Board of Trustees
Minutes of the December 16, 2008 Regular Board Meeting

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Vice Chairwoman Donna Peluso called the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order in the Boardroom at 6:25 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

Present: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito.

Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Gary, Mr. Stephens (who arrived later).

Ms. Peluso commented that Chairman Stephens left his office at 5:00 p.m. and is en route, but asked her to start the meeting so as not to keep everyone waiting.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 18, 2008. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
None.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Director of Triton’s Child Development Center Cindy Mentone reported that several children from the Center along with their parents are in attendance tonight. The children presented ornaments they made to each Trustee. 

It was announced that Elena Dicosola, Child Care Center Associate, and Aidee Janney, Kindergarten Teacher, were nominated for the Golden Apple in Teaching Award. They were both applauded as they received certificates for their accomplishment.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Harry Torgerson of Orland Park discussed the recommendation being made for his termination as head baseball coach. He commented that the evidence presented tonight will clear the allegations made in November. 

Eric Esposito of Lemont discussed the baseball program, commenting that Mr. Torgerson was his coach and helped him get better, and he never experienced anything negative from him.

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Mr. Stephens arrived in the Boardroom at 6:37 p.m.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION (continued)
Chris Giglio of Mokena discussed the baseball program, commenting that the firing of the coach would affect every player and reduce their opportunities to move on. He believes that Coach Torgerson is doing the best for every player and that the Board should leave him in.

Jack Krause of Homewood discussed the baseball program, noting that he is sophomore captain. He commented that players are working with the coach contacting schools they will transfer to, and now is not a good time to switch coaches. Mr. Krause described a situation where Coach Torgerson helped him when an incident occurred at his baseball apartment in Elmwood Park. He feels he is representing the team when he says it is in the players’ best interest to keep the coach.

Darius Bolling of Chicago discussed the baseball program, noting that he is a baseball parent. When he drops his son off, he sees the coach working on the field and doesn’t think it’s wrong to have players working on the field. Mr. Bolling has never seen disrespect from the coach and believes he is turning players into men.

Danny Vargus of Elmwood Park discussed the baseball program, noting that he is one of the captains. He commented that allegations made regarding the coach’s behavior toward players from Elmwood Park were false; he is from Elmwood Park and has never missed a practice nor heard anything discriminating. Mr. Vargus stated that Mr. Torgerson is a great coach to the team.

Nick Pascente of Melrose Park discussed the baseball program, stating that he is a sophomore on the team and was not present at the coach’s home when work was done (as described last month). Mr. Pascente reported that there was no requirement nor punishment involved.

Kyle Slechta of Berwyn discussed the baseball program. He was a player in 06-07 and his experience is that Coach Torgerson was always available regarding any issue a player had, and that he imparted a good work ethic. 

Michael Nicks of Tinley Park discussed the baseball program, noting that his son is on the team. He was present at the last meeting and feels the comments there were coerced, while tonight the players are speaking from the heart. He asked the Board to really investigate what was said, commenting that beyond what is brought to the players by the coach, they are young adults and bear a responsibility to work on their own. Mr. Nicks stated that the people here tonight are in honor of the coach and are concerned about the future of these students.

Mike Gaffigan of Orland Park discussed the baseball program, stating that he’s known Mr. Torgerson for twenty years as the coach of both of his sons. Mr. Gaffigan has attended practices and games and has seen nothing as was described last month. He feels the coach is a good and honorable man, and if mistakes were made regarding the locker room improvements it was because the coach wants to make it better for the players. Mr. Gaffigan commented that players have to earn their playing time; he understands that if his son doesn’t play, it’s not the coach’s fault, but his son’s. He hopes the Board will reconsider. 

Tim Brennan of Clarendon Hills discussed the baseball program, stating that he is here in support of Coach Torgerson. He read an email from his son, Richard Brennan, who is at the Air Force Academy because Mr. Torgerson taught him leadership qualities and discipline. The email describes Mr. Torgerson as an honest and fair coach who emphasized teamwork. Mr. Brennan asked the Board to reconsider and retain him as head baseball coach. 

Martese Barner of South Holland discussed the baseball program, noting that he’s known the coach for many years. He commented that he had ACL surgery, and Mr. Torgerson encouraged him to keep going and not give up. 

Jim Giglio of Mokena arrived late but was allowed to speak with leave of the Board. Mr. Giglio of Mokena discussed the baseball program, noting that his son is a player. He described the recommendations he received to have his son play under Coach Torgerson when they were looking at colleges, and how now Mr. Torgerson is working hard and supporting his son as he looks at 4-year schools. Mr. Giglio commented that taking the coach out now will hurt the sophomores.

Steven Pelleck also arrived late but was allowed to speak. He discussed the baseball program, noting that under Coach Torgerson, he was named All Conference, All Region, and academic All American. He commented that if the coach goes to another school, he will transfer. 

Joe Scumaci of Chicago also arrived late but was allowed to speak. He discussed the baseball program, noting that playing under Coach Torgerson made him a better player. After Triton he received seven offers and was All Region and All Conference because the coach put him in that position.

Chairman Stephens thanked everyone for their efforts in attending tonight and for their comments. He assured them that this personnel matter will be handled like every other personnel matter with employee contracts and Board Policy in mind. A decision has not been made yet, and when the Board deliberates in closed session, they will follow proper procedure and consider all facts and comments received. Mr. Stephens stated that the Board will do its level best to make the right decision. 

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Debra Baker commented that faculty wish everyone happy holidays. She reported that with the difficult times and state financial situation, she hopes for increased enrollment in the upcoming semester. She heard someone say that this is the time the community needs us the most, and believes that everyone here is committed to that. Ms. Baker hopes that cool heads prevail and that we’ll get through this working together. 

Mid-Management Association President John Cadero wished everyone happy holidays and a wonderful New Year’s, reporting that mid-managers are busy working on search committees.

Classified Association: Ms. Baker noted that the Classified President asked her to let the Board know she had to go home to a sick child.

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Vanessa Cedillo reported that Senators will be going on an excursion to Navy Pier and that the E-Board will meet over break. She and Mr. Chiappetta wished everyone happy holidays.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
None.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados wished everyone a happy holiday and safe journey home tonight. She reiterated Ms. Baker’s comments that we’re all busy working to serve the community during these challenging times. Also, as Mr. Cadero referenced, the search will begin in the coming month for the two vice president positions.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens commented to the speakers during citizen participation that the Board will act based upon facts. 

Mr. Stephens discussed the recent developments in Springfield. He hopes the log jam will clear up with new leadership. 

Chairman Stephens wished everyone a good holiday season with cherished time spent with loved ones; and to come back ready to work on enrollment.

NEW BUSINESS

BOARD POLICY – Second Reading
Second Reading – All Board Policies
This relates to revisions made as a result of the split to vice president of academic affairs and vice president of student affairs, with no substantive changes. Ms. Peluso made a motion to enact the changes, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. 

ACTION EXHIBITS
With no objection from the Board, the Action Exhibits were taken as a group, including: 
14139 Budget Transfers
14140 2008 Tax Levy 
Mr. Stephens asked if the college has determined the estimated amount to be raised by taxation. Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan replied that in accordance with the FY 2009 budget approved by the Board of Trustees in September, the college has determined that the estimated amount of money to be raised by taxation, prior to the county extension and exclusive of election costs for tax year 2008 is $22,325,647. The proposed 2008 tax levy represents a 0 percent increase by the Board of Trustees over the 2007 extended aggregate tax levy. This proposed flat levy, plus county extensions, will provide the college with a portion of the financial resources necessary to support the educational plan for the current fiscal year as presented in the FY 2009 budget as approved by the Board of Trustees in September of 2008. Mr. Stephens stated that the Board of Trustees hereby accepts the proposed 2008 tax levy, subject to the Cook County extension and as presented without increase by the Board over the 2007 extended levy, subject to approval during this meeting. 
14141 Certification of Compliance with Truth in Taxation Act
14142 Release and Disposal of Obsolete Audio Visual Equipment 
14143 MCS Management Corp – Development of Online Learning Inventory Phase II & Linked Courses 
14144 Cooperative Agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)
14145 Cooperative Agreement with Gottlieb Community Health Services
14146 Cooperative Agreement with Advanced Physical Medicine
14147 Instructional Contract with Hector Lopez/Best Solutions
14148 Instructional Contract with Mr. Sam Rizzo for Pharmacy Technician Program
14149 Clinical Affiliation Agreement with Walgreens, Inc.
14150 Change of Employment Status for Extension Site Directors Effective January 1, 2009
14151 Agreement with Strata Information Group (SIG) Consultants
14152 Authorization of Tax Sheltered Annuity Providers – 2009
14153 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
14154 College Curriculum Recommendations
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the action exhibits, seconded by Ms. Viverito. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B31.14 Fully Remanufactured General Purpose Spect Gamma Camera System and New Thyroid Probe Uptake System
B31.15 Pool Deck and Locker Room Repairs “R” Building
B31.16 Printing of Spring 2009 Triton College Continuing Ed Guide
B31.17 Emergency Loudspeaker Paging and Emergency Phone Replacement
B31.18 Janitorial Supplies and Paper Products
B31.19 Electronic Classrooms
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $2,776,042.33. Mrs. Del Giudice questioned an item on Page 13 for TLC Events for $438.36 and again on Page 19 for what looks like the same item and amount. Those items were pulled and will be investigated with an answer given to the Board and a phone poll taken tomorrow.

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 
Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Gary.

Motion carried 5-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative.

CLOSED SESSION
Ms. Viverito made a motion to go into Closed Session to discuss and consider the hiring, discipline, performance, and compensation of certain personnel, matters of collective bargaining, acquisition of real property, and matters of pending, probable, or imminent litigation, seconded by Ms. Peluso. 

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 
Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Gary.

Motion carried 5-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board went into Closed Session at 7:24 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
Ms. Peluso made a motion to return to Open Session, seconded by Ms. Viverito. 

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 
Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Gary.

Motion carried 5-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 9:29 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT
Mr. Stephens announced that item 7.4.01 has been pulled and will not be acted on.

1.0 Faculty
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve page 1 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 2 through 4 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.7.06. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve page 5 of the Human Resources Report, item 3.1.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 6 through 8 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 9 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve pages 10 and 11 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 12 through revised page 21 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01 through 7.4.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Viverito to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 9:33 p.m.


Submitted by: 
Mark R. Stephens, Board Chairman
Diane Viverito, Board Secretary