��>>Chair Jerry Cook: Good evening. I’d
like to call the May 8th meeting of the Board of
Trustees for Johnson County Community College to order. Would you please join in the Pledge
of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United
States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Other than our new senator
in the room, we’ll have the Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors. Terri.
>>Ms. Terri Schlict: This evening’s visitors include Dick Carter, Wade Brower, Nan
Garcia, and Mark Ferguson.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Next item
is the Open Forum welcome to the meeting.
Next item is the Open Forum. It’s the section of the board agenda and 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 person’s comments to less than five minutes.
In order to be recognized, individuals must register at door at each board meeting prior
to the Open Forum agenda item. We have no registered speakers for tonight’s meeting,
so the Open Forum is hereby closed. Awards and Recognition. Dr. Sopcich.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Cook. I’d like to defer to Mr. Anderson.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Thank you. This evening we actually have two awards. The
first award is the 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award, and Mary Smith and Pat Decker would
come up, they’ll offer that award to Mary Alice Coulter.
Mary Alice Coulter is receiving the National Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows
Award, which recognizes community involved student leaders. The Newman Civic Fellows
Award honors the late Frank Newman, one of the Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless
advocate for the civic engagement of higher education. Mary Alice Coulter has demonstrated
a commitment to civic responsibility and advocacy
throughout her life. While at JCCC, she has been involved in leadership roles with the
Honors Student Association. She has served over
100 hours addressing critical community needs related to hunger, animal rights, and Native
American awareness. Her ability to lead and motivate has been evident in her advocacy
Wayside Waifs to increase their volunteer base and enhance the quality of care in their
veterinary clinic. She has become involved in research for feline leukemia and is committed
to problem solving and making a difference in
the lives of others. Recognizing a need for new students to be
able to connect with upper classmen at Johnson County Community College, Mary Alice
developed a peer mentor program which enhanced the academic experience for students
enrolled in the Honors Program. She characteristically acts to make changes, whether
large or small, that will improve the lives of others. We present this award to her. We’re
so delighted for her outstanding work here at
Johnson County Community College. Congratulations. (Applause.)
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: The next award I’d like to actually, we have a very large crowd
here. The Model United Nations program at Johnson County is just an outstanding program.
In 2014, the team received an Outstanding Delegation Award for its portrayal of Niger
at the National Model United Nations Conference in
New York City. JCCC was evaluated using the following criteria: remaining in character,
advocating for the assigned country’s position in a
manner consistent with economic, social, geopolitical constraints, participating in committees,
and enforcing the proper use or using the proper rules of procedure. I have been up
in the Model United Nations room watching them do
research, multiple times. They’re here in the
summer, they’re here throughout the year, and their work is just truly outstanding.
Three students were chosen by the conference to
be rapporteurs who assist with the organization of
their conference committee. Aaron Hafey, Kaitlyn Sylva of Gardner, Kansas, Gaelyn McGhee
of Overland Park, who served as the General Assembly Third Committee. The team also
received an Outstanding Delegation Award, the Delegates Choice Award, and three Honorable
Mention Awards in February at the 2014 Midwest Model United Nations Conference
portraying Canada and New Zealand. So we’ve represented Niger, Canada, New Zealand. The
work these students do is just truly outstanding. And what I’d like, there are more students
here whose names that I have, if we could introduce
yourselves and the awards they’re receiving. Brian Wright, who’s been an outstanding leader
for this program, will do that for me.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Brian, before you do
that, let me just say that this competition of
course is among four year schools, as well as other schools all around the country, and
you just continue to represent this college in an exemplary
manner and distinguish yourselves among the best in the nation. Thank you very much.
And if you would share the names, that would be
great.>>Mr. Brian Wright: Yes. My students who
are here, Elysia Chao, Aaron Swift, Joe Gideon. I don’t think they can see you.
(Laughter.) Donald Roth. Katlyn Pratt. Jeffery Redmond,
who is now the student body president. Linda Makau. And (Inaudible) Marie Kristin
Horvat. (Applause.)
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Again, thank all of you for coming to our meeting tonight. It’s
outstanding watching your work. They recently had over how many were there, 250? 300
high school students? Three hundred high school students were on our campus and they led
them in a Model United Nations here. So their work has helped our college in many ways.
Thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Does that
complete your report? Student Senate Report. Mr. Rogers.
>>Mr. Elliot Rogers: Good evening. I’d like to begin my report, last report here to the
Board of Trustees by saying that, well, I had my speech approved to say that the time
you’ve spent paying attention to Student Senate has
been appreciated, but that’s definitely an understatement. I want you to know that I
have looked forward to my reports for the months
that I’ve been here, and I do appreciate your involvement with me, but also as I got more
invested in the student body, I really took to heart what you do for them, and I appreciate
that as well. So thank you.
This Monday, May 5th, did mark Student Senate’s final meeting for the 2013 2014 school
year. We ended with a strong Student Senate of 21 members and a promising executive
board elect, which Elysia Chao and Jeffery Redmond, you just met them, they were two
other members that I was not able to introduce to
you last month. And we also had a highly successful presence during the Campus Craze
yesterday. At some point, you should ask Jeff about how he liked the dunk tank that we had.
That went over pretty well. So in the last few weeks, we were able to
grant one more funding request for the Student Kansas Association of Interpreters, and we’ve
finalized by laws for all the Student Senate standing committees. During this week, members
of the incoming Executive Board have been meeting with the current officers to get necessary
information, as well as tips and suggestions to better understand their roles for next
year. I would like to thank you again for taking
an interest in Student Senate, and I am excited for next year’s students and wish you all
the best of luck. So thank you. Thank you very much.
(Applause.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: I would just like to
say, Elliot, and for the benefit of the trustees and the listening audience, I had a chance
to be at the Athletic Awards Ceremony recently and
you were there and spoke, and I really appreciate how you represented the student body in
appreciating the work that all of those students did on the athletic team. That was kind of
above and beyond and took some extra time, but another example of how you have engaged
all components of the student population on campus,
and we sincerely appreciate that.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Trustee Cook, if I may.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Yeah.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I’d like to commend Elliot
as well for his leadership. His visibility around campus was amazing. He seemed to be
everywhere. That could be because he also had
a life sized cut out of him that (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: At one time I actually saw him carrying it around.
(Laughter.) But Elliot seemed to be the ideal student
leader, and we want to thank you for that, and
I’ve enjoyed speaking with you and working with you throughout the year. So thank you.
>>Mr. Elliot Rogers: I’ll tell you, that cardboard cut out, right now it’s sitting
outside of my former math professor’s office waiting
for her to get to work tomorrow morning. So it
does (Laughter.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Elliot, thanks. And wish you the very best. Appreciate it. College
Lobbyist Report. Mr. Carter.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will keep my comments
as brief as Mr. Rogers’ and I would assume that after
I’m done, applause would be appropriate there as well.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Standing? The legislature adjourned sine die this past Saturday at
about 2:30 a.m., and you would think that we might be rested and ready to go, but the
very next day we were still working and many legislators
were doing legislative town halls, and that will
continue in some communities across the state for the next week or so as legislators sort
of figure out just exactly how we ended the session
and report to their constituents on the things that have passed and as they prepare for the
sine die session, which will be May 30th, later on
this month, and I’ll talk about that briefly in just moment.
This was one of the shortest sessions in probably the past 40 years, 79 days, to be a little
bit more precise. It’s also one of the shortest veto sessions that we’ve seen in recent years,
in fact in his in memorable history, and that
is due in large part to probably a number of factors,
but this is an election year, and it gives the opportunity for legislators to go home
and begin preparing their campaigns. Campaign season
will officiary open after May 30th, after the
legislature gavels out sine die. But there’s a lot of work that will be done in the meantime,
and there’s going to be some interesting changes
I think in the face of the legislature as we prepare
for 2015. The big issues, and again, I’m only going
to report on the things that passed. We just met
a few weeks ago around this table, and pretty much the things that I said had to be done
were the things that the legislature took up and
completed in the two and a half days that they were
in Topeka. The budget was one of the big ones. They passed about a $14.6 billion budget
when you take into account all funds that are present. And that budget really went through
with little or no discussion, and I think that’s
one of the things that’s being discussed right now.
I’ve attached a piece to the back of the report by Martin Hover, who writes for his own
newspaper, the Hover Capitol Report. He also writes for columns across the state and papers
that pick up his column. Rarely do I see him opine as strongly as he did in this particular
piece where he talks about the fact that the way
the budget was passed was not representative of the
people, and he essentially calls out the fact that the budget was passed by two members
in the Senate and two members in the House. I should
say it was worked worked by two members in the House and two members in the Senate.
It’s an interesting opinion piece. It’s an interesting article that I would encourage
you to read when you have a moment. But it is part
and parcel to the conversation that we had last time I was before you about the way we’ve
been dealing with policy matters and conference
committee reports and developing things with small
groups of people rather than them the issues moving through the committee process, through
their respective body, moving across and starting over.
The other interesting things that are attached to the back of this report are an opinion
piece by a law professor at KU. I would encourage you to read it. He talks about the shift of
generally conservative and responsible governance to governance by ideology. It’s an
interesting piece and I thought it was worth including in the report for your review.And
then, finally, the Kansas Watchdog blog also has a writer that is in Topeka on a
regular basis during our legislative session, and I think that the piece that I attached
there talks a little bit about the split in the legislature
as it relates to local control, and I would encourage
your review of that particular article as well.
The big piece that passed and one that could potentially have an impact on the college
as it relates to some of the legislation in the final days of the veto session was the
tax the tax pieces. There was a very large or we could
call it a mega conference committe report where
six or seven issues were placed into report and passed as part of the tax policy. Not
a lot of concern on a number of them. After four years,
there was an agreement, or a piece moved forward as it relates to machinery and equipment
and how real property versus personal property is determined. The real simple issue
is they codified in state law the property valuation guide that is already in place at
the Department of Revenue, and it has a three prong
test. There’s a few other things that were included
in that conference committee report. I would just draw your attention to a couple
of others. One is the phase out of the mortgage registration fee. With the passage of that
particular piece, county governments across the state
will likely see about half of the revenue that is currently generated by that particular
mortgage registration fee. It’s a five year phase out.
The registration fees go down, but the cost for
copies which are required for many of the proceedings go up. And chances are likely
and this is why it concerns this particular body,
chances are likely that in many in many local governments, in county governments across
the state those shortages will be made up by an
increase in the mill levy or increase in property tax. That will be just to maintain the status
quo. That’s not for improvements or additional
projects or new initiatives. That’s just to maintain
their current level. The other important piece I think that is
worth calling attention to, just because of the
notoriety that it received in the press, is the piece related to the for profit health
clubs. There was a particular group that sought to see
a property tax exemption for the large scale for profit
health clubs. They used the YMCAs and compared themselves also to the community centers
operated by local units of government across the state and lobbied heavily, extensively.
That issue did not pass in the final analysis.
That could have been another hit on county budgets at
the local level that would have required some level of make up in some form of fashion.
The other piece that I think is of interest to us, and there’s no change since the last
time I was before you, but it’s, again, worth noting
in the final analysis of things that did or did not
happen, and that is there is no change to the local unit of government election laws.
As you’re aware, there was a hard press to move those
elections to the fall. They will remain in the spring
for now. But I do believe that there will be a continued press to move those local elections
to the fall of the goal is for the fall of even
numbered years and make them partisan. We’ll just
see how that plays out in future legislatures. No real change to the education budget. The
budget that passed last month before the legislature went home included the pieces
for higher education and for K 12. That meant that
there was no GoPro and no Success Act pieces contained in the finance bill. The bill did
allow for some institutions to receive dollars for
GED certificates if a student is enrolled in a CTE program. That does not apply to Johnson
County Community College. We were not part of
that particular piece of legislation. The other good news is, and this stands as well,
is that the 1.5% cuts were restored to community colleges,
or to higher education, and that is indeed good
news. I probably won’t talk about the other just
small items that are listed on the report. I’ll let
you take look at them because there is no change since April and those items have been
signed into law by the governor. But I would indicate
that election season opens essentially on May 30th, and as public servants, public officials,
you’ll probably be asked to meet with different folks. You may be asked for endorsements.
Certainly the fundraising starts in earnest for people that do what I do, and I usually
keep a shoebox that has all of the requests that get
quite thick between May 30th and August 7th, or whatever the first Tuesday in August is,
and then we start over again between the primary
and the general election. The couple of things to note this year, I
do believe that we’ll see some interesting filings
by June 1, which is the filing deadline. We know for certain that there are some Johnson
County incumbents that already have a primary. There are many that are certain to get a
general election contest as well. But I have I firmly believe that because of the way
redistricting occurred in 2012, the short amount of time that people had to make a
determination of whether or not they wanted to run for office, figuring out where those
legislative boundaries were, that that limited the field, if you will, the field of contestants.
People have had a chance to review what’s been going on over the past couple of years.
Some people have been paying attention to decisions
that have been made regarding schools and school finance. And so I think that you’re
going to see an interesting field of candidates filing
for office by June 1. We’re going to see some retirements as well. Some have already been
made. There may be another announcement or two. But come there will be some interesting
things to report on this summer is what I’m telling you, and that will be some of the
contents of reports that I’ll be providing in June and
July. So let me stop there, Mr. Chairman, and see
if there are any questions or>>Chair Jerry Cook: Questions or comments
from the trustees? Trustee Stewart.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: You mentioned in your
report that there really were four people that drew up the budget. Two from the Senate,
two from the House. Who were those?>>Mr. Dick Carter: That would be the Appropriations
chair and vice chair, and the Senate Ways & Means chair and vice chair.
The budget process typically is worked through a
series of subcommittee hearings, reports out to the full committee, the full committee
working it and then the full legislature voting, the
full House or the full Senate voting on their particular
pieces, and it was a much abbreviated scenario this year where in the final analysis those
four people ran what is called a report that is
called an Agree to Disagree, which means you do not
need the (Inaudible) signatures on the report. Typically you would need six to true up a
report. They only needed four.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: And I’m not familiar
with who those are. I assume our lobbyist would know who those people those names are.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: The college lobbyist?>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Yeah, I think the college
lobbyist should know. Who is the chair of the appropriations
>>Mr. Dick Carter: He does know. Would you like to know right now?
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: I would like to know that.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Let’s see. Here you are putting me on the spot. It’s Senator Ty
Masterson and the vice chair is Jim Denning. And then in the House, we had a change
mid session. The House chair is Gene Suellentrop and the vice chair is Marvin Kleeb.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Marvin?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Uh huh.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Sharp?
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: I would just add that the primary election is August 5th,
Mr. Carter.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Thank you.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: August 5th. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. August 5th.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Other questions or comments? Trustee Drummond?
>>Trustee Robert Drummond: Mr. Carter, do you see that next year’s budget will be run
the same way? Or do you sense it will be (Inaudible).>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, I think there’s
going to be problems with next year’s budget. One of the things that I didn’t go into detail
about but it is included in my report is last month
when I was presenting to you at 5 p.m. that afternoon, the consensus revenue estimates
came out painting a fairly rosy picture for state
revenues over the next several years, not not
inflated necessarily, not going up, but relatively flat and not problematic. Just this past week,
news came down of the $93 million shortfall from personal income tax, individual income
tax filings. It wasn’t to be completely unexpected
given the legislation that was passed a few years
ago, but that is the reality. We saw some one time money come into the Department of
Revenue in February that we won’t likely see next year from some tax settlement issues.
Who knows what the Court is going to say by July
1 about the adequacy piece for school finance. So
I don’t we’re going to have a completely different picture next year and it’s difficult to say
how that will work, but I certainly hope it works the way the process is intended to work.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Musil?>>Trustee Greg Musil: Well, we talk about
meeting projections. The projections are the legislative research services estimates based
on existing state law on revenue and expenses. Right?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: There are other people that are a part of that estimating group,
but yes, right.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: But it is a consensus estimating group that looks at existing law
and tries to determine from the economic forecast what it’s going to be in future periods of
time. And that those people estimate it at the time of the enactment of the tax bill,
very dramatic crossing of the line, if you will,
from surplus to deficits for what, fiscal year 2017?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: It was previously thought to be out in the out years of ’17 and ’18,
yes.>>Trustee Greg Musil: And now?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Now I think it’s anybody’s
guess. We’re going to have to see what the revenues look like in the September October
filing period when the late filers file, and then
we’ll have to see what the expenditures come in as well. This particular year we had an
increase in the Department of Corrections. We also had the governor back filled I think
it was around 11 million for the career and tech
ed piece that was in the current year because it was
such a popular program. Those are expenditures that you don’t always anticipate. So it’s
a lot of moving pieces, Trustee Musil, as you’re
fully aware, that will determine where we’re at.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: I guess my point is, absent revenue forecasts that dramatically
beat the projections in two or three years we either have to raise more revenue or make
more dramatic cuts to state spending to achieve
a balanced budget.>>Mr. Dick Carter: That would seem to be
the case.>>Trustee Greg Musil: And I did I told the
Chair I wanted to ask you the most junior member of the house committee on the journal,
but I won’t.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Stewart?
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Yeah. On the property tax, where the cement plants are now
considered personal property, that was going to have a big impact to Johnson County, is
what Paul Welcome, our appraiser, had said early
on. But they were also talking about other entities
like refineries and did they just include the cement plants? Did they not include refineries?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: There’s really kind of two pieces to that two answers to that
question. The first is that the major impact is going to be felt in Neosho County, where
those two particular plants are located. I think
that when the legislation was originally proposed two
or three years ago, there was a there is a major concern about what might happen should
things like doorknobs or handrailings be classified as personal property versus real property.
I mean that was the argument was determining
where that’s at. I think that the answer lies in the
fact that by using the three prong test included in the property valuation guide as part of
the Department of Revenue, we solved a lot of
those problems. There are still some cases, and
what happens when you pass legislation that benefits a specific business, there’s going
to be a line forming at the door next year when the
legislature reconvenes. Me too.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Other comments? Dr. Sopcich?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: As trustees know, this has been was a pretty exciting year in the
legislature. It was especially so for our school. We were extremely engaged primarily
thanks to GoPro, and I’d like to thank Mr. Carter
for his counsel and guidance during the session. It
was very much appreciated. We had a lot of early morning, late night types of phone calls,
and his input was it was highly regarded and very
much respected. So thanks, Dick.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Mr. Carter, thank you.
Travel safely.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Do we applause now
or (Laughter.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Committee reports, recommendations. Management Report.
Trustee Stewart.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: All right. We have a few items here to bring forward.
The Management Committee met at 8 a.m. on Thursday,
May 1st, and you can see the minutes in the board packet beginning on Page 1. They
run through Page 16. First item was we following the board budget
workshop last month, staff prepared another revenue scenario for review at the
Management Committee and you’ll recall that next
year’s ad valorem tax revenue was based on a 5% assumed increase in assessed value in
the county, and it looks like it’s likely that
that assessed value will come in higher than that, so
Management Committee reviewed another budget projection based upon a 5.5% assessed
valuation increase and a one tenth of a mill roll back in our mill levy. So we would be
going from 9.551 mills to 9.451 mills. And just
remind each mill raises about $8 million, so a tenth
of a mill is $800,000. Well, we know for certain now that the State has held us harmless and
in the original expectations we thought we were
going to have a decrease in our state funding of
1.5%. They restored that, and that’s worth about $300,000. So we’re ahead 300,000 before
we adjust the mill levy.
So it’s a neg a net $500,000 decrease in tax revenue coming to the college. But it’s
likely that that mill levy or the assessed valuation will even hit a little higher than
5.5%. So administration might have been pushed on this
a little bit, but they think that they can make this
work with a one tenth of a mill reduction, and you’ll see that on Pages I think 1 and
2 of your board packet, if I’m looking at the right
numbers on my pages here. So it is the recommendation of the Management
Committee that the Board of Trustees approve the fiscal year 2014 ’15 management
budget subject to adjustments required when the
final beginning balances in assessed valuation amounts have been determined, and I’ll make
that motion.>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion. Do
we have a second?>>Second.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any discussion? While you’re thinking of such, remind me again
when the final assessed valuation is that when are they determined? Is that in August?
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: October usually is the final. Mr. Perkins give us the official
answer.>>We’ll get a report in June.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: You went through this last month and the timeline and
>>Mr. Don Perkins: We have a number of timelines.>>Chair Jerry Cook: I’m getting old and I
forgot. If you would just go through that again, Don. I think what I’m leading up to
in the question is what parameters do we have if the
assessed valuation doesn’t come in at that particular level? I know we finally set the
mill levy later, but go ahead.
>>Mr. Don Perkins: We’ll get information from the County near the end of the month
of June. We’ll have that information to work
with for building the legal budget. We will receive a
final adjustment to that in October, usually it’s in October, from the County. But that
will be a very minor change as they adjust assessed
valuation a little bit between those periods of time.
So we’re going to find out at the end of June.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Any other questions
while Don is at the podium? Trustee Musil?
>>Trustee Greg Musil: I would just point out when you look back at this budget
worksheet and the data we asked Don and the administration to build on, we initially had
a 2% assessed valuation increase in there. So we
are blessed that the economy is turning around and
looking at maybe a 6% assessed value increase, and I think that is what I see as justification
for then rolling back the mill levy to some extent.
We’ll know more in June finally before we ever
vote on a final legal budget in August, but I think this is a good step to take. It shows
we will we’re part of the economic development and
the growth of the county and we’re going to use
that money for some very important priorities for next year, but we’re also going to be
careful with that money and demonstrate that we’re
going to turn some of it back to the taxpayer through a mill levy reduction, and I think
it’s a very reasonable budget guideline.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes. Thank you, Mr. Chair. I’m just working to understand. So
if the State restored 1.5% this year that they
cut last year, is that correct?>>No.
>>They proposed to cut.>>(inaudible) built the budget originally
on losing 1.5% (inaudible)>>Trustee Lee Cross: But we didn’t because
they held us harmless last year.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Which we found out
this month.>>Trustee Lee Cross: And last year, too,
correct?>>Trustee Jon Stewart: I think they did last
year, too, yeah.>>Trustee Lee Cross: So we’re at the same
funding level that we were two years ago?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Oh, we’re probably slightly
up, Trustee Cross, if we were to look at those numbers as far as state revenues go.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I’m sincerely trying to understand.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: No. Historically, the fact is the state revenues from the state
have increased at a very, very slow rate, but they
have gone up. They have not gone down. And so
in this case, because they did the two year budget, they gave us two year budget plan,
year two was a 1.5. That’s what we budgeted. Don, I’m
going to put you on the spot. Last year, what was the projection on that? Wasn’t it a negative
or was it flat? It was flat?>>Mr. Don Perkins: This year, this current
year, flat.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Flat, right.
>>Mr. Don Perkins: That’s correct.>>Trustee Lee Cross: And last year?
>>Mr. Don Perkins: Well, this year is the same as last year.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: So we’re at the same funding level from the State that we were
two years ago.>>Mr. Don Perkins: Correct.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s right.>>Mr. Don Perkins: We thought we were given a two year
budget and next year was supposed to go down a percent and a half,
so you’re right, three years in a row it will be the
same.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: That number stayed
pretty constant for the last few years, about $21 million.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s right.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: So our increases in
the assessed valuation in the counties were>>Chair Jerry Cook: Lee, were you finished?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Well, you raise a good
point. And I think in regard to some of the issues that Mr. Carter shared with us, there
are variables in Topeka that will occur between now
and then, and the school funding still is out there until we get a final say from the
Supreme Court that that’s been blessed. So that’s
a great question. Trustee Stewart, did you have another
comment?>>Trustee Jon Stewart: No.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any other questions? We have a motion and a second on the floor.
Any other comments or questions? Trustee Musil.>>Trustee Greg Musil: Well, we built this
budget with a couple things in mind; one was to get our capital budget and our capital
outlay budget back in a range we thought it should be.
This five year projection does it.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Over a five year period.
So the numbers that are part of these projections demonstrate that by year five,
we get the numbers where we think they need to be.
Not just the capital line in the budget, also the reserve number as well.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: That was my my second point, the strategic points were get
the reserves at a level where they’re sustainable, not too high, not too low, and get the capital
budget to where we can actually have the opportunities to not only maintain what we have, but
be prepared to take advantages of future capital needs.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And also, Trustee Musil, there’s one other component to that.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: The third strategic point I was going to make
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It’s the Capital Outlay Fund. We want to be able to make sure that
we have the integrity of that fund where it’s used for one time major capital projects.
So that’s another part of the process as well.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: As opposed to taking it out of the General Fund budget.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Well, as opposed to using it to supplement items that perhaps like
that should be funded out of the General Fund budget.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: Right.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any other questions or
comments? We have a motion and a second. All in favor signify by saying aye.
(Ayes.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.
Thank you, Don. Trustee Stewart?>>Trustee Jon Stewart: I just I want to comment.
You know, this is Don’s last budget unless we convince him to stay on. But he
did a great job and, Barbara, fantastic job on working through these numbers and re working
the numbers after the last after the board workshop. So thank you for doing that and
making that happen very quickly, Barbara.>>Mr. Don Perkins: Thank you.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: And you’re still invited to come back. We can grill you next
year. (Laughter.)
All right. Next recommendation deals with masonry repairs on the campus. And one of
the things you know, we’ve talking about capital and what we want to we want to make
sure that our campus does not have a build up of deferred maintenance, and that’s part
of that issue is to make sure we have we’re allocating
money to maintain our buildings and not get into a position where we have a huge amount
of deferred maintenance, and I don’t believe we
do right now. And I know Rex Hays is doing a good job staying on top of this. But so
here’s one of the areas that we’re working on, is
there’s constant repairs because of the weather and the
hard winter particularly and masonry repairs and roofing and things like that. But this
one is masonry repairs for the COM, CSB, and GEB
buildings. It’s the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the recommendation of the College Administration to approve the low bid of $723,300
from MTS Contracting, Inc., plus an additional $72,330 to allow for contingencies
for possible unforeseen costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed $795,630 for campus
masonry repairs. I’ll make that motion.>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have motion. Do we
have a second?>>Trustee Greg Musil: Second.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any questions? Any questions? All in favor signify by saying aye.
(Ayes.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: One more recommendation. That is on our Westpark Facility
lease extension. That is a we asked a number of questions at the meeting. That is a very
highly used facility for us. I was hoping maybe someday we could consolidate down and
have fewer of these, but it looks like that this
one is being used quite>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Right.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: quite frequently and a very important location for us. So this
recommendation has to do with extending that lease at the 87th Street in Overland Park,
Westpark Center, existing third lease amendment will terminate on July 31st of this year,
and this recommendation, the option to renew the
existing three year three lease agreements will
be extended from August 1st, 2014, through July 31st, 2015, and the important part, with
no increase in rent at an annual rate of about
$238,642, almost $20,000 a month, for fiscal year
2014 ’15, plus common area maintenance, tax/insurance fees, effective at the commencement
of the extension period. So it is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the
Board of Trustees accept the administration’s recommendation to exercise a one year lease
extension for the Westpark Center leases per agreement, subject to review by college counsel.
I’ll make that motion.>>Second.>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion
and a second. Thank you, Trustee Lindstrom. Any questions? Any questions? All in favor
signify by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: The administration
just another comment administration has done I believe a very good job of looking
at our offsite satellite facilities and we’ve actually
downsized and cut some of the three locations two locations that were no longer as effective
as we think they need to be and we could better allocate those resources. So I commend the
administration for looking at that hard at that.
The Management Committee also reviewed several other reports. A summary of bids
between 25,000 and $100,000 is on Page 3 in your board packet. Rex Hays provided a monthly
update on capital infrastructure projects and that’s on Page 15 of the packet. Don Perkins
provided quarterly update on college investments in the Kansas Municipal Investment Pool.
We also heard a report from administration on proceeding with emergency telephone
installations in classrooms. And Denise Moore provided a monthly update on projects in
Information Services and some very important information on Internet Explorer. So thank
you, Denise. And that concludes my report.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Could you go into detail more on Internet structure?
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: No. There was a and Denise could tell you all about it. But
there was a virus that was invading Internet Explorer, and anybody that was using it was
subject to this. She helped make sure that I knew it was going to be fixed.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any questions of Trustee
Stewart? Dr. Sopcich?>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Not about viruses.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I think with regard to the discussion of the budget, it’s kind of
amazing, it didn’t seem that long ago that we were talking about projecting a 3% decline
in valuations, now we’re talking about a 6% increase.
That’s a swing of almost 10 percentage points. It’s pretty remarkable how this community
is rallying economically at this time.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Yeah. I think we’re
going to continue to see that for a couple more years.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Very good. Thank you. Trustee Lindstrom, Learning Quality.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The Learning Quality
Committee met at 8 a.m. this past Monday, May 5th, 2014. The agenda for that meeting
is on Page 22 of your electronic board packet. As
a reminder, the board packets went out last Friday.
We had the meeting this coming this past this past Monday, so the minutes for that meeting
did not make it into the board packet and, therefore, will be included in next month’s
packet. The meeting was directed by Dr. Andy Anderson
and there were three presentations. And the first presentation, Steve Hansen, Chair
of Educational Affairs Committee, presented curriculum recently approved by his committee.
I want to take a moment to thank Steve for his
leadership and dedication to Johnson County Community College. He announced that he will
be stepping down as Chair of Ed Affairs this year. Thank you, Steve.On the second report,
moving this around a little bit, Dennis Day, Vice President for
Student Success and Engagement, reviewed the proposed amendments for the Record
Retention and Disposal Policy 317.00; the Student Organization Policy 318.02; and the
Student Trip Policy 318.08; and that was again, the
recommendation to update these policies is in
conjunction with the larger review of all college policies directly affecting students
and for the purposes of improving key performance indicators
of student satisfaction. The recommendations generally serve to improve
clarity and organization of student policies, and as
a result, it is the recommendation of the Learning Quality Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the recommendations of College Administration
to approve the proposed amendments to the following board policy sections: Student
Record and Retention and Disposal Policy 317.00; Student Organizations Policy 318.02;
and Student Trip/Travel Policy 318.08; and I
would make that recommendation.>>Second.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion and a second. Any questions? Any questions?
All in favor signify by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: And the third
presentation was by Sheri Barrett, who is director of Outcomes Assessment. She presented
an overview of the program review in general education assessment process. Program review
and general education assessments are two of
the four AQUIP projects the college is currently working on that will have a positive effect
on key performance indicators. As a reminder
to the board, AQUIP is an acronym for Academic Quality Improvement Program, and it is one
of several pathways leading to reaffirmation and
accreditation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, which is the body that
accredits degree granting post secondary education institutions. And with that, I would like
to ask Patrick to come up and briefly explain
a little bit more about what went on during that
presentation. Patrick?>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: Thank you,
Trustee Lindstrom. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The importance of our accreditation,
or maintaining accreditation for Johnson County Community College can actually not
be understated, because without accreditation, our
students here at Johnson County Community College are not eligible to receive federal
financial aid. That is a significant part that the college then in turn receives as
part of its revenues, and institutions that have lost
this accreditation in the past have lost as much as 30%
of their overall enrollment within one semester, which has had devastating effects on their
institutions. City Colleges of Chicago is one of those examples.
The Higher Learning Commission actually is more than just an approval stem for us to
receive federal financial aid. It is also it also holds us to certain quality standards,
and those quality standards have tightened over the
years as the Higher Learning Commission has been
under tight scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education, which in turn accredits the
Higher Learning Commission.
And so to that effect, the Higher Learning Commission has really emphasized the
importance of looking at outcomes and disclosing those outcomes to not only governing bodies,
but also students. So one of the proposed changes that the Higher Learning Commission
Board of Trustees will vote on in their upcoming
session is actually to require all member institutions
to post outcomes, so how many students graduate, for example, from a specific program, or
how many students the program retains, on the website, on the college’s website. So
that is just one of many quality controls. Another good
example would be to make sure that the institution is financially solvent, to make sure that
we follow good or best practices in our governance and board policies, and so there is a huge
packet of federal compliance passed through the
Higher Learning Commission that we have to oblige with.
I particularly actually would like to thank Dr. Barrett. Dr. Barrett has taken on two
of four of those action projects that we are
required to engage in as part of our accreditation that
actually ensure that our programs are checked out for quality and to make sure that our
students learn what we say they’re learning. Those
things cannot be understated, again, because they’re
a crucial part of the Higher Learning Commission’s requisitions.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any questions of Patrick?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just a comment.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Patrick, thank you for
everything that you do, and to Dr. Sopcich and all our employees who have to go through
extensive and I guess a rigorous compliance process. I know it’s time consuming and (inaudible)
and I just want to thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: If I may, Trustee Cook.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Yeah, Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Patrick, this is being
driven by a federal agenda, correct?>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: Correct.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: So, and actually the White House itself. And this ties in perhaps to
this whole rating systems for universities and colleges. Could you maybe explain a little
bit about where that’s going?
>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: Sure. Absolutely. First of all, it’s important to say that
this is not a push that this particular administration has pursued into more accountability and
higher education. This has gone on since the since the Bush Administration essentially.
So it’s not likely to go away anytime soon.
The new federal ratings system that you may have read about in the in the media will
actually publicly show, rate, or maybe even rank community colleges and other institutions
against each other, and there’s great debate on what those rankings will include, and that
case has not been settled yet.
We are actually fortunate enough to host an expert panel here at Johnson County
Community College this June, and Acting Under Secretary Studley is actually going to be
one of the panelists and will have to discuss
that issue of the ranking system with community college experts, because a lot of times when
those ranking systems and rating systems are put
into place, they’re put into place for the four year institutions and we have to comply
with them as well, but they don’t always fit community
colleges.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Other questions? Trustee
Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman, I just wanted to note, and, Patrick,
please correct me if I am inaccurate here, there
are several higher education Higher Learning Commissions and they’re by region; is that
correct?>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: That is correct.
They all have different names. There’s the Western Association for Schools and Colleges,
for example. There’s the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. Yeah,
there’s quite a number of them.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: And we are fortunate
to have as a representative on this this region, Sheri Barrett is a member of
that commission; is that correct?>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: Well, she is
Sheri Barrett is one of the Higher Learning Commission’s peer reviewers, so Sheri actually
goes out to other institutions and evaluates them. So we’re very fortunate to have her
here because she knows a lot about accreditation, yeah.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Could she possibly come and evaluate this our school?
(Laughter.)>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: No.
(Laughter.)>>Every day.
>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: Maybe one thing to note as well, the Higher Learning
Commission’s Board of Trustees actually includes a former Kansas state Senator and former
regent, Christine Downey Schmidt. So that’s maybe one thing to mention.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: She’s a terrific lady and I saw that she’s also on their Board
of Trustees. I want to thank you and Sheri for your presentation at our Learning Quality
Committee meeting. It was very informative for me. And most importantly, I want to thank
Dr. Anderson, Andy, for coordinating that and making our meetings very informative for
both Trustee Cross and myself and hopefully for
the other trustees and the public as well. Thank
you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Musil?
>>Trustee Greg Musil: Patrick, would you make sure to get that date out for that June
panel as soon as possible so we can get it on our calendar?
>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: June 16th, 8:00 in the morning.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: And it goes through the 19th, does it not?
>>Jimmy John’s. (Laughter.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: I think it’s a three day conference. I appreciate getting the
brochure from you and obviously we appreciate all the hotel room nights that’s going to
generate, we appreciate that very much. (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Patrick Rossol Allison: I know it’s in your strategic plan, so…
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you, Patrick and Trustee Lindstrom.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Well, I would welcome any other comments, if there are
any, from any others who were in attendance at that committee meeting. And if not,
Mr. Chairman, that concludes my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Other questions? Thank you
very much. Human Resources. Trustee Drummond?
>>Trustee Robert Drummond: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As Trustee Lindstrom said,
our meeting met on Monday, so you will find no minutes in the packet, but they will be
there next time around. We met at 9:30 Monday morning,
the 5th. Trustee Sharp and myself represented the trustees. The first item on
our agenda was an update of the Performance Management System process which I referenced
in our last meeting. Other topics that we had
included discussion about salary increases for senior leadership staff, which will be
will be a combination of yeah, good. Thank you. Now
I’m on. Salary increases for senior leadership staff which will be based on a combination
of cost of living and merit beginning in fiscal year
’16. Increases for other staff that will follow that same process beginning in fiscal year
’17. Faculty increases will continue to follow
the negotiated agreement that we have. Probationary employees will receive their initial increase
upon successful completion of their designated probationary period.
The process of restructuring the Performance Appraisal System is underway and making
really good progress, and the appraisals will be written right now with new criteria. And
once we’re fully implemented, the non bargaining
unit employees will complete a self appraisal in
December. Supervisor will conduct formal performance reviews with employees between
January and March, and merit increases as recommended will be part of the process and
go into effect July 1st. So this is a process we’re
working through diligently and completely and will
be fully implemented somewhere in the next couple years as we fine tune all these processes.
The second item on the agenda was a report on the results recently conducted, dependent
eligibility audit. This was checking the number of dependents that should or should not be
on our insurance, and the audit revealed no significant
issues with the dependents enrolled in our plan. Out of 1800 members audited, 96% passed
the audit test. The remaining 4%, most involved dependents who had just turned 26
and would be dropping off the plan very shortly. So it was a very good audit, showed very good
results, and we’re happy that that set up that
way. So that concluded our meeting. Be glad to
take any questions or clarifications.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Questions or comments
for Trustee Drummond? Trustee Musil?>>Trustee Greg Musil: My recollection is
there was some angst among our college community that we were doing such a survey
and suggesting that people were not following the
rules with respect to dependents, and I just want to I think it’s a fiduciary duty of this
board to make sure that those types of things are followed
and we’re not trying to get ya, and it’s like everything else in life, it’s a few people
who may not follow the rules that require all the rest of
us to do audits and checks. So for the campus community that were surveyed and felt like
we were somehow intruding into their lives, I
apologize for that, but I think it’s something we have
to do, particularly given industry information which frankly shows we are doing a very good
job and we have employees that are being honest and truthful and accurate. So in that sense,
we confirmed what we probably already knew, but I think going through the exercise was
important.>>Trustee Robert Drummond: It’s important for us to have due diligence throughout
the college. This is just one piece of all the
different parts of due diligence that we do, and
fortunately, as you said, Trustee Musil, we came out on top again. That concludes my report
unless there are other questions.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Other questions? Thank
you, Trustee Drummond. Next item is the audit report, and as we build
on the due diligence, we did have an audit report. I’d like to defer to Mr. Musil to
give that report.>>Trustee Greg Musil: The Audit Committee
met Wednesday morning, yesterday, at 8:00 a.m., for about two hours again. And
I think maybe we ought to tell everybody, we moved
the board meeting up this month because of graduation, which is why all the committees
met just in the last week and we don’t have minutes.
But the Audit Committee met. We have one recommendation that requires action this evening.
We talked about it at a prior board meeting about extending the audit contract with McGladrey
Pullen for one more year before we go out for RFPs to see about who our audit team will
be in future years. But we had previously agreed
and believe that it is in the best interest of the college to use McGladrey Pullen for
one more year. So it is the recommendation of the Audit
Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the
College Administration’s recommendation to renew the contract for the annual financial
audit services for the college’s fiscal year ending
June 30th, 2014, with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, at
an amount not to exceed $77,950, and I would so move.
>>Second.>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion and
a second. Any questions? Any questions? All in favor signify by saying aye.
(Ayes.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: The Audit Committee, this was my first year on it, it covers a
lot of ground about what Janelle Vogler and everybody
really in the administration at the college community try to do to make sure that we’re
spending our money right. We’re watching where the money goes, how it’s spent, monitoring
employees, and we did a lot of that, went through a
lot of that yesterday on an audit on payment process segregation of duties so that the
person that gets the check and the person that processes
the check and the person that delivers the check to the bank are different people and
are monitoring differently to make sure that’s done
correctly. An audit will start on the accounts payable system. We’ve been doing an audit
with great help from the Information Services Department
on our firewall audits and how we protect our technology from external threats.
We did we reviewed two matrixes on audits that had previously been done and had
recommendations to see where those recommendations were in the process, and there was
much progress in all of those and they’re all on task. We always review the Ethics Report
Line to determine what kind of reports were received
from our anonymous, if you choose, report line
about ethics issues or concerns about members of the college community, and there were five
received between January 28th and August and April 29th; all of those have been addressed.
We also received a report on the Behavioral Intervention Team where we were trying to
make sure that we head off issues and recognize
issues with students or with faculty or staff before they become a problem, and we looked
at additional audit reviews that the audit department has
ongoing. All of those are in progress and seem to be proceeding at pace.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: I would just add that, again, building upon Trustee Drummond’s
due diligence, this is a big campus and we have a lot of departments, and as we try and
work on a culture of uniformity and making sure that
we are consistent in our practices, sometimes that’s
a change in culture where we’ve had maybe more independence by some departments than
we do moving forward. So as we change that culture,
it’s all for the purpose of being as efficient as we can, as transparent as we can, but at
the same time to make sure we’re operating according to all the statutes, rules, and
laws that we need to operate by. And so I just really
want to thank sitting in an Audit Committee meeting for over two hours, all the work that
goes in by a large number of people representing their responsibilities and it’s I would just
say to the trustees, it’s very assuring to know the leadership from our administration
and each of those people, the seriousness they’re taking
to make sure that we are operating, Bob, as you
indicated, with really due diligence.>>Trustee Greg Musil: The other point that
we might make is when Audit comes in, I’ve joked with Janelle that they’re kind of like
Internal Affairs on any of the police movies you’ve
seen, and nobody wants to see Audit at your door. But as a general rule, I’ve been very
pleased to see that the community, the department,
the division, the unit, whatever that they’re looking
at has responded favorably and cooperatively with Janelle and her team so that we can get
the data out, and it’s important that we do that.
And I think they’ve uncovered things that weren’t
bad practices, we can just improve on them and that’s so I applaud the if they come into
your office or whatever and you cooperate with them, that is the first step in making
sure we have a campus that’s working right.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: The other point I would make to follow up on the ethics reports,
and I knocked on wood then and I’ll knock on wood now, but as we look at trends from
back several years when we started tracking these
reports, we’re trending in a very positive rate in a
number of different categories. And so, again, I want to commend the administration and all
of the staff. I would like to think we’re creating
a culture where we’re having fewer and fewer complaints by students and/or faculty in a
whole list of areas that they can choose to file an
ethics complaint. So, again, congratulations. But, again, the season’s young, as we say
with the Kansas City Royals, and we’ve got a lot of
games yet to play, so we have a long time yet to go.
Collegial any questions of Trustee Musil on the audit report? Thank you, Greg.
Collegial Steering. Committee did meet on April 29th at 3:00 p.m. We it’s an amazing
hour. We have a lot of agenda items, but the time goes by so quickly that we usually spend
a lot of time on the first two or three items,
and in the past, we had the adjunct discussion on the
table and that always got kind of pushed off, so we spent most of our time at Collegial
Steering this session talking about the adjunct positions,
what’s the proper ratio, what are the issues with
adjuncts. Lori Paldino did a wonderful job in presenting the case of history in terms
of where we are with adjuncts, and like in anything
we do, communication can be clear, we have adjuncts that would like to be more involved,
we have adjuncts that come and go on the campus at different hours of the time. I want to
commend Dr. Sopcich and the team for putting together a Saturday workshop for orientation
to try and reach out to those adjuncts that were only
available on Saturday. And so, again, with I think the Faculty Association,
the Faculty Senate, all committed to saying how can we best work with adjuncts
and make them a part of the campus, and so we’re
reviewing a number of things. We’re looking at some different data to try and make as
make our operation as efficient as possible and
at the same time have adjuncts feel like they’re a part
of this large family. We talked a little bit about reading readiness.
That issue has come up in the past, and that will continue to have work throughout the
summertime. Enrollment strategies, we reported last
time that we have a large group of people that are very interested. We have faculty
that are taking leadership with students to recruit.
We are finding that our recruiting efforts probably
aren’t as ambitious as other colleges that have full time recruiters. I know the administration
as well as looking at strategies to more effectively recruit students to this campus, whether that
be through social media, whether that be through billboards, whether that be through word of
mouth, but very healthy discussion. We are moving into a new graduation ceremony,
as you know, and I’d remind you that I believe that’s a week from tomorrow. We’ll
have a session in the afternoon and a session in the
evening, so we’re working through some cultural shift with that process and who attends and
when and so on and so forth. We talked a little bit about the new Ohio
performance based funding, Regents social media policy that has come out, and then we
had a little discussion about our reaction to the
elimination of due process for K 12 teachers. And, again, the hour flies by. I’m sure
Dr. Williams may have a comment about that in her report, but we really feel that they’re
productive, and I would defer to Trustee Musil if he has additional comments.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: No other comments. I just, on the graduation, Dr. Cook is our
speaker and he has promised two different speeches, so you have to stay awake at the
7:30 ceremony and can’t just rely on what you heard
at the 4:00 ceremony. Is that right?>>Chair Jerry Cook: In further deliberation
about that particular topic, the administration has advised me that because
if I do two I might forget and do both at the same
time and they’d get too long and so I’ve been told to follow a strict timeline of 47 minutes.
So we’ll
(Laughter.) We’ll do the best we can to
>>Could we do like the athletic awards and tape that?
(Laughter.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any other questions of
Collegial Steering? Okay. Thank you. President’s Recommendations. Trustee Lindstrom
Treasurer’s Report.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman,
I’m pleased to present the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending March 31st, 2014,
which can be found on Pages 25 36 in your board packets. Briefly, here are a few highlights.
Ad valorem tax distributions of 2 million were received in March and distributed in
the General Fund, Special Assessment Fund, and the
Capital Outlay Fund.On Page 35, at the bottom of the page, please note the fund cash balances.
At March 31st, we had a book balance of 85.5
million, with a 16.6 million in outstanding encumbrances, leaving us with an unencumbered
balance of 68.9 million. The college made 9 of 20 semi annual payments
on the Series 2009 Certificates of Participation. Expenditures in the Primary
Operating Fund were within approved budgetary limits. And it is the recommendation of the
College Administration that the Board of Trustees approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month
ending March 31st, 2014, subject to audit, and I
would make that motion.>>Second.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion and a second. Any discussion? Any discussion?
All in favor signify by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman,
that concludes my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Dr. Sopcich?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Cook. We’re going to start tonight’s President’s
Report with the Lightning Round. Mr. Anderson, can you go first, please.
>>Dr. Andy Anderson: Are you testing me to see if I don’t use all the time this week?
Challenge. I wanted this week to draw attention to a program, our Engaged Service Learning
Program. It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it illustrates the sort of students that
will be graduating and going out in the community.
Those students that complete the Civic Honors, and you’ll see them at the graduation ceremonies,
there are three this year that are just absolutely outstanding. To get that award,
the student must graduate with a certificate or
degree, of course, they complete service learning projects, they complete skills training where
they might learn to do such things as grant writing, conflict resolution, volunteer management.
They must demonstrate leadership development through campus or community organizations.
They observe community decision making bodies. They spend at least 75 hours of community
service with a not for profit community partner, and they do a final presentation in which
they display the civic honors activity reflecting
on what they’ve learned in that experience. There are three students that I just wanted
to name. And again, Mary Alice Coulter, whom we’ve seen over and over again, and that’s
why we see her name appear so often is because she’s doing all of these things, and
she made a comment, I wanted to share these. I joined the Civic Honors Program after taking
Leadership and Civic Engagement because I already knew how important service
was in my life. Now I’ve volunteered over 300
hours at Wayside Waifs animal shelter since 2012. Civic Honors was the catalyst that
motivated me, taught me, inspired me, and informed me and not only the importance of
the service of a single person, but also in the
abilities of strong leaders and growth that service
brings to an individual. Brittney Espinosa, who is from Parker, she
did her leadership work with Parker Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri.
She comments that Civic Honors allowed her hands on experience with two great passions
teaching and encouraging. I was able to gain insight and experience in the urban core and
work with at risk populations.And Megan Gladbach, also, completing Associate of Liberal Arts.
And her community partner that she worked with was Bridging
the Gap at Bishop Miege High School and Jerusalem Farm. She makes the comment, What’s
awesome about Civic Honors is that it really helps you figure out who you are, what you
like, what you don’t like, what your morals and
values are. In a classroom setting, you just don’t have the opportunity to learn that stuff
about yourself. You need to go out into the real
world and actually experience life to discover who
you are. Those three students will be receiving the
Civic Honors Award and they represent the kinds of students that will be graduating
from our institution and going out into the community,
and it’s I’m proud to introduce them to you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Andy. Barbara.
>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Yes. Last month Andy Anderson talked about the excitement at
the end of the semester with all of the with the commencement activities, and I remain
so impressed by how the various components of
the college come together here to make things happen. And as an example, last week Rex Hays
gave me this document which contains the set up instructions for the 14 graduation
ceremonies that are taking place this month, many of
them our own commencement activities and many of them our regional high schools that are
coming here to have their ceremonies, and each one has different set up instructions.
Campus services staff has is very busy behind the
scenes, the housekeeping staff, the various trades to
make these activities go smoothly so that students and their families can enjoy them.
And I just want to commend Rex and his staff for the
pride they take in their work and how they represent
JCCC.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thanks, Barbara. Everyone
knows that this time of the year the grounds look the best they look all year.
Everyone here really steps up and gets this campus
ready for all the graduation ceremonies that we have. Dr. Day.
>>Dr. Dennis Day: On November or April 23rd, at 9:00 p.m. we threw an event and
nobody came, and it was designed to do that. We opened up fall enrollment at that time.
Normally we would open up at 8:00 a.m. in the morning and have a line of people and
the phones would be full and we should shut down
the system and computers would get clogged up. To try to change that culture and to try
to let students get into classes so they didn’t skip
classes that day, we said let’s try it at 9:00 p.m. and we’re not going to show up either.
So we just flipped the switch, allowed them to come
on, and over 2400 about 2400 students inside of an hour and a half enrolled in classes.
It’s pretty remarkable. If we bring a consultant in
from IBM, they’ll tell you that there’s a 90/8/2 rule: 90% should be electronically
proficient, 8% get a lot of help, 2% need a whole lot
of help. We had 44 calls, that was it, to our help desk
manned by Information Services that evening. Over 2,000 people enrolled successfully. They
were prepared. They were ready to go and they got in. It’s a remarkable event. The registrar,
Enrollment Services, and Information Services put it all together, and it really was beautiful
when 100% of those folks can get through the system without any glitches and get into.
Now, here’s the most remarkable part. The next
morning, two people were in line. That was it.
Which is, in my world, that’s magnificent! (Laughter.)So I wanted to share that with
you. It was a pretty remarkable event. We’re going to
write up an article and send it to some trades because it is unusual.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I wish we would have had 2,000 people in line the next morning.
(Laughter.)>>Dr. Dennis Day: Many of us would have wished
that, too.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dennis, one quick little
thing. Earlier Patrick mentioned the June 16th benchmarking conference, and a visitor
there for that conference is going to be a Mr. Jihong Lee from the ACCT, who is going
to be here specifically to talk about financial aid
issues. Trustee Musil brought up the fact that perhaps it could be an interesting conference
to attend. Could you just give us a brief insight
into Mr. Lee?>>Dr. Dennis Day: Yeah. He’s doing a listening
tour for ACCT about the rating system itself, the proposals. Just a real recap what’s
being proposed right now by the presidential administration, there are three tiers that
they’re looking at, and in 2015 they’re going to draw the
line in the sand for all the institutions, higher education institutions, and we’re going
to look at metrics, and for three years they’re going
to say to us do the best you can in these metric areas,
and then in 2018 we’re going to tell you how much money is going to be tagged to that,
not only in federal financial aid, but with bonus
money as well to help with systems. So some of us will prove ourselves, some of
us will lose out, and some folks it won’t be
an effect at all. But it’s going to be a fascinating process that is going to happen, and they’re
still, as Patrick said, they’re still having hearings on this rating system. There’s a
lot of conversation about it, and this is part of
the tour that our organizations are having, so they can
have input on that system as well. And having the Acting Under Secretary of Education here
at the same time, perfect. Perfect timing.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Any questions?>>Trustee Greg Musil: Well, that makes it
so critical to know what the metrics are going to be and to make sure they fit community
colleges, and community colleges aren’t a model,
either, if we just look around the 19 that are in Kansas. So it will be interesting to
see what process they go through to differentiate colleges
and what their actual measurements ought to be.
>>Dr. Dennis Day: I think the visit will be part of the our ability to help shape that
conversation. I think. And that’s why it’s so important to have folks like this and have
our input into it.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah. Thanks, Dennis. That’s great. You know, the last meeting
was only three weeks ago, and Dr. Cook alluded to that, but during those three weeks it’s
amazing all the things that happened on this campus, and I’m going to take you through
just a few of the highlights, some of the things
that I experienced firsthand. On April 23rd, I was fortunate to attend a
League for Innovation board meeting up at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
As you know, at that time we were informed that we passed the first level of our reaffirmation
process for League membership. That’s very exciting. You need to know that the next board
meeting is going to be September 17th. Prior to
that, they will be coming here for a visit. I strongly urge all the trustees to be in
attendance. That is a all hands on deck command performance
type of event. We’re now working out the date, and Terri will be working with you to
find time that best works for everyone.I would also like to commend Julie Haas and her staff
for putting together the publication that got us through that first step. You’ve
all seen it. It’s masterfully done and represents the
college in the best way possible. On April 28th, I was super impressed by the
members of our Student Senate. I attended a
Student Senate meeting. The formality of the meeting, the Robert’s Rules of Order, it was
amazing. How the senators voted, the questions they asked, it was extremely professional.
I have to say, there was never there was not
one unanimous vote. There was always some type
of dissenting opinion, many times reserved, but it was a great experience. Elliot has
done a terrific job of coordinating that and leading
that organization. On April 29th, I was visited by Chris Morrow.
Chris is the mayor of Gardner. He came by, and one of our main topics of conversation
was that his son, Josh, was performing in the
“Cripple of Inishmaan,” which is a student performance here on campus that is led by
Beate Pettigrew, our professor in the Department
of Music and Theater. Mayor Morrow was effusive in his praise of our college, of the program
and the production. It was absolutely thrilling to
hear a father talk about their son performing in that play.
On April 29th, Danny O’Neill dropped by, the owner of the Roasterie. We discussed
coffee and organizational management. As you know, the bean baron is a huge supporter of
our college. He said if I read his name on TV
I could get a free cup of coffee at his new place down
there on Southwest Boulevard. (Laughter.)
>>Who was that?>>Danny O’Neill. Danny O’Neill. Danny O’Neill.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: April 30th, Andy Anderson and I met with Jim Hinson, the
superintendent of Shawnee Mission School District. We discussed new and exciting ways that
our college could work with Shawnee Mission to serve the students and families in that
part of Johnson County. We are looking forward to
an even stronger relationship in collaborating with
them in the future. On April 30th, I also had the opportunity
to visit with ten of our nursing students as they
performed their clinicals at Shawnee Mission Medical Hospital. Professor Colleen Dugan
and the director, Karen LaMartina, were there.
They showed me around. I got to walk the cardiac floor with the students, with our students,
and also spend some time with them in the break
room discussing their experience here at our college. You know, our students, they were
dressed impeccably, and the quality of services is unbelievable. We were sitting in the break
room and one of those buzzers went off in the room across. I couldn’t believe how fast
one of those students got out of that chair and ran
across. I thought she was going to run through the
glass door. It was we should be so proud of our students and how they work in these
hospitals. The same day, our Foundation Some Enchanted
Evening committee meeting was conducted in the Marriott. As you know, this
group of volunteers, many of you served on that
committee, will generate at least half a million dollars for scholarships. Mary Birch from
Lathrop & Gage is the event chair and Bryan Biggs from Metcalf Bank is managing our
corporate solicitations. On May 1st, I attended the student the Outstanding Student Luncheon.
When you and many of you were there to hear their stories
of overcoming adversity, and how they’ve succeeded at our college is truly inspirational.
Kudos to Pam Vassar for bringing that all together and all the student services group
for making that luncheon happen. It was very, very
special. May 2nd, we had our JCCC Awards Luncheon.
This is the one where staff and faculty are honored for their achievements during the
year. We welcomed Dr. Dan Phelan, a former employee here at our college, who is now president
of Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan. He did a terrific job with his address.
It was about excellence. Also, it’s terrific to
recognize our colleagues across the campus for their achievements and their service to
our students. Staff development, under the direction
of Karen Martley, did a great job with this and
we would like to congratulate all of the awardees for that luncheon.
On May 2nd, I welcomed about 150 high school students from Gardner, Paola, Shawnee
Mission East who were here to see the mayor’s son in the “Cripple of Inishmaan.” Beate
Pettigrew said, Hey, we’re going to have these students here, you should come meet them,
and we did and it was fantastic. On the same day,
that night, I got to attend the Pow Wow. How many of you have been to our Pow Wow? Well,
it was my first time. The Pow Wow is hosted by the American Indian Health Research and
Education Alliance. There were over 200 and this is in the in our in our gym, in the lower
level. There were over 200 Native Americans beautifully outfitted in their native dress
competing in various Native American dances, and
there were also free health screenings. It was an amazing scene to walk in there. You
also had all kinds of little stands, things being sold,
it was unreal. AIHREA seeks to collaborate and partner with
the American Indian nations, communities, and organizations to improve
the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being of American Indians throughout
the United States through the quality participatory research and educational programs. Our very
own Dr. Sean Daley oversees this program and does a terrific job.
The next day, on Saturday, May 3rd, at 1:00 we had the CLEAR certification ceremony.
CLEAR stands for College Learning Experiences Activities and Resources, and this provides
non credit continuing education classes for adults with mild developmental disabilities
or other cognitive disabilities. Kathy Kennedy of our
staff does an absolutely remarkable job in managing this program. Our own Dr. Jerry Cook
gave the keynote address, and it was very special. I think this ceremony is one of the
finest things that we do. On May 3rd, that very same Saturday, in fact
all kinds of things were happening on Saturday. Our baseball team advanced to the
NJCAA Region VI Super Regional Tournament by sweeping Cloud County. We outscored the
Thunderbirds 27 7, and now they’re participating in the Super Regional in Wichita. The winner
will advance to the World Series on May 24th in
Grand Junction, Colorado. Congratulations to Kent Shelley for getting the team this
far. This evening, the Cohen Community Series presented
Tracy Lawrence in our Yardley Hall. It was a rockin’ country and western
concert. We would like to thank Christy McWard for bringing it all together, and also Trustee
Stewart for funding this enterprise through the
endowment he created in Barton P. Cohen’s name. It was really a lot of fun.On May 6th,
Lindy Robinson’s retirement reception was held. I bring it up not only to pay
tribute to Lindy, but also there was an incredible upgrade in the food served at that versus
the normal cake and punch that’s standard fare.
This was exquisite, an exquisite retirement reception.
(Laughter.) Deservedly so.
Today, at lunch, the Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau conducted their annual
Host Award Ceremony. The event was emceed by Dr. Cook, as well as Trustee Musil. I have
to say that Trustee Musil provides a special brand of humor that delighted everyone in
attendance. But most importantly, our college won an award for hosting the NJCAA’s women’s
national basketball tournament this past spring, as well as it was recognized that we’ll be
hosting this tournament in the years ahead. So Carl Heinrich was there to accept the award,
and it was very exciting. All of these activities are representative
of what happens not just during these three weeks, but throughout the year on this campus.
It’s amazing the role that this college plays in
our community, and how people look to this college to play that role. I think we should
be very proud of not just our students, but the job
our faculty does, the job our staff does in bringing all
of these things together, and also of course the leadership that you provide as trustees.
We can be very proud of Johnson County Community
College. I think it was a pretty good year. And
that concludes my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you, Dr. Sopcich.
I would just make a comment about CLEAR, and I know that Trustee Musil has addressed
that group. We all have days that don’t go the way we would like them to go and we
all have challenges and problems that come about,
but it was very refreshing for me to spend a couple of hours with those folks Saturday
afternoon. This is a program and the certification recognizes attendees who have been
coming throughout is this for the semester or for the whole year? I think it was a semester
certification. Or was it the whole year? Whole year. Well, that even makes it more profound,
because they get the certificate if they’ve not missed more than two days, two times.
And one young man has been coming since the program
began in 1977, and he was proud to say I’ve been coming every year for 37 years. And what
we learn from being around those folks is they
sincerely appreciate what the college is doing, the opportunity, and while they have many
challenging issues, wheelchair folks to having braces to hold their heads in place, they
are so appreciative of the experience and so happy
to be involved, and we would all do well to to
give that program some time when we think we have it tough.
So I appreciate all the input, Dr. Sopcich. There are just a lot of activities going on
on this campus, and people are benefiting every
day from traditional and non traditional experiences.
Any questions of Dr. Sopcich? I do not believe we have any old business
today. We have no new business today. So we’ll go to Reports from Board Liaisons. The
first one is the KACCT, and I would report that
we had an executive committee meeting on Monday, May 5th. I guess Monday of this week.
And we met in Hutchinson at Hutchinson Community College and we discussed some really kind
of key issues. And the reason we wanted to come together, we usually have an executive
committee meeting by phone once a month, but we thought it was time just to sit face to
face and really basically talk about the future
of KACCT. We have 19 community colleges, as you know,
and one of our discussion points was about the activity between Ft. Scott Community
College and Pittsburg State University. There have been discussions of merger between those
two and partnering. We think that was probably precipitated by Ft. Scott to to help
offset expense and provide better delivery service by Pittsburg State University. It’s
our understanding that those discussions have come
to a halt, that they’re at a stalemate right now.
The second issue was Dodge City Community College partnering up with Hays State,
and that we think was maybe more precipitated by Hays State than Dodge City Community
College, but the same thing, try and combine resources to provide services to students.
And we were a little concerned about that because,
you know, what is is that the future, that we’re
forgetting the place of community colleges. And I know that we get asked several times
when will this college become a four year school,
and I don’t think it’s any of our intentions that that
would ever happen. In our discussion, we talked about let’s just review what our purpose of
a state association is and what’s the purpose
of a community college. And so we tried to identify three strengths
of the of a state association as it relates to
the community college, and probably the first item that we all talked about was the accessibility
that community colleges provide for students at a cost effective rate. And so when we talk
about tuition rates compared to four year schools and we talk about how the ease of
accessibility, even though there are times we talk about are we as convenient to the
students as we’d like to think we are. And, Dennis,
I really appreciated the example you gave on the
Internet registration earlier tonight. Then so we really I think agreed that there’s a
place for the community college and for strong community
colleges, and the state association plays the role
in supporting that statewide. We began to look at what are the three threats
to the statewide association. And, again, obviously a number one thing that popped up
was the variance in assessed valuation that community colleges experience around the state,
and Trustee Stewart reminded us that a mill in
our community generates about $8 million. And a mill in some other community college
generates about $70,000, maybe less. And so this issue of how many mills do we need to
have based upon our assessed valuation to generate
revenue to support our colleges is a big a big
variance across this state. And I believe we all need to understand that and be sensitive
to it, and yet at the same time, are the initiatives
of the State helping all of us accomplish what it is
we want to accomplish. And, frankly, some of the colleges are really in a survival state
as they lose enrollment, as they lose assessed valuation,
and credit, trying to maintain their identity. So we had a very good day of discussion. It
was kind of a prelude to our next meeting in
June when we’ll be out in Scott City, and again, we would offer the opportunity for
any of you to join us, to make that trek. We will I think
elect new officers at that point and make our plans
moving forward for the next year. Very good discussion. And very, very fruitful. Any
questions about KACCT?The next item is the Johnson County Research Triangle. Mr. Musil
had asked me to sit in on that session. Actually, two events happened
in Mr. Musil’s absence. The regular meeting was held on a Tuesday, and then the following
Wednesday was the five year anniversary celebration of J CERT. So my remarks are going
to kind of combine both. At the regular meeting, K State, KU Edwards
Campus, and the KU or the KU Research Medical Center each gave their reports as
to the past year and their briefed the board on their
programming for the upcoming year, and that tied in with the breakfast. Let me just kind
of tie some things together.
To date, greater than $50 million had been collected by J CERT. You’ll recall it’s the
one eighth cent sales tax. And, you know, some really significant things have occurred.
Since April of 2009, K State has added 62 additional
jobs. KU Edwards, 91 jobs. KU Clinical Center, 71 jobs. And all of those are really
related to either advanced degree work at the case
of KU Edwards Campus and/or job related activities that deal with bioresearch in animal
husbandry and in human health, and the whole idea is to improve the condition of animal
health and human health.
If you haven’t had the chance to hear Dr. Jenson speak, he’s really incredible, and
he made the case of at the breakfast talking
about that the nationwide trend around the country is
really to increase research opportunities, and with J CERT and the positioning of the
clinical research lab, we are becoming a very prominent
player nationwide and in some cases internationally in medical research for human
beings. The NCI status was very significant, and
there’s another step that they’re working on to advance and I think, Greg, he talks
about 62 institutions around the country that have
this certification. But then there’s about 10 or 12 that,
in the next level, that really are in a powerful, powerful position. Businesses are locating
to Johnson County because of J CERT.
At the K State Innovation Campus, that’s kind of an incubator for new businesses, and
one person gave testimony that they’ve been in the incubator now for a period of time
and they’re ready to build their own building
and will generate about 51 jobs. And so one but one
example of how a small company has started and is now going to locate in Johnson County.
The academic research is terrific, growing very, very quickly. They are projecting that
in two decades J CERT will have a $1.4 billion economic
impact over the next 20 years for our area. K State’s added eight degree programs, ten
research labs. KU Edwards has given out a couple hundred thousand dollars in scholarships
in ten programs. And the KU Clinical Center has generated over a thousand jobs in the
area. And what’s really significant is that the KU
Medical Center is really working with hospitals throughout the state of Kansas who do not
have the resources for cancer research and/or treatment,
and so this network has been created throughout the whole state. And it’s just
a really powerful, powerful movement that I think we
can all be proud of. One of the things I walked out of there with
is that both KU and by the way, chancellors of both colleges were at the breakfast
Wednesday morning, again applauding the efforts by the J CERT movement and what it’s
done to their campuses. And the message in our
Tuesday morning meeting was that all of the both KU and K State are really focused on
workforce development and we have some good partnerships with K State in developing with
KU as to what Johnson County Community College’s role is in this workforce development.
But tremendous opportunities, and I will say, Trustee Musil, they missed you sincerely.
They really couldn’t even begin to get their meeting going for about 20 minutes realizing
you were absent. But they adjusted, they adapted,
and we carried on. But I would defer to you because I really have taken your committee
and your report. But job well done. J CERT is
alive and well.>>Trustee Greg Musil: My reports were much
shorter generally. (Laughter.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Wow. Okay. Any questions on J CERT? Wonderful, wonderful
program. It positions us in a unique place in the nation.
Dr. Williams, finally. Faculty Association.>>Dr. Deborah Williams: Well, hello. It’s
a pleasure to be here again. I think I closed my report last week or last month by saying
that we were having an officer election and you’d know the results if I’m back. Well,
I’m back, so I was re elected. I’ll just run through
we just really shuffled the deck a little. I was re elected as president. Ron Palcic
is now the vice president of the Faculty Association.
Jim McWard remains our secretary. Janette Funaro
is our I think she’s our legacy six year running treasurer. And Andrea Broomfield is our
UniServ rep, and Jeff Anderson remains our past immediate past president. So that’s the
line up. The good news or the bad news is, I will be
on sabbatical in the fall and I was thinking about this when Elliot was giving his report.
I have a solution. If I get one of those life sized
cut outs, which in my case would be hobbit size, I could have Ron bring me to the meetings
and it would be almost like being here. (Laughter.)
But anyway, I look forward to working with you again throughout the next year, certainly
through the summer and as much as needed I can make myself available in the fall. I’ll
be at KU, so, and certainly back for the spring
semester. I don’t really have a whole lot of items on
the agenda. But just to run through a couple, we have our upcoming well, our last Faculty
Association meeting of the semester will be next
Tuesday. And, again, everyone is welcome to attend. We just have a few wrap up items on
the agenda, but some of those wrap up items are
actually launching some very important things like our cross campus we don’t know what we’re
really calling it, committee, discussion, task
force, but we anticipate there will be an ongoing discussion about our associate’s degrees
and also reading readiness, and a lot of the topics
that came up throughout the year that were complex, we are revisiting and really seriously
looking at ways to make informed decisions about how to move forward with those complex
issues. So the FA meeting next Tuesday, May 13th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in we call
it the Ice Cube. It’s RC 270. I think you should have all received an e
mail on my behalf by Terri that we are having our Faculty Association party next Thursday.
We have two graduations scheduled and so our we’ve made some adjustments to the meal which
will be available a little later than normal to accommodate the two graduation ceremonies.
But you are also all welcome, as you know, to
attend, and I hope to see all of you there, actually. I myself probably won’t be able
to get there until after the second ceremony because I
have a role in both, but that’s cool. We have long
parties. So we hope some of you or all of you can join us.
It was really great to see the Model U.N. team here tonight. I know they have been the
fodder for a lot of my comments in terms of great contributions by students and Professor
Wright and representing the college in such an important way, so it was really great so
put some faces to the names that are constantly read
with that group. And so it was great to see them
here tonight. Collegial Steering. There was an invitation
to talk about or make a comment, and I’ll just make a few about Collegial Steering.
As you know, Collegial Steering was revitalized, reformalized from what it originally was,
which was only a FA really all the officers of the
FA and two trustees, and the focus and the purpose changed a little bit because it was
intended to be an opportunity a place or opportunity
to negotiate issues in multi year contracts. Well,
that’s not the focus anymore. The focus is to have these great genuine discussions, and
interestingly, with a senate member who is an adjunct faculty member, we had one of the
best discussions, in my opinion, at our most recent
Collegial Steering meeting where we all know that we have a large adjunct workforce not
only JCCC, but across the nation, and they came
armed, or Loretta, Lori, came armed with her with a survey with a 71% response rate, and
that’s significant, obviously, given we have a little over 600 adjuncts on our campus.
So to have that kind of response rate really backed
up the comments that she made and great questions that really informed all of us about
the adjunct presence and what they need and what
they how many how many contributions they can and do make. And I think we’re all,
as faculty leadership groups, all of us are responding to that and welcoming ways that
we can better serve and accommodate adjunct interests.
So I think with that I’ll close my report and welcome you again to our party and the
FA meeting, but also thank you all for an excellent
year. It’s been a very eventful year, but I look
forward to working with you all in the future.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you, Dr. Williams.
Any questions or comments from the trustees?
>>Trustee Robert Drummond: Congratulations on your re election.
>>Dr. Deborah Williams: Well, thank you.>>Trustee Robert Drummond: For you and for
us.>>Dr. Deborah Williams: Thank you so much.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thanks, Debbie. Appreciate it. And have a nice graduation.
>>Dr. Deborah Williams: Thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Foundation. Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, Mr. Chair. Foundation Board of Directors met on
March 25th, as Trustee Sharp reported last month, so there’s no meeting to report on
this month. However, we would like to report that last
May the Foundation launched its Friends With Taste
Affinity Program to help raise funds to support hospitality the Hospitality Management
Program. After opening the new Hospitality and Culinary Academy in August, this group
of more than 400 members feasted on dishes of our JCCC culinary team, cupped coffee with
the Roasterie, made mozzarella cheese with Chef
Jasper Mirabile.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Mirabile.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: And learned the basics of wine tasting with Doug Frost. They
also enjoyed a multi course meal from Chef Andrea Traponi (phonetic), who visited us
from our sister culinary school in Florence, Italy.
The totals are in, and Friends With Taste helped
raise more than $40,000 this year. What did I do wrong?
>>Trustee Greg Musil: I said we need an exchange program with this Florence
restaurant.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I thought I mispronounced
something. (Laughter.)
>>Trustee Greg Musil: I’m helping you. We’re going to go there together.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: I apologize for his distractions.>>We do have an exchange program with
>>No, we’re talking trustee exchange.>>Oh, the trustees. I’m sorry. Yeah.
>>We figured there was one with the students.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Back to Trustee Cross.
Do we have any other comments?>>Trustee Lee Cross: The Friends With Taste
program helped raise more than $40,000 this past year for the college’s Foundation.
These funds allowed our student chefs to experience the hard work and dedication it takes to not
only compete in recognized culinary competitions in places like South Korea and Hong Kong,
but to bring home medals from these competitions as well. Memberships in Friends With Taste
also helped purchase additional culinary equipment that ensures our curriculum remains
state of the art. And, finally, memberships help
fund several scholarships to outstanding students to help continue their education in the
culinary field. On Tuesday, May 20th, the Foundation will
celebrate these accomplishments at our annual luncheon in the Hospitality and Culinary
Academy, and we hope that all trustees and cabinet members will join us. And that concludes
my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any questions or comments
of Trustee Cross? Thank you. Foundation is alive and well. I
was able to I’m a member of Friends With Taste and I did attend the dinner with Chef
Traponi (phonetic) from Florence, and it was really
quite an amazing evening.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, it was. One quick
point of information, if I may, Mr. President. I’d like to move for this body
to resolve and officially recognize and congratulate Mrs. Molly Baumgardner on being
appointed to the Kansas state Senate. It’s terribly exciting for her and her family,
and I’d ask unanimous consent to note this in the
minutes for the evening.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. We congratulate
her. We mentioned a little bit about it off the camera before the meeting, but thank
you, Trustee Cross. Well said. Congratulations.>>Trustee Jon Stewart: And I do notice everyone
is speaking into their microphone now that she’s a senator. She’s got all of our
attentions, so we’re all leaning forward.(Laughter.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Okay. The next item is
the Consent Agenda. It’s the time where we deal with a number of routine items in
a quick manner in large group manner. Is there any
item that a member would like to pull off the agenda? Trustee Stewart and Trustee Lindstrom.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: I’d like to pull B 1, retirements.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Okay. Is that>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Ditto.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Is that the one you were going to pull? So we’ll pull B 1,
retirements, and deal with that individually. Any other items to be pulled off the Consent
Agenda? Do we have a motion to approve the Consent Agenda?
>>So moved.>>Second.
>>Second.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Okay. We’ll go with Drummond
move and Musil second. All in favor any questions? All in favor signify
by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries. Let’s go back to B 1. Trustee Stewart.
>>Trustee Jon Stewart: Yeah. I just want to comment. You know, I look here and each
meeting we have retirements show up, and obviously Dennis Day is sitting out in the audience
here and I see his name retiring and I just we lose a lot of institutional knowledge every
month. We’re all I guess getting to that age, the baby boomers are, where retirement is
coming. We’ve lost a lot already. But we have how
many years, Dennis, have you been at the college? 30 years. Linda O’Brien, I don’t know how
many years Linda O’Brien has been here; and Susan
Slettedal, all retiring at the end of this year, actually Susan’s in July. And I just
wanted to comment that we are losing this knowledge
and this long term service, and but it’s exciting. We
have new people coming in. But really want to thank Dennis and all the retirees for the
years of service and dedication that they’ve made
to this college and made it better and we appreciate
that. You need to come up with a couple more ideas, the 9:00 a.m., that’s one this year,
but you’ve got a lot more that you can come up
with before December 31st. Thank you, Dennis.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any other comments? Do
we have a motion to approve B 1?>>So moved.
>>So moved.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Stewart moves and Drummond
seconds. Any questions? All in favor signify by saying aye.
(Ayes.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Wait a minute. I was going to vote no.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Let the record show that
Lindstrom… (Laughter.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Were we we do have an Executive Session this evening, and I
would just like to remind all the trustees of the several graduation ceremonies that
have been referenced earlier, and I appreciate Terri putting the list together and getting
that all taken care of. So we have a busy few days upcoming with
the graduation ceremonies, and thank you for your participation.
I would like to entertain a motion to go into Executive Session for the purpose of
discussing consultation with an attorney which would be deemed privileged in the
attorney client relationship in order to protect the privilege and the Board’s communication
with its attorney on legal matters. The session is going is scheduled to last one hour and
15 minutes. I would also like to move into Executive
Session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters of non elected personnel
in order to protect the privacy interests of the
individuals to be discussed, which will be the second item. I would like to invite Judy
Korb, Barbara Larson, Terri Schlicht, and Tanya
Wilson and Joe Sopcich to attend that session. So I
would ask for a motion.>>Trustee Greg Musil: I would so move with
the clarification that the one hour and 15 minutes is for both items.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: It’s for both items. We’ll plan to spend about 15 minutes on the
first item and up to an hour on the second.>>Second.
>>Moved and seconded.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Executive Session will
start it’s about I have on the clock on the back about 6:49, 6:48. We’ll start at
6:55. All in favor signify by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries. (Executive Session.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have returned from Executive Session. No action was taken.
Do I hear a motion to adjourn our meeting?>>So moved.
>>Second.>>Chair Jerry Cook: A motion and a second.
Our May meeting is adjourned.