Board of Trustees

Minutes of the October 16, 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 6:02 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

Present: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Esparza, Mr. Gary, Mr. Stam, Mr. Stephens, Ms. Viverito.

Absent: Ms. Peluso.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 25, 2007. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Chairman Stephens noted that in the Human Resources Report, there are revised pages 10, 11, 13, and 14.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
None.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Maggie Hahn Wade reported that Academic Senate and its committees are working actively on issues to promote learning. She thanked President Granados for bringing the signage issue to Senate for a good conversation, noting that the faculty is 100 percent behind signage but concerned about the cost involved with replacing internal signage on campus. Ms. Hahn Wade thanked Executive Director of Professional Development Daniel Swope for continuing to find stop gap measures to help with distance learning and hybrid courses, and is looking forward to a long-term solution with hires. 

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Bill Niemiec reported that their “Meet the Senate” event was a success, and that the TCSA is looking forward to the President’s Reception. Additionally, they are planning a recognition ceremony for past student trustees and presidents on October 30. Lastly, Mr. Niemiec thanked President Granados for speaking with the students and being open to suggestions. 

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
President Granados clarified that with the signage project, there is no additional cost to the changing of letters for internal signage; whether buildings are re-lettered or not, the cost will be the same. 

Representing the Strengthening Institutions Title III Grant, Daysi Diaz-Strong and Jonathan Paver gave a presentation on the positive impact being made by faculty involved in Learning Communities. Mr. Paver described the summer institute attended by faculty to develop their plans for the learning community and what they would deliver to the students to make this a meaningful learning experience. Faculty members Lori Carvajal from Psychology and Lisa Samra from Fine Arts discussed their experiences in planning to teach linked courses: Math and Psychology, Biology and Public Speaking. Linking the courses creates overlap of content and creates continuity for the students who will be engaged in many activities to help them be successful. The faculty have found this project exciting and enriching, with great potential for student achievement.

Chief of Police Michael Pendola administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Jesus Ramos. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados recognized new Mid-Management Association President John Cadero. Mr. Cadero announced officers as Rosa President as Vice President, Kay Frey as Secretary/Treasurer, and Peggy Hosty as Grievance Chair. He stated that he looks forward to working with the Board and administration.

Dr. Granados reported that there are two sabbaticals in tonight’s Board Book which she supports and recommends. She described the opportunity for Dr. John Wager to participate in a Semester at Sea, as one of twenty-five faculty selected to teach in this floating university. Dr. Wager will teach four philosophy classes and bring his international experiences back and incorporate them into his Triton classes. 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens reminded that a Board Retreat will be held next Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom to discuss the Master Plan, Economic Impact Study, Facilities Tour, and Board Evaluation. He invited the public to join the Board for discussion. 

Mr. Stephens presented President Patricia Granados with a plaque from the University of Austin, Texas for her participation as a visiting scholar in their Community College Leadership Program. Dr. Granados recently taught her first class and explained that she will be returning on different issues and topics pertinent to their program. She related that the program is renowned in the nation, and that the students there know of Triton College as a highly respected institution. 

Chairman Stephens read and presented a proclamation to the Village of Harwood Heights on the occasion of their 60th Anniversary. Harwood Heights Village Trustee Mark Dobrzycki accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Mayor and residents of the village.

NEW BUSINESS
ACTION EXHIBITS

13924 Budget Transfers
Ms. Viverito made a motion to approve the Budget Transfers, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

13925 Agreement with Arcon Associates, Incorporated
Ms. Viverito made a motion to approve the Agreement with Arcon Associates, Incorporated, seconded by Mr. Stam. After a brief discussion of green technology, voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

13926 MCS Management Corp. Depcon Tools Training and Support
Mr. Gary made a motion to approve the MCS Management Corp. Depcon Tools Training and Support, seconded by Ms. Viverito. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

13927 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
Ms. Viverito made a motion to approve the Out-of-Radius Travel Requests, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B30.14 Hospitality Dining Room Flooring
B30.15 Classroom Furniture
B30.16 Two Treadmills – Fitness Center
B30.17 Printing of Triton District Wide Schedule of Classes – Spring 2008 Edition
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $907,563.24.

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

Motion carried 6-0 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. Viverito. 

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

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board went into Closed Session at 6:40 p.m.

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

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

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 7:10 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve pages 1 and 2 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.5.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve pages 3 through 9 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.8.09. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve revised page 10 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve revised page 11 and page 12 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.5.04. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously with the exception of 4.1.01 which carried 5-0 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no and the Student Trustee voting yes. 

5.0 Mid-Management
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve revised page 13 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Mr. Gary made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve revised page 14 and page 15 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve page 16 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Viverito to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Becker. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 7:14 p.m.


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