Board Highlights

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees heard updates and took the following actions during its regular meeting on May 13, 2010:

Gabor Toth became the first MSJC student athlete to win an individual state championship Saturday when he captured the singles title at the State Tennis Meet, Patrick Springer, Dean of Athletics told the Board. Gabor and his parents were introduced at the meeting.

MSJC students will be able to take RTA buses for free to the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses and other RTA locations throughout the county starting in August. The Riverside Transit Agency’s Scott Richardson, planning and program manager, told the MSJC Board about the RTA’s Go Pass program, which will allow MSJC students with student IDs to ride the buses for free during a year-long demonstration period. The RTA will begin an advertising campaign at MSJC campuses and on the website to announce the program to students. The Go Pass program is sponsored by Riverside County, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Hemet, San Jacinto, Perris, Beaumont and Banning.

Carlos Lopez, Dean of Instruction and Title V CCRAA Project Director, and counselors Leticia Luna and Ladylyn Dominguez told the Board about the accomplishments and activities of the MSJC STEM grant program.

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program was funded by a $1.95 million U.S. Department of Education grant. The program helps expand MSJC’s ability to serve Hispanic and low-income students seeking degrees in the STEM fields. It also develops model transfer and articulation agreements in those fields between 2-year Hispanic-serving and 4-year institutions.

The MSJC STEM program has held two 3-day Summer Bridge sessions where participants completed hands-on activities in the sciences and educational field trips. It held parent/student workshops, took students on seven university tours, held career fairs and scheduled a graduation celebration for May 21, among other activities. It also launched its own web page at stem.msjc.edu

The Board voted 4 – 1 to approve a resolution to request the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to allow the formation of a School Facilities Improvement District. Trustee Ann Motte dissented. The MSJC District would like to form a School Facilities Improvement District in the San Gorgonio Pass in order to finance the construction of facilities in that area. The resolution does not authorize MSJC to establish an SFID. It asks the county Board of Supervisors for approval so MSJC can place a bond measure on the ballot in November. Voters in the San Gorgonio Pass would ultimately have to approve a ballot measure to form the SFID. Consultants for MSJC told the Board that a recent poll of Banning and Beaumont registered voters showed there is initial support for a bond measure. They recommend asking voters to approve a bond measure, which will not exceed $25 a year per assessed property values of $100,000.