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Adopted Meeting Minutes
February 25, 2004
Special Meeting


The meeting was called to order at 5:13 p.m.


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

Trustee Murray arrived at 5:25 p.m.


There were no comments from the public.


President Cunningham thanked the Board of Trustees for taking time from their busy schedules to attend the meeting. The purpose of the meeting today is to update the Board on where the College is on preparing for the 2004-05 fiscal year budget. She asked everyone at the table to introduce themselves.

The following staff members were present: Mr. Rich Howard; Dean Judith Berry, Business, Media and Information Technologies; Dean Chris Holman, Workforce Development; Dean Roberta Peterson, Human Health and Public Service Careers; Dean Judith Cardenas, Student and Academic Support; Ms. Stephanie Shanblatt representing Dean Gary Knippenberg, Liberal Studies; Ms. Ruth Borger; Mr. Dave Davidson; Dean Bill Darr, Technical Careers; Mr. Glenn Cerny; and Ms. Barbara Larson.

President Cunningham asked Vice President Barbara Larson to provide an overview of the 2004-05 fiscal year budget.

Vice President Larson introduced Mr. Hoa Nguyen, Mr. Wayne Provines, Ms. Denice Beckwith, Mr. Marti Pennoni, and Ms. Marie Plant who work as budget officers in the divisions. She provided a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted historical financial data, state appropriations, tuition options, possible cost saving measures and the College's budget process. (The presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

There was a question and answer period throughout the presentation.

President Cunningham asked Vice President Larson to provide a definition of the various budget categories.

Vice President Larson provided a brief description of the budget categories some of those included administration, instructional support, minor equipment, institutional expenses, and professional fees.

The Board reviewed the 3-year budget allocation summary spreadsheet that was provided in the Board packet (it is on file with the official Board materials.)

Trustee Pelleran requested a list of independent contractors and what the College paid them for the last three years. She also requested itemized budgets for each division that includes the actual and the budgeted amounts.

President Cunningham asked each division to give a brief overview of their budgets.

Deans Cardenas, Berry, Peterson, Darr, Holman, and Ms. Shanblatt gave an overview of the differences in their budgets from the previous two years.

Mr. Cerny gave a brief overview of the Information, Services and College Development budget, President Cunningham gave a brief overview of the Executive Office budget, and Vice President Larson reviewed the Administrative Services Division budget.

Trustee Murray requested a listing of the definitions of the accounts, a listing of all the departments and the number of full-time and part-time staff in each division.

President Cunningham thanked the Board for taking the time to ask questions and understand the process. There will be time in the future to ask more questions as today?s meeting was for information only. She thanked all the staff in attendance for their work and time spent in preparing for this meeting.

Trustee Pelleran also thanked everyone for their work in helping the Board do their job in preparing for the budget process. She stated that the revenues that governor has proposed are the same revenues the Board recommended in their resolution passed in November 2003. Trustee Pelleran suggested, as she is doing in her organization, conducting a survey on what people would be willing to invest in and willing to pay. She found in her own experience her members would support investments in prevention and intervention. She felt that what the market can bear is a dose of quality education services and excellence.

President Cunningham stated that some survey data will be seen in the next Annual Results Inventory report that will help guide the Board.

Trustee Murray felt that everyone has the responsibility to continue to put pressure on the legislators and talk about the cost of public education at all levels.

President Cunningham stated that the Board and the financial staff have done an excellent job in preparing the College for this budget crisis. She said other community college presidents are fearing the decisions they are going to have to make. The strategic plan has done an excellent job in preparing the College for this situation. She also said that historically this Board has kept the tradition to keep tuition low, but that could change.


There were no comments from the public.


IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Brannan and supported by Trustee Murray for the meeting to adjourn.

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

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.

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