Board of Trustees
Minutes of the December 19, 2006 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 6:03 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

Present: Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam.

Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Stephens, Ms. Viverito. (All arrived after the start of the meeting.)

Ms. Peluso announced that Chairman Stephens is en route and asked her to start the meeting.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kubiczky, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 21, 2006. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Ms. Viverito arrived at 6:04 p.m. 

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Vice Chairwoman Peluso noted that there will be a revised page 6 and a new page 6a in the Human Resources Report. 

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Ellen O’Connell, faculty member and district resident, reported that she was asked by colleagues to express disappointment with academic leadership regarding the dual language program. This issue was brought to the Academic Senate, and faculty thought it an opportunity to participate in shared governance but were told that regardless of Senate comment, the action exhibit would be brought to the Board. Dr. O’Connell reported that the faculty feel let down by the President and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, and that they want to put their efforts into programs that meet the needs of this community. She asked that the Board consider this lack of leadership in the evaluation of administrators. 

Ms. Peluso noted that she sees no action for the Board regarding a dual language program; President Granados confirmed that she has not forwarded it for Board action this month, but the issue has been discussed at the Academic Affairs/Student Services Board Committee. Additionally, the initiative has been under discussion for over a year with faculty and administrative agreement to pursue. Dr. Granados stated that a year of input with key stakeholders is shared governance, and she told the Academic Senate that their input would be considered. This issue will be brought to the January Board. 

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Mr. Murphy arrived at 6:08 p.m.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Maggie Hahn Wade reported that she was not at the Academic Senate meeting but received calls from Senate members who are unclear how shared governance works if discussion comes after a decision has been made. She also reported that faculty have concerns about faculty hiring with names put forward for Science positions and interviews not taking place until January, and names put forward for a position which will not be filled. Ms. Hahn Wade stated that issues like these can hurt the college’s reputation and make it harder to attract candidates in the future. 

Adjunct Faculty Association President Adrian Fisher reported that the Adjunct Faculty unanimously approved the negotiated agreement which is before the Board for approval tonight and feel that it is in the best interest of the adjunct faculty, college, and students.

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Ifeanyi Onwuachi reported that students are concerned about the dual language program which was discussed in the Academic Affairs/Student Services meeting with no other information coming forward; they want to be able to read and know what it’s about. Mr. Onwuachi also announced that student government is donating $275,000 to the College Center renovation.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
Ms. Viverito reported that one of the topics discussed at the committee meeting was the dual language program. She recalled that the program has been discussed in the past.

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Mr. Becker arrived at 6:15 p.m.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marge Stabile and Executive Director of Marketing Tom Olson showed the commercials that will run for the Spring semester. Mr. Olson showed different versions of an ad, one with a voice-over. There was consensus among the audience preferring a voice-over. Ms. Peluso commented on the marketing efforts, noting the many advertising agreements for action before the Board tonight.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services Ileana Rodriguez expressed her appreciation to TCSA for their contribution to the College Center renovation project which will enhance the college’s ability to serve students. Dr. Rodriguez shared her disappointment with the comments expressed about the dual language program which has been brought to Academic Senate three times and to the Academic Affairs/Student Services Committee twice with faculty involvement and discussion from the beginning. She feels the program can help our students and presented statistics that show the need. The Board questioned why this has become an issue, and Ms. Peluso commented that it’s confusing to hear such contradictory comments. She asked that dialog take place with the parties involved and for a plan of resolution. Dr. Granados commented that the issue will be brought back to the Academic Affairs and Student Services Committee and faculty and administrators who have been involved can discuss it. President Granados also commented to Dr. O’Connell and Mr. Onwuachi that as College Council members, where shared governance issues are discussed and topics requested for each meeting, they could have brought any concerns forward. Regarding the faculty position that will not be filled, Dr. Granados stated that it was based on growth in the program, and only removed since there was none and there is no potential for growth. Also, there is a timeline that we all need to keep with, and it’s difficult to make accommodations when the timeline is not observed. 

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Mr. Stephens arrived at 6:29 p.m. 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT (continued)
Dr. Granados continued regarding the dual language issue that there is room and venues for communication, but decisions need to be made. Faculty have been part of the process and traveled to Orlando, and the rest of the college community need to respect what they are saying. Chairman Stephens asked how long the program has been under discussion, to which Dr. Granados replied over a year. Mr. Stephens discussed the ESL program and opportunity to get those students into credit classes which will better serve the district. He stated that this initiative is no secret, having been openly discussed for over a year.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados reported that many positive things are happening at Triton. She thanked the students for their donation to the College Center renovation. 

Dr. Granados recognized Dean of Careers Cheryl Antonich and Faculty Joan Libner for writing Westlake grants; one for nursing educators and another for pre-nursing for ESL, in the combined amount of over $1 million. 

President Granados acknowledged Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences John Frye for stepping in as a search was conducted. She thanked him for helping move the college and area forward.

Lastly, Dr. Granados wished everyone happy holidays.

Mr. Becker commented that there’s nothing wrong with dissent, and shared governance doesn’t mean that the President or Board have to agree with what someone wants. Mr. Stephens concluded that the issue will be brought to committee and voted on next month.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens stated that the college’s focus for 2007 should be to better serve the community and assist those who need it. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

CLOSED SESSION
With leave of the Board, Chairman Stephens asked for Closed Session at this time. Mr. Kubiczky 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. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 

Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board went into Closed Session at 6:37 p.m.

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

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 

Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 9:14 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS
ACTION EXHIBITS
With no objection from the Board, Mr. Stephens asked for a consent agenda and one motion to approve the Action Exhibits including:
13738 Budget Transfers
13739 Disposal of Obsolete Equipment
13740 Blue Cross Blue Shield – Health Benefit Plan 2007 Rates
13741 2006 Tax Levy
13742 Certification of Compliance with Truth in Taxation Act
13743 Johnson Controls: Contract Modification
13744 Maintenance Agreement with Q-Matic Corporation
13745 Library Membership Agreement for Carli
13746 Cooperative Agreement between Advocate Christ Medical Center and Triton College
13747 Cooperative Agreement between West Suburban Medical Center and Triton College
13748 Waiver of Facility Rental Fee for Elmwood Park High School for January 8-12, 2007
13749 Agreement with Shaker Recruitment Advertising and Communications and Chicago Tribune
13750 Agreement between Triton College and WCIU-TV Chicago
13751 Agreement between Triton College and Comcast Spotlight
13752 Agreement between Triton College and Illinois Convenience and Safety
13753 Agreement between Triton College and Clear Channel Radio
13754 Agreement between Triton College and Emmis Radio Chicago/Q101
13755 Agreement between Triton College and WJMK-FM
13756 Agreement between Triton College and ESPN Radio/WMVP AM
13757 Agreement between Triton College and Telemundo
13758 Agreement between Triton College and Univision Radio Chicago (Spanish Radio)
13759 Agreement between Triton College and Clear Channel Broadcasting (Traffic Spots)
13760 Agreement between Triton College and WCKG Radio
13761 Agreement between Triton College and WLIV/LOVE FM
13762 College Curriculum Committee Recommendations
13763 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
13764 Ratification of IEA/NEA Adjunct Faculty Association Agreement, 2007-2010
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Action Exhibits, seconded by Mr. Stam. It was explained that the insurance plan mentioned in Action Exhibit 13740 is an alternate plan which only seven employees use, which was competitively bid several years ago and reviewed by the college insurance committee established in the faculty negotiated agreement. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B29.13 Printing of Triton Catalog – 2007-2008 Edition
B29.14 Printing of Triton Community Education Guide – Spring 2007 Edition
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Mr. Kubiczky made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $1,881,998.50.

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 

Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
No action on page 1 of the Human Resources Report.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 2 through 5 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.8.11. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Mr. Stephens commented that there is no new page 6a as had been reported at the beginning of the meeting because all changes fit onto revised page 6. Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve revised page 6 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.3.03. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Mr. Murphy made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 7 through 9 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.5.05. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Murphy, to approve page 10 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Murphy, to approve pages 11 through 13 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.6.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Mr. Murphy made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 14 and 15 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01 through 7.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Mrs. Del Giudice asked about the new Deputy Chief position, and her questions were addressed by Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan. 

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Peluso to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 9:24 p.m.

Submitted by: 
Mark R. Stephens, Board Chairman
Irene Moskal Del Giudice, Board Secretary