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Adopted Minutes
June 3, 2003
Special Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Canady, Heywood (was present telephonically), Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Absent: None

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

MAHE Budget Presentation

No one was present from MAHE to give the budget presentation.

Kyle Huss - My name is Kyle Huss. I'm the training director for AIS Construction Equipment. I came here on my own because I've heard there have been some concerns through the Board members about the AIS training. As you may know or may not know we run right we're running the heavy equipment operation program with Lansing Community College and we're in the process of running the heavy equipment repair programs. AIS is over a 40-year-old company. We have over 500 employees, 130 technicians state-wide. Ten years ago we started the training center. The reason being, first of all, to train our technicians because of the change in technology. Once we started the training program there was a need from contractors (inaudible) General Motors was one of them that was really pushing it at the time for operator training. There?s very limited operator training in Michigan and even in the United States , so we hired a person part-time to come on and do some (inaudible) operator training. Since then we have had two full-time operator trainers. We train anyone from?we train General Motors, Michigan State University, cities, counties, municaplities, the general public, students in training going through the Michigan Works program. We are, AIS, is a non-union organization. Ironically, 80 to 90% of all our training is done by union organizations. Reason being, number one, especially on the County level, they need operator training and when they called the operator union in Howell, they direct them to us to provide that training for them. We have since last year we trained over 200 operators and the process bypassing that this year. As you may know we started the LCC operation program?we're into our second group that's going through that program?we have over $600,000 of equipment that the students are able to use to run equipment. Between the $600,000 piece of equipment they get to run the oldest machine as 1997. So, they're getting the latest technology, the latest equipment to run. We have very good instructors. We had a local contractor Parish Port, I hired their equipment supervisor; he comes in and helps us train the students to help him keep up to date and let us know?to help us know what they need to be trained on. So, that's what I wanted to talk about first; the LCC operation program. Secondly, we're in process of starting the heavy equipment repair program with Lansing Community College . I'm also very excited about that because that's what we do, AIS, we sell, we repair heavy equipment. I have a repair background and the struggles we have as a company and as an industry as a whole is there's not many heavy equipment repair programming out there. The few that are they're limited on the components they have and the equipment they have. I'm a Ferris State grad. I went up there because they had a (inaudible) program. My diesel engine class I put out an engine and had components missing and it didn?t even run. AIS, we have over 14 diesel engines that run. So the student will be able to start it up, tear down, assemble it, start it back up when they're done, so they can get a sense of hey I accomplished something and it also has a lot to do with their grade. You?re looking at roughly $200,000 in diesel engines. We have over 16 transmissions that they will be tearing down and repairing. We have over 100 hydraulic pumps and hydraulic cylinders and the reason is we're a heavy equipment repair facility. So we have the materials available. A lot of the programs may have components. The struggle we have, and myself as a graduate, you would interview a student that graduated maybe from Ferris State or Northwest College in the heavy equipment repair program. They can tell you all day how a diesel engine works, they can tell you all day how an injection pump works, but when it came to pulling off a starter or injection pump off a real live machine they couldn?t do that because they didn?t have those machines to do that. We have over 100 piece of equipment on site that once we go through the disassembly and assembly and rebuild (inaudible) real life, tear down point of exchange on those pieces of equipment. Also, we train them to run a piece of equipment. Nothing more discouraging than hiring a student who spent ten?s, twenty thousands of dollars to go through a program and they come to work for me when I was the service manager of the company, or any company, and they can sit there and say I know how the engine works, but I can't go out and start that bull dozer and bring it in the bay. So, those are some things as far as the heavy equipment repair program which is going to put this program not only in the state of Michigan, but in the United States to being a superior program that's much needed out there. So, that's something I wanted to talk about and if you had any questions on those (inaudible). We have at this time?we're a proprietary school, AIS is a proprietary school recognized by the state of Michigan . Secondly, we're in the process of getting nationally recognized by AED, and AED is the Association of Equipment Distributors. It's a foundation much like NATEC is with the trucking industry and automotive. And what has happened is heavy equipment manufacturers, trucking industry, distributors have seen all of these heavy equipment programs dropping. Number one reason, they're very costly. There?s not that many students going through it. To get one engine you're talking 30, 40 thousand dollars to get a new engine. Well, that's some programs complete budget. When numbers are down we don't know that. Things start going on the way side. So, they have got money from manufacturers and distributors to get this foundation started. What this foundation is doing is certifying programs to meet their criteria. So these programs?right now there's a half dozen or more heavy equipment programs in the United States and each program is doing their own thing what they feel is more important. This foundation is going to these programs saying this is what the industry wants, this is what you should be teaching your students. Lastly, we have been working with Eaton ISD for five years now. We started out with low enrollment and now we're up to 80 students. Those 80 students come out they're from Ingham, Eaton, as far as Gratiot we got some students from Stockbridge coming up. They are being taught in equipment repair and operation. Out of those 80 students I would hope that would be a good feeding grounds for both of these programs. What better opportunity than to talk to those students if they're interested in this industry, hey, we have a program right here and in the city of Lansing . So, those are some things I wanted to mention. And in closing, AIS, we've been in business over 40 years. We've always prided ourselves on excellence and our training centers have stated to provide superior education at a fair price and I think with both of these?I know with both of these programs it will be superior education and it will be a fair price and in most cases it is the pricing of these programs are much less than the competition.

Trustee Pelleran stated that it was a start up program and there were some concerns with students who were in your first program. She asked Mr. Huss to shed some light on the students? satisfaction.

Mr. Huss explained that there were two things they ran into. One reason was their eagerness to begin the program and they started Introduction to Equipment in the summer. In the fall semester operations began. He explained that this winter was one of the worst winters in terms of frost in the ground. They thought that by the end of January the frost would have started to break. This did not happen and they ran into problems of doing some operation when there is approximately five feet of frost in the ground. Mr. Huss stated that they have reworked the program to have the operations portion of the program begin in the summer. The second reason was the program lost an instructor to the war. Then he and others had to come in take over a program. He felt the some students were not used to the new instructor and had some concerns. Mr. Huss indicated that the students are now pleased. He said that the contract limits one machine per three students; however, they're placing two students per one machine. Mr. Huss stated that for the past two months they have had eight pieces of equipment for eight students to assist them in getting caught up on their lab. He said that out of the eight students in the program six students have jobs as heavy equipment operators. The second group of students half of them already have jobs in the industry.

Trustee Pelleran asked if the students that participated in the Eaton Intermediate School District program are going through the program at the College.

Mr. Huss responded that two students that graduated recently are enrolled in the heavy equipment repair program. Several juniors are planning to take the operation program when they graduate from high school.

Trustee Holden asked if the clients from Michigan Works are channeled to LCC to seek training.

Mr. Huss responded that they look at their options because they offer a six-week course that runs 40 hours a week. He also mentions the three-semester program that the College offers.

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Ralph Hansen - My name is Ralph Hansen. I am the CTE director for Eaton Intermediate School District . I've presented to this Board before on presentation on a number of students at Eaton Intermediate School District contracts with Lansing Community College to educate and train. We have been in partnership with the College for going on I believe next year is our 30th year. Many of you know that it has been a very successful partnership. Going into next year we have approximately 700 students that have enrolled in technical education programs that are offered by Eaton Intermediate School District . All but two of those programs are held here on campus. Those two programs are our building trades or our construction program, which is housed at our Charlotte facility. Of which we have an agreement with the College for articulated credit. For the programs that are here on campus we have direct credit opportunities for those students. The other program that is off campus that we operate is our AIS heavy equipment program. In 2000-2001 we had 18 students enrolled in that program. Going into next year we have 80 students enrolled in that program. Those students are coming as far away as Ithaca , Gratiot County . Ingham Intermediate School District (inaudible) alluded to that. Many of the students that attend programs here on campus we will or you will see them as college students. The last survey that we did and statistics show that about 50% of the students that come here for a class in Automotive, in Business Management, and whatever will return here. Some of them may have come anyways, but our statistics show 50%. I can't show that for the AIS. Because what I haven?t been able to do on AIS is to share with the counselors and the students a syllabus, a syllabi of college courses that this program aligns with. And that's what I can do for the automotive program, for the hospitality program, for the auto body program. I can align what we do by contracting with you with what it takes now to get an Associates Degree or certificate of achievement. that's what I came here tonight to do is to ask the Board to consider a partnership with AIS Heavy Equipment, so that I can take my 80 students; 80 of the probably best kids we have in our programs. If you see them and you meet them, you?d hire them to allow them the opportunity?the same opportunity that the students that I have contracted here that are attending your facility here. It's a wonderful program. I can attest to the satisfaction, student satisfaction, and the parents? satisfaction by giving you this scenario. We have a first year program that right now is two sections; we have 29 students enrolled in that. Next year because it will be a second year program we allow 20 students to return. That means nine students we had to choose who didn?t return. I had nine telephone calls from parents on why their son or daughter couldn?t return to the program. To the point where please explain to me why my attorney shouldn?t contact you to find out why my son or daughter can't come back to this program. that's the popularity of this program. They're all interested in making sure that their son or daughter has the opportunity to land that high skill, high wage job that we're all in the business to do. So, again I come before you as a member of Eaton Intermediate School District?s Career Education?s staff; someone who's responsible for something that happens to these students after high school. And as a member (inaudible) DeWitt, to provide an opportunity for these students. Again, I will answer any questions that wouldn?t tax my knowledge too much or at least numbers wise without having an opportunity to research it.

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Trustee Pelleran asked with the heavy equipment operator program that is through the ISD were there any issues with weather and scheduling the use of equipment.

Mr. Hansen responded, no because they did not go into much operation. Their program dealt with teaching the students to operate the equipment well enough to get it into the bay in order to repair it. He said that because of the nature of the high school programs they are there for 180 days for 2 hours a day, so what cannot be done one week may be done four weeks from now. However, in a 6 or 12-week program such as the College has, it is limited.

Trustee Pelleran asked if the EISD program was just the mechanic program not the operator program.

Mr. Hansen responded that was correct.

Intellectual Property Policy

President Cunningham stated that this was an issue that Trustee Rasmusson brought forward given the fact that the College is doing a lot in terms of information technology, strategic planning book, Annual Results Inventory models that Mr. Cerny and others have been diligently working on. She said that it is important to make certain that all of that is captured, copyrighted, or patented before the College begins to be a service provider to other community colleges and business and industry. It is important that the College and Mr. Cerny gets recognition or ownership of that. President Cunningham asked Trustee Rasmusson if that was correct.

Trustee Rasmusson responded that his motion would be that the administration examine the question whether to copyright the measures that were developed by the College and Mr. Glenn Cerny for costing out classes and programs and report back to the Board in 60 days. He said that this is seen in only the best run businesses such as financial institutions and investment organizations. Trustee Rasmusson stated that the College has developed something very useful and the College deserves credit.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Rasmusson and supported by Trustee Canady to authorize the administration to explore the question of whether to copyright the measures that were developed by the College and Mr. Glenn Cerny for costing out classes and programs and report back to the Board in 60 days.

Ayes: Canady, Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

2003-2004 Proposed Budget

Mr. Glenn Cerny provided a PowerPoint presentation to the Board regarding the 2003-2004 proposed budget (the presentation is on file with the official board materials).

Trustee Heywood understood that there are some non-labor associated items in the course fees. However, several months when the Board was presented with course fees for approval that he voted no on what came up was that over 50% of the costs in the course fees were directly related to labor costs. He asked of all of the proposed increases, what is the percentage that is labor versus non-labor issues.

Vice President VanKempen responded that it depends on the particular course. The tuition covers the standard amount of time that a faculty member would lecture and that is incorporated into the tuition. However, if there is a laboratory where the contact hours are more than credit hour, then that would add costs. If there are support in the laboratory, that would also add costs. Vice President VanKempen said that there are some additional labor costs that do go into those course fees.

Trustee Heywood requested to get breakdown for the proposed course fees.

Vice President VanKempen responded yes and it depends on the course. He stated that through the course fee approval request form indicates which portion is labor and which portion is non-labor such as equipment, supplies, or materials.

Trustee Heywood stated that would be helpful if the Board had that information.

Several Board members highlighted the fact that the Board did receive that information in their packets.

Trustee Heywood stated the idea of going to contact hour fee schedule versus the credit hour is going to be an appropriate choice. He said that the President has been promising for a year and half to provide that information to the Board and they are still waiting. Trustee Heywood felt that increasing course fees is a back door way of increasing tuition and it is inappropriate.

President Cunningham responded that she doesn?t believe it has been quite that long; however, she would rather wait another semester to bring the Board accurate and complete information. President Cunningham explained that there were very complex formulas that were attached to this as you look at healthcare or aviation when you go to contact hours. She said that there was another suggestion to review block tuition and in order to provide the Board a complete and accurate report she would like to wait another semester. President Cunningham stated that this topic was not a direct request from the Board, but it was an issue she brought to them. The administration would be reviewing it in order to provide a complete, accurate, and thorough report, and the Board could expect this information some time in the fall.

Chairperson Jeffries reminded Trustee Heywood that at the May 16, 2003 special meeting there was a discussion regarding the contact hour versus credit hour issue and it was discussed that a recommendation would be forwarded to the Board sometime in September or October.

Trustee Pelleran asked Mr. Cerny to clarify what is included in the supplies, expenses, and grant match figure on Attachment C. She requested a breakdown of that figure.

Mr. Cerny responded that figure includes items such as the janitorial services, Clark Construction, Hobbs and Black contracts, and the travel budget for each division. He said that the match for the Perkins grant is also included as well as the supplies and utility costs for the College. Mr. Cerny stated that it was a quite extensive list and it would be helpful to find out what Trustee Pelleran was specifically looking for.

Trustee Pelleran stated that once again the Board is being asked to raise tuition and course fees and she knows the Deans have reviewed this budget over the last several months and offered their insight regarding what they need in their divisions to operate. However, the Board is considering increasing tuition and fees and she?d like to review what the College is doing with operations and also asking if the departments can operate a little leaner with their supplies and expenses. She feels that this is a legitimate question based on the possibility of increasing tuition and course fees.

Chairperson Jeffries said that it appears there was a 4% increase from last year?s budget in this line item. He asked where did that increase come from.

Mr. Cerny responded that since the College now has two campuses. Part of the increase includes redundancy in physical plant operations, the lease of the catholic conference building, utility costs for the M-TEC. He said that next year those are going to be gone and if you take these components out, essentially the College has reduced the budget in that area by one to two percent.

President Cunningham stated that every Dean could possibly attest to the fact that they had decreased their supplies budget.

Trustee Heywood referred to Attachment E. He asked how the exterior masonry projects would impact students.

President Cunningham responded that it makes the campus more attractive for the students to attend school. She said the maintenance and preservation of the buildings is necessary to avoid a situation where the buildings are not functional because they have haven?t been maintained. President Cunningham asked Dean Bill Darr to further address Trustee Heywood?s question.

Dean Darr responded that currently Dart Auditorium is being worked on. There was moisture penetrating the west wall from the steam leak in the mechanical room and also a roof leak. He reminded the Board of the buildings maintenance schedule that was done in 1999, which included different firms having evaluated the envelopes of the building, windows, doors, masonry, outside sidewalks, mechanical, and electrical portions of the buildings. The interior of each building was evaluated as well. A projected plan for the next 10 years was developed and it included the annual costs for maintenance, which was a $30 million projection. Dean Darr explained that this is planned maintenance of the facilities so the College is not in a position similar to other school systems that have extensive repairs.

President Cunningham stated that students have provided their feedback regarding the physical appearance of the campus because it can become a learning hindrance. She said that some students prefer to take classes in the Technology Learning Center versus the Old Central building probably due to the physical appearance of the building. President Cunningham said that we don't want to get into a position where students will not want to take classes here, or people will not want to rent the Dart.

Trustee Holden reminded the Board that former Vice President of Finance, Barbara Larson, provided information to them regarding the amount that should be allocated every year to the maintenance of the buildings.

Chairperson Jeffries highlighted the fact that all of this discussion has been part of the facilities master plan, which is reviewed every fall.

Trustee Heywood asked for clarification regarding the following items: Architectural work to the Arts and Sciences building; campus-wide site improvements; and campus wide miscellaneous projects.

Dean Darr responded that every year a Facilities Planning Team collects requests from the Divisions of minor renovations for program improvement and the team evaluates that list. Out of the $3 million that is set aside each year, $250,000 is used towards those types of projects. He said that they?ve been concentrating on upgrading the Arts and Science building.

President Cunningham asked Trustee Heywood if Dean Darr?s response answered his question.

Trustee Heywood responded that it did not answer his question regarding the architectural project for the Arts and Sciences building, which has approximately $550,000 budgeted. He said that he would like a list of those projects.

Dean Darr responded that the project includes some of the following items: repairing doors, fixing walls, repairing the steps, and the banisters.

Chairperson Jeffries asked Trustee Heywood if he had any additional questions.

Trustee Heywood responded that Dean Darr?s response was satisfactory.

Trustee Pelleran stated that last year?s budget there was some savings and when the College was hit with cuts by the State, we were able to weather those economic blows a little bit easier. She asked what that number was.

Chairperson Jeffries thought what was discussed last year was that there seemed to be a process that the College employed where monies were left in reserves. He said that there was a greater effort for last year?s budget and this year?s budget to monitor more closely in terms of what the actual revenues and expenses are.

President Cunningham stated that there is a conscious effort to get to a zero balance at the end of year and that has not always been the case. This year it was around $300,000 out of a $94 million budget.

Mr. Cerny showed a spreadsheet of the budget breakdowns for each division. He highlighted that $2.8 million was reduced from the ISCD, Executive Office, and Administrative Services divisions. The budget was then reallocated to the instructional areas, specifically the Health Careers and developmental education areas.

Trustee Pelleran asked for a copy of the spreadsheet Mr. Cerny was showing and the breakdown for the prior two budget cycles with the departments as well.

Trustee Holden stated that the maintenance and replacement funding has been a part of the campaign for the trustee election. Some of the candidates have said that the College should use this money before laying off staff. She said that it was a very painful decision. Trustee Holden stated that Lansing Community College is one of the oldest campuses in the state. If the College does not maintain the buildings, we will find ourselves in the same position as Lansing School District who has crumbling buildings and huge layoffs. The kinds of millages they need to maintain and renovate their buildings, it is almost impossible to get. Trustee Holden said that she supports the plan in maintaining the College's facilities.

Trustee Pelleran agreed with Trustee Holden?s statement.

Chairperson Jeffries asked if the Board had any additional questions.

Trustee Pelleran asked for a breakdown of all of the projects, which included maintenance, architectural and masonry.

Chairperson Jeffries asked if there were any specific questions for the individuals from AIS and Eaton Intermediate School District.

Trustee Pelleran asked how the College sets the course fees for the heavy equipment operator and repair programs.

Mr. John Theroux stated that the College establishes the fees based on the service costs from AIS. He said that AIS provides the following services: instruction, facility, equipment, and tools. The course fees are based on the anticipated costs from AIS divided by the anticipated number of students that will enroll.

Trustee Pelleran asked if the course fee includes instruction and the facility, why is the tuition being charged of $18,000.

Mr. Theroux responded that the figure includes tuition and fees.

Trustee Pelleran asked what is the tuition being charged because she heard that for the heavy equipment operator program it was $10,000 per student.

Mr. Theroux took a few moments to look for the information in order to respond to Trustee Pelleran.

Trustee Holden asked Mr. Kyle Huss to clarify a statement he made earlier. She asked if he had said that AIS?s charge to the College were competitive and within the market.

Mr. Huss responded that he was referring to the program costs. He said that what an LCC student is paying, which is approximately $10,000 or $12,000, is competitive to what a student may pay at Ferris State , which is approximately $24,000. If a student enrolls in the program at Ferris State , they would also have to pay for room and board. Mr. Huss stated that AIS?s rates are competitive. There is a charging out rate per hour which is competitive and lower than most companies.

Trustee Pelleran asked if a student enrolled in the Ferris State University program if room and board is included in the tuition.

Mr. Huss responded, yes.

Trustee Pelleran asked what type of certification the students receive from Ferris State

Mr. Huss responded that they receive an Associates Degree. He said that AIS provides a certificate and if the student takes an additional semester, they receive an Associates Degree.

Mr. Theroux stated that Ferris State University has contacted the College to discuss the possibilities of offering a Bachelors Degree particularly in the heavy equipment repair program.

Trustee Pelleran stated that the students at Ferris pay $24,000 they get an Associates Degree, and they get room and Board.

Mr. Theroux responded to Trustee Pelleran?s earlier question. He said that of the $12,000 for the heavy equipment operator approximately $1900 is tuition and the rest are fees. Mr. Theroux stated that the heavy equipment repair technician is approximately $9800 which includes tuition and fees.

Mr. Huss stated that at Ferris State it is over $14,000 for tuition costs. He explained that he is familiar with the costs at Ferris because AIS sponsors students to attend Ferris. Mr. Huss emphasized that Ferris cannot hold a match to what the College's program has to offer.

Trustee Pelleran asked why is the College not offering a degree yet for the heavy equipment operator program.

Mr. Theroux responded that the College will be offering a degree in the near future. He said that they have submitted paperwork to offer a degree in the heavy equipment repair program because it more likely to get students to want the Associates Degree and perhaps continue their education to receive a Bachelors Degree.

Chairperson Jeffries asked for clarification regarding the Ferris State figures just mentioned and the figures that were provided in documentation sent earlier to the Board.

Mr. Theroux responded that the figures do not include the costs for purchasing tools. Students enrolled at Ferris State regardless of what degree they will be receiving, are required to purchase $6,000 worth of tools. In the College's program, AIS supplies the tools. The students may purchase tools if they wish, but it is not required for them to go through the curriculum.

Chairperson Jeffries asked if the Trustees had additional questions regarding the heavy equipment program or regarding the budget.

Chairperson Jeffries asked how future funding of retirement and healthcare looks.

Mr. Cerny responded that there is no projected increase in the MPSERS (Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System) contribution, but asked Mr. David Davidson to add any additional information.

Mr. Davidson responded that the College contributes 12.1%. He stated that healthcare and retirement contributions will be increasing.

Trustee Pelleran stated that she appreciates all the extra work people went through to give the Board a better picture of the heavy equipment operator program. She said that the Board can only work from information that they are given.

Chairperson Jeffries asked if the Board had any additional questions.

The Board did not have additional questions.

Chairperson Jeffries stated that the proposed 2003-2004 budget would be approved at the next Board meeting.

Community Linkages Update

Chairperson Jeffries announced that a community linkage has been scheduled for June 11, 2003 regarding the College's alternative fuel endeavor. He said that the College received a grant from Next Energy and there was a press conference held earlier in the day. The purpose of the dinner is to bring together partners in the community that have expressed an interest and want to be involved with the College.

Finance

Approval of Bids

President Cunningham presented one bid for the Board's approval, which was for asphalt paving, concrete curbs and gutters at the M-TEC and Technical Training Center. The award recommendation was made to the lowest bidder, which was Aggregate Industries from Mason, Michigan at $1,130,000.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Mason to approve the bid.

Chairperson Jeffries expressed his appreciation to Ms. Beckie Beard for providing additional information regarding minority or women-owned businesses. He asked if she new why the minority and women-owned businesses did not bid on this project.

Ms. Beard responded, no, she did not know.

Chairperson Jeffries was curious to find out why they did not bid and asked if she would please follow up. He asked what is the website that was referenced in the bid.

Ms. Beard responded that www.epaconline is a website sponsored by the Michigan Minority Business Development Council along with Wayne County. The College has been a faithful user of that system for about four years. This system has helped the minority and women-owned businesses on the western part of the state are learning how to use the computer and going online to check for the bids.

Chairperson Jeffries asked if the other businesses mentioned in the bid are agencies that minority and women-owned businesses will work through.

Ms. Beard responded, yes. She said that one of the reasons some businesses will be reluctant to participate is normally we do prevailing wages, but there is a labor management agreement on the M-TEC. For them they would have to become signatories for this contract and that may be a hesitancy.

Chairperson Jeffries asked if Ms. Beard would follow up on that. He also asked if the College follows through to see who they are subcontracting with and if that affects the numbers.

Ms. Beard responded, yes, there's a requirement with the entire M-TEC project for a 1% minority business enterprise participation and a 1% women business enterprise participation. She said that there is a final close out document that a contractor must submit when they have completed the job and this document is a sworn statement that discloses who their subcontractors were. The companies have to show their good faith effort of why they failed.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Mason, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

Public Comment

President Cunningham recognized Annette Parker who wrote the successful grant for the alternative energy initiative. Ms. Parker stayed until 1:00 a.m. to make the certain the grant wasn't late. President Cunningham also recognized Ms. Beckie Beard and Mr. Renee Noe. They stayed here until 9:00 p.m. trying to gather information regarding contracts and didn?t complain at all. In addition, President Cunningham recognized Mr. Cerny who has been doing two jobs since Vice President Barbara Larson left. He has worked diligently to get the College through this budget crunch before a decision is made about how to move forward with that position.

Trustee Holden distributed a list of the Foundation Board of Directors. She said that there are number of new members and it is an impressive list. Trustee Holden stated that they may meet them in the community and that it is important to acknowledge the work they will be doing for the College.

Trustee Canady responded to an email that was sent by Trustee Heywood earlier that week. He stated that Trustee Heywood was criticizing his attendance at the Board meetings, which is fair for him to do that because it is a busy time of year for him and he?s been unable to attend some of the meetings. Trustee Canady relayed that in the email Trustee Heywood tried to suggest that Mr. Robert Proctor, who is one of the candidates for the Board, was less then desirable because of Trustee Canady?s attendance record. Trustee Heywood suggested that Mr. Proctor and Trustee Canady were both ?chummy?. Trustee Canady explained that he and Mr. Proctor are not ?chummy?. He knows Mr. Proctor and he served on a board with him 15 years ago. Trustee Canady explained that he served on a board with Mr. Proctor?s wife 12 years ago, but he does not know Mr. Proctor very well. He doesn?t know where he lives and he doesn?t think he?s ever been to his home unless perhaps he did so when he was campaigning door to door. Trustee Canady stated that Mr. Proctor has never been to his home unless he did so when he was campaigning. He doesn?t know his children?s names and he doesn?t know if Mr. Proctor has any children. Trustee Canady found the suggestion that he and Trustee Canady were ?chummy? disturbing because there is no fact to support that supposition. Trustee Canady concluded that the assumptions were probably made regarding both of them (Trustee Canady and Mr. Proctor) being attorneys and black and that must mean they are buddies. He finds the mentality underlying such an assumption to be both disturbing and profoundly insulting. Trustee Canady expressed that he doesn?t care if what he does on the Board is criticized because that is fair game; however, Mr. Proctor and other people are owed an apology.

Trustee Heywood responded that Trustee Canady?s comments are duly noted and some day he will show him all of the background information that he has for which he drew those conclusions. He assured Trustee Canady that it had nothing to do with his profession or the color of his skin.

Trustee Canady responded that no information exists.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:27 p.m.


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