MARCH 9, 1993
An executive session convened at 6:00 p.m., pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
A work study session of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 7:00 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411, West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona.
M. Grant Christensen, President, Linda B. Rosenthal, Secretary, Roy C. Amrein, Member, Donald R. Campbell, Member, Nancy Stein, Member
Paul A. Elsner, William Waechter, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Dan Whittemore, Janet Whitaker for Ron Bleed, Janice Bradshaw, Raul Cardenas, Larry Christiansen, John Cordova, Art DeCabooter, Stan Grossman, Myrna Harrison, Homero Lopez, Phil Randolph, Linda Thor, Arnette Ward, John Waltrip
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Christensen.
President Christensen called for a motion convening an executive session, notice having been previously given.
MOTION NO. 7995
Linda B. Rosenthal moved that an executive session be convened. Motion carried 5-0.
The meeting recessed at 6:01 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 7:07 p.m.
(I-B) PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FY 1993-94 - Chancellor Elsner commented on the current economic conditions and the impact on community colleges nationwide. The Chancellor noted the severity of the proposed BDEC budget recommendations. Janet Whitaker reported on the process utilized by BDEC in making the budgetary recommendations.
Dan Whittemore reviewed proposed revenue and expenditure changes. Proposed revenue changes include a $3.00 per hour tuition increase, an athletic student insurance fee, elimination of the $5.00 registration processing fee for non-credit courses, a two-year moratorium on tuition waivers for dependents, a reduction in employee tuition waivers from 100% to 75%, and maximization of property tax. Proposed expenditure changes included continuation of $1,000,000.00 cut in district office budgets, an additional 2% cut in district office budgets, across the board reserve of 3%, continuation of the external hiring freeze through FY 94, 2% cut in all salaries for one year, transfer of $1,000,000.00 from capital state aid, and a 33% reduction in professional growth. These proposed changes would balance the budget and provide for $8,500,000 cash reserves by June 30, 1994.
Dr. Elsner noted that the proposed budget includes 19% funding from tuition and 16% funding from the State of Arizona, and a zero cash balance on July 1, 1993. Roy Amrein requested clarification of the Department Chair Academy funding, which will be self-sustaining from program fees. Linda B. Rosenthal suggested that the Cash Balance Forward item and the Department Chair Academy item be reordered on B-2 to provide clarification. Linda B. Rosenthal expressed her displeasure with the need to transfer $1,000,000 from capital state aid.
(I-A) PROPOSED TUITION AND FEES FOR FY 1993-94 - Dan Whittemore reviewed the proposed tuition and fee schedule for FY 1993-94. Dr. Campbell commented on the excellent work of BDEC in responding to a critical situation. Dr. Campbell expressed concern about the need to raise tuition and fees, but support for the proposed tuition and fees. Mrs. Rosenthal agreed with Dr. Campbell's concerns but stated that MCCCD tuition may be considered a bargain compared with other institutions. Mr. Ullman commended BDEC on the recommendations being made and felt that the 2% salary reduction and other recommendations would provide a positive message to public. Mrs. Stein expressed her concern about the impact of tuition increases on students. Audience comments included a need to consider a future bond election. Dr. Christensen noted that no decision had been reached about a bond election, but that declining revenues and increasing enrollments might increase the need for a future bond election. Linda B. Rosenthal stated the bond funds are for capital, not operating expenses and that funds must be available for operating new facilities before consideration of plans for physical facilities.
(I-C) MARICOPA COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL CENTER FOR MINORITIES - Dr. de los Santos provided background information about the Maricopa County Comprehensive Regional Center for Minorities and introduced Dr. Ernesto Ramirez, Jr., Director of the Center. Dr. Ramirez then provided an overview of the CRCM. The overall goal of the Center is to double the number of Hispanic, African American and American Indian high school graduates from CRCM high schools who are proficient to pursue studies in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM), over a five year period between 1991 and 1996. Donald R. Campbell expressed his concerns about the need for parental involvement in the programs. In response to a question from Linda B. Rosenthal, teacher training is being provided by university, community college, and public school educators. Nancy Stein asked about the location of the summer programs. Dr. Amrein questioned the lack of summary data indicating community college participation.
The Maricopa Comprehensive Regional Center for Minorities is considered a benchmark of the 16 programs currently funded by the NSF, according to Dr. Elsner. The Chancellor considers the Center to be one of the district's most important bridging activities. Mrs. Rosenthal asked about the per student cost of the program. The grant is 3.8 million dollars for a five year period.
ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.
Linda B. Rosenthal