MAY 27, 1997
A regular meeting of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Ed Contreras, Acting President, Linda B. Rosenthal, Member, Donald R. Campbell, Member, Gene Eastin, Member
William F. Waechter for Paul A. Elsner, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Rufus Glasper, Ron Bleed, Janice Bradshaw, Gina Kranitz for Raul Cardenas, Larry Christiansen, John Cordova, Art DeCabooter, Stan Grossman, Homero Lopez, J. Marie Pepicello, Phil Randolph, Linda Thor, Tessa Martinez Pollack, Arnette Ward
Nancy Stein, President
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Acting President Ed Contreras.
There was no executive session held.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The assembly pledged their allegiance to the United States of America.
BOARD EVALUATION PROCESS
Mr. Contreras explained the Board Evaluation Process to the assembly.
Betsy Turner, an adjunct faculty member at Glendale Community College, came forward to express her concerns regarding her situation with her department chair and circumstances relative to a hearing held under the Whistle Blower Policy. Ms. Turner provided information regarding testimony she provided on behalf of another faculty member and a subsequent meeting, which she tape recorded, with her department chair, John Griggs. She initiated the meeting with Dr. Griggs due to her omission from the teaching schedule following her testimony in that case. She then provided information regarding a hearing she requested under the Whistle Blower Policy. Ms. Turner indicated that she desired fair treatment and expressed her concerns with the handling of her hearing and the bias she felt was shown in favor of Dr. Griggs' position by the attorney to the hearing committee. She asked that the Board question the irregularities that she had related occurred in the proceedings. Mr. Contreras thanked Ms. Turner for her comments and indicated that the Board would take the matter under advisement.
- Gene Eastin reported that he attended the Campus Compact Conference and acknowledged Lyvier Conss, Eva Falletta, Tom Getz and Leney Vautrin for the roles they played in the coordination and operation of this conference. Mr. Eastin attended the session, Using Service Learning to Engage Non-traditional Students, and complimented Duane Oakes and Sue McAleavey, who presented the session.
- Linda Rosenthal - no report.
- Ed Contreras commended the staff at Mesa Community College and Chandler Gilbert Community College for their commencement ceremonies, which he attended.
- Don Campbell reported that he attended the commencement ceremony at Estrella Mountain Community College, and noted that this was the first commencement held by Estrella Mountain since its accreditation as a college under its own auspices.
Dr. Waechter reported that he was pleased to have attended the grand opening ceremony for the City Colleges Center, which is a collaboration of four of the District's community colleges.
There was no report.
Pat Case expressed appreciation to the Governing Board for the conditions and atmosphere in which the Meet and Confer process was conducted. Dr. Case also expressed concern regarding the timing, process, and lack of discussion for the salary schedules which were presented before the Governing Board for their approval at this meeting.
EMPLOYEE GROUP REPORTS
Conrad Mills, Apprenticeship Coordinator for the M&O and Crafts Apprenticeship Program, provided the names of four individuals who had completed the program, Vildel Larrett, Tim Matayas, Jack Guagos and Eric Carter. Mr. Larret and Mr. Matyas were present and thanked the Governing Board for the program and training and the opportunities provided by it. Mr. Contreras acknowledged and thanked Mr. Mills and his committee for all of their work and coordination for the program.
Jack Goodman provided an overview of information from the adjunct faculty survey and indicated that a more detailed summary of the survey will be forthcoming. Mr. Goodman indicated that meetings held relative to the survey were fruitful due to the willingness of all parties to dialogue on issues important to adjunct faculty, students, and the District.
PSA President Gerry Bradshaw appeared before the Governing Board to express concern that wording had been changed in the Governing Board's Vision, Value, and Mission statements to reflect "faculty and staff." Mrs. Bradshaw indicated that this wording implied the importance of one employee group over another and read a resolution asking that the Board reinstate the original language of the Vision, Mission, Value and Strategic Goals Statements. She was accompanied at the podium by MAT President Raul Monreal, Crafts President Conrad Mills, and two PSA Executive Committee Members - Scott Kozak and Rosemary Schweigert. A petition was attached to the resolution which was signed by 174 employees from the various employee groups throughout the District.
Raul Monreal, MAT President, introduced himself to the Governing Board. Mr. Montreal asked that the Governing Board carefully review the process utilized and the time allowed for the salary schedule item which was on the evening's agenda recommended for the Board's approval.
GateWay Community College Phil Randolph introduced David Curd, Chief Administrator for the GateWay Charter High School, and Andy Bernal, Dean of Instruction for GateWay Community College, who provided a report of the results of the NCAA visit to the GateWay Charter High School. Dr. Curd reported that the high school received a seven year accreditation, having to supply updated information on a yearly basis. Among the positive comments made by the NCAA team were accolades for the time spent with students. Dr. Bernal stated that he is pleased with the success of the students after they leave the high school. Mr. Contreras extended his congratulations to President Randolph, Dr. Bernal, Dr. Curd, and the GateWay Charter High School students.
Rio Salado College President Linda Thor introduced Laura Carlson, News Director of KJZZ, who reported that KJZZ won six first place awards in the Associated Press Awards competition.
Mesa Community College President Larry Christiansen introduced Neil Merrell, who provided information regarding the Model United Nation Team, a campus club, which is a simulation of the United Nations in New York City that attempts to deal with issues similar to that of the international organization. The campus team is recognized as one of the superior delegations in the nation.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT REPORTS
Jennifer Thacker, Secretary, Chandler Gilbert Community College Associated Student Government, reported on student programs, which included - Into the Streets, Adopt a Family, blood drives, leadership retreats, and diversity programs including the Rainbow Connection. She then introduced the incoming members of the Student Government Board - James Archer, President, Bobby Johnson, Vice President and Brian Johnson, Secretary who stated that they would continue with the Five Tracks of Life theme. Mr. Contreras thanked the students for coming forward and expressed admiration for their effort.
AADGB REPORTENDS STUDY
Linda Rosenthal reported that there was no AADGB meeting held, but asked college presidents for their assistance in conducting the strategic conversations that the District has been asked to hold on the eight topics identified in the Charette in September of 1996.
END: OUTCOMES FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR
Have employable candidates who meet the current needs of their organizations.
Bertha Landrum introduced four individuals from private sector organizations who participate in training programs with the District. Present were Bob Santamaria, Saturn Corporation; Steve Schrade, Fleming Foods; Sarah Adams, Entel; and Mike Yount, Bank One.
Ms. Landrum inquired of the panel participants if the community colleges were meeting their immediate demands and needs. All participants confirmed that needs were being met. Mr. Santamaria indicated that 43 students have been trained through the ASEP Program and 38 of those students have been hired as technicians. Sarah Adams indicated that Entel has partnered with four of the community colleges for training in three degree programs. Many work full-time while working toward their degrees. Mr. Schrade indicated that his company is in partnership with South Mountain College, offering a supermarket management program. Workers can possibly make anywhere from minimum wage to over $100,000 in the industry. Mike Yount indicated that his industry sees a 25-30% turnover. Students put through the training programs generally stay longer. His business is looking for skill sets.
Mr. Santamaria related that the General Motors Training Facility at Glendale Community College also retrains current employees for re-certification, the program works very well, and the location is very convenient. Mr. Yount indicated that the partnership his organization has with the Skill Center provides a good opportunity for training possible employment candidates. Mr. Schrade indicated that over fifty employees in his company have attended classes, including classes in Spanish and wellness. Ms. Adams related that she serves on advisory panels with the colleges and members of the semiconductor industry to build useful and strong educational partnerships.
In response to Mrs. Landrum's inquiry regarding what could be improved, Mr. Santamaria indicated that his company is pleased with the partnership as it is - there is standing room only for some programs. Mr. Schrade expressed his gratitude to South Mountain Community College and indicated there is no need for improvement. Ms. Adams indicated that it would be helpful to know the number of students in order to forecast. This is difficult due to students not being required to indicate a major upon registration for classes. Mr. Yount did not indicate any need for improvement, but did indicate that the District needs to stay in tune with industry's needs.
Mrs. Rosenthal inquired if the companies do anything with the high schools in the way of promoting and notifying the students of the partnership programs and opportunities. Ms. Adams related that Entel, in partnership with the colleges, goes into the high schools to speak to students regarding the programs and career opportunities. Mr. Yount indicated that Bank One works hand-in-hand with Metrotech to introduce students to job training programs.
In response to an inquiry from Mr. Contreras, Ms. Adams indicated that one concern parents of high school students have is their desire for their children to attend four year colleges. Mrs. Landrum stated that the community colleges need to do better marketing of the training programs and the job opportunities that are possible from them.
Mr. Eastin thanked the participants for coming and indicated his pleasure that the partnerships were successful.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
Linda Rosenthal moved that agenda be approved. Motion carried 4-0.
CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Contreras asked if there were any requests to remove items from the Consent Agenda. Mr. Contreras requested that Item C-4 be pulled from the Consent Agenda, per the request of a citizen to speak to it. Dr. de los Santos requested that Item C-1 be removed from the Consent Agenda.
The following items are included in the Consent Agenda:
(A-1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES - of the April 22, 1997 and May 13, 1997 Governing Board Meetings.
(B-1) CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENTS, RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS, AND TERMINATIONS - approval of the Employments, Resignations, Retirements and Terminations as presented.
(B-2) EMPLOYEE GROUPS SALARY SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS 1997-98 - Authorize the following compensation adjustment for employee groups and the Skill Center to be effective July 1, 1997 except for the faculty and adjunct faculty where the effective date is at the beginning of the Fall semester 1997. - All eligible employees will receive a step adjustment. - All employee group salary schedules will be increased by one percent (1%). - All Employees will receive an additional adjustment equal to an additional one percent (1%) increase of the salary schedule. This increase is not permanent and will be for the school year 1997-98 only. - Employees at top of schedule during 1996-97 will receive the equivalent of an additional one percent (1%) increase on the salary schedule. This increase is not permanent and will be for the 1997-98 school year only. - Y-rated employees (beyond the top of the salary grid) will receive a one percent (1%) permanent increase. - The overload rate for residential faculty will be increased by one percent (1%) (permanent) and by an additional one percent (1%) (one time only) for 1997-98. - The adjunct faculty rate will be consistent with the rate paid to residential faculty for overload assignments. - New employees will be placed on a salary schedule which reflects a one percent (1%) increase over the current year plus an additional one percent (1%) one time only increase for 1997-98. - The Chancellor will receive the same permanent and one time only increases as other employees. (The Chancellor will not receive a step increase.) - It is further recommended that the Governing Board authorize other previously discussed/approved language changes which have resulted from discussions at the table and approve the distribution of increased funding for various items in the several employee policy manuals.
(C-2) ARCHITECT SELECTION FOR FAMILY CARE CENTER AT PHOENIX COLLEGE - Approve the selection of The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership to provide architectural and engineering services for the new Family Care Center at Phoenix College.
(C-3) PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL LAND FOR THE EAST CAMPUS OF MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE- Approve entering into a contract with The DeHaven Company to purchase approximately 15 acres of real property adjacent to the East Campus of Mesa Community College property for a price of Eight Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($886,800.00) plus closing costs. The purchase price includes $31,800 for DeHaven's rezoning costs and legal fees.
(C-5) CONSULTANT FEE FOR HEALTH SCIENCE BUILDING AT GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve consultant fee in the amount of One Million Two Hundred Twelve Thousand Two Hundred Eighty-Five and no/100ths Dollars ($1,212,285.00) to Gould Evans Associates for the new Health Science Building at GateWay Community College.
(C-6) CONTRACT AWARD FOR THE NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING, FACULTY SERVICES BUILDING, AND MUSIC BUILDING ADDITION AND REMODEL AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve awarding a contract in the amount of Three Million One Hundred Sixteen Thousand Six Hundred and no/100ths ($3,116,600.00) to Cohen Contracting to construct the new Liberal Arts Annex Classroom Building, the new Faculty Services Building, and the Music Building Addition and Remodel at Glendale Community College.
(C-7) CURRICULUM - Approval of the curricula which has been processed through all procedures by Maricopa County Community College District and the State Community College Board for Community Colleges of Arizona.
(C-8) CHILDREN'S SPECIAL MILK PROGRAM - PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approval between Maricopa Community College for Paradise Valley Community College and the State Board of Education, for the purpose of participating in the Children's Special Milk Program.
(C-9) CHILDREN'S SPECIAL MILK PROGRAM - GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve GWCC'S Child Care Center's participation in the Children's Special Milk Fund sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Board of Education.
(C-10) ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AWARD - SOUTHWALL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.- Accept an award in the amount of $25,000.00 to the Maricopa Community College District for a workforce recruitment and custom training program with Southwall Technologies, Inc. for the start-up of their operations in Tempe, AZ.
(C-11) ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AWARD - THE VANGUARD GROUP -Accept an award in the amount of $406,000.00 to the Maricopa Community College District for a Workforce Recruitment and Training program with the Vanguard Group as part of their extension of their operations into Scottsdale, AZ. which will bring 700 new jobs to Maricopa County.
(C-12) ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AWARD - BULOVA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC - Accept an award in the amount of $60,000.00 to the Maricopa College District for a workforce recruitment and custom training program with Bulova Technologies, LLC for the start-up of their operations in Phoenix, AZ.
(C-13) MOTOROLA TRAINING PARTNERSHIP AT MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve the budget in the amount of $6.4 million for FY 1997-98 per the existing agreement between Motorola Inc. (Motorola University located at ASU Research Park) and the Maricopa County Community College District.
(C-14) SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP - Accept sponsorship, as received, through the YWCA of Maricopa County to support the Summer Youth Program partnerships, totaling $18,500.
(C-15) RIO SALADO COLLEGE - GED TESTING FOR THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE CORRECTIONS - Accept an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. This agreement will provide for GED Testing services mutually agreed upon juvenile facilities, to include Adobe Mountain Juvenile Institute and Black Canyon Juvenile Institution. This agreement is for the period June 1, 1997 through May 31, 1998 (with an on-going extension option up to three years).
(D-1) FIBER OPTIC AND CABLING AT CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve a contract with Datel Communications, Inc., for fiber optic and cabling infrastructure at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The contract is not to exceed $71,230.95. This contract is to be awarded under Bid No. 1977-4.
Linda Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of items C-1 and C-4. Motion carried 4-0.
(C-1) CONTRACT AWARD FOR THE NEW APPLIED SCIENCE AND LANGUAGE/COMMUNICATION BUILDINGS AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve awarding a contract in the amount of Seven Million Four Hundred Seventeen Thousand Two Hundred and no/100ths Dollars ($7,417,200) to Layton Southwest to construct the new Applied Science and Language/Communications Buildings at Scottsdale Community College. Mr. Diaz indicated that a bid protest was in progress between the lowest and second-lowest bidder and requested that the recommendation for the item be changed to "That the Governing Board approve awarding a contract to either of the following companies pending the outcome of the bid protest, the first company being Layton Southwest, the apparent low bidder, and the second company being Cohen Contracting, the second-low bidder. Bid amounts stay the same. Mrs. Rosenthal asked that the Governing Board be made aware of the outcome.
Don Campbell moved that the Governing Board awarding a contract to either of the following companies pending the outcome of the bid protest, the first company being Layton Southwest, the apparent low bidder, and the second company being Cohen Contracting, the second-low bidder. Bid amounts stay the same. Motion carried 4-0.
(C-4) PHASE II CONSULTANT FEE FOR THE MATH/SCIENCE CLUSTER AT MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve Phase II design fees in the amount of Five Hundred Forty-Seven Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-Four and no/100ths Dollars ($547,434.00) to DWL Architects for the next phase design and construction administration for the Math/Science Cluster at Mesa Community College. Jamie Taylor, representing himself, came forward to inquire why the company could not complete the work within the original amount awarded for the project. Mr. Diaz responded that the architect selection of DWL Architects was made approximately one year before in 1996 and the scope of work was not well defined at that time. After twelve months into the project the company has a better understanding of what the college and the District desire in the project. Mr. Contreras noted that the project now includes work not included in the original master plan.
Gene Eastin moved that the Governing Board approve Phase II design fees in the amount of Five Hundred Forty-Seven Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-Four and no/100ths Dollars ($547,434.00) to DWL Architects for the next phase design and construction administration for the Math/Science Cluster at Mesa Community College. Motion carried 4-0.
(VII-A) Bond Rating and Investment of Proceeds of General Obligation Bonds, Series 1997
(VIII-A) Budget Analysis Report Summary Fund 1 - General Unrestricted Fund For the Ten Months Ended April 30, 1997
Mr. Contreras asked the audience to complete and turn in the Board Evaluation cards.
Mrs. Rosenthal noted the difference between the grading done by the audience and the Governing Board. It was suggested that perhaps the items to be monitored on the Board Evaluation cards more closely relate to the matters at hand at the Board meeting and that the Board meet at a later time to further discuss the Board Evaluation process.
NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next Governing Board meeting will be as follows: June 10, 1997
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.