AUGUST 12, 1997
A special meeting and strategic conversation 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.
Nancy Stein, President, Ed Contreras, Secretary, Linda B. Rosenthal, Member, Gene Eastin, Member, Donald R. Campbell, Member
Paul A. Elsner, William Waechter, Ron Bleed, Marilyn Anderson for Rufus Glasper, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Janice Bradshaw, Larry Christiansen, John Cordova, Art DeCabooter, Stan Grossman, Homero Lopez, Tessa Martinez Pollack, Carol Scarifiotti for Linda Thor, Arnette Ward, Phil Randolph, J. Marie Pepicello,Fred Stahl for Raul Cardenas
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by PresidentNancy Stein.
There was no executive session.
(I-A) CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENTS, RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS, AND TERMINATIONS - Approve of the Employments, Resignations, Retirements and Terminations Item as presented. Following a motion made by Dr. Campbell to approve the item as presented, Mr. Eastin requested that three names be removed from this item. He expressed concern regarding the amount of the salaries for Don Sutton and Todd Simmons. By continuing to pay some of the high salaries for recommended employments, there may not be available funds in the future. Mr. Eastin also expressed concern that it had come to his attention that a member of the administration had made an unkind remark regarding himself and Mrs. Stein, in effect stating that they (Mr. Eastin and Mrs. Stein) do not understand that the District is bigger than the Governing Board.
Mrs. Rosenthal indicated that although it is a worthy goal to reduce expenditures, the action to pull these names is not appropriate at this time, as these recommendations were made by the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors following their examinations of the positions and their determination that the salaries are in line with those positions. In response to an inquiry by Mr. Contreras, Dr. Waechter indicated that the District's management policies require no degree for any position with the exception of the position of full dean, which requires a master's degree, and the salaries for the positions in question were recommended in accordance with adopted Board policy. Dr. Waechter noted that to be competitive with the market, the District sometimes has to pay above the entry or base level of the salary grade to attract well-qualified employees and referred to the high number of reasons for terminations being "outside employment." Carol Scarifiotti came forward to speak regarding recommended employee, Todd Simmons. She indicated that Mr. Simmons is in the process of completing his masters degree and that he is being hired because of his experience and skills. Mr. Simmons is being recommended for the position once held by Verline Rader.
Mary Vanis came forward to speak regarding recommended employee, Donald Sutton. Dr. Vanis indicated the position recommended to be held by Dr. Sutton will oversee the operations of the MCC extended college, it is a one year appointment, and a pilot for a full-time position. She further indicated that Dr. Sutton has a wealth of experience commensurate with this position and his experience includes a position with a community college in Colorado. The third name requested for removal from the item by Mr. Eastin was Julie Beaty. Mr. Eastin questioned the need for a coordinator position for the Creative Pathways program office. In response to an inquiry by Mr. Contreras pertaining to the program, Dr. Waechter responded that the Board had approved the budget for the program, and the position and salary for the position were within the approved budget. Mr. Eastin requested that the Board be provided information regarding the people who have received assistance in the past two years by the Creative Pathways program.
Gene Eastin moved that the names Todd Simmons and Donald Sutton be pulled from the Employments, Resignations, Retirements and Terminations Item for salary renegotiation for their respective recommended positions. Motion did not carry 2-3. Mrs. Rosenthal, Dr. Campbell and Mr. Contreras were opposed.
Gene Eastin moved that the name Judy Beaty be removed from the Employments, Resignations, Retirements and Terminations Item for consideration and the position, Coordinator Creative Pathways, be withdrawn and eliminated. Motion did not carry 2-3. Mrs. Rosenthal, Dr. Campbell, and Mr. Contreras were opposed.
Don Campbell moved that Governing approve the Employments, Resignations, Retirements and Terminations Item as presented. Motion carried 4-1. Mr. Eastin was opposed
The Special Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.
STRATEGIC STRATEGIC ISSUES REGARDING THE ROLE OF CONVERSATION THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Art DeCabooter welcomed the group, thanked them for attending the conversation and introduced Tonya Rowell, a Scottsdale Community College student. Tonya provided an overview of the new construction at Scottsdale Community College and student activities and achievements. She then introduced the Co-chairs for the conversation, David Hallstrom and John Schwantes. David Hallstrom provided a brief history of Scottsdale Community College and related how its creation was due to the community making known its need for a college to the Governing Board and working in partnership with the District to make it happen. Credit was given to the community for the passing of the Maricopa County Community College District Bond, which is the largest bond ever passed in the nation for a community college. John Schwantes provided an overview of the agenda for the evening. He then led introductions for the community agency representatives present, who then each gave a brief overview of the service their agency provides and the partnership they have with Scottsdale Community College and the District. Phil Carlson, present on behalf of the Scottsdale Chamber/Partnership, provided information regarding his group and indicated that Scottsdale Community College has been involved with the Chamber/Partnership in its four major tasks - providing services to local businesses, promoting this community globally, private sector economic development, and public policy. Sandra Rembrandt, present on behalf of the Institute for the Celebration of Cultural Diversity, spoke regarding her office's efforts to bring about awareness of the contributions made by all people of the Southwest. The Celebration of Cultural Diversity offers such programs as sensitivity training and is housed at Scottsdale Community College. Sherri Statt, provided a report on Scottsdale Leadership, a community sponsored program to train leaders for now and in the future. She noted that Art DeCabooter was one of the founders of Scottsdale Leadership. Susan Goldsmith provided an overview of the LINKS Program, an organization that was formed to serve as a mechanism for convening and facilitating meetings between community groups, assessing the needs of the community and evaluating results. Susan noted that the community college plays a large role in this program. Bonnie Talakte presented information on the American Indian Program, a brief history of the program, an overview of the services provided, and future projects for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and surrounding tribal communities. This program is located on the Scottsdale Community College campus, providing assistance to American Indian students for over 20 years with the number of students assisted steadily increasing each year. Mark Haugen provided information regarding the Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center. This program, housed at Scottsdale Community College, offers ten high school students from the Phoenix Unified High School District the opportunity to participate in computer, math and science classes. One of the goals of the program is encourage students to stay in high school, by offering them interaction with college programs and personnel and a look at what opportunities can be available to them by staying in school and continuing their education. Alma Estefano and Kathy Breen provided information regarding the Paiute Neighborhood Center, which is a neighborhood enhancement center that brings enrichment opportunities to community residents. The Center is a collaborative effort of many community agencies to provide needed services, including recreational, cultural, and educational services. Rio Salado Community College currently offers ESL classes at the Center and Scottsdale Community College has participated in their Adopt-A-Building Program to provide an educational component. Participants were then asked to break into three groups for discussion on three questions. Each group reported back their discussion on one question, inviting the other two groups to add additional information that resulted from their small group discussions. The record reflects results for all groups for each question addressed.
Facilitators: John Silvester and Ginny Stahl.
John Silvester reported on the input received on Question No. 1: What services and skills do the community colleges provide that our communities and neighborhoods currently use?
- Extended services - senior citizens - Computer instruction - Developmental/remedial - Special/early admissions - Neighborhood development - Academic articulation with universities - Community service/leadership development - "Open"/less intimidating - Open cultural experiences - Re-careering/vocational technical - Continuing education - Community fitness center - Marshall Trimble Southwest classes - "New Frontiers" program
Facilitators: John Messer and Herman Walker.
Herman Walker reported on the input received on Question No. 2: What are the needs of our communities and neighborhoods today? How can our community colleges' skills and resources best be utilized to assist in solving these needs?
- Eliminate threat of drugs - "Drug Free" - Neighborhood revitalization - Economic disadvantages - Social points of view - Provide specialty classes - Current issues - Forum setting - Community's fragmentation - How many want to stay in this community after you graduate and why? - Incorporate logic and decision making - Ethical decision making - Environment and air quality - Investment in children - Long term investment - Forge relationships - Get to know community - Students from Mexico - Help with transition - Identify strengths of community - Leadership skills - Target key industries - Qualified young people as future employees - Realistic goals for students - Network building - Grassroots building
Facilitators: Dean Hermanson and Irwin Noyes.
Dean Hermanson reported on the input received on Question No. 3: How can we expand our activities and commitment to our communities through the year 2000?
- Acquire more resources - Provide multi-generational activities - More shared resources - Work time - volunteer time - More distance education - More alternative delivery and scheduling - Reach out for help - bring community to the college - Increase multi-agency collaborations - Get involved with welfare reform
John Schwantes noted that Art DeCabooter, Scottsdale Community College President, has been involved in collaborative efforts with all of the presented programs. John presented a plaque that was presented to Dr. DeCabooter at the Scottsdale City Council meeting, which reads, "To Dr. Arthur DeCabooter and Scottsdale Community College: On behalf of the City Council we would like to thank you and the administration of Scottsdale Community College for your unwavering service. Sam Campana."
Art DeCabooter noted that programs highlighted at this meeting were examples of collaborative partnerships held by all colleges throughout the Maricopa Community College District.
Mrs. Stein, Dr. Elsner and Dr. DeCabooter presented the President's Award to John Schwantes and David Hallstrom "in recognition and appreciation for outstanding and exemplary service to the college community."
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.