49 of your board packet, there’s a recommendation regarding our Advisory Committees.
Every year you’re given a rather thick stack of those — of the membership on those Advisory
Committees. And Advisory Committees are critical to the mission of our college. It bring — it
engages members of the community, the academic community, the business community, to talk
about our programs and to make sure that they are as relevant as can be. And so it’s the
Board’s responsibility to review that list and approve it, and I’ll read the recommendation.
It is the recommendation of the College Administration that the Board of Trustees approve the Advisory
Committees contained in Supplement B from July 1st, 2016, through June 30th, 2017.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Do I hear a motion?>>So moved.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to adopt the Advisory Committee report. All in favor — or is there any discussion?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Just one point, Mr. Chair. And I’ll talk maybe a little bit more
about it at my KACCT report. But that supplement includes 105 pages. I hope you’ve looked at
it and look at the broad scope of the Advisory Committees we have and who they represent.
I just really applaud the college and the staff in their respective departments with
these courses to recruit and sustain the kind of community leadership we have in all of
these programs.>>Chair Greg Musil: Agreed.
>>Agreed.>>Chair Greg Musil: All in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries.
Next item is the Monthly Report to the Board by our president, Dr. Sopcich.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil. You’re all received the monthly report to
the president, and this has about, gosh, I think 30 pages of outstanding information
and accomplishments, things that have happened here on our campus and executed by members
of the faculty and staff. So I hope you get a chance to read it. It’s absolutely enlightening
and really reflects so well on the college — on our college.
There are a couple issues in the President’s Report tonight, and this will be a quick one,
which is maybe unusual. But the first topic is going to be the — and this is something
that everyone wants to talk about, is the allocation with regarding the state. And in
the state of Kansas, the term allocation actually means they — they — it goes back. You usually
think you’re being allocated something, but this is — so this must be the second definition
under allocation. But this year, we received an allocation of $860,000. That $860,000 is
money that we will not receive from the state for our academic year beginning in July 1.
We’re very fortunate here because we do an excellent job of budgeting and we approach
that rather conservatively, and so we will figure out ways to get by without that 860,000.
But one must think of what could have been done with those funds to help promote student
success, as well as programs here on our campus. If you combine that with the allocation from
last year, it totals about a million dollars. So that’s what this college has — has not
received over the past two years. We’re very fortunate because we all enjoy
here a very broad base of local support, but not all community colleges across the state
are like that. These types of allocations will affect them in a variety of ways, which
we heard about in Hutch. It could be the loss of a program or a position or what have you,
but ultimately is something that everyone is kind of feeling — feeling the crunch on.
So I wanted to share that with you today with regard to how that allocation is affecting
our college.>>Chair Greg Musil: When you read in the paper
about allotments by the governor, it has a real effect on whether it’s mental health
or Medicaid or higher education, regent schools, or the community colleges now, and that was
a significant chunk, $860,000. We did — we had budgeted for it. We were careful, as I
think we always try to be. But it is — it is an amount we do not have to spend on our
mission.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And it should be known,
that’s 4%. That’s 4% of the total amount of funds that come to us, and actually less than
1% of our total operating budget. Now, on the other hand, here’s some exciting
news. Many of you may remember Jim McKay from the wide world of sports. Right? Certainly
one of my favorite shows every Saturday afternoon. Well, JCCC competes around the globe as well.
Our teams travel throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and in Kansas City, the
recent Corporate Challenge competition we’ve had at least 100 employees compete and do
incredibly well while representing our college. But this past week, members of our JCCC community
participated in the Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival under the team moniker
of JCCC China Hands. This event is a combination, it’s kind of like America’s Cup, and maybe
rowing on the Charles River between Harvard and Yale. These rowing teams compete in Kansas
City’s Brush Creek. So this year, our JCCC China Hands came in first place in the community
division. I know we have a member of the team here with us. Melanie Harvey, you can feel
free to take a bow.>>Chair Greg Musil: She’s got her medal on.
(Applause.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: We’re glad you didn’t fall
in the Brush Creek. But I’d like to read some of the other members on the team. Jeff Anderson.
Jared Anderson. Deb Williams. Lynne Beatty. Mark Cowardin, who was with us earlier. Sarah
Subtol. Steven Rainier. Chi Long Sia. Sheila Phillip. Pat Young. And Sam Davis. You know,
we’d like to thank you for representing our college, and we look forward to a return visit
next year after you do a repeat. So best of luck.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I’d be happy to appoint a trustee volunteer for your team next year.
>>We’re not too excited about that, are we?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: You know, watching the
Royals this week, it was an incredible game. It was in middle of the eighth inning. And
you’re watching TV and all of a sudden one of our commercials comes on. And it was a
great — great placement because the game was really close and you had high viewership
there toward the end of that game. And I want to ask Chris Gray to come to the podium and
kind of share with the board some of our recent television execution. So, Chris, and we’re
going to get this set up because we’re actually going to show them on the screen.
>>Thank you, President Sopcich, trustees. This is actually a project that was initiated
prior to my arrival on the college and actually Christy McWard and Vince Miller here in the
audience. So I had the pleasure of really kind of taking this initiative of really trying
to rebrand the college from a positioning standpoint on TV. And that’s a tough thing
to do in today’s environment, with the digital landscaping, if you can think about attention
spans, and usually TV commercials are an after-thought when you leave or disengage or you buzz through.
So it’s a difficult challenge to really position a college in today’s TV environment. We took
the stance of looking at all the different stations. So it’s networks, as well as cable
providers. So it’s Google Fiber, it’s AT&T, it’s Viamedia. So we’re really across all
these stations and we’re also addressing a lot of the cable and the cord cutters that
are out there today, too. And more and more people are disengaging with cable. And we’re
using a tactic to really serve some of these spots up from a digital standpoint to still
kind of capture this audience knowing that more and more of our students, as well as
other adults, are going in that fashion. These are shown in specific areas. I’d love to say
I pushed a button in the eighth inning when the game was close when President Sopcich
was watching and it displayed at that spot; that wasn’t the case. But there is specific
channels, networks that are really geared towards the target demographics that the college
is trying to engage with. We created two videos, one is going to be more of an overall branding
position of what JCC is and the opportunities that it provides students, as well as the
community. The second is more of a career and technical aspect of it that really showcases
the opportunities and the careers that one can capture here at the college through attending.
And again, these — it’s more of a fast-pace, lively, and a punchier spot. They’re about
25 seconds in length. And I hope you enjoy. So with that…
>>You want more than just a job. You want a career! Something you’re passionate about!
A journey you’ll love, and that journey starts at Johnson County Community College.
(Music) Johnson County Community College. The journey
starts here.>>Chris Gray: So obviously that was more the
career and the technical aspect and this next one is what we’re calling the Flipboard campaign.
It really is more of a branding and if you’ve been out to Children’s Mercy Park, you’ve
seen some of these assets and we’re actually starting to carry this through in some of
our promotions and sponsorships we have with Sporting Kansas City, as well as some of the
other digital ads that we display. (Music) Johnson County Community College, the journey
starts here.>>Chris Gray: So you might ask, where is the
sound and where is the voiceover on that one. And it was actually done on purpose, because
it’s almost jarring not to hear something. So it’s a tactic that’s being used more and
more to almost kind of draw attention when people don’t hear a sound, it’s an attention
grabber in that standpoint. So I’ll leave it at that. We’ll say that I think it was
a great example of collaboration to not only our video services department here at the
college, as well as the marketing department. That was a collaborative effort also with
an outside agency. So we had three distinct groups really coming together over a process
that I think evolved in a great project. So with that, any questions?
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I like it.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Yeah. Impressive.>>Thank you.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: You know, it’s a whole different world today when years ago, if you
were going to put an ad on the TV, you had maybe three stations to choose from, maybe
four. So today you can imagine the complexity. What makes it even more fascinating is that
so many people don’t even watch TV like that anymore. In fact, this is their primary connection
to the world. And so how to go more digital and to utilize this device with regards to
marketing and selling, and I listen to Pandora and I’ve heard more of KU’s new business building
on Pandora than just about anywhere, is really where things are going. So to be able to get
on top of that is so essential in today’s world, and it’s a real challenge, too. You know, on another topic, we’ve had — obviously
we’ve had considerable transition in our college over the past several years, and tonight is
a time to say yet one more goodbye. I’d like to recognize Julie Haas. And, Julie, I know
I didn’t really suggest you come to the podium, but I would like for you to come to the podium
at this point.>>Chair Greg Musil: Let the record reflect
she screwed up her face and said I don’t want to come to the podium.
(Laughter.)>>Let the record reflect…
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thanks, Julie. You know, we would like to recognize Julie Haas tonight.
You know, she’ll be leaving us at the end of this month, and her commitment to our college
has spanned over 28 years. I mean that’s incredible. Almost three decades. Her contribution to
the college is long-lasting as over these years you have to imagine that every single
word that’s come out of this college and has gone to the community, and so many words internally,
every one of those words has gone through Julie Haas. And I can promise you there was
never a typo, a grammatical mistake, or a misspelled word. And, Julie, I want to thank
you for that incredible pursuit of excellence. You know, we tried to calculate the number
of trustee meetings that Julie has attended.>>Chair Greg Musil: Too many.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And we came up with maybe around 260 regular meetings. Now, that does
not include every one of the subcommittee meetings that Julie also attended, because
Julie kind of monitored the pulse of the college and was kind of like a walking information
source. If you put all that together, Julie has probably attended over 500-plus meetings
connected to the trustees alone. And you have to — to comprehend that, because of that,
because of those attending those meetings, everything has worked so well with regard
to the communication to our trustees, as well as the community. So, Julie, on behalf of
the college, thank you for your service and your commitment to higher education. Thank
you. (Applause.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Would anybody else like to comment from the board? Well spoken by
our president.>>On anything or?
(Laughter.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Let’s limit it to Julie
at this point. I will just say on behalf of the board, to try to thank — Chris touched
on it a little bit, how communications and marketing and wordsmithing and delivery of
messages has changed over those 28 years, Julie, has been — you’ve seen an awful lot
of change. This college has grown up a lot. We’ll celebrate our 50th year in two years.
But so you’ve been here for well over half of the college’s existence, and we’ve changed
a lot during that period of time. I thank you for putting up with the current set of
trustees and all the former trustees who may have challenged your patience at various times.
But thank you very much for your service to this college and this community.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: All right. And now I’d like to turn this over to Dr. Korb.
>>Dr. Judy Korb: Okay. Well, it is my pleasure to welcome and introduce you to Dr. Mickey
McCloud. He will be our Vice President of Academics in a very short period of time.
And so Dr. McCloud comes to us from Blue River Community College, where he is currently the
Dean of Instruction. And so if you would like to come to the podium and say just a few words,
we’d be happy to –>>Dr. Mickey McCloud: Excellent. Well, thank
you for having me. I would like to thank the trustees for offering me this opportunity
to work with this fine institution. And I would like to thank all of the faculty and
staff who took the time to interview me, grilled me with a number of questions, to which some
of which I had absolutely no answer to, and yet they still put up with continuing on with
the conversation. But I also want to say I think this is a job that I will enjoy doing,
but I will enjoy doing it for a different reason. In the last several posts that I’ve
filled, I have come into situations where I’ve had to fix the leftover burning fires
from my predecessors, and I think that I’m coming in to replace somebody who is stellar.
I’ve spent a very short time with Andy Anderson, and I had no — I didn’t tell you yesterday
I was going to do this. But after I walked around in your wake yesterday at the KBOR
meetings, Sun Tzu once said a good leader is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. I
think that Andy exemplifies that. And so this will probably be the largest challenge of
my career because I’m not coming into a position where the previous person left me lots of
fires. Those are easy to fix. I’m coming into a position where the previous person did a
stellar job and everybody loves them. That’s always harder to come into, because you have
to live up to somebody who is universally loved. I think I watched him get kudos from
about 30 different people yesterday in Topeka, and every other community college CAO talked
about how important it was that he actually took the time to form relationships with them.
These people might not like me at all. (Laughter.)
And yet I’m held to a standard that I have to try and make friends with them all because
he has formed such great relationships. I look forward to looking at this institution
as we move forward through the years about what we can be. Sun Tzu also said that invincibility
lies in the defense, the opportunity of victory in the attack. I think we need to step forward
into the next era with the same vigor that this last era was carried forward, we need
to continue to attack ignorance, intolerance, all the things that college is supposed to
stand against in forming a better community, better human beings, and creating the human
capital that the country is built on, in particular that Johnson County will be built on. I think
Andy’s left us in a great position to do that, and I hope to not mess it up too much and
keep it moving forward. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, and welcome.
We’re looking forward to your tenure. And when you leave, we want to hear the same thing
from your successor. (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Mickey McCloud: I will give that my best!
>>Chair Greg Musil: We are excited.>>Dr. Judy Korb: Thank you, Mickey.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Dr. McCloud, and thanks, Judy. I’d like to recognize Dennis
Arjo and Julie Haas, who co-chaired the selection committee that ultimately ended up with Dr.
McCloud as the new Chief Academic Officer. So thank you for your hard work. I know it’s
never an easy task, but it’s very much appreciated. Now, Dr. McCloud here has referenced Andy,
and I’d like to kind of follow up on that a little bit. Mickey has big shoes to fill,
and I know that’s kind of a cliche statement, but it’s so true. And during his time here
over the past three years in this position, Andy’s made some difficult calls, I mean tough
calls that he made, and that’s never easy. You know, he has worked tirelessly, and I
mean tirelessly, and I’d like to recognize his wife, Kathy, in the audience because when
one is put in that kind of situation, oftentimes the homefront is the one that also pays a
price. And I know Andy will have a lot of time to make up, I’m sure.
(Laughter.) But when it comes to Andy, he always promotes
the best interests of the students, and during his time in this role he has also promoted
or advanced our mission, our academic mission. As Mickey alluded to earlier, Andy has cultivated
relationships throughout this state and throughout the region in the community college world.
Wherever you go, people will speak of Andy, and they’ll speak of him in glowing terms.
I have to say, Andy, that people are genuinely saddened by your departure, certainly up there
as Mickey alluded to at the KBOR yesterday, but just about everywhere in our community.
So on behalf of the college, we would like to thank you for your service to the college,
which I believe is 35 years, but also your commitment to the teaching profession. Andy’s
a life-long teacher. He loves to lecture. You sampled some of that earlier tonight.
(Laughter.) He has been doing that for 43 years. And so,
Andy, in your absence, I want to know who do we turn to, to collect the wisdom of Homer?
So thank you, Andy Anderson. Your service to the college has been exemplary. Thank you.
(Applause.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Andy, would you like to
say anything?>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Actually, I wrote it
out.>>Chair Greg Musil: We have 50 minutes, just
by chance.>>Dr. Andy Anderson: I thought I might have
the opportunity for another Lightning Round. (Laughter.)
In all seriousness, I want to thank the faculty. I want to thank the President’s Cabinet, who’s
listened to me challenge some things along the way, the Board of Trustees, the commitment
everyone brings to making the college a great place, a place that inspires learning, to
transform lives and strengthen communities. Serving in this role as the Vice President
of Academic Affairs, I’ve come to appreciate the incredible complexity of a wonderful college.
This place is far bigger than any of us actually probably realize, it’s something I came to
realize in Topeka after about three months when I realized the decisions that we might
make here about our own scheduling, our own — all kinds of random things turns out to
affect not only ourselves, but colleges across the state. We set models that affect colleges
across the nation. When we try to think through decisions, the context is greater than we
can almost ever realize. I’ve come to appreciate that after these three and a half years, I
guess, I was aware of it, but living it is very different.
Most of all, I want to thank and recognize the value and the critical importance of working
together. Following the daily news, one sees more and more how critical it is to strengthen
community as part of our mission. We are always better when we come together, supporting our
common humanity. I believe that’s the only way we can overcome our fears of failure and
find our better selves. Sorry. At the end of his lectures, not mine, but at the end
of his lectures reviewing the accomplishments of Western Civilization, excuse me, Sir Kenneth
Clark comes to a few final rather simple conclusions that summarize his personal beliefs, some
beliefs that I think I share. Clark says I’m sure that human sympathy is more valuable
than ideology. He says I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other
people’s feelings by satisfying our own egos. I believe our college is at its best when
we embrace these simple values, human sympathy and courtesy. And on the whole, I think we
do a pretty good job of doing that. And finally, since I do have to refer to Homer,
finally, really the whole story, since I can’t quote it because the quote is really over
a couple thousand lines, really to — to the point of the whole story, the whole book is
a tale of a homecoming, Odysseus returning to his patient Penelope. My wife and family
have been patient of so much. I could not have served the college, taught my classes,
or been a teacher without her support. I want to thank her most of all, more than I can
ever express here. It is a very strange thing to think about 43 years of lectures, my students
probably thought they were all that long. (Laughter.)
So anyway, I thank you for the opportunity to serve the college. This has been an incredible
experience, knowing all of you, it has been very much a family. Thank you.
(Applause.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Let’s hear a motion, we
adjourn. I mean it doesn’t seem like we should go forward after that, Andy. Any other comments,
Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, sir. With respect
to I think collegiality and reaching across lines or to build bridges, when talking to
a colleague of ours, Trustee David Lindstrom last month, I believe, before the Management
Committee, with some ideas I had, he had said that some of let’s say my criticism of the
legislature, while I think somewhat founded, they should receive some credit for doing
a percentage of what we’re asking them to do, in helping to build our institution. He
assured me they watch us. I didn’t think anybody — my wife doesn’t watch us. So I’m like,
okay, great, if Topeka watches, then, you know, I can’t be any more bare with somebody
than to say, you know, we do thank you for what you do. Some of us do offer criticism
as a part of a I guess a loyal opposition or a loyal dissent. But I just wanted to comment,
with respect to the 860 allocation, what is given is appreciated, though some of us may
dissent from that allocation being taken back. So I hope that reaches its mark. I wanted
to echo Vice President Anderson’s statements, someone who was always very candid with me,
helped me learn my position and not being just the guy firing off e-mails at some conference.
So I appreciate his and Ms. Haas’ service and everyone’s service here, Trustee Drummond,
whose time is coming here. But I just wanted to comment on that and say thank you for every
— everyone.>>Chair Greg Musil: Well, I will offer comments
about Andy. And usually I only cry during the budget vote.
(Laughter.) You kind of got me messed up here. But you
stepped into a position that was supposed to be interim, replacing somebody who had
been here for a long time. You didn’t have to do that. I suspect you didn’t want to do
that. I suspect you didn’t want to do it for three years, but you did it for the institution.
And through all those challenges, you never lost sight of our vision. So I want to say
thank you. All right. I’m going to — I’m just a wimp,
but I’m going to miss you, Andy. The next item on the agenda, there’s no old
business. Is that — does that complete your report?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That completes it.>>Chair Greg Musil: Are you about done running
people out? (Laughter.)
And welcoming people in and… July, we’re going to stop the July — we’re
going to stop having the June meeting because June 30th is the end of our fiscal year and
people leave and it’s — it’s too tough. Okay. No old business that I’m aware of. And no
new business. So we’ll move to Reports from Board Liaisons. Dr. Arjo, you get to follow
this. Dennis, as the first report from the new Faculty Association president. You’re
a philosopher, so this will be a piece of cake.
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: We will see. Thank you very much, opportunity to speak. I would like
to revisit a matter I brought to the board’s attention last meeting by way of a statement
on behalf of the Faculty Association regarding the college’s participation with the Kansas
Association of Community College Trustees. So that statement, let me just say, first,
was the result of a motion made at our last general meeting in May, the FA meeting in
May, and it did pass unanimously. So I do think that speaks to the level of concern
the faculty have for this matter. The background, as you know, really has to do with the matter
of due process and House Bill 2531, I believe it was, and apparent cooperation or support
of that bill by the KACCT. So perhaps by way of responding to a potential
question, why we’re still so concerned with this in light of the Master Agreement amendment
that took care of immediate concerns of faculty for the most part locally, just let me say
just a couple things. So this has to do with what is usually referred to as tenure. There
is a very long history in the academic world of tenure being tied very closely to the value
of academic freedom. So we see this not so much as a policy that we might have to use
any day now, but really a matter of what we value. I tend to think of it kind of like
insurance. Insurance is a kind of funny thing, you spend a lot of money on something you
hope you never have to use, and you do that because what you’re insuring has value to
you, you want to make sure that it is there. So it’s an expression of your valuing this
item that you’re willing to pay money that you hope to never recoup really. So to some
respect, having this policy at the state level in law is an expression of the State of Kansas’
valuing, we see, higher education because it is an expression of the value it places
on allowing faculty the space they need to do their jobs, being somewhat insulated from
political legal pressure. So that is why we are very uncomfortable,
to say the least, in supporting an organization which seems — it might be more complex than
we appreciate, and we’d be happy to hear more about exactly what all the KACCT does. But
from our perspective, there is a fundamental disconnection here of our participating in
an organization which seems to be acting against what we see as a fundamental value in higher
education. So I just wanted to try to explain that side of it.
With that, I’m happy to address questions or concerns that may have arisen in the past
month, if you had a chance to think about it and talk about it and look at what I gave
you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions on that topic?
I might — I might mention that I think I made it clear during the — our discussion
on House Bill 2531 in our February meeting, whichever one that overflowed into the Ben
Craig Auditorium upstairs, 2531 was not the most of my worries with respect to legislation
that is supported by some members of KACCT. Statewide mill levy, loss of service areas,
those types of issues are I think far more dangerous to Johnson County in the long run.
And I’m very pleased that your predecessor and you as part of the team and then Dr. Sopcich
and Dr. Korb and the rest of the team, I can’t imagine a faculty in a better place right
now with respect to academic freedom than the faculty here, because it is in state law
still and perhaps that’s a reflection of the legislature realized that value. And it’s
also in the Master Agreement, so and, frankly, I think a better format in the Master Agreement
than is in state law. So — but we understand, and I think — I think we’ve had those discussions
about KACCT and they will be ongoing. I don’t know that we have a formal decision about
how to address that, but we’ve certainly all seen the resolution or the letter that you
wrote on behalf of the Faculty Association and appreciate the issues in there. They’ve
been struggled with by this board for all five years that I’ve been on it.
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Okay. I appreciate that. I mean, yeah, in a lot of ways this goes beyond
just, like I said, our standing vis-a-vis given policy. I think it’s safe to say we’re
not looking at some kind of witch hunt against any faculty. That’s not really the issue.
Because I try to frame it even — laws do a lot of things. One thing they do is teach,
and they teach as an expression of what is valuable, they protect what is valuable. So
even if tangibly nothing were to change were this to come back to the legislature next
year, we would be insulated because of the Master Agreement. But were it to pass again
the second try, it would still put us in a state in which, by our rights at least, higher
education has become less valued. Academics, we live in a world that goes beyond just our
institution. When I go to conferences, when I talk to philosophers in other philosophy
programs, they’re colleagues, they’re part of my world, too. So this is bigger than — than
us, I would reiterate.>>Mr. Chair?
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes. Mr. President, thank
you for being here today. I think you know that I opposed House Bill 2531 and supported
to allow your movements. I do think that our relationship with KACCT, as I said at that
general meeting last month, is a complicated one and frankly necessary one, to say the
least. I just returned from Portland, Oregon, where among other institutions Umpqua Community
College and Virginia Tech University, in coordination with the National Association of Community
College Trustees, put together one of the best collaborative efforts I’ve ever been
a part of, either in law, politics, or anything connected to here. And while I certainly was
disappointed in KACCT’s stand on that particular bill, I do think that your voices were heard
and I think that this resolution is noted. But I do think on balance in very difficult
times, KACCT is a useful organization to this entity, and I do respect you bringing the
resolution forward and noting it again here tonight. But I just wanted to give you my
thoughts in recognition of the resolution and express my general thoughts.
>>Dr. Arjo: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cook?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. I don’t want to take from Dr. Arjo’s time,
but I will respond to his when I give my KACCT report.
I do have some responses.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: That would be good. I appreciate
that.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you very much. Enjoy
the summer. Well, we’ll see you in July. Johnson County Education Research Triangle,
Mr. Lindstrom. I don’t believe they’ve had a meeting since our last meeting, so we’ll
skip that and ask for his report next month. Kansas Association of Community College Trustees;
that would be Trustee Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Dr. Arjo, I repeat — I appreciate your question and your representation of the faculty’s position.
So I was just on an ACCT conference call this afternoon prior to this meeting, and Dr. Sopcich
and I attended the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees in Hutchinson this past weekend,
and let me just say that while I believe this group of trustees and this administration
was and is committed to having a due process procedure that not only equals what the State
may have by statute, but excels, I certainly understand a faculty member’s position that,
well, what happens when this group of trustees changes, goes away or changes in philosophy,
and what happens when we have a different administration. So I appreciated your insurance
policy analogy, I thought it was very appropriate. So I understand.
I for one would not vote to leave KACCT based, though, on the due process bill. Let me explain
that. There was an issue at ACCT today on a national level, and then there are many
of them nationwide that — and they don’t all align with JCCC. And so do I — do I quit
and leave because we may have a differing viewpoint on that one issue? I think not.
Like Trustee Cross indicated, and as Andy has said, I’m beginning to realize more and
more when I’m on this national board the perception that the nation has of this institution, and
it’s very strong. I’m pleasantly surprised, as Andy has indicated, that when he first
went to KBOR, or Topeka, the impression that people have of this institution, which you
and your colleagues have established. So we sometimes have to think beyond an issue that
may not be to our liking, yet a very emotional and sensitive one. At KACCT, we had a similar
situation to the due process bill when Wichita State University wanted to merge with Wichita
Technical School. KACCT opposed that bill, and as you know, there are six technical colleges
in Kansas and 19 community colleges. Interestingly, the 19 community colleges provide 75% of the
technical education courses in this state, and yet we have this — this other board called
the Tech Education — the Technical Education Authority, TEA, which Andy is very fond of
and a member — and proud of. And yet TEA got pretty upset with the position that KACCT
took because they perceived we blocked that merger, and perhaps we did. And it wasn’t
so much we were against the merger, but it was — it was the “how” process and how it
affected community colleges in that geographic area where Wichita State wanted to now perhaps
recruit students that were participants in Senate Bill 155, which affected high school
recruiting, which affected community college survival, and we’ve got I think four or five
community colleges in the southeast that are pretty close in proximity and they’re all
competing for students. And so we have some issues to deal now with TEA, KACCT, and KBOR
in terms of how we work together, and I think, like Trustee Musil, I frankly think we have
bigger issues in terms of future funding and future existence with service areas and statewide
mill levies. On the other hand, you were asking for a plus. We just had our first graduating
class of the Kansas Leadership Institute, created and sponsored by KACCT, and I believe,
Dr. Sopcich, we had 22 participants that completed, our institution had 2 participants. And the
idea is that as we have realized turnover in our leadership at community colleges in
the last few years of our 19 community colleges, we decided we need to begin to have a program
to try and provide an opportunity for young leaders in our college campuses to advance
in their careers with a Leadership Institute. And we had two testimonials Friday night at
our conference, and many of these participants already have their doctor’s degrees, but they
got involved in the Leadership Institute, and I believe I’m pretty fair, Joe, in saying
that they thought the experience was a several-week experience whereby they leave like on a Thursday
night or a Friday morning and spend Friday and Saturday at a college. There are a number
of sessions throughout the year. And they build this cohort of colleagues that will
become very unified. And they were very strong in their testimony about the experiences,
they’ve had some speakers come in and was it — I forget if it was Stephanie or Melanie
that spoke Friday night, and she said for many of us that have our doctoral programs,
this experience was much more stimulating than our doctoral program. And what was exciting,
7 of the 22 now have advanced positions within their colleges. One college lost two to other
colleges, and yet he was very happy about the program. So we’re trying to grow leadership
within our state for future leadership to stay in this state. Will they all stay? No.
If they have a job career, I think they ought to take advantage of the best experience they
have. But I believe that’s one of the strengths that KACCT has provided. And so I certainly
appreciate your concern and I understand your concern. I was a teacher once and I had the
same concerns you have about how is my superintendent of schools or my school board going to treat
me if I teach a course particularly that may have some potential controversy about the
subject matter, and so then we get into all this freedom of expression. And I for one
understand that but don’t intend to get into a in a nutshell or in short story tonight
about that. But thank you. I hope that helps explain that
there are issues that we sometimes don’t agree with, but we have to work through and hopefully
we can be inside the tent affecting those decisions rather than standing outside the
tent and having something done to us. I’d remind all of us that the core values
of ACCT, we have six. It’s boardsmanship, advocacy, student success, diversity, innovation,
and service. And we spent a whole day Friday with Dr. Keith Miller from Greenville Community
College Technical Center in Greenville, South Carolina, who evidently has done some good
work on innovation. And if you look at Dr. Sopcich’s report with the staff, we can almost
break down those sections. There’s certainly a section there on student success. And so
at the end of every slide, he’d ask a question, how does your college stack up, in each of
these areas that he talked about. And like Trustee Cross again going to Oregon, or Andy,
I really feel good about how our college stacks up. And, Doctor, I appreciate your commitment
to say let’s — let’s go from this level to the next and we are in a new era and how do
we — how do we shift this aircraft carrier to move in a different course, because we
have a — obviously a new world and issues to deal with. And we always can’t predict
when those issues are going to affect us. So I’m sorry to take so much time on all that,
but I think it explains at least my position that I’m — I want to give KACCT a chance,
yet we are reviewing very closely how does a national association and a state association
affect the best interests of our college. And sometimes we have to — we have to participate
for the best interests of the state organization and the best interests of the national organization,
and that’s why I challenge all of our trustees to please read the work that goes into that
monthly report, because if we want to become better advocates of this college, there’s
a wealth of information right in that report that can help us. That concludes my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Trustee Cook? I worry if we put Trustee Cook and Andy
Anderson together on the agenda. (Laughter.)
That was very well said, Jerry. And the point is that to be a member of ACCT, we have to
be a member of the sponsoring state organization. So we would lose the ability to collaborate
nationally as well as collaborate statewide, and we would be outside of two tents, I think
is the issue.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, and by the way,
if we decide to drop out of KACCT in the best interests of this college, I have no problem
going off the national board, because I want to do what’s in the best interests of this
college.>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. We’re ready
to move to the Foundation Liaison Report. Trustee Ingram.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. Thank you. On May 24th, the Johnson County Community College
Foundation held its annual luncheon. More than 100 guests enjoyed the event, in which
there was a featured surprise award called the Open Pedal. That was one of the main reasons
that I wanted to provide a report today. As you know, the college has a history of having
an Open Petal incorporated into college logo. That little touch put there when the logo
was originially conceived years ago reminds us that as long as there are new ideas to
present, new challenges to accept, and new visions to pursue, this institution will always
be open to them. This award honors those who embody that concept, people who are always
open to new ideas and who work constantly in pursuit of greater challenges and visions.
Hugh Libby is a Foundation member and donor who presented this award. He shared that he
was educated by the award winner about the mission and excellence of the college and
the crucial role it plays in our community. In turn, this motivated him to leave a substantial
gift through his estate plan to support the college. Hugh shared that it was the winner
of this award who brought the college to life for me, and I’ll quote, I’m sorry, “It was
the winner of this award who brought the college to life for me. He’s a tireless advocate of
Johnson County Community College, not only in our county, but in fact all over this continent.”
He then presented the surprise honor to his dear friend, Dr. Jerry Cook. I wanted to make
sure all of the trustees were aware of this well-deserved recognition for Jerry’s service
to Johnson County Community College and the entire community college system. Other highlights
of the meeting included celebration of the $1 million gift to rename the Culinary Academy
from the Wylie Trust, and we congratulated Joni Becker on her retirement this month following
27 years of service to the Foundation. Thank you. And congratulations.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cook, congratulations. (Applause.)
But you do not get to leave on June 30th. (Laughter.)
With the rest of these folks. I made a mistake at the beginning of the meeting. I did not
mention the Open Forum session. At each meeting we have an Open Forum session where citizens
or anybody is allowed to participate and comment. They need to register before the meeting.
There was nobody registered today, but I want to make sure that everybody knowing — that’s
watching this understands that there is an opportunity to address the Board for a limit
of five minutes at the start of each meeting, and next meeting I will make sure to call
that at the right time. We’re now ready for our Consent Agenda. The
Consent Agenda is a grouping of items that have been reviewed and are of routine nature
and they’re typically considered in one motion and one vote. Any member of the board may
request that a particular item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered, debated,
and voted upon separately. Are there any items that any board member would like to consider
separately in today’s Consent Agenda? If not, do I hear a motion to approve the Consent
Agenda?>>So moved.
>>Second.>>It’s been moved and seconded to approve
the Consent Agenda. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously. We will have an Executive Session at the end
of the meeting today, but before we get to that portion of the agenda, I’ll turn it over
to Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It seems like we’re having
a mass exodus this evening. But when it comes to our trustees, Bob, it’s your last — it’s
your last meeting this evening. And I don’t know if everyone is familiar with your incredible
track record of public service that has impacted Johnson County in so many ways. MNU, Olathe,
TLC, all of those organizations benefited from your leadership, as we have as well.
And I think that I’ll always remember you and your pounding on the word relevance, which
is so important in today’s higher ed world, the importance of organizations, of colleges
being relevant as to how they serve their students in the community. So on behalf of
the faculty, the staff, and everyone who works here, Bob, thank you for your leadership and
for your contributions during your time here on the board. It’s very much appreciated.
Thank you. (Applause.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Would you like to comment, Dr. Drummond?
>>Trustee Robert Drummond: Well, thank you so very much. It’s been a very significant
honor for me. This is many in ways the capstone of my career. I started my career in education
when I was 22 years old trying to teach some sweathogs government and history, none of
which they had the least bit of interest in. And from that time on, as a student teacher
and then a teacher, I’ve spent the last 45 years in education of some sort in some way.
And I’ve just had the privilege and the honor to be able to be in a lot of different venues
and be involved in education from every level possible, and — possible to me, that is — and
I’m just very thankful to have that privilege. And now that I’m a grandfather six times,
it’s time that I focus my education on grandchildren. And before I left tonight to come here, three
of my granddaughters who live around the next cul-de-sac, just as I was leaving, ran over
to our house and to tell you, you know, the level of life that I live now is they wanted
to borrow half a dozen eggs. (Laughter.)
So they could help their mom make a cobbler that I hope to have a bite of when I get home.
(Laughter.) So that’s where I’ll be spending a lot of
the rest of my life, trying to provide education for my grandchildren and other grandchildren,
I think, that I come across. When you’re with one grandchild, you’re with a whole neighborhood
of grandchildren. And so this experience here has been the capstone of my education career,
not that I’m going to kind of crawl in a corner and not do anything. But certainly be focusing
more on the local level instead of the countywide level and the district level and things like
that. But to have the opportunity and the privilege to serve with the trustees around
this table and some of the trustees who have graduated like I did, and then to work with
the faculty, the administration that I’ve had an opportunity to do the past seven years,
has been a real thrill, a real thrill for me. And to be able to see community college
continue to raise its standards and to serve as many students as they can and to continue
to try to find new ways to serve the under-served student and the students that could be here
that aren’t here. That’s always been my passion, and we as a community college have become
very successful at that. But until we have all of them here, we’re not successful. So
my challenge to myself and to you is, let’s keep being creative. Let’s keep being innovative.
Let’s find ways for those first generation kids and adults to experience Johnson County
Community College, because as all of you know, it’s transformational. Whether they’re 33
years old or whether they’re a 17-year-old and are in our College Now program, it’s transformational,
and it’s a great beginning for all of these students. And the work that you have done
and you’ll continue to do will be of great consequence to our county in the days ahead.
So thank you for the privilege and the opportunity to work with you. I occasionally may turn
you on and watch this. (Laughter.)
But I honestly can’t do that until my cable company has you.
(Laughter.)>>Yeah. Yeah.
>>Trustee Robert Drummond: But I can find you on the Internet. So thank you. It’s been
my privilege and honor and will be thinking about you as I’m driving away to places unknown.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, I would just — I said about a month ago how much I appreciated
serving with you, Bob, and I would just say that I’m reminded of an interviewer that interviewing
Mother Theresa and he said, You pray a lot, don’t you? And she said, Yes, I do, several
times a day. And he said, What do you do when you pray? And she says, Well, I — I mostly
listen. And he said, Well, what do you think God does when you pray? And she says, Well,
I think he mostly listens. So if you listen to those six grandchildren, they can teach
you an awful lot. So that’s what I’d say.>>Trustee Robert Drummond: Thank you. They
already have, every day.>>Chair Greg Musil: I think if you ask a majority
of Johnson Countians what makes this county special, it’s the educational system that’s
available. There are very many choices, whether it’s K-12 or higher education. And, Bob, your
experience over — since you were 22 years old, as a teacher, as an administrator, at
Mid-America Nazarene, on the Olathe School Board for 20-plus years —
>>Trustee Drummond: 18.>>Chair Greg Musil: 18 years.
— on the community college board here, I suspect we can say safely that nobody has
done more for education in this county than you have. Thank you. It really seems anticlimactic
to move into Executive Session.>>Trustee Robert Drummond: Yes, let’s do.
>>Chair Greg Musil: But I know Bob wants one more before he leaves the board.
(Laughter.) So I would like to entertain a motion to go
into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters of non-elected
personnel in order to protect the privacy interests of the individuals to be discussed,
consultation with an attorney which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client
relationship, in order to protect the privilege in the board’s communications with its attorney
on legal matters. The session will last one hour — no more than 1 hour and 15 minutes,
and no action will be taken during the session. I’d like to invite President Joe Sopcich and
General Counsel Tanya Wilson to join this Executive Session. Do I hear such a motion?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: So moved.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross moved and Trustee Ingram seconded. All those in favor
say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. It passes unanimously. We will start the session at
6:45, which would mean we would be back here no later than 8:00. Thank you all.
(Executive Session.)>>Chair Greg Musil: We’re back in Open Session
at 8:00 after our hour and 15-minute Executive Session. We’re going to need a little more
time in Executive Session. So I would like to entertain a motion to go in Executive Session
for the purpose of discussing personnel matters of non-elected personnel in order to protect
the privacy interests of the individuals to be discussed, consultation with an attorney
which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, in order to protect the privilege
and the board’s communications with its attorney on legal matters. This session will last no
more than 30 minutes, and no action will be taken during the session. We’d like to invite
Dr. Sopcich to join us in this Executive Session. We will return no later than 8:33. Is there
such a motion?>>So moved.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded.
Any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
(Aye.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carried
unanimously. We’ll be back in Open Session no later than 8:33. Thank you.
(Executive Session.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, everybody.
We are back in Open Session at 8:33 after our Executive Session of 30 minutes. No action
was taken. We’re going to go back into Executive Session for no more than an additional 30
minutes. I think I’ll start this one at 8:35. So if anybody needs a two-minute break to
the ladies’ or men’s room we can do that. I’d entertain a motion to go into Executive
Session for personnel matters to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel in order
to protect the privacy interests of the individuals to be discussed, consultation with an attorney
which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, in order to protect the privilege
in the board’s communications with its attorney on legal matters. This session will last no
more than 30 minutes. No action will be taken. I’d like to invite Dr. Sopcich and Tanya Wilson
to join this session. Do I hear such a motion?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: So moved.
>>Trustee Bob Drummond: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: I’m going to call Cook
moved and Drummond seconded. We’ll go back into Executive Session at 8:35. We will be
out no later than 9:05 in this room. Thank you.
Oh, all in favor? (Ayes.)
>>Yes.>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed? Motion carries.
(Executive Session.)>>Chair Greg Musil: We have returned from
Executive Session at 9:00, five minutes earlier than the Executive Session was moved to last.
Do we have a motion?>>So moved to adjourn.
>>No.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I will move that we
offer Dr. Sopcich the contract of which terms we’ll present to him and — what’s the last
part of that?>>Chair Greg Musil: That’s it.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: That’s it.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved by Trustee Cook and seconded by Trustee Cross to present
to Dr. Sopcich a contract with the terms that will be included in the contract for him to
review. Is there any further discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously. There’s no further business. Is there a motion to adjourn?
>>So moved.>>Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded. All in favor say yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. We are adjourned. Thank you very much.