Board of Trustees
Minutes of the November 21, 2006 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 6:13 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

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

Absent: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice. (Mrs. Del Giudice arrived later during the meeting.)

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of October 17, 2006. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Chairman Stephens noted that there is a revised page 7 in the Human Resources Report, and a revised Purchasing Schedule B29.12.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
None.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Maggie Hahn Wade noted that the Board will be acting on an MOU with Benedictine that deals with helping students move into a bachelor’s program. She offered the faculty’s help in working with agreements with Benedictine and other colleges related to the new Education Center that will open in our district. Ms. Hahn Wade wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Classified Association President Donald Cragen, providing an update on the rif, reported that the one person affected has been placed. He thanked the Board, President, and Executive Team for their assistance.

Adjunct Faculty Association President Adrian Fisher reported that Adjunct Faculty are looking forward to the Board’s reaction to the Adjunct Faculty contract proposal. Additionally, Adjunct Faculty will be represented at the Adjunct Faculty Job Fair on November 27, 2006.

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Ifeanyi Onwuachi reported on the following student events. TCSA is having Thanksgiving dinner right now. An Administrative Forum will be held on Wednesday the 29th where students will bring their concerns to administrators; invitations will be going out to administrators soon. Mr. Onwuachi thanked the Board for allowing TCSA E-Board members to attend a Leadership Conference in Florida recently. Student Trustee Patrick Murphy reported that the students learned a lot at the National Conference on Student Leadership. He will take the information he gained from the mini-sessions he attended and put together an abstract to present to TCSA, and will possibly hold a mini-session for senators.

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Mrs. Del Giudice arrived in the Boardroom at 6:19 p.m.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Chief of Police Michael Pendola administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Jamal Sykes. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados recognized the Women’s Softball Team, which was named by the National Fast Pitch Coaches to the Top Ten Academic Team. The women completed an outstanding season as an athletic team, placing second in the conference, and also academically, placing ninth in the nation with a 3.285 GPA. Dr. Granados commended coaches Art Kasak and Julianne Arient for their dedication to the success of the students both on and off the field. Work has been done on the softball field, including trees and a flagpole, and a scoreboard will be up soon. Ms. Arient thanked the President and Board for taking time to recognize the team and inviting them to the Board meeting. Many of the team will be moving on to four-year universities, and she is proud of each of them. The Board and audience applauded the team and coaches.

Dr. Granados strongly encouraged everyone to be involved in the review of the Self-Study document in preparation for the accreditation visit. A second draft will be out December 4, and community input will be sought in January. 

President Granados wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens commented that 2007 is approaching quickly and he looks forward to seeing the enrollment in January. He wished everyone a good holiday.

PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED TAX LEVY
Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan stated that he has determined that the estimated amount of money to be raised by taxation, prior to extension, and exclusive of election costs for 2006 is $20,431,128. The proposed 2006 tax levy represents a 0 percent increase over the 2005 extended aggregate tax levy. This proposed flat levy will provide the college with a portion of the financial resources necessary to support the educational plan for the current fiscal year as budgeted. Mr. Stephens asked for a motion that the Board of Trustees accept the proposed 2006 tax levy as presented without increase from 2005, subject to the public hearing and final review by the Board of Trustees on December 19, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Ms. Peluso made such motion, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

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:
13733 Budget Transfers
13734 Memorandum of Understanding between Benedictine University and Triton College
13735 Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps Overnight Approvals
13736 Curriculum Recommendations
13737 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Action Exhibits, seconded by Mr. Murphy. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B29.19 Computer Upgrades and Replacement – CIS Department (Revised)
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, 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 $1,477,706.60.

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

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative.

CLOSED SESSION
Ms. Peluso 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 Mr. Stam. 

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

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board went into Closed Session at 6:32 p.m.

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

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

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 9:02 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 1 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Murphy, to approve pages 2 through 6 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 Mr. Stam, to approve revised page 7 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.1.04. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Murphy, to approve pages 8 and 9 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.8.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously, with the exception of item 4.1.01, which passed 5-0 with Mrs. Del Giudice abstaining and the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 10 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.2.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Mr. Murphy made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 11 through 15 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
No action on page 16 of the Human Resources Report.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
With leave of the Board, Chairman Stephens deviated from the agenda to allow Penny Wolford of the Upward Bound Parent Advisory Committee to address the Board. Ms. Wolford expressed concern about the Upward Bound grant not being submitted electronically per the guidelines of the grant. This occurred because Triton wasn’t registered with the agency to submit electronically. Ms. Wolford noted that the Upward Bound program has been instrumental in helping minority children in Proviso and Leyden Townships, and she asked the Board to help get the college registered and ask politicians for support. Chairman Stephens asked for clarification on this issue from administration. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marge Stabile replied that the Grants Office was not aware of the requirement to file electronically, and described the process the college has now completed to register to do so. She is currently waiting to see if the paper copy will be accepted, noting that other institutions have experienced difficulty in submitting electronically. This grant would provide $1 million over the course of four years. 

Ms. Wolford also commented on a secretary being pulled from the program two weeks prior to the grant submission deadline, and how the parents pulled together to hire someone to type the grant. V.P. Stabile clarified that the secretary wasn’t pulled from the area but had requested a transfer out. Administration wasn’t aware of parents hiring a typist, and Mr. Stephens asked that Upward Bound Director Bertha Zagore provide the amount of money spent for that purpose. Chairman Stephens directed Administration to contact legislators as needed, and to inform the Board if there’s something they should do. 

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 9:11 p.m.


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