CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Chairman Mark Stephens called the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order in the Boardroom at 7:40 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.
Present: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Guzman, Mr. Kubiczky, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Mr. Stephens, Ms. Viverito.
APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of October 18, 2005 and the Board Retreat of October 25, 2005. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Chairman Stephens noted that Page 13 of the Human Resources Report has been revised.
REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
TCFA President Maggie Hahn Wade commented that with the Chairman’s help, there has been a great deal of shared governance involved in the Enrollment Initiatives, adding that faculty continue to be concerned with appointment of administrators that directly affect faculty without faculty involvement. Ms. Hahn Wade reported that there has been discussion about faculty bringing curriculum forward, and she wants to emphasize that faculty are busy and offering an R&D stipend isn’t enough to get new curriculum brought forward quickly.
STUDENT SENATE REPORT
Student Trustee Coral Guzman thanked the administrators who came to the Forum last Thursday; another one will be scheduled. She also reported on a Turkey Trot held today where over $100 was raised for a Thanksgiving dinner for students with no family in the area. Ms. Guzman invited everyone to the Trojan Pride event scheduled for this Thursday, November 17, at 4 p.m. in the RC building.
BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
Academic Affairs/Student Services
Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan stated that he has determined that the estimated amount of money to be raised by taxation, exclusive of election costs for 2005 is $20,218,064. The proposed 2005 tax levy represents a 0 percent increase over the 2004 pre-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.
Chairman Stephens replied that the Board of Trustees accepts the proposed 2005 tax levy as presented, subject to the public hearing and final review by the Board of Trustees on December 20, 2005, at 7:00 p.m.
President Patricia Granados commented on the Enrollment Initiatives project, noting that the college committee structure affords many instances to contribute. Regarding curriculum development, Dr. Granados commented that she continues to encourage innovation as programs are needed that meet the needs of the community. She has offered release time for innovative programs and added that release time can also be given through R&D.
Dr. Granados asked for the assistance and support of the faculty in securing the hiring of all faculty slotted to be hired. There are still a number of positions that were to be filled for the fall semester and candidates have not yet been brought forward.
Lastly, President Granados reported that the President’s Reception will be held on November 30, honoring Peter Silvestri, President of Elmwood Park. She encouraged everyone to attend this wonderful event of the Triton College Foundation, which supports the college’s initiatives and students.
Chairman Mark Stephens apologized for the late start of the meeting, explaining that personnel ramifications of the enrollment initiatives were being discussed in Executive Session.
Mr. Stephens reported on Enrollment Initiative progress as follows. After the Enrollment Luncheon, he asked that information go out one more time for input, which was received and incorporated into the document. The Board will not vote tonight, but will approve items as employees are hired, equipment is purchased, etc. Mr. Stephens has asked the president to ensure that the initiatives are well planned and documented with accountability built into them for the Board to review. Any hires or expenditures are to be highlighted in the Board book as Enrollment Initiatives.
The Board is looking to see equipment purchases, and Vice President Rodriguez will put the word out to determine what is needed that can go into the classrooms right now to make a difference. The Board is also looking to see more curriculum development, and there was mention of Trustee Kubiczky’s suggestion of providing education to meet the new requirements of lawyers. Mr. Stephens emphasized that the Board’s desire is that this be an all-inclusive process with consensus-building along the way.
Chairman Stephens discussed the contractual obligations for hiring that were negotiated by the employee groups. He realizes everyone is busy, but asked the search committees to work to bring the names forward for hiring to occur. There are several positions that should have been filled months ago but are still vacant, and Mr. Stephens promised that when the names come forward, the Board will vote on them at their next meeting.
Mr. Stephens commented that in his discussion of the need to increase enrollment, he emphasizes that it is not a threat when he states that without more students there will be a rif. Reality is that this Board will never let the college operate at a deficit, State funding is not going to increase, there will be a zero increase in the tax levy, tuition and fees will not be raised again at this time, and now it’s up to the college community to do its part.
BOARD POLICY – Second Reading
Business Services 3519.7 Adoption of the National Incident Management System for Triton College, District 504
Ms. Peluso made a motion to enact the Board Policy, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
With no objection from the Board, Mr. Stephens asked for a consent agenda and one motion to approve the Action Exhibits including:
13547 Budget Transfers
13548 Agreement with Sam Maack Insurance Consulting No. 8
13549 Agreement with Johnson Controls 4-Month Planned Service Agreement Extension of Mechanical & Technical Service
13550 Mutual Aid Agreement between Triton College and the Village of River Grove
13551 Final Pay Application & Certificate of Final Completion – L and H Buildings Roof Replacement
13552 Telecourse License Renewal for “The Examined Life”
13553 Maintenance Agreement with Q-Matic Corporation
13554 College Curriculum Committee Recommendations
13555 Extension of the Renewal of 36-Month HP Compaq Server Lease Agreement
13556 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
13557 Classic Computer Recovery Fee Waiver Request
Ms. Viverito made a motion to approve the Action Exhibits, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 1 and 2 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.4.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 3 through 7 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.8.04. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve pages 8 and 9 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 Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 10 through 12 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.9.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve revised page 13 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
6.0 Hourly Employees
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Becker, to approve pages 14 through 21 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.9.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
No action on page 22 of the Human Resources Report.
B28.14 Tunnel Waterproofing and Repair
B28.15 Printing of Community Education Guide – Spring 2006 Edition
B28.16 Café Furniture – College Center
B28.17 Service/Maintenance – Computer Equipment
B28.18 Laser and Deskjet Printer Maintenance
Mr. Kubiczky made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. 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 $2,205,632.98.
Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Guzman, Mr. Kubiczky, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens.
Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative.
A motion was made by Ms. Viverito to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.
Mrs. Del Giudice thanked Pat Varga and the Triton College Foundation office for the successful Polish initiative luncheon attended by Representative Saviano and Clerk Brown. She wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving.
Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.
Mark R. Stephens, Board Chairman Irene Moskal Del Giudice, Board Secretary