Minutes of the October 21, 2008 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 6:09 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

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

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 23, 2008. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
It was noted that in the Human Resources Report, there are revised pages 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 13.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
None.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
TCFA President Debra Baker reported that it is midterm week and she hopes the enrollment increase has been retained. She noted that faculty are heartened to see some of the changes being made as a result of the Master Plan with new furniture, benches in the hallways, and more electronic classrooms. Lastly, Ms. Baker commented that faculty are committed to helping during these hard economic times if the Board plans a march or referendum. Mr. Stephens replied that he doesn’t want something done just for PR purposes, but will perhaps make plans to go to Springfield for the veto session. 

Mid-Management Association President John Cadero reported that Mid-Managers are looking forward to getting a physical copy of their contract in their hands soon. Also, Mid-Managers will have crisis training as part of their in-service. 

Classified Association President Missy Cabrera echoed the support of the Classified in funding issues. She commented that Classified had some crisis training last year through Chief of Police Mike Pendola and that someone from the Professional Development Center will be talking to their group about training.

Chairman Stephens asked for the status of the emergency alert system. Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan replied that the data base is being compiled and the system should be ready after winter break.

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
Mr. Chiappetta introduced new TCSA President Vanessa Cedilla. Ms. Cedilla reported that with her stepping up as president, a new vice president will be appointed on October 28. She also reported that a Meet the Senate event is scheduled for November 3. 

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Vice President of Academic Affairs Angela Latham presented the Board with a plaque received at the recent School College Partnership Workshop held on campus. The plaque reads: DVR School/College Partnership Award presented to Triton College for the “Health Careers Camp” Program 2008. 

VP Latham, AVP of Information Systems Terence Felton, and Manager of Online Technology Darren Robards gave a presentation to update the Board about online instruction. Dr. Latham reported a steady growth in online classes since 2004, with an increase of over 250 percent. Mr. Felton discussed the conversion from WebCT to Blackboard CE, the platform which is used for the courses, noting that all online courses will be moved over to Blackboard CE in the next three-four months. Mr. Robards gave a demonstration of what an online class looks like in Blackboard CE. It was noted that one of the elements in the Master Plan is to provide a Blackboard shell for all courses, even if they are not online, so that the tools can be utilized. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados reported that the annual Legislative Luncheon will be held on campus tomorrow to show legislators areas of growth and hear testimonials by students. 

Dr. Granados reported that this year’s Leadership Academy Retreat went well and she thanked the Board for their support as we “grow our own” through professional development of staff. She gave a presentation showing the different sessions held during the retreat on September 15-17 including master planning, conflict resolution, leading at Triton, community college presidents, budget, cultural proficiency, emotional intelligence, and professional development. The leaders’ project for the year will be a sustained public relations plan that includes an ad campaign, leadership academy for youth, mentoring, and outreach to churches. The group will meet monthly throughout the year and will be provided with ongoing professional development. Dr. Granados introduced Leadership Academy participants who will share a few words about their experience.

Faculty member Gabriel Murphy thanked everyone who made the Academy possible. He learned many things at the retreat and was able to reflect on “who we are and why we are here” as a community college. One of the things he took away from the retreat is a sense of personal responsibility and that he must instill the core values into everything he does to help the college move forward. 

Senior Systems Technology Analyst Mike Garrity thanked everyone for the honor of being invited to participate in the Leadership Academy. He described the three day retreat as an eye-opening experience that will help the participants be more effective leaders on campus. Mr. Garrity applauded Triton for planning for the future and investing in its employees this way. 

Faculty Counselor Tracy Wright Goehmann thanked the Board for the opportunity to participate in the program. She appreciated that the leaders came from a spectrum of the college including the different employee groups. The feedback she received from President Granados and others encouraged her to think of how she can bring her skills to the college community. Ms. Wright Goehmann noted that the challenging hands-on sessions helped her understand college processes like budgeting and increased her ownership.

Dr. Granados concluded that her hope is to have every single employee go through the Leadership Academy and looks forward to the Board’s continued support.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens reported that enrollment is up, but he’s asked the President to look at areas that we haven’t done well in to determine what needs to be done to get more students and credit hours.

Mr. Stephens encouraged everyone to attend the President’s Reception on November 19. The honorees are the mayors of Bellwood and River Grove.

Chairman Stephens commended the employees of Triton College on the collegial spirit being exhibited during these difficult economic times. 

NEW BUSINESS

BOARD POLICY – First Reading
Student Services
5731 Permit for Posting Signs, Posters, and Banners

ACTION EXHIBITS
With no objection from the Board, the Action Exhibits were taken as a group, including the following items.

14118 Budget Transfers
14119 Machine Tool Technology Equipment Auction
14120 Realignment of the Johnson Controls, Inc. Planned Service Agreement (PSA) – FY 09
14121 Instructional Agreement with Lovegevity, Inc.
14122 Cooperative Agreement with Midtown Physicians, S.C.
14123 PACE Locally Based Service Program Agreement
14124 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
14125 FY 2009 Waiver of Room Rental Fee - Triton Foundation 16th Annual President’s Reception (Revised)
14126 Agreement with Franklin Park School District 84
Mr. Gary made a motion to approve the Action Exhibits, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B31.10 ACT Compass Administration Units
B31.11 Best Literacy Test Forms
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $1,303,800.85.

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice with the exception of those items noted below, Mr. Gary, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 
Negative: Mrs. Del Giudice on the following items: Page 31 - $330, $419; Page 32 - $3,000; Page 35 - $606.01; Page 36 - $32.20, $491.27, $355.53; Page 39 - $1,745; Page 46 - $12,667.08; Pages 46, 47, 48, 49 - $24,805.92; Page 54 - $725.41.

Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative, with the exception of the items listed above which carried 6-1 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no and 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. Chiappetta. 

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Gary, 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 6:58 p.m.

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

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Gary, 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 7:40 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms Viverito, to approve revised page 1 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 and 1.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve pages 2 and 3 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.7.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve revised page 4 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.2.03. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously with the exception of item 3.1.01 which carried 6-1 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no and the Student Trustee voting yes.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve revised page 5, page 6, and revised page 7 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.8.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve revised page 8 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Becker, to approve revised page 9 through 12 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.3.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve revised page 13 of the Human Resources Report, items 7.1.01 through 7.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

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 7:44 p.m.


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