The board postponed to March a decision to approve recruitment for two clerical positions until the impact of the state’s fiscal crisis on MSJC becomes clearer. Interim President Jon Tyler said the district's budget already allows for the positions. Trustee Eugene Kadow said he did not object to the positions, but wanted to delay approval until the district is able to determine the actual impact of the state’s budget situation. Trustee Gwendolyn Schlange abstained.
The board extended the contract for Tyler, who previously served in a dual role as vice president of human resources and interim president. The contract allows Tyler to serve as interim president through June or until a permanent president is hired. Closing date for the district to receive applications for the post is March 4. Trustee Ann Motte, who called for a reduction in Tyler’s pay because he no longer serves in the dual capacity, opposed the extension. A permanent vice president of human resources was recently hired.
The board approved the Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan as an alternative to the CalSTRS Golden Handshake. Eligible instructors who retire under the SERP would be able to return to MSJC and teach. That is not allowed under the CalSTRS plan. Kadow opposed approval.
The board held discussions on proposals for negotiations with the California School Employees Association and the California Teachers Association to closed session. Results of those discussions were not immediately available.
A recent update from Sacramento on the state budget indicates community colleges will face $32 million in reductions in 2007-08 instead of the $40 million previously expected, said Dennis Hogan, interim vice president of business services. He told the board the district will still have to maintain a flat spending plan, but the state budget woes will not affect MSJC operations.
Hogan also pointed out the success statewide of dozens of school bonds during the recent elections, including a $184 million bond for the San Bernardino Valley College District.
Hogan, who said the district needs a bond to make improvements, said the district continues to meet with officials, such as those from the chambers and Friends of the College, to form a special district in the Pass area. Hogan suggested the district wait until 2010 to put a bond measure on the ballot because of the current economic climate and decline in property values.
MSJC’s enrollment in the San Gorgonio Pass area increased 100 percent from spring 2007 to spring 2008, Dennis Anderson, interim vice president of instruction, told the board. While the total headcount in the Pass area is only 160, Anderson said it signaled residents’ continued desire to attend MSJC classes.
Total enrollment for the college district is up 8.4 percent resulting in 14,189 students this semester. The San Jacinto campus enrollment grew by 8.2 percent; the Menifee Valley campus saw a 10.7 percent increase; and Temecula enrollments grew by 8.1 percent from spring 2007.
Anderson said the district is maintaining its classes offered at Beaumont High School and working with officials to open classes in Banning, including at Banning High School.
Roger Schultz, vice president of student services, said the men’s basketball team is tied for 1st place in the Foothill Conference. The women’s basketball team is at 2nd place.
He told the board the Eagle Athletics department is holding a golf tournament at Soboba on April 28. The Scholarship Breakfast will be held May 7th in a still-undecided location in Southwest Riverside County. MSJC graduation ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at the Ramona Bowl, Schultz told the board.
A service center in the San Gorgonio Pass where students can register for classes, take assessments and receive other services is scheduled to open this month, Schultz told the board.
Board President Joan Sparkman was absent.