Board of Trustees
Minutes of the December 2, 2008 Special Board Meeting - Board Retreat

Chairman Mark Stephens called the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order in the Boardroom at 6:06 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

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

Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Gary.



Chairman Stephens stated that the financing ideas for the Master Plan are possibilities presented for discussion only, making it clear that he doesn’t believe the district can handle a referendum. President Patricia Granados commented that the vice presidents will report on the Master Plan and what is needed to bring the institution into the future. Vice Presidents Stabile, Latham, Sullivan, and Olson, and the associate vice presidents updated the Board on the goals and objectives of the Master Plan including facilities and infrastructure, use of space, instructional equipment, technology, new programs, partnerships and community outreach, strategic enrollment/retention plan, assessment, and developing human capital. The total cost of the Five-Year Master Plan amounts to $134,891,489. 

Potential funding sources were discussed including fees, grants, seeking funding from foundations, capital campaigns, taxes, tuition increases, and variable tuition. Measures such as contracting and reinvesting in star programs were also discussed. Mr. Stephens stressed that he will not support an increase in taxes, and asked for revenue figures on increased enrollment. He also stated that the college needs to do a better job of getting our students financial aid. Chairman Stephens asked for an analysis of the impact of tuition increases on the district demographics. 

Dr. Granados commented that a lot of work has gone into the Master Plan to create a working document that is comprehensive and reflects what is needed to move the institution. She stated that the college is committed to growing enrollment, but it is challenging to deliver given the funding available. Mr. Stephens noted that while the district cannot support a tax increase or a referendum, the Board is willing to look at tuition that makes sense for the district. He believes the reality of the situation is that the state budget needs to be straightened out, and hopefully the $10 million in capital funds will be released for the Technology building. 

Mr. Chiappetta made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to take a ten minute recess. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. The Board went into recess at 7:48 p.m.

Ms. Viverito made a motion to return to order, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. The Board resumed their meeting at 8:00 p.m. 

Trustees discussed various items in their self-evaluation as follows. As Chair of the Board, it is Mr. Stephens’ job to keep the Board informed, which is accomplished well, primarily through the President’s Office. The Board committees work hard in reviewing items that come to the Board, making sure that exhibits are in order and all questions are answered. 

Relations with the President were discussed as positive. While the Chairman is the liaison with the President, all Trustees are able to call upon her for information. Ms. Peluso agreed, and Mr. Chiappetta described the comfortable and welcoming experience Dr. Granados created for him in his training as a new Student Trustee. 

Regarding the Board and community at large, Mr. Stephens noted that many Board members have attended events in the past year. He asked Trustees to check their weekly mailings for upcoming events and attend what they can as representatives of the school. There was discussion about the outside organizations the Board is affiliated with, and the possibility of sending Trustee Gary to the Legislative Summit in Washington D.C. in February, 2009. Trustees agreed on the appropriateness of Mr. Gary attending the meeting and directed Mrs. Page to conduct a Board poll for the out-of-radius travel approval. 

The Board reviewed the mission statement and suggested no changes, commenting that the statement reflects what the college is currently doing. Board Policies were discussed, with note made that the policies have been reviewed and approval made for revisions following the split of the academic and student vice presidents. In addition, revisions to the travel policy are under discussion through the shared governance process. 

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 8:25 p.m.

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