APRIL 29, 2003 & MAY 2, 2003
A retreat of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 8:15 a.m. at the District Support Services Center, pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Ed Contreras, President
Linda B. Rosenthal, Secretary
Nancy Stein, Member
Donald R. Campbell, Member
Gene Eastin, Member
Janet Gesin for Ron Bleed
Jean Ann Abel
CALL TO ORDER
In the absence of Governing Board President Ed Contreras, Chancellor Fred Gaskin and Governing Board Secretary Linda Rosenthal called the retreat to order at 8:00 a.m.
The purpose of the retreat was to provide members of the Governing Board an opportunity to hear presentations on each college's strategic plan and facilities master plan. In these presentations, each college should provide a clear understanding of their capital needs that will support their strategic plan for the next decade. They were to identify space needs and what kinds of space needs, as well as their expected growth and their anticipated remodeling of existing building or construction of additional space needs. The information provided will be used in the Bond Initiative to specify to the public what the needs are and why these are necessary. It is also expected that technology needs will be brought forward and who will make those decisions in order to avoid duplication of systems.
The following presentations were made and the information provided are contained the in the bound handouts included with these minutes.
- Larry Christiansen for Mesa Community College at Dobson and Red Mountain
- Maria Hesse for Chandler Gilbert Community College at the Pecos Campus, Williams GateWay, and the Sun Lakes Educational Center
- Phil Randolph for Glendale Community College and Glendale North
- Corina Gardea for Phoenix College
- Ken Atwater for South Mountain Community College at 24th Street, Guadalupe Learning Center, Ahwatukee, and a proposed Laveen Center
- Art DeCabooter for Scottsdale Community College at the main campus and the proposed Carefree/Cavecreek site, the Fountain Hills site, and the Airpark site
- Gina Kranitz for Paradise Valley Community College
- Homero Lopez for Estrella Mountain Community College
- Gene Giovannini for GateWay Community College and proposed space at Arizona Center
- Linda Thor for Rio Salado College
- Anna Solley for the Occupational Education and Technology Programs
Summary and Discussion by Chancellor Fred Gaskin
Dr. Gaskin commented that each college and division had done well in defining their capital needs and strategic planning. It is important that right choices be made in what is being sought and decisions needs to be made on whether to build, buy more land, or remodel. The edges have been defined but there is a need to concentrate on the middle. Population growth is the issue and the best choices need to be made. All the colleges are different but they share similar things and there is now a clearer sense of what the needs are. It is now important to determine how bond funds will be allocated.
Governing Board Observations & Comments
Linda Rosenthal: Mrs. Rosenthal commented that the growth conditions of each college need to be considered and so do the ages of present facilities, the cost per square foot and current FTSE. The group has come a long way in two days except for technology plan. All colleges heard the others and Governing Board Members are going to require accountability.
Gene Eastin: The package presented to the public will be everything. There is a need to be very specific and need to present how much each dollar is going to buy. There should be no frills. He stated that we cannot let our sense of direction be swayed by what we think the public will accept. The bottom line is that we must ask for what we really need.
Don Campbell: Dr. Campbell expressed a need to take another look at base formula and suggested spending another couple of hours discussing this. Concerned that the critical area of technology has not been present. During the last two bonds we delivered to the voters and we need to make sure we present something to the voters this time.
Nancy Stein: Mrs. Stein asked if the numbers were going to be updated to include inflation and if operational costs had been discussed. She also questioned why this bond was triple the cost of the last bond.
Ed Contreras: Mr. Contreras commented that there is a need to think like voters. People are going to spend their dollars where they get the better return. He thanked everyone for the work done on these presentations. He stressed that the amounts would need to be justified and the master plans should produce outlines of what is needed and why.
The retreat adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Governing Board Secretary