Governing Board Meeting – January 26, 2016

Governing Board Meeting – January 26, 2016


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I
WOULD LIKE TO CALL THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING OF
JANUARY 26, 2016 TO ORDER. I WOULD LIKE MR. CONNER
LIKEMAN, WHO IS VICE PRESIDENT OF
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS AT CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY
COLLEGE TO APPROACHED THE PODIUM. NOW MR. LIKEMAN WILL LEAD US IN
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. PLEASE STAND. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE
FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE
REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER
GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND
JUSTICE FOR ALL. THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, MR. LIKEMAN. ANNOUNCE OF SUBSTITUTES. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME
I’VE DONE THIS, SO DON’T GET TOO EXCITED. SUBSTITUTING FOR
VICE CHANCELLOR MARIA HARPER-MARINICK IS THE
ASSOCIATE ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR
FELICIA GANTHER. AND SUBSTITUTING FOR
PRESIDENT SHARI OLSON OF SOUTH MOUNTAIN IS VICE
PRESIDENT JANET ORTEGA. COLLEGE REPORTS: FIRST,
THE STUDENT LIFE REPORT FROM CHANDLER-GILBERT
COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT LIFE. YOU HAVE FANS. SCARY. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. GLASPER,
MEMBERS OF THE CHANCELLOR’S EXECUTIVE
COUNCIL, AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS MICHAEL GREEN. I AM THE DIRECTOR
OF STUDENT LIFE AND LEADERSHIP AT CHANDLER-GILBERT
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. TONIGHT’S STUDENT LIFE
REPORT IS IN TWO PARTS. PART ONE IS MYSELF,
HERSCHEL JACKSON, WHO IS A STUDENT LIFE DIRECTOR
AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WILL
BE PRESENTING ON THE DISTRICTWIDE THREE-DAY
LEADERSHIP RETREAT HELD IN PRESCOTT, ARIZONA, ON
SEPTEMBER 18, 19, 20, 2015. PART TWO, WILL BE
CONNER LIKEMAN. YOU JUST MET CONNER. HE IS THE NEWLY NAMED VICE
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATE STUDENTS OF CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY
COLLEGE. AND HE WILL BE PRESENTING
ON THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT HAPPENINGS AT CHANDLER-GILBERT
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. SO PART ONE, THE PINE
SUMMIT CAMP, THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CAMP WAS THE
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE. I’M SORRY. LET ME BACK UP. ALL RIGHT. THIS YEAR’S THEME FOR
THE THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP RETREAT WAS TAKEN FROM
THE BOOK “THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE,” WRITTEN BY
JAMES KOUZES AND BARRY POSNER. THE THEME WAS: INSPIRE
A SHARED VISION. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT OUR
CONNECTIONS WITH STUDENTS WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED
AND CONTINUE WITH OUR COLLEGES. THE RETREAT CREATES A
DISTRICTWIDE LEARNING COMMUNITY THAT HELP
STUDENTS BELONG AND REALIZE THAT THEY
CAN SUCCESSFUL. THREE DAYS ARE SPENT COOL
PINE TREES OF PRESCOTT, ARIZONA, WITH 155
STUDENTS, 28 STAFF FROM ALL OVER MARICOPA
COLLEGES, ALONG WITH STUDENTS FROM CENTRAL
ARIZONA COLLEGE, AND COCONINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WHO ATTENDED THE RETREAT. THE THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP
RETREAT IS COLLABORATED TO HELP CONNECT STUDENTS TO
THE OFFICES OF STUDENT LIFE AND LEADERSHIP ON OUR
CAMPUSES AND TO FACILITATE STUDENT INVOLVEMENT. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THIS
CONNECTION INCREASES STUDENT RETENTION,
PERSISTENCE, AND COMPLETION. COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDED
HERSCHEL JACKSON, KT CAMBELL — HERSCHEL JACKSON
FROM ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN, KT CAMBELL FROM
CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE WHO ARE HERE
TODAY, ALONG WITH THE OTHER DIRECTORS OF STUDENT
LIFE AND LEADERSHIP AND STAFF FROM ALL
OVER THE DISTRICT. A FEW HIGHLIGHTS: THE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS THE DYNAMIC RANDY MOORE OF
THE YEAR UP PROGRAM. HIS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE
TOOK US ALL THROUGH HIS JOURNEY THROUGH EDUCATION,
WHICH IT INCLUDED OVERCOMING SOME
FRUSTRATING CIRCUMSTANCES TO OBTAINING HIS MASTER’S
DEGREE AND FOCUSING ON ACQUIRING HIS
DOCTORAL DEGREE. WE WERE ALL AMAZED AND MOTIVATED
BY HIS STORY. WORKSHOPS. YOU CAN SEE THE
WORKSHOPS UP THERE. “FINISH YOUR VISION” WAS
PRESENTED BY THE CENTRAL ARIZONA COLLEGE
STUDENT AND STAFF. “YOUR LIFE, YOUR SUCCESS”
WAS PRESENTED BY ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY
COLLEGE, HERSCHEL JACKSON. “FROM WHAT TO WHY” WAS
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT AND STAFF. AND THE “TAKE THE LEAD” WAS JOHN
BOSTEON FROM RIO COLLEGE. ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT WAS THE
ROTATING LEADERSHIP PANEL. AND THE OBJECTIVE WAS FOR
STUDENTS TO LEARN THREE DIFFERENT APPROACHES
TO CURRENT COLLEGES AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO HAVE
USED INSPIRE — TO INSPIRE A SHARED VISION. HERE’S A LIST OF ALL OF
THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO CAME UP TO SHARE THEIR
JOURNEY WITH THE STUDENTS. YOU SEE AGAIN, STEPHANIE
FUJI, JONI GROVNER, CHRIS HAINES, ERIC LASHINSKI,
ADRIANA CORNOB, PAMELA HALL, MONA SCOTT, HERSCHEL
JACKSON, ALEX GANAL, JUAN MENDEZ, JULIA GOUSA, ALL
OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WERE THERE ON THEIR OWN TO
PROVIDE THEIR JOURNEY THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND
HELP INSPIRE THE STUDENTS. OKAY. I WILL LET HERSCHEL
JACKSON GO OVER THE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND THE
STUDENT COMMENTS FROM THE THREE-DAY RETREAT. OKAY. UP HERE WE HAVE SOME OUR
MEASURED OUTCOMES FOR THE THREE-DAY RETREAT. WHEN ASKED ABOUT ATTENDING
THE MCCD THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP RETREAT, 72%
OF THE STUDENTS STRONGLY AGREED THAT THEY WANT
TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
ONCE THEY RETURN. 21% AGREED, WHILE
ATTENDING THE MCCD THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP
RETREAT, I PARTICIPATED IN THE GROUP ACTIVITY TO
CREATE A SHARED VISION. 77% STRONGLY
AGREED, 19% AGREED. AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING
THE MCCD THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP RETREAT, I
NOW HAVE A VISION AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO UTILIZE. 63% STRONGLY
AGREE, 21% AGREED. HERE WE HAVE SOME
STUDENT COMMENTS. THIS IS A SMALL SAMPLE OF
SOME OF THE COMMENTS, BUT IT ILLUSTRATES THE ACTUAL
IMPACT THAT THIS RETREAT CAN HAVE ON OUR STUDENTS. ONE OF THE STUDENTS
STATED: PLEASE DON’T STOP THIS RETREAT. ANOTHER STUDENT STATED:
LOVE THE DIVERSITY AND BEING ABLE TO INTERACT
AND LISTEN TO OPINIONS OF PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS
DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS. ANOTHER STUDENT STATED:
THE THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP HAS CHANGED MANY OF MY
VIEWS, AND I LOVED ALL THE SKILLS TO SUCCEED. MY INNER WORLD HAS CHANGED
AFTER ATTENDING MCCD THREE-DAY
LEADERSHIP RETREAT. ATTENDING THIS RETREAT I
BECAME ABLE TO IDENTIFY ALL MY STRENGTHS AND
SKILLS, AND MOREOVER, I LEARNED HOW TO UTILIZE
ALL OF MY STRENGTHS. I ALSO LEARNED HOW TO
OVERCOME THE BARRIERS TO LEADERSHIPS WITHIN A
THREE-DAY SHORT PERIOD. NOW I AM A CHANGED PERSON
WITH A BRIGHT VISION IN THE BEST WAYS TO
ACHIEVE MY GOALS. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO
STATE THAT THE STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED THE THREE-DAY
LEADERSHIP RETREAT, AFTER ATTENDING THE RETREAT
THEY WERE ABLE TO CLEARLY IDENTIFY THE VARIOUS
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL FACTORS TO PLAY A ROLE IN OUR
STUDENT SUCCESS, BUT OFTEN TIMES PLAY A ROLE IN OUR
STUDENT’S FAILURES AS WELL. THE STUDENTS ALSO WERE
ABLE TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT METHODS TO NAVIGATE THESE
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL FACTORS ON A WAY TO SUCCESS
AS A STUDENT AS WELL. THANK YOU. OKAY. I’M GOING TO REALLY
ACTUALLY MOVE TO THE QUESTION SECTION UNTIL AFTER
CONNER’S PRESENTATION. AND I WILL WELCOME CONNER
LIKEMAN ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT AT CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY
COLLEGE. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. GLASPER, MEMBERS OF
CEC AND GUESTS, MY NAME IS CONNER LIKEMAN, VICE
PRESIDENT OF ASSOCIATED STUDENTS HERE AT
CHANDLER-GILBERT WHERE I’M ENROLLED IN THE
PRELAW PROGRAM. ONE DAY SOON I WOULD LIKE
TO PRACTICE LAW HERE IN ARIZONA. BEFORE I BEGIN, I WOULD TO
THANK YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK. AND HERE WE GO. TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO TALK
ABOUT SOME OF THINGS WE’VE HELD ON CAMPUS AND OUR
APPROACH TO BEING INVOLVED WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. OUR GOAL LAST SEMESTER WAS
TO FOLLOW THE THREE S’S OF SUCCESS: SOCIAL,
SERVICE, AND STUDIES. IN A SECOND I WILL SHOW
YOU EXAMPLES OF EACH OF THESE PHILOSOPHIES. FOR SOCIAL, THIS OCTOBER
WE HOSTED A FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. WITH AN ATTENDANCE OF 300
PEOPLE, WE SHOWED “HOCUS POCUS” AND SET UP BOOTHS AND HELD A
COSTUME CONTEST. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES
OF THE BOOTHS. IF YOU CAN’T READ THAT, I
WILL LIST SOME OF THEM OFF RIGHT NOW. M.E.N. HELD A BOWLING BOOTH. AND OUR MOST POPULAR BOOTH
WAS THE EDUCATORS RISING FACE PAINTING. IT WAS PRETTY
FUN, ACTUALLY. OVERALL IT WAS A GREAT
SUCCESS, AND WE INTEND ON DOING SOMETHING LIKE
THIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. OUR NEXT “S”
STANDS FOR SERVICE. FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
THE COMMUNITY HERE AT CHANDLER-GILBERT ORGANIZED
SEVERAL FUNDRAISERS FOR THE STUDENTS. OUR ADOPT-A-FAMILY DRIVE
WAS ABLE TO ADOPT FIVE FAMILIES FOR THE HOLIDAY
SEASON TO PROVIDE THEM WITH SOME NECESSARY GIFTS. WE ALSO HELD A GIFT
OF GIVING TREE, WHERE STUDENTS COULD PICK AN
ORNAMENT THAT LISTED AN ITEM A CHILD IN
NEED REQUESTED. THIS COULD RANGE FROM
CLOTHING, TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES, TO ONE
DIRECTION PERFUME. AND THE LAST “S”
STANDS FOR STUDIES. FOR THE WEEK BEFORE
FINALS, WE HELD A STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK. ONE DAY WE GAVE OUT HOT
CHOCOLATE AND DOUGHNUTS, WHILE ANOTHER DAY WE
HOSTED A FUELING UP FOR FINALS BOOTH. THAT DAY WE GAVE OUT
SCHOOL SUPPLIES, AS WELL AS SNACKS AND DRINKS FOR
THE STUDENTS TO FUEL UP FOR FINALS. WE HAD A GREAT
SUCCESS IN THAT. WE GAVE OUT ITEMS TO
HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS, AND A LOT OF STUDENTS REALLY
APPRECIATED THE THOUGHT. WE ARE EXCITED FOR
THIS NEXT SEMESTER. AND HERE ARE THE CLUBS
THAT MEET EVERY THURSDAY AT THE CLUB BOARD
MEETINGS THAT I RUN. THIS NEXT WEEK WE ARE
HOSTING A CLUB FAIR WHERE WE WOULD LOVE TO RECRUIT
SOME MORE MEMBERS TO NOT ONLY THESE CLUBS HERE,
BUT TO PAC, WHICH IS THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT HERE
AT CHANDLER-GILBERT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. AND DO YOU GUYS
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? QUESTIONS MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD? MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. I’D LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION
OF MR. GREEN, PLEASE. MR. GREEN, DO THE STUDENTS
RAISE THEIR OWN FUNDS FOR THIS RETREAT OR IS
MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT PAYING FOR IT? IT COMES OUT OF THE
BUDGETS OF THE STUDENT LIFE DIRECTORS
AT THE COLLEGES. THE STUDENTS DO
NOT HAVE TO PAY. AND HOW MUCH DOES THIS
THREE-DAY RETREAT COST US? YOU KNOW, I DON’T HAVE THE
NUMBERS IN MY HEAD RIGHT NOW. I CAN PROVIDE
THOSE FOR YOU. IT COMES OUT TO ABOUT
$150 PER STUDENT. THANK YOU. MS. LIVINGSTON. THIS IS FOR EITHER OF YOU. CONNER, I’D LIKE TO
SAY THAT, FIRST OF ALL, WELCOME TO THE WORLD
OF PUBLIC SPEAKING. AND I THINK YOU’LL MAKE
A FINE ATTORNEY ONE DAY. OTHER THAN THAT, I’M VERY
IMPRESSED WITH HOW MUCH YOU DID ON
CHANDLER-GILBERT’S CAMPUS, ESPECIALLY FOR THAT FINALS
WEEK AND GIVING TO OTHERS. THE ONE DIRECTION COLOGNE;
WHY DOES THAT STICK IN YOUR OUR HEAD? AS I SIT HERE, I PICK UP
THE RANDOMNESS THINGS. THAT WAS PROBABLY THE
MOST SURPRISING THING. YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. THE PINE RETREAT —
PINE SUMMIT, EXCUSE ME, FABULOUS IDEA. I THINK LEADERS EMERGE
FROM TRUE LEADERSHIP NOT OFTEN TAUGHT IN THE
BOOKS, BUT TAUGHT OUTSIDE. CONGRATULATIONS, SIR. EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. WE DO BELIEVE IN LEARNING
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS
LEARNING INSIDE THE CLASSROOM. THANK YOU. FURTHER COMMENTS? MR. GREEN — VICE
PRESIDENT GREEN, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. EXTRAORDINARY PROGRAM. THANK YOU. CONNER, THANK YOU. COLLEGE REPORTS,
SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. I THINK WE’RE IN
FOR A SURPRISE. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER,
AND CEC COLLEAGUES, AND GUESTS. IT’S MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE
A VERY SPECIAL GROUP TONIGHT. YOU KNOW, WE DON’T HAVE TO
LOOK VERY FAR OR VERY LONG TO UNDERSTAND THAT COLLEGE
AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES ARE INCREASINGLY THE SITE
OF SOME CRISIS OR VIOLENT ACTS SOMETIMES WITH VERY
UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCES. THE GROUP TONIGHT COMES
TO YOU AS PRESENTING THEMSELVES AND WHAT THEY DO AS A
RESOURCE TO MARICOPA. AND SO ONE SORT OF
PERSONAL COMMENT BETH ELLS, WHO IS WITH THIS
GROUP, IS A RETIRED SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE FACULTY MEMBER. AND I CAN SAY IN MY
TENURE AT SCOTTSDALE, BETH AFFIRMS THE IMPORTANCE
OF HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED THROUGH THE HELP AND
DEDICATION AND TRAINING OF OUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS. SO IT’S A PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE THE FOLKS FROM HOPE, AN ANIMAL ASSISTED
CRISIS RESPONSE PROGRAM. THERE THEY ARE. LET ME JUST SAY
PARENTHETICALLY, AT THIS TIME OF MAJOR CHANGE IN
OUR LIVES, I THINK WE ALL CAN PROBABLY HAVE A LITTLE
MOMENT OF THERAPY BY PETTING THE DOGS
ON THE WAY OUT. MAYBE NOT. I’M SORRY. YES. YES. I HAVE SOME BROCHURES, IF ANYONE
WANTS THEM, OF OUR ORGANIZATION. GOOD EVENING, MR.
CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR,
MEMBERS OF CEC, AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS PAT SEVERANS. AND I’M THE ARIZONA STATE
COORDINATOR FOR HOPE ANIMAL ASSISTED
CRISIS RESPONSE. AND MY K-9
PARTNER IS PILLAR. AND BETH IS MY COLLEAGUE
AND A HOPE MEMBER. AND YOU SAID, SHE WORKED
AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DIVISION CHAIR. AND HER K-9
PARTNER IS CINDER. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TONIGHT REGARDING OUR
ORGANIZATION TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER
DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS. WE’RE HOPING TO LET
YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION SO YOU KNOW
THAT OUR SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANY CRISIS
OR DISASTER THAT MAY OCCUR ON A CAMPUS. HOPE’S MISSION STATEMENT
IS TO PROVIDE COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH
ANIMAL-ASSISTED SUPPORT TO INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED
BY CRISIS OR DISASTERS. A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR
HISTORY, IT’S A NATIONAL, ALL VOLUNTEER, NONPROFIT
501C3 ORGANIZATION, WITH HIGHLY EXPERIENCED K-9
THERAPY TEAMS WHO HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY TRAINED
IN CRISIS RESPONSE. HOPE WAS ESTABLISHED
15 YEARS AGO AND NOW ENCOMPASSES FIVE REGIONS
AND COVERS 29 STATES, WITH 250 CRISIS-RESPONSE TEAMS. WE ARE IN THE SOUTHWEST
REGION, WHICH INCLUDES CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA,
NEW MEXICO, AND NEVADA. AND WE CURRENTLY HAVE
15 TEAMS IN ARIZONA. THE TEAMS ARE CERTIFIED
AND INSURED WITH A MILLION-DOLLAR LIABILITY
INSURANCE POLICY. ONE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT
OUR ORGANIZATION IS THAT WE DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY. WE MUST BE INVITED
TO SERVE AT SOMEONE’S REQUEST. IT COULD BE ANYBODY
AT THE SCHOOL. IT COULD BE SOMEBODY
FROM A CHURCH. IT COULD BE ANYBODY IN THE
COMMUNITY, BUT WE NEED TO BE INVITED, BECAUSE IT
WOULD BE CHAOS IF WE WOULD JUST SHOW UP WITH THESE
DOGS, BECAUSE WE GO ALONG WITH THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT-DEGREE, WITH
ALL THEIR STRUCTURE, AND WE FOLLOW ALONG ALL OF
THOSE LINES AS WELL. ALL OF OUR TEAMS, THE DOG
AND THE K-9, WE MUST BE ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY
SERVICE WORK WITH OUR DOGS TO KEEP THEM READY AND
ABLE TO WORK AT ANY TIME. THE DOGS AND THE HANDLERS
ARE SCREENED FOR STABILITY AND PERSONALITY AND
TEMPERAMENT BEFORE EVEN QUALIFYING TO GO TO
THE THREE-DAY INTENSIVE TRAINING IN CALIFORNIA. AND WE MUST DO CONTINUING
EDUCATION TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON EVERYTHING
AS WELL. OUR DOGS AND HANDLERS ARE
SPECIALLY TRAINED TO DEAL WITH UNPREDICTABLE
SITUATIONS OF HIGH DEGREES OF STRESS THAT ARE FOUND IN A
CRISIS OR DISASTER SITUATION. HOPES INVOLVEMENT WITH
VARIOUS OUTSIDE AGENCIES IS NECESSARY TO BUILD
RELATIONSHIPS PRIOR TO DEPLOYMENT SO PEOPLE KNOW
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT AND WHAT SERVICES WE HAVE TO OFFER. BECAUSE AS YOU WOULD KNOW,
IT WOULD BE THE TIME WHEN A CRISIS OCCURS TO THEN
CONTACT THESE PEOPLE. AND THAT’S WHY WE LIKE TO
GO OUT, SUCH AS TONIGHT, TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ON THE
FRONT END WHAT WE HAVE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP
IN A CRISIS PRIOR TO SOMETHING OCCURRING. SOME OF THE INCIDENTS
WHERE WE HAVE SERVED IN THE PAST STARTED WITH THE
WORLD TRADE CENTER, 9/11, SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
SHOOTING, KELLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING IN
CARLSBAD, THE TUCSON MASS SHOOTING, KATRINA,
NAVY YARD SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON DC, THE NAU
SHOOTING, YARNELL FIRE, THE VALLEY FIRE, JUST
RECENTLY OVER IN LAKE COUNTY CALIFORNIA, IS
WHERE I SERVED FOR MY FIRST OFFICIAL CALLOUT. AND WE ALSO HAVE SERVED
CALLOUTS FOR SUICIDES AND SCHOOL INCIDENTS, DEATH
NOTIFICATIONS, AND LINE-OF-DUTY DEATHS. AND SOME OF THE
PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE ARE INVOLVED WITH ARE THE RED
CROSS, SALVATION ARMY, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. AND WE ARE ALSO REALLY
HONORED TO BE A PART OF THE ARIZONA VOAD AND THE
NATIONAL VOAD, WHICH IS THE VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS
ACTIVE IN DISASTER. SO I THINK MOST EVERYBODY
KNOWS HERE, AND RESEARCH BEARS IT OUT, THAT
INTERACTING WITH A CALM, WELL-MANNERED DOG WILL
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, REDUCE HEART RATE, AND
HELP COMBAT STRESS. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT
WE DO IN THESE SITUATIONS. SO SOME OF THE WAYS
THAT WE CAN HELP: WE CAN PROVIDE THE BRIDGE BETWEEN
THE SURVIVORS AND THE PROFESSIONAL
CARE PROVIDERS. WE CAN ASSIST WITH
COMPASSION, FATIGUE, AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
FOR STAFF AND FIRST RESPONDERS. AND WE CAN BE A CALMING
INFLUENCE ON SURVIVORS WHO ARE WAITING FOR SERVICES
AT DISASTER RELIEF CENTERS OR SHELTERS. AND HOPE RESPONDS TO
ANY CRISIS OR DISASTER, WHETHER IT IS ONE PERSON
THAT IS IN NEED OR A MASSIVE EVENT. SO WE LOOK FORWARD
TO WORKING WITH YOU. AND WE’D BE HAPPY TO
ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE. THANK YOU. YOU’RE WELCOME. QUESTIONS? DISCUSSION? MS. LIVINGSTON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR YOUR SERVICE. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR TRAINING THE DOGS SO THEY CAN BE IN SERVICE. IT’S A LOVELY PROGRAM. THANK YOU. IT REALLY IS
EXTRAORDINARY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. WHEN YOU GOT
IT, YOU GOT IT. NEXT IS THE FACULTY
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REPORT, MS. SELENA BEDNAREK. THAT’S A TOUGH ACT
TO FOLLOW, FOR SURE. AGAIN, MY NAME IS
SELENA BEDNAREK. I AM THE PRESIDENT OF
THE FACULTY ASSOCIATION. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER,
MEMBERS OF CEC, AND GUESTS, IT’S GOOD TO
BE BACK FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER. ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY
ASSOCIATION, I’D LIKE TO BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING
MR. GUTIERREZ AND MS. HAVER ON THEIR
RESPECTIVE ELECTIONS AS BOARD PRESIDENT AND
SECRETARY FOR THIS YEAR. THESE PAST FEW WEEKS HAVE
BEEN BUSY AS FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS OF
MARICOPA HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY BACK TO CAMPUS AND THE
EXCITEMENT OF THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES
IS BEHIND US. AS THE BEGINNING OF EACH
NEW SEMESTER IS SOMETHING WE AS FACULTY ALWAYS LOOK
FORWARD TO, UNDENIABLY THIS SEMESTER WILL BE
QUITE DIFFERENT FOR MANY OF US. THE IMPENDING DEPARTURE
OF DR. GLASPER AND THE RESULTING PROCESS TO
SELECT THE NEXT LEADER FOR MARICOPA COMMUNITY
COLLEGES IS IMPORTANT TO ALL MARICOPA EMPLOYEES. CHANCELLOR GLASPER HAS
LED OUR INSTITUTION FOR 12 YEARS AND FOR MANY OF
US HAS BEEN THE ONLY CHANCELLOR WE’VE KNOWN. MARICOPA IS AN EXCEPTIONAL
COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. AND EACH OF US SHARES
A COMMITMENT TO STUDENT LEARNING AND
STUDENT SUCCESS. THE STRENGTH OF OUR
DISTRICT AND THE BENEFITS HIGHER EDUCATION HAS
BROUGHT TO OUR COMMUNITY IS NOT A LUCKY ACCIDENT. IT IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF
QUALITY LEADERSHIP AND A SOLID UNDERSTANDING
OF ACADEMIA, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND THE ROLE OF
FACULTY AND SHARED GOVERNANCE. THE RESIDENTIAL FACULTY
ARE THE FOUNDATION OF MARICOPA’S ABILITY TO
DELIVER SUPERIOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR OUR
STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR OUR LOCAL
COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES. PROVIDING US WITH MUCH
NEEDED SUPPORT WILL CONTINUE TO BE ESSENTIAL
IN OUR SUCCESS. IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE
INPUT ON THE ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE
NEXT CHANCELLOR, THE FACULTY ASSOCIATION SURVEYED ALL
RESIDENTIAL FACULTY. NEARLY 500 FACULTY
PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY DURING A
THREE-WEEK PERIOD. THE SURVEY WAS DESIGNED
TO ASCERTAIN THE QUALIFICATIONS FACULTY
BELIEVE TO BE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE NEXT
MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CHANCELLOR. I’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE
TOP FOUR QUALIFICATIONS. THE FIRST ONE IS:
DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE OF AND COMMITMENT TO THE ROLE
OF FACULTY, VALUES AND IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING
FACULTY AS PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ESSENTIAL
IN HIGHER EDUCATION. NUMBER TWO, COMMITTED TO
TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE SYSTEM,
INCLUDING ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES AND TREATMENT
OF STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES. NUMBER THREE, DEMONSTRATES
KNOWLEDGE OF AND COMMITMENT TO
SHARED GOVERNANCE. NUMBER FOUR, EXHIBITS
STRONG COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL AND
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS, ESPECIALLY AMONG
EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS, TRUSTEES, LEGISLATORS,
PUBLIC REGULATORY AGENCIES, BUSINESS
LEADERS, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND TAXPAYERS. THESE QUALIFICATIONS
WHEN OPERATIONALIZED AND PRACTICED DIRECTLY IMPACT
STUDENTS AND DEMONSTRATE A COMMITMENT TO
STUDENT SUCCESS. THE FACULTY OF MARICOPA
BELIEVE AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A STRONG ACADEMIC
BACKGROUND, A WELL-DEVELOPED
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION STYLE, AND
DEMONSTRATE AN EXPERIENCE IN SHARED GOVERNANCE WITH
ALL EMPLOYEES IS EXACTLY WHAT MARICOPA
NEEDS TO FLOURISH. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE
STABILITY OF OUR DISTRICT AND THE CONTINUATION
OF THE GREATNESS IT HAS ACHIEVED IN THE PAST, THE
FACULTY ADVOCATE FOR THE SWIFT SELECTION OF A
PERMANENT CHANCELLOR THROUGH A FAIR
AND OPEN PROCESS. I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER
YOUR ROLE AS TRUSTEES OF THIS DISTRICT, TRUSTEES
NOT ONLY OF THE FIDUCIARY AND ADMINISTRATIVE
OPERATIONS OF THE DISTRICT, BUT OF THE
DISTRICT’S LEGACY TO AN EXEMPLARY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE SYSTEM. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. EXCUSE ME. THERE WAS A
QUESTION OR COMMENT. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. COULD YOU POSSIBLY GET US
A LIST OF WHAT YOU JUST READ OF YOUR DESIRE
QUALIFICATIONS. SURE. I CAN PROVIDE
WITH A TRANSCRIPT. WE ALSO HAD THE RESULTS OF
THE SURVEY IN FULL DETAIL THAT WERE PROVIDED TO
YOU ON THE JANUARY 12TH SPECIAL SESSION I DO
BELIEVE, MS. LACOYA SHELTON-JOHNSON. I THINK WE PROVIDED THOSE
TO YOU, BUT WE WILL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. THE ADJUNCT FACULTY
ASSOCIATION REPORT, MR. LEO VALVERDE. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER,
MEMBERS OF CEC, GUESTS, MY NAME IS LEO VALVERDE. AND I AM SO THANKFUL THAT
I GOT TO GO AFTER THE PERSON THAT WENT
AFTER THE DOGS. AND I GUESS THAT MEANS
THAT MY DOGS ARE VERY MISBEHAVED, BECAUSE MY
BLOOD PRESSURE IS HIGH. I HAVE A TERRIBLE STRESS
LEVEL, AND I CAN NEVER GET ANY SLEEP. LET ME BE THE LAST TO
SAY, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE. AND ALSO I HAVE TWO THINGS
TO REPORT ON AND ONE COMMENT, IF YOU WILL. THIS WEEKEND THE ADJUNCT
FACULTY ASSOCIATION WILL BE ELECTING ITS FIRST
SITTING PRESIDENT ELECT WHO WILL SERVE FOR THE
FINAL SIX MONTHS OF MY TERM, WHICH ENDS IN JUNE. AND I WILL BE VERY PLEASED
AND HAPPY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE NEXT PRESIDENT
AT THE NEXT MEETING. IN ADDITION, WHAT WE ARE
DOING IS RESURRECTING THE ALL-MEMBERS MEETING IN AN
EFFORT TO BRING ADJUNCT FACULTY TOGETHER IN A
FACE-TO-FACE SETTING WHERE WE CAN SIMPLE
DISCUSS ISSUES. WHILE E-MAILS AND SURVEYS
ARE QUICK WAYS TO GET INFORMATION, THERE IS
NOTHING LIKE A TOWN HALL SETTING OR A GATHERING OF
INDIVIDUALS WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY SPEAK. AND ONCE WE HAVE THAT,
I’M GOING TO BE HAPPY TO REPORT OUT ON SOME OF
THE EMERGING ISSUES FOR ADJUNCT FACULTY. AND THE ONLY COMMENT THAT
I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE, AND I DO APPRECIATE THE BOARD
BEING OPEN AND TRANSPARENT ABOUT IT FORMING THE
COMMITTEE FOR THE SELECTION OF THE NEXT
CHANCELLOR AND THE APPOINTMENT OF DR.
CROW FROM ASU, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO
PROFESSOR BEDNAREK FOR ALSO BEING SELECTED TO
CHAIR THAT, I WOULD ASK THAT THE BOARD CONSIDER
AN ADJUNCT FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE ON
THAT COMMITTEE. AND THE ADJUNCT FACULTY
ASSOCIATION WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP YOU
NOMINATE OR SELECT OR VET OR PROVIDE INPUT
FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL. ADJUNCT FACULTY TEACH THE
MAJORITY OF THE CLASSES. WE ARE THE LARGEST
EMPLOYEE GROUP. AND WELL, GIVEN THE TIMES
IT DOESN’T APPEAR THAT OUR NUMBERS ARE GOING
TO BE DECREASING. SO I WOULD SIMPLY ASK THAT
THE BOARD CONSIDER THAT, AND WE ARE MORE THAN
HAPPY TO HELP OUT. THAT’S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? THANK YOU, MR. VALVERDE. THANK YOU. EMERITUS AWARDS
AND RECOGNITION. DR. JAN GEHLER. THANK YOU. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER, CEC
COLLEAGUES AND GUESTS HERE THIS EVENING. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ WITH,
YOUR PERMISSION, I’D LIKE TO ASK VICE PRESIDENT
OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS, DR. DANIEL CORR,
TO COME TO THE PODIUM TO MAKE THIS AWARD. PROCEED. THANK YOU, DR. GEHLER. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, BOARD
MEMBERS, AND MEMBERS OF THE CEC, IT IS INDEED
MY GREAT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE HERE A
FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE. AND IF I COULD ASK DR. JIM
VICICH TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. DR. VICICH EARNED HIS
DOCTORATE IN EDUCATION FROM ARIZONA STATE
UNIVERSITY IN 2002 AND HIS MASTER’S AND BACHELOR’S
DEGREES IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION FROM NORTHERN
ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. AFTER 20 VERY SUCCESSFUL
YEARS TEACHING AND COACHING HIGH SCHOOL
IN ILLINOIS, HE JOINED SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE IN 1995. DR. V, AS VIRTUALLY
EVERYONE CALLS HIM AND CERTAINLY ALL HIS STUDENTS
CALL HIM, WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND
WELL-RESPECTED PROFESSOR. HE PRIMARILY TAUGHT
CALCULUS AND PRECALCULUS WHERE HE SET VERY HIGH
EXPECTATIONS FOR HIS STUDENTS, DEMANDED
EXCELLENCE, AND REWARDED STUDENTS WITH HUMOR
AND ENCOURAGEMENT. WE HAVE WITNESSED THE
TRANSFORMATION OF NUMEROUS STUDENTS, TURNING HIS
STUDENTS INTO PROBLEM SOLVERS AND MATHEMATICAL
THINKERS WHO LEARN TO EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE
OF LEARNING MATHEMATICS. HIS STUDENTS REGULARLY
WROTE THANK YOU NOTES EXPRESSING APPRECIATION,
GRATITUDE FOR CHALLENGING — THE CHALLENGING
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT HE CULTIVATED IN HIS
CLASSROOM AND SIGHTING THE BENEFITS THAT THEY
REALIZED IN FUTURE COURSES AND FUTURE EDUCATION
AND IN THEIR CAREER. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM DR. V
IMPACTED THE PROFESSIONAL CULTURE AT SCOTTSDALE
THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP AND EXPERTISE IN RESEARCH IN
MATHEMATICS EDUCATION. SINCE 2004, HE HAS BEEN
THE LEADER IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
THROUGHOUT THE REGION WITH K-12 INSTRUCTORS
TOTALING MORE THAN TEN MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING
TO SUPPORT THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF
MATHEMATICS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA. MOST RECENTLY, DR. V
SERVES AS THE COPRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR OF A
$9 MILLION ARIZONA MATHEMATICS PARTNERSHIP
FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION WHERE
HE FACILITATES WORKSHOPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
AND CONDUCTS RESEARCH WITH FACULTY AND
GRADUATE STUDENTS. THE FACULTY ACROSS THE
DISTRICT HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR DR. V. HERE’S JUST A FEW
OF THE COMMENTS. FROM TREY COX AT
CHANDLER-GILBERT: DR. V IS A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL. HE IS KNOWLEDGEABLE
ABOUT CURRENT MATHEMATICS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AND
HAS FOUND THE KNACK FOR BEING ABLE TO REPACKAGE IT
IN A WAY THAT IS EFFECTIVE IN REACHING TODAY’S
COLLEGE STUDENTS. ANOTHER COLLEAGUE,
SCOTT EDMISON, ALSO FROM CHANDLER-GILBERT. DR. VICICH INSPIRES NOT ONLY
HIS STUDENTS, BUT OTHER FACULTY BY CHALLENGING THEM TO
MEET VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS. HIS PASSION FOR STUDENTS,
HIS TEACHING, AND FOR MATHEMATICS ITSELF IS
SOMETHING THAT INSPIRES ALL OF US TO IMITATE. DR. V HAS BEEN A MENTOR
IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD FOR STUDENTS, FOR HIS
FACULTY COLLEAGUES, AND EVEN FOR ONE
ADMINISTRATOR. MY FRIEND AND
COLLEAGUE, DR. JIM VICICH. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, BOARD
MEMBERS, DR. GEHLER, DR. CORR, I WANT TO PUT
A FEATHER IN YOUR HAT. WE’VE BEEN — MY
COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE BEEN GIVING PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT TO ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH
SCHOOL TEACHERS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA SINCE
2003 THROUGH VARIOUS GRANTS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
AND THE BIG ONE FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE
FOUNDATION. A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE
WOULD BE AS A DISTRICT WE HAVE IMPACTED 600 TEACHERS,
MATH TEACHERS, IN ARIZONA AND ABOUT 500,000
OF THEIR STUDENTS. SO I WANT TO THANK
YOU FOR YOUR VISION. AND WHEN YOU COME UP TO
DECISIONS THAT ARE TOUGH TO MAKE, I WANT YOU
TO THINK OF ME, MY COLLEAGUES, AND THE
WORK THAT WE DO. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, DR. V. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? DR. VICISH, I BELIEVE THERE ARE
COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS. I JUST WANT TO THANK
YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK, ESPECIALLY HELPING IN
K-12, BECAUSE AS A VETERAN TEACHER, I SAW A NEED FOR
INSTRUCTION, HELPING THESE TEACHES BETTER
COMMUNICATE MATHEMATICS. AND SO THAT’S ALL I CAN
SAY IS THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT’S MY PRIVILEGE. DR. VICICH, I ALSO
WANT TO THANK YOU. YOU’RE EXACTLY THE KIND
OF PERSON THAT MAKES THIS WHAT IT IS, THAT GIVES
THAT EXTRAORDINARY VISION. IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY
GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTY AND TO ALL OF
OUR STUDENTS AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF YOU. AND I WANT TO THANK
YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE TO SAY IN 41 YEARS
OF EDUCATION, I HIT THE LOTTERY WORKING AT SCC.
WONDERFUL. THANK YOU. DR. BILL GUERRIERO,
CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, MY
I APPROACH THE PODIUM, PLEASE. OF COURSE. MAY I ASK SALLY AND GORDON JESSE
TO APPROACH. PROCEED. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER, CEC
MEMBERS AND GUESTS, OVER THE YEARS THE MARICOPA
COMMUNITY COLLEGES HAVE WELCOMED MANY FACULTY AND
STAFF TO THE DISTINCTION OF EMERITUS STATUS. IT IS NOT OFTEN, HOWEVER,
THAT WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF RECOGNIZING A HUSBAND
AND WIFE TEAM ON THE SAME NIGHT FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL AND
COLLECTIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. I’M HAPPY THIS EVENING
TO SO HONOR SALLY JESSE, DANCE FACULTY, AND GORDON
JESSE THEATER FACULTY AT CHANDLER-GILBERT
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. BEFORE I MENTION SALLY AND
GORDON’S INDIVIDUAL WORK AT CGCC AND THEIR
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE
PERFORMING ARTS IN THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DISTRICT, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING TO OUR ATTENTION
TWO MAJOR INITIATIVES THEY WORKED ON TOGETHER. FIRST, SALLY AND
GORDON PIONEERED AN INTERDISCIPLINARY FOCUS
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS THAT IS UNIQUE AND
EXEMPLARY IN MARICOPA. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF CGCC
THEY FORGED STRONG TIES AMONG THE DANCE, THEATER,
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, AND VOCAL MUSIC PROGRAMS THAT
CONTINUE TO UNITE FACULTY AND STUDENTS TO THIS DAY. SECOND IS THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SALLY AND GORDON JESSE
PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP AT CGCC, WHICH
WILL ASSURE THAT JESSE’S LEGACY, AS LIFELONG
TEACHERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS, AND
AS ADVOCATES AND ADVISORS OF STUDENTS WHO WISH
TO BEGIN THEIR DANCE, THEATER, OR MUSIC
EDUCATION AT CGCC. AND NOW IT IS MY PRIVILEGE
TO READ FOR YOU THE INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
OF THESE REMARKABLE FACULTY AND SEEK YOUR APPROVAL
OF THEIR EMERITUS DISTINCTION. SALLY, YOU’RE FIRST. IN 1986 SALLY JESSE BEGAN
HER CAREER BY WRITING A SUCCESSFUL VIBRANT ARTS
GRANT FOR THE COMMUNITY DANCE FESTIVAL AT
PHOENIX COLLEGE. THE FOLLOWING YEAR SHE
CAME TO CGCC AS AN ADJUNCT DANCE INSTRUCTOR AND WAS
HIRED AS THE COLLEGE’S FIRST RESIDENTIAL FACULTY
— DANCE FACULTY IN 1988. HIGHLIGHTS OF SALLY’S MANY
ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING HER 27-YEAR CAREER AT
CHANDLER-GILBERT, INCLUDE DIRECTING AND
CHOREOGRAPHING OVER 40 MUSICAL THEATER
PRODUCTIONS, DIRECTING MORE THAN 50 DANCE
CONCERTS, CHOREOGRAPHING NUMEROUS NEW WORKS FOR
CGCC DANCERS, ESTABLISHING THE ORIGINAL CGCC DANCE
COMPANY, AND TOURING DANCERS TO THE AMERICAN
COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL FOR OVER TWO DECADES. SHE CODIRECTED CGCC’S SAN
TAN ARTS FESTIVAL FOR 13 YEARS, AN EVENT FOR
WHICH SHE AND HER HUSBAND RECEIVED CGCC INNOVATION
OF THE YEAR AWARD. ESTABLISHING CGCC ‘S EAST
VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DANCE FESTIVAL WHICH SHE HAS RUN
FOR 9 YEARS AND COUNTING. WRITING GRANTS EXCEEDING
$112,000 TO FUND GUESTS ARTISTS AND PERFORMING
ARTS STUDENT ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND
COLLABORATING IN THE REVISION OF THE MARICOPA
DANCE CURRICULUM BACK IN 1991, MOVING DANCE FROM
A PHYSICAL-EDUCATION ACTIVITY TO A
PERFORMING ART. SERVING AS COCHAIR OF
CGCC’S COMMUNICATION AND FINE ARTS DIVISION AND
PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY OF THE CGCC FACULTY
ASSOCIATION, SERVING ON STATEWIDE COMMITTEES,
INCLUDING THE ARIZONA DANCE STANDARDS, DANCE
ARTS ALLIANCE, DANCE EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION,
AND THE DANCE COALITION. SO IT IS MY PLEASURE NOW
TO PRESENT THE FIRST AWARD TO SALLY. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER, CEC, AND GUESTS, THANK YOU SO
MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL
JOURNEY THROUGH CHANDLER-GILBERT AND
MARICOPA COMMUNITY SYSTEM. THANK YOU. I WONDER WHEN YOU HAD TIME
FOR A LIFE GIVEN THAT — IT WAS MY LIFE. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? PROCEED. WE USED TO SAY OUR
CHILDREN GREW UP IN THE BACK ROW OF THE THEATER. IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY DID. GORDON JESSE’S CAREER
WITH MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES REALLY BEGAN IN
1967 WHEN HE ENROLLED IN PHOENIX COLLEGE TO STUDY
WITH THE LEGENDARY JOHN PAUL. GORDON EARNED AS ASSOCIATE
OF ARTS IN THEATER AND TAUGHT AS AN ADJUNCT
AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 1973
AND AGAIN IN 1982. HE WAS HIRED AS FULL-TIME
FACULTY AT PHOENIX COLLEGE IN 1983, AND AFTER THREE
YEARS AT PHOENIX HE TRANSFERRED TO THE
NEWLY ESTABLISHED CHANDLER-GILBERT EDUCATION
CENTER AS ITS 7TH RESIDENTIAL FACULTY. GORDON FOUNDED THE
PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT AT CGCC AND WAS
INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPING FOUR PERFORMANCE SPACES
AT THE PECOS CAMPUS, THE LARGEST OF WHICH IS
THE ARNETTE SCOTT WARD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. GORDON’S CHARITY WORK
INCLUDES CHAIR OF THE MCCD FINE ARTS DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY
COLLEGES COMMUNICATIONS AND FINE ARTS DIVISION,
THE DIVISION CHAIR COUNCIL, AND THE
FACULTY ASSOCIATION. HE WAS NAMED OUTSTANDING
FACULTY EMPLOYEE AT CGCC. AND, AS YOU NOW KNOW, HE
AND HIS WIFE SALLY WERE AWARDED CGCC’C INNOVATION
OF THE YEAR FOR THEIR WORK ON THE SAN TAN ARTS FESTIVAL,
WHICH RAN FOR 13 YEARS. IN RETROSPECT,
WHILE LOBBYING FOR CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY
COLLEGE AND FOR THE ARTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT,
GORDON SAYS HE MAY HAVE ANNOYED SO MANY BOARD
MEMBERS, SO MANY CHANCELLORS, VICE
CHANCELLORS, AND PRESIDENTS THAT FEELS
LUCKY TO HAVE KEPT HIS JOB FOR 31 YEARS. GORDON. DR. GUTIERREZ, BOARD
MEMBERS, CHANCELLOR GLASPER, MEMBERS OF CEC,
AND GUESTS, I RARELY WOULD SPEAK FOR MY WIFE, BECAUSE
THAT’S GETS ME IN TROUBLE WHENEVER I DO, BUT I THINK
I CAN SAY THAT WE BOTH FEEL VERY, VERY FORTUNATE
TO HAVE WORKED IN MARICOPA, TO HAVE BUILT
PART OF CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND TO
HAVE DONE THIS TOGETHER. IT’S BEEN AN
AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I WOULD SAY THAT WHEN I
HAD BEEN THERE 3 YEARS — 2 YEARS, I GUESS, AT
CHANDLER-GILBERT, AND SALLY GOT HIRED AS
THE DANCE INSTRUCTOR. AND ARNETTE WAS A LITTLE
CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING A HUSBAND AND WIFE
TEACHING TOGETHER. AND SHE SAID, WELL, I JUST
PRAYED TO JESUS, LET IT WORK OUT. ARNETTE, I THINK
IT WORKED OUT. I’LL CLOSE WITH SOMETHING
THAT I’VE SAID MANY TIMES: STARTING A COMMUNITY
COLLEGE IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME
OPPORTUNITY, AND THAT’S ABOUT ALL ANYONE
CAN DO IT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SIR. QUESTIONS? MR. SARR. IN GENERAL, THE ARTS ARE
AN IMPORTANT OF MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES. MR. AND MRS. JESSE. YOU CAN STAY THERE. YOU CAN LISTEN. BECAUSE YOU ARE — BOTH
OF YOU ARE, AS WELL MANY OTHERS, HAVE BEEN
INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING THE ARTS TO THE
COMMUNITY COLLEGES. IT’S A SECRET IN MARICOPA
COUNTY, THE TALENT THAT WE HAVE IN OUR TWO-YEAR
INSTITUTIONS. EVERY YEAR IN THE SPRING
WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW THE STATE AND THE
LOCAL AREA TO SEE SOME OF THE TALENT THAT WE HAVE
WITH THE CHANCELLOR’S FUNCTION IN APRIL,
I BELIEVE IT IS. AND THAT I’VE GONE
TO EVERY YEAR. IT JUST TOTALLY AMAZES
ME THAT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES CAN COMPETE AT
THE LEVEL THAT I SEE THOSE STUDENTS DOING SO. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BRINGING THAT TO US. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. AND HAVE FUN IN
RETIREMENT AS WELL. EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU. NEXT ITEM IS
DR. SHOUAN PAN. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, WITH
YOUR PERMISSION, I WOULD LIKE TO APPROACH
THE PODIUM. INDEED. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER,
CEC COLLEAGUES, AND GUESTS, ADDING TO
TONIGHT’S LIST OF OUTSTANDING FACULTY,
RETIRING FROM MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HOW DO I DESCRIBE HIM? DR. SCOTT RUSSELL,
PLEASE JOIN ME. DR. RUSSELL IS INDEED A
SCHOLAR, ANTHROPOLOGIST, A RESEARCHER, AN INNOVATOR,
A MAN WITH A BIG HEART DEDICATED TO STUDENTS. HE JOINED MESA COMMUNITY
COLLEGE IN EARLY 2000. 13 YEARS LATER — PRIOR TO
THAT HE HAS A SUCCESSFUL CAREER DOING VARIOUS
DIFFERENT THINGS FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA, BUT WHEN
HE JOINED MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HE COULDN’T
LIMIT HIMSELF INTO THE CLASSROOM, GETTING INTO
ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE. NOW LISTEN TO THIS, IN
2008 HE WAS THE PERSON WHO CAME TO MY OFFICE AND
SAID, WE NEED TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL GRANT, BECAUSE WE
HAVE TOO MANY STUDENTS WHO STRUGGLE, WHO
ARE NOT PREPARED. WE NEED TO USE FEDERAL
FUND TO HELP THESE STUDENTS. THROUGH HIS WORK HE
CHAIRED A COMMITTEE. WE WON A TITLE THREE GRANT
FOR FIVE YEARS, $400,000 EVERY YEAR. AND THROUGH HIS WORK
WE SEE THE PROGRESS. JUST RECENTLY OUR STUDENT
SUCCESS COURSE COMPLETION RATE CHANGED
FROM 62% TO 67. YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT,
JUST VERY RECENT. AND WE WON ANOTHER TITLE THREE
GRANT FOR ANOTHER $3 MILLION. HE BECAME THE ADVISOR FOR
NINE YEARS FOR OUR OMICRON BETA CHAPTER
PHI THETA KAPPA. HE CHAIRED THE HONORS
PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR ANOTHER SIX YEARS. HE SERVED THE CHAIR OF
ARIZONA HONORS COUNCIL. HE CHAIRED THE
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE OF MCC. HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS
COCHAIR OF MCC STUDENT SUCCESS COMMITTEE. I USED THE WORD INNOVATOR. HE ALSO STARTED, DRAFTED
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN INDIAN, AFRICAN-AMERICAN,
CHICANO, CHICANA STUDIES PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT AND
SHARED WITH OTHER MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES. SO IN 2010 AND ’11 HE WAS
RECOGNIZED BY PHI THETTA KAPPA FOR ARIZONA’S
REGIONS DISTINGUISHED ADVISOR. 2011 HE RECEIVED ANOTHER
DISTINGUISHED ADVISOR AWARD. 2012 HE WAS RECOGNIZED
TO RECEIVE THE JOHN SUSAN ROUCHE EXCELLENCE AWARD BY
THE LEAGUE OF INVASION IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES. THE LIST COULD GO ON. NEEDLESS TO SAY, WE TRULY,
TRULY ARE BLESSED WITH HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS
SCHOLARSHIP, HIS DEDICATION TO STUDENTS. ON MANY OCCASIONS, I
REMEMBER, HE WROTE HIS PERSONAL CHECKS TO GIVE —
OFFER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENT ATHLETES,
ANOTHER PASSION OF HIS. SO THANK YOU, DR. RUSSELL,
FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND FOR YOUR GOOD WORK. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR, COLLEGE
PRESIDENTS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS HONOR. THANK YOU FOR MARICOPA
FOR HIRING A 53 YEAR OLD. OKAY. I THINK KNOWLEDGE
COMES WITH AGE; RIGHT? OKAY. I SUSPECT THIS BOARD
WOULD AGREE WITH YOU. I WOULD HOPE SO. AND IN TEACHING, I
THINK THAT IS VERY TRUE. SO IT’S SOMETHING YOU DO. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN
VERY ENERGETIC. BY THE LOT LIST OF THINGS
THAT CHAIRMAN — PRESIDENT PAN SHARED WITH YOU,
I THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. TEACHING COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS
NOT ONLY ABOUT TEACHING. IT’S ABOUT BEING A MENTOR,
MOVING PEOPLE FORWARD CONTINUOUSLY IN THE CLASSROOM
AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. I LOOKED FOR PLACES WITH
VACUUMS, WITH HOLES THAT ARE INSTITUTION
THAT I COULD HELP. AND THAT WAS MY PHILOSOPHY
FOR THE YEARS THAT I WAS THERE. SO I VERY MUCH
APPRECIATE THIS. AND I HOPE THAT I HAVE
CONTRIBUTED AND DESERVE IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, DR. RUSSELL. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? JUST REAL QUICK, YOU’RE
REALLY THE EPITOME OF WHAT WE SAW THIS EVENING, WHICH
WAS NOT ONLY LEADERSHIP, DEDICATION, HARD WORK, AND
THE PHILOSOPHY OF SHARING ALL OF YOUR TALENTS AND
SOMETIMES YOUR FINANCIAL ABILITIES WITH OTHERS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ALL OF
YOU FOR YOUR PASSION THIS EVENING AND FOR
YOUR DEDICATION. THANK YOU, SIR. THANK YOU. CITIZEN INTERIM. THE BOARD OFFERS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS
THE GOVERNING BOARD IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE
OPEN MEETING LAW. THE BOARD WILL NEITHER
DISCUSS NOR TAKE ACTION ON ISSUES RAISED DURING THIS
PORTION OF THE AGENDA. WHEN AND IF NECESSARY, THE
ISSUES CAN BE TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT AND PLACED
IN A SUBSEQUENT AGENDA. IN TERMS OF THOSE OF YOU
SPEAKING FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE WILL NOT BE RESPONDING,
BUT WE WILL BE LISTENING. WE WILL CALL OUT THE NAMES
IN THE ORDER IN WHICH I RECEIVED THEM. AND THE FIRST ONE
IS DONNA OWENS. MS. OWENS. OKAY. JUDITH CLARK. GOOD EVENING, MR.
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD,
CHANCELLOR GLASPER, MEMBERS OF CEC, GUESTS,
AND FELLOW COMMUNITY MEMBERS, I’M JUDITH CLARK. FIRST, I’D LIKE TO COMMENT
ON THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION TO HAVE CONDUCTED AN
INVESTIGATION BY AN EXTERNAL LAW FIRM FOR
CONFIDENTIAL REPORT TO BE PREPARED RELATED TO THE
SIGNING OF A $400,000 CONTRACT PRIOR TO RECEIVING
GOVERNING BOARD APPROVAL. WHILE I’M GLAD AN
IMPARTIAL REVIEW WILL TAKE PLACE, I’M CURIOUS WHY ITS
RESULTS WILL BE REVEALED IN AN EXECUTIVE SESSION. IF, AS PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ
INDICATED DURING A MEETING EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE
INVESTIGATION IS TO DISPEL THE PERCEPTION OF A
MISDEED OCCURRING, WHY SHROUD THE OUTCOME
IN SECRECY. WE KNOW THE ACTION ITEM
HASN’T BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE THE GOVERNING
BOARD UNTIL NOW. LET US IN ON WHY THE FIRM’S
REP BEGAN WORK IN JANUARY 2015 BY HIS OWN ADMISSION IN AN
RECORDED PRESENTATION. THAT’S FULLY FIVE MONTHS
BEFORE A REQUISITION OR A PURCHASE ORDER
WAS APPROVED. AS WE KNOW, AND AUDIT,
WHICH GENERALLY IS THE TOOL USED TO LOOK MONEY
ISSUES, CAN BE SHARED PUBLICLY. WE SAW THIS MOST RECENTLY
WITH THE AUDIT CONDUCTED ON ACCOUNTS FOR
PROFESSIONAL STAFF. THAT AUDIT WAS SENT TO A WIDE
AUDIENCE WITHIN THE DISTRICT. ALSO, WHILE YOU SEE
CLARIFICATION FOR HOW A $400,000 CONTRACT CAME TO
BE APPROVED BY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION PRIOR TO
GOVERNING BOARD APPROVAL, YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO
QUESTION WHETHER OTHER ACCOUNTING IRREGULARITIES
EXIST, PERHAPS BLANKET PURCHASE ORDERS FOR
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF PROFESSIONAL
SERVICES, WHICH NEVER ARE PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNING BOARD
FOR INFORMATION OR APPROVAL. SECOND, THANK YOU FOR
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK REGARDING DEMONSTRATED
EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION. THE MARICOPA COUNTY
COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD HAS SENT A
MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR TO ITS COMMUNITY, TO ITS
CONSTITUENTS, AND TO ITS EMPLOYEES. IT’S A RESOUNDING
DEFINITE MESSAGE. IT’S A MESSAGE WHICH
SERVES TO EMPHATICALLY REMIND EMPLOYEES DAILY
THAT THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENT SUCCESS ARE OF NO
VALUE AS PERCEIVED BY THE GOVERNING BOARD AND
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. THIS MESSAGE WAS DELIVERED
AT THE DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
WHERE A MOTION WAS PASSED 4-1 TO DELEGATE THE
GOVERNING BOARD STATUTORY POWERS AND DUTIES TO
A NONELECTED ENTITY. THIS ACTION HAS BEEN
INDICATED BY THE ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE
TO BE A VIOLATION OF STATE LAW. THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN
DELIVERED REPEATEDLY BY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION,
SPECIFICALLY HUMAN RESOURCES AND THE
CHANCELLOR FROM OCTOBER 2014 WHEN A PATTERN
OF INTERFERING IN AND DOMINATING EMPLOYEE
REPRESENTATION BEGAN WITH THE ASSERTION THAT
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION MEMBERS NO
LONGER HELD THE VOTING POWER TO REQUEST
RESIGNATION OF ITS LEADERSHIP. THIS MESSAGE WAS DELIVERED
AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2014, WHEN THE LINES OF
COMMUNICATION AMONG PROFESSIONAL STAFF WERE
DIMINISHED THROUGH A DISTRICT E-MAIL. AND AGAIN, IN MAY 2015,
THIS MESSAGE WAS DELIVERED WHEN GOVERNING BOARD
APPROVED POLICY WAS IGNORED AND A DECLARATION
WAS SET ADVISING THAT PROFESSIONAL STAFF NO
LONGER COULD USE DISTRICT RESOURCES TO COMMUNICATE,
TO MEET, OR TO THE CONDUCT ITS BUSINESS. THIS MESSAGE WAS DELIVERED
JULY 2015 DURING A RECORDED PRESENTATION AT
PHOENIX COLLEGE, WHEN A CONSPIRACY WAS
REVEALED WHERE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION — MS.
CLARK, YOU 30 MORE SECONDS — YOU HAVE
30 MORE SECONDS. I’M SORRY. YOU HAVE 30 MORE SECONDS. OKAY — WHERE ELECTED AND
APPOINTED EMPLOYEE GROUP LEADERS — WHEN A
CONSPIRACY WAS REVEALED WHERE DISTRICT
ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED ELECTED AND APPOINTED
EMPLOYEE GROUP LEADERS TO BETRAY THEIR
RESPONSIBILITIES AND TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THEIR
CONSTITUENTS AND WITHHOLD FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS
THE EMPLOYEES OF THIS DISTRICT, THE INTENT
TO CONSOLIDATE EMPLOYEE GROUPS BY IGNORING CURRENT
MARICOPA POLICY AND THE FRAMEWORK PROVIDED BY THE
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE EMPLOYEE GROUPS. IN CLOSING, I IMPLORE
EACH OF YOU TO DEMONSTRATE APPRECIATION FOR YOUR
DISTRICT EMPLOYEES THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS
AND YOUR VOTES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. THANK YOU, MS. CLARK. CHRIS HUNT. MS. WINSTON, JUST TO BE
MADE CLEAR, THE DONATION OF TIME IS ACCEPTED, BUT
WE WILL NOT HEAR YOU FOR 20 MINUTES. NO, I UNDERSTAND. OKAY. SALLY HARVEY. EXCUSE ME, THAT’S HERVY. HERVY, EXCUSE ME, MA’AM. I’D LIKE PLEASE REQUEST
TO SURRENDER MY TIME TO AZCOPS. I DON’T HAVE A JIM PARKS. I FINALLY FOUND
A JIM PARKS. MR. PARKS. YES, SIR. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. GLASPER,
MEMBERS OF CEC. MY NAME IS JIM PARKS,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ARIZONA CONFERENCE
POLICE AND SHERIFFS. WE REPRESENT OVER 2,000
PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
ACROSS THE STATE. WE ARE THE LOBBYIST AND
LEGAL PLAN FOR OVER 100 AFFILIATES STATEWIDE. WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO
ADDRESS MISS INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN DISSEMINATED
BY THE ADMINISTRATION VIA AUDIT THAT WAS SENT TO
COLLEGE PRESIDENTS, HR DEPARTMENTS, AS IT RELATES
TO UNIONS, AZCOPS, AND THE MARICOPA EMPLOYEES GROUP. THE ADMINISTRATION
HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT DISINGENUOUS WHEN
ADDRESSING THE LEGALITIES OF UNIONS IN THE STATE
OF ARIZONA, THE STATUS OF AZCOPS, AND THE
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MARICOPA EMPLOYEES
ASSOCIATION AND DONNA WINSTON. THE FIRST THING I’D LIKE
TO DO IS KIND OF EDUCATE EVERYBODY ON THE NOTION THAT
UNIONS ARE ILLEGAL IN ARIZONA. IN FACT, NOT ONLY ARE
UNIONS LEGAL IN ARIZONA, THEY’RE ALSO RECOGNIZED. AS AN EXAMPLE, WE HAVE
A STATE STATUTE THAT PROTECTS PEOPLE THAT TO
WANT JOIN UNIONS, THAT IS TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE
PROTECTED UNDER ARIZONA REVISED STATUE 23-1342:
A PERSON WHO COERCES OR COMPELS ANY PERSON TO
ENTER INTO IN AN AGREEMENT EITHER WRITTEN OR ORAL NOT
TO JOIN OR BECOME A MEMBER OF A LABEL ORGANIZATION AS
A CONDITION OF THE OTHER PERSON OBTAINING
EMPLOYMENT OR CONTINUING IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF SUCH
PERSON, IS A CLASS TWO MISDEMEANOR. NOT ONLY ARE THE MARICOPA
EMPLOYEES COVERED UNDER THE STATE STATUE, THEY ARE
ALSO COVERED UNDER FEDERAL STATUE OF THE FIRST
AMENDMENT RIGHTS: FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION. I THINK THAT ABOUT COVERS
THE LEGALITIES OF UNIONS. IT HAS ALSO BEEN BROUGHT
TO OUR ATTENTION THAT EMPLOYEES ARE BEING
ADVISED THAT AZCOPS IS A FOR-PROFIT AND THAT DONNA
WINSTON AND THE MARICOPA EMPLOYEES GROUP GAINS
FINANCIALLY AS A RESULT OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP
TO AND WITH AZCOPS. THE INDIVIDUAL MAKING
THESE COMMENTS IS FACTUALLY INCORRECT. AZCOPS IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT
501C ORGANIZATION. NEITHER DONNA WINSTON,
MARICOPA EMPLOYEES, OR FOR THAT MATTER ANY AZCOPS
AFFILIATE ARE FINANCIALLY COMPENSATED FOR THEIR
PARTICIPATION OR PARTNERSHIP WITH
ARIZONA COPS. AZCOPS IS NOT A VENDER
IN THE MARICOPA COLLEGE SYSTEM, NOR WERE WE A
VENDOR AT THE 2014 PSA SUMMER CONFERENCE AS
IT HAS BEEN PORTRAYED. AZCOPS WAS INVITED TO
ADDRESS PSA MEMBERS AND THE PAST PSA EXECUTIVE
BOARD WITH A LEGAL PLAN OPTION AND REPLACEMENT FOR
THE ARIZONA COALITION, A SERVICE THAT IS
DESPERATELY NEEDED. AND I WANTED TO THANK THE
PSA FOR ALLOWING US TO PRESENT THEM WITH THIS
VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION. ARIZONA COPS IS NOT HERE
TO BE ADVERSARIAL OR CREATE ISSUES. IN FACT, OVER THE LAST 19
YEARS WE HAVE WORKED WITH MANY EMPLOYERS TO HELP
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND
THE ADMINISTRATION. ALL WE ASK IS THAT OUR
MEMBERS BE TREATED FAIRLY AND WITH RESPECT. I WOULD LIKE TO
QUOTE DR. GLASPER. ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2014,
THE MAT MEETING, HE STATED: SO MUCH OF THIS
CONVERSATION IN THE PAST — IN THE LAST YEAR HAS
BEEN ABOUT THE ABILITY TO REACH PEOPLE IN
OUR ORGANIZATION. TO SAY THAT THERE ARE
PROBLEMS, AND I EMPOWER EVERY ONE OF YOU, AND
EVERYONE IN OUR DISTRICT, THAT IS THERE IS A
PROBLEM, YOU FIND A WAY OR IF YOU FIND A WALL, YOU
FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GO AROUND IT, GO UNDER IT, GO
OVER IT, OR SOMETHING, BUT GET TO SOMEONE. SIR, WHEN EMPLOYEES DO
JUST AS YOU SUGGESTED, THEY ARE IGNORED, LABELED
MALCONTENT, MET WITH RETALIATION, AND SHUNNED. WE ARE NOT WILLING TO
STAND — IF WE ARE NOT WILLING TO STAND BEHIND
OUR PRINCIPLES, EMPLOYEES WILL SHUT DOWN AND THEY
WILL SEEK LEGAL RECOURSE, WHICH IN LONG TERM
CREATES FURTHER DIVIDE. AS AN EXAMPLE, I’VE BEEN
INFORMED THAT THE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR
EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY ALTERED
WHERE THE FINAL DETERMINER FOR ALL APPEALS FOR
GRIEVANCES AND EMPLOYEE TERMINATIONS REST WITH
THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF HR. MR. CLARK, YOU
HAVE 30 SECONDS. THANK YOU, SIR. THAT IN AND OF ITSELF
CREATES DISTRUST AND A PERCEPTION THAT EMPLOYEES
WILL NO LONGER BE TREATED FAIRLY WHEN IT
COMES TO DISCIPLINE. FEDERAL, STATE COUNTIES,
CITIES, AND MUNICIPALITIES UTILIZE MERIT BOARDS OR
A THIRD-PARTY ARBITER. WHY? BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE
THAT THESE KINDS OF SYSTEMS ARE ENGINES OF
STABILITY WHERE EMPLOYEES FEEL THEY WILL INDEED
BE TREATED FAIRLY. WE ASK THAT YOU REEVALUATE
YOUR CURRENT POSITION ON EMPLOYEE DUE PROCESS. LASTLY, WHY DO
UNIONS EXIST? WELL, IT’S BECAUSE THERE’S
ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE, THERE’S CITIES, TOWNS, AND
ADMINISTRATORS THAT LACK INTEGRITY, CHARACTER, A
SENSE OF FAIRNESS AND A MORAL COMPASS. ONLY WHEN THESE
INDIVIDUALS ARE FORCED TO BE HELD AT THE SAME
STANDARD THEY HOLD THEIR EMPLOYEES, WILL EMPLOYEES
BECOME MORE TRUSTING, COOPERATIVE, PRODUCTIVE,
HAPPIER, AND CARING. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. THANK YOU, MR. CLARK. MS. DONNA WINSTON. GOOD EVENING. I’M SORRY. I GOT THE CRUD. THANKS, HONEY. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CEC, DR. GLASPER. AS MOST OF MAY KNOW ME,
MY NAME IS DONNA WINSTON. I STARTED OFF AS AN MCCD
STUDENT WHO WAS RAISING THREE CHILDREN ON MY
OWN FOR MANY YEARS. DURING THIS TIME I WORKED
TWO JOBS, WAS TAKING ANYWHERE FROM 15 TO 21
CREDIT HOURS PER SEMESTER AND STILL HAD TO FIND TIME
TO DO MY HOMEWORK AND TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN. MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO
MARICOPA WAS AS AN ADULT REENTRY STUDENT. THROUGH MY HARD WORK AND
GOOD GRADES I JOINED PHI THETA KAPPA AT ESTRELLA
MOUNTAIN, STILL MY FAVORITE CAMPUS, ERNIE. I OVERCAME MY FEAR, BUT
I DID IT WITH A SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT
WAS PHENOMENAL. THROUGH TENACITY AND
DETERMINATION I WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE ON MY JOURNEY. MY SUPPORT SYSTEM INCLUDED
MY MOM, MY CHILDREN, MY CLOSE FRIENDS, LIKE LYNN
AND MARSHA, AND THE HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT
ENCOURAGED MY SUCCESS AS A STUDENT, AGAIN, MARICOPA,
GAIL SNYDER, MY PHYCOLOGY INSTRUCTOR AND DR. ANNA
SOLLEY FOUND SOLUTIONS, WHERE AT ONE TIME I
ONLY SAW ROADBLOCKS. I WAS ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT
AN ESSAY TO USA TODAY ALL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP. I WAS AWARDED THE
SCHOLARSHIP, WHICH ENABLED TO TRANSFER TO ASU, WHERE I SEE
EARNED MY BACCALAUREATE. THE REASON I SHARE THIS
WITH YOU IS TO TELL HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS
ORGANIZATION AND WHAT IT HAS DONE FOR ME. IT GAVE ME THE STRENGTH
TO MOVE FORWARD IN MY LIFE WHEN MY FEARS COULD
HAVE SILENCED ME. I WAS ABLE TO TEACH MY
CHILDREN THROUGH HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE YOU CAN
AND WILL ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS IN YOUR LIFE. TODAY I STAND BEFORE YOU
CONCERNED ABOUT THE HEALTH AND THE WELLBEING AND THE
VITALITY OF MY MARICOPA FAMILY. I HAVE BEEN A MARICOPA
EMPLOYEE FOR 20 YEARS, AND 15 OF THOSE YEARS HAVE
BEEN HOUSED HERE AT DISTRICT OFFICE IN
THE SAME DIVISION. I STARTED BECOMING MORE
INVOLVED WITH EMPLOYEES AND GOT INVOLVED WITH PSA. I WENT FROM A MEMBER, TO A
DISTRICT OFFICE PRESIDENT, AND WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO
BECOME PART OF PSA’S CPD, WHICH IS COLLABORATIVE
POLICY DEVELOPMENT. I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM MY
PREDECESSOR, ANITA, THAT I EVENTUALLY WAS ELECTED
AS POLICY CHAIR. I FOUND MY NICHE. BECOMING AN EMPLOYEE
ADVOCATE AND LEARNING WHAT POLICIES IN LAW, AND I
HAVEN’T STOPPED NO MATTER HOW MUCH THIS
ADMINISTERED THROWS AT ME. I WILL NEVER STOP BEING
AN EMPLOYEE ADVOCATE. I WAS PLACED IN A POSITION
WHERE FALSE ALLEGATIONS WERE LOGGED AGAINST ME BY
THEN PRESIDENT OF PSA, THE VERY ORGANIZATION THAT
STRENGTHENED MY ADVOCACY AND GAVE IT MY VOICE. SHE MADE THESE
ALLEGATIONS EARLY IN HER ADMINISTRATION AT A
TIME WHEN I WAS ACTIVELY ATTEMPTING TO AID HER
IN A NEW POSITION. SHE EVENTUALLY PUBLISHED
HER ABDICATION OF THE PRESIDENCY, BUT HER
ALLEGATIONS HAD BEEN MADE AND ADMINISTRATION
CONTINUED TO SUPPORT THEM. I HAD TO BECOME
MY OWN ADVOCATE. I HAD BEEN CONVICTED
AND FORCED TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE AND VC OF HR,
ALONG WITH MR. EDDIE JUNNA VIOLATED MY DUE PROCESS. I DID RESEARCH. I LOCATED MISSING
DOCUMENTS THAT SHOULD HAVE REMAINED AS PART
PSA’S ARCHIVE. I PROVIDED EVIDENCE,
FACTS, NOT SUPPOSITIONS, NOT HEARSAY, NOT OPINION,
FACTS, THAT PROVED MY INNOCENCE FROM AN EVENT THAT
HAPPENED A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. I FACED MANY OBSTACLES,
CRIED MANY NIGHTS AND DAYS TOO. I CONTINUE TO WALK WITH,
CONSOLE, SUPPORT, AND ADVOCATE FOR EMPLOYEES
THAT I FEEL THREATENED OR SILENCED, EMPLOYEES WHO
WERE AND ARE AFRAID TO VOICE THEIR CONCERN,
AFRAID OF RETALIATION BY AN ADMINISTRATION THAT
SHOWS SIGNS OF DICTATORIAL TENDENCIES RATHER THAN
DEMOCRATIC VALUES, AN ADMINISTRATION THAT
PROHIBITS THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, AN
ADMINISTRATION THAT CONTINUES TO ATTEMPT TO
DISSOLVE OR COLLAPSE AN ASSOCIATION THAT HAS
A LONG AND HISTORY REPRESENTATION FOR
COLLABORATING AND COOPERATING WITH BOTH
ADMINISTRATION AND THE GOVERNING BOARD. I AM SPEAKING OF
THE EMPLOYEE GROUPS. I AM SPEAKING
PARTICULARLY OF PSA. ALONG WITH THAT COMMENT
THAT DR. GLASPER SAYS, I EMPOWER EVERY ONE OF
YOU AND EVERYONE IN OUR DISTRICT THAT IF THERE’S A
PROBLEM, TO FIND SOMEONE. WE HAVE MORE
JUST HIT A WALL. EXCUSE ME, MS. WINSTON,
YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. WASN’T I PERMITTED TO —
AND I EXPLAINED TO YOU THAT SEEDING TIME, WE WILL
NOT GO BEYOND THE 5 MINUTE — THE 5-MINUTE LIMITATION
FOR ALL SPEAKERS. OKAY. I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE
NOT JUST THIS GOVERNING BOARD, BECAUSE WE’VE ALL
BEEN TOLD AS EMPLOYEES THAT WE ARE NOT PERMITTED
TO TALK TO YOU OR HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL
THE EMPLOYEES OF MARICOPA TO FIND THEIR VOICE,
TO HAVE A VOICE, AND TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE
GOVERNING BOARD THAT WE HAVE ELECTED. ADMINISTRATION IS USUALLY
ENCOURAGING THE INTERPRETATION. AND WE ARE FINDING THAT
SOME OF THESE BULLYING TACTICS AND
NONCONVENTIONAL, MISLEADING ACCUSATIONS,
ALLEGATIONS, WHATEVER IT IS, ARE BEING MADE. AND SOME OF THE BIGGEST
BULLIES THAT WE HAVE LIE WITHIN THE HR DEPARTMENTS. FACING MY FEAR IS NO
STRANGER TO WITH THIS ORGANIZATION, AND I AM
COMING BEFORE YOU WITH INCREDIBLE FEAR, FEAR OF
RETALIATION, FEAR OF ABUSE FROM MANAGEMENT
ADMINISTRATION, FEAR OF BEING FIRED FOR VOICING
OUR CONCERNS WITH YOU. OH, MY SUPPORT SYSTEM
IS FULLY INTACT. I HAVE AN AMAZING HUSBAND. I HAVE AMAZING
FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND I’M ALSO CONCERNED
— WE ARE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE THIS ONE
MARICOPA WORKFORCE COMMITTEE. MEMBERS HAVE SHARED WITH
US THAT THEY’VE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY VC SHELTON
JOHNSON AND EDDIE JENNA TO KEEP ANY DISCUSSION
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL. WE DID NOT GIVE UP
OUR RIGHTS TO YOU. WE DID NOT TURN OVER OUR
POWER, OUR VOICES TO YOU. FOR YOU AS EMPLOYEE GROUP
LEADERS WHO HAVE ALIGNED YOURSELF WITH THIS TYPE
OF BEHAVIOR, SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT
REPORTING OUT TO THE EMPLOYEE GROUPS YOU HAVE
BEEN ELECTED TO REPRESENT. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT
ALLOWING US TO RATIFY CHANGES MADE TO OUR
EMPLOYEE POLICY MANUAL. IT IS AN INTERESTING
PHENOMENON THAT VC OF HR HAS PUBLISHED THE
FOLLOWING STATEMENT: REPRESENTATION REQUIRES
A CERTAIN SKILL SET. I’M CERTAIN SECRECY SHOULD
NOT BE INCLUDED IN THAT SKILL SET. MS. WINSTON, YOUR
TIME HAS EXPIRED. YES. THE LAST PERSON I
HAVE IS TERRY A. THERE IS NO TERRY A. YES, MA’AM. COULD WE HAVE YOUR
LAST NAME, PLEASE. SURE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I WILL CONTINUE ON. IT IS UNPROFESSIONAL TO
CONDUCT BUSINESS AS MCCD WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY, TO
WORK IN THE DARK, AND TO KEEP THINGS
VERY SECRETIVE. IT GOES AGAINST THE VERY
CORE OF OUR MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES. ONE MARICOPA WORKFORCE
COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAVE SHARED THEY WERE
INSTRUCTED BY THE VC SHELTON JOHNSON — AND
EDDIE JENNA TO KEEP ANY DISCUSSIONS PRIVATE
AND CONFIDENTIAL. WHY? DID WE NOT GIVE UP
OUR RIGHTS TO YOU? WE DID NOT TURN OVER OUR
POWER AND OUR VOICE TO YOU. AND FOR YOU EMPLOYEE GROUP
LEADERS YOU HAVE ALIGNED YOURSELF WITH THIS
TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT
REPORTING OUT TO THE EMPLOYEE GROUPS. YOU HAVE BEEN
ELECTED TO REPRESENT. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT
ALLOWING US TO RATIFY CHANGES MADE TO OUR
EMPLOYEE POLICY MANUAL. IT IS INTERESTING
PHENOMENA THAT VCHR HAS PUBLISHED FOLLOWING
STATEMENT: REPRESENTATION REQUIRES A
CERTAIN SKILL SET. I AM NOT SURE SECRECY
SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THAT SKILL SET. AND THEN WE HAVE LATEST
QUESTION OR THE DAY. AS AN EMPLOYEE, WHAT IS
YOUR GREATEST INTEREST IN THE CONSOLIDATION OF FIVE
EMPLOYEE GROUP APPENDICES AS IT IS RELATED TO
THE ABANDONMENT POLICY CATEGORY TOPICS. ABANDONMENT POLICY
CATEGORY; WHAT IS THIS IN REFERENCE TO AND WHY HAVE
YOU NOT PROVIDED A BETTER ANALYSIS ALONG WITH
SPECIFIC DETAIL? PLEASE PUBLISH THE RESULTS
OF THIS SURVEY IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH ALL
RESPONSES SO EVERYONE IN THE DISTRICT CAN REVIEW. AS EMPLOYEE GROUPS WE
OVERCAME A LOT, BUT THE ONE THING WE WERE MOST
PROUD OF WAS OUR POLICY MANUALS. WHEN I BECOME ALL CPD
POLICY CHAIR, WE WERE GIVEN THE TASK TO CREATE
A STAFF COMMON POLICY. I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION
THAT WHEN I WAS ALL CPD POLICY CHAIR, WE SEE
ACCOMPLISHED MOVING COMMON POLICIES OVER TO TOGETHER
AS GROUP OF EMPLOYEES. OVERCOMING OUR DIFFERENCES
OF OPINIONS, WE MADE THINGS HAPPEN, WE HAD CONTROL
OF OUR EMPLOYEE POLICIES. WE WERE TRANSPARENT. WE REPORTED OUT TO
OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE RATIFIED NEW AND
ADMITTED POLICIES TOGETHER AS EMPLOYEES. AND BY THE WAY, IT WAS
ALSO THE LAST TIME WE ARE RECEIVED RAISES. I OR WE ARE BEGINNING YOU
TO FOLLOW THE LAW AND TAKE YOU POWER AS MCCD’S
GOVERNING BOARD AS THE OVERSEERS OF YOUR
EMPLOYEES AND TO HONOR THE CONTRACT THAT YOUR
PREDECESSORS HONORED US WITH BY ENDORSING THE
INFORMATION OF OUR EMPLOYEE GROUPS. OUR EMPLOYEE GROUPS WERE
IDENTIFIED AND BECAME OFFICIAL BY THE GOVERNING
BOARD IN MAY 1990. SANCTIONED BY YOUR
PREDECESSORS WHO APPROVE THE EMPLOYEE GROUP
ASSOCIATIONS, A LEGAL BINDING CONTRACT BY THE
PAST BOARD WHO RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR THESE GROUPS. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO TAKE
YOUR POWER BACK AND ALLOW YOUR EMPLOYEES TO HAVE A
FAIR DUE PROCESS AT EVERY LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
OF MAY 1990, NEXT HEADING. I KNOW I HAVE HELPED MANY
EMPLOYEES OVER THE YEARS, EMPLOYEES I AM HAPPY
TO CALL MY FRIENDS. I AM ASKING THEM TO
STAND TOGETHER BESIDE ME. WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED
TO NOT CONVERSE WITH OUR GOVERNING BOARD. WE ARE ASKING FOR MCDD
EMPLOYEES TO START SHARING THEIR STORIES AND CONCERNS
WITH THIS GOVERNING BOARD THAT WE HAVE ELECTED. DR. GLASPER IS STARTING
A NEW JOB AT LEAD FOR INNOVATION, AND WE
TRULY WISH HIM WELL. HE HAS SAT ON MANY BOARDS. AS A BOARD MEMBER OF ANY
ORGANIZATION, NONPROFIT OR NOT, IT’S THE BOARD’S
RESPONSIBILITY TO BUILD MEMBERSHIP, CREATE A
REVENUE SOURCE FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS TO CONTINUE
ITS MISSION, VISION, ETCETERA. PLEASE DON’T GET ME
WRONG, DR. GLASPER. I FEEL THESE BOARDS
YOU SIT ON ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR
MISSION AND VISION WITH MCCD AND OUR COMMUNITY. WHAT I AM CONFUSED
ABOUT IS WHY IS VC SHELTON-JOHNSON UPSET WITH
OTHER MCCD EMPLOYEES WHO SIT ON BOARDS? AGAIN, THE EMPLOYEES DON’T
BEGRUDGE THIS, WE JUST THINK IT’S A LITTLE
UNFAIR, BIASED, AND WHY WOULD ANYONE FEEL THE NEED
ATTACK ME BECAUSE I SIT ON THE M.E. AZCOPS BOARD ON MY OWN
TIME AND THE MEMBERSHIP FEE IS OUR OWN PERSONAL
MONEY, NOT MARICOPAS. THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE
OF BULLYING AND UNFAIR TREATMENT BECAUSE OF
PERSONALITIES NOT FACT. IN CONCLUSION, LIKE JIM
SAID, IF JIM GOES FIRST, OKAY, WE ALL ENCOURAGE ALL
MCCD EMPLOYEES TO JOIN ME AZCOPS AND REQUEST YOUR
MEMBERSHIP PACKET BEFORE ADMINISTRATION STARTS
ATTACKING BASED ON PERSONALITY NOT FACT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THE LAST PERSON I BELIEVE
IS ELIZABETH BUCKTON. SOME OF YOU KNOW WHO I
AM AND SOME OF YOU DON’T. BUT I’M BACK. I STOOD WITH DONNA,
AND I FOUGHT. I RIGHTED THE
WRONGS OF OTHERS. AND AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN
I AM ANGRY AT THIS BOARD FOR RELINQUISHING THEIR
RIGHTS TO DR. GLASPER OVER HR. THE CURRENT VC HR MADE
A MESS AT THE STATE OF ARIZONA. MY DAUGHTER WAS ONE OF HER
VICTIMS AS AN AT-WILL EMPLOYEE. AND I SAY SHAME ON YOU. YOU’RE A BULLY. AND THAT’S NOT WHAT
MARICOPA IS ABOUT. EXCUSE ME. WE WON’T ALLOW THAT. IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO
SAY THAT GOES TO POLICY, YOU MAY DO SO, BUT YOU
MAY NOT USE THAT FORM TO ACCUSE AN INDIVIDUAL AND
TO CONFRONT AN INDIVIDUAL. IF YOU CONTINUE TO DO SO,
I WILL ASK YOU TO CEASE. SO YOU MAY PROCEED, BUT YOU MAY
PROCEED IN A CIVIL FASHION. I BELIEVE I WAS CIVIL. I BELIEVE YOU WERE NOT. AND I AM THE CHAIRMAN
OF THE BOARD. AND I AM TELLING YOU ONCE
MORE, YOU MAY PROCEED IN A CIVIL FASHION. I ASK THAT THE BOARD
INVESTIGATE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE — TOO MUCH
SECRECY, TOO MUCH BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS. I WORKED FOR MARICOPA FOR
16 YEARS, AND I WAS PROUD. I CAN’T STAND UP HERE
AND SAY THAT TODAY. I SAY SHAME ON
A LOT OF YOU. THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDES THE
CITIZEN INTERIM. THANK YOU ALL
VERY, VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS
THE CHANCELLOR’S REPORT. DR. GLASPER. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, I DO NOT HAVE A REPORT TONIGHT, BUT I
WOULD LIKE TO SEE MY TIME TO RYAN DEMENNA TO GIVE
A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. EXCELLENT. MR. DEMENNA. WELCOME. THANK YOU. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER, MEMBERS OF
CEC, AND WHO IS PRESENT. MY NAME IS RYAN DEMENNA
WITH DEMENNA ASSOCIATES. DEMENNA ASSOCIATES
PROVIDES GOVERNMENT-RELATION
SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
HERE IN MARICOPA. I’M HERE THIS EVENING TO
PROVIDE YOU WITH A BRIEF LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. TODAY MARKS THE 16TH
DAY OF 52ND LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION. THE DEADLINE FOR SENATE
BILLS TO BE INTRODUCED IS THIS COMING MONDAY,
FEBRUARY 1ST, WHILE THE DEADLINE FOR HOUSE BILLS
TO BE INTRODUCED IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH. TO DATE, ARIZONA LAWMAKERS HAVE
INTRODUCED 860 BILLS, AND THERE ARE
PRESENTLY 1,702 BILL FOLDERS OPEN AT
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. HISTORICALLY, THERE HAVE
BEEN ROUGHLY 1200 TO 1400 BILLS INTRODUCED EVERY
LEGISLATIVE SESSION. AND OF THOSE INTRODUCED,
ROUGHLY 300 ARE EVENTUALLY SIGNED INTO LAW. AS DISCUSSED AT THE
JANUARY 12TH GOVERNING BOARD RETREAT, THE
DISTRICT’S 2016 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA CONSISTS OF
FIVE PRIMARILY COMPONENTS. THE FIRST IS STATE AID. AS ARIZONA’S REVENUE
PROJECTIONS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE, MARICOPA WILL
WORK WITH POLICY MAKERS TO REINSTATE STATE AID. THE ENTERPRISE MODEL;
THE DISTRICT HAS LIMITED ABILITY TO PARTNER
WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO GENERATE
ADDITIONAL REVENUE. SO THE DISTRICT WILL
PURSUE THE STATUTORY CHANGES NECESSARY TO ALLOW
COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO ENTER INTO THESE
AGREEMENTS AND ENSURE THAT THE RESULTING REVENUES ARE
EXCLUDED FROM EXPENDITURE CALCULATIONS. EXPENDITURE LIMITATION
RELIEF IS THE RESULT OF A 2015 INTERIM STUDY
COMMITTEE TASK THAT’S REVIEWING THE
CONSTITUTIONAL EXPENDITURE LIMITATION FOR
COMMUNITY COLLEGES. ARIZONA’S COMMUNITY
COLLEGE SYSTEM WOULD WORK TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
ASSIGN ADDITIONAL WEIGHT IN THE FORMULA FOR STUDENT
ENROLLED IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
COURSES, CLARIFY THAT REVENUES RESULTING FROM
ENTERPRISE ACTIVITIES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE
EXPENDITURE LIMIT CALCULATION, AND ENSURE
THAT FTSE ESTIMATES DEVIATE LESS FROM THE
ACTUAL FTSE COUNT. THE FOURTH IS RED
TAPE REDUCTION. WE SEEK TO ELIMINATE
OUTDATED AND UNNECESSARY STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. AND NUMBER FIVE, OF
COURSE, IS DEFENSE. THE CHAIRWOMAN OF
THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE, SENATOR SILVIA
ALLEN, IS SPONSORING THE EXPENDITURE LIMITATION
LEGISLATION. WHILE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
HOUSE GOVERNMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, BOB
THORP, IS SPONSORING THE RED TAPE
REDUCTION MEASURE. WE ARE ALREADY TRACKING
APPROXIMATELY 50 BILLS AND RESEARCHING THEIR POTENTIAL
IMPACT ON THE DISTRICT. WE’RE ALSO WORKING CLOSELY
WITH OTHER DISTRICTS TO COORDINATE OUR
LOBBYING EFFORTS. WE WILL BE SURE TO PROVIDE
YOU WITH ADDITIONAL UPDATES AS THE LEGISLATIVE
SESSION PROGRESSES. IF I COULD JUST TAKE A
QUICK MOMENT, I WANT TO THANK DISTRICT STAFF
THAT’S SUPPORTS US IN THESE EFFORTS DOWN
AT THE LEGISLATURE. EVERYONE FROM DEBBIE TO
JUDY TO GHEY AND OTHERS, IT’S JUST A TERRIFIC TEAM. WITH THAT I’M HAPPY TO
STAND FOR QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS? MS. MCGRATH. MR. DEMMENA, THE 5TH ITEM
THAT YOU MENTIONED, DID I UNDERSTAND YOU
CORRECTLY; DEFENSE? PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MS. MCGRATH, THAT IS CORRECT, DEFENSE. DEFENSE OF WHAT? WOULD YOU EXPLAIN
THAT FOR ME PLEASE. AT THIS POINT WE’RE STILL
IN THE BILL INTRODUCTION PERIOD, SO THERE’S A LOT
OF UNKNOWN OUT THERE. AND IF THERE ARE PROPOSALS
THAT ARE BROUGHT FORTH THAT WOULD HARM THE
DISTRICT, THEN WE WOULD OBVIOUSLY WORK
TO DEFEAT THOSE. THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? MR. DEMMENA, CAN YOU TELL
ME WHERE MR. THORP IS FROM? MR. THORP IS FROM NORTHERN
ARIZONA, PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. AND SENATOR ALLEN? SENATOR ALLEN IS
FROM SNOW FLAKE. SO THEY BOTH REPRESENT
RURAL RECALL COMMUNITY COLLEGES. THAT’S CORRECT,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. THANK YOU. AND THEY ARE BOTH INVOLVED
IN OUR PRIMARY ISSUE. THAT IS CORRECT. NOW, I TAKE IT THAT THE
IMPACT OF LIMITATIONS, ETCETERA, IS DIFFERENT
UPON THOSE TWO COLLEGES OR UPON THAT COLLEGE SYSTEM
THAN IT IS UPON OURS? PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
THAT’S MY UNDERSTANDING AS WELL. I KNOW THAT SENATOR ALLEN
IS VERY INTERESTED IN THIS ISSUE BECAUSE THE DISTRICT
THAT SHE REPRESENTS IS IN NEED OF THAT RELIEF. AND THE RELIEF IN THEIR
CASES, AS UNDERSTAND IT, IS THAT THEY HAVE AN
EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF CAPITAL THEY CAN’T USE. THAT IS CORRECT,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. AND IN OUR CASE, WE DON’T
HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF CAPITAL TO USE. SO OUR INTERESTS DIVERGE,
BUT WE ARE ON THE SAME BILL; ARE WE NOT? WE ARE, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ. THEN IT IS IN OUR INTEREST
TO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THESE TWO INDIVIDUALS. I WOULD AGREE,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. THEY HAVE BOTH BEEN
OUTSTANDING CHAMPIONS ON THIS ISSUE THUS FAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NO FURTHER QUESTIONS. THANK YOU. WE NOW MOVE TO THE
APPROVAL OF THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA. I MOVE OF APPROVAL. SECOND? SECOND. BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, SIGNIFY BY SAYING
AYE, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PASSES. OUR CONSENT AGENDA. MOVE OF APPROVAL. DOES ANYONE — IS THERE
A SECOND, FIRST OF ALL? SECOND. DOES ANYONE WISH TO REMOVE ANY
ITEM FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA? IF NOT, ALL IN THOSE IN
FAVOR OF THE MOTION BEFORE US TO APPROVE SIGNIFY
BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PASSES. MOTION — ALL IN FAVOR OF
APPROVING THE NON-CONSENT AGENDA, ITEM 15.1: DESIGNATION OF
INTERIM CHANCELLOR. DISCUSSION. IS IT APPROPRIATE TO MAKE
A MOTION, MR. PRESIDENT? I WOULD LIKE TO
MAKE A MOTION. MS. HAVER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND
THAT TAKE A VOTE ON AUTHORIZING THE
APPOINTMENT OF MARIA HARPER-MARINICK OUR
PROVOST AS INTERIM CHANCELLOR OF THE MARICOPA
COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES DISTRICT EFFECTIVE
MARCH 1, 2016. SECOND. THERE IS — IT HAS BEEN
MOVED AND SECONDED. DISCUSSION. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ. WE HAVE A FLAWED REQUEST
— AT LEAST IN MY VIEW — REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR A
COMPANY TO SEARCH FOR THE CHANCELLOR. AND I FEEL THAT THIS
ENTIRE THING IS DUBIOUS. AND I’M VERY CONCERNED
THAT WE ARE NOT CONSIDERING NAMING AN
OUTSIDE CHANCELLOR. WE’RE TAKING DR. MARTINEZ — DR.
MARINICK FROM HER POSITION. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE
TO FILL THAT POSITION. WE’RE GOING TO FILL THE
PERSON’S POSITION FILL WHO FILLED THAT. IT’S GOING TO BE LIKE
THOSE ADVERTISEMENTS YOU SEE ON TELEVISION WITH
THE DOMINOS GOING DOWN. I THINK WE’D BE SO MUCH BETTER
OFF WITH AN OUTSIDE PERSON. WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO MAKE
ANYONE CHANGE POSITIONS. AND ALSO, I THINK THAT
THIS — I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL HARM OF HELP DR.
MARINICK’S POSITION IN THE EVENT THAT SHE APPLIES
FOR CHANCELLOR, BUT I THINK THAT IT WOULD
DISCOURAGE OTHER APPLICANTS WHO MIGHT BE
EXCELLENT APPLICANTS FROM APPLYING BECAUSE THEY WILL
SEE THAT WE’VE ALREADY PUT WHAT THEY WOULD PERCEIVE
AS OUR FAVORITE PERSON IN THIS POSITION. I THINK THIS IS A POOR
IDEA TO PUT HER IN THIS PRECARIOUS POSITION. THANK YOU. MS. LIVINGSTON. UPON HEARING THE FACULTY
THIS EVENING AND UPON PRIOR DISCUSSION,
OBVIOUSLY, AND THE SUGGESTION TO DR.
HARPER-MARINICK — OR THE REQUEST, AND IT IS WAS
UP TO HER TO SO SAY YES OR NO, BUT UPON HEARING THE
FACULTY THIS EVENING NOT JUST ONCE, TWICE, MANY
TIMES, THEY ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING
SOMEBODY AT THE FOREFRONT THAT COULD HIT THE
GROUND RUNNING. ALSO, WITH HER FANTASTIC
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND KNOWLEDGE, I THINK
WE’RE IN GOOD HANDS. AND AT THIS POINT I FEEL
SHE IS PERHAPS, WHILE WE HAVE EXCELLENT
ADMINISTRATORS AROUND US, ONE OF THE FEW CANDIDATES
THAT COULD STEP RIGHT IN AND HOLD THIS
INSTITUTION, NOT JUST TOGETHER, BUT ALLOW IT TO
GROW DURING OUR PRODUCTIVE SEARCH FOR OUR
PERMANENT CHANCELLOR. MR. SAAR. I AGREE. AND KEEP IN MIND, THIS
A TEMPORARY POSITION. IT IS NOT, BY ANY MEANS,
CONSIDERED TO BE THE PERMANENT POSITION
FOR CHANCELLOR. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF
GOING THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE PROCESS, A WORLDWIDE
SEARCH FOR THE NEXT CHANCELLOR. TO THIS DAY WE DON’T KNOW
OF ANYBODY WHO’S APPLIED, BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T — WE
JUST STARTED THE PROCESS, ACTUALLY. SO THIS IS A
TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT. WE FOUND DR.
HARPER-MARINICK TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE AS THE
ASSISTANT CHANCELLOR TO DR. GLASPER FOR MANY
YEARS AND HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN HIS
ABSENCE AND I THINK FULLY CAPABLE OF HANDLING THE
THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARISE FROM THE
CHANCELLOR’S POSITION IN THE INTERIM UNTIL WE
CAN APPOINT A PERMANENT CHANCELLOR. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? IF NOT, MS. SMITH, WOULD
YOU PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES. MR. BURKE. AYE. MS. HAVER. AYE. MR. HEEP. ABSTAIN. MS. LIVINGSTON. AYE. MS. MCGRATH. I’D LIKE TO
EXPLAIN MY VOTE. WE ARE USING AN RFP THAT WAS
PUT OUT IN 2012 TO SEARCH FOR THE CHANCELLOR, AND I
DON’T THINK THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT. I THINK THAT
IT’S WAY TOO OLD. THE RFP CALLS FOR PEOPLE
— FOR THE FIRM TO FIND EXECUTIVES. IT DOES NOT NAME
FINDING A CHANCELLOR. AND I THINK THAT IS ONE OF
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE DO. AND I THINK WE SHOULD
HAVE A NEW RFP FOR THIS. I’M VERY CONCERNED THAT
WE ARE JUST GOING ON AS THOUGH WE’VE DONE NOTHING
WRONG, WHEN USING AN RFP THAT OLD I THINK IS
NOT A VIOLATION OF LAW, CERTAINLY A
VIOLATION OF ETHICS. WE HAVE MANY FIRMS THAT
PROBABLY LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS AND THEY ARE
NOT HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY. AND I’M NOT ABLE TO VOTE
ON THIS, BECAUSE I DON’T FEEL THAT IT’S IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE ARIZONA STATUES AND I
ABSTAIN FROM VOTING. MR. SAAR. AYE. AND MR. GUTIERREZ. AYE. THE VOTE IS 5-2 IN FAVOR. MOTION PASSES. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR AND PROVOST MARIA
HARPER-MARINICK. THE VICE CHANCELLOR IS IN
ASPEN ON BUSINESS FOR THIS PARTICULAR COLLEGE SYSTEM,
BUT I HAVE REACHED HER. I TOLD YOU HER SHE WOULD
THE SUBJECT OF THIS VOTE. SHE HAS VERY
GRACIOUSLY ACCEPTED. ITEM NUMBER 16. CHANCELLOR. THE APPROVAL OF
RESOLUTION OF TAYLOR V. MCCCD. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, ON 16-1, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE
GOVERNING BOARD AUTHORIZE THE CHANCELLOR OR ITS
DESIGNEE TO PREPARE AND EXECUTE DOCUMENTS
NECESSARY TO RESOLVE TAYLOR VS. MCCCD IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE TERMS PROVIDED TO GOVERNING BOARD AND TO
MAKE THIS DISTRIBUTION IS REQUIRED BY THE TERMS
OF THE AGREEMENT. THAT’S MY RECOMMENDATION. AND I WILL — IF THERE’S
ANY QUESTIONS, MR. LEE COMBS IS HERE TO —
IS THERE A MOTION? MOVE APPROVAL. I SECOND. MOVED AND SECONDED. ARE THEIR ANY
QUESTIONS OF MR. COMBS? YES. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. CHANCELLOR, WOULD YOU
PLEASE EXPLAIN TO US WHAT TAYLOR VS. MCCCD, PLEASE. MR. COMBS. THIS IS AN AGREED
RESOLUTION, MEDIATED RESOLUTION OF AN
EMPLOYMENT DISPUTE THAT HAS NOT GONE TO COURT. THE DETAILS OF THE
MATTER ARE CONTAINED IN A BRIEFING MEMO THAT I
SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD TO PROTECT THE
CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE PARTIES. I WOULD PREFER TO DISCUSS
DETAILS, IF NECESSARY, IN AN EXECUTIVE SESSION. AND I INVITED THE BOARD
TO SCHEDULE SUCH A SESSION WHEN I SUBMITTED THE MEMO. NONE WAS SCHEDULED, SO I
WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE IT AT THAT. LET ME ADD THAT NONE
WAS REQUESTED AS WELL. YES. MR. PRESIDENT. YES, MA’AM. WHEN DO THE TAXPAYERS
FIND OUT ABOUT WHAT THIS LAWSUIT IS AND WHAT THEIR
MONEY IS BEING SPENT ON? WHEN DO WE HAVE
THAT OPPORTUNITY? MR. COMBS. THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
WILL BE A PUBLIC DOCUMENT AND WILL BE AVAILABLE
WHEN IT’S SIGNED. EXCUSE ME. I COULDN’T HEAR WHEN IT
WAS GOING TO BE AVAILABLE. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE
WHEN IT IS SIGNED. IT IS NOT AVAILABLE NOW
BECAUSE IT IS A DRAFT DOCUMENT. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? AS I RECALL, WE RECEIVED
THAT INFORMATION DURING AGENDA REVIEW AND WE DISCUSSED
IT DURING AGENDA REVIEW. SO WE HAVE RECEIVED
THE INFORMATION. IF THERE IS NO
FURTHER DISCUSSION. MS. MCGRATH DO YOU
REQUEST A ROLL CALL VOTE? NO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED? MOTION PASSES. 16.3. CHANCELLOR’S EXECUTIVE
COUNCIL LEADERSHIP STATEMENT. MR. GUTIERREZ
THERE IS 16.2. 16.2. GETTING AHEAD
OF MYSELF THERE. 16.2. CHANCELLOR. 16.2 IS RESOLUTION OF
AL-ALAWI DISPUTE AND IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE
GOVERNING BOARD AUTHORIZE THE CHANCELLOR OR ITS
DESIGNEE TO PREPARE AND EXECUTE DOCUMENTS
NECESSARY TO RESOLVE THE AL-ALAWI DISPUTE IS
ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS PROVIDED TO THE GOVERNING
BOARD AND TO MAKE THE DISTRIBUTIONS REQUIRED
BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. YOU’VE HEARD THE
EXPLANATION, IS THERE A VOTE? I MOVE APPROVAL. IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND. IT IS HAS BEEN
MOVED AND SECONDED. DISCUSSION? MR. PRESIDENT. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU. MR. CHANCELLOR, WHAT
IS THE AL-ALAWI DISPUTE PLEASE. MS. MCGRATH CONSISTENT
WITH THE TAYLOR ITEM, OUR LEGAL COUNSEL LEE COMBS
PROVIDED OUR GOVERNING BOARD WITH DETAILS AND
AGAIN REQUESTED THAT EXEC SESSION BE SCHEDULED IF
THERE WERE ANY QUESTIONS AND IT WAS NOT
ADDRESSED AT THAT TIME. AND I WOULD ASSUME AND
I WILL ASK MR. COMBS TO PROVIDE THE RESPONSE ON THIS,
SIMILAR TO THE LAST COMMENT. THIS IS ANOTHER MATTER
THAT HAS NOT BEEN IN COURT. IT IS A RESOLUTION OF A
DISPUTED EMPLOYMENT MATTER THAT RESULTED IN A
NEGOTIATED RESIGNATION. FURTHER QUESTIONS
OR DISCUSSIONS? MR. CHAIR. MS. MCGRATH. WHEN WILL WE AND THE
TAXPAYERS FIND OUT ABOUT THE RESOLUTION OF THIS
AND WHAT IT INVOLVES AND AMOUNT INVOLVED? SIMILARLY, ONCE THE
AGREEMENT IS SIGNED, IT WILL BE BECOME A
PUBLIC DOCUMENT. DO YOU HAVE A TIME FRAME
IN MIND OR — IT WOULD BE — OUR OBJECTIVE WAS
TO RECEIVE THE BOARD’S APPROVAL AND EXECUTE
THE DOCUMENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER. THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. COMBS,
WILL THAT INFORMATION BE DISSEMINATED SO THAT
THE TAXPAYERS AND THE EMPLOYEES — IT WILL
BE A PUBLIC RECORD. I DON’T THINK IT WOULD OUR
INTENT TO DISSEMINATE AS A PRESS RELEASE OR
ANYTHING OF THAT KIND. BUT IT WOULD BE A PUBLIC RECORD
FOR INDIVIDUALS TO REQUEST. MR. PRESIDENT, MR. COMBS. MS. MCGRATH. HOW DOES A PERSON
FIND OUT ABOUT IT? DO WE HAVE TO DO A PUBLIC
INFORMATION REQUEST OR WHAT HOW DO WE GET THAT
INFORMATION WHEN IT’S A PUBLIC — BECOMES
A PUBLIC RECORD. MS. MCGRATH. THERE’S A POINT OF ORDER. POINT OF ORDER. YES. I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE
THE BOARD TO GO BACK AND READ EMAILS THIS PAST
WEEK FROM MR. COMBS. THE AMOUNT OF THE
SETTLEMENT IS IN THAT EMAIL. MS. BURKE, THAT IS
NOT A POINT OF ORDER. IT IS A POINT
OF INFORMATION. I DIDN’T SAY
POINT OF ORDER. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU
CAN DISRUPT AN ONGOING STATEMENT IS THROUGH
A POINT OF ORDER. MS. MCGRATH STILL
HELD THE FLOOR. I’M SORRY. I WAS RECOGNIZED. I APOLOGIZE. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I ASKED MR. COMBS A
QUESTION, HOW DO YOU WE GO OUT ABOUT GETTING THIS
PUBLIC INFORMATION? DO WE HAVE TO DO AN
INFORMATION REQUEST OR HOW DOES IT COME ABOUT TO US? IF THE BOARD WOULD WISH —
IF YOU WOULD WISH TO SEE IT, I WILL MAKE IT
PERSONALLY AVAILABLE TO YOU. I’M CONCERNED MR.
PRESIDENT, MR. COMBS, I’M CONCERNED ON BEHALF OF
THE TAXPAYERS WHOSE MONEY WE’RE SPENDING HERE. AND I WONDER HOW THEY
FIND OUT ABOUT IT? DO YOU GIVE ME THE
INFORMATION AND I THEN PUBLISH IT OR WHAT? TAXPAYERS ARE NOT SHY
ABOUT MAKING PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST WHEN
THEY ARE CURIOUS ABOUT A MATTER. SO I BELIEVE THAT THEY
ARE WELL INFORMED OF THEIR RIGHTS TO ACCESS
TO PUBLIC RECORDS. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. LET ME — JUST LET ME
STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT ONCE THESE ARE SETTLED,
THEY ARE ALL PUBLIC DOCUMENTS AND PEOPLE
REGULARLY REVIEW EACH AND ALL OF OUR ACTIONS AND
OFTEN CRITICIZE THEM. SO I’M SURE THEY
WILL BE REVIEWED. IS THERE ANY
FURTHER DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. AYE. OPPOSE. MOTION PASSES. ITEM 16.3 IS ADVISORY AND
BEFORE US THAT IS WE WILL — THERE IS NO
ACTION NECESSARY. CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THERE’S A RECOMMENDATION
THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE CHANCELLOR EXECUTIVE
COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THE GOVERNING
BOARD ENTERTAIN AND ENDORSE THE SIGNED CEC LEADERSHIP
STATEMENT WHICH WILL BE READ BY PRESIDENT
ERNIE LARA. THE STATEMENT CONFIRMS
CEC’S COMMITMENT TO BUSINESS CONTINUITY,
SUSTAINING ONE MARICOPA ACTIVITIES AND MAINTAINING
OUR FOCUS ON STUDENT SUCCESS. PRESIDENT LARA. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, MAY
I APPROACH THE PODIUM ? YES, YOU MAY, SIR. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR GLASPER,
MEMBERS OF THE CHANCELLOR’S EXECUTIVE
COUNCIL, AND GUESTS, I AM ERNIE LARA, PRESIDENT
OF ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HOWEVER, TONIGHT
A REPRESENTING THE CHANCELLOR’S
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. I WAS SELECTED BY PEERS TO
REPRESENT THEM BECAUSE I AM THE MOST SENIOR
PRESIDENT OF OUR TEN COLLEGES. AND I GUESS BY SENIOR,
I’M ALSO SENIOR BY AGE. IT HAPPENS. GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
AND CHANCELLOR GLASPER, YOU WERE PROVIDED A COPY
OF THE CHANCELLOR COUNCIL LEADERSHIP STATEMENT AT
THE JANUARY 12 SPECIAL MEETING. COPIES OF THE SAME
STATEMENT ARE AT YOUR PLACE TONIGHT. THIS EVENING, THE
CHANCELLOR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WOULD LIKE
THE GOVERNING BOARD TO PUBLICLY ENTERTAIN AND
ENDORSE THE FOLLOWING LEADERSHIP STATEMENT. THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY
COLLEGE DISTRICT HAS LONG ENJOYED A STELLAR NATIONAL
REPUTATION AS A LARGE, WELL-RUN, INNOVATIVE, HIGH
QUALITY STUDENT CENTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM. UNDENIABLY ONE MAJOR
REASON AMONG MANY OTHERS FOR THIS NATIONAL
PROMINENCE HAS BEEN THE CHANCELLORS WHO HAVE
SERVED THE DISTRICT SO WELL THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. MOST RECENTLY THE DISTRICT
HAS BENEFITTED GREATLY FROM 13 YEARS OF EFFECTIVE
MANAGEMENT AND OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY CHANCELLOR
RUFUS GLASPER. WE ARE INDEBTED TO THE
VISION, ORGANIZATION, AND FINANCIAL STABILITY, AND
STRATEGIC DIRECTION OF CHANCELLOR GLASPER THAT
HE HAS PROVIDED DURING HIS LONG-STANDING TENURE. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR HIS
DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO YOU, OUR GOVERNING BOARD
AND TO OUR STUDENTS, AS WELL AS TO OUR MANY
COMMUNITIES, DONORS, EMPLOYEES, COLLEGES,
AND THE DISTRICT. WE WISH HIM WELL IN HIS
NEW LEADERSHIP ROLE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING
HIS CONTINUED SUCCESS. WITH HIS DEPARTURE,
MARICOPA FACES A CRITICAL PERIOD OF LEADERSHIP
TRANSITION. AS THE CHANCELLOR’S
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WE ARE AFFIRM OUR COLLECTIVE
COMMITMENT TO OUR DISTRICT VISION, MISSION, VALUES,
AND TO THE GOVERNING BOARD’S OUTCOMES AND
STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS. WE PLEDGE TO CONTINUE OUR
WORK TO REALIZE THE ONE MARICOPA VISION AND
TO COMPLETE THE MANY STRATEGIC
INITIATIVES UNDERWAY. WE UNDERSTAND THE CRITICAL
IMPORTANCE OF BUSINESS CONTINUITY DURING A TIME
OF TRANSITION AND COMMIT TO ENSURING THE WORK OF
THE DISTRICT AND SERVICE STUDENTS AND THAT IT
WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED. WE KNOW IT’S NATURAL FOR
STUDENTS, COMMUNITIES, DONORS, EMPLOYEES, AND
OTHERS TO HAVE SOME CONCERN ABOUT OPERATIONAL
CONTINUITY AND STABILITY AS WE MANAGE
THIS TRANSITION. WE ASSURE YOU, OUR
GOVERNING BOARD, AS WELL AS THE MANY STAKEHOLDERS
OF THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT THAT
WE WILL PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP NECESSARY TO SUSTAIN
AND CONTINUE THE PROGRESS THE DISTRICT HAS MADE UNDER
CHANCELLOR GLASPER’S GUIDANCE. OUR FOCUS, LIKE YOURS, HAS
BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR
STUDENTS AND THE MANY DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES THAT
BENEFIT FROM OUR WORK. WE THANK YOU GOVERNING
BOARD FOR YOUR WISDOM AND LEADERSHIP DURING THIS
TRANSITION PERIOD. MEMBERS OF THE
CHANCELLOR’S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL STAND READY TO
SUPPORT YOU AND ASSIST TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT LARA. I’LL MAKE A MOTION THAT
WE APPROVE THIS RESOLUTION FROM OUR CEC. WE HAVE BEEN
ASKED TO ENDORSE. I WILL POINT OUT, IF YOU
GO TO THE LAST PAGE, THAT IT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY
EACH MEMBER OF THE CEC. I WANT TO THANK THEM. IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY
STATEMENT OF CONFIDENCE IN THE TRANSITION. UNDOUBTEDLY WILL BE
DIFFICULT, BUT NECESSARY. AND I THINK IT WILL GO
WELL WITH EACH OF YOU SUSTAINING THE DIRECTION
AND MISSION OF THE COLLEGES AND OF
THE DISTRICT. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. YOU’VE HEARD THE MOTION. IS THERE A SECOND. SECOND. MOTION HAS BEEN
MOVED AND SECONDED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED. THANK YOU. THE MOTION PASSES. UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSED. WE’RE GOING TO
BUSINESS SERVICES. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THE
NEXT TWO ITEMS 17.1 AND 17.1(A) ARE RELATED. WE WILL HEAR 17. 1 FIRST AND THEN GO TO
17.1(A) OF COURSE, BUT THEY ARE RELATED
IN NATURE. WE WILL VOTE ON THEM
SEPARATELY, BUT THEY ARE RELATED IN NATURE. KEEP THAT IN MIND. MS. THOMPSON 17.1. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, ITEM 17.1 IS THE REQUEST FOR THE BOARD
TO RATIFY A CONTRACT WITH GALLAGHER
BENEFIT SERVICES. THIS IS A CONTRACT
FOR $400,000. IT IS FOR CONSULTING
SERVICES WITH THE PURPOSE OF HELPING THE DISTRICT TO
COMPLETE A COMPREHENSIVE DISTRICTWIDE
CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATION STUDY. THE AWARD OF THIS CONTRACT
OCCURRED AFTER A RFP PROCESS COMMENCED AND WE
RECEIVE SOME PROPOSALS. IT SHOULD HAVE COME TO
THE BOARD, BUT IT DID NOT. I BELIEVE THAT WAS AN
INADVERTENT ERROR, BUT WE ARE SEEKING RATIFICATION AT THIS
POINT IN TIME. DISCUSSION. IS THERE A MOTION. I MOVE APPROVAL. MOVED AND SECONDED. DISCUSSION? MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I DON’T THINK THAT WE
SHOULD BE TAKING MOTIONS AND VOTING UPON THIS. THIS IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULD
WAIT FOR HIS REPORT BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING
FURTHER WITH THIS. IT’S A MAJOR BREACH OF
POLICY AND STATE LAW. AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULD
KEEP OUR HANDS OFF OF THIS UNTIL THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL HAS FINISHED HIS INVESTIGATION AND
GIVEN US A REPORT. MR. SAAR. I AGREE THAT IT IS A
BREACH OF BOARD POLICY. AND I THINK THAT
CHANCELLOR HAS RECOGNIZED THAT AND HAS TAKEN THE
APPROPRIATE STEPS TO RATIFY THE ISSUE. WHAT WE’RE DOING TONIGHT
IS GIVING OUR APPROVAL. I DON’T SEE THIS AS ANY
VIOLATION OF STATE LAW. THIS IS SIMPLY A BOARD
POLICY THAT REQUIRES BOARD MEMBERS TO APPROVE
EXPENDITURES OF X NUMBER OF DOLLARS AND THIS
FALLS WITHIN THAT. SO I’M NOT HAPPY THAT IT
HAPPENED BY ANY MEANS. AND I THINK APPROPRIATE
MEASURES BASED ON DISCUSSIONS WE’VE HAD WITH
CHANCELLOR HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE. AND THOSE THAT WERE
INVOLVED, I THINK ARE WELL AWARE OF HOW THE POLICY IS
SUPPOSED TO WORK AND HAVE ENSURED THOSE SUPERVISION
THAT IT WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN. MS. HAVER. I REMEMBER WHEN GALLAGHER
BENEFIT SERVICES DID THEIR PRESENTATION. THEY WERE VERY WELL
RECEIVED BY ALL OF US. AND I THINK THAT IT WAS
JUST ABSOLUTELY FOR SURE THAT WE WERE GOING
TO APPROVE THIS. IT’S JUST BY ACCIDENT THAT WE
DIDN’T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. AND THE — IT CAME BEFORE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BECAUSE A BOARD MEMBER PUT IT
BEFORE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. AND I BELIEVE THAT IT’S
SORT OF MAKING A BIG TO-DO OVER A SMALL MISTAKE
THAT HAPPENED. AND SO I’M VERY MUCH IN
FAVOR THAT WE VOTE IN FAVOR OF GRANTING THE
AWARD OF $400,000, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE HAD THIS
LITTLE ERROR NOT OCCURRED. MS. LIVINGSTON. ERRORS HAPPEN, I
UNDERSTAND THAT. THIS WASN’T A
LITTLE ERROR. IT WAS A BIG ERROR. AND I THINK WE ALL HAVE TO
ADJUST OUR MINDSET TO NOT A LITTLE ERROR, BUT A LARGER
ERROR IN JUDGMENT. I’M SADDENED TO HEAR ONE
OF OUR OWN BOARD MEMBERS TOSSED SOMEBODY ELSE
UNDER THE PROVERBIAL BUS. I THINK THAT
SHOULD BE LET GO. HOWEVER, IT GOT
THERE, IT GOT THERE. I WILL SAY THIS. MY VOTE WILL REFLECT ON
THE FACT THAT I REALIZE THIS IS A LARGE ERROR,
NOT A SMALL ERROR. AND NO OTHER REASON
IS FOR MY VOTE. I STAND WITH THE BOARD
WHATEVER THE OUTCOME IS. LET ME — MR. HEEP. I SO OFTEN SIT HERE AND
LISTEN TO THE MEETINGS. AND IN THIS CASE, AN
INADVERTENT MISTAKE WAS MADE. IT APPEARS. BUT THE NUMBERS BY THE
SIZE OF THE MISTAKE HAVE PULLED IN PROCESSES NOT
UNDER NOT OUR CONTROL. THEY SHOULD BE
FOLLOWED UP. LET THEM REVIEW IT,
MAKE A DECISION. AND LET’S MOVE FORWARD. AND THAT’S ALL
HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. SO I THINK LET’S SEE WHAT
HAPPENS AND WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO REVIEW IT. THANK YOU. MS. HAVER. I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND
THE BOARD THAT THE WAY WE FOUND OUT THAT THERE
WAS AN ERROR WAS THROUGH MS. THOMPSON WHO CALLED
EACH ONE OF US SEPARATELY TO EXPLAIN TO US
EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. AND SHE ADMITTED THERE
HAD BEEN AN ERROR AND SHE WANTED US TO
KNOW ABOUT IT. AND SO THERE HAS
BEEN NO COVERUP. THIS HAS BEEN OUT THERE
IN THE OPEN FROM DAY ONE. AND SO WITH THAT IN MIND
— AND I AGREE IT ISN’T REALLY A SMALL ERROR
AND I AGREE WITH MS. LIVINGSTON, $400,000
IS A BIG ERROR, BUT NEVERTHELESS IT WAS NOT
INTENTIONAL, OBVIOUSLY NOT INTENTIONAL. AND FOR THAT REASON, I
THINK WE SHOULD VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS. LET ME MAKE CLEAR THAT THE
— WE HAVE NO INDICATION THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
IS INVESTIGATING THIS. WHAT WE DO HAVE IS
KNOWLEDGE THAT A PARTICULAR BOARD MEMBER
PRESENTED THIS TO THE ATTORNEY UNDER THE
MISTAKEN NOTION THAT THIS BOARD WAS UNDER THE STATE
PROCUREMENT CODE OR SO SHE REPORTED TO US. WE ARE NOT. IN FACT, THERE IS A
VIOLATION OF OUR POLICY. THAT IS A CLEAR
VIOLATION OF OUR POLICY. AND IT IS A SUBSTANTIAL
VIOLATION OF OUR POLICY. IT’S $400,000 AND
IT DESERVES TO BE INVESTIGATED SO THAT THE
PUBLIC AND EACH OF US ON THIS BOARD IS ASSURED THAT
IT WAS NO MORE THAN AN INADVERTENT ERROR. IF IT WAS BEYOND THAT, WE
INTEND TO DISCOVER IT, AND WE INTEND TO TAKE THIS
REPORT AND GIVE IT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THERE WAS SOME NOTION
EARLIER WHY ARE WE KEEPING IT SECRET, WE ARE NOT. THE REPORT WILL COME FIRST
TO THIS BOARD IN EXECUTIVE SESSION AND IT WILL
BE MADE PUBLIC. AND IT WILL BE TURNED OVER
TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, A FULL AND COMPLETE
INVESTIGATION. IT WILL NOT BE SUSPICIONS. IT WILL NOT BE PARANOIA. IT WILL NOT BE
ALLEGATIONS. IT WILL NOT BE
ACCUSATIONS. IT WILL BE A FULL AND
COMPLETE INVESTIGATION. AND THAT’S WHAT WILL BE
BE TURNED OVER TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. LET ME STRESS AGAIN,
THIS BOARD, THIS ADMINISTRATION, THIS
MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES SYSTEM HAS NOT
BEEN NOTIFIED THAT WE ARE AND THIS ACTION IS
UNDER INVESTIGATION. IT IS NOT. SO YOU HAVE
HEARD THE MOTION. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. ALL THOSE — I CALL FOR
A ROLL CALL VOTE, PLEASE. ROLL CALL VOTE
PLEASE, MS. SMITH. MS. BURKE. AYE. MS. HAVER. AYE. MR. HEEP. ABSTAIN. MS. LIVINGSTON. NAY. MS. MCGRATH, FOR THE
REASONS I STATED EARLIER, I ABSTAIN. MR. SAAR. AYE. MR. GUTIERREZ. AYE. THE VOTE IS 4-1-2. MOTION PASSES. 17.1(A) THE RELATED
ITEM MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE
BOARD ADOPT THE ATTACHED RESOLUTION TO THIS ACTION
ITEM DIRECTING THE HIRING OF AN EXTERNAL LAW
FIRM TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING
THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO GALLAGHER BENEFIT SERVICES
WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNING BOARD AS
REQUIRED BY BOARD POLICY. I MOVE APPROVAL. SECOND. MOVED AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MR. CHAIR — OR PRESIDENT. YES. THE HIRING OF THIS LAW
FIRM IS TO DO WHAT WE SAID WE WERE GOING TO DO. RIGHT. YOU DID SAY SO. SO WE HAVE A PROCESS OF
SELECTING A LAW FIRM WHOSE EXPERTISE IN THIS AREA. AND WE — I DON’T
KNOW WHO THAT IS. I DON’T THINK THAT’S
OUR JOB TO FIND WHO THAT INDIVIDUAL OR FIRM IS. BUT WE EXPECT THE OUTCOME
TO BE WELL DOCUMENTED AND RESEARCHED AND MAKE SURE
THAT NOTHING ILLEGAL OR IMMORAL WAS ACCOMPLISHED
DURING THE PROCESS THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. INDEED. JUST EXPLANATION. THERE ARE FIRMS THAT HAVE
BEEN REAPPROVED THROUGH PROCUREMENT BY THE
— BY THE DISTRICT. AND A SELECTION WILL
BE MADE FROM THAT LIST. WE INTEND THAT A FULL —
LET ME SAY AGAIN — A FULL INVESTIGATION OF
THIS MAY TAKE PLACE. IF THERE ARE REASON
TO BELIEVE THAT AN INAPPROPRIATE ACTION HAS
BEEN TAKEN BY ANY STAFF PERSON, ANY BOARD MEMBER,
ANY ADMINISTER OF THIS DISTRICT, IT WILL HANDED
OVER TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. IT WILL BE RECEIVED
IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. BUT IT ULTIMATELY
WILL BE MADE PUBLIC. LET ME PUT AN
ASTERISK TO THAT. IF IT GOES TO THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR THE COUNTY
ATTORNEY MAY WISH THAT IT NOT BE MADE PUBLIC,
BECAUSE IT WOULD BE PART OF AN ONGOING
INVESTIGATION, IF THAT IS THE CASE. IF THAT IS NOT THE CASE,
IF THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A VIOLATION
OF LAW HAS TAKEN PLACE, THEN IT WOULD MADE PUBLIC. YOU’VE HEARD THE MOTION. MS. SMITH, ROLL
CALL, PLEASE. MR. BURKE. AYE. MS. HAVER. AYE. MR. HEEP. AYE. MS. LIVINGSTON. AYE. MS. MCGRATH ABSTAIN. MR. SAAR. AYE. MR. GUTIERREZ. AYE. THE VOLT IS 6-1. BY A VOTE OF 6-1 THE
MOTION HAS PASSED. 17.2. APPROVE CONCEPTUAL
APPROVAL OF REMODEL OF SHOP/WAREHOUSE. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE AN
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT — IN BUILDING A AT THE
MARICOPA SKILL CENTER. MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, AS YOU SAID, MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS
CONCEPTUAL APPROVAL FOR THE REMODEL FOR
SHOP/WAREHOUSE SPACE IN BUILDING A AT THE MARICOPA
SKILL CENTER BUILDING, WHICH IS PART OF GATEWAY. ITS REMODELING
APPROXIMATELY 6,000 SQUARE FEET OF WAREHOUSE/SHOP
SPACE AND INSTALLING IMPROVEMENTS IN CLASSROOM
A AND WILL EVENTUALLY SUPPORT THE RELOCATION
OF PRECISION MACHINING MANUFACTURING PROGRAMS TO
THE SKILL CENTER CAMPUS FROM GATEWAY, SO THAT
THERE IS MORE SYNERGY BETWEEN THE TWO AND
BETTER UTILIZATION. WE RECOMMEND ITS APPROVAL. YOU’VE HEARD
THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? I MOVE APPROVAL. I SECOND IT. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY
DISCUSSION ON 17.2? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSED? THE MOTION PASSES. 17.3. CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT
RISK SELECTION OF THE CLOUD SONG CENTER FOR
SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE
THE SELECTION OF OAKLAND CONSTRUCTION AS
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK FOR THE CLOUD
SONG CENTER PROJECT. THIS IS ONE OF
SCOTTSDALE’S BOND PROJECTS AND I BELIEVE ITS
LAST LARGE PROJECT. IT WILL ALLOW FOR THE
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 38,000 SQUARE FOOT
MULTIUSE BUILDING AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE THAT ALSO WILL INCLUDE THE INDIGENOUS
SCHOLARS INSTITUTE. YOU HEARD THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? MOVED THAT WE
ACCEPT THE APPROVAL. IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED. MOTION PASSES. 17.4. PARTIAL GMP AWARD FOR THE
REMODELING AND EXPANSION OF THE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
& NURSING BUILDINGS AT SCOTTSDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, THIS PARTIAL GUARANTEED MAXIMUM
PRICE AWARD IS TO KELLY CONSTRUCTION AND IT’S TO
REMODEL AND RENOVATE THE SOCIAL BEHAVIORAL NURSING
SCIENCE BUILDING AT SCOTTSDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THIS IS RECOMMENDED IN
ORDER TO KEEP ON SCHEDULE FOR OUR FALL 2016
OCCUPANCY AND WILL ALLOW PROCEEDING WITH AN EARLY
CONSTRUCTION PACKAGE AWARD FOR INTERIOR DEMOLITION
WITHIN THE VACANT NU BUILDING AND ADVANCE
PURCHASE OF AIR CONDITIONING AS WELL AS
A CONTRACTOR’S SUBMITTALS FIRE, SPRINKLER, PLUMBING,
AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, AND ALLOW THE COLLEGE AND THE
CONTRACTOR TO KEEP ON SCHEDULE. YOU’VE HEARD
THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? I MOVE ACCEPTANCE ON THE
PARTIAL CONTRACT AWARD. SECOND? SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSED. MOTION CARRIES. 17.5 SALE OF PROPERTY AT
NORTHEAST CORNER OF 40TH STREET COTTONWOOD
LANE, PHOENIX, ARIZONA. SOUTH MOUNTAIN
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, THIS IS FOR THE SALE OF A PARCEL OF
UNVEILED LAND LOCATED 40TH STREET COTTONWOOD TO
WENTWORTH STORAGE LLC FOR THE AMOUNT OF
$3.5 MILLION. YOU’VE HEARD THE
EXPLANATION IS THERE A MOTION? MOVE APPROVAL. IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. FURTHER DISCUSSION. MR. PRESIDENT, MR. SAAR
AND THEN MS. MCGRATH. MR. SAAR. MS. THOMPSON, CAN YOU GIVE
US A SUMMARY OF HOW THAT PRICE WAS ARRIVED AT? MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, MR. SAAR, IN GENERAL WHAT WE DID WAS
WE CONSIDERED WHAT WE PURCHASED FOR THE
PROPERTY, WHICH I BELIEVE WAS AROUND $2.75 MILLION
AS IT SAYS IN THE AGENDA. AND THEN WE HAD AN
APPRAISAL OF ABOUT 3 POINT — AND THAT WAS $3.35
MILLION THAT CAME IN AS APPRAISAL AND THROUGH
NEGOTIATION WITH THE PURCHASER WE CAME UP
THE $3.5 MILLION AMOUNT. THANK YOU. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. DOES THIS MONEY GO TO
SOUTH MOUNTAIN OR DOES IT COME BACK TO THE DISTRICT? HOW DO WE DO THESE
— MS. MCGRATH. EXCUSE ME. MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, AND MS. MCGRATH, THIS ARE
FUNDS THAT WILL GO BACK TO SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY
COLLEGE AS ANYONE HAS VISITED COLLEGE YOU’VE
PROBABLY TAKEN NOTE OF THE ORIGINAL OLDER BUILDINGS
ON THE CAMPUS AND THE DISREPAIR THAT THEY’RE IN. SO THIS MONEY WILL GO AT
LEAST SOME WAYS TOWARDS HELPING TO IMPROVE THOSE
BUILDINGS AND MAINTAIN THEIR USEFULNESS
AND SAFETY. SO THE DISTRICT IS RETURNING THE
FUNDS TO THE COLLEGE. FURTHER QUESTIONS? YES. HOW DID THE SCHOOL GET THE
LAND IN THE FIRST PLACE? WASN’T IT PURCHASED
BY THE DISTRICT? MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, MS. MCGRATH, THESE WERE ALL
DISTRICT BOND FUNDS. I DON’T RECALL IF THIS WAS
A SPECIFIC ALLOCATION TO THE COLLEGE OR IF IT WAS
PART OF DISTRICT WIDE PURPOSES THAT THE DISTRICT
ELECTED TO USE THE FUNDS FOR. BUT BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS
OF THE COLLEGE, IN ANY EVENT, THE RECOMMENDATION IT
THAT IT GO BACK TO THE COLLEGE. DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL — YOU’VE
HEARD THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. OPPOSE. THE MOTION PASSES. WE ARE AT 18.1. HEALTHCARE
FUNDING, MS. LACOYA SHELTON-JOHNSON. GOOD EVENING AND THANK
YOU PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. THIS IS A REQUEST TO
RECOMMEND THAT THE GOVERNING BOARD APPROVE
EBAC’S RECOMMENDATION FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A
BENEFIT PROPOSAL TO BE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016. EBAC IS THE EMPLOYEE
BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND IS MADE UP
OF VARIOUS EMPLOYEE GROUP REPRESENTATIVES, AS
WELL AS MEMBERS FROM ADMINISTRATION. THE ACTUARIAL PROJECTIONS
FOR FISCAL ’16-17 MEDICAL PREMIUMS NEEDED TO FUND
THE MARICOPA SELF-FUNDED MEDICAL PLAN REFLECT THAT
MARICOPA IS PROJECTED TO NEED AN ADDITIONAL 1.29
MILLION IN FUNDING. THE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE, EBAC, HAD REVIEWED SEVERAL
DIFFERENT COST SAVING OPTIONS TO OBTAIN THE
ADDITIONAL FUNDING. EBAC IS REQUESTING IS
REQUESTING AN INCREASE OF 549,000 NEEDED TO FUND A
PORTION OF THE ADDITIONAL COSTS. EBAC WILL MAKE THE CHANGES
TO THE MEDICAL PLAN DESIGNED TO OBTAIN THE
REMAINING PORTION OF THE 1.29 MILLION. YOU’VE HEARD THE EXPLAINATION. IS THERE A MOTION? I MOVE THAT WE APPROVE
THE FISCAL YEAR ’16-17 HEALTHCARE FUNDING
AS REPRESENTED. SECOND. IT HAS BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED. THAT MOTION PASSES. BEFORE WE LEAVE THIS
SECTION, THERE’S SOMETHING I SHOULD EXPLAIN. I SHOULD HAVE
EXPLAINED IT EARLIER. DURING THE COURSE OF OUR
DELIBERATIONS, WE HAVE AN EARLIER MEETING CALLED AN
AGENDA MEETING WHERE WE GO OVER THESE ITEMS AND
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO QUESTION THE VICE
CHANCELLORS, ETCETERA. SO WE HAVE, EACH OF THE
BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THIS,
TO DISCUSS THIS, AND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEFORE
US, TO AGREE TO GO FORWARD OR NOT TO AGREE
TO GO FORWARD. THAT HAPPENS IN
AN AGENDA MEETING. THEY ARE OPEN. THEY ARE PUBLICLY POSTED. YOU’RE INVITED TO GO THERE
AND BE BORED FOR TWO OR THREE HOURS, BUT EACH
OF THESE ITEMS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED IN SOME DETAIL. I’D LIKE TO ADD SOMETHING. ALSO, WE ARE ENCOURAGED
TO CALL THE PRESIDENTS OR WHOEVER ELSE MIGHT HAVE
PUT SOMETHING ON THE AGENDA. AND SO WE DO HAVE AMPLE
OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT MORE DETAILS, IF THERE’S
SOMETHING THAT WE’RE NOT SURE ABOUT. I KNOW I’VE DONE THIS
MYSELF AND WAS QUITE IMPRESSED WITH HOW QUICKLY
I WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE ALL THE INFORMATION THAT I
NEEDED TO MAKE MY DECISION WHEN WE WOULD
EVENTUALLY VOTE. AND SO IT’S IMPORTANT
TO REALIZE THAT. THANK YOU. WE ARE ON
INFORMATION ITEM. ITEM 19.1, EMPLOYMENT. VICE CHANCELLOR. OKAY. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. AND IF I MAY JUST SAY I
FIND OUR AGENDA REVIEW TO BE RIVETING. AND I THINK OUR
ATTENDEES DO AS WELL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WOW. YES, ABSOLUTELY. YOU DO NEED A
LIFE; DON’T YOU? YOU’RE NOT THE FIRST
ONE TO SAY THAT, SADLY. WE CAN SELL THEM ADMISSION
FOR BETTER SEATS, IF WE NEED TO. IF IT PLEASES THE BOARD
MAY I COMBINE ITEMS 19.1 AND 2. WITHOUT OBJECTION? SURE. PROCEED. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. FOR THE PERIOD OF DECEMBER
1ST THROUGH THE 31, WE HAD A TOTAL NUMBER
OF 13 NEW HIRES. AND FOR THAT SAME PERIOD,
WE HAD A TOTAL NUMBER OF 14 SEPARATIONS. IS THERE ANY QUESTIONS? IF NOT, WE WILL GO ON TO
THE NEXT INFORMATION ITEM, WHICH IS 20, BUSINESS
SERVICES, REVIEW OF THE PROPOSED FEE CHANGES,
FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017. MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS AN INFORMATION ITEM AND NEXT
MONTH, FEBRUARY, WE’LL BE BRINGING THIS ITEM FOR
REQUESTED ACTION BY THE BOARD. THE ITEM CONTAINS QUITE A
LOT OF BACKUP ON EACH OF THE PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES. THERE ARE 150 NEW FEES
THAT ARE PROPOSED. IT INCREASES TO 450
FEES AND REDUCTIONS OR ELIMINATION TO 209 FEES
AND THEN NET REVENUE IMPACT IS ESTIMATED BY
THE COLLEGES AT $226,000. YOU’VE HEARD
THE EXPLANATION. GAYE IS HERE TO GIVE US
GREATER DETAIL, IF WE SO CHOOSE. IS THERE — ARE
THERE ANY QUESTIONS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO
GO FORWARD, PLEASE. MR. GUTIERREZ, I BELIEVE
THAT THE PRESENTATION HAS MORE TO DO WITH THE
NEXT INFORMATION ITEM ON TUITION SETTING RATHER
THAN THE FEES, BUT IF READY FOR THAT,
THAT’S FINE. WELL, DON’T MOVE. OKAY. ITEM 20.2, MS. THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, THIS ITEM ALSO IS AN INFORMATION AND NEXT
MONTH, WE ALSO WILL BE BRINGING THIS BACK FOR
ACTION BY THE GOVERNING BOARD. WE ARE IN THE CYCLE OF OUR
PROCESS THAT’S THE FORMAL REVIEW PROCESS. THOUGH, EVERYONE, I
BELIEVE, IS AWARE AND CERTAINLY THE BOARD WELL
AWARE OF THE MANY MEETINGS OF THE BOARD’S THE BUDGET
AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, WHERE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS
WERE DISCUSSED ON A MONTHLY BASIS SINCE ABOUT
AUGUST AS TO POSSIBILITIES FOR FISCAL ’16-17. THIS SPECIFIC ITEM
ADDRESSES THE PROPOSAL OF THAT BEING PUT FORWARD
FOR $2 PER CREDIT HOUR INCREASE IN TUITION AND
FEES FROM 84 TO $86 A CREDIT HOUR. THERE IS INFORMATION
THAT GAYE WILL SHARE IN A MOMENT, WHICH
ALSO INCLUDES OUR RECOMMENDATION FOR AN
INCREASE IN THE TAX LEVY BY 2%. THAT’S NOT SPECIFICALLY
PART OF THIS ITEM OR THE ACTION WE REQUESTED
RELATED TO THIS ITEM FOR NEXT MONTH, BUT IT WILL
BE PART OF BIGGER PACKAGE THAT WE’RE REQUESTING AS
WE SEEK THE BOARD ACTION ON TAX INCREASES IN
THE BUDGET ITSELF. AND I’LL TURN IT OVER TO
THAT GAYE TO SHARE SOME INFORMATION. IN GENERAL, THESE
PROPOSALS ARE SHARED AND REQUESTED OF THE BOARD
BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS THAT WE ARE PROPOSING TO BE
FUNDED THAT WE THINK ARE VERY IMPORTANT AS THE
DISTRICT MOVES FORWARD IN ITS FUTURE. PLEASE GO FORWARD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. GUTIERREZ, GOVERNING
BOARD MEMBERS, CHANCELLOR GLASPER, CEC MEMBERS,
AUDIENCE MEMBERS, THIS IS THE FIRST PRESENTATION
THAT I’VE GIVEN TO THE BOARD FORMALLY ON THE
BUDGET PREPARATION FOR NEXT YEAR. HOWEVER, IN TERMS OF OUR
BUDGET PROCESS, WE REALLY STARTED LAST SUMMER AND
WE’VE HAD MANY MEETINGS WITH THE BOARD WITH THIS
SUBCOMMITTEE AND WITH OUR FINANCIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
TO GET US TO THIS POINT. AND I’LL PRESENT TO
YOU SOME INFORMATION. AND WE’LL GO PRETTY
QUICKLY FOR THAT REASON. AND, AGAIN, WITH OUR
BUDGET PROCESS, IT’S A CYCLICAL PROCESS. THE NEWEST PART NOW IS THE
INPUT THAT WE’VE HAD FROM THE GOVERNING SUBCOMMITTEE
ON BUDGET AND FINANCE WHICH MEANT MONTHLY AND
PROVIDED INSIGHTS, ASK QUESTIONS, AND WE’VE
PROVIDED INFORMATION TO FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. IN TERMS OF THE PROJECTED
RESOURCES, THERE’S NOTHING REALLY NEW HERE. IT DOES INCLUDE A
POTENTIAL $2 PER CREDIT HOUR INCREASE IN TUITION
AND A 2% INCREASE IN THE TAX LEVY. WE WON’T HAVE THE
ABSOLUTE FINAL NUMBERS ON THE TAX LEVY INFORMATION
UNTIL FEBRUARY 10TH, WHEN WE GET THE INFORMATION
FROM THE COUNTY ASSESSOR. AT THAT TIME, WE’LL HAVE A
PRETTY GOOD HANDLE ON THE REVENUE AVAILABILITY. AND SO THAT MIGHT CHANGE BETWEEN
NOW AND THE NEXT MEETING. BUT HOPEFULLY NOT
BY A WHOLE LOT. IN TERMS OF THE PROPOSED
USES, WE HAVE SOME MANDATORY AND HIGH
PRIORITY EXPENDITURE USES. FROM YEAR TO YEAR, THE
LIST REALLY DOESN’T CHANGE. SOMETIMES THE AMOUNTS
CHANGE, BUT THESE ARE REALLY THE COST OF DOING
BUSINESS NEXT YEAR PRETTY MUCH THE SAME BUSINESSES
WE HAVE IN THE PAST. THERE ARE A COUPLE
OF INITIATIVES FOR TECHNOLOGY, FOR
MAINTAINING OUR INSURANCE FOR OUR 60/40 FACULTY
RATIO AND OUR CONTINUATION OF OUR STUDENT SUCCESS
INITIATIVE FOR A LOAN DEFAULT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. SO IN TERMS OF
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS, THERE’S ALSO A
RECOMMENDATION, YOU SAW TONIGHT, WITH THE FLEX
BENEFIT APPROVAL FOR HEALTH INSURANCE
TO CHANGE IN ASRS. AND ALSO WITH A 2%
ACROSS THE BOARD SALARY ADJUSTMENT AND A STEP
INCREASE FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE. SO THE GRAND TOTAL, WE
WOULD HAVE NOW REVENUES MATCHING THE
PROPOSED USES. SO IN TERMS OF TUITION,
THIS WILL BE A REQUEST TO INCREASE BY $2
PER CREDIT HOUR. IT’S A TOTAL OF ABOUT $60. AND ABOUT 2.4% INCREASE. THERE WAS NO INCREASE IN
TUITION IN THE CURRENT YEAR. SO THIS WOULD BE AN
INCREASE FOR NEXT YEAR. AND AS PART OF THE BUDGET
PROCESS, I GO TO EVERY COLLEGE AND PRESENT THIS
INFORMATION TO STUDENT GROUPS. AND I KNOW SOME OF THE
STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT YOU IF THEY WANT
TO TAKE TO POSITION ON THIS. AND SOME OF THEM
ACTUALLY DO. AND THAT’S REALLY
A GOOD THING. I’VE ALWAYS TOLD THEM THAT
THEY ARE WELCOME TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS. AND THEN FROM THE PROPERTY
TAX PERSPECTIVE, WE DO THINK THAT PROPERTY VALUES
WILL INCREASE SLIGHTLY AGAIN THIS YEAR, WHICH
MEANS IF WE WERE TO KEEP THE LEVY THE SAME, THE TAX
RATE WOULD HAVE TO DROP OR ELSE WE WOULD COLLECT
TOO MUCH MONEY. THE RECOMMENDATION THOUGH
IS FOR A 2% INCREASE IN THE TAX LEVY. THAT WOULD MEAN FOR A
PERSON NOW WHO HAD A $100,000 HOUSE,
WE THINK THE VALUE OF THE HOUSE WILL INCREASE
SLIGHTLY NEXT YEAR, AND THE IMPACT OF A 2%
INCREASE IN OUR LEVY WOULD BE $2.52 PER HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS. SO IF HAD A $200,000
HOUSE, YOUR IMPACT WOULD BE $5.04. AND FINALLY, WITH THE
MARICOPA APPROACH, WE’VE LOOK OVER THE RECESSION
AT MAKING CUTS WHEN WE HAD TO, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE
LOST OF THE STATE FUNDING. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A
TUITION OR TAX INCREASE EVERY YEAR. THEY’VE BEEN PRETTY —
LOOKED AT DOING THAT NOT AS A FIRST RESORT, BUT
WE’VE LOOKED AT DOING THAT AND MAKING A
RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD WHEN THE BELIEF HAS
BEEN THAT’S BEEN A NEEDED THING IN ORDER TO CONTINUE
THE BUSINESS OF THE DISTRICT. SO WITH THAT, IF YOU HAVE
ANY QUESTIONS, I’D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER. QUESTIONS OF MR. MURPHY? MR. SAAR. CAN YOU BACK TO
THE TUITION SCREEN. THIS ONE? YEP. THE ANNUAL COST, WHAT
IS THAT BASED ON? IT’S BASED ON 30
CREDIT HOURS PER YEAR. THAT’S HOW WE
CALCULATE A FTSE. AND THAT’S PRETTY STANDARD
PER ACADEMIC YEAR. AND OUR COLLEGE IS
SIMILAR TO MAYBE ASU. THERE IS NO MAXIMUM. IF YOU TAKE 40 CREDITS,
YOU’RE STILL GOING TO PAY THE TUITION FOR THOSE
ADDITIONAL TEN CREDITS. THAT IS CORRECT. THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE
SURE THAT WAS CORRECT. FURTHER DISCUSSION. MR. HEEP. LAST YEAR, WE HAVE
TO SAY THANK YOU. WE RECEIVED A LATER THAT
WE WERE GOING TO GET A REDUCTION IN TAXES. AND $2.47 PER HUNDRED,
WHICH WAS VERY GOOD. EVERYBODY WAS LOOKING
FORWARD TO IT. AND I RAN AROUND THE
COUNTY IN AT-LARGE POSITION AND GAVE
OUT THIS INFORMATION. WELL, AFTER THE TAXES CAME OUT,
EVERYONE RECEIVED INCREASES. I HAVEN’T FOUND ANYBODY
THAT GOT A DECREASE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTY. AND LEVIES AS HIGH AS 15%. SO, YOU KNOW, HEY, I DON’T
MIND 2% AND I DON’T MIND $2, BUT I DO MIND 15%. AND NOW I’M HEARING
THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THIS PROPERTY TAXES COULD GO UP
AGAIN AND IT’S GOING TO BE LARGER AGAIN. SO HELP. HELP US EXPLAIN THIS TO
THE TAXPAYER AND WHERE WE’RE GOING TO
BE NEXT YEAR. IS IT — LIKE
YOU SAID, $5. SO IT’S AN INCREASE
PER $5 PER HUNDRED. MS. MURPHY. EXCUSE ME. MR. GUTIERREZ, MR. HEEP,
I’M ALSO ACUTELY AWARE OF CONCERNS FROM TAXPAYERS. WHEN YOU GET YOUR PROPERTY
TAX BILL, THERE WILL BE A TELEPHONE NUMBER TO CALL IF YOU
WANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY
COLLEGES AND THAT RINGS AT MY DESK. AND I ANSWER
ALL THOSE CALLS. SO WHAT HAPPENS IS
THAT DIFFERENT TAXING JURISDICTIONS MAY CHOOSE
TO INCREASE THEIR TAX LEVIES. LAST YEAR, WE DID NOT. IT ALSO DEPENDS ON HOW
YOUR PIECE OF PROPERTY WAS VALUED RELATIVE TO OTHER
PIECES OF PROPERTY IN MARICOPA COUNTY. SO ALL I CAN SAY IS ACROSS
THE BOARD, THE INCREASES THAT CAME LAST YEAR WERE
OR IN THE CURRENT YEAR WERE NOT BECAUSE OF
SOMETHING MARICOPA DID. IN THE PAST, WE HAVE SEEN
CHANGES IN ASSESSMENT RATES WITH THE STATE
LOOKING TO CHANGE PROPERTY TAXES ON BUSINESS PROPERTY
AND BUSINESS OWNERS AND SOMETIMES THAT
HAS AN IMPACT. DID WE RECEIVE BENEFITS
FROM THIS TAX INCREASE LEVY AS HIGH AS 15% PER
AND SO AND SO FORTH. NO, MR. HEEP. WE DID NOT. WE DID NOT INCREASE THE
TAX LEVY FOR THIS YEAR. IN OTHER WORDS, ON THIS
TAX BILL IT SAYS THE PRICE WENT UP, BUT ACTUALLY NO
ONE GOT — THIS WENT TO SOMEPLACE ELSE. EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS
COMMUNITY COLLEGES. MR. HEEP, INDIVIDUAL
TAXPAYERS MAY SEE DIFFERENCES. BUT ACROSS THE BOARD WE
DID NOT COLLECT ANYMORE THAN WE DID IN
THE PRIOR YEAR. IF YOU SAW AN INCREASE
OR OTHER FOLKS SAW AN INCREASE, IT MEANS
THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAD A DECREASE TO OFFSET THAT. BECAUSE WE DIDN’T COLLECT
ANY MORE THAN WE DID THE PRIOR YEAR. I’D APPRECIATE AN AUDIT
OF THAT AND FIND OUT WHERE THE DECREASE IS AND
WHERE THE BALANCE WAS. BECAUSE I’M REALLY HAVING
A PROBLEM FINDING ANYONE THAT GOT A
DECREASE ANYWHERE. SO THANK YOU,
IF YOU COULD. WELL, THE WAY THE SYSTEM
WORKS IS THAT WE WORK WITH MARICOPA COUNTY AND THEY
DO THE TAX COLLECTION. WE JUST GIVE THEM THE LEVY
AMOUNT, AND THEY ACTUALLY ISSUE THE BILLING AND THEY
COLLECT AND PROVIDE IT TO US. SO THANK YOU THAT
SOMEONE ELSE PAID BILL. THAT I PAID BILL. IT COULD BE. BUT LET ME STRESS AGAIN. WE DID NOT IMPOSE A 2%
LEVY, WHICH IS AN AMOUNT WE COULD HAVE LAST YEAR? THAT IS CORRECT. THAT IS NOT TO SAY OTHER
POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS DID NOT INCREASE THEIR LEVY. ALSO CORRECT. SO FIRE DISTRICT, A
WATER DISTRICT, A FLOOD DISTRICT, CITY OR
TOWN COULD HAVE? THAT IS CORRECT. BUT WE DID NOT? THAT ALSO IS CORRECT. THANK YOU. I WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT. RK12. MS. LIVINGSTON. QUESTION, WHEN THIS COMES
BEFORE US, I BELIEVE, MS. THOMPSON AND BOTH
YOURSELF LAID OUT THREE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS
FOR US; CORRECT? YES, MA’AM. WILL WE BE VOTING ON ANY
OR ALL OF THE THREE OR IS IT GOING TO COME
TO A CONSENSUS? I GOT LOST THERE. MR. GUTIERREZ, MS.
LIVINGSTON, THE SCENARIO THAT YOU’RE
SEEING TODAY IS ONE THAT WOULD PROVED A $2 INCREASE
IN TUITION AND A 2% INCREASE IN THE
PROPERTY TAX LEVY. WITH THOSE TWO ADJUSTMENTS
WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE USES THAT
HAVE BEEN EXPLAINED IN — WELL, THAT ARE LISTED
FOR YOU AND THAT WE’VE EXPLAINED IN
PRIOR MEETINGS. SO THIS WILL BE THE
ONLY CHOICE BEFORE US? OR NO? WELL, MS. LIVINGSTON,
THIS IS RECOMMENDATION. OKAY. IF YOU WERE TO DIRECT
SOMETHING ELSE, MR. GUTIERREZ, MS.
LIVINGSTON, THEN WE WOULD WORK TO ACCOMMODATE
THE BOARD’S DESIRES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FURTHER DISCUSSIONS
AND QUESTIONS? MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU FOR
LOOKING AT ME. YOU ALREADY KNEW; RIGHT? WE’VE BEEN HAVING A
DECREASE IN STUDENT ENROLLMENT, CAN YOU TELL
ME HOW MUCH WE’RE DOWN IN FTSE AND STUDENT
ENROLLMENT? FOR THIS YEAR, I
THINK WE’RE LOOKING — MR. GUTIERREZ, MS.
MCGRATH, I THINK WE’RE LOOKING TO BE DOWN
ANOTHER ABOUT 2%. ALTHOUGH WE ARE STILL
HIGHER THAN WE WERE WHEN WE ENTERED THE RECESSION. WE’VE KIND OF SEEN A SLOW
DROP OFF AT THE — IN THE HEIGHT OF THE RECESSION,
WE WERE INCREASING 10 TO 11% PER YEAR INCREASE. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I’M WONDERING IF PERHAPS
WE SEE LOSE STUDENTS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH
TUITION, IF THERE’S NOT CORRELATION BETWEEN
TUITION AND STUDENT ENROLLMENT. AND I’M WONDERING IF
PERHAPS WE CAN CONSIDER AT LEAST KEEPING THE TUITION
THE SAME AND GENERALLY I’M WONDERING HAS ANYONE EVER
DONE ANY STUDIES ABOUT THAT, ABOUT WHERE STUDENTS
GO WHEN THEY DECIDE YOUR TUITION IS TOO HIGH? DO THEY PERHAPS ENROLL
IN A COMPUTER COURSE AT ANOTHER SCHOOL? MR. GUTIERREZ, MS.
MCGRATH, THAT COULD BE POSSIBLE. ALTHOUGH, I KNOW THAT
WE DO PROVIDE FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID
FOR STUDENTS. AND OUR NEEDIEST STUDENTS
CAN RECEIVE PELL GRANTS. I KNOW THAT ENROLLMENT AT
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHICH HAS A $10,000 PER
YEAR PLUS TUITION AND ALSO OPPORTUNITIES OF PRIVATE
UNIVERSITIES HAVE SEEN ENROLLMENT
INCREASES AS WELL. SO FOR AT LEAST SOME
STUDENTS, COST DOES NOT SEEM TO BE — OR TUITION
DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A FACTOR. AND I’M SURE IT HAS TO DO
WITH MAKING CERTAIN THAT FINANCIAL AIDS AVAILABLE
FOR OUR NEEDIEST STUDENTS. MR. PRESIDENT, ONE OF
THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS FINANCIAL AID IS WE’RE
TOLD THAT ABOUT 70% DO NOT PAY IT BACK. AND IT’S BECOMING A
HUGE PROBLEM NATIONWIDE. AND I’M THINKING THAT IF
WE CAN REDUCE THE COST OF TUITION THAT WE ALL BE
IN A BETTER POSITION. THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO SAY
THAT MR. GUTIERREZ, MS. MCGRATH, WE ARE
LOOKING ON THE STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT MANAGEMENT
INITIATIVE AS WELL TO HELP COUNSEL THOSE STUDENTS. MR. BURKE. WE COULD DO SOME
NUMBERS ABOUT TUITION. MOST OF OUR STUDENTS TAKE
AN AVERAGE OF SEVEN AND A HALF HOURS A SEMESTER. SO IF THEY DO THAT, THEN
THEY WOULD PAY, LET’S SEE ABOUT 30 DOLLARS A
YEAR IN EXTRA TUITION. IF THEY TAKE 12 HOURS,
THEY’D PAY 48 DOLLARS A YEAR. IF THEY TAKE 30 HOURS
— AND WE ONLY HAVE FEW STUDENTS WHO DO THAT, THEY
WOULD PAY $60 EXTRA IN TUITION. THAT’S $7.40 A MONTH. FOR THE 7.5 HOUR STUDENTS,
THAT’S $3.30 A MONTH. SO I DON’T THINK
THIS IS EARTH SHAKING. AND IN TERMS OF GOING
SOMEWHERE ELSE BECAUSE OF RAISE IN TUITION, WE HAVE
TO ASK OURSELVES WHERE WOULD THEY GO. WE HAVE PRIVATE
UNIVERSITIES WHO CHARGE MUCH MORE FOR
TUITION THAN WE DO. THEY COULD GO TO ASU,
WHICH CHARGES FOUR TIMES THE TUITION THAT WE DO. THEY COULD GO TO
PROPRIETARY SCHOOLS THAT CHARGE MUCH HIGHER
TUITION THAN WE DO. WE ARE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE
HIGHER EDUCATION, THE FIRST TWO YEARS,
IN THE COUNTY. WE ARE 80% OF THE NATIONAL
AVERAGE FOR TUITION. WE’RE AT 78% OF
THE WESTERN STATES. WE DON’T RAISE
TUITION EVERY YEAR. WE HAVE KEPT
IT AFFORDABLE. AND I SAY THIS AS
SIMPLY OF ECONOMICS. I BOUGHT A CAR EIGHT YEARS
AGO AND SEVERAL MONTHS AGO I WENT TO LOOK
AT ANOTHER CAR. AND LET ME TELL THE PRICE HAS
INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF
PURE ECONOMICS OVER TIME. THE THINGS THAT WE WANT
AND THE THINGS THAT WE NEED ARE GOING TO
INCREASE IN VALUE. I DON’T SEE THAT THIS —
I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL PROHIBITIVE
FOR STUDENTS. LET ME SAY THAT THE LAST
RANKING I SAW, WE WERE THE 5TH LOWEST, THE 5TH
LOWEST, COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM IN THE
UNITED STATES. THE 5TH LOWEST. THE STATE OF TEXAS
COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM — THE COLLEGE RECEIVED
APPROXIMATELY ONE-THIRD OF THEIR FUNDING FROM THE
STATE, THEY HAVE A 2% REQUIREMENT AS WELL. THEIRS IS A REQUIREMENT. AND THEIR TUITION JUST
SLIGHTLY LESS THAN OURS. CALIFORNIA’S IS
LESS THAN OURS. BUT WE’RE THE 5TH LOWEST
IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WE HAVE THE CHALLENGES
ECONOMICALLY THAT WE’RE FACING BECAUSE OF
THE LEGISLATURE. I THINK WE’VE DONE
AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB. AND I THINK THAT A
$2 INCREASE IS SAD. I WOULD LIKE TO
BE THE LOWEST. I WOULD LIKE TO BE LOWER
THAN CALIFORNIA’S, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE DON’T HAVE
CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE. I WOULD LIKE TO BE
LOWER THAN TEXAS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE
DON’T HAVE THEIR STATE LEGISLATURE EITHER. SO GIVEN THE CHALLENGES
THAT WE FACE, I THINK THAT THE CHANCELLOR, THE
VICE CHANCELLOR, AND THE PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE
AN INCREDIBLE JOB OF MAINTAINING ONE OF MOST
SUPERB COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEMS IN THE
UNITED STATES. AND THE 5TH LOWEST TUITION
IN THE UNITED STATES. AND I THINK EVERYONE HERE
SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED FOR THAT. IF THERE’S NO
FURTHER DISCUSSION. MONITORING REPORTS. MS. THOMPSON. MS. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, THIS IS THE ONE MONITORING REPORT THIS
MONTH IS THE BUDGET ANALYSIS REPORT, WHICH IS
FOR THE GENERAL FUND, OUR MAIN OPERATING BUDGET AND
IT IS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE FISCAL YEAR. AS I HAVE INDICATED
MOST MONTHS, IN TERMS OF EXPENDITURES, OUR
EXPENDITURES ARE PRETTY EVENLY EXPENDED OVER EVERY
MONTH, BECAUSE WE HAVE PAYROLL 24 —
EVERY TWO WEEKS. AND THAT’S A PRETTY EVEN
EXPENDITURE EVERY MONTH AND THAT’S OUR
LARGEST EXPENDITURE. SO OUR EXPENDITURES ARE ON
PAR WITH PRIOR YEARS AND WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT
FOR THE PERIOD. IN TERMS OF REVENUES,
THAT’S ALSO ON PAR. WE HAVE ABOUT 61% THAT’S
BEEN RECOGNIZED, VERY SIMILAR TO PRIOR YEARS. AND WE EXPECT TO MEET
OUR FINANCIAL STABILITY REQUIREMENTS THAT
ARE SET BY THE BOARD. DISCUSSION? IF NOT, THE NEXT ITEM
IS COMMUNITY LINKAGE. MR. BURKE. GOVERNING BOARD REPORTS. YES. THIS LAST MONTH, MR. SAAR
AND I ATTENDED AN EVENT IN CHANDLER WITH THE CHANDLER
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THEY HAVE A PROGRAM EACH
YEAR OF ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT ARE LOOKING
AT THE YEAR AHEAD. THAT INVOLVED THE STATE
LEGISLATURES, REPORT FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICER
FROM K-12 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND TWO OF US FROM
THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES DISTRICT. WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE AN
OVERVIEW OF THE DISTRICT FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. MS. LIVINGSTON. I HAVE NO REPORTS
THIS MONTH. MS. HAVER. ALONG WITH OTHER BOARD
MEMBERS, I ATTENDED THE GRAND OPENING OF
THE PHILLIP D. RANDOLPH AUTOMOBILE
TECHNOLOGY CENTER AT GLENDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND IT WAS QUITE
AN EXCITING EVENT. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO
SIT NEXT TO MR. RANDOLPH, WHO IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE
OF HIS OWN RIGHT AND WAS QUITE THRILLED TO HAVE
THIS AMAZING CENTER NAMED AFTER HIM. THERE WERE CARS,
MODEL CARS ON DISPLAY. IT WAS JUST AN
INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. AND I’D LIKE TO ADD THAT
AFTER ENJOYING THIS THE PRESENTATION AND WALKING
AROUND AND OBSERVING EVERYTHING THAT THE CENTER
HAS TO OFFER, I VISITED THE TEMPORARY
VETERAN CENTER. AND THE PEOPLE THERE ARE
COMFORTABLE AND LOOKING VERY FORWARD TO THEIR NEW
VETERAN CENTER THAT WE APPROVED, I THINK, IT WAS
MAY BE TWO MONTHS AGO. AND THEY THANKED ME AND
THE BOARD FOR HAVING PASSED 7-0 THAT ITEM. I ALSO SPENT SOME TIME
WITH THE BOARD OF THE COLLEGE AND CAREER
READINESS ACADEMY — THE HOPE COLLEGE AND CAREER
READINESS ACADEMY THAT — OUR NEW CHARTER SCHOOL
THAT WILL BE BUILT ON THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY
COLLEGE CAMPUS. AND EVERYTHING IS
GOING VERY WELL. THERE ARE MANY REALLY
EXCELLENT APPLICANTS TO BE PRINCIPAL OF THIS SCHOOL
ACCORDING TO MR. ROSE WHO IS IN CHARGE OF
THE — WHOLE PLAN. AND SO I THINK WE HAVE A
LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO. MR. HEEP. WELL, I ALSO ATTENDED THE
RANDOLPH OPENING, AND IT WAS A GREAT TIME IF
MY LIFE, BECAUSE I PARTICIPATED IN THE
BEGINNING OF THIS PROGRAM. I USED TO BE A SUPPLIER TO
GENERAL MOTORS FORD AND CHRYSLER. AND WHEN THEY WERE DOING
THEIR OWN WORK IN TEACHING AND TRAINING, WE DID ALL
THEIR DOCUMENTATION AND IT REDUCED THE INFORMATION IN
MANY FORMS ALONG THE WAY. AND NOW IT COMES DOWN TO
A — HOW CAN I SAY IT? A FULL CYCLE. AND IT’S A PLEASURE TO
SEE WHAT THEY’VE DONE AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING. THANK YOU. MS. MCGRATH. NO COMMENTS. MR. SAAR. AMONG THE EVENTS THAT WE
ATTENDED THAT HAVE BEEN TALKED ABOUT PREVIOUSLY,
I’VE HAD A CHANCE IN BETWEEN MEETINGS TO STOP
BY MOST OF OUR CAMPUSES IN THE LAST MONTH TO JUST
WALK AROUND AND GET A CHANCE TO TALK TO
SOME STAFF, WHETHER OR CUSTODIANS. I ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO
TALK TO SOME STUDENTS IN EACH CASE AS
MUCH AS I CAN. AND THAT’S AN ENJOYABLE
EXPERIENCE FOR A BOARD MEMBER TO DO THAT. YOU GET A DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE WHEN YOU’RE TALKING EYE-TO-EYE THAN
WHEN YOU’RE SITTING UP HERE, GUESSING WHAT’S ON
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EYES THAT YOU SEE. SO, I MEAN, DRIVING BACK
AND FORTH TO FOUNTAIN HILLS IS NOT WORTH IT WHEN
IT COMES TO TIME AND IF I CAN SPEND IT ON CAMPUS IN
BETWEEN THOSE MEETINGS, IT REALLY MAKES MY DAY. SO THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO
I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO. THAT’S COMPLETES OUR
GOVERNING BOARD REPORTS. THE VICE
CHANCELLOR REPORTS. ARE THERE ANY REPORTS. IF NOT, THE EXTERNAL
COMMUNITY REPORTS. THE ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF
DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD, MR. BURKE. NO REPORT, MR. PRESIDENT. ARIZONA SCHOOL BOARD
ASSOCIATION, MR. SAAR. NO REPORT FROM THAT. ARIZONA ASSOCIATION —
OR THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TRUSTEES, MR. SAAR. WE ARE LEAVING, FOUR OF
US, IN A COUPLE WEEKS TO WASHINGTON DC FOR THE
ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE. WE’RE GOING TO BE
LISTENING TO SOME GREAT SPEAKERS AND MEMBERS OF
CONGRESS AND WE’RE ALSO GOING TO BE SITTING IN
FRONT OF DEPARTMENTAL PEOPLE AND DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND OTHERS WHO ARE
REALLY THE PEOPLE THAT WE RELY ON FOR SERVICES AND
IN SOME CASES FINANCIAL SUPPORT. BUT IN HAVING DONE SOME
OF THESE BEFORE, WE FOUND THAT MARICOPA HAS A
REPUTATION FOR PROVIDING THOSE ENTITIES WITH SUCH
KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION AS WE GET FROM THEM. SO IT’S A GOOD
USE OF OUR TIME. WE HOPE THAT THE SNOW IS
GONE BY THE TIME WE GET THERE, BECAUSE I NO LONGER
OWN BOOTS NOR DO YOU WANT TO. SO I LOOK FORWARD
TO THE TRIP. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
NEXT MEETING DATES, PLEASE NOTE THAT ON FEBRUARY 2ND
THE WORK SESSION IS AT 6 P.M. THAT’S DIFFERENT THAN WHAT
HAD BEEN EARLIER RELEASED. IT’S A CORRECTION IN TIME. ALSO, AN AGENDA
REVIEW IS AT 7 P.M. PLEASE NOTE THAT TIME
HAS BEEN CHANGED AS WELL. ON FEBRUARY 23RD, THE
BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING. AND ON FEBRUARY
— AT 5 P.M. AND ON FEBRUARY
23RD AT 6:30 P.M. IS THE NEXT REGULAR
BOARD MEETING HERE IN THE GOVERNING BOARD ROOM. IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER
ITEMS BEFORE US, THIS BOARD, THIS MEETING
STANDS ADJOURNED. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

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