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Adopted Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2006
Regular Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:11 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: ;Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson, Smith
Absent:; None

Trustee Proctor was present telephonically.

pledge of allegiance

Trustee Brannan led the pledge of allegiance.

ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

Lynn Savage - Good evening, my name is Lynn Savage and I'm speaking to you once again tonight as Chair of the LCC Labor Coalition.; As you know the Labor Coalition represents all labor unions on campus as we negotiate healthcare including LCC MAHE, which is the faculty association; LCCAA, which is the administration association; LCC ESP for full-time support; the Part-time Clerical Technical Union; AFSCME; FOP;; and HERE, the hotel and restaurant employees.; Once again we are asking for your help.; As I stated in December, we've worked long and hard to reach an agreement.; It is now February and we've been negotiating without success for a year.; This evening we have submitted a proposal to the management team which we believe is fair and equitable.; One which addresses the commitment to making benefits at LCC comparable to other community colleges in the state while remaining of reasonable costs to the College and to the community.; It addresses, for example, dental and vision benefits that have not been changed for at least 20 years.; We have included a spreadsheet with that proposal that we believe will assist in cost comparisons across the various recent proposals.; There are larger issues here.; We remain concerned and somewhat frustrated about the actual direction of the College with respect to long-term equitable human resources planning versus the direction we seem to see at the table.; The Coalition is committed to supporting long range planning for Human Resources for the College in the same vain that the Strategic Plan and the Facilities Master Plan address those particular areas.; We encourage the idea of taking stock of our current practices and policies; looking at comparable institutions in direction of higher education; and following through with the commitment to making LCC comparable with our fellow institutions with respect to human resources issues.; We urge you as Board members to support a fair and equitable agreement in healthcare that reflects this value of a commitment to long-term human resources planning for the College.; We hope that you will have an opportunity to review our entire proposal with your management team and we remain willing to meet with you to discuss our position, if that would be helpful.; Thank you for your attention.

Sally Pierce - Hi, I'm Sally Pierce.; President of LCC MAHE, the faculty association and a Lansing tax payer.; The Board members have a hard copy of this; I think.; Except Bob.; Good evening, Board members.; MAHE knows you set parameters for our negotiations and last Thursday we worked with numbers supplied by management to fit all the faculty we represent into those parameters.; Thursday afternoon we were told that the costs of the raises we're proposing slightly exceed your parameters, but Tim Zeller told us he would ask you to expand your parameters slightly so that we can achieve those raises.; Today in our MAHE caucus, we worked with this spreadsheet data some more and though we support the process we engaged in Thursday, we suspect that the numbers and the data we are working with are fuzzy and don't give either side an accurate picture of the cost.; If the spreadsheet and your parameters are correct, then LCC MAHE will remain at the bottom of our comparable community colleges, even though LCC is in the top tier of Michigan community colleges.; We ask that you support the process we engaged in Thursday and we bring some good news this evening.; We think the actual cost may be lower than the spreadsheet indicates for the percentage raises we are discussing and that are needed to approach both internal and external salary equity for all classifications of faculty.; We want to continue working with HR representatives and the available data to accurately refine our proposals in light of the financial facts.; Please let your bargainers know if you can support the costs they bring tonight and understand that we stand ready to continue to negotiate.; I don't know if the dates have been sent, but we've identified a series of dates when we're available to negotiate.; Thank you.

CHAIRPERSON AND BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Chairperson Laverty

Presidential Search Process

Chairperson Laverty reported that he's asked Vice President Larson and Ms. Beckie Beard to assist in creating a request for proposal to hire an executive search firm.; Once the search firm is selected a presidential profile will be created to assist in identifying potential candidates.; The college community will be involved in creating the profile.; Chairperson Laverty pledged that no decisions will be made during the summer months in consideration of faculty.; It is anticipated that a timeline and a list of activities will be created and posted on the College's web page by mid-April.; The Board would need to determine how the search committee will be structured and selected.; Chairperson Laverty stated once the request for proposal is developed the Board will work on reviewing the proposals and select the search firm.; He explained that with the assistance of the search firm the process would include developing and approving the profile, interviewing the candidates, and selecting the president.;

Trustee Pelleran was supportive of the request for proposal process.

Trustee Smith also was supportive of using the request for proposal process.; She stated the Board work closely on deciding the composition of the search committee to ensure an inclusive process.

Trustee Canady shared that he prefers having the Board as a whole be involved in the selection process rather than a committee.; He felt that it is their responsibility as Board members to select the president and should be involved every step of the way.

Chairperson Laverty invited those trustees interested in participating in the request for proposal process.; The process will be conducted in an open setting.; Considering he's never been through a presidential search process, he's looking for all the guidance he can get.; He agreed that full Board participation is important.

Workforce Development Board

Chairperson Laverty reported that construction is continuing on the roof of the Capital Area Michigan Works! building.; He asked Trustee Brannan for an update on the Healthcare Regional Skill Alliance.

Trustee Brannan reported that the kickoff event will be held on March 2nd at Ingham Regional Medical Center.; The Alliance is looking at the tri-county needs for healthcare concentrating on workforce development and a closer connection with the K-12 arena.; There's been discussion with the Human, Health and Public Service Careers division about other innovative events to ensure the College's involvement.

Chairperson Laverty also reported that Capital Area Career Connections, which is a subcommittee of the Capital Area Michigan Works! Agency has lost its funding, but they are working towards resurrecting the program again.;

Foundation Board of Directors

The Foundation Board of Directors met on January 17 and the main topic of discussion was what's going on at the College and how it may affect the capital campaign.; Trustees Laverty, Proctor, and Pelleran met with the Executive Committee of the Foundation regarding how to work together and move forward.; Chairperson Laverty felt there are many things the Board needs to focus on.

Information and Announcements

Chairperson Laverty had no additional information or announcements to give.

Board Members

Trustee Rasmusson -

Audit Committee Report

Trustee Rasmusson reported that Ms. Michelle Gallagher is looking at a number of requirements from the Government Accounting Standards Board related to the 2004-2005 Financial Audit.; He doesn't expect anything will come out of that except that we're doing our due diligence.;

Policy Review and Analysis Preliminary Report - Jan Lazar

Trustee Rasmusson introduced Ms. Jan Lazar.; He shared that Ms. Lazar is reviewing the budgeting and financial rules. ;;

Ms. Lazar presented a preliminary report.; (The report is on file with the official Board materials.)

Trustee Smith - ACCT

Trustee Smith reported that she attended the ACCT Legislative Summit.; She serves on the ACCT Diversity Committee and they had an executive board meeting.; A lot of information was shared regarding tribal governance, which she felt was beneficial to Michigan considering there are many tribal colleges.; Trustee Smith shared that she met with the Executive Secretary for Education regarding the minority issues that the country is facing and what other countries are doing in terms of higher education.; All of the Michigan Trustees in attendance met with Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and Mr. John Engler regarding workforce development.

President's REPORT

Informational Items

College Spotlight - Alternative Energy/Grant Program Update

Vice President Borger, Ms. JaNice Marshall, Ms. Annette Parker, and Mr. Howard Dillman provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding the Alternative Energy/Grant Program.; (The presentation is on file with the official Board materials.);

There was a question and answer period after the presentation.

The Trustees expressed their appreciation for the hard work that faculty and staff have done in this area.

Budget Update

Vice President Barbara Larson provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding the fiscal year 2007 preliminary budget projections.; She referenced the material provided in the Board packet (it is on file with the official Board materials.)

There was a question and answer period after the presentation.

Financial Aid Update

President Cardenas reported that the financial aid staff, under the leadership of Dr. Rebekah Woods, have developed short-term and long-term staffing proposals that will be put in place immediately.; Everyone is working diligently in addressing all student needs as they arise considering financial aid issues are complicated and not one solution fits every student.; Work is in progress to complete a compliance review to identify additional areas needing attention.; Staff are working in conjunction with ISCD staff to identify a list of issues needing to be addressed prior to September 2006.

Trustee Proctor asked when all of the systems dealing with financial aid may be fixed.;

President Cardenas responded that we are working on a timeline of September 2006 to identify the critical areas needing to be addressed directly related to registration and financial aid.; Those issues will be address first.

Tribute to Paula D. Cunningham

President Cardenas reported that a committee has been formed to develop a proposal to pay tribute to Paula Diane Cunningham.; Mr. Bill Motz has accepted to chair the committee, and volunteers will be solicited to offer ideas.; A proposal will be brought before the Board at the March 20 meeting.

Oracle Student System

President Cardenas stated that staff in the Student and Academic Support (SAS) and Information Services and College Development (ISCD) divisions are reviewing all the reports and audits.; They are identifying the critical areas needing to be addressed focusing on registering students and providing financial aid in a successful manner.; She further stated that a project management system is being implemented and Ms. Nancy Lombardi is providing leadership to this group which will identify milestones, create key areas of focus, and create backup plans. ;President Cardenas introduced Dr. Rebekah Woods and Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt to further address this item.

Dr. Woods pledged her support and commitment in working with President Cardenas as well as the Board of Trustees.; A collective collaboration from everyone is imperative as we move this institution forward to provide solutions to the challenges that the College faces.; She acknowledged both the ISCD and SAS staff for their dedication.; No matter what the issues are no one can deny the absolute commitment that all parties involved have in resolving this issue.; Everyone strives to provide a superior level of customer service to all students in every facet, and will continue to work toward eliminating all potential barriers to the success of all students at Lansing Community College.

Dr. Shanblatt stated that her remarks were on behalf of the entire ISCD leadership team.; The last several months have been challenging for the staff in ISCD and they acknowledge that there are always challenges with a new implementation.; They recognize that there is much yet to be done.; The ISCD division is committed to doing their best to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff.; They are committed to open dialogue and communication across campus and to building trust in their abilities.; They are also committed to moving forward using best practices, project planning and management, and IT governance.; Dr. Shanblatt shared that they look forward to working collaboratively with President Cardenas and with the Board of Trustees so collectively we can serve the needs of the students.

Action Items

Approval of Minutes - January 13, 2006 Special Meeting; January 17, 2006 Regular Meeting; February 1, 2006 Special Meeting

President Cardenas presented the January 13, 2006; January 17, 2006; and the February 1, 2006 meeting minutes for the Board's review.

There were no changes.

Human Resources - Administrative Appointments and Terminations

Administrative Appointments-

Catherine Fisher, CPA, Director of Accounting and Payroll, Accounting and Payroll Department, Administrative Services Division

H. Thomas Klever, Chairperson, Language Skills, Language Skills, Student and Academic Support

Jan Danford, Dean, Technical Careers, Technical Careers

Terminations-

Firmesk Silevany, Dispatch Police Officer (Part-Time), Police and Public Safety Department

Trustee Canady asked for Ms. Danford's appointment to be voted on separately.; He stated that he has nothing against Ms. Danford; however, there has been a growing trend at the College where qualified Black applicants for positions have ultimately resulted in failed searches after their names were announced.; He further stated that it happened to Ms. Addie Morrow, Mr. Stan Chase, and Ms. Delores Eiseler.; He also shared that Ms. Annette Parker was recommended for this position three times by the search committee and when her name came up, it resulted in a failed search.; Trustee Canady felt that this creates an atmosphere for people to not trust the process and it reflects poorly on the goals of increasing diversity at the College.; This makes it difficult to recruit qualified Black applicants.; He shared that he would not be voting for Ms. Danford's appointment.

Trustee Pelleran supported Trustee Canady's recommendation to vote on the appointment separately.

There was brief discussion regarding what a failed search meant.

Course Fees

Vice President Howard presented the course fees for the Board's approval, which were included in the Board materials.

There was no discussion.

Tentative Agreement - Education Support Personnel

President Cardenas thanked the negotiation teams and Ms. Terry Wellman for her leadership on the Education Support Personnel bargaining unit.; The tentative agreement was ratified by the union on February 14, which was included in the Board packet.

There was brief discussion regarding the tentative agreement.

Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee Resolution

Vice President Larson presented the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee Resolution, which was part of the Board packet.; The Subcommittee will be meeting on Wednesday, February 22 and is eager to receive all resolutions from the community colleges.

Trustee Pelleran stated that she will be voting in support of this resolution and will be making a motion that Chairperson Laverty sign the resolution in Trustee Proctor's absence.

There were no objections from the Board to have Chairperson Laverty sign the resolution in order to ensure the resolution is delivered as soon as possible.

Finance - Approval of Bids

Ms. Beckie Beard presented the following bids for the Board's approval:

  1. Upgrade to AAFS and Delivery Tracking System.; The recommendation was to award the bid to BAM 1, Inc., from Adrian, Michigan.
  1. Apple Training Services.; The recommendation was to award the bid to Apple Computer from Austin, Texas.
  1. Flash Over Chamber Units.; The recommendation was to award the bid to Youngstrom Contracting, Inc., from Ionia, Michigan.
  1. Arts & Sciences Building First Floor-Vacated Spaces Renovation; Travel & Tourism and Mixology Labs.; The recommendation was to award the bid to Moore Trosper Construction from Holt, Michigan
  1. Math Lab Consulting Services.; The recommendation was to award the bid to Ms. Denise Griffey of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

There was discussion regarding the bids.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported Trustee Smith to approve the President's Report except for Ms. Jan Danford's administrative appointment.

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

Motion carried.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Brannan to approve Ms. Jan Danford's administrative appointment.

Trustee Smith referred to Trustee Canady's concerns.; She asked if any grievances have been filed.

Staff responded that none have been filed.

Trustee Canady believes that grievances may not have been filed because of fear of retaliation.

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

Motion carried.

CLOSED SESSION

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Brannan that the Board go into closed session for the purpose of discussing strategy connected with the negotiations of a collective bargaining agreement.

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

Motion carried.

The Board entered into closed session at 7:50 p.m.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Pelleran that the Board return to open session.

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

Motion carried.

The Board returned to open session at 8:14 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments from the public.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

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