Board Highlights

The Mt. San Jacinto College board of trustees will hold a workshop at 3 p.m. on Jan. 24 to discuss Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 budget.

The special meeting will be held on the Menifee Valley Campus in the Learning Resource Center, Room 105.

The following are highlights of discussions or actions during the public session of the board’s regular meeting on Jan. 17:

Appointments

  • Irma Ramos, vice president of Human Resources, effective 1-18-08.
  • Temma Dadah, dean of instruction, Math and Science, MV, effective 1-7-08
  • Carlos Lopez, associate dean of instruction, Academic Programs, SJC, effective 1-1-08
  • Michael Conner, dean of instruction, Career Education, effective 2-4-08
  • Richard Rowley, interim dean of instruction, Arts/Humanities/Social Science,  MVC, effective 1-1-08

Reports

For the first time, MSJC’s enrollment is growing in Temecula by 0.8 percent, said Dennis Anderson, interim vice president of Instruction. He said MSJC’s enrollment is growing by 11 percent total headcount.

A power outage at the Menifee Valley Campus last month is costing the district $350,000 in repairs and the price tag for damage caused by the October windstorm is $2.8 million and is expected to climb, said Dennis Hogan, interim vice president of Business Services. FEMA has disapproved funds for the wind damages, but the state approved paying 75 percent of the cost of repairs, he said.

Roger Schultz, vice president of Student Services, said counselors were busy this week meeting with students during registration. He also said MSJC is preparing to open its San Gorgonio Pass Service Center in February.

Catalina Cruz, dean of Business Services, discussed highlights of some of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2008-09 state budget. She said the state’s fiscal situation will not affect student services at MSJC. She also said officials will have to wait until after Feb. 23 to determine what the state’s proposed budget means for community colleges.

Interim Superintendent/President Jon Tyler said the board had directed the district to extend the opening of the search for a permanent superintendent/president for 60 days. The closing date is March 4.

Dr. Tyler also said that district officials have run several scenarios in preparation for Gov. Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal. Even in the worst-case scenarios, Dr. Tyler said MSJC would have no cuts in personnel or programs.

Trustee Gwendolyn Schlange praised Dr. Tyler and district administrators for making the quality of instruction a priority, even during times of state fiscal woes.

Clerk of the board Eugene Kadow said he was opposed to any reduction of force.

Trustees Schlange, Kadow and Dorothy McGargill and Ann Motte agreed they enjoyed a recent tour they took of two new buildings at the Menifee Valley Campus – the former Azusa Pacific University building and the new Tech Center – and of the new Temecula Education Complex.

Board President Joan Sparkman was absent due to an emergency.