(melodic music) (banging) – I would like to call to order
the March 21st, 2019 meeting for the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees to order. If you will all stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance. – [All] I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. – Good evening. Thank you all for being here this evening. We would like to begin with the role call and recognition of the visitors. – Okay
– Mrs. Schlicht. – This evening’s visitors
include Dave Schecter, Pam Stranathan, Melissa
McIntire, Roberta Everslage, Ryan Coleston, Mary Lynn Hoskin, Dick Carter, and Jamia Haynes. – Thank you, very much. Okay, Dr. Sopcich, we
will begin with the words and recognitions this evening. – Thank you, Trustee Ingram. Tonight we have with us
some very special guests from the Gardner Edgerton
USD 231 district. Superintendent Pam Stranathan
and Melissa McIntire, who is the Coordinator of
Student Support Services. I’d– come on up. (laughing) – [Pam] Sorry. I invited myself, did I? – Wow. You’re way ahead of the script here. (laughing) Before we get started, I’d like to read a little bit about your district. – Okay.
– Okay. – [Pam] I’m gonna sit up here
and be embarrassed right now. (laughing) – We all know Gardner Edgerton
is in the Southwest corner of Johnson County. The district serves approximately
61 hundred students, which includes, and they are
in seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. In 2016, patrons of
that community approved a 29.7 million dollar bond
for high school addition, a stand alone advanced technical center, which is really a fantastic structure, as we’ve had the good fortune of visiting, and a trails facility
and capital improvements. Gardner Edgerton is home to three national blue ribbon schools and
competes academically at regional state and
national competitions. Now, I’d like to read a little bit about terrific Superintendent. (laughing) Pam holds a Bachelor’s of Education Degree from Fort Hay State University and a Masters in Education
from Texas Women’s University. She began her career in education at Fort Hays State University
as an Assistant Instructor and Graduate Student in the
Kinesiology Department in 1987. Pam came to Gardner, Kansas
in 2008 accepting the position of Assistant Principal at
Gardner Edgerton High School. She was then promoted
to the District Office as an Assistant Director
of Secondary Education and then in 2010 she was
promoted to be Director of Educational Services
for Secondary Education. Pam has held this position until she was appointed Interim
Superintendent in February 2014 and became Superintendent
in February 2015. A rather meteoric career
rise, Pam, congratulations. – [Pam] Thank you. (laughs) – Pam has presented
professionally at State and National conferences on
topics including Common Core, Cyber Bullying, Special
Education Modification, Benchmark Testing, Positive
Behavior Modification, New Environmental Interdisciplinary Units, Crisis Communication, Gang
Identification, Grant Writing, Cooperative Learning, Classroom Management and Technology-Based Classrooms. How do you have time
to be a Superintendent when you’re writing these
presentations all the time? – I just don’t sleep at night. – There you go, there you go. Well, Pam, welcome, you and Melissa. Thank you so much for
joining us this evening. Thank you for this terrific partnership that we have, it benefits truly, hopefully all of our students and we’re very, very
focused on student success. So, it’s our pleasure to honor
you this evening, thank you. – I appreciate it. (audience applauding) – We have a small token
of our appreciation to you this evening. Thank you very much for being here but I think, for many of us,
is we kind of learned more about our community and the
different school districts that contribute to having students here at Johnson County Community College. We realize the value of our
continued contributions, amongst ourselves, but
certainly the conversations that we have that really work
to strengthen our communities. So, thank you very much. This is a timepiece that
will reflect the time that we’ve spent together and the time that we look forward to spending together in the future.
– How nice. – So, thank you for being here tonight. – I appreciate that. – You’d like to say a few words? – Yeah.
– We’d like to have you. – So, I just want to say thank you. I want to say thank you, it’s
kind of interesting coming in here, ’cause I look out in the audience and the number of people
that are sitting out here that we have had relationships with and then the people that
are sitting around up here, it’s absolutely amazing. And since I’ve came into the
district, I’ve had the pleasure of continually, every year, working with Johnson County
Community College staff and students, at times, and coming over and doing observations,
looking, getting feedback, asking questions, and
I just can’t say enough about our partnership and how strong it is and how much I believe
the importance of that. And as we continue to keep moving forward, just even recently, we’ve been
working on adding Pathways, which include the fire
safety and we’re beginning to have further conversations also, not just with our CNA
programs and our fire safety and all the other career pathways, but looking at more of Pathways
such as your cosmetology, on how we can start
bringing students to you that are at the point in
their high school careers, where they want to go on
into that career avenue. So, those are just a few
things that we have worked with you all but I cannot tell
you enough thank you’s of how much that partnership’s important. It’s not just important to the adults, it’s important to what we’re offering and we’re providing to our students. One quick scenario I’ll give you, that I think nobody else
in Johnson County has done, is we offered a career class
that was at our Alt School because we saw that our
Alt School population was not going on to college. They were really not. They were finishing school, their credits, and being done with it
and we started offering a few years ago. Three years ago, is that right Melissa? A college career credit
to them and I went back and checked numbers and our
first group of 10 students that took that class had
enrolled with you all. Nine of those 10
continued on with you all. I think that’s huge that we changed their pathways moving forward. And so, that’s a small part. I’m gonna have Melissa just
talk for a couple of minutes ’cause I want her to
give you some numbers. Melissa has been on this
ride with me since I came into the district and sometimes,
I think, unwilling, right? (laughing) I’ll say, I have a vision
and she’ll look at me like, oh here comes that vision. And so, but I so appreciate
all that she does for our students and I just
want her to share some numbers with you ’cause I think
they’re important to hear. I had shared some with
you before the meeting and I think it’s kind
of impressive to know how many of our students
you really impact, so. – [Lee] Thank you, Pam. – Prior to taking on my role as Coordinator of Student Services, I was a High School Counselor in Gardner and I have been the College
Now representative for 20 years here at Johnson County Community
College and as a parent, and as a counselor, I cannot
tell you how valuable that is to our students out in Gardner. I’m always very proud to have the ability to offer that to them. On a personal note, for my
students, who I consider my kids, and my own personal children,
that the recent change in the requirement to
get into College Algebra, sorry this is just fresh on my mind, thank you so, so much
because it really is reaching a lot of students. Parents are excited. Kids are excited. It’s a big deal because some of our kids are really good in the classroom. They may be straight A students but just didn’t hit that ACT
score and it was a barrier. So, while I have this unique opportunity, I wanted to thank you for that. 36% of our graduating seniors attend Johnson County Community College. So, this facility is very
important to our community. – [Angeliina] 36%. And as Pam said, we
look forward to continue to our partnership with you and appreciate everything you do for us. – Wonderful. (audience applauding) – I’d now like to introduce Karen Martley, our Vice President of Continuing Education and Organizational Development. Karen, I believe you’re going
to introduce the next awardee. – Yes. Janice, if you’d like to come forward. Tonight I want to
recognize Janice Blansit. Janice is the Director of our Johnson County Adult Education Program in the Continuing Ed branch. She joined us in 2008, we’re so fortunate to have her join our team. And I’m gonna share a little about her because she never lets me do this. She always likes to
stay behind the scenes. Janice has serviced, right in around, 15 hundred students a year in her program. And to kind of put that
in perspective for you, there are 20 Adult Education
programs in the state of Kansas that are under KPER and
out of those 20 locations, Janice serves 15%, excuse
me, 15% of those students. Correct? No, 20% of those, 25 now,
percent of those students. So, she sees large groups
of students assisting them with basic instruction, whether it’s English Language skills, whether it’s assisting
them with soft skills in the curriculum or
basic kinds of life skills to help them be successful but also really provides,
her and her team, a really good safety net for students. So, if they hit that hurdle,
that might be financial or utilities or housing or childcare, whatever it may be, her
team is always trained and up to speed on those resources, which allows for the success
of the students as well too. So this year, at the annual
meeting of the Adult Education in the State in Wichita,
and that was in February, Janice received the
Distinguished Service Award. And this award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding service, promoting, developing or
implementing Adult Education in the state of Kansas. The state of Kansas program is
in the top 15% in the nation and I believe it’s Janice and her team, play a big role in the success
in what happens in the state and I don’t know anyone
more deserving of this award than you, Janice. So, on behalf of JCCC, congratulations. – Thank you. (audience applauding) Sure. (laughs) Well, thank you very much. I really am honored to receive this award and I’m very honored to be invited to be here this evening as well. Adult Education is something
that’s very near and dear to my heart and as I
talk with my counterparts throughout Kansas, they
all talk about feeling like second class citizens
within the institutions that sponsor them and
that is not the case here. So, when I think of my team, and this award belongs to my team, my team is not just the
instructors and the students and the volunteers within JCAE but it’s the entire JCCC family. Every department just bends
over backwards to support us and to help us and delivers
quality work, very timely. So, that enables us to
do the best we can do for our students and the community. And so, for that, I
thank you very sincerely. I’m really honored to be a
part of the JCCC community. Thank you. (audience applauding) – Janice, I just wanted to share that it is really a pleasure
to honor you here this evening. For there has just never been
a time when your kindness and professionalism and just everything about you hasn’t been evident. You’re just a very gracious woman. Those of us who’ve attended
the GED graduation would say it’s one of our favorite
nights of the year. I remember when I was encouraged
to go to that graduation and I didn’t really know what to expect. And I’ve never missed one since
and I’m sure everyone else is in agreement too, once they go. But anyway, I wanted to thank
you for making the decision to come to Johnson County
Community College, as well, as we celebrate our 50th
year, it’s people like you that we’re happy to have here and again, just thank you on behalf of all of us. – [Janice] Thank you, Trustee Ingram. – You’re welcome. Okay, does anyone have
anything they wanted to share? All right, the next order of
business is the open forum. The open forum is a section
of the board agenda, is a time for members of the
community to provide comments to the board. There will be one open forum period during each regularly
scheduled board meeting. Comments are limited to five minutes, unless a significant number
of people plan to speak. In that instance, the chair
may limit a persons comments to less than five minutes. In order to be recognized,
individuals must register at the door at each board meeting prior to the open forum agenda item. When addressing the
board, registered speakers are asked to remain at the podium, should be respectful and civil, and are encouraged to
address individual personnel or student matters directly with the appropriate college department. As a practice, the
college does not respond in this setting when the
matter concerns personnel or student issues, or matters
that are being addressed through our established grievance
or suggestion processes, or otherwise the subject of review by the college or the board. And this evening we do have one
speaker and that is Ana Lim. Ana if you would go ahead
and introduce yourself, and your name, and your
city, and your state. – My name is Ana Lim and I am a resident of
Kansas City, Missouri. Before I begin, I would like to express my profound gratitude for the opportunity to address the distinguished
members of the board. For some time now, I have
wanted to participate in the open forum section of
the Board of Trustees meeting to highlight the wonderful
experiences that I have gained working as a Student
Ambassador at the front desk of the Presidents office. I began to work as a student
ambassador in October 2016, which was also my first semester at JCCC. As a nontraditional student,
I was determined to rebuild the academic discipline I needed to thrive as a college student but I
did not realize, at the time, that to thrive I needed the support of a community on campus, which
I could identify as my own. The opportunity to work
as a Student Ambassador in the President’s
Office helped me realize that a student’s successful
learning outcomes reflect effective institutional policies that promote lively student
engagement on campus, fostering a tangible sense of
community in which a student, like myself, can identify with
these words: I belong here. Working in the President’s
Office as a Student Ambassador for the past few years gave
me the chance to see glimpses of the ongoing hard work that
goes in to developing policies that benefit the diverse
body of JCCC students. Furthermore, what I had
witnessed and learned, taught me that it takes a
specific type of leadership, it takes serving leadership. The serving leadership that
JCCC impacted my academic, professional and personal
growth tremendously. Being one of the estimated 14% of the nontraditional students enrolled in community colleges, the
odds of success were not in my favor, as approximately 67% of nontraditional students,
overall in higher education did not complete their degrees. However, the opportunity to
work as a Student Ambassador in the President’s office,
under the excellent mentorship and supervision, empowered my resolve to thrive as a college student. Most importantly, I learned
to critically examine the meaning of success, which I realize exceeds
it’s material aspects. The experiences I have gained
in the President’s Office and here at JCCC, helped me learn what George Washington Carver stated once; it is not the style of clothes one wears, nor the amount of money one
has in the bank that counts, these mean nothing, it is simply service
that measures success. I wanted to take this
opportunity to thank Dr. Sopcich, the Board of Trustees, and all
the serving leaders of JCCC for all their hard work and ensuring transformative
learning opportunities for all students. I will always strive to serve others as you have so faithfully
served us, thank you so much. – [Nancy] Wow. (audience applauding) – Ana. (laughing) There’s a Board of Trustees up here and many of us in the room
who see your smile every day. Thank you, that was absolutely
precious, thank you so much. Okay. That does conclude the open forum as we just had one speaker this evening. So, thank you very much, Ana,
we appreciate you being here. Next item on the agenda is
the student senate report and there will be no report
as this is spring break and we understand Mr. Harris
Webster is off on spring break, so we will look forward
to seeing him next month. We’ll move on to the
college lobbyist report and Mr. Carter. – I’m ready for spring break. (laughing) But that doesn’t occur until April 5th for the Kansas Legislature, so a couple more weeks
of, in the trenches. I think you have my written comments. I just wanted to update
you on a few things that are very timely that have happened, even as late as a few minutes ago. When we talked last time, the legislature was approaching their
first turn around deadline and they did complete
that turnaround deadline at the end of February
and took a few days break for really not much production of bills that went through either body. We’re coming up on, this
Friday, is the last day for committees to meet
and produce any bills to be worked on the house floor. There’s not a lot of
work product out there, even this time around. Right now, on general orders and the house of Representatives, there are approximately 45 bills. That’s not a lot of legislation to be working through that body. The senate has been
going on general orders a little bit more often. There’s not a lot of bills out there, either in committees or in, that will be products of,
a Conference Committee. And so that produces
a very interesting end of the regular part of the session and that’s essentially what we’ll have is first adjournment on April 5th. So, next week, Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday, the house and senate will be
on the floor all day long, as you can tell, it
doesn’t take a lot of time to work through some of those bills, their work will likely
be done fairly early. They take a couple of
days off to allow staff to put together a
Conference Committee reports and come back that following
week to do some of that action. So, we’ll see what happens, that, during that first week of April. They take off then,
for the month of April, they consider that their Spring break. The Budget Committees come
back at the end of April to begin discussing omnibus budget items. Things that wrap up the
regular budget, if we’re there. And then are scheduled to go
through 90 days on May 17th. Depending on what heavy issues
are remaining out there, they could go beyond that May 17th date. That’s already a late adjournment for the legislature anyhow, it’s typically a little bit earlier, the start was a little bit later. They banked some days
off for their breaks. So that they could use those
days at the end of the session, should they need to for
some of the heavier issues. The senate budget was just
passed while we were sitting in this room on an emergency
final action vote of 21 to 18. For us that means the governor’s
budget recommendations for higher education plus five
million that would be spread out over the system, that’s
spread out over 36 institutions based on the formula that
the Board of Regents uses for new dollars. So, that doesn’t mean a
whole lot of dollars flowing to the community college sector, however, the senate did include in
their budget discussions, a provi– not a priviso, but a conversation item
for later in omnibus to look at an additional 33
million dollars for Higher Ed., should those dollars be
available or at least have that conversation when
they return later in May. That’s where things are
at with the senate version of the budget. The house just passed it’s
budget out of committee, I think, yesterday. And they will be taking up
their budget at some point, or not, we don’t know what the plan is for when they’ll discuss the budget. The house version of the budget has an extra 10 million dollars over the governors budget recommendations, so they took the governor’s
budget recommendations for higher education, added
10 million dollars to that, had a discussion a little bit about some non-tiered recentering
for some of those courses. Again, it’s only on new dollars and so we’ll see what
that breakout looks like when the house has their budget debate. We’re a long ways from being finished with the regular portion of the budget. That, hopefully they will get to that, they have plenty of time
to deal with it over the next three days of next week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Some of the heavier issues
that were on the agenda, actually, kind of, came up yesterday. And I’ll talk about that as
it impacts the overall budget. So, we’ve talked a little bit
able to the KPER’s repayment, the house and senate both
passed senate bill nine, unanimously, the governor
has signed that bill, that makes the 115 million dollar payment to KPER for the missed
payment plus the interest. You can take that out
of the ending balance of the current year. The senate and house both passed a version of a tax policy
bill, senate bill 22. That has a price tag of
close to 207 million dollars and that includes a
number of different things in that measure. Governor’s not in favor of it. She hasn’t publicly
stated the she’ll veto it. I think that that’s the
potential in the coming weeks. We’ll see what happens. I think that some of the
lawmakers are ready to come back with a different tax product, tax package. So, we’ll see if that actually happens. Yesterday we had a
lively and lengthy debate on Medicaid expansion via an
amendment on the house floor. That passed the house this morning on Final Action 69 to 53 or 54, I don’t remember the
final number for that, but that heads over to the Senate now. It’s unknown how the Senate
will receive Medicaid expansion. Their leadership is not in favor of it, essentially the house leadership
is not in favor of either but through a series of
procedural moves, it made it’s way through that body and over to the Senate. It is the Governor’s plan
on Medicaid expansion. That will have some price tag to it. I think that both the
house and the Senate, in their Budget Committee process, removed some of the
expansion money in the budget but part of the provisions
that are included in the measure that passed,
allow for some repayment that will somewhat cover the cost of the expansion piece overall. The Senate Education
plan looks very similar to the governor’s
education recommendation, that’s 90 million dollars a
year for the next four years, the house plan, as of this
afternoon was still in committee, I’m sure they’re going to
be kicking it out today, is very different, has
a lot of language in it that doesn’t necessarily add to the bottom line dollar amount. It does put some money into
K12 education not quite as much as what the Senate does, and
plays around a little bit with where you can go to school. We’ll just leave it at that. So, that’s kind of where things are with respect to budgetary
issues that kind of impact the entire discussion of where we end up. I do want to spend some time talking about the Community College Transparency Bill, that’s House Bill 2144,
that came out earlier in this session. When it initially came out,
I reported to you that it had an incredibly onerous piece in there that would have curtailed
some of your local authority to make budget decisions on campus without going to some type of referendum. That component of the bill came out. So, the bill simply is
addressing transparency issues. We already include most of
the information on our website that is requested in the bill but we noticed when we
were reviewing the Bill, staff noticed there were some issues that might be difficult to comply with by the time the Bill was
enrolled, should it pass. And so, we orchestrated amendments with the Senate Education Committee that would extend the
implementation date to July 1, 2020. Which would give, not only our college, but all 19 community
colleges the opportunity to make necessary changes
within their system to comply with some of the requirements. One of them was to detail out the fees on the billing statement that students or people who are taking classes receive. Each Community College has
a different billing system. Many of them are Legacy billing systems, meaning that they have just
been added onto over the years and could be incredibly
expensive to replace if administrators had
to do that at each one of the Community Colleges. In the end, the decision was
made to place a statement on the billing statement that
provided a link to the website where all of the fees would be listed rather than having to break
out each individual fee on the individual statement. So that was something that
we were able to work through, as well as some clarification
on just specifically what legislators were looking for, for the data that they wanted
to be added to the websites. That passed out of committee
as I was leaving Topeka. I left the committee after
the committee action occurred. The amendments occurred today
and that Bill passed out and will be on the Senate general orders for the Senate to work. The final thing that I
wanted to just mention is, please take time if you haven’t already, to look at the letter of support
from the business community that’s attached at the
backend of the report. You might recognize some business names from around the local community, as well as some of the
CEO business leaders. That is something that is not uncommon, it doesn’t happen every year but with the focus on
workforce development, the role that Higher
Education plays in that, there was a request for the
business community to step up and offer their support for
the Higher Education budget. So, that is at the
conclusion of the report. I think, Madam Chair, I would stop there and attempt to answer
questions that there might be. – [Nancy] Okay. Do any of my fellow
colleagues have any questions? – [Greg] I have a quick question on the so-called Transparency Bill. It also requires
publication in a newspaper. Is that once a year, once a semester, how detailed is that? We’ve had issues with
publication costs before that we’ve tried to avoid by simply putting them on the website. – I believe all of
those components are out that is just web-based information. – [Greg] Great, thank you. – [David] As I was
leaving to head over here, I walked out with one of
the appropriations members who asked me if we were
okay with recentering and then the context of
the house appropriations, you mentioned recent in
term, what does that mean? – So, it changes the way the new dollars are distributed amongst
the 19 Community Colleges for new dollars, for non-tiered courses and there are several tables out there that which makes the issue confusing. My understanding is from the conversation that occurred earlier this
week that we do not lose. There were very few scenarios where Johnson County Community College would lose any dollars. Some institutions do. We gain on the one that was discussed. That’s far from being complete. That will definitely be part of the Conference Committee discussion. All I can say is, we are a winner. – [David] Well good, well
Seward County apparently is not. – There are, at one point I
saw three or four colleges that were not. – [David] Okay, thank you. – [Lee] Thank you Madam Chair,
Mr. Carter, it seems to me that I think you say
as much in your letter, that not much happened the
first half of the session but then that we’re going
to go into overtime? What did we do the first
half of the session? (laughing) – There were not a lot of bills produced out of Legislative Committees and not a lot of bills of substance. – So, is there somebody
that wants it this way? To fast track the second
part of the session so the bills can’t be heard? – I think, frequently,
we find ourselves waiting for consensus revenue
estimates to come in in April to make some of the larger
budgetary decisions. And that drives a lot of
the conversations on many of the other pieces that are out there. So, whether it’s addressing
issues in foster care system with additional dollars,
whether it’s looking at where Medicaid expansion goes, obviously I think that, I think, that the legislature will
be revisiting tax policy. So, there are some of those issues. There’s a difference between,
leadership in the legislature and the administration, on
where they want to end up. So I think, it’s a fairly common practice between the legislature
and the administration. – I mean, I run a small business. I just couldn’t imagine
having my employees sit around the first half of the day and
then asked to work overtime. Just thought I’d comment, thank you. – We hurry up and wait a lot in Topeka. – [Lee] Thank you. – Okay, I don’t believe there
are any further questions, Mr. Carter, thank you as always. We appreciate you being here. Okay, we will move on to committee reports and recommendations. Dr. Cook, was scheduled to give the Audit Committee meeting report but I will do that in his absence. The Audit Committee met at 8
a.m. on Thursday, March 15th, we had a report on the cloud and hosted computing strategies assessment and Rochelle Boyd introduced
Barry Dunn Consultants, Clinton Davies and Chris Ellingwood, who presented the
conference call the results to the assessment. Regarding the Business continuity audit, Mr. McDaid presented the findings and recommendations
arising from the audit. He stressed the importance
to the College of a well-developed and functioning
business continuity plan. Elisa Pacer also highlighted
the importance of having a plan in place while pointing to
the distinguishing features of the disaster recovery
emergency preparedness and business continuity plans and the role they play in
the optimal functioning of the institution. Quarterly projects update
was given by Mr. McDaid. He presented information
on upcoming projects which include an audit
software management process, a review of the compliance environment and a capital projects
construction contract review. Mr. McDaid also shared
updates on the status of prior audit recommendations. Regarding the JCCC ethics
line report update, there was a quarterly report between October 1st, 2018
and December 31st, 2018. Three reports were entered into the ethics line report system. Two reports were received anonymously and as of January 31st,
2019 all complaints have been reviewed and
appropriately addressed. In executive briefings, there was an audit followup Matrix from
Ms. Boyd, Rochelle Boyd, shared updates on the status
of prior audit recommendations. Our next meeting will be
the audit committee meeting on Thursday, May the 2nd. And I might mention that the
meeting was held this month in March because of the
weather last month in February. The other thing I also wanted
to share were the findings of the audit report, there
wasn’t much about that in this committee report and
so I wanted to add a little bit as well from that meeting. We were looking at the audit report and the findings were
absolutely wonderful. There was no problem with them. But Dr. Cook asked, what
makes us good and great? And they sited the comparisons of business and other educational institutions and reassured us that in
the world of technology there will always be recommendations and areas for improvement. But we wanted to share with
you, that we show a knowledge of security and vendor
management far ahead of most institutions. So, I wanted to make sure
that that was conveyed to everyone this evening. So, Mr. McDaid, I don’t know
if you would have anything that wanted to add in to addition that. I would invite you up to
the podium if you would. – [Justin] Thank you, Madam Chair. – You’re welcome. – First, regarding the clouded
hosted computing strategies audit, again, I’d like to
echo what Trustee Cook said, and we do have a very active
and professional IT team, headed by Tom Pagano, our
CIO, and he is working with us on a variety of facets. We do a couple of Technology
audits a year, typically. And that’s a considerable
amount of resources dedicated to that and it’s a credit
to him and their department that they are always in
compliance with that, they’re always helpful, and we feel like they always take the time to make sure that any recommendations
are addressed appropriately and quickly, and it was
good to see the results of this particular audit. – Okay. Does anyone have any questions? Okay, well, I appreciate that. I just wanted to take
the opportunity to do that when I got the report. The report was great but I felt like it just didn’t convey the strength of what we were doing here on campus. So, I appreciate that very much. Okay, anything you’d
like to add, Tom, okay. – I would like to highlight–
– Absolutely. – In terms of the
business continuity audit, if I could.
– Sure! That it’s been a significant
amount of resources dedicated by our department and we
have taken a wide approach to taking, to surveying, all
the Departments of the College to find out varying
degrees of preparedness in case of a major
interruption of service here and what it would take
to get these departments and their functions up and running. It’s a project of considerable
breadth and depth. And so, one of the thing we’ve
done is after we gathered the survey respondents we,
from throughout the college, we’ve been working closely
again with information services to get a consultant to come in, help us interpret those results, see where there’s some gap analysis and develop some business continuity plans at the departmental level
throughout the college. And then to synthesize those into a college-wide business continuity plan, which is a fairly complex undertaking. Luckily again, Mr. Pogano
has a wealth of experience, both in this institution and
in healthcare industry prior, and we are also fortunate
that Dr. Larson and Dr. Weber, in their previous institutions
have some experience with business continuity. And so, we will be looking forward to their contributions as
well, as that goes forth. And we also welcome any comments or questions in that regard. – Okay, does anyone have any? Okay, thank you very much. All right, the next committee report is that of Collegial Steering and I will go ahead and
give that report as well. Collegial Steering met on
Tuesday, March the 4th, there were four items on
the agenda this month. We began with the discussion of Banner-9 and conversation has continued
since it was installed and work will continue
on its customization. Everyone agreed it works
well for students who know what class they want. There were a number of
specific scheduling suggestions shared with discussion
on Legacy class search, special topics courses,
wait lists for classes, and there being no PDF to see all history of class schedules. Tom Pagano joined us for
the meeting and is very open to further to discussion
and is looking for ways to continue the conversations as needed. Therese McChesney led a
conversation about the impact of moving to a 15-week
semester in the fall of 2020. Ed Affairs is working to get
the message out to everyone that they need to get their
courses through Ed Affairs prior to February of next year. Changes must be to the
curriculum committee by October of this year. As a reminder to all, the beginning of August through February, is always the busiest time for Ed. Affairs and she indicated further
that this is an opportunity to re-evaluate courses. Dr. McCloud discussed shared governance in respect to the HLC report and all that has been done
to meet the requirements. Where are we in terms of this report? He stated that we have completed the first leg of the committee’s, the next step is that it has
to be completed for every branch vertical and lateral communication. In addition, we will look at how company appointments are made and how to increase faculty engagement. That report is due back
to the HLC in September. And I also wanted to mention, there was a brief discussion held to see if members would
be interested in changing the time of Collegial Steering to 3:30 instead of four o’clock. The earlier start would
allow additional time with the intent of not
abandoning discussion due to the five o’clock end time. Robust discussions have
concluded due to the end time and it would be our hope
that some additional time would be beneficial. So we’re waiting on confirmation
that that will work out for Dr. Cook’s schedule and
then we will send out something to the members of that committee. And that will just
allow us the flexibility to add a little bit of time, if we’d like to go a
little bit passed 4:30. So, that concludes my report. Kinda, do ya, did think wise. (laughing) All right. The next up is Trustee
Lawson in Human Resources. – Thank you, Madam Chair. – You’re welcome. – The Human Resource
committee met at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 1st, 2019, in the Lidell conference
room right next door to us. Mr. Tom Pogano, Vice President
of Information Services CIO, presented information on
Client Support Services. The areas of coverage
that included information of Technology management,
Multimedia Services, Technical Support Center,
which is the help desk, and Computer Lab Supervision. He also reported that since 2015, that Technical Support Center
has employed student workers beginning with the three students, and at present, there are
now 14 students employees. Thank you. Miss. Becky Centlivre, thank you. Vice President of Human Resources and Mr Jerry Zimmerman,
Management of Benefits presented information and
recommendation that we will be going forward and there is
a change in the word packet, you see that there’s
three recommendations. One of the recommendations
was given to me just a few, this afternoon, as a new recommendation based on some current
information that came forward. So I believe that there is a presentation that Becky and Dr. Larson will be doing to give us up-to-date on those. These, so, in the board
packet on page two, that is going to be the
recommendation that is gonna be, I’m gonna bring a motion forward. So, as of this moment,
it’s not the opinion of the human resource committee but it’s the opinion
of the administration. And I’d like to be able
to give an opportunity to present the new data. – [Becky] Okay and one of
the things we’re going to do is we’re just gonna go over,
we’ve talked to a number of Trustees that we wanted
you just to have this in the open meeting, is just
the reasoning for bringing these benefits forward. So, we’re just going to go over this. It might be new to some people, some of you might have heard it before. So, there’s three recommendations
for bringing forward and actually they’re bringing ’em forward for three different groups. The first one is our Tuition Reduction and In-County Tuition Benefit. This benefit is for part-time temporary new student employees. This is a new student
employee classification that we’ve never had before. The criteria is they have
to be a JCCC student, they can work up to 25 hours
a week and the positions that will be awarded this benefit are the Student Ambassadors,
Student Peer Tutors, Student Support Technicians,
Student Sustainability Interns, Student Recording Arts,
Support Assistants. And as of right now,
there’s a total of 84 people in these positions. (papers shuffling and rustling) The benefits, is we know
that engaged students are more successful by
providing work experience for these students, it also
provides as an opportunity to see how they work and provide recruiting
opportunities for us. A strategy under our
student success priority of the strategic plan is to provide campus
engagement opportunities to strengthen students’
college experience. This benefit will support that strategy and this is the recommendation. (papers shuffling and rustling) The second is Holiday Pay and
Prorated Paid Annual Leave and this is for part-time
regular employees. There are currently 372
part-time regular employees that will be eligible for these benefits. Some of these positions
include, Admin Assistant, Office Assistants, Accounting Specialist, Police Dispatchers, Childcare
Aides and Lead Teachers, Computer Lab Assistants,
Counselors, Custodians, Dining Service Assistants,
Financial Aid Assistants, Librarians, Maintenance
Aides, Museum Guards, Success Advocates,
Testing Center Assistants, our Wellness Coordinator,
Registered Dietitian, and Senior Legal Counsel. Some of the reasons that we are proposing these benefits, these enhanced benefits, is really, one is to recruit and compete with part-time talent. We are competing with other
academic institutions, K through 12, MCC,
KCKCC, Baker University, along with retail
organizations like Costco, UPS, Starbucks, Barnes
& Noble, REI and so on. An example of why this
creates financial stress for these individuals is currently, these people get no holiday pay and over the winter
holiday break many of them, if this is their primary
employment, get no check. They miss a check over the holiday break. Our turnover in this group
is about two to three times that of our full-time employees. We would kind of expect that but as we were looking
at benchmarking against the other organizations
in the Kansas City area, what we found is, when
we look at turnover, we look at turnover as
somebody leaving the college. And most organizations
look at turnover as leaving the position but many
of our part-time people end up going into full-time
positions here at the college. So, we don’t even count those. But it’s still two-to-three
times higher than our full-time. We have some inequity
issues over a holiday break. You would have a full-time person. Some positions have to work
over the holiday breaks and on those positions
you would have a full-time and a part-time person
working side-by-side. The full-time person would be
making double time-and-a-half because they’re working the holiday and the part-time person would
be getting straight time. So, a strategy under the
employment engagement priority of the Strategic Plan is to attract and retain high-caliber people. This benefit would support that strategy. Here is some comparative data
that we were able to pull on organizations that
paid holiday and PAL. And I will just note, UMKC,
when we did talk to them, they don’t pay paid holidays
or PAL but at 30 hours a week, they consider them full-time
and they get full benefits. We originally, we have a
revised recommendation on this. We originally discovered, or originally, were just gonna prorate the holiday pay. We discovered regularly
assigned hours fluctuate so considerably over
the course of the year, that dependent on where the holiday fail, it could change the employees holiday pay. After HR and Finance work
together through the logistics of it, we determined
that it would be clearer for all to be consistent
in how we award holiday pay and we came up with the 4
hours of pay per holiday. And that’s the recommendation we would like to bring forward. The final benefit that we’re looking at is the Voluntary Employee
Retirement Benefit. We change the name on this periodically but we decided we’d land on the VERB. This is for full-time regular employees. The criteria for the Voluntary
Employee Retirement Program is 10 years or more full-time
service with the college, they must retire under
the provisions of KPERs, and the sick leave payout
is graduated based on years of service to the college. Some of the justification for
offering this benefit include: payout of accrued and unused sick leave, rewards an employee who did not use a lot of sick leave during their career here. Salary savings through the reduced payroll and benefit costs is
eligible staff usually are higher on the pay scale and
some of the savings realized through our previous
Retirement Incentive Plan is eligible employees who are at the higher end of the pay scale, they were replaced with people
at or below the midpoint, they were reduced benefit
costs moving employees from group one and group two, and it allowed the college
to reallocate those positions to other areas if needed. Some of these positions remain vacant now. The proposed Voluntary
Employee Retirement Benefit provides position openings
and promotional opportunities and for succession planning and retention of mid-career employees. It also allows the college
to reallocate staffing to better serve the
changing needs of students and provides work-life balance
solutions to employees, who in the absence of health benefits, are required to work past
their eligible retirement age. Two of the strategies under our
Employee Engagement Priority of the Strategic plan is to attract and retain high-caliber people
and provide professional and personal development
opportunities for individuals. This benefit will
support those strategies. Here is some comparative
data on retirement plans and we looked at the state of Kansas, other local and National
Community Colleges, KBOR schools, and local K through 12 schools. And what we’re proposing is
probably about the middle of the road for all of
those that we had listed. And this is our recommendation. I’m gonna turn the rest over to Barbara. – [Barbara] Thank you, Becky. Because this is a fairly
sizable investment, especially in the VERB program, the Voluntary Retirement Benefits, the College would budget
in the FY20 years, so the budget coming
up, 5.8 million dollars, which is based on the eligible group of individuals this year. It is required under GASBY
that we book this entire amount even though we know that,
as we roll this out, not all eligible employees
would take this program. We had similar programs a few years ago and had participation rates,
I believe, of less than 30%. In the following years, after
we book that initial use of reserves, we estimate,
and again we don’t know but we estimate 300 to 400
thousand dollars a year. At the HR committee we
were asked about the impact of this budgeting on
those financial ratios that the board sees, the
management committee sees, every year and those two financial ratios that would be affected by
the use of net reserves in moving forward with this
would be the viability ratio and the composite
financial indicator ratio. And I’ll show you those
graphs but both ratios, using the 5.8 million dollars and FY20, remain within the ideal ranges. This is a one-time use of reserves. So, it is not ongoing. The ongoing cost is that estimate of 300 to 400 thousand dollars. So the analysis that Rachel
Leers and her staff performed, still assumes that we have
the final payment towards the facilities master plan, you’ll recall that we
had several years of use of general fund reserves towards
the facilities master plan. So this is now adding that 5.8
million dollar reserve to it. So, the viability ratio,
you see it dropping, staying within the ideal range and again most of that
dropped from the 4.78, was when the board proceeded, when we proceeded with borrowing
50 million dollars toward the facilities master plan. So you see that drop,
you see some recovery because we did not take
on more debt in FY19, but then a slight drop, both using the final 15
million dollars toward the facilities master plan
and that 5.8 million dollars. So we would expect
without further borrowing, and none is immediately planned, that that would continue
to move up slightly. In the viability ratio has to
do with our long-term debt. It’s the expendable net assets
over our long-term debt. The composite financial
indicator is an indicator that combines four other
ratios that we look at on an annual basis. So again, the viability
ratio is part of this and you see this dropping
again by adding both the facilities master plan, obligation, as well as 5.8 million dollars. But again, we would expect
that to be at the bottom there in 2020 and start to recover. – [Lee] May I interrupt? – [Barbara] Sure. – [Lee] Can we go back
to the previous slide? – [Barbara] Sure. – [Lee] I tried real hard
but I don’t understand it. What are we looking at?
Sorry. – [Barbara] We are looking at a graph that represents expendable net assets, that is total reserves,
over long-term debt. And so, when the when the college borrowed 50 million dollars toward
the facilities master plan, you saw that drop from the
4.78 the high to the 2.01. – [Lee] So in other words,
we have enough liquid assets on hand to cover–
– Yes. – [Lee] The debt that we’re… okay. – [Barbara] Yes, yes,
that’s exactly right. In addition of financial
services staff looked at the five year financial projection that we look at it as part
of our budget development and so we are now incorporating
this 5.8 million dollars into that five year projection. In addition to the 15 million dollars in FY20 for the facilities master plan, we assumed a 4% increase
in assessed valuation and then 3% annually thereafter. This model assumes about
six million dollars annually beginning in FY2021 for
science lab renovations. So, we’ve already incorporated
those future plans into this model and we
assume that we are going to spend 93% of the general
fund budget going forward. So again, I know that
this is difficult to see but the board recently
modified our policy with regard to reserves, maintaining those
reserves at 25% or above, at the lowest point in the fiscal year, which is December 31st. And in this model they
stay at about 28% to 29, 33 and so continue upward. Now, finally, I know that this is just one potential
scenario for the future. We could we can talk about that
assessed valuation scenario of 4%, three and three. We all know that we’ve had years where assessed valuation
actually dropped year over year. This doesn’t assume anything
about the dark stores theory being implemented but at
least this is a scenario that we think is probably
middle of the road and does maintain our reserves
where they need to be. Questions? Yes? – [David] Barbara, can you
go back to the two graphs? The one that– – Yes.
– Trustee Cross asked about. – [David] If either of those two graphs, the line goes above the green, what is the impact of that? – It’s–
– In other words, – If we weren’t taking this action and the graph went above, into say, 6.5– – [Barbara] I think it would just indicate that we have almost no debt. It would, right. – And what would happen? What would make it an investment
in something, correct? – Correct, right.
– Yeah. – It would be an opportunity but yes. – Yeah.
– Mm-hm. Anyone else? – [Angeliina] So, I just, can we go back to the recommendation, that’s the new one, that we need to make
a motion on to accept, ’cause it’s different than the one that’s in the board packet. – Sure. – [Angeliina] That one right there. So, I just, I move to
make a motion to accept the revised recommendation. And I just need a second. – [David] Second. – [Nancy] Okay. We do have a motion and a second. Do I hear any other discussion? Anyone? Steve? – No, no. – No. Okay, we do have a motion and a second, so we’ll go ahead and vote if
you’re ready to do that then. Signify by saying, aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed, same sign. Okay, motion carried. – So, just acknowledging that when the new board packet online will have the revised recommendation. – Yes.
– Thank you. So, moving forward, I
would like to bring forward these three recommendations
that were discussed. I think you did a great job. Thank you so much for
the presentation on both. And then we can open it up
for further discussion into these specific policies. I move to make a recommendation, sorry I’m looking at my… there it is. It is a recommendation of
the College Administration of the Board of Trustees authorized, effectively July 1st 2019,
the holiday pay equivalent to four hours of pay per
holiday and paid annual leave, that’s the PAL, prorated
base on years of service for all part-time regular
hourly and salaried employees. – I’ll second that, I thought we just did. – So we, can make a motion? – We just did that. – Well I mean, but now we’re
doing, like, the actual. – Okay, I second that. – ‘Cause in the board
packet, it had the old. – You’re just doing them
individually, right? – Correct.
– Okay. – Yes, unless we want
to do ’em as a whole. – No, I think it’s we can– – I just figured it’s better to do ’em– – Keep them separate. – It gives me more times
to be a contrarian. (laughing) – We have a motion in the second. – Okay. – Is there any discussion? No discussion? Okay, there’ll be no further discussion. We’ll go ahead and vote. Signify by saying aye. – [All] Aye. And opposed, same sign. – Okay, second recommendation. It’s the recommendation of
the College Administration and the Board of Trustees to authorize, effectively July 1st 2019,
the tuition reduction of 3 credit hours each semester
and in-county tuition rate on all credit hours for employees in the newly designated part-time temporary student employee classification. – Second.
– Second. (laughing) – Okay, we have a motion
in the second, once again. Is there any discussion? – I have a question on the that because I, Becky, I thought
at the committee meeting, you listed 42 thousand dollars
as the annual cost of that. – Right.
– By forgoing tuition. I thought it was, like, 16 thousand? – [Becky] We were looking
at 14 thousand per semester. And we looked at our front
group, the front group of people in those positions now and what it is, is it’s granting a three
credit hour reduction and then if they are out of county, they can get the
in-county reduction rates. – So the total is a bit
bigger than what it was at the committee meeting but the same– – [Barbara] Three, all three,
you’re including summer? – [Becky] Yeah. – [Barbara] Summer, Spring. – Okay. I knew that number was different. – Isn’t it worth pointin’ out though that that’s a current benefit
to part-time regular– – Right.
– Employees of which, – Each of these students already exist. So that’s not a new 42 thousand. Those classifications of
students currently at work already have that benefit but
in creating this new class, it’s creating the benefit
for that class as well. So, if we were not to change
their class they would still be afforded these same benefits. Does that make sense? So, those positions
today have this benefit but we’re creating a new
student classification and this is the benefit that
would be created for them. So, that’s the cost of the benefit but that cost is already expensed today because they receive the benefit in their current part-time
regular position. – [Becky] And that’s gonna be totally 80% of those positions. There are a few positions
that are only temporary that would be added to those. – Okay. – [Greg] So it’s just
moving the bookkeeping is effectively what– We’re already paying that. We’re creating a new classification
for this group of folks and we’re just moving that
into a line that matches. – I don’t think that’s
consistent with what I understood from the HR committee meeting. There were some classes of
students with employment that did get tuition reductions or other students that did not and we were moving the ones
that did not to equalize that. – There’s students that
actually work regular jobs. They don’t have to be a
student to work regular jobs. – [Greg] Right. – So those and those get
the tuition reduction and the in-county tuition. Then there are others that truly, like, the Student Ambassadors,
is a perfect example, they have to be a student,
they do get that credit. But the positions that– – [Randy] The recording art special– – The recording arts, yes. Peer tutors, right now, they do not get the tuition reductions. So, there’s a number of
those that the majority, I’d say 80% of them, actually
get that benefit right now. But there is a few of them involved. – But, I just, that wasn’t
clear at the committee meeting and I’m not sure it’s clear to me now. The 42 thousand dollars in cost, is that the total cost of all
student, part-time students, that will get the benefit? – [Becky] Yes. – And some of that was
already being booked? 80%-ish? And so the new cost is 20% of that? Students that are now getting the benefit that didn’t get it before? – We took a snapshot of all of the people that are currently in
those positions right now. And we said, okay, what if we
were to basically move them all into this category, how
much more is that gonna cost? And it’s gonna cost the 42 annually, or 14 thousand a semester. – Well, I support the goal
of having these students get a tuition reduction at a break. It hasn’t been clear to me. It was clear to me at
the committee meetings, it’s not clear to me tonight but I’m willing to support the motion because the concept of what we want to do. If we show it as a 42
thousand dollar cost, I assume that’s a new cost unless you tell me that 42
thousand is already on the books and only 10 thousand of
that is the new cost. I think our job up here, as a fiduciary, is to know what additional
costs we’re adding to the budget that have to be
picked up by the general fund. So, I support the concept
and we can work out the accounting later so
I that I understand it. – But thank you for asking ’cause sometimes I just
don’t understand accounting. Not their accounting,
it’s not your accounting, (laughing) I just don’t understand accounting. – Are you okay to move on? – Yes, absolutely. – So we’re okay to go ahead?
– Yeah. – Okay, we do have a motion and a second. Are there any further
questions regarding that? Okay. Those in favor may say, aye. – [All] Aye. Opposed, same sign. Motion carries. – Okay.
– Okay, thank you very much. – The final recommendation. – Oh, sorry. (laughing) It is the recommendation of
the College Administration that the Board of Trustees authorize, effectively July 1st, 2019, a
voluntary retirement benefits to all full-time employees
based on the years of service with JCCC and accrued an
unused sick leave balance on their retirement date. – Second.
– Second. (laughing) – Okay. Motion and the second once again. Any further discussion? – I’m gonna, I just want to
think about and talk about, this is a 5.8 million dollar
commitment of reserves. Which is something that
we don’t do everyday and we spend a lot of time up here, sometimes fussing over
relatively small amounts or other issues that draw attention but I will support this
because I’ve been convinced by administration and staff and faculty that have talked to me, that
this is an important part of our, the strategic
goal, that Becky went over of attracting and retaining
the highest quality, both staff and faculty that we want. Which has always been
my test when it comes to employee benefits. My concerns are raised at,
and questions I raised, that have been answered
between the committee meeting and today, involved looking
at comparative places. I think I might say that
we’re a little bit better than the middle, looking
at our peer institutions and the Board of Regents institutions, as far as this being a
little better benefit than average, probably. I had concerns about what this
did to our financial ratios and I appreciate you providing that. I had concerns about what it did to our five year projection
and we just raised the minimum for, the policy
goal for reserves to 25% from 10% and I wanted to make sure we weren’t going to impact that. This will reduce our flexibility, because it means that there’s 5.8 million in reserves that we can’t
use for some project. Whether it’s science labs or
some other need that we have. I think we have very well
managed our reserves. We grew them so we can spend them on the facilities master plan and this is another worth-while
place to expend that money. With respect to any employee benefit, I think it’s been coming
on us to all recognize, once it is in place, it
would be very difficult to ever modify it. And so our flexibility within
the general fund budget and using our reserves
will be affected by this but all-in-all, I believe
it’s the right thing to do for the employees at the college. So, I will support the motion. – [Nancy] Okay, Trustee Lindstrom. – Thank you, Madam Chair. I also will be supporting this as a former employer that
experienced over 200% turnover per year in my former business. I applaud the College for making
an investment in the people who work here, so, I
will be supportin’ it. – [Nancy] Okay, Trustee Cross. – I do challenge staff to come
up with another adjective, for adjectives, since this is called VERB. We’re a college, true– (laughing) – [Randy] Challenge accepted. – I’m sure Pilon will do it. – We won’t be spending the
5.8 million guaranteed. The 5.8’s only available. You know that, right? – Mm-hm. – We commit it. – You commit it but not necessarily spent. – Correct.
– Okay. – Okay. – So it’s not available for anything else. We have to keep that segregated. – [Nancy] Right. – That’s what reduces our flexibility. – It’s encumbered. – [Nancy] And then 300
to 400 thousand a year. – Right.
– Right. – Well, while we’re on it, I
think I asked the other day, do we know how many people are going to… Do we have any idea whose
gonna avail themselves to this? – [Becky] We don’t. We have 281 people that
are eligible to take it. But with the other requirements, saying, it was a little more generous
in what it’s paying out and so we don’t anticipate
that we, and at that time, we had about 30% who took it. A little bit less. So we don’t anticipate, we anticipate probably less than 30%. – [Lee] Thank you. – [Nancy] Yes? – The other thing that maybe Becky or Dr. Larson can speak to, is there is discretion within that, that if all five people
in one Department decided to take it, the
administration can determine that they aren’t all
eligible the same year. They can be eligible the next year and actually get a benefit
of 10% additional pay to annual leave. So, we’re not in a situation
where an entire department that happens to be eligible
would go away without some control by the administration, to make sure the College
continues to function. – Yeah, so I was gonna speak
about the ratchets in place so that there’s not a flight to leave but there’s a mechanism
in place that allows the work to continue in departments and make sure that’s going right. But I also really commend the
opportunity to invest back and just give gratitude for the professors and the staff that have
been here and dedicated a long-standing time,
to be able to give them this opportunity because
a lot of people here at the college, either
professors or staff, have given publications, patents, to us. I mean, there’s quite a lot
of assets that as a College we have accrued from their
work and their life’s work. But also that, I mean my belief system is, that benefits are not a gift. It’s something that’s earned. So, they have earned their
right for this benefit. Just like when we see pensions
are just delayed payments, you know, these are things that
people have earned for that. So, I appreciate this
recommendation come forward. – Thank you. Did you have any? Okay. All right, we have the motion and a second to approve the Voluntary
Retirement Benefit for full-time employees. If there’s no further discussion, we’ll go ahead and take that vote. So signify your support by saying, aye. – [All] Aye. – Any opposed? Same side.
Okay. Thank you very much. – That concludes my report
for Human Resources. – I just wanted to thank Trustees for approving these recommendations, especially the last one. Words that were said about the reserve and the status of the reserve reflects an incredible team effort across campus as everyone has worked very
hard to get that reserve to where it needs to be. And it also reflects the
vision of the Trustees who approved a .75 increase in the mill which was a significant factor in growing this reserve
to where it is today. So, I want to thank you very much. I think it’s a very
appropriate use of the reserve. So, thank you. – [Lee] Wasn’t that your recommendation? .75? – Yes, I think it was but I’m not sure. – [Lee] Well done. – Okay, thank you very much. The next committee report
is that of Learning Quality and Trustee Snider. – Thank you, Madam Chair. The Learning Quality
Committee met on March 4th, we have no recommendations
but do want to just highlight some of the items that we
covered in that robust meeting. First we heard about a
sabbatical presentation about the library,
including those attitudes of people that don’t use the library, how they feel about the library. It was interesting. Sheila Moppet and her team talked about some of their initiatives
around Career Tech Ed., particularly some of the
early college options available to students. Jim Wayne and Paul Kyle
presented about a team that they had put together that’s been in place for some time but looking at enrollment
goals for the college and so if you didn’t thoroughly review the packet when it came out, for those, you might take a look at those because it kind of dictates where we might head with enrollment. And then finally the grants
team gave an overview of all the fine work that they do and it’s always
interesting and encouraging to see all the grants
that come into the college and help us run and do great things. So, with that, I will close. Thank you. – [Nancy] Okay. – Madam Chair, I just had
two items that I did not get a chance to review in the
Human Resource Committee. Do I have a second just to review those? – Sure. It was Miss. Tonya Wilson,
a general counsel mentioned the proposed amendments
addressing the gender identity to the discrimination and
harassment and retaliation policy and the non-discrimination
policy will go into the policy procedure Committee in March and anticipated going to the HR Committee for recommendation in April
and then at that time, if that goes through, it will
come to the board in April. And then the next human
resource committee meeting is scheduled for Friday,
April 5th, 2019 at 8 a.m. in the Lidell conference room next door. – Thank you. I apologize–
– No, no, you’re fine. You’re fine.
– Okay. All right, the next order of
business is management report, which I will also be giving. Management Committee met at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March the 6th. The information related to
the management meeting begins on page 10 and runs through
page 17 of the board packet. The Management committee reviewed several presentations from staff. Barbara Larson, Executive
Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services
presented information on an agreement with the
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas for College Now classes. Additional items were a
facility use agreement and equipment use agreement with the American Central
Transport for CDL training. This information can be
found in the consent agenda on pages 37 and 38 of the board packet. Rachel Leers, Associate Vice President of Financial Services
CFO, provided information about the 2019-2020 budget development. More information on the
budget will be forthcoming at the April management meeting in advance of the annual
budget workshop held at the start of the April board meeting. On Thursday, March 7th,
College staff members attended the meeting hosted by Paul Welcome, Johnson County Appraiser,
who provided information on property reevaluations for 2019. Information from this meeting
will be used to update the college’s Ad Valorem
property tax revenue by two figures for the
2019-2020 physical year. Janelle Vogler Associates Vice President for Business Services provided a very informative presentation
on auxiliary services. She introduced Ashante
Thompson, Bookstore Manager and Jake Glatts Director
of Dining Services. They provided an overview of
expense and revenue activities from the past few years and how
they contribute to the fund. The presentation also
included a discussion on upcoming changes to the
Bookstore and dining services with the new renovated
spaces in the student center, as well as on the first
floor of the library. Miss. Vogler also presented the Single Source Purchase report. Rex Hayes, Associate Vice
President of Campus Services and Facility Planning gave
a monthly progress report on capital infrastructure projects and this report is on
page 14 of the packet. Next he gave an update on
the construction projects across campus. He reviewed the report
on the financial status of the facilities master
plan and that report is in your package on page 15. The management committee
has two recommendations to present this evening. There was one recommendation
based on a bid, and this was for the Carlson
Center Parking Garage recoating and repair. And I will go ahead with
that recommendation. 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 from John Royer Contracting
in the amount of $212,000 with an additional 10%
contingency of $21,200 to allow for possible unforeseen cost for total expenditure
not to exceed $233,200. And I will make that motion. – Second. – Okay, we have a motion and a second. Is there any– oh he left. (laughing) I missed it. Any questions regarding that motion? – Just to comment, that was a low bid too. – Yes, it was the low bid. Thank you for bringing that up. You bet. Okay, we do have a motion and a second. To go ahead and accept that expenditure there’ll be no further discussion. We’ll go ahead, if you are
in agreement with that, please say, aye. – [All] Aye. – Those opposed, same sign. Motion carries. The second recommendation,
our final recommendation is to grant property
right away and easements to Water District number
one of Johnson County. This is related to the
renovations associated with the outdoor Athletics Campus
Gateway projects on campus. It is the recommendation
of the management committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the recommendation of the College Administration
to approve the grant in conveyance of the above
specified perpetual right of way and easements to Water District
number one Johnson County associated with the renovations
related to outdoor Athletics and Campus Gateway projects. And that the board authorized
the President to execute the necessary documentation to grant and convey such right-of-way easements and to take such other necessary action and appropriate to effectuate the same. And I will make that motion. – Second. – Okay, we have a motion and a second. Is there any discussion about that? Okay, with there being none. All in favor say, aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed, same sign. Motion carries. Thank you all very much. Okay, the next order of
business is President– – [Greg] Madam Chair? – Yes? – I can’t resist my curiosity,
you met on March 6th and on March 7th staff met with the County Appraiser. – [Nancy] Yes. So we had anticipated 4%
increase in appraised value. What did the appraiser
tell us was the actual? – The actual appraised
increase I believe, I have to, I think it was 6.76, is
that correct, Rachel? Now understand, Trustee
Musil, that then we look at our historic collections and
we then roll that back based on delinquencies,
appeals, exempt property. And so, we’re recommending
that we use 5.75 for the budget process in terms of the assessed valuation increase. – So, what’s that… We’ll have a budget workshop next month? And you will present a
budget based on what? Our budget guidelines of 4% increase or an actual increase of 5.75%? – At this point it would be based on an actual increase of 5.75%. – I would appreciate
knowing before that meeting or having included in that meeting what it would be if we used 4% and what our mill levy rollback
would be, to once again, as we did last year, take the amount of money we
said we needed in January, when we set our budget guidelines, if the administration could
provide that, I’d appreciate it. – [Nancy] Thank you. – Thank you, Madam Chair. – All right, thank you very much. Okay so, the Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Musil. – Treasurer’s Report,
included in the board packet for the month end of January 31, 2019. Items of noting include page
one of the Treasurer’s Report is our general post-secondary
technical education fund, summary, the largest fund we have. January was the 7th month of the colleges 2018-2019 fiscal year. In January we received an
Ad Valorem tax distribution which is property tax revenues
of about 55 million dollars from the County Treasurer. It was distributed primarily
to the general fund, some to the special assessment fund, and some to our capital outlay fund that is used for capital projects. I looked back, our budget
for property tax revenues for this fiscal year is just short of a hundred million dollars. So, we received almost 55
million of that in January. Also during January, the state
operating grant payments, which is the money we get
from the state of Kansas, about 10.6 million was
received and were recorded into the general fund and the post-secondary
technical education fund, a total of 10.6 million was received. The college’s unencumbered cash balance as of January 31, 2019 was 120.6 million, approximately a million
dollars higher than last year and all of the expenditures
in the primary operating funds are within the approved budgetary limits as set by this board. But based on that, it’s
the recommendation of the College Administration
that the Board of Trustees approve the Treasurer’s
Report for the month end of January 31, 2019, subject
to audit and I so move. – [Lee] Second. – Okay, we have a motion and a second to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Is there any discussion regarding that? If there’ll be none,
we’ll go ahead and vote. To all in favor of accepting the Treasurer’s Report say, aye. – [All] Aye. – Opposed, same sign. Motion carries. Thank you. I’m not aware of any– oh, excuse me. The President’s Report.
(laughing) Monthly report to the board. – Madam Chair Ingram? – Moving quickly. – I find you was preemptive there. – I know, I don’t watch it. – First of all, please,
please take the time to read the monthly report. It goes out you can just
look at that front page and you can see the Quindaro, these are some events
that happen on campus, the Quindaro Preservation, KC BizFest, Science Olympiad. Just another example of
how our College is engaged in the community. I’ll be addressing that
later in the report but first, the much
anticipated lightening round, and I’m gonna ask Dr.
Weber to kick it off. – Thank you very much for the opportunity to share on to something. What I’d like to recognize tonight, as we have just last month, you
approved some policy changes as a result of what we’re calling our, Removing Barriers Work. It’ll be on-going work we do. But the kick-off project
for this was really looking at policies and procedures
that we have in place that might be inconsistent
with our commitment to increase student enrollment, and more importantly, their completion. And what we approved the last month, was some policies and procedures
around academic standing, the way we require transcripts from previous and prior institutions upon enrollment at JCCC, as well as how we transfer grades in. The thing I’m proud of about the work that this group has done
and the changes we made was what it did is it took
our students who come to JCCC and put greater emphasis
on their experience here than maybe their past experiences
at other institutions. In any given semester, we
might put nearly 400 holds on those student accounts
for not providing us their prior institution’s transcripts. So, wouldn’t let them
enroll for a second semester if we didn’t get those transcripts. Regardless of if they got a 4.0
in their first semester here or for whatever reason. So, there were some situations like that that really didn’t benefit our commitment to student enrollment
and student completion. So, it was great work. The great team that
was charged to do this, Dr. McCloud and I, identified
a team after my team did some initial assessment
to realize the policies that would need to be reflected on this. And it was selected from
members of our Ed. Affairs team, as well as my team and I’d
like to just really quickly name off those who did it because in addition to
the meaningful work, I was really proud that it
was as a collaborative effort from cross departments
here among the College. And so, I want to thank this group. And it includes Theresa
McChesney, Lori Shank, and Mazen Akkam, all each professors, Melanie Roberts from our counseling team, Gurbhushan Singh, AVP and Instruction, and then from my team, Crystal Williams in Financial Aid, Leslie Quinn, Pete
Belk, and Margie Shelley from Enrollment Services. It was tremendous work they did, loved seeing them all work together. And our students in the future will truly benefit from these changes. – Thank you, Randy. Karen. – Yes, I’m gonna also talk a
little bit about collaboration as well too. For something that just
happened today on campus, you’ve heard a lot as we’re going into the Career and
Technical Education together with credit, and we work a
lot with Student Services on collaborations, which in the past, you know,
we might have been dealing with workforce needs, talking from two different perspectives. So, a great example of that today is, Debbie Rulo, who I think is
here tonight as well too, from our continuing education department, she’s our director of our
Strategic Partnerships and on our business
development side of the house, worked with the Student
Services team to bring in 14 students from TLC to tour campus and hear about credit
opportunities for them, as well as continuing education
opportunities for them. With again, like, Janice said, us all coming together to
get them those credentials or services that they need so they can go into the workforce. With a low unemployment rate, we need to be doing what we can to help possibly underserved students
do those types of things. So, majority of these students were in the foster care system
and we had great help today from Melisa Jimenez, in
Recruitment Coordinator, who talked to them about
all the credit certificates and associates, Debbie
talked about the credentials they could receive in Continuing Ed., Ivori Smith talked to
them about Financial Aid through either the foundation but also how to access
funding they may have that they just need someone to assist them in working through those systems. And then, we had Student
Ambassadors who took the ones that were interested in
Career and Technical Education on tours of our Career and
Technical Education facility. So, they were very interested but most of them had not
been on campus before and just great questions and enthusiasm. So, I appreciate the collaborations
and the opportunities we’ve had, to work together to
serve those workforce needs. – That’s great, thank you, Karen. Mickey? – Well, in keeping with what we’ve done, as a college as a whole, but also in keeping with
today being the beginning of March Madness.
(laughing) I’d like to talk a little bit about two things in particular. The First being our different kind of academic March Madness. Today marks the first day of
the national debate tournament and for the first time in 50 years of this august institution
Johnson County qualified a team that is seeded and will be competing in the National Debate Tournament against Harvard, Rutgers, UCLA, Yale, we are one of five community colleges in the history of the
National Debate Tournament over 73 years to ever qualify and this is the first
time that our faculty has been able to produce
a great team of students that got us qualified. And I expect to find out that we have, we’ve won a few rounds
and scared a few folks. (laughing) So, that’s gonna be a great
thing for us to look forward to gettin’ those results back. That begins today at the
University of Minnesota and so we’re really excited about that. And then on the home front– (audience applauding) And on the home front
we had a little bit of a victory yesterday at KBOR. I know you don’t usually hear that. (laughing) But over the last seven months or so, I’ve been closely with some colleagues at the University of Kansas to rectify something that I
discovered when I moved here and thought was a little
bit of an injustice in dealing with degree
transfer in the early 2000’s, there was a KBOR mandate put in place that a student who transfered
from a community college was required to do 60 hours of work at the Baccalaureate level there, regardless of what courses they had already brought with them. It was a bit unfair
because you could transfer from a Baccalaureate granting institution and only do 30 and so we proposed a policy change several months ago, which finally made it’s way
up to the Board yesterday and so as of yesterday, about
4 p.m., when it was passed, Johnson County Community
College will begin a relationship with the
University of Kansas that will begin to unmake that and we will be able to
forward our students on with only a ceiling of
45 hours required for Baccalaureate at that level. So, they can take more of their courses at the community college level. Several universities pushed
back a little bit against us on this and asked for it to
be sunset within three years of it beginning, to treat it
as a pilot in their wisdom. The board struck down the
sunset provision yesterday during the vote. And so, we now have an
unfettered opportunity to really increase transfer opportunities for our students, increase
completion of our students at this level and allow
them to take with them all the things that we
offer at Johnson County. The next goal is to try
and make this something that will benefit the
entire state by bringing it to fruition for all community colleges. We’ll be reporting each year
about how we have adjusted our transfer and how we’ve
adjusted programs to meet this. So that the board can
start to move forward on making this change
for the entire state. (audience applauding) – Mickey, I know there’s a
lot of heavy lifting in that and Randy I know you were involved in some of the early discussions as well. What was the vote with
the Board of Regents? – It was unanimous. – [Joseph] Wow. – [Nancy] That’s awesome. – I was kind of surprised myself. – That is terrific. Thank you, thanks for all that hard work. No small feat, I can tell ya. I want to talk a little bit
about our role as a convener in this county. One of the things we do here at Johnson County Community College, we bring people together. We have a lot of events,
many of you around this table have attended those events on our campus. Sometimes they just come out of the blue and everyone responds and they
get the job done, every time, and they do a wonderful, wonderful, through a wonderful
effort, it comes together. I’d like to share with you just a couple of these events that have occurred over the last couple weeks and
also some of that will be in our near future. On March 9th we hosted a
tribute to Martin Luther King. This was rescheduled from
Martin Luther King Day, when the campus was closed due to weather. The tribute, the performance
on stage was fantastic. I want to recognize Vivian Avery, who always leads this effort, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, who is the writer/director and
one of the star performers. Also, there was an incredible
cast that performed as well. We hosted this event last
year, we hosted it this year, and we look forward to hosting
this one in the future. On March 20th, which was yesterday, we hosted the United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Naturalization proceedings. Many of you have attended
this, the ceremony, the Honorable Theresa J. James
presided over the ceremony that welcomed 425 individuals
from around the world as citizens of the United States. It is always an inspirational ceremony. Special thanks go to Anita Tebbe, a faculty legend for her role of leading our Paralegal program. She arranges the logistics for this event. The event was even more special this year, as our own in M. Smail,
who manages the food court, became a citizen. I had the honor to deliver
the keynote address. We’ll be hosting this ceremony again on Wednesday, May 29th. This Saturday, March 23rd at 10 a.m., we’ll host a town hall discussion featuring Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. This event will be in the Polsky Theater. I know there’s a legislative
breakfast that morning, for many they can come
straight from the breakfast, and come up here for the town hall. We expect informative
and lively discussion. On Friday, April 26th, we’ll host the official ribbon-cutting of the Fine Arts and Design Studio. The guest list is lengthy and outstanding celebrations planned. In every case, when we have such an event, it requires the efforts
of the entire campus. Our Police Department, Food Services, the Carlson Center team
backstage and front stage, Volstars, Scheduling,
Housekeeping, Custodial, Marketing, Public Relations, Information Systems, and I know I probably left
someone out and I apologize. So many people come together to pull off a perfect experience
for everyone who attends such an event and believe
me they are appreciated. I would like to thank
everyone on this campus who helps make these special events happen and they do so in such an amazing passion. Thank you all for making Johnson County the convene– Johnson
County Community College, the convener in our county. Thank you. That concludes the report. – Fantastic, thank you. Any questions for Dr. Sopcich? All right. Okay, I am not aware of any old business or new business, so we’ll
move ahead to the reports from the Board Liaison. So, we’ll begin with Faculty
Association, Dr. Harvey. Good evening. – Well, I’m on spring break right now. (laughing) And so the campus is quiet right? Because our students are gone, our nine month people are gone, so it’s nice and quiet around here. This seems like the
good news Board Meeting. I want to just stay, well
I just went to Austin for a few days, so I ate
tons of tacos of all kinds. I had a great time visiting
a good friend of mine there and my sister’s in town,
when I get back home, so. So, like I said, spring break. I do want to give a
shout out to Daniel Stout with the debate team. That was Dr. McCloud,
what Dr. McCloud shared when he was hired here
and I believe he was in my LINS group. I remember being a new faculty member at the same time as him. And when he was hired here, he said, he wanted to make a
national debate tournament. He’s like I’m gonna do that. And some people didn’t
take him seriously at that but now they’ve delivered this year. So, we’re super, super proud
of them and their hard work. I also just want to share
of how thrilled I am about KBOR’s decision
to allow our students to fully complete a program here and then transfer to KU. That’s just a gigantic win for us and for our students, really, who can now take the whole package of all the things
they’re supposed to take. And, you know, there’s so
many reasons they come here and that they’re not starting
off at KU or somewhere else and just allow them to
do a full two years here and then transfer is, it really
is the right thing to do. So, I’m so glad that that
is gonna be in place. Does that start? – [Michael] We will be able to start with the coming academic year.
– Great. – [Michael] We’re gonna
start working on it now. – Perfect, that’s great. Next week we have our
Faculty Association meeting on Thursday, so I don’t have
a lot of new information, except that I’ll say one of
the things were gonna finally, I think, have time to talk about
is our budget for next year and one of the things that we’ve discussed is, sort of, ways that we can
partner with the foundation and I think many of our members
are interested in maybe, you know, we have traditionally partnered through attending some Enchanted Evening and I think a lot of our
members are wanting to perhaps give more directly to the foundation. So, that the money can
go more fully towards helping students, the full amount of it. So, I think that’s the
direction we’re gonna move as an association and that’s
what I’m going to propose to my members for our part that we give, that it go more directly to
students through the foundation. We’ve discussed a lot of
the concerns with Banner-9 and, you know, we’re
just wanting to make sure that students and faculty can
access all the information that they need to make–
you know, we get a lot of information from the old system and we want students to
be able to find classes that they want and this is
a huge, it’s a huge problem but it’s also complicated and
solving it’s not gonna be easy and I think there’s a lot of people all over campus working on this now. So, that’s something that
we’ve still been discussing. We are having some discussions
about shared governance and one of the big
things, challenges to us, that I should just make you all aware of, is that we’ve had faculty
senate for about six years now and we have struggled for
the senate to figure out what their place is at the college, what their role is, what
exactly does the Senate do? And this is periodically been
coming up over this whole time and it’s not been
sufficiently answered yet. So, we’re more intentionally
entering into conversations between the Faculty Association
and the Faculty Senate to figure out if there’s
a solution to that and what that would be. So that’s something that’s gonna be, that’s happening, sort of,
behind the scenes at this point but I just want to make
you all aware of it. If you stumble across what’s going on here that’s something that we’re trying to intentionally manage now. We’re hearing a lot about
different ways of communication. I know that, that Dr. McCloud’s office
has been working a lot with other folks on this campus to figure out ways that
we can share information from maybe, whether it’s
the minutes of a committee, you know, what did they
talk about when they met, how can people find this information, to just freely accessing
and sharing information we don’t have a lot of, you
would think in this day and age we would have a clear way to do that but it’s not that simple. And we always joke that
if you put something in an infoshare that you
can never find it again, unless you know it’s there. And so it’s– and where exactly it is. So, just, I think the college
has been transitioning to some different ways of communicating. So, that’s gonna be really
important to share governance, I think, as well. I am gonna be so happy
to tell my colleagues when they get back from spring break about the decision with the
HR Committee’s recommendations that you just voted on tonight and this is, I think it’s
very important to valuing our employees and there
are a number of people that will be thrilled to hear about this. You know, I think it’s, it’s
really in the best interest of everyone if someone
is, qualifies to retire and if they are simply going to work for just a couple more years only because of health insurance, I
think that this allows them to go ahead and have an
option of having resources to go ahead and retire. And I think it’s in
everyone’s best interest if someone is ready to
retire, wants to retire, and all that’s stopping
them is health insurance. That this is gonna be
tremendously valuable to a number of people on this campus. And it will directly impact everyone, it will directly impact our students and so I think it’s huge, it’s really big. So, I just wanted to end with that, just to say that, I’m glad
that you voted on that and I’m very pleased to report
some of these things back to the faculty when they return next week. – [Nancy] Okay, yes. – I had a question. So, the sick leave, so there
was a discussion at one time, the difference between faculty sick leave, Administration, sometimes one
might take more than the other and there was a difference in quality of why one might take more
and why one might occur more. Can you explain a little
bit more about why faculty may not be using those sick leave? – Yeah, so I think what
you’re talking about is we talked about a sick leave balances and the nine month folks tend
to not use their sick leave at the same rate. And so, what I was saying is
that there have been many years where I didn’t use all
my personal days either. Some of that is just a
factor of it’s so much easier to just teach your class, you
have students counting on you to be there, you have something planned, it’s a fine, it’s like
dominoes. (chuckles) Any little and just like
snow days are really hard to work around, it’s
really hard to work around being absent. And so, I think our
faculty tend to show up unless they just
absolutely cannot show up. If they can drag themselves here it would be easier to teach
their class than call in sick. And even getting a
substitute, which we do have that option here, it’s
challenging to have, it’s a lot of work. So, when we go to conferences,
people always say, man, just to get be gone a day, it’s like I have to work so much harder just to, you know, it’d be so much easier if I just taught my class. So, I think that is an issue
and we don’t always use our personal days either. We have, well, the first 10
years you have two personal days a year and then after that
you get, well actually, yeah. After that you can convert
sick leave into a personal day so you could get a third one. Anyway, so but it is
hard to take those even because your students are
counting on you to come, so. Does that answer your question? – [Angeliina] Mh-hm, thank you. – Any other questions? Okay. Dr. Harvey, thank you for
being here this evening and enjoy the rest of your spring break. (laughing) All right, Mr. Cross, Johnson County Education
Research Triangle. – Thank you, Madam Chair. The Research Triangle has
not met again this month, we’ll meet next month on April 23rd. And that concludes my report. – Okay, thank you. Again, this is Association of
Community College Trustees, Miss. Larson. – Yes, there was a meeting
that we had in March, now the time escapes me, I think it was on one of our forms here. In the morning I did visit
with 37 of our representatives, those are Senators in State
House throughout our county that oversee us and I brought
them our annual report and I went through the report
if they were available, if not I went through with their assistant and then just kind of caught
them up on some of the things that we had done up in D.C.
and some of the initiatives that we’re looking for and
hoping for course funding and then finding out if
there was anything specific that they had that they would
like us to address here at the college. And so, I think that was
a very productive visit to go and talk to everyone
as much as possible. Then our actual meeting that conducted was pretty much a twofold. There was an executive director search. So, right now they’ve narrowed it down to about two candidates. I did ask if KACCT had a diversity policy in their hiring practices and
if they do not at this point, which is not in alignment with the National Organization of
Community College of Trustees. So, I do hope that there’s more
discussion around lining up with the National Organization
at the state level. We did focus on a couple bills. They gave us a nice spreadsheet, pretty much that’s similar
to our legislative sheet that we got today with
KBOR, or a couple weeks ago. And the two that KACCT is
really focused on, of course, is Health Bill 2144. So, that’s representative
Christy Williams, she’s a republican in the 77th District. We heard a little bit about
that from the Dick Carter and the challenges around that and that some of those
amendments were taken out. And then the other bill
they were focused on is House Bill 2219 from
representative John Alcala, a democrat in the 57th District and that is requiring body, subject to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to record proceedings and
make recordings available to the public. Now that did not get a second sponsor, so we know that’s pretty much dead but it might come back next session. So, those were two things that KACCT was interested in discussing. One of the things I did find interesting is that JCCC does help
provide Health Care Insurance as part of the group plan towards the KACC Executive Assistant
and I know she’s non-employee but having access to affordable healthcare is something I do believe is a right. So, I think it’s a good plan
that I think that was good that the college considered
allowing people to opt-in because everyone should be covered and KACCT is promoting
public education throughout the state of Kansas, which include a lot of community colleges that are really poor
and don’t have services. So, as JCCC is a larger entity, we also kinda have a little
bit of a responsibility to make sure the educational
welfare of the entire state is something that we address as well. And then healthcare for all is
important and I’m interested in whether we can reevaluate
or evaluate extending that same kind of benefit
towards JCCC Board Members and students, it’s one where
I had concerns about it at first after reviewing and hearing that but I do know that KACCT
now pays full cost. I think that is something
that maybe Board Members and students may be able to do as well. Because full cost on a
large plan is be default less than full cost in a situation where you are the only one on a plan because you get the group rate of everyone and at least giving people
that option to consider it, I think, is something worthwhile and to evaluate in the future. I think that it’s also
important that we have a rubric that evaluates the cost to benefit of some of the memberships
that our colleges pay for. Many of these organizations
they were members of, charge us very high amounts, for the amount of enrollment
in students that we have. And because I think that’s valuable and to make sure that we’re
investing in these organizations but that they provide an equal return for our membership that we provide. I think in developing, maybe a rubric, that measures whether our
investment is successful is crucial in raising the
standards of these organizations to meet our needs. I do, would like to make a motion, if possible, to Madam Chair, to commission a study of
the cost-benefit analysis of all our memberships to
these outside organizations. I think that is something that’s important that we need to evaluate to make sure that what we’re spending out there is actually giving us the return. Do I have a second? – I can’t second a motion
that’s that ambiguous. I don’t have any idea
how broad that would be. I would appreciate it very
much if you bring that to the administration and look at it. The only organization I
know of where we pay based on attendance or students is KACCT. This board has talked
about that for years, trying to evaluate the
cost benefit analysis, which proves to be a very difficult thing to reduce to a spreadsheet or a rubric. So again, I think this can
be handled in ways other than to give a carte blanche to commission a new study at the Board Meeting. – Any comments?
– If I can real quick? – It’s, we pay, we have
quite a few memberships across campus, I mean,
literally in the hundreds here. KACCT, AACC, League for Innovation, all of these, I believe the price is based on our enrollment, and
also those come out of, I believe, the Trustees
budget, if that’s correct. So, what we’ll do is we can lay those out and we can put their costs down. What it costs the college
and then we can also lay out some of the pros and cons with
each of those organizations. Again, those are limited
to the College as a whole and they’re out of the Trustees budget. As far as the other ones, it would be a much more gargantuan
task to address those but I think it’s a good starting point to look at those major ones like that. – I think I’d like to maybe
then retract the motion, if the administration will take that. If we can add to make
sure what the cost is, the amount of attendance
to those organizations, if there’s a satisfaction
survey of those people who are attending, if we
can find out if they feel that those are valuable
or are they just attending because they’re required. I think those would be helpful. – Okay.
– That’s fine. – [Nancy] All right. – Madam Chair, it seems
to be a perfect task to go through the management
committee, since we have a committee structure to look at that, as opposed to try and do that
at the board level initially. – [Nancy] Okay, thank you. – Just my suggestion. – All right. – That concurs my report. – Okay, thank you. – I mean, concludes my report. – All right, the last report
is from the Foundation, Mr. Musil. – The Foundation Executive Committee met this past Tuesday
and received an update from Emily Behrmann on the new Carlson Center Presents series, as well as, updated ticketing strategies that will be implemented this spring. On Wednesday, March 20th, the first being in the Sun Enchanted Evening
Steering Committee took place planning for
the 33rd Annual Gala, which will be this November. Mr. Frank Devocelle, who
retired on December 31st, I think, as the CEO of
Olathe Health Systems, has been named 2019
Johnson County of the year. He’ll be honored at the event. Mike and Susan Lally are
serving as the co-chair of the event and Pam Popp is leading the Sponsorship Committee. Just a reminder to everybody
that the Trustee Reunion Lunch will be held on Thursday, April 25th, during the Hospitality Management Luncheon in Wylie Academy from noon
to one, followed by tours of the Fine Arts and Design Studios. And hopefully it’ll be fun to
see a lot of former Trustees that are still around the area. And then the following day, on April 26th, the Foundation will host
it’s annual luncheon in conjunction with the ribbon cutting for the Fine Arts and
Design Services building. The luncheon will be 11:30 to one, with the dedication of the FADS building immediately thereafter. That’s all I have. Thank you, Madam Chair. – Thank you, any questions
for Mr. Musil before we– – Can we play paper, rock, scissors to see who gives a report?
(laughing) I mean, why do you always
have to give the report? – I will lose to you gladly. (laughing) You can give it every time. – [Lee] Well done, sir, well done. – All right, the final, we’re
at the point where we have the Consent Agenda and I
would accept a single motion to approve the Consent
Agenda unless someone has a question regarding
any of those pieces that you would like to discuss? – Move for the Consent Agenda. – Second.
– Second. – I have a motion and a second to approve the Consent Agenda, all in favor say, aye. – Yes.
– Aye. – Opposed, same sign. Motion carries. We do not have any executive
session this evening. So, unless anyone has
any further comments, I would hear the motion to adjourn. – Absolutely.
– Oh, I’m sorry. – Mr. Lindstrom.
– I have a comment. – Yes? – Nice job, Madam Chair. (laughing) (audience applauding) – Yeah. So, anyway, waiting for
that motion to adjourn. – Don’t move. – Second. All in favor? – [All] Aye. Motion carries. We are adjourned. – Did she second the motion? – [Nancy] I did. (melodic music)