Board Highlights September 2010

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved an award for the San Gorgonio Pass Campus Phase I to Bogh Engineering.  The contractor provided the lowest bid, at $919,000. Work will consist of final grading, landscaping and irrigation, concrete and asphalt work, electrical work and more. The vote was 3-1, with Trustee Ann Motte dissenting. Trustee Joan Sparkman was absent.
 
The Pass Campus, under construction at Sunset & Westward avenues in the San Gorgonio Pass, will have five modular buildings with four classrooms. It is scheduled to open for enrollment and counseling in November. Classes are scheduled to begin in January.
 
The Board authorized an agreement between MSJC and Barcalys Capital and De La Rosa & Co. to serve as bond underwriters. In November, voters in the San Gorgonio Pass will be asked to approve a general obligation bond measure to help finance college facilities and equipment in the Pass area. The MSJC Board approved the bond underwriters to ensure that, if the bond is approved, the college can meet the December deadline for the Build America Bond subsidy. The vote was 3-1, with Trustee Motte dissenting.
 
The Board approved a Community College Budget Resolution. The resolution “calls upon the governor and state legislators to expeditiously adopt a state budget” that will preserve “state programs that have a significant effect on the operations of community colleges while minimizing the increased tax burden on Californians.”
 
The Community College League of California asked each of the state’s community college districts to consider the resolution because of the impacts a delayed state budget has on community colleges. Community colleges statewide have been placed in the position of borrowing millions of dollars from private sources to make payroll and pay for the influx of students looking to education for their immediate and future needs.
 
Terry Meadows, MSJC’s interim police chief, provided the Board with an update of the MSJC Police Department. He told the Board that the Police Department has stability and all department personnel are current on training requirements.
 
Meadows told the Board the college police department was also approached by the city of Menifee and California State University San Bernardino with two potential partnerships. Menifee officials expressed interest in using the Menifee Valley Campus police facility as a storefront office and potentially providing the college with a sworn officer. Meadows said the concept is being studied. Cal State San Bernardino also proposed a regional consolidated dispatch center for several districts, including MSJC. Both issues may come before the Board if the proposals are determined to be beneficial.
 
MSJC should also begin recruitment for a permanent police chief, Meadows said. A sworn police chief is needed to supervise and manage sworn police officers, coordinate district-wide Emergency Preparedness efforts, be a liaison with other local law enforcement agencies and to continue to update the Police Policy and Procedure manual. Meadows, retired from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, can only work 960 this fiscal year due to the CalPERS retirement rules.