MAY 28, 2002
An executive session and regular meeting of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 5:30 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.
Nancy Stein, President
Ed Contreras, Secretary
Linda B. Rosenthal, Member
Gene Eastin, Member
Donald R. Campbell, Member
Ernie Lara for Homero Lopez
Patti Johnson for Arnette Ward
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by President Nancy Stein.
The Governing Board met in executive session, notice having been previously given.
The meeting recessed at 6:20 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:34 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Eastin led the assembly in the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America.
No citizens came forward.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Mrs. Stein reported that she had attended Water Safety Day at MCC and the Maricopa Community College Outstanding Music Performance Concert at SCC. She also gave the graduation speeches at the Rio Salado GED and Regular Graduation Ceremonies, and attended the GateWay Community College Nursing Pinning Program and the Chandler-Gilbert Graduation.
Dr. Gaskin recognized Dr. Gardea on receiving the University of Texas at Austin College of Education Distinguished Graduate Award.
Dr. Gaskin reported that the Phoenix area has been successful in attracting the International Genomics Consortium announced last week. At a recent press conference, the Maricopa Community College District pledged money from Proposition 301 monies for training in this area.
Dr. Gaskin also reported receiving a phone call from Governor Hull in which she was seeking $20 million in contributions for the International Genome Consortium project and the Arizona Bio Institute. It is expected that there will be an agenda item on the June 4 meeting to discuss possibilities of how the Maricopa Community Colleges can contribute an additional $1 million to the project.
There was no report.
There was no report.
EMPLOYEE GROUP REPORTS
Rachel Hollingsworth came forward on behalf of the Professional Staff Association to report on a diversity workshop the PSA
employee group is hosting at Estrella Mountain Community College on May 30. She urged managers to encourage and allow their professional staff personnel to attend. The topic of the workshop will be Increasing Intercultural Competence and will be presented by Marie Parker and Emily Weinacker of the Employee and Organizational Learning Department.
Dr. Larry Christiansen introduced Dr. Brad Kincaid, Chair of the MCC Life Science Department. Dr. Kincaid provided information on the Biotechnology Program of Study being offered on the MCC campus. This AAS Degree includes the study of microorganisms, DNA technology, as well as cellular and molecular biology. He indicated that our society is in the initial stages of understanding this concept and although employment in this field is limited at this point in time, it is expected that the workforce in this area will expand in the future. The program was instituted in 1997 through the efforts of former faculty member Linda Wagner and includes the training of students as technicians, training students who want to transfer to university bio-tech programs, certification of program completion, and offerings of workshops and internships pertaining to this industry. Members of the Governing Board congratulated them on this fine program. Mr. Eastin encouraged them to work with Glendale Community College on the possibility of incorporating a similar program on their campus.
Dr. Linda Thor introduced Carl Matthusen, General Manager KJZZ/KBAQ/SS, who provided information about awards received recently through the Associated Press Competition and the International Association of Audio Information Services Conference. In the A/P competition, six of their employees received awards and the radio stations won a total of thirteen awards in nine categories, five were first place, six were second place awards and two were third place. Awards at these two competitions included Reporter of the Year Award, Regional Feature Reporting Award, the C. Stanley Potter Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Awareness Award, and Best Program Award.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT REPORT
There were no reports.
STATE BOARD REPORT
Nick Balich reported on the sizing down of the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges both in staffing and budget. They will work with five full-time employees and an annual budget of $237,000, however, they will retain their 17 member board. He stated that although he was not surprised by these changes because of their ineffectiveness, he was disappointed in the way this reorganization was handled because it sets a precedent. He further stated that there will be no impact to the Maricopa Community College District and, in fact, he felt they would continue to flourish. He encouraged the Maricopa Colleges to continue to focus their efforts on workforce development, child and healthcare.
Linda Rosenthal reported that a special meeting was held on May 2 to review and discuss the changes the community college districts would face if the State Board changes were instituted. Mrs. Rosenthal wanted to go on record that these changes were not initiated by anyone person but rather through legislative action.
Jack Lunsford reported on federal legislative initiatives including the Perkins Act, the Higher Education Reauthorization, the Accountability Measures and Teacher Prep Sub Groups. Chris Bustamante provided an update on the reduction of State Board of Directors duties and responsibilities. He shared good news that although budgets were reduced by 3.1% through this past legislative session, the Maricopa Community Colleges will receive an increase in state aid in FY 2003 over the revised FY 2002 appropriation levels by approximately $2 million. No budget cuts were made to the dual enrollment programs as previously proposed by the Governor.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
There were none.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
President Stein requested a motion to approve the agenda.
MOTION MOTION NO. 9106
Don Campbell moved that the Governing Board agenda be approved. Motion carried 5-0.
CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT AGENDA
President Stein asked for any requests to remove items from the Consent Agenda. Mrs. Rosenthal requested that item B-1 be
removed and Mr. Eastin requested that items C-1, D-5 and D-6 be removed from the Consent Agenda.
The following items are included in the Consent Agenda:
(A-1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES - of the April 23, 2002 Governing Board Meeting, the April 25, 2002 Governing Board Retreat, and May 14 Work Session.
(D-1) CURRICULUM - Approve the curricula as proposed.
(D-2) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT: RIO SALADO COLLEGE AND CITY OF PHOENIX HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT ADULT BASIC EDUCAITON AND ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES CLASSES FY 2002-2003 - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement for $9,555 between Rio Salado College and the City of Phoenix for a continuation grant to provide Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages classes for two of the City's Human Service Centers.
(D-3) AGREEMENT FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT WITH WEST PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL - Authorize entry into agreements on behalf of the Maricopa Community College District with West Phoenix High School for their dual enrollment program.
(D-4) PIPER TRUST GRANT FOR KBAQ/KJZZ - Accept a grant for KBAQ and KJZZ from the Virginia G. Piper Trust in the amount of $250,000. Consistent with the provisions of the grant, an expenditure period starting June 1, 2002 and ending June 30, 2004 is requested.
(D-7) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN MARICOPA SKILL CENTER (MSC) AND DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY DES/COMMUNITY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (CSA) FOR JULY 1, 2002 - JUNE 30, 2003 - REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM TRAINING CONTRACT - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with the DES/Community services Administration for a Job Training Contract. This contract will last from July 1, 2002-June 30, 2003.
(D-8) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN MARICOPA SKILL CENTER (MSC) AND DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY DES/COMMUNITY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (CSA) FOR JULY 1, 2002 - JUNE 30, 2003 - REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM LIFE SKILLS CONTRACT - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with the DES/Community Services Administration for a Life Skills Training Contract. This contract will last from July 1, 2002-June 30, 2003
(D-9) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEENT BETWEEN CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND TOWN OF GILBERT IN SUPPORT OF THE LEADERSHIP CENTRE - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the Town of Gilbert in support of The Leadership Centre.
(D-10) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEENT BETWEEN GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND DES DEPARTMENT OF CHILD CARE ADMINISTRATION - Accept the unilateral amendment to Intergovernmental Agreement (signed in July 1999) for $73,247 between Glendale Community College and the Arizona Department of Economic Security/Child Care Administration for the term July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003 to conduct the GCC/DES Academic Training Program.
(D-11) GENERAL MOTORS TRAINING CENTER - GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve an increase of the contract agreement that was approved at the December 11, 2001 Governing Board Meeting. The increase in the amount of $80,459 is to fund an additional corporate trainer to instruct and facilitate technical training and assessment for General Motors dealership automotive technicians. The contract period is from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002
(D-12) A MULTIFACETED PROJECT FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COLLABORATION GRANT PROGRAM - MCCD & ASU EAST - Accept a grant award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $180,000 to the Maricopa Community Colleges for a three year collaborate grant program with Arizona State University - East Campus. The project will begin June 1, 2002 and will end May 31, 2005.
(D-13) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE GLENDALE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between GateWay Community College and the Glendale Union High School District on behalf of Greenway, Glendale, and Sunnyslope High Schools. This agreement is for training and support services to be provided to Greenway, Glendale, and Sunnyslope High Schools, Cisco Local Academies, for a total annual fee of $7,500.
(D-14) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND GLOBE HIGH SCHOOL - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between GateWay Community College and Globe High School. This agreement is for training and support services to be provided to Globe High School, a Cisco Local Academy, for a total annual fee of $5,000.
(D-15) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT - Authorize an Intergovernmental Agreement between GateWay Community College and the Phoenix Union High School District No. 210 on behalf of Metro Tech Vocational Institute of Phoenix for dual enrollment.
(D-16) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between GateWay Community College and the Scottsdale Unified School District on behalf of Coronado High School. This agreement is for training and support services to be provided to Coronado High School, a Cisco Local Academy, for a total annual fee of $5,000.
(D-17) INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND SAN CARLOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #20 - Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Mesa Community College and San Carlos Unified School District #20 on behalf of San Carlos High School. This agreement is for training and support services to be provided to San Carlos High School, a Cisco Local Academy, for an annual fee of $2500.00.
(D-18) SUPPORT OF MATEC ANNUAL CONFERENCE - Accept a grant from the Intel Foundation to the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC) for $85,000. This funding will be used to support the annual conference by providing specific workshop support, faculty sponsorships and general conference sponsorship.
(D-19) MATH AND SCIENCE PATHWAYS COMMUNITY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS - Accept a grant from the Intel Foundation to the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC) for $70,000. The objective of this project is to provide a unique opportunity for the high tech industry, middle and high schools, two and four year educational institutions to cooperate on how to best address and meet the workforce needs of the community. A series of one-day workshops at multiple sites will be convened to accomplish this goal.
(E-1) CHANGE ORDER FOR KOMATKE HALL EXPANSION & REMODELING AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Approve awarding a contract increase to Norquay Construction, Inc., in the amount of Two Hundred Eighty-Eight Thousand Two Hundred Sixteen and no/100ths Dollars ($288,216.00) for site development work for the construction of a south wall; an element of the Komatke Hall Expansion and Remodeling Project.
(E-2) CONTRACT AWARD FOR A NEW PAINT SPRAY BOOTH AT THE MARICOPA SKILL CENTER - Approve awarding a contract in the amount of One Hundred Thirty-Four Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-Seven and no/100ths Dollars ($134,337.00) to KGM Builders, Inc. for the construction of a new paint spray booth at the Maricopa Skill Center.
MOTION MOTION NO. 9107
Linda Rosenthal moved that the Consent Agenda be approved with the exception of items B-1, C-1, D-5, and D-6. Motion carried 5-0.
MOTION MOTION NO. 9108
(B-1) ARMING OF COLLEGE SAFETY OFFICERS - Maintain the current practice that college safety employees of the Maricopa Community College District not be permitted to carry firearms or similar weapons in the course of duty.
Mrs. Rosenthal moved that our practice be changed to allow certified safety officers to carry firearms. She moved that those present to speak to this issue be allowed to come forward.
Will McFadden, Director of College Safety at Phoenix College, came forward to request that college safety officers be authorized to carry firearms due to their peace officer standard certification. He stated that there is a disturbing trend towards more violence. The majority of college safety officers have prior police officer experience and their education is on a bachelor's or master's levels. The inability to carry firearms precludes hiring and recruiting better qualified employees and sends a message that officers are expendable. By approving the ability to carry firearms, the capability of adequately protecting employees and students is increased. He stated that this would be a politically correct decision in view of the upcoming bond, and that it is also the right thing to do.
Debra Palok, College Safety Director at Glendale Community College, came forward to state that in view of the increase in violence in today's society, prevention and preparation should be our focus. Although weapons may not be necessary, liability is another area of concern. Ruth Unks, MCCD Risk Manager, has stated that we are more at risk by not arming.
Charles Summers, Director of College Safety at Estrella Mountain Community College, quoted the Executive Director of National School Safety Center, who stated that "Schools are being held more and more accountable for the safety of their campuses." Mr. Summers further stated that Phoenix and Arizona have lead the country in crime. We are a critical incident waiting to happen and are choosing to be reactive rather than proactive. To remain status quo is to regress.
George Richards, City of Phoenix South Mountain Precinct Commander, came forward to encourage the practice of allowing college safety officers to carry firearms. To disallow is to be irresponsible and wrong. College safety officers are not paid according to what they do but what they are willing to do.
Governing Board Members discussion ensued with the following commentary:
Linda Rosenthal: Stated she believes very strongly about this issue and that this needs to be done. This is a very emotional issue to have to decide and wanted to thank everyone for their comments. She feels that MCCD is going to be liable if it does not allow officers to carry arms and doesn't see what the hesitancy is to change policy. She questioned what the risk exposure would be if the policy is not changed and urged fellow board members to vote in favor of changing the policy.
Gene Eastin: Asked for Dr. Gaskin to express his opinion on this issue. Mr. Eastin also spoke about the retreat held in April and that he did not hear any incidents which merited carrying guns.
Ed Contreras: Commented that he had watched the video from the retreat of April 25 on this topic and also read the transcript. He did not feel that the comments justified the need to carry firearms.
Don Campbell: Commented that our presence was meant to educate students and not guard prisoners. Just as we serve as a model for the nation in educating students, we should be a model for those who are out there carrying guns. He felt we should be trying to speak to those communities about not carrying guns. Violence is not an escalating issue on our campuses. Guns escalate the issue. He lives in an area of Phoenix where people are afraid to go and yet has never had a gun pulled on him.
Nancy Stein: Commented that our liability would be greater if we don't change the policy and allow college safety officers to carry firearms. She questioned why these officers go through all of this training and yet do not allow them to arm themselves. Believes in the safety of everyone on the campuses.
Dr. Gaskin expressed his appreciation to everyone for their remarks. He expressed that he has great respect for the work that all college safety officers perform, however, he recommended that the firearms policy not be changed.
Mrs. Rosenthal moved that this action item be tabled for further discussion with other employee groups, students, and campuses. Dr. Campbell moved to approve the proposed action item. The action item was tabled. Motion to table was approved 3-2 (Dr. Campbell and Mr. Eastin voted no.)
MOTION MOTION NO. 9109
(C-1) CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENTS, RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND TERMINATIONS - Approve the recommended personnel actions as presented including the typographical correction of Portsmouth University for the new employment of James Tuohy; the blanket correction to the start date of August 19, 2002 for Janet Brooks (GCC), Julia Johnson (GCC), Susan Mayer (GCC), Lynn Newman (GCC), Jeanne Dial (GWC), and Darby Heath (CGCC); and, the additional separations of Raul Cardenas (retirement effective July 6, 2002), and Patricia Shadid (involuntary termination effective May 28, 2002).
Gene Eastin questioned whether the nine faculty positions listed under new hires were part of the proposed twenty-five faculty new hires. Dr. Phil Randolph responded that he would find out the answer to Mr. Eastin's question.
Linda Rosenthal moved that the personal actions be approved as presented including the typographical correction of Portsmouth University for the new employment of James Tuohy; the blanket correction to the start date of August 19, 2002 for Janet Brooks (GCC), Julia Johnson (GCC), Susan Mayer (GCC), Lynn Newman (GCC), Jeanne Dial (GWC), and Darby Heath (CGCC); and, the additional separations of Raul Cardenas (retirement effective July 6, 2002), and Patricia Shadid (involuntary termination effective May 28, 2002). Motion carried 5-0.
MOTION MOTION NO. 9110
(D-5) FACULTY HIRING QUALIFICATIONS IN ANTHROPOLOGY - Approve the additional faculty hiring qualifications for anthropology faculty that are recommended by the Anthropology Instructional Council.
(D-6) FACULTY HIRING QUALIFICATIONS IN MATHEMATICS - Approve the faculty hiring qualifications for mathematics faculty as recommended by the Mathematics Instructional Council and the Deans of Instruction.
Gene Eastin commented that he was not opposed to the recommendations but rather his concern pertained to the inconsistency of Master's degrees requirements for faculty. He would like to see the formation of an advisory committee that could work on standardizing faculty hiring qualifications.
Dr. Solley responded that these two hiring qualification recommendations were amendments to the hiring qualifications for faculty members which were approved at the April 23, 2002 Governing Board meeting due to the discontinuation of certification at a State Board level. These hiring qualifications were developed by the Faculty Executive Council and Instructional Councils.
Dr. Gaskin recommended approval of the proposed changes and indicated that he would make arrangements to have the process explained further at the next meeting in order to address Mr. Eastin's concerns.
Dr. Don Campbell moved to approve the additional faculty hiring qualifications for anthropology and mathematics faculty as recommended by the Anthropology Instructional Council and Mathematics Instructional Council and the Deans of Instruction. Motion carried 5-0.
(VII.A.) Recommendation for the Governing Board Adoption of the Maricopa Strategic Plan
Dr. Rufus Glasper called attention to this information item pertaining the proposed adoption of the Maricopa Community College Strategic Plan. Dr. Glasper commented that this plan was a recommendation on behalf of the Governing Board as a means of achieving Maricopa Community Colleges desired future and developing a strategic edge in the postsecondary market. Six Strategic initiatives have been recommended as the focus out of twenty that were brought forward. Dr. Glasper reiterated that this plan is multifaceted in scope and is a work in process. This plan is to be used as a means of proactively planning for the future rather than having the future of the Maricopa Community Colleges dictated to them.
(VII.B.) 2002/2003 Temporary Pay Rates
(VII.C.) Recommendation for the Governing Board Adoption of the Maricopa Guiding Principles
Dr. Rufus Glasper came forward to present the initial set of Guiding Principles prior to adoption at the next regular Governing Board Meeting. This adoption will provide a strong foundation upon which each College may address and develop behavioral standards and establish a firm commitment to ethical standards.
(VII.D.) Proposed Governing Board Policy Awarding of Emeritus Distinction
The proposed Governing Board Policy of Awarding Emeritus Distinction is amended to read that the twenty years of full-time service in the Maricopa District need not be in one job position and that it need not be associated with the candidate's last position held prior to retirement.
Mrs. Rosenthal questioned where Vice Chancellors would be listed.
(VI.A.) Budget Analysis Report Summary
Fund 1 - General Unrestricted Fund
For the Ten Months Ending April 30, 2002
NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next Governing Board meeting will be a Truth in Taxation, Special Meeting, and Strategic Conversation on June 4, 2002 scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.
Governing Board Secretary