Board of Trustees
Minutes of the January 23, 2007 Regular Board Meeting

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Chairman Mark Stephens called the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order in the Boardroom at 6:12 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

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

Absent: Mr. Becker (who arrived after the start of the meeting).

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of December 19, 2006. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Chairman Stephens noted that in the Human Resources Report, there are revised pages 1, 7, and 8, new pages 8A through 8E, and revised pages 12, 13, and 17. 

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Lisa Feldman of Elmwood Park, a Triton student, addressed the Board regarding lack of services and tuition. She complained of computers that need upgrading, educators that cannot be understood, classes that will not run due to the lack of qualified educators to teach them, and the quality of advertising. She asked the Board to make use of its natural resources by consulting with faculty. She also asked the Board to not abuse the reputation of the institution and raise tuition to a competitive rate. Mr. Stephens thanked Ms. Feldman for her comments, stating that the community college mission is to keep education affordable, and commenting on the different socio-economic levels in the district. 

Barbara Tuttle of Franklin Park, a Triton employee, invited everyone to the African American Read-In on Monday, February 5 between 1 and 2 p.m. in the Silent Study Room of the Library. Ms. Tuttle has been involved in this for the past six years and this year Glennette Tilley Turner, author of An Apple for Harriet Tubman and other Underground Railroad writings, will take part in the event. 

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Mr. Becker arrived in the Boardroom at 6:17 p.m.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Maggie Hahn Wade reported that Faculty are very busy with the start of the semester. She expressed concern about the classes that do not have faculty; as she’s discussed in the past, this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Ms. Hahn Wade commented that she’s asked for Board and Administrative support in getting clinical contracts signed in a timely manner, and reported that a group of students went to Hinsdale Hospital and had to leave because there was no contract. She hopes that this process can be expedited. 

Ms. Hahn Wade discussed the Dual Language Program issue, noting that faculty understand that there won’t always be agreement on issues, but at the Academic Senate meeting it was the faculty’s impression that the issue was going forward regardless of their concerns. Lastly, she thanked the Board and Administration for helping the two Enrollment Facilitators become Counselors, which will make Triton a richer institution. 

President Granados stated that she is not aware of an issue with a Hinsdale clinical agreement, and she will look into it. She noted that the position of Clinical Coordinator has been approved, and she will conduct board polls to hire a person if needed. Dean of Careers Cheryl Antonich responded that there is no clinical agreement with Hinsdale, of which the faculty are aware. Mr. Stephens commented that the Board’s concern is the student, and asked that the issue be resolved. 

Classified Association President Donald Cragen commented that Classified staff are looking forward to a productive semester.

Adjunct Faculty Association President Adrian Fisher reported that Adjuncts are happy with their new contract and raises, and are waiting to see about the longevity bonus. They are working through issues of class assignments. 

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Ifeanyi Onwuachi reported that the Student Senate met today and look forward to the semester and learning more about the Dual Language Program. He discussed the upcoming Relay for Life, which will have a kick-off on February 13. Student Trustee Patrick Murphy reported that the TCSA had a successful retraining retreat over the break with a lot of new senators. 

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Associate Vice President of Student Services Doug Olson provided an update on the Student Athlete Academic Success Program as follows. The program is a model to promote academic success and is designed to increase retention, transfer, and graduation rates of athletes. It includes a program for recruitment, involving athletes in campus initiatives, learning communities, block scheduling, academic planning, and life skills training. The program will be fully implemented by Fall 2007. President Granados acknowledged Mr. Olson and the group who developed the plan.

Associate Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Kennedy provided the following report on Web Accessibility for the Visually Impaired. A committee has been working in response to an IBHE resolution in Fall 2005 to create a three year plan for making the web more accessible and create campus awareness of the issues. There have been College Hours, PDC training on compliance issues, and integration in the campus master plans, and a text version of the Triton website will be in production soon. Progress reports have been submitted to the ICCB as required, and goals for 2007 include compliance of webmail, student portal, WebCT, and WebBoard.

President Granados reported that the Dual Language program was presented again to the Board Academic Affairs/Student Services Committee, and she has asked Vice President Ileana Rodriguez to report on it tonight. Dr. Granados feels this is an important project and wants to make sure everyone is comfortable with and understands the program. Dr. Rodriguez reported that the college has been exploring the Dual Language program for over a year, and is interested in pursuing the program because of interest in the area of education and the need for teachers. She presented statistics about the K-12 student population and the projected need of bilingual teachers; emphasizing that the Dual Language program will develop those needed professionals. Director of Nuevos Horizontes Elsa Figueroa addressed the needs from a student’s perspective by describing the Early Childhood Education program that has been going on at Nuevos for the past two and a half years. These are adult ESL students who are busy professionals but take English classes as well as education classes and are very successful with the right environment, motivation, and guidance. Dean of Enrollment Services Mary-Rita Moore reported that the Dual Language program will result in an Associate of Arts degree which is transferable. She also discussed that the educational attainment of Triton’s Hispanic students are comparable to the general student body, noting that 43 percent of ESL students place into college reading. Dr. Rodriguez concluded that opportunity for dialog about this program will continue, with identified areas of admission, size of the pilot, services to be provided in dual language, instructional design, and academic support to be included in the discussions. 

Dr. Granados clarified that the Dual Language Program is not a bilingual program, with the program calling for competence in both languages. She noted that it is often discussed that the ESL students are a captive audience, but there are other opportunities as well. President Granados strongly encouraged everyone involved to participate in discussion.

Mrs. Del Giudice asked questions including: what institutions have implemented the program, who will teach the courses, how will the budget be impacted, what student input has been, and who is the audience. Dr. Rodriguez provided the following responses. While there are bilingual programs in existence, this Dual Language program is unique to Ana G. Mendez. The classes will be taught by English and Spanish faculty for many classes; some will require bilingual instructors. They will be paid at the same rate as other faculty based on the negotiated agreement. Student have had opportunity for input through the Academic Affairs/Student Services Committee, Academic Senate, and focus groups (held at Nuevos). The program prepares professionals in English and Spanish and the audience could be anybody. ESL students are often mentioned because they are already students here and the program has seen growth. In response to a question about money put into the program, Dr. Rodriguez replied that travel has taken place to visit the program, including a trip where Dr. Rodriguez and five faculty members observed the program in Orlando. Also, staff from Ana G. Mendez have visited Triton to provide information to groups of faculty and staff. Dr. Granados commented that Luis Zayas from Ana G. Mendez is a former Triton Dean, and with his familiarity with the college and district, he reached out to us with the program. Mrs. Del Giudice commented that there is information on the Internet about the program and facilities at Ana G. Mendez that may help the Trustees in their decision-making. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados reported, as she did in her opening comments to faculty at the start of the semester, that a lot can be accomplished by working together. She expressed concern about the faculty report about clinical sites and appreciated the topic being brought up so that everyone can work together to resolve this as soon as possible so that students needs are met. In response to Mr. Stephens question of how clinicals are found, Dr. Granados commented that faculty and administration work together to identify sites, and a mid-management position was created to facilitate the agreements.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens commented that the Board looks forward to a final determination on the Dual Language Program after the faculty and administration come together. He stated that it’s important to remember that this is not a Spanish-speaking-first program. 

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:
13765 Budget Transfers
13766 Capital Development Board Agreement for Administration of Grant Funds CDB Project No. 900-010-285
13767 Memorandum of Understanding between Governors State University and Triton College
13768 Memorandum of Understanding between Eastern Illinois University and Triton College
13769 Instruction Contract for Bill Hess (On-Line Medical Coding Program)
13770 Clinical Education Agreement between Visia Fahrberger, CADC and Triton College
13771 Addendum Agreement between Mt. Sinai Hospital and Triton College
13772 Agreement with TQS Associates, Inc. #2
13773 Amendment to the Agreement between Triton College and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Executive Search
13774 Agreement with Pioneer Press – FY 07 (Confirmation of Board Poll)
13775 Minutes of the Closed Sessions of the Board, July 2006 through December 2006
13776 Agreement with Doherty Construction, Inc. for Construction of College Center Lobby Renovation – Phase I
13777 College Curriculum Committee Recommendations
13778 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
Ms. Viverito made a motion to approve the Action Exhibits, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B29.15 College Center Conference Rooms Remodeling (Confirmation of Board Poll)
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Murphy, to approve the Purchasing Schedule. 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 $1,433,919.72.

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.

CLOSED SESSION
Mr. Stam 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 7:18 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
Ms. Viverito 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 12:01 a.m. (on January 24, 2007).

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Becker, to approve revised page 1 and page 2 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.4.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Becker, to approve pages 3 through 6 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.8.04. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve revised pages 7 and 8 and new pages 8A through 8E of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.10.26. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Becker, to approve pages 9 through 11 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve revised pages 12 and 13 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.3.06. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 14 through 16 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.6.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve revised page 17 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01 through 7.2.11. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Peluso to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Viverito. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 12:04 a.m.

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