>>Good afternoon. And welcome to the November
15th board meeting for the trustees of Johnson County Community College. We will hereby call
the meeting to order. Would you please join me 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: Roll call and recognition
of visitors. Ms. Schlicht.>>Ms. Terri Schlicht: This evening’s visitors
include Jessica Dain, Brent Yeager, Dick Carter, and Roberta Eveslage.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Awards and recognitions. Dr. Sopcich.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: First on the agenda, Dr. Cook, is we’d like to recognize our partners
at the Olathe School District. You know, we work with six school districts in Johnson
County, and we’re going to honor all six of them over the upcoming board meetings. Of
all of them, Olathe is among the finest. We’ve always benefited from their incredible students.
Their faculty and staff are terrific to work with. They are true partners in education
here in Johnson County. A little bit about the district. Olathe has
30,055 students; that was last fall. In 2000, they had 20,872. They speak 88 different languages
in their school district. Eighty-eight. Their A.C.T. composite average was 23.8. Seven students
scored a perfect 36. They offer 40 College Now courses. We are very thankful for that.
They have 35 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Their 21st Century
High School Academies feature aerospace engineering, biotechnology, the culinary arts, e-communications,
and much more. They have 17 Blue Ribbon school awards. Obviously this doesn’t happen with
great leadership. I will tell you, that leadership is extremely collaborative with us. Superintendent
John Allison was recognized as the 2018 Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Tonight we have
with us Assistant Superintendents Dr. Jessica Dain and Dr. Brent Yeager. Please, welcome.
Take the podium. (Applause.)
>>Dr. Yeager: Good evening and thank you very much for the recognition of our very
important partnership. It’s fun to sit and listen to you talk about our school district
and the many accomplishments and things we have. We certainly know that wouldn’t happen
without incredible partnerships like the one we have with Johnson County Community College.
So we want to thank you for that. Also, I want to send greetings from our superintendent,
Mr. Allison, who you mentioned was the 2017 Kansas City Superintendent — I’m sorry, 2018
Kansas Superintendent of the Year, and he’s actually in Washington, D.C. right now completing
his tour, if you will, of events as part of that recognition. So that’s why he’s not with
us tonight. Dr. Dain is going to talk a little bit more about some of our partnerships and
share some thoughts there.>>Dr. Dain: Thank you. Good evening and thank
you for recognizing us this evening. We are thrilled to be here and as we thought about
the words that we wanted to say, we also wanted to say how much we appreciate our partnership
with you. Brit and I sat down and wrote down, you know, several of the things that we really
appreciate about your partnerships. So if you’ll indulge me, I just wanted to share
them. We’re thankful for the articulation agreements for the CTE Pathways — Pathway
students, including both dual enrollment, the College Now course credits, and so, Denise,
we thank you, your partnership in working with us, and Sheila, thank you so much for
that. The continued expansion of College Now opportunities and courses. When we’ve said,
hey, what do you think about welding, you said sure! When we said, hey, what do you
think about aviation, you said let’s do it! And so we appreciate you being open-minded
and just continuing to give us those opportunities. Again, there’s also advanced standing credit,
student engagement opportunities, and events. Examples of those would be the health care
challenge, opportunities in accounting, culinary competitions, and many more. You provide professional
development with us in collaboration with our teachers, assistance with community and
career connections for students. A big one is that you host the eighth grade expo here
for us free of charge, and we have hundreds and hundreds of middle school students that
get to come through and really learn about you and learn about other community partners,
and we really, really appreciate that. Several of you have also spoken at different events
that we’ve housed, and so we appreciate your expertise. Many of you on — on this board
or in the college participate in our 21st Century Academy advisory boards. And so we
appreciate that advice and guidance that you give us. And then many of you sit on our comprehensive
CTE Pathway board. So I’m sure there are other activities that we’ve left out, but those
are some of the major important ones. We just really appreciate this partnership and are
thrilled to be here tonight. So thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Well, thank you guys. And on behalf of the college and our Board
of Trustees, we’d like to present you with this — with this timepiece. And it’s not
just a regular clock, because I think it represents all of the time that you and your staff put
in with our staff and the partnership. We kind of believe that our mission is to inspire
learning to transform lives to improve communities, and the partnerships that you have joined
in with us takes a lot of time. It’s all about teaching and learning and helping people become
what they were meant to become. So thank you very much.
>>Thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: And we appreciate everything
you do. (Applause.)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: The next piece of recognition, I’d like to turn it over to Dr. Weber.
>>Dr. Randy Weber: Yeah, I’d like to for this recognition invite Ms. Kena Zumalt to
come up to the podium, please. So as you’re all aware, we’ve been celebrating our veterans
for the past week. In addition to the wonderful ways we’ve been able to recognize, thank,
and celebrate veterans attending JCCC, we have another very worthwhile recognition.
It’s my honor to recognize Ms. Kena Zumalt. Kena is JCCC’s veteran services coordinator.
Yesterday evening, Kena received a well-deserved award from St. Michael’s Veterans Center in
Kansas City, Missouri. The celebration, which was held at the World War I museum, recognized
the extraordinary contributions of our community heros who have created life-changing impact
for veterans and share the St. Michael’s core value of building a mutually supportive community
committed to the well-being of veterans. St. Michael’s recognizes businesses, community
organizations, and individuals for their outstanding contributions. Kena was the sole recipient
of the Individual Guardian Award for her work with Student Affairs here at JCCC. I have
to say, though, in addition to this award we’re recognizing Kena for this evening, there’s
something else equally worth mentioning. Each time — opportunity I get to connect with
Kena and the students she supports, I cannot help but notice the respect and admiration
each one of them show for her. It’s authentic and it’s deserved. So, Kena, on behalf of
the college, congratulations for your acknowledgment and thanks for your continued amazing support
of our veterans and students.>>Thank you, Randy.
(Applause.)>>Ms. Zumalt: Thank you, Dr. Weber. And thank
you all for inviting me here this evening. That’s very, very kind. I do want to say thank
you to the administration and to our Student Services leadership because that’s what’s
made what we do in the Veterans Center possible is your support. I’m really humbled and honored,
though, to be able to walk alongside the student veterans over the last 12, 13 years, and it’s
just been a fabulous opportunity to, you know, give back to people who want to pay it forward
for each other as well. We’re really lucky, we have a fabulous student
leader with us tonight, Donny Whitton, which I’m sure you all are very familiar with him.
He works in our office and has been very active on campus as a student. And we were interviewed
by KCPT as a part of their Coming Home series. And so this, I’d like to share a little clip
with you on that. It’s I think the next broadcast time is December 10th. But we will be able
to have the link on the 19th of November, so, Chris, I know you’ll be happy to have
that. So anyway, we got special permission to show you that this evening, and I don’t
see a mouse here.>>Dr. Randy Weber: That was a little bit
longer clip than we typically show, but we just thought this week during Veterans Week
it was so appropriate to do that. And I think you noticed in there over 432 veteran students
here at JCCC alone served through the program. So, Kena, you took off without receiving your
award. You’ve gotta come back up. But thanks for — to you and your team for all the hard
work you guys do for our students. (Applause.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Donny, would you stand up, please. Donny Whitton.
(Applause.) Before this board meeting, Dr. Sopcich and
I had the opportunity to be interviewed by two of our faculty member that are in leadership
class with KACCT, Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, and the question — one
of the questions that was asked of me, what’s most rewarding for being a trustee. And you
just saw it. You just saw it on the screen. And so the success stories we have every day.
And I’m sure that each trustee sitting here would say, too, that whenever we hear a success
story of a person becoming something different than they thought they could be as a result
of their engagement with our faculty and staff and this campus is — is really rewarding.
One other illustration that is — was so impressive to me was — and I think — I think they were
in the video, about two months ago Dr. Sopcich and I had a chance to bring a friend of the
college and a friend of ours to the campus. He happens to be 93 years old and he’s a World
War II veteran. And when we took him up to the Veterans Center and we introduced him
to — I think there — was it around lunchtime. And I believe there were two people there.
There was a young lady who I believe was an ex — I’m sorry, you’re never an ex-Marine
or ex-Navy or ex anything. She’d been in the Marine Corps. And I believe the young man
had been in the Navy. And when they found out that he was a World War II veteran, he
had thanked them for their service, but they kind of clicked the heels and came to attention
and said thank you for your service, sir. And so I think for all of us to understand,
and only those of you that have been through the military understand what it takes to take
on a new life after that experience. And, Donnie, you and Kena, you guys do it so, so
very well. So on behalf of the college and the trustees, I’m sorry I missed it last night.
I had a hospital deal. She’s fine. But thank you and congratulations.
>>Ms. Zumalt: Thank you so much. Thanks, Dr. Cook.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Appreciate it.>>Ms. Zumalt: Thank you, everyone.
(Applause.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Our next recognition for
this evening, Dr. Sheila Mauppin, can you please come up to the podium. Sheila has been
selected to receive the 2018 Kansas Council for Workforce Education Leadership Inside
the Field award. This award is designed to recognize individuals who have developed model
programs, provided leadership, conducted research, or been involved in any other activity that
advances the status and visibility of career and technical education within Kansas or beyond.
Dr. Mauppin has demonstrated excellence in leadership in the following ways: instrumental
in promoting career and technical education; innovation and creativity has sparked growth
in technology internships across the state; she offers invaluable expertise to her colleagues
across the state that is applicable to institutions of any size; continually she looks for opportunities
to develop and grow new innovative programs and practices in career and technical education.
I can attest to the fact that when we are in Topeka and we’re dealing with the Tech
Authority or the Board of Regents, you are highly regarded and very much respected, and
they’re always effusive in their praise of what you do up there. So thank you, especially
for what you do here. Thank you, Sheila.>>Ms. Mauppin: I don’t have a voice.
(Applause.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: That’s always effective,
I have laryngitis. And so — (Laughter.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Sheila, on behalf of the college and the Board of Trustees, congratulations
on your award. As we all know, we’re in a little extensive building project for career
and tech education, and the buildings are a part of it, but it’s what you guys do every
day with people, working with people and helping a person find a career and a job is really
critical. So thank you very much. We appreciate all you do.
(Applause.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Does that conclude your
report?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That wraps it up, Dr.
Cook.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Hey, thank you. That
was fun. The next item on the agenda is the Open Forum. The Open Forum is a time whereby
the board listens to anybody from the audience that has an item of interest. Speakers must
register — register for this Open Forum prior to the board meeting, give a name and address,
and so on and so forth. Each speaker is allotted 5 minutes. Being that we have no speakers
registered for this evening, I will not read all of the rest of the information, and I
hereby call the Open Forum closed. Thank you. Student Senate report. Mr. Keltner. Thank
you for being here, by the way.>>Mr. Caleb Keltner: Thank you for having
me. I have an entire script ready, but I’ll go into that in just a moment. As I was sitting
over there talking to a few other of the senators, I realized I owe an apology to one of my professors
from last year. I was in public speaking my first semester here and towards the end of
the semester she asked what we thought of the class and I told her I enjoyed it, but
I didn’t think I would ever actually use it. So I apologize.
(Laughter.) As you can probably tell, Tiger is not here
tonight. He’s out of state, I believe at Grand Canyon University on a campus tour today and
tomorrow. So I’m here. I’m the vice president of the Student Senate and also presentation
fill-in. I have my trusty sheet of paper for me to reference. I’m currently in my second
year here at Johnson County. Like many other students here, I wasn’t sure if college was
for me. I considered going to a four-year, but I thought this would be better for me.
I really do enjoy it now and I plan on transferring to K-State next fall for the 2019 semester.
I’m going to pursue a degree in either management of information systems or economics. I’ve
considered graduate school, but I’ll worry about that if I finish. Not quite the PowerPoint
type, as I’ve already said, I got my sheet of paper. I’m just going to hit the main points,
so this is probably going to be the quickest presentation of the night. Tiger can fill
in the other details. So I’ll get started with the details.
The current budget, we currently have $23,850 of our 38,000 allocated for the year. It’s
looking like we’ll end up at around the 20,000 mark by semester end, which is pretty good
and on par with average for the past years. Since last meeting, in October we’ve allocated
around $2,500 to three clubs. If I’m not mistaken, that should grow to about five or six thousand
dollars on Monday to another club. On October 26th we had the Trick-or-Treat event for kids
we mentioned last time. There was around 150 kids that came and over 10 clubs and organizations
on campus participated. I was partially in charge of that, so I take partial credit.
The other person was Sam Cheney, so I thank him for his assistance in that.
Right now we’re working on the JCCC Gives. As Tiger mentioned last time, we are still
accepting monetary donations by either check made out to the campus, JCCC, with JCCC Gives
in the memo, or you hand me cash or you can take it to the Center for Student Involvement
in –>>Passing the hat.
>>Mr. Keltner: Huh?>>You ought to pass the hat.
>>Mr. Keltner: Oh yeah, I’m going too fast. The Center for Student Involvement, I wrote
down the name somewhere. Student Center 334. That is the old Testing Center. It had to
move due to the construction on campus. Right now we have around 35 students or faculty
nominated to receive some form of aid. I think that might have grown to 37 today, but I haven’t
looked, so I’m not sure. Last, but certainly not least, we have gained
three new senators. They weren’t able to make it tonight, but I would still read off their
name and their fun fact, as Tiger likes to do. The first one is Delahl Essa. She has
traveled to eight countries and six U.S. states. She is also fluent in Arabic. Next we have
Joshua J. Joswara. I hope I said that right. He used to be a junior wheelchair tennis athlete
in junior high when he was younger. And Julie Bramer. Her favorite hobby is graphic design
and I believe that’s what she’s also majoring in.
To wrap this up, I would just like to invite all of you or any one of you to stop by one
of our general assemblies sometime. It would be great to have any of you, just pop your
head in, say hello, or you can stop and say something to everyone. That’s all I have.
If any of you have any questions, I would like to try and answer them. No promises.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Mr. Keltner –>>Chair Jerry Cook: Out of curiousty —
>>Mr. Keltner: Yeah.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Was the — was the cash
component part of the public speaking course? (Laughter.)
>>Mr. Keltner: That wasn’t.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Was that an add-in through
your marketing class?>>Mr. Keltner: That was an add-in. That was
good.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Cross and Trustee
Lawson.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just a note for the
Mr. Chair that we’re big fans here of Kansas State University in Johnson County.
>>Mr. Keltner: You can put in a good word for me.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: We appreciate all — (Laughter.)
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Why did you pick K-State?>>Mr. Keltner: My mom attended there. She
did a few classes there, decided to do something else. Yeah. I like it. Wildcats.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Lawson?>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Your meetings
are still Mondays at 1:00 in the –>>Mr. Keltner: Mondays 12:00 to 1:00 in RC
2 — 2 something. 217.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Musil, did you
have a comment?>>Trustee Greg Musil: I think it’s all been
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Dr. Sopcich?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Where did you go to high
school?>>Mr. Keltner: Turner High School, just across
county line. I’m about two blocks in.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And what’s your favorite
class here?>>Mr. Keltner: Favorite class? I would have
to say it was probably macroeconomics with Dan Owens. Great professor.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Excellent. Good to hear.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. You did a
wonderful job. Appreciate you being here.>>Mr. Keltner: Thank you.
(Applause.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Well, Mr. Carter, you
again have an opportunity to follow that. College Lobbyist Report.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, the good news is the election is finished. We now have some
new leaders. The phone calls have stopped coming in to your phones and the mailbox is
a little bit lighter.>>Amen.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: It’s — it’s great to be able to report that we have some new office
holders. Governor-elect Laura Kelly, current sitting state senator, is our new governor,
along with state Senator Lynn Rogers as her running mate, and she — she took the top
spot. All of the other seats remained Republican in the statewide office holders. Attorney
General Derek Schmidt and State Treasurer Jake LaTurner retained their two seats, and
then we saw Vicki Schmidt, who is the current sitting senator, take the insurance commissioner’s
race, and Representative Scott Schwab won the race for Secretary of State. So, again,
all of those people will be working to transition into their new roles as — as the new year
gets ready to turn. The legislature comes back to Topeka on the 14th of January, and
so there will be a lot of pomp and circumstance on that day with swearing in, with the inaugural
activities shortly thereafter. Lots of activity that will be changing, changing faces, changing
places in Topeka. This was not an election year in the Senate,
but we’re going to see four new faces in the Senate. Just before the elections got started,
or kind of right in the middle between the primary and the general, state Senator Steve
Fitzgerald resigned his position, and the Central Committee got together and elected
Kevin Braun to that Senate seat. I believe it’s the 5th Senate District. And so he will
be representing that area of northeast Kansas over in the Leavenworth/Lansing and a little
bit of Johnson County area. Similarly, we will see the Central Committee come together
to elect three additional senators with three of those being elected to statewide office.
And so with Vicki Schmidt, Laura Kelly, and Lynn Rogers being elected, we will see some
new faces in those seats as well. That means that there will be some shuffling
of the chairs in the Senate. And I don’t mean just chairs, because few of those people are
chairs, but — but there will be some different committee assignments made. We’re waiting
to see what the make-up of — of the Senate leadership will look like. I’m not hearing
of any change right now. That was a rumor that we had heard early on. We still could
see something like that. But we’ll know as we get closer to the start of the legislative
session when — when those groups start meeting to kind of determine the direction that they’re
going to go. Much of the first part of this report was
analysis that I put together after the election occurred. There have been several changes
since then, and there are going to continue to be some changes. There were a number of
incredibly close races that occurred this particular election, and we’re still waiting
to hear the outcomes of several of those. One that we already do know is a race that
was in Newton where the incumbent was believed to be knocked off, but the recount showed
with the provisional ballots and mail-in ballots that Tim Hodge did in fact defeat Steve Kelly
for that. So that — that changes the numbers back to — to where they should be, or where
they were prior. We’re also waiting results on a hand recount
in southeast Kansas between Adam Lusker and Ken Collins. And then there’s another race
out in western Kansas or in the Hays area that is also being recounted today. And so,
again, those numbers could change, and that changes potentially the number of whether
it’s Democrats or Republicans. The Republicans still hold the majority in the House, but
again, those are numbers that will — that could change the outcome of the final numbers.
When we start looking at the make-up of the House, we still think that there are around
33 to 35 moderates as far as in the Republican party, and there’s multiple factions, not
only within the Republican party, but even within conservatives. There’s different factions.
And when you combine those with the 40 or so — and that number could grow — Democrats
you have a very good working majority for working items across the House floor and sending
them over to the Senate. But again, there’s still some unknowns that we’re waiting to
— to find out. The strange happenings across the state were
not — we’re not immune to that, us here in Johnson County. We saw several races that
were upset either from an incumbent standpoint or in the primary election and even as recent
as the general election. Twelve incumbents were re-elected in Johnson County; 14 of those
are Republicans, 10 are Democrats, and in most — I think when you look at the analysis,
the Democrats picked up four seats in Johnson County over — over Republican office holders
who either had the office before or who were — they were challenging in the general election.
Lots of unknowns yet in leadership races. We think that there are no announced challengers
at least to Ron Ryckman, who is the Speaker of the House, as of yet. Right now there are
three folks that have indicated that they are in the race for Majority Leader. That’s
Don Heinemann, who is the current Majority Leader, Dan Hawkins, who is from the Wichita
area and has been the House Health and Human Services chair and holds a number of other
chairmanships in the House, and then Ron Highland, who lives in Wamego, is a retired veterinarian.
And so there will be at least three folks in that race.
I think that if they’re all good at counting, and that’s what the Majority Leader does is
count noses, count votes, and I think that we could see the current — we could see someone
drop out if — if the votes are not there to fill that race. But when you — when you
get into those House election scenarios, they’re run-offs. And so depending on who wins the
first ballot or who wins that first round, it sometimes changes allegiances to who supports
who for those different leadership races. We’re also hearing that J.R. Claeys and Blake
Carpenter are running for majority whip. Again, names that might not mean anything right here,
but when you start counting noses, we kind of pay attention to those things over in Topeka.
On the Democrat side, we’re hearing that Tom Sawyer from Wichita is interested in the Minority
Leader post. He’s held that position before. But he’s also on the short list for a number
of other positions. He might be a candidate to fill the empty Senate seat for Lynn Rogers.
He’s been talked about for a number of appointments in the Kelly Administration. So we’ll see,
we’ll see what happens there. The — that kind of gives you a sense as to
where things are going in the House, but again, we’re still sorting out the various rumors
that are out there and we’re now in that stage for the leadership races, which will take
place on December 3rd in Topeka, and they’ll come to the — the House members will come
to Topeka and elect from within their own ranks their new leadership.
With regard to budget, again, a lot has happened over the past week. On Friday of last week,
the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group met and made the determination that the state
was ahead of projections $306.4 million to date. That’s four months in to the fiscal
year. They are projecting that by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2019, that we’ll
be 900.5 million — or 905 million ahead. That — that can be good news. It creates
a lot of budget issues, too, because the Legislative Budget Committee just yesterday heard the
list of enhancement requests from state agencies that came in to the tune of a little more
than $1 billion. Well, if we only have 900 more than we’re expecting, you’re not going
to be able to fund a billion worth anyhow and we probably wouldn’t any — anyway. So
there’s going to be a lot of discussion about how that works. We won’t really probably take
it up until end of March and in that April part where — where legislators go on break
and the Budget Committees come back, that seems to be the trend of how we’re doing things
now. But the good news is that there is money in the state’s bank account. We still have
to address the Court’s issue with K-12 funding and a number of agency requests that have
been backlogged for so long that we’ll see — we’ll see that come through. Not to mention
our very own, which is the — the restoration of the budget for higher education. And again,
that remains the Regents institutions’ number one priority.
The — in other news, you know, there are partners that we work with throughout the
legislative session, and it’s probably not a secret that Tom Robinette is retiring at
the end of the month at the Overland Park Chamber. They’ve hired his replacement. It’s
Kevin Walker. And Kevin is a great guy. Kevin is someone I knew that when I worked at the
American Heart Association back in the ’90s, and that’s where he’s been for the past 16
or so years. He was a volunteer there and — and still was working up until he was hired
over at the Overland Park Chamber. And so we’ll welcome him to Topeka. He’s not new
in Topeka. He’s over in the statehouse quite a bit. But again, we work closely with the
Chamber on a number of initiatives. In fact, we supported their testimony on the 69 Highway
issue at the recent transportation visioning task force.
The transition team was named publicly early this week. Those folks began working on Friday
last week and actually were probably working a little before that, but they opened their
office on the west wing of the second floor in the statehouse on Friday of last week.
And, again, they are names that we’re very familiar with for the most part. Duane Goossen
will be on that transition team. Duane has served in the statehouse as a legislator,
in the appropriations process, served as a budget director for a number of governors,
and served as the Secretary of Administration as well. Similarly, Natalie Hague, who was
the Chief of Staff for Governor Graves at one point in his administration, will be on
that team, and I think it just demonstrates the bipartisan nature that Governor-Elect
Kelly said that she would bring to the table. Both of those people are Republicans. Just
so happens that Natalie’s sister is outgoing Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. The — the other
two names that are on there are Joyce Allegrucci. Joyce served under the Sebelius Administration
as Chief of Staff and served early on on that transition team as well. Her husband is a
retired Kansas Supreme Court justice. And then Jordana Ziegler, who helped — or who
managed the Kelly campaign, will be on that transition team. So things are up and running.
They’re vetting the — they’re vetting candidates for four different agencies. They are looking
at the budget, that’s their number one priority is developing that budget. They’re in good
hands with Duane Goossen, who has that — that long-time experience with the Kansas budget
and has continued to monitor the Kansas budget in some roles that he’s taken on since that
time in public service. A couple of other items just to call to your
attention, we will continue with the breakfast series that we’ve always done, the breakfast
and lunch meetings that we do with legislators before they go back to Topeka in January.
We have a number of new faces, and so those settings provide a great opportunity for face-to-face
conversations to build those relationships that we need over in Topeka, and if — if
you haven’t already been contacted or responded, I know that Terri Schlicht will be coordinating
your participation in those on those dates for those breakfasts.
The final thing, and I just learned this on a conference call on the way over here, the
— the date of the Higher Education Day at the statehouse was going to be January 17th.
That is now going to be January 22nd. So that is an update that — that is late in the coming
and is something that we’re already planning for here as far as our presence in the statehouse
on that day. So I would stop there, Mr. Chair, and answer
questions as I’m able.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Trustee Ingram?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I just have one question. You mentioned December 3rd is the date that
they will select leadership. Is that also the day that they do their committee assignments?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, committee assignments will come after that because they’ll — they’ll
have just figured out who the — who the various leaders are. And I — and in the past, the
majority leader and the speaker have gotten together to discuss those. But it’s — it
really comes from the speaker’s office. That comes later throughout the week.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Okay.>>Mr. Dick Carter: And so then, similarly,
the ranking minority members will also be appointed, and then — and then the full committees
are fleshed out over the course of the next few weeks before Christmas.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Lawson?
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: I appreciate the update. I know when I first got the legislative
report, there’s so many things that are changing so fast, and we had a friendly banter just
recently. So it was kind of nice to see the changes and there’s still changes. I think
Pittsburg was just called. We have some of the races that are still outstanding in Hays.
We have the Johnson Counties that were certified just about an hour ago. So you’re right, the
tide is shifting very quickly. It’s interesting to kind of — the one thing that surprised
me was the minority leader for the Democratic Caucus. So I know from — I had to check in
on that because that was really surprising to hear from — you said Tom Sawyer was interested
in running for that. So that — I have a question about that. So if Governor-Elect Laura Kelly
is actively calling for the House caucus to retain the ward for leadership, how is that
going to play out when the session opens if the Democratic Caucus is now opposing their
Democratic governor?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yeah, I — I can’t answer
that. That is part of the politics. –>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: It’s going to
be interesting.>>Mr. Dick Carter: — and the game in Topeka
that we play every day. And there’s no way to kind of predict what that looks like. Those
folks are campaigning internally within their own caucuses. There was a dinner last night
in Johnson County for one of the leaders that’s seeking an office, and — and that’s occurring,
you know, within the caucuses kind of around the state, and so I don’t — I don’t have
a good answer for you.>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: It will be interesting.
Thank you.>>Mr. Dick Carter: It will be.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any other questions or comments? Thank you, Mr. Carter. Appreciate
it. Good luck. Next item are Committee Reports and Recommendations,
and the first one is the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee met at 8:00 on Thursday,
November 8th. Trustee Ingram and I attended, along with several staff. We heard a number
of reports. We have two action items and we’ll deal with those first. Mr. Moyer, a partner
with RubinBrown, and his team presented the draft of the Annual Financial Statement Report
and the Compliance Report for Year Ended June 30th. By the way, this report is on Pages
1 through 4 of your budget information. Mr. Moyer informed the committee that the college
has received an unmodified opinion. Before I read the recommendation for action, I think
it’s important for this board to — to understand the presentation that Mr. Moyer made, and
I think there were a couple of things that stood out to me and I’ll have Trustee Ingram
respond. But he was very complimentary about the collaboration and the working relationships
that take place on this campus from department to department. I had a chance in a telephone
call with him earlier in the week, and I followed up with that and said, well, you — you say
that to all your clients, don’t you? And he said, no, you don’t understand; the — the
collaboration, the culture of the departments working together on this campus are very unique
and it’s a real joy and pleasure to work with this team. And the second thing I’d asked
about our internal audit process, and he said very few colleges, even universities, but
certainly very few community colleges have an internal audit team like J-Triple C has.
And so you should be very, very proud of that. And so I wanted to thank all of you for supporting
those initiatives and certainly thank everybody on the team for the culture we build where
an external auditor will be that complimentary in his remarks.
Trustee Ingram, do you have any reaction to that?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Reaction? You did a nice job.
(Laughter.) No, he really kind of took the wind out of
the sails. That was what — if I had had the opportunity to share something, I would have
shared that. But I think it — we pointed out during the meeting that this is the kind
of thing that we hear in these committee meetings that we need to bring forward and share to
the board at a meeting so that you all hear the kind of conversations that are being held.
So I think that would be the only thing that I would add is that, you know, in those committee
meetings, we do have the opportunity for those kinds of engagements and it’s important to
share that. So thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Dr. Sopcich, comments?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I think everything that’s possibly been said was said. So thank you.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: We received an unmodified opinion and it was a very positive opinion.
So with that, it is the recommendation of the Audit Committee that the Board of Trustees
accept the administration’s recommendation to accept the audited financial statements
for the year ended June 30th, 2018, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I’ll second.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any discussion? Any discussion?
All in favor signify by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Can I say something?
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Yes, please.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I would like to commend
Barbara and Rachel, the entire financial team for putting all this together. Janelle, Justin.
I mean these audits are no easy feat. Comments that he made to you were reflective of all
the hard work that they had put into it. So thank you all for getting that done. And there’s
no finding, right? Absolutely no finding.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: No findings. And I’d
like to also add, the financial aid audit is part of this.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yes.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: And that is very complex.
We obviously have a lot of financial aid dollars that run through the college, and Randy Weber
and Crystal Williams do a outstanding job.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: A few dollars go through the college and involve a lot of people. So,
yeah, thank you. Thank you, thank you very much.
The second item is the — that the Audit Committee reviews the Internal Audit, Audit Committee
charter policies contained in the board policies, and basically what we spoke a lot about was
the combination of the Internal Audit Policy, Policy 210.06, and the External Audit Policy,
210.05, to merge those into one policy called Internal and External Audit Policies 210.05,
along with really non-material language modifications which you have in your board packet that would
combine those two, and it’s part of the process we’ve been going through in terms of our audit
process to streamline the — the policies as effectively as we can. And so with that,
it is the recommendation of the Audit Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation
of the college administration to approve the combination of Internal Audit Policy 210.06
and External Audit Policy 210.06 into one policy titled Internal and External Audited
Policies 210.05 and to approve the non-material language modifications as set forth below.
And you will see that those changes really are — go from singular to plural usage of
verbs in those policies. And with that, I would make that motion.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Second.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Any discussion? Any discussion?
All in favor signify by saying aye. (Ayes).
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.
We had a very interesting discussion about the business continuity plan, and is there
any trustee who’s bold enough to think what they might know what the Business Continuity
Plan entails? And Nancy Ingram can’t speak because she heard the presentation. Anybody?
>>Trustee Greg Musil: Allow continuity of business.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Very good. I knew that
–>>Trustee Lee Cross: Kansas State University.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: — that you would know that. Well, the Business Continuity Plan is
something that we probably take for granted, but it has to do with if there is any kind
of emergency situation, a tornado, a hurricane, which we wouldn’t have here most likely, but
a flood, an explosion, a fire –>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Earthquake.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: — earthquake, anything that would break up the regular routine of
business as usual on the campus. And this is an example where, again, I think we as
trustees have to understand, it’s a very timely process. So the team is engaging a survey
right now to find out what our faculty, staff, team feels are the threats to this campus
from a Business Continuity Plan and then to put together a very extensive plan of action.
And I thought, Dr. Larson, it was very interesting in your experience down in Florida where you
had put such a plan in place and thought you kind of knew the answers until you did the
test, and you even knew the test was coming. It’s kind of like a fire drill, but — but,
gee, we maybe aren’t as prepared as we thought we should be. So I really applaud the college
for taking this on and making sure that hopefully we never have to implement such a plan, but
very interested, concerned about the safety and the security of our employees, students,
and that — that’s a key part of the whole operations, how do we protect our — the people
that live here and work here and learn here every day.
Nancy, do you want to say anything about it? We spent quite a bit of time on it and it
was really kind of an interesting discussion.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: It was. I think it’s
just something that we all take for granted that there won’t be anything. Then if there
is, how do we respond to that. So I think it’s — it’s — the timeliness of this is
extremely important. So I appreciate staff and their work on that, because it’s going
to take a lot of work. So thank you very much.>>Chair Jerry Cook: You have a comment about
it?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yes, I do.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Please.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you. Justin is about
ready to jump out of his chair. Do you have any comments since you were the presenter?
>>No. I’d say the trustee characterized it very well. I think that we’re in the process
of — of, as Trustee Cook said, trying to gather input from all across campus. We’re
working closely with our partners in information services, who are also engaged in an analysis
of their own because obviously that’s a very important part of business continuity, and
we look forward to working with everyone on campus to come up with a plan.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thanks, Justin. It’s, again, this whole — this whole issue about
how we protect our data, how we protect our people is not to be taken lightly. So thank
you for the efforts you have in that regard.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: That is the one thing
that I would also add to the conversation is it started out being very business-oriented
and Jerry brought it back to the people who are on this campus, not only our students,
but our staff. And I think, you know, that just, again, it’s something that we all assume,
but I appreciate your being very specific about that, too.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Because we do care
about the people on this campus, so thank you.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. We had a report on Cloud and Vending Computing Strategies
Audit. We had quarterly projects update. I would say, also, that we will be in the process,
the internal audit team on a routine basis does internal audits of departments, and many
times those departments even seek out when can you do our department, and again, that
goes back to the culture of understanding that the audit is there to help us get better
and help us to be more efficient and not necessarily always there to catch somebody doing something
wrong, but hopefully at the same time we catch people doing things right and can reinforce
that as best practices. We have the audit recommendations follow-up
matrix. We had the JCC Ethics Report Line. All reports that have been received have been
dealt with as of September 30th, 2018, all complaints have been reviewed and appropriately
addressed. Of cases previously reported in the process, all have been addressed. So the
Ethics Report Line is working well and we’re responding accordingly.
In the cloud discussion, I had to admit assent of mind, and that is that when we’re dealing
with the computing and Internet work, I said that my biggest frustration daily is remembering
my passwords. And then I had the terrible thing happen of in my old iPad, it just went
black one day and I couldn’t get it on, I couldn’t get it to work. I got a new iPad
and I thought, oh, gee, what am I gonna do. And so I did what I thought was a good thing
and that was to hit the “on” button, which I did, and then the computer said hello and
do you want to continue in English, which I thought I made a good decision and said
yes. And then it led me through a couple of other steps, and my — my Adobe Acrobat has
all of my board agendas and all my board data, all my schedule is in there, all my contacts,
and I thought I’ve lost everything. And all of a sudden, it said do you have it in the
cloud? And so I looked up and wondered, and yes, and there it all was. There was my calendar,
there was my contacts, there was all my data. I don’t know how the cloud works —
>>Trustee Greg Musil: What is your password?>>Chair Jerry Cook: We’re auditing —
(Laughter.)>>Nobody knows how the cloud works.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: I think it’s Go Wildcats, but I don’t remember.
(Laughter.) So whenever we talk about auditing the cloud,
I have the highest respect and regard for whatever is up there in the cloud. But anyway.
Any questions about the Audit Committee?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Jerry Cook, you made
me cry. Why did you do that?>>Chair Jerry Cook: Yeah, that’s okay. Thank
you. Next item is Collegial Steering. And as Nancy was so kind to compliment me for
bringing the people back into the — the discussion for the Business Continuity Plan, I had that
same high degree of regard when I totally overlooked the Collegial Steering Committee
and missed it, and that’s one of the first times I’ve just missed the meeting, and I
just missed it. So I apologize to the committee, and Nancy will give that report.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I had to call him. Collegial Steering, I would just remind everyone
of who is a part of Collegial Steering. We have some — several people from administration,
Dr. Cook and I both serve on that, as well as two representatives from Faculty Senate,
Faculty Association, and Ed Affairs is also represented on that committee. We had not
met because of the negotiation process that we had been part of, and so I think we were
all looking forward to getting back together and truly having some good conversations.
I did leave the room for a couple of minutes. I wasn’t going to tell anyone why I left the
room, but they kind of started the conversation, so when I walked in the room, instead of looking
at the agenda and the items on the agenda, we just kind of talked, which I found very,
very valuable. Some highlights of our discussion included,
and Dr. Sopcich, I’ll let you add, you know, at the end to convey that there is continued
interest and involvement with Student Pathways, the faculty certainly hopes that they will
continue to engage throughout the campus with those discussions. There’s a desire for clearer
understanding of the Promise Program and the goals on our campus. And I think one of the
comments that was made that I wrote down was it’s not just about giving people money. So
as we’re moving forward with discussions on all of this, certainly to continue to involve
faculty as a part of that. Discussion regarding professional memberships and the positive
impact that additional dollars would make on those. That was part of our discussion.
And then, also, interest in identifying the competencies that companies need right now
and the interest in incorporating those competencies into the transfer courses. So those were a
couple of the highlights. There were many things that we discussed, but I think that
those will provide some good agenda topics as we move forward this year. So Dr. Sopcich.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I thought there was great exchange around the table.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Right.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I really appreciated the
insights from the faculty with regards to some things that could potentially help instruction
and it was — they did a great job presenting those ideas. So I thought it was a fantastic
start to get Collegial Steering back on track.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: You bet.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Any other questions or comments?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: We will be reaching out for agenda items.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: I think that will go out tomorrow or Monday.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Okay. Perfect.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Human Resources. Trustee
Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Human Resources Committee did not meet in the month of November. We are scheduled to
meet — did I get that wrong? Barb leaned forward. It made me nervous.
>>No.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I apologize. We will
meet on Monday, December 3rd, in this building. So that concludes my report, Mr. Chair.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Learning Quality. Trustee Lawson.
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Thank you. Learning Quality, we had — you can see in your board
packet on Page 6 and 9 there was a really amazing sabbatical, all the sabbaticals are
really great information and we have the privilege as some of the trustees here of listening
to them. And this one was really interesting. There was some discussion about critical thinking
and how to operationally define what critical thinking really is in the classroom, and the
discussion was also to include the business side. So when business owners come to us and
ask us we would like our student or our employees to have critical thinking, we need to be able
to ask them what does that mean for you? Because that can look different from our side to their
side. So that was really interesting. And then we
had a great presentation of the Department of Arts and Designs, Humanities and Social
Services. That is a very long acronym. But we had a good time. And the minutes in there
really reflect what we talked about, so I won’t repeat that. In the Consent Agenda you
will see that Dr. Singh has made a recommendation for some affiliate art agreements, and that
is on Page 36 and 37 of the packet. And then Dr. Hopper did an Ed Affairs evaluation of
the curriculum and also deactivated some of the curriculum there, so that is on Page 34
and 35. The final note is I was able to attend Dr. Hopper’s Ed Affairs Committee with the
invitation that he gave us in the Learning Quality. And it was very informative — very
informative to the process of all the professors come together and really hold each department
accountable for the quality of education. So it was really great to see the process
of when programs are first introduced, but then also the process of when they need to
be terminated. And with that, I’ll turn that over to my other
trustees in the room and see if there’s any other comments.
>>Trustee Paul Snider: Nothing to add.>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: That concludes
my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you, Trustee Lawson.
Appreciate it. Management, Mr. Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you, Mr.
Chairman. The Management Committee met at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, in
Room 44 of the Industrial Training Center, or ITC building . Before I present our report,
I want to thank Executive Vice President Barbara Larson and her staff, particularly Linda Nelson,
who’s not here this evening, for planning and — for the planning involved holding our
meeting, Management Committee meeting at a different campus location. I also want to
thank the staff at Burlington Northern Santa Fe, BNSF, as they were terrific hosts for
us as well. Overall, I believe it was an enjoyable experience and I know that many who attended
had never been in that room or perhaps even in that building before, so I was glad we
were able to do that. Barbara, any comments on —
>>Dr. Barbara Larson: No. Thank you.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Okay. The Management
Committee received several reports from staff and the information related to the meeting
begins on Page 10 and runs through Page 14 of the packet. Barbara Larson, Executive Vice
President of Finance and Administrative Services, presented information on an agreement with
Olathe Medical Center for facility use of the Olathe Health Education Center, or OHEC
location. This agreement can be found on — in the Consent Agenda on Page 37 of the board
packet. Rachel Lierz, Associate Vice president for Finance — Financial Services and Chief
Financial Officer, provided a semi-annual update of the college’s investments in the
Kansas Municipal Investment Pool. Next, Rachel reviewed the five-year projection model of
the college finances. For next fiscal year, the model incorporates a preliminary budget
guideline for fiscal 2019-2020, which was reviewed by the Management Committee at its
October meeting. Included in the proposed guideline is a tuition rate increase of $1
per credit hour for Johnson County students, which would make that go from 93 to 94 dollars
per credit hour; a $2 credit hour for in-state students, which makes that rate go from 110
to 112 dollars, and a $3 credit hour for out-of-state students, which goes from 220 to 223 per credit
hour, and the metro rate was also a $3 increase, and that goes from 135 to 138. It is important
to note that the college has held tuition rates flat for the last three years. I think
that’s very important. Three consecutive years. And as a reminder, this board is to vote on
the budget guidelines, including the proposed increase to tuition, at our December board
meeting of trustees. The Management Committee reviewed other aspects
of the five-year projection model, including potential increases in assessed valuation
and capital spending in the future, including investments in the science lab renovation
by the fiscal year 2021. We will continue to review the model of — we will continue
a review of the model at the December Management Committee meeting.
Next report was from Janelle Vogler, Interim Vice — Associate Vice President for Business
Services. She presented a Single Source Report, as well as a Summary of the Awarded Bids between
50,000 and 150,000. The summary is on Page 10 of the board packet. Then we heard from
Rex Hays, Associate Vice President of Campus Services and Facility Planning. He gave a
Monthly Update on Capital Infrastructure Projects, and this report is on Page 11 of the packet.
He also provided information on current progress of construction projects on the campus. He
reviewed the Report of Financial Status of Facilities Master Plan Projects, and that
report is on Page 12 of the packet. Mr. Chairman, we have no recommendations this
month, and I think that’s the first time in my recollection that Management has not had
a recommendation for this body, at least in my time on the — on the Management Committee,
and I would open it up to Trustee Snider or Trustee Musil, if they had anything to add.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Musil?>>Trustee Greg Musil: I would — on the five-year
modeling for our budget that will both inform the budget guidelines for the — for the upcoming
fiscal year that we’ll vote on in December, and then for the out years, I had some questions
and — and had asked if — if we could do some stress testing of that, if you will,
given that we are in the — we’re right now in the longest economic recovery in modern
American history, and that suggests that there might be a dip at some point, and stress test
that to see where our — what happens to our revenues if we don’t have assessed valuation
growth. And we know that historically that will mean a lot more students if there is
a — an economic pause or downturn, which is good for tuition but increases our costs.
So I thought it was important that we try to measure that based on historical data,
and also that we review the level of our cash reserves. We are well above our policy number,
and that may mean we are too high or that are policy number is too low. So I think we
need to look at both of those when we talk about how we receive and spend tax dollars.
And I appreciate the responsiveness of staff on that.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Good points. Thank you. Appreciate that.
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: This is just a question about Management. On Page 10, I
know there was a single bidder for the commercial insurance brokerage services. There were seven
notices that were sent out and only one came back. After looking at the bidding policy,
I know that typically we like to have three, but it’s, you know, something that can be
qualified for one. Is that typically a normal response for this one company to come back?
Or is this — is this unusual?>>Dr. Barbara Larson: It’s — it happens
at times that there’s only one response, and I know that we’ve had very good rates from
Thomas McGee in the past. So perhaps that was — that was known out in the community.
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: So historically that is the good rate? Okay. That’s what I
just kind of wanted to find out. Thank you.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: In the Single
Source reporting, I think the Management Committee is pretty cognizant of — and sensitive to
low bids and then also who’s getting the bids and when they’re coming.
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Thank you.>>Trustee Lee Cross: If I may, Mr. Chair.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Yes.>>Trustee Lee Cross: And I served on that
committee with you, Trustee Lindstrom. I concur. Those meetings typically take longer to my
memory, the two years I was on there. And we spent quite a bit of time going through
that, just to — for information purposes.>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: I’m sorry, what
were you –>>Trustee Lee Cross: We spent quite a bit
of time looking at single source bidding process and expenditures and just going through. I
promise you, Trustee Lindstrom and Cook, anyway when I was with them, they spent quite a bit
of time going through that. So it was a good question. I’m just —
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Yeah. I just wanted to know historically how do we decide
if that’s a good price. But yeah.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Musil, did you
have a — I’m sorry. Are you finished?>>Trustee Lee Cross: I had a question, if
I may. What were the –>>Chair Jerry Cook: Let me finish with — did
you have a follow-up that you wanted to –>>Trustee Greg Musil: I just — just so everybody
is clear, this wasn’t a single source contract.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: That’s right.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: This was a bid process and only one — one bidder responded. It happened
to be our incumbent bidder, who has been very good for us both on — we think on the fees
they charge us and in getting us insurance rates that have —
>>That’s correct.>>Trustee Greg Musil: I don’t think they’ve
increased in the seven years I’ve been on the board. So we — as long as we have an
opportunity and we put our professional services out for the community to bid on, then I’m
very comfortable that if somebody thought they could do significantly better, we would
have seen it.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Did you finish your questioning
about the stress testing and other things before I interrupted you? Did you want staff
to respond to any of that tonight, or –>>Trustee Greg Musil: No. We’re going to
see it again at Management Committee, and then the board will see it next month.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Okay. Very good. Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you. And I thank Trustee Musil for correcting me. I misspoke.
What were the changes in tuition, may I ask, again?
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Okay. $1 per credit hour for students for Johnson County students.
$2 per credit hour for in-state students. $3 per credit hour for out-of-state students
and for the metro rate.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I thank you for that.
And I thank the administration for keeping tuition where it’s been and perhaps it’s time
to move it. So thank you for that.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Okay. Any other questions
of Management? Rex, let me put you on the spot a little bit, being we have a few workers
running around the campus. Can you give a 60-second or 2-minute commercial on the status
of the projects? Are we doing what we’re supposed to be doing? Or —
>>Mr. Rex Hays: Right now for the Career and Technical Education Building, we’re pretty
much, we’re on time, on schedule right now. The FADS building is a little bit more concerning
to me. You know, as you know, we plan on moving in that building actually the second week
of January. But so we had a lot of weather days and it’s just really tight right now.
So my eyes are on that project and, you know, we’re working with JE Dunn to see what efficiencies
they can make to speed that process up, ensure that we do meet our schedule. But that’s — that’s
what I’m concerned about right now. But other than that, projects are going well.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Rex, I just want to say that Nancy mentioned earlier about safety
and security of people on campus. Appreciate the signage. Appreciate the fences. I appreciate
the pathways, we’ve got a lot of work going on all over the campus, front door, back door,
side door, and I know that takes a lot of extra attention to make sure that we — we
minimize any kind of mishap that may occur. So I thank you very much with that. Any questions
anybody has on that?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman,
that concludes my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you, Trustee Lindstrom.
Next item is the Nominating Committee. It’s that time of the year again where we elect
officers for this board. I have chosen — asked Trustee Lindstrom and Trustee Ingram to serve
on the Nominating Committee. They’ll meet with Dr. Sopcich and set a plan. We’ll plan
to have recommendations for officers at our December board meeting, and those officers
then will take effect in — at the January board meeting.
President’s Recommendations for Action. Treasurer’s Report. Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair. The board packet contains the Treasurer’s
Report for the month ended September 30th, 2018. Some items of note include Page 1 of
the Treasurer’s Report is the General/Post-Secondary Technical Education Funds summary. September
was the third month of the college’s 2018-’19 fiscal year. An ad valorem tax distribution
of $4,683,287 was received from the county treasurer during September and was distributed
as shown in the report. During September, the college made the final principal and interest
payment on the Series 2009 Certificates of Participation for the OHEC in the amount of
$3,398,981. An ad valorem tax distribution of 1.2 million was received in October and
will be reflected in next month’s report. College’s unencumbered cash balance as of
September 30th, 2018, in all funds was 101.5 million, which is approximately 2.6 million
higher than at this same time last year. Consequently, Mr. Chair, expenditures in the Primary Operating
Funds are within the approved budgetary limits and it is the recommendation of the college
administration that this board approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month ended September
30, 2018, subject to audit.>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion. Is
there a second?>>Second.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Motion and a second. Any questions? Any discussion? Any discussion?
All in favor signify by saying aye. (Ayes.)
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair, that concludes
my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you, Trustee Cross.
Monthly Report to the Board. Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Cook.
Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to review the Monthly Report to the Board. It’s kind
of fascinating all of the activities and accomplishments that are reflected in this report every month.
It’s a real tribute to everybody on campus for the hard work they put in every single
day here and also the student success for which they all work toward. And this meeting
is moving at lightning pace, so to honor that, we’re going to have the Lightning Round this
evening, back by popular demand. We’d like to get started with Dr. Larson. Barbara.
>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Thank you, Dr. Sopcich and members of the board. I’d like to give
you an update on the college’s Meal Share program. This program was first piloted last
spring semester. The program has been led by Jason Arnett and Claudia Martin-Ayoade,
staff members in Dining Services, with a great deal of support from across the campus. In
addition to our food pantry, Jason and Claudia wanted to create a program which would assist
our students who may face food insecurity issues while they are here on campus. The
Meal Share program enables students to receive up to $7 per day to be used at any of our
Dining Services venues. So far this fall semester we have helped 76 students. They have swiped
their student IDs about 3900 times and have been provided food valued at nearly $18,000
so far this semester. Eligibility for the program is based on need
and we were not able to honor all of the submitted requests for the semester. I’m happy to report,
however, that on this month’s Consent Agenda, there is notice of a grant award to help close
this gap. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is awarding the college $10,000 for this
program. We hope this will allow us to add another 15 people for the next several semesters,
and we will continue to explore ways to make the program more sustainable in the future.
But in the meantime, this program is making a real difference for some of our neediest
students. So thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: All right. Any questions
for Barbara?>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Do you know how
many were not awarded?>>Dr. Barbara Larson: I believe that we received
close to 130 applications and we were able to honor these 76. Yeah.
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Food insecurity is unfortunately
very common at community college campuses. Across the country schools are addressing
this with various programs. We’re real proud of what we’ve been able to do and how that
has been executed and the good work that it does. So thank you very much, Barbara. Next.
Dr. Weber.>>Dr. Randy Weber: All right. For my portion,
I’m going to be so forward-thinking I’m going to take you back to the 2014-’17 strategic
plan. In our previous strategic plan, there were two key themes that we took out of it
that we — we marched forward, the first being better support for self-navigating students,
and the second being consistent advice students receive across campus. And from that, we developed
some work where we developed a home-grown student success tool, we built it in Banner,
it was very clunky. We used the logic behind our — our admissions application for selective
admissions programs where it had checklists, students were inactive and they recognized
when they had stuff in and they quit reaching out to see — see if — if there were more
materials to. So we took that knowledge, built this plan. That got some really positive reviews
and energy, but what happened was for a student to update their information it had to be self-reported.
So we knew we were kind of with the success plan mind-set on to something, but we needed
to develop something that would be enterprise-wide and it would automatically update a student’s
plan when they participate in activity because they wanted that real-time update.
So what we did is we put out an RFP and just about a year ago we made the decision and
implemented a tool called AccuCampus. And I’m not — I’m not here to purely just tell
you that AccuCampus is the right tool. I’m telling you that the journey that we’re on
is what’s been really powerful. So during this implementation, what we’ve done is all
of our service centers, both academic support services and non-academic support services,
have implemented this same check-in system, so we’re able to track and support students’
activities across campus. So if a faculty member were to decide I want you, you know,
an academy support service — in achieving courses say I want you to go do a r�sum�
building class in there, they could assign that and then they would be able to be known
when that — when those students completed that task as part of that. It’s a — it’s
a powerful opportunity for us. So — so that’s — that’s kind of what’s really exciting.
But really what we’re doing now is foundational work for what’s really what’s to come and
we think to be the most forward-thinking part of this.
And so what we’re doing now is tracking the student activity across campus and ultimately
be able to tell how students engagement with different areas of our campus, along with
their input data, information they’re telling us, is impacting their success so that we
can impact the decisions of future students. There’s a quote in community colleges, Kay
McClinchy is famous for saying it where she says students don’t do optional. And we don’t
necessarily ask students to do mandatory, and I think the happy compromise here is that
students will make choices that are informed, and so what we’re trying to do to provide
consistent advice to students across campus is inform those decisions and rather than
using the anecdote where people use their experiential data and say, well, I had the
experience and it worked or — or I told somebody else to do this, we kind of watch the student
experience and we inform it. So rather than the old steps to enrollment that said first
you apply, then you do financial aid, then you register, and — and everybody had the
same one, we’ll have contextualized student plans based on a student’s input data and
their behavioral plans, and it’s — it’s something that takes — it’s going to take us years
to grow and build. But the foundational work we’re doing now is already getting some really
net gains. As a matter of fact, as we’re preparing for this next year’s budget process, areas
that haven’t been able to log student activity have been presenting them in preparation for
staffing requests and budget needs and like look at this activity that’s gone up in our
area. So we’re really excited about, like I said, that movement where areas are able
to articulate their student traffic and in time we’re going to be able to really talk
about how that traffic and those activities are most importantly helping us impact student
success.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Any questions? That’s
terrific, Randy. Thank you. Dr. McCloud.>>Dr. Michael McCloud: Well, when we were
asked to talk about innovations, I had a long, long list of things and I was told I needed
to keep it short. So what I’ll do is I’ll look at kind of three different facets of
what we do in touching students. One of the things that we’re doing that is innovative
is we’re starting to look a little bit at open educational resources in some new ways.
We’re looking at the digital footprint that the campus has and we have a faculty committee
being led by Barry Bailey, one of our librarians who focused on open educational resources
as part of his sabbatical. So we’re seeing the fruits of the sabbatical process being
borne out with faculty talking about how we integrate OER more into our classrooms and
how we look at aggregating the larger kind of ecosphere in the digital world that is
OER and what ways we can bring that in to make it more searchable, make it easier for
faculty to have access to those resources so they can pull them into their classrooms.
Overall it will save our students a great deal of money because we’ll be able to kind
of design our own digital platforms and digital textbooks as opposed to kind of continuing
to grow with the exorbitant price of texts as we’ve seen that jump over the last 10,
15 years. And looking at kind of how we govern ourselves
and work, one of the innovations that we’re bringing to the table with the faculty is
that we’ll be instituting the National Chair Academy for the first time on this campus
and we’ll be bringing that this summer so that our faculty who act as department chairs
will have an opportunity to work through some projects. It is a year-long kind of process
that involves two book-ended weeks, one at the front end for the training and then one
at the back end to go back in and look at what we’ve learned and processed over the
year and the way in which we act as department chairs. What are those roles, how are they
connected to what happens outside of the classroom, what are the administrative pieces that faculty
need to learn to be able to manage better in terms of budget, in terms of understanding
long range planning and smart goals. So it’s going to allow us to really build on the faculty
chair model so that our faculty has not simply access to that role, but actually access to
all of the assistance we can give them to help them learn to administer their programs
in new and more streamlined ways, make that work more positive for them and more effective
for what we’re doing with our programs as we grow and change and look at how we migrate
programs. And then as we touch kind of the overall community,
we’re working right now with KU Edwards. We met today with a contingent of our faculty
and deans going down to meet with KU Edwards faculty and provosts to talk about the creation
of three new what we’re calling Johnson County communities to forward student learning, which
will allow us to pipeline students into three new programs that we’re trying to — to build
with KU Edwards which will result in Johnson County residents being able to get a complete
four-year degree with the first two years here, the second two years there, leading
to a degree in English through the School of Languages and Literatures, degree in business
administration, which will be a BBA, Bachelor’s of Business Administration, and we’re actually
looking at possibly cohorting that particular program to move students through all of the
classes here on our campus and in a four-year fashion, and then a degree in law and society,
which will lead folks into corrections, into pre-law, into social work, and into service
fields that will then be able to give back to the community that they exist in and that
they have built their degrees in.>>Chair Jerry Cook: So I have a question.
It’s always been my understanding that KU Edwards Campus was basically focusing on master’s
degree students. Is this a shift in their thinking, quite dramatically?
>>Dr. Michael McCloud: It is. They have seen what we do here and they want to be a part
of being the rest of that four-year pipeline for students because we see the difficulty
in students both in wanting to leave Johnson County, but also in being able to have the
funding to go and live in those dorms when their families are here and that commute sometimes
can take a toll on those students. So we’re really working on building a pipeline to create
that four-year experience in Johnson County for students who need that help here.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: And that toll most likely results in I dropped my educational career
path at that time because it’s too difficult to go to Lawrence. Okay. Cool. Trustee Lawson?
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Thank you so much. The open educational resources is something
that’s very interesting. When you look at the other community colleges in the country,
what have they started to do with their bookstore? How does that start to impact that side?
>>Dr. Michael McCloud: It really hadn’t hit the community college level as deeply yet.
Most OER is being utilized at the four-year level actually in this state, and this will
go to several jokes made earlier, Brian Lynch here, who was the outgoing Faculty Senate
president at K-State, actually has been the leader right now in talking about OER and
leading the faculty conversation at the university level and no one has really kind of grabbed
the reins of this conversation at the community college level. So we saw this as an opportunity
for us to get out front and really start to talk about how we as community colleges can
join in the OER conversations. Our faculty here, you know, publish books and do as much
research as anybody. How can we try and lead that for the two-year sector in a way that
we have not gotten out there and done because it really has yet to have massive impact at
the two-year level.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Cool. Okay.
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dr. McCloud, I have to
ask you, will Iowa State have any players left to play this week after all the ejections
last year — or last week?>>Dr. Michael McCloud: By the second half
we will be back in the game. We’ll see — we’ll see what happens. Hopefully they don’t get
in any fights and all the back-ups get thrown out this week.
(Laughter.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you for those terrific
reports. And that wraps up –>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Appreciate
it very much. Lots of things going on every day on this campus. I don’t think we have
any old business. No new business. So reports from board liaisons. Faculty Association.
Dr. Harvey. Welcome.>>Dr. Melanie Harvey: Well, this is the time
in the semester where my grading pile is depressingly large and — and then I keep assigning things
because I said I was going to in the syllabus, which is probably good. It keeps us moving
forward. But — but yes, this is — I think we’re all kind of — the students are starting
to get weary. They’re ready for Thanksgiving and hopefully they don’t forget everything
that they’ve learned. But this is kind of where we’re at right now. I think in the next
month you’re going to start hearing about student presentations and things. About this
time of the semester we start to see students presenting work and showcasing some of the
things that they’ve done this semester. Because we are a community college, we do kind of
— we don’t just save things like that for the spring, but you’ll see things each semester
because we often have our students for, you know, one semester at a time.
I wanted to just talk a little bit about some of the unique challenges our students face
at a community college. I think most of us that have been around here very long are very
aware of that, that when I go in my classroom I’m talking and working with — with parents,
some of them single, some of them have partners, a lot of them are working way too much and
trying to be a student. Sometimes my students are caring for parents or someone else that
they’re responsible for beyond children, they have other people that they need to look after.
They’re often working multiple jobs sometimes even and I know that — at the Management
Committee meeting this month, they talked a bit about tuition and I know that you were
talking about a small tuition increase and I just want to say like how important it is
that we have — it is really significant that we’ve kept tuition the same for the last three
years, and the proposed changes are very small and I — I do appreciate that. And I did hear
comments about, you know, should the tuition cost be a certain percentage of the total
cost or not. And to that, I just wanted to — I did want to make a couple comments about
that to consider. And one thing is that if you imagine that
someone is working a minimum wage job, if you calculate how many hours they would have
to work a week for the entire year to cover just the tuition alone, I think you have to
consider things like that, too, because while the cost of living goes up, the cost of education
goes up, their incomes don’t necessarily go up to go along with that. And we are — we
are often educating a population that is working minimum wage jobs. And so — so I think you
have to consider that as we go forward. And I think that I really appreciate how — how
thoughtful our board has been and our administration in not, you know, adding to the financial
burden by increasing tuition these last few years. But I just think that that is something
to keep in mind as you go forward, as you start having conversations about should it
be held at a certain percentage of the cost. The problem is that there are — their incomes
are not going up at the same rate. And financial aid that’s available is not necessarily going
up at the same rate either. So I just want to point that out.
And I also wanted to just talk about how much I appreciate some of the programs that we
have for students to help them be successful. The food share program, and I’m really pleased
to hear that that’s going to be expanding, things like that, things like the Veterans
Pave Program that were just highlighted tonight are really important to our — to certain
populations of our students. I think a lot of the support services that we offer here
allow students with different backgrounds to be successful. In Collegial Steering, one
of the things that I shared about was also the importance of not just providing support
services to sort of help students that are at a — come in maybe with a disadvantage
of some way or maybe they aren’t as privileged as other students, but also opportunities,
ways that we can offer opportunities that sort of set students apart, that help them
compete for some of the — the better things later. So, for example, a lot of times students
might not self-select for certain programs that are — that give them special opportunities,
like the Honors Program. We have that available, but they may not identify as like, hey, that’s
for me. They may not self-select for that. So one of the things that I’ve been encouraged
by some of my colleagues to do and a lot of you know about it is how we’ve done research
in our entire class, research projects with the entire class, everyone who takes a course.
In fact, all microbiology is doing that and then I have a course that’s also doing that
with them. And the value of things like that, the value of having a course that is — has
a service learning component or a course that has something like a research opportunity
built in to the class or some kind of a project that’s a partnership with a business. And
to have it available to every student who takes that class, the value of that is that
it doesn’t allow students to self-select out of it because they are too busy or they can’t
afford an extra credit hour or they — maybe they don’t think that it’s for them. They
don’t think, well, I would do this exceptional thing and — and they don’t usually go for
those extra things. They’re just hoping to pass the class.
The reality is that this gives everyone an opportunity to participate in those things.
And so it’s a benefit to every student. And sometimes some of the benefits are things
like they have early exposure to potential career opportunities that they might not have
considered. That is one of the values that we have at community college is we see the
students at the very beginning of their education. So we can really help guide them before they’ve
gone too far into a career path, they can decide, hey, this is for me or maybe this
isn’t for me. Okay, I know that’s not for me so I’m going to try, you know, something
different. But we’ve had students who participated in something like that in their first semester
and then changed — decided, you know what, I’m going to pursue a biology degree now instead
of — instead of becoming a nurse and now they’re in, you know, in school planning to
go to grad school or planning to go to medical school. They might have a different path because
they enjoyed something that they experienced in a class that they might not have had an
opportunity like that otherwise. So early exposure to opportunities in our
classes is super important to impacting career choices. A lot of times four-year institutions
only give those opportunities to students in a capstone course at the end of their four
years. And so that’s one advantage that we have is that we can do that, we can do that
early with first year students. So many faculty are doing this sort of thing.
It’s not just, you know, it’s not just in science, but many faculty are doing this sort
of thing. And I think I would like to see, you know, just learn more ways like that that
we can really help our students within the normal — our normal courses, their normal
coursework, to make their experience just exceptional. And when we talked about that,
and I mentioned it, I know some of my colleagues pointed out that that takes support services
and professional development opportunities. And so I’m excited to see, you know, the new
directions that our professional development program here for faculty is taking and the
new resources that are going to be put into that. So I think those things are going to
help allow for opportunities for faculty to do those sorts of things.
Oh, the other benefit I want to mention from that kind of thing is when you do something
like that in a course, you have increased mentoring experience with the students. Even
though there’s one person and there’s like 24 students say in my class, they get a — an
experience of more one-on-one mentoring with me through doing a project like that within
the course. And that’s — that’s been shown in research on these kinds of projects, so
that there is an increased mentoring experience. So anyway, I’d like to see more support and
incentive for those kinds of things and I just wanted to mention that as just something
I’m interested in, too, not just our support services for our students that — because
we do have a lot of need. And we want to provide for students that are — when they have obstacles
that are holding them back or keeping them from being successful. But we also want to
give opportunity to our students to help them succeed and kind of go above and beyond and
maybe stand out from — from the crowd when they go to apply for jobs, apply for programs
beyond this place. So that concludes my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thanks, Dr. Harvey. Appreciate
it. Trustee Cross?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
President Harvey, thank you for that articulation. I too appreciate this administration and board’s
attempt to keep tuition where it is because my mother used to just take great pride coming
here, I guess it was the old technical school when it was here and how much money she had
left over to take care of her family from a student loan check because Johnson County
Community College was so dirt cheap. And I’m not sure we can buy that kind of organic marketing
and the opportunities they got to say, take sociology, learn that the car is a great social
equalizer and teach one of their sons to get in a car and go intern for Dennis Moore. It’s
a 17-hour drive to Washington, D.C., just so you know. And so I thank you for your articulation
and I thank you for your service and I just wanted to say that.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Cross, cost-effective. Cost-effective. Not dirt cheap. Cost-effective.
(Laughter.)>>Trustee Lee Cross: Learning to talk is
–>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Lindstrom?
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: I’m going to reiterate some of the same topic. Dr. Harvey, I appreciate
your comments on tuition. I agree with you that this board is very sensitive to keeping
it cost-effective and I think we will continue to do so. So thank you.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Lawson?>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Very similar.
So I appreciate you bringing that up because is it a concern of mine to make sure that
the students that have access here, that it’s also affordable. When we look at cutting programs,
when we look at changing things based on making sure we don’t increase student tuition, those
are things that come to mind when we look at raising tuition. So I appreciate your bringing
the issues up about minimum wage jobs, about these factors aren’t always going up either.
So then where is the stress and then are we going to be losing students because of a $1
increase. That might not be too much for some. That might make a big difference for others
in the amount of courses that they can take, the amount of credits that they can take.
So I appreciate you bringing that up.>>Dr. Melanie Harvey: Yeah. It’s hard for
me to know that a dollar, well, translated across all their credits would necessarily
be the obstacle. But then I have to say I have students sometimes who come to class
and say I have to wait until I get paid to buy goggles for lab, which I always find kind
of shocking, but I — I have that happen, too. So I think it’s hard to know exactly
what situation some students are in. And — and so I — I don’t think the one dollar will
be a barrier, but I think just in general as a philosophy of — of realizing that just
because education costs more doesn’t necessarily mean that our students will be able to shoulder
more burden going forward because other factors like their income is not going up in the same
way.>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Right. And one
part of the stool, the leg did receive just a tax relief, so when we roll back the mill.
So there’s things I appreciate you bringing these as we look forward to the December meeting.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Likewise, I appreciate you bringing that up and I also appreciate
the trustees, the Management Committee giving the report, and we have until December to
listen and to contemplate and to think about a lot of things. And so I appreciate you sharing
your story. Anybody else have any questions or comments? Thanks, Dr. Harvey. Appreciate
it very much. Johnson County Research Triangle. Trustee Lindstrom.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. Chairman, I have a very brief report. October sales
tax revenue was $1,554,760.28, which is 1.82 percentage points over the same time in 2017.
That trend is for the year-to-date is 3.46% over on sales tax in Johnson County, which
is very good news. The J-CERT Authority met on November 5th, which is just about 10 days
ago and at 7:30 at K-State Olathe. I unfortunately was not able to make that meeting, so I will
report at our next meeting once I get the minutes for that meeting. The next meeting
for J-CERT is April 22nd, 7:30 a.m. at KU Edwards Campus, and mark your calendars. And
that concludes my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Any questions?
KACCT. Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. The Kansas Association
of Community College Trustees will meet on Sunday, December 2nd, and Monday, December
3rd, at Independence Community College. We did not meet this month. Now, we did — several
of us attended the American Association of Community College Trustee meeting in New York
last month. So I don’t know if you have some thoughts that you would like to share. You
and I have shared very, very briefly.>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Yeah. So I brought
back a lot of materials for the trustee library here. And everyone gets the trustee journal.
So that is — or quarterly. But the trustee library will have a lot of the packets that
ACCT talks about and then also some printed material from the presentations that I attended,
too. So those are going to be in the trustee library for anybody. But a lot of it was about
building blocks for student success, and Dr. Sopcich was there as well. And it was really
interesting to see how what was talked about is really helping the boards be able to use
a — utilize the policy governance to align themselves with their initiatives, being able
to see the role of the board. They gave examples of how some board members were developing
how to improve their efficiency of the board by creating board goals as a whole to be able
to reflect what that initiatives of their president. So and then building the skilled
workforce through targeted career pathways. So that was really exciting to hear some of
the things that Dr. Weber has been talking about with us. And then something that was
really interesting and a movement that’s happening in the country are student — elected student
trustees on the student board. Some of them have non-voting rights. Some of them have
voting rights. So it’s interesting to kind of see that dynamic shift as boards take on
some membership from their Student Senate. So it was really great.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I think we’ve talked very, very briefly. We have a meeting coming
up. But we have not had a chance to really exchange a lot of good ideas and information.
We tried to attend different meetings, which I think is very appropriate in that situation.
There were some themes to it, guided pathways, accessibility, promise, homelessness, some
of the things that we’ve already talked about this evening. One of the first questions that
was asked in the first session that I attended was what is standing in the way of their success,
meaning student success. And they put some things on the board as far as from the time
a student would apply to the community college and to the first day that they would show
up for a class, all the different places that they would have had to have gone on a campus
and all of the challenges in some situations that some of these students would face. And
I was reminded of how one of the things that Dr. Larson did when she first came in was
she went through that process. And that really stuck with me. So I think, once again, you
know, everyone always has room for improvement. There’s no doubt about that. But we do a lot
of things very, very well here at Johnson County Community College and, you know, I
just appreciated the opportunity to attend. And we will continue to bring information
I’m sure forward that we will reflect as being a part of that meeting.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Foundation. Trustee Ingram?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: The Foundation. The Foundation has not met this month. But I do
have a thank you that they provided me with that I would like to go ahead and read.
The Foundation would like to thank the trustees for their attendance on Saturday evening at
the 32nd Annual Some Enchanted Evening Scholarship Gala, which was held at the Overland Park
Convention Center for the first time. The event was chaired by Jon and Christi Stewart,
with Mike Lally serving as the sponsorship chair. Drs. David and Mary Zamierowski were
honored as the Johnson Countians of the Year. The event raised a record of more than 800,000
to support scholarships at Johnson County Community College and we had record attendance
of nearly 800 attendees. The event also marked the launch of a 50th anniversary celebration
of the college. Our 50,000-plus Visionary Sponsors this year were Educate, Enrich and
Enable Fund, the Friends of Barton P. Cohen, Midwest Trust/FCI Advisors/The Bergman Family.
Our 25,000-plus Legacy Sponsors this year were BNSF Railway, Claire — Clay Blair Family
Foundation, JE Dunn Construction Company, Kirk Foundation, McCown Family Foundation
Endowment, Mindy Kampen Scholarship Fund, Olathe Health, the Regnier Family Foundations.
We had two Sunflower sponsors at the $15,000 level, which included Black & Veatch and Dick
and Barbara Shull, and three $10,000 “Open Petal” sponsors, Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen
Charitable Trust, Central Bank of the Midwest, and Adam and LaVon Hamilton.
It was an honor for the Foundation to have every trustee in attendance this year. We
loved having staff and faculty there as well. We encourage you to mark your calendars for
the 2019 gala on Saturday, November 9th. This event will again be held at the Overland Park
Convention Center and will conclude the college’s 50th anniversary celebration. And that concludes
my report.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. I likewise
would like to thank all the trustees for being there and the Faculty Association having a
table. It was just a terrific, terrific night. And then when you — when you think you’ve
heard it all, you have a student get up and tell her story and — and talks about her
good friend and — and realizing that her good friend ended up being her mother, so
they both were attending the college, and what a great story that was. So I don’t think
we had a dry eye at our table when that occurred. So I want to thank the Foundation and everybody,
Nancy, for the great work. It was really a kind of a fun night. Great night. I think
over 32 years now we’ve given out — the Foundation’s given out over $10 million, if I remember
those numbers correctly, for scholarships. And I think it was, what, 1.2 million this
year. So the effort continues to grow. I know in visiting with Mary Birch, who was instrumental
in the whole process, I congratulated her for her work in getting 800,000 and she says,
yeah, but we would have liked to have had a million. I mean she’s working on that million
number already. So…>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair, if I may.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Yes, sir.>>Trustee Lee Cross: In a difficult political
year, it’s so nice to see people in a postmortem, regardless of whatever side we were on, and
I think the Foundation and this college deserves a lot of credit for — I mean much of what
you just said. I don’t mean to re-state it. But I just wanted to reiterate that it’s such
a wonderful place to see people and come together after what was a difficult political year.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Well said. Thank you. Appreciate it. Next item is the Consent Agenda.
It’s a time when we deal with a number of routine items. Unless someone wants to pull
an item from the agenda, I would entertain a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: So moved.>>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.
We have no Executive Session this evening. So before we close, Trustee Snider, any comments
that you have about tonight’s meeting?>>Trustee Paul Snider: None tonight. Thank
you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Okay. Trustee Lawson?
>>Trustee Angeliina Lawson: Yes. Going on piggingbacking what Trustee Cross just said,
I think elections at times can really pull people apart, and especially the election
night that we had. Johnson County Community College became part of history. And that I
think transcends politics, period. So whichever side you were on, it was just really exciting
to see Johnson County Community College in the national spotlight, in “The Washington
Times,” “The New York Times,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The KC Star.” And repeatedly Johnson
County Community College was referred to as the best community college in America. So
that was something that was really great to tell our students the opportunities that start
here.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. Trustee Musil.
>>Trustee Greg Musil: Nothing tonight. Thank you.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Nothing tonight.
Thank you.>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I don’t want to disrupt this apple cart. No. No comments.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Jerry Cook: Trustee Ingram?
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you for being here.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Thank you. I’m glad I showed up and I — I’m just sick about missing
that meeting. I — so Trustee Ingram calls me and says where are you? And I says, well,
I’m — I’m at home. And she said, well, we have a meeting, Collegial Steering. And it
just flew right by me. Anyway, I would entertain a motion to adjourn.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: We have a motion and a second. All in favor signify by saying aye.
(Ayes.)>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes.
>>Chair Jerry Cook: Opposed? Motion carries. We’re adjourned.