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Adopted Minutes
May 14, 2001
Regular Meeting

Call to Order

The May 14, 2001 Board of Trustees meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Canady, Creamer, Holden, Jeffries, Patterson, Pelleran
Absent: Rasmusson

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda


Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

Jan Penton, President of the Part-Time CTU - We did vote today on our tentative agreement and the contract was approved by our members. We had a great turn out and we want to thank the administration for working for us, with the fact finding it would have been a long drawn out process and we hope the Board will approve our contract that we came to.

Chairperson and Board Member Reports

Chairperson Report

Special Recognition - National Community College Month Scholarship

Chairperson Jeffries presented the Lansing Community College National Community College Month Scholarship to Brendan James Peterson. Brendan?s parents, Carrie and Heath Peterson, were present to accept the scholarship/good for one full year. Brendan was born on April 1 at 5:06 a.m.

Appoint Nominating Committee

Chairperson Jeffries appointed Trustees Creamer and Holden to the nominating committee. Trustees Holden and Creamer will provide recommendations for officer positions that will be voted on in July.

Trustee Jeffries stated that there will be a resolution dealing with an issue that Trustee Creamer raised regarding appointments by the Board. This resolution will, as permitted under statute, delegate some of that authority to the President and leave some of that authority to the Board. He said that the resolution would be before the Board at its June meeting.

Board Member Reports

Trustee Pelleran - Star institute. Trustee Pelleran stated that she attended an open house at the Star Institute and complimented the staff for a job well done. She said that there was real strong community involvement, and the students who gave presentations did a marvelous job. Trustee Pelleran commended Toni Glascoe for her work at the Star Institute, and thanked Ray Turner for his leadership at the Star.

Trustee Pelleran reported on the Cinco de Mayo event. She stated that it was a well-attended program, and it was a great reflection on the College and the Multicultural Center staff.

Trustee Pelleran reported on the Mason Finance Authority. She stated that they passed the budget for this fiscal year and the revenues from their tax districts are being used wisely and in the best interest of economic development, which means future jobs for the children of this district.

Trustee Patterson asked Dean Bob Bentley to report on the Women?s Softball Team.

Dean Bentley reported that the women's softball team won the regional championship, and the team left today for Phoenix and the World Series, which begins on Thursday, 10 p.m. The College is sending two staff members from WLNZ to cover the games. He also said that the golf team left today for Texas, they are also the regional champs and are in the nationals in Texas.

Trustee Patterson gave a report regarding the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). He stated that the last MCCA Board of Directors meeting was held on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College in April. He said that Mr. Gary Olsen gave a similar presentation at the MCCA meeting that he gave the Board at the April meeting, however, the financial forecast seemed to be even worse. Trustee Patterson stated that at the MCCA meeting another issue was discussed regarding the manner in which data is calculated and reported to the State from the 2-year and 4-year institutions. He said that the issues with numbers have to do with comparing the number of certificates and degrees that community colleges issue compared to the 4-year institutions, so in comparison with the 2-year degrees, the 4 years look much better. So, it is a political football in terms of how community colleges are being looked at by some of the new number crunchers in the legislature how can you have this number of students and only hand out 19,000 certificates.

Trustee Patterson said that community colleges have a bigger student population; therefore, as community colleges are reviewed, the conclusion may be that the community colleges aren't doing their job. He said that how is success measured of a student, that comes in and takes one class, goes back to their job having improved their computer skills and is very happy. Trustee Patterson encouraged the Board's attendance at the MCCA summer conference in July.

Trustee Holden reported on the Capital Works Work Force Development Board meeting, which is held on the first Wednesday of the month. She said that President Cunningham was a guest giving an update on the M‑TEC and it was helpful to have her there. Trustee Holden stated that there was a conference related to workforce development on May 10, which was in regards to the supply and demand side of employment. There were a number of Lansing Community College representatives, and the material was outstanding. She said that the conference confirmed the College's areas of excellence that are written in the strategic plan.

Trustee Creamer commended John Dale Smith and staff for their work with the graduation ceremony.

Trustee Pelleran also commended the staff for their work with graduation and the President's Inauguration.

Chairperson Jeffries provided an update regarding the one-way two-way street resolution. He said that the City would no longer consider converting Capitol and Grand Avenues into two-way streets.

President's Report



President Cunningham provided the Board an update regarding the Public Safety Officers. They have now affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police and those negotiations have been very consuming. She stated that the Part-time CTU contract was ratified and the Board will act on it being completed early. President Cunningham stated that she is still optimistic about MAHE negotiations.

Budget Update

Vice President Barbara Larson stated that course fees are being recommended for Board's approval for courses affected by the recent program review process.

These fees will take affect Spring 2002. President Cunningham stated that the proposed budget for 2001‑2002 has not changed since the budget workshop conducted in April. She stated that it has been communicated from the State that community colleges should expect a decrease, which for LCC could mean approximately one million dollars. President Cunningham said that it is intended to bring the budget to the Board in June for adoption, but considering the College may not know in June if there will be an increase or decrease, this may postpone budget adoption until July because staff will need time to recommend adjustments.

M-TEC Update

President Cunningham reported that there have been two meetings with the external M-TEC planning committee. The committee decided to conduct M-TEC site visits to Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Those visits are being arranged and each committee member will invite 3 or 4 other companies to participate in the visits. An M-TEC work session with customers has been scheduled for June 22, 2001 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Action Items

Approval of Minutes

President Cunningham presented the April 17, 2001 meeting minutes.

Human Resources



Richard T. Howard, Executive Assistant to thePresident/Board Liaison, President's Office, Executive Office



William G. Blanchard, Faculty Member, Technology Careers, Careers Division

Deanna Hanieski, Faculty Member, Technology Careers, Careers Division

Francia Trosty, Faculty Member, Technology Careers, Careers Division

Clerical Technical Union - Tentative Agreement

President Cunningham presented the Clerical Technical Union tentative agreement to the Board.

2000-2001 Budget Reconciliation

Vice President Larson reported the use of the projected surplus will go towards funding the following: employee training and professional development, student financial assistance, Math Lab renovations, instructional equipment, increase in College's reserve for future Capital Outlay, and carry-forward the M-TEC set-aside.

Finance Update

Approval of Bids?

Phase one of the Arts and Sciences renovation bid was presented for the Board's approval. There were five bids received from different vendors and Thatcher Construction Company of East Lansing was awarded the bid.

Trustee Creamer asked why is the recommendation coming in at $630,000 when all of the bids came in higher than that amount. If the successful bidder came in at $640,000, why isn?t the recommendation to increase the budget by $10,000.

Mr. Bill Darr responded that the intent is to stay within the budget

Trustee Creamer asked President Cunningham if there are times it makes sense to go beyond the budget, if the original plans made sense.

President Cunningham responded yes and that this is a project that a specific amount of funds had been set aside to accomplish. The budget is the primary motivation.

Trustee Canady recommended that the budget be increased to $640,000.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Holden and supported by Trustee Creamer to accept the President's report except item 5, A, which will be dealt with separately.

Ayes: Canady, Creamer, Holden, Jeffries, Patterson, Pelleran
Nays: None
Absent: Rasmusson

Motion carried.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Patterson to increase the Arts and Sciences Renovation proposal by $10,000.

Ayes: Canady, Creamer, Holden, Jeffries, Patterson, Pelleran
Nays: None
Absent: Rasmusson

Motion carried.

Public Comment

Julie Jasmin - I might as well voice my opinion while I am here. For one thing, Bill Blanchard is a wonderful man and you are really losing a nice guy. He was married to my aunt. Secondly, and this probably doesn't address the board as much as it does the administration with the Aviation Department, again, I think it is wonderful that we want to save it, keep it, but structurally right now we are in limbo and all the hard work that was put forth will fall apart if somehow things don't move. So I don't know if there is somebody that can get with us to let us know what is going on. There is no time set aside to do the proposed changes in the curriculum, nobody that is going to be paid to do those, I don't know what is going to happen, but we are already up in the air and students are really going to end up feeling the crunch come fall. I would like to encourage you to maybe fill us in or set something aside. Secondly, in regards to negotiations and stuff, I would like to address the fact that I am a lab technician/librarian, and I do a lot of teaching, direct teaching, one on one teaching in a lot of areas. Dynamics, Meteorology, Aircraft Systems, Navigation, Math, I teach Radio Navigation, a lot of different things and at $11.85 an hour, that probably isn't what I am worth. At this point in my life I am willing to work with that because it works with my children's schedule, I am willing to make that sacrifice. My children come first. I put $25,000 in my education and the average rate right now is $20 an hour. I am willing to make the sacrifice for my kids, but I would also like to know what I do is appreciated and the time I put in is being compensated. I know the budget is always a problem, I understand that, I have a budget at home I have to deal with. So I can't always put in what I like to. But we work really hard, we are up there 6 hours a day solid, teaching, and they do it to build time, to move on, but we have a high turn over rate, too. It would be nice if we could have a pay that would reflect what we are doing, what we are worth and I think it works well for the students; they are not being transferred from one instructor to another. It is part of the learning process, it is nice to start and finish with one person. We have had turnovers, three of them this year, just this January, and that has been really stressful all the way around. Thank you.

Tom Ferris - I would like to thank the Board for their action tonight. The agreement is a 4-year agreement, 3 years forward, one year back. It lays some groundwork - work for some continued joint effort on the park committee and also classification study. We have a very dedicated part time support staff here at LCC, some very valuable and important people and it is good to get an agreement out of hard work and mutual respect as opposed to going to a third person.


The meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.

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