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Adopted Meeting Minutes
March 21, 2005
Regular Meeting

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:17 p.m.

ROLL CALL

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

ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

LIMITED PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS

Steven Bennett - Good evening my name is Steven Bennett I am the president of the Lansing Community College part-time clerical technical union. Tonight I represent the 200 or so employees on this campus that have been working without a contract for 263 days now. The (inaudible) from the public relations committee, headed by our own (inaudible) are here in the audience tonight. The committee has been charged with creating a campaign to educate its membership, our colleagues, the College leadership and the community about the various inequities that we face in our latest contracts. The LCC PTCTU campaign was launched last Wednesday and the brochure you have before you is a product of that campaign. The information in this brochure is nothing new but the PTCTU wants to be sure that its opinion about the facts is clearly heard by the appropriate decision makers. My comments are brief tonight but my message remains steadfast. We are committed to reaching a contract as soon as possible. But more importantly we are committed to reaching an agreement that will for once recognize the very significant impact that these employees have on this campus. I remain convinced that your commitment to this institution includes your commitment to the employees. I look favorably in the future that we will be able to come to a consensus for the betterment of all. Thank you for your time.

Lynn Savage - Good evening. My name is Lynn Savage and I am here to address you as chair of the LCC Labor Coalition on the subject of the budget for the coming year. It is apparent that there is great demand for funding, yet a limited supply of money for the remainder of this year and next. Simply put, priorities will need to be set. We know that your priority list includes quality programs and services and state of the art facilities and technology. As you consider and deliberate priorities for the remainder of this year and next, you must include in that list, at the highest priority, the human capital needs of this institution. The Board has focused intensively in recent years on the improvement of our physical facilities and our technology infrastructure, both of which were badly needed. We have also made some progress in employee compensation. More progress is needed, badly needed, to maintain and improve our programs and services for the community and to stay competitive with other education providers. At some point, resources for human capital must be found. While we must maintain our commitment to the infrastructure, it cannot be at the expense of our human capital. Individual programs and overall LCC quality depends on our ability to attract and keep the best faculty and staff in each area. This will enable us to continue to deliver the superior educational opportunities our students and the community expect. Without quality programs and services which depend on quality faculty and staff, there will be no need for great facilities or the finest technology. We doubt that anyone in this room wants to increase tuition substantially. However it may be the only way to address all four areas of priority need: quality programs and services, state of the art facilities, superior technology, and the highest quality faculty and staff. Our students enjoy one of the best community colleges in the state at nearly the lowest cost; it may be a luxury we can no longer afford. The Labor Coalition strongly recommends that you consider a substantial increase in tuition for the coming budget year. We are not arriving at this decision lightly. We invite both you and the administration to meet with us to discuss our specific concerns. Thank you for your attention.

Sally Pierce - Good evening, I'm Sally Pierce, President of MAHE, the faculty association here at LCC, which proudly represents 1,260 faculty on campus. You?ve already heard Lynn Savage?s statement from the LCC Labor Coalition, which I have signed, and I know you can see that MEA is on the agenda to speak to you tonight about the budget. Cheryll Conklin, our Uniserve director will be speaking to you about the LCC budget analysis that MEA has done. So why am I here during public comment? I am here because I want to pledge publicly to you and the community that MAHE stands ready to work cooperatively with you and the College's managers. If our shared goal is to increase the revenue streams of the College, we believe tuition must be studied. I told Paula today at lunch that MAHE would be willing to consider alternative calendar structures such as sixteen, sixteen, eight and eight - two traditional long semesters followed by two shorter terms that take place between winter and fall. Some Michigan community colleges have set their terms at fifteen, fifteen, seven and a half and seven and a half. She told me Glenn had already proposed such a system. I was glad to hear that. We must do something and probably several things to generate more income for the College. This week we are working to schedule the first session of our negotiations with management to discuss rules. We are ready to begin negotiations, but we do not believe the solution for this College's financial woes is rollbacks for faculty. In order to remain competitive we need great healthcare and competitive salaries. Some time ago, Paula and I set a goal for a contract by June. I stand here hopeful that she and I will be back in June asking you to endorse an agreement between MAHE and the LCC Board of Trustees. Thank you and I hope you?ll enjoy our budget presentation.

MAHE Budget Presentation

Cheryll Conklin - I am Cheryll Conklin and I am the Uniserve director for the Michigan Education Association and I represent the faculty, the part-time CTU, and the ESP and as you all know we are currently attempting to reach an agreement with the part-time CTU and we will be going into negotiations with MAHE and the ESP. I know you have implemented (inaudible). The Michigan Education Association performed an analysis of LCC's financial situation and Sally and I met with Barbara Larson and Jan Stewart last week and luckily there are no surprises. We took our data to Barbara Larson who said it was just fine. I am not going to waste a lot of your time going through the actual figures.

Ms. Conklin gave a presentation to the Board. (A copy of the presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

CHAIRPERSON AND BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Information and Announcements

Trustee Rasmusson stated that the Board received an e-mail from the Association of Governing Boards and they have a packet available on assessment and compensation policy. He thought it might be something the College may want to check into.

President Cunningham stated that she would do so.

Chairperson Laverty attended the student art exhibit at the Lansing Art Gallery. The second floor featured all LCC student art pieces. He really enjoyed it and thought it was a great exhibit.

President Cunningham and Trustee Brannan reported that there is a new teacher preparation partnership between LCC and Central Michigan University. The articulation agreement will allow students who are in LCC's teacher preparation program to do three years of teacher preparation courses at LCC's campus and the fourth year they will transfer to Central Michigan University.

Chairperson Laverty informed the Board of many upcoming events that they may want to attend. The events are listed on the Board's planning calendar.

Chairperson Laverty announced that Board Secretary Norma Mendez had her baby on Saturday, March 19th. Rich Howard announced that Norma, Sophia Emma and Andy, Norma?s husband, are all doing well.

President's REPORT

Informational Items

College Spotlight - Teacher Education

Dr. Gary VanKempen introduced the College Spotlight. He stated that there is a need for teaching professionals. It is estimated that there will be 300 openings per year in this area. K-12 teaching professionals are now listed on the critical occupation list. Dr. VanKempen introduced Dr. Sophie Jeffries, coordinator of LCC's teacher preparation program.

Dr. Jeffries stated that education is a national priority and quality teachers are key to a quality education. In Michigan there will be an ongoing need for teachers particularly in underrepresented populations: males, African-Americans, Hispanics. There is also a need in certain subject matter: mathematics, science, special education, early childhood language arts. LCC has an education program which is housed in the Social Science Department. Teacher preparation is an umbrella term for all of the activities, courses, programs and services in the College that serve teacher preparation. Dr. Jeffries introduced Dr. Geoff Quick, lead faculty in the Social Science Department and Dr. Quick presented a PowerPoint presentation (a copy of the presentation is on file with the official Board materials).

Dr. Quick introduced a couple students from LCC's teacher preparation program. Ricardo Tiller, a current LCC teacher preparation student, stated that he was working towards becoming a social studies teacher at the secondary education level.

Chet Dawson, a former LCC student and currently a student teacher of high school physics. He stated that Dr. Quick provided him with great guidance and the LCC program prepared him well.

President Cunningham stated that the people at LCC have provided 27 years of quality delivery of education. It is because of people like Dr. Jeffries and Dr. Quick that LCC attracts and retains students. She thanked them.

Human Resources

Faculty Appointments

Kevin Brown, Faculty History, Humanities and Performing Arts Department

Sabbatical Leaves

Susan Anderson, Professor, Science Department

Alex Azima, Professor, Science Department

Andy Callis, Professor, Humanities and Performing Arts Department

Monica Del Castillo, Professor, Counseling Services Department

Jo Ellen Downey-Greer, Professor, Language Skills Department

Pat Hays, Professor, Nursing Careers Department

Sharon Hughes, Professor, Social Science Department

Sandra Kidder, Professor, Counseling Services Department

Addie Morrow, Professor, Counseling Services Department

Michael Nealon, Professor, Humanities and Performing Arts Department

Doug Sjoquist, Professor, Humanities and Performing Arts Department

Geoff Quick, Professor, Social Science Department

Budget Update

Vice President Barbara Larson presented a FY 2005 budget update. The College faces a shortfall of $4.8 million for the FY 2006. They have asked College departments and divisions to identify reductions to help address the problem. (A copy of the budget update presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits

President Cunningham asked Tim Zeller to give the Board the legal status as he knows it.

Mr. Zeller stated that Attorney General Mike Cox issued his opinion on Proposal Two on March 16th that stated Proposal Two approval by the voters would in fact prohibit state and local government entities from providing benefits to their employees of the basis of domestic partnership agreements. The Attorney General has ruled that he feels it would be illegal for LCC to continue under the current contracts to provide health benefits to domestic partners. For employees covered by a contract it means that after June 30, 2005, LCC would no longer be able to provide those benefits. There are pending court cases and he will keep the College advised of any changes.

President Cunningham asked about non-bargaining employees.

Mr. Zeller stated that non-bargaining employees are not covered by a contract so effectively at the end of the month the benefits would end.

Trustee Rasmusson asked how many employees this will effect.

Mr. Zeller stated that it is very few, less than five.

Trustee Rasmusson stated that federal constitution prohibits interfering with the rights of contract employees and the College may end up paying for the affected employees to obtain COBRA and that would cost the College more.

Learning Center - Cesar E. Chavez

President Cunningham stated that approximately two years ago the College talked about the Learning Center being a dedicated place for all students, not just Hispanic or Latino students, to have a place on campus where they can come and work with their peers, study, mentor, and tutor. The Learning Center named in memory of Cesar E. Chavez will be dedicated on March 31st at 4:15 p.m.

Trustee Pelleran stated that she is delighted that this is taking place. She offered kudos to all who worked on this.

Community College Futures Assembly

President Cunningham stated that LCC was one of ten finalists in the Bell Ringer award. It is awarded to community colleges who have illustrated bell ringer service in a few different areas. It is judged by a group of peers and colleagues throughout the country. She stated she was proud to state that LCC's Lucero program was one of the ten finalists. President Cunningham introduced Raul Martinez and Dean Cardenas. They oversee the program.

The Lucero program was started years ago to attract and retain people of color by offering a place where they would feel welcome and obtain support they might need. Jean Morciglio chaired the original discussions. President Cunningham thanked them and congratulated them.

Raul Martinez stated that there are approximately 40 students involved after only one semester and it is growing.

Action Items

Approval of Minutes - February 21, 2005 Budget Workshop and February 21, 2005 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting minutes.

President Cunningham presented the February 21, 2005 Budget Workshop and Regular meeting minutes.

There were no changes from the Board.

Carolyn Kronenburg Resolution

President Cunningham stated that the College has commited to providing two scholarships to Carolyn Kronenburg?s grandchildren to LCC. When the Board adopts the action items it will approve of this action. She also stated there are still counseling and grieving services available for anyone on campus who may still be in need.

West Campus Property

Vice President Larson stated that an agreement has been reached with David Chapman, the owner of the land that was originally purchased in Delta Township for the West Campus. In February, Vice President Larson informed the Board that the sellers would donate four acres and LCC would be able to purchase the remaining three acres up to Mt. Hope for the sum of $200,000 payable over two fiscal years. The environmental study has been completed and there are no issues with the land.

Fee Consolidation

Vice President Larson stated that this would be the consolidation of the registration and activity fees. LCC has fewer and lower fees charged to all students than most community colleges. The College is recommending the consolidation of the activity fee which has been on a sliding scale depending on the number of credits, and the registration fee.

Finance - Approval of Bids

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

1. Landscape Architect Consultant Services - Campus Beautification Plan in the amount of $100,000. The bid was awarded to Landscape Architects & Planners of Lansing, MI.

2. A&S Lower Level Renovation in the amount of $1,156,900.00. The bid was awarded to Nielsen Construction of Holt, MI.

3. General Trades - GVT Release II in the amount of $199,000.00. The bid was awarded to Moore Trosper of Holt, MI.

4. Carpentry - GVT Release II in the amount of $727,000.00. The bid was awarded to Irish Construction of Howell, MI.

5. Masonry - GVT Release II in the amount of $424,400.00. The bid was awarded to Schiffer Mason Contractors of Holt, MI.

6. Structural & Misc. Steel - GVT Release II in the amount of $131,916.00. The bid was awarded to Douglas Steel of Lansing, MI.

7. Drywall & Acoustical - GVT Release II in the amount of $815,300.00. The bid was awarded to Integrity Interiors of Okemos, MI.

8. Painting - GVT Release II in the amount of $198,686.00. The bid was awarded to Valley Painting of Flint, MI.

9. Fire Protection - GVT Release II in the amount of $193,700.00. The bid was awarded to John E. Green Company of Saginaw, MI.

10. Mechanical - GVT Release II in the amount of $2,341,000.00. The bid was awarded to Kebler Plumbing of Grand Ledge, MI.

11. Electrical - GVT Release II in the amount of $2,422,000.00. The bid was awarded to Delta Electric of Lansing, MI.

12. Air Conditioning, Mechanical, Plumbing and Sheet Metal Services - these are time and materials contracts for the Physical Plant Department. The bid was awarded to Gunthorpe Plumbing & Heating of East Lansing, MI, Madar Metal Fab of Lansing, MI, and National Piping of Haslett, MI.

Trustee Pelleran wanted to know on the Landscaping bid if there was a component in the contract for integration with LCC's horticultural effort and our landscaping effort.

President Cunningham stated that in terms of students maintaining and keeping it up, yes. In terms of the actual construction and excavation of the site, the students will not be involved because of contract labor agreements and some other issues.

Trustee Pelleran wanted to know if all of the bids mentioned had contract labor agreements.

President Cunningham stated yes, all of the bids being presented for approval that dealt with renovations have contract labor agreements.

President Cunningham suggested the Board go on a tour of all of the renovations that are going on in GVT. It is hard to appreciate all that is going on and she feels that the Board will be very proud of all the progress that is happening.

Trustee Murray wanted clarification on the landscaping bid regarding the bid being for professional and design services versus construction.

President Cunningham clarified that the bid was for the design of the landscaping project.

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

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

Motion carried.

CLOSED SESSION

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Brannan and supported by Trustee Pelleran to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations.

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

Motion carried.

The Board entered into closed session at 8:03 p.m.

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

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

Motion carried.

The Board returned from closed session at 8:41 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no comments from the public.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.

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