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Adopted Meeting Minutes
December 13, 2004
Regular Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:07 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Laverty, Murray, Proctor, Rasmusson
Absent: Brannan, Canady, Pelleran

Trustee Pelleran arrived at 5:15 p.m.

Trustee Canady arrived at 5:16 p.m.

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

Chairperson Laverty stated that based on a conversation he had with Mr. Steve Bennett he has given him a waiver to talk about CTU negotiations.

Steve Bennett - Good evening, my name is Steven Bennett. I am the President of the Part-Time/Clerical Technical Union, otherwise known as the CTU here at Lansing Community College. I come to you tonight representing more than 200 employees at this college who have been without a contract for nearly six months now. The CTU has been in contract negotiations with the College, as you all are aware of, since May of this year and (inaudible) to make some progress on language and other non-budget, non-economic type items. However, we have not been able to make the kind of progress that the CTU has expected in terms of dollars. Specifically referring to wage, paid-time off, and tuition benefits. I will be honest in saying to you that I am concerned at this point about our position at the table. We've been told that the College is attempting to improve this contract in terms of finances; however, when we compare ourselves to other institutions across the state we see a dramatically different story. In the document I've just given you there are three graphs that are of importance. First on page 12, this is on slide twelve for those of you in the audience who have it as well, we?ll see a comparison of total paid-time off at a first year 30-hour employee would receive at one of the 12 institutions that is highlighted. As you can see, a part-timer at LCC would receive only 40 hours of paid time-off for the year. Meanwhile, a part-timer at Mott, Schoolcraft, Kellogg, Muskegon, and St. Clair County Community College would all receive over 200 hours of actual paid time-off which includes time off for holiday pay, sick leave, vacation leave, and personal leave. Part-timers at Grand Rapids and Mid-Michigan Community Colleges would receive over 190 hours. Once again a part-timer at LCC would only receive 40 hours of paid time-off. This in itself does not begin to cover all of the days the College is closed throughout the year. Let alone any time for sickness or vacation. Thus, many employees?or excuse me part-timers go without a week?s worth or more of pay during the winter break because they do not have enough hours to cover for those days. At a time when paychecks are so important during the holiday season we have people struggling to make ends meet. If you refer to page 26 of the document for a comparison of negotiated wages. Let me make it clear that in saying this there are part-timers who make more than $9.25 an hour. What I'm comparing here is the actual negotiated wage range that are in effect at each of these institutions. In other words, each of these other institutions employ a process where part-timers know exactly how they will advance in the pay scale. At LCC part-timers have no guaranteed opportunity to advance their pay. For example, part-time employees at Grand Rapids Community College start at a minimum $11.85 pay rate. Part-timers at Oakland start out at a minimum $11.71 pay rate. And part-timers at Washtenaw Community College start out at a minimum $11.37 pay rate. I want to make it known that the association has proposed a wage schedule that is well below the starting rates at these three institutions. In fact, we have proposed a wage schedule that keeps the base rate at $9.25 per hour the same it's been since July 1, 2003. Finally, I would direct you to page 29 that shows healthcare benefits offered by various community colleges. I will say that the association has conceded a major portion of their proposal for healthcare in recognizing that this is an enormous cost to the College. But it should be known that at least seven institutions throughout this state offer a generous portion of the premium paid for their part-time employees of those, Henry Ford, even pays for 100% of the healthcare premium of their 30-hour-plus employees. I am limited in time tonight so I would ask that you please take a look at the other items that are included in this packet afterwards. I understand that the process of creating a contract that is fair and equitable among our counterparts and our colleagues across the state and at this institution itself is quite a lengthy endeavor. I do not expect that we will have the funding to rectify every issue with a year-one contract; however, I must report to you tonight that the proposals made by the Office of Human Resources on your behalf do not come anywhere close to sending us down the path towards equity. I myself committed to our President last spring that I would be open to a contract that brings in benefits over a period of time. Recognizing that there would be added costs to the College for negotiating a contract with all the benefits available right away. However, I made that commitment only (inaudible) I would need to see a contract that aggressively and progressively adds benefits to my members (inaudible). As of yet, I have not seen that progressive contract. I will end tonight by saying this. Our issue is not just about money nor is it just about paid time off, or tuition benefits, or healthcare. Our issue really is bigger than that. It is about respect. We are at a crossroads here. Today we have the opportunity to decide how we are going to treat and employ our part-time employees. This association is the second largest union on this campus, so we are an integral part of the daily operations of this institution. we're not asking for the world or for more that is due to us. We are simply asking to be regarded as basic citizens and agents of this college. We serve all of our 19,000 plus students day in and day out just as every other employee does. We are part-time employees because we work less than 40 hours not because we deserve less respect. I'm asking for your support, for your respect, and for your recognition that these employees are an important fundamental aspect of this institution. With your support we can work together and do the good work that needs to be done. Thank you.

(Applause)

Chairperson and Board Member Reports

Chairperson Laverty

Board Development Session - Policy Governance Process

Chairperson Laverty reported that the Board had its third session on December 6. He thanked all the Board members that attended. The sessions have established increased trust and communication among the Trustees, but also the Board is moving toward the Policy Governance process. Policy Governance is an approach that emphasizes the values, vision, and empowerment of both the Board and staff in the strategic ability to lead leaders. He stated that the Board will be moving towards voting to approve the governance policies at a future meeting. The Board will then begin governing by new policies and each year the Board will renew its understanding and commitment to an educational orientation. Over time the methods, processes, and structures of governing with Policy Governance will become the culture of our Board and ultimately the College.

Chairperson Laverty stated that the following items were reviewed at the December 6 development session: the system map, a new agenda format, decision log, parking lot, road map to strategic thinking and decision making, and writing ends statements. An annual calendar and a self evaluation tool will be developed and brought to the Board for their approval. He asked all the Trustees over the next month to review the draft governance policies in their packet and provide feedback prior to the January 18, 2005 meeting. The policies may not be approved in January, but he would like the Board to be ready to discuss Policy Governance.

President's Contract

In reviewing former minutes it is customary that after the President's evaluation is submitted and approved the President's contract is reviewed and approved. According to the current contract, the President's salary should be reviewed on an annual basis.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Proctor and supported by Trustee Rasmusson to authorize the chairperson to review the President's contract specifically regarding salary and present to the full Board a recommendation at the January Board meeting.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: Brannan

Trustee Pelleran abstained from voting.

Motion carried.

Workforce Development Board

Chairperson Laverty gave an update on the Workforce Development Board on behalf of Trustee Proctor who was unable to make the last meeting due to being out of town. He reported that the Workforce Development Board had a presentation on the Prisoner Re-entry Program, which is a new initiative from the State. There was also a Manufacturing Council Update given at the meeting.

Other

Chairperson Laverty reported on the following activities he attended:

  • Capital Area Michigan Works! Annual Alumni dinner on December 9. President Cunningham and Congressman Mike Rogers spoke at the dinner.
  • LCC Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Combo performance.
  • 77th Police Academy Graduation on December 10.

Board Member Reports

Trustee Canady - Japan Adventure Program Recognition

Trustee Canady presented the resolutions in honor of Mr. Megumi Shigematsu and Dr. Tai Sung Kim (the resolutions are on file with the official Board materials.)

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Pelleran to approve the resolutions in honor of Mr. Megumi Shigematsu and Dr. Tai Sung Kim.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: Brannan

Motion carried.

Trustee Rasmusson - Audit Committee

Trustee Rasmusson reported that after the audit was approved last month he spent some time speaking with Mr. Bruce Dunn, the auditor, in how the rules will play out in future years. He was happy with the discussion he had with Mr. Dunn and stated that ends this year?s audit process.

Trustee Murray - Foundation Update

Trustee Murray reported that she attended the Foundation Holiday Open House on November 30 that was held at the West Campus. She stated that it was a lovely event and very well organized. Trustee Murray thanked Ms. Sue Fisher, Ms. Bonnie Steljes, Ms. Pam Schmidt, Ms. Beth Vanderlip, Ms. Laurie Brunin, Ms. Golala Arya, and Vice President Borger among others who worked hard at making this event a success.

President's Report

Informational Items

College Spotlight - Learning & Leading Collaborative

President Cunningham stated that the Learning and Leading Collaborative at Lansing Community College is a program for employees by employees. She asked Ms. Chris Hollister, Ms. Linda Birchmeier, and Ms. Sue Mutty to share with the Board where we are with this initiative.

Ms. Hollister, Ms. Birchmeier, and Ms. Mutty provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding the Learning and Leading Collaborative initiative which is an effort to build a stronger employee development environment (the presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

Chairperson Laverty thanked them for a job well done. He stated that this initiative is in line with Policy Governance.

President Cunningham stated the Center for Teaching Excellence has also been involved in this initiative. This effort has polled everyone across the College to look at what our colleagues would like offered to them.

Human Resources - New Hires, Leaves and Sabbaticals

Administrative Appointments--

Sylvia Wood, Finance Director, Accounting, Administrative Services

Ian Diem, Hospitality Faculty, Business, Business, Media, and Information Technologies

Budget Update

Vice President Larson reported that they are keeping a close eye on discussions at the State level. The community college presidents, in working with the Michigan Community College Association, have been exploring the funding for Michigan community colleges. A formula exists that hasn?t been used for a number of years. Currently, the community colleges receive across the board increases or decreases; however, if any portion of the funding formula was reinstated, it would benefit the College beyond the state average. She stated this is something the College would like the legislature to consider in the future.

Vice President Larson also reported that the College's capital outlay request for renovations to the Gannon Vocational Technical building vacated space was struck from the bill. She stated that there were no community college projects funded.

St. Johns - Expanded Service Area

President Cunningham asked Vice President Ruth Borger to provide an update on the St. Johns Expanded Service Area initiative and an update on House Bill 6242.

Vice President Borger reported that House Bill 6242 was a legislative initiative that the College had asked Muchmore Harrington to assist the institution with. This house bill is crucial to the future governance of the College. In the community college act there was a recent amendment to change the number of elected officials on the Board if a community college was to annex a school district. The annexed school district would be able to elect two trustees to the Board of Trustees. Based on legal counsel?s advice, that amendment would give a certain community more representation than the rest of the community college district. This is important to the College since it is exploring expanding its service district into the St. Johns School District. She shared that with the assistance of Muchmore Harrington legislation was passed and is now with the Governor. The new legislation stated that any election after July 1, 2004 would not have to increase the members of its Board if a school district is annexed to a community College's service district. If the February 2005 election in St. Johns is successful that will not change the Board composition.

Vice President Borger provided a PowerPoint presentation on the information campaign strategy that is being implemented in the community of St. Johns (the presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

Legislative Tribute

President Cunningham shared that the College received a legislative tribute from Senator Virg Bernero and Governor Jennifer Granholm in celebration of the grand opening of the West Campus and the M-TEC. She read a portion of the tribute out loud.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Canady to frame the legislative tribute and have it placed in the M-TEC.

Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: Brannan

Motion carried.

Entrepreneurial Studies Program

President Cunningham asked Mr. Chris Holman to further address this agenda item.

Mr. Holman reported that the College received a grant in the amount of $46,100 from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This grant will go towards developing an entrepreneurial studies program, which will help small businesses to reverse the unemployment trend. There will be a partnership with Lansing Community College, Junior Achievement, Star Institute, and Region 14 which are all the local high schools and career centers to develop this program. Mr. Holman shared that the Director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth stated that the proposal submitted by the College, which was written by Ms. Toni Glasscoe on behalf of the curriculum committee, was held as a model of how grant proposals should be submitted. Mr. Holman stated that Vice President Gary VanKempen, Dean Gary Knippenberg, Mr. Bo Garcia, Ms. Toni Glasscoe, Mr. Mark Cleavy from the Small Business Association of Michigan, Dr. Karen Bentall from the University of Michigan, and himself all served on the curriculum committee for this program.

Trustee Rasmusson stated that Michigan State University DCL Law School has a clinic for entrepreneurs, which may serve as a great resource for the College.

Chairperson Laverty requested a future spotlight on this program.

President Cunningham shared that Governor Granholm and the Lieutenant Governor have promoted throughout Michigan that the entrepreneurial studies program is an important area to be involved with in terms of promoting businesses.

Action Items

Approval of Minutes - November 15, 2004 Regular Meeting and November 17, 2004 Strategic Planning Work Session

The Board had no changes to the minutes.

Annual Results Inventory Report - Financial Responsibility

Cunningham stated that the annual results inventory reports are part of the yearly monitoring process of the College's finances and student access to financial aid. She asked Vice President Larson to present the report.

Vice President Larson reviewed the Annual Results Inventory Report - Financial Responsibility with the Board (it is on file with the official Board materials.)

There was a question and answer period throughout the presentation.

Chairperson Laverty thanked Vice President Larson and her staff, on behalf of the Board, for doing an outstanding job.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Pelleran to approve the action items of the President's Report.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: Brannan

Motion carried.

Closed Session

The Board did not go into closed session.

Public Comment

There were no comments from the public.

Trustee Pelleran wished everyone a happy holiday.

Adjournment

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Rasmusson for the meeting to adjourn.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: Brannan

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m.



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