November 17, 1994
An executive session convened at 5:47 p.m., pursuant to A.R.S. [[section]]38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
A retreat and executive session of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 8:30 a.m. at the District Support Service Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona 85281.
GOVERNING BOARD Linda B. Rosenthal, President, Roy C. Amrein, Secretary, M. Grant Christensen, Member, Donald R. Campbell, Member, Nancy Stein, Member
Paul Elsner, William Waechter, Dan S. Whittemore, Ron Bleed, Janice Bradshaw, Art DeCabooter
CALL TO ORDER
The retreat was called to order at 5:30 p.m. Chancellor Paul Elsner reported on the 1994 Bond Election, including preliminary vote analysis and observations.
An executive session convened at 5:47 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:50 a.m.
(1) AADGB GOVERNANCE STUDY - Paul Elsner and Linda B. Rosenthal provided background information relating to the AADGB governance study noting that many changes have occurred in the community colleges since the State Board was established in the early 1960s. AADGB Governance Structure Proposals included: Proposal A: Replace the State Board members, appointed by county, with elected governing board members, one appointed from each district; Proposal B: Transfer authorities (as listed on information provided) exclusively to the locally elected boards, to eliminate duplication; Proposal C: Restructure the State Board to the "Arizona Coordinating Commission for Community Colleges" with composition and duties as included on the information sheet; and Proposal D: Leave the Arizona Revised Statutes as they presently are.
In response to questions from Roy C. Amrein, Linda B. Rosenthal explained that the State Board had not been involved in the study as it was a Trustee study, that changes in the structure of the State Board are accomplished through legislative action, and that Carver principles may not apply to State Board governance. Roy C. Amrein asked what impact these recommendations might have on creating an adversarial position between the State Board and the District, and expressed concerns relating to the lack of inclusion of State Board input into the study, AADGB authority, and a need for improved communication. Dr. Amrein expressed support for Proposal D and expressed his respect for the amount of time and effort expended on this study and related activities by the MCCCD Board Chair. Dr. Amrein stated that he felt the State Board would appreciate hearing our concerns about State Board governance.
Chancellor Elsner clarified that other community college districts, not MCCCD, initiated the AADGB study. Mr. Ullman later supported this statement.
Donald R. Campbell expressed support for Proposal D indicated that he felt a State committee should review the governance role of the State Board. Nancy Stein expressed support for Proposal D.
Jim Ullman expressed his hope that some open dialogue between the districts and the State Board could occur during the coming year. Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. noted problems between the districts and the State Board relating to the curriculum approval process. Mr. Ullman acknowledged that there may be problems with the process and suggested that a review of the rules might be in order.
Visitors Herman Walker, Jack Van Cleave, John Hunt and Nancy Coryell from Scottsdale Community College, and Olemuel Cox from Kitchell Corporation were introduced.
(2) CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - Arlen Solochek provided an update on the Capital Program process. The following projects were discussed: the purchase of land adjacent to Chandler-Gilbert Community College; building purchase for Rio Salado Community College; status of negotiations with Temple Beth Israel to purchase property; Skill Center refinancing; northeast Scottsdale development; West Valley Skill Center; and Williams Air Force Base. Dr. Elsner noted that legislative appropriations not bond funds will be used for programs at Williams Air Force Base. A one hundred ten million dollar bond sale is projected for February 1995. It was noted that rising interest rates are a factor in moving toward this date and that a trip to New York to make a bond presentation might be required of a board member.
Nancy Stein inquired about a timetable for covering operating costs for facilities provided by bond funds. Arlen Solochek noted that careful planning is being done to assure operating funds prior to construction of facilities.
Mr. Solochek then discussed adoption of Capital Development Policies and Procedures, determination of which projects are first, "speed governors" on the capital process, agreement/adoption of procedure for operating costs, what's been/being done, a proposed capital process, and a proposed project schedule.
The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.
Roy C. Amrein