Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
Budget Committee Meeting
January 21, 2004
The meeting began at 3:30 p.m. Members Becky Elam (co-chair), Ron Bowman (co-chair),
Bea Ganim, Robin Steinback, Dennis Hogan, Don Robinson, Catalina Cruz, Paul
Hert and Gail Jensen, were present. Karen Watts, Kristi DiMemmo, Karen Richter,
Alma Cacho, and Matt Zepeda were absent.
- On motion by Dennis Hogan and seconded by Catalina Cruz, the minutes for
December 17, 2003 were approved.
- Budget Proposal Form - Additional changes were requested and the Budget
Proposal form was approved as amended.
- Other - 50 Percent Law and Full Time Faculty Obligation - Catalina Cruz
reported that currently, the District is in full compliance with the 50 Percent
Law. The Full Time Faculty Obligation and the 75/25 Rule was discussed. Although
the District currently exceeds the Chancellor's Office Full Time Faculty Obligation
by 20.2 full time equivalent faculty (FTEF) members agreed the District should
continue to strive to meet the intent of the law and not only the required
obligation. Progress has been made from previous years. The goal of balancing
growth with quality places a high priority and a commitment to hire full time
faculty as funds are available.
- Shared Governance/Budget Committee Membership and Charge - Committee is
still waiting for information to be distributed.
- ASB Report - No report today.
- Governor's January Budget 2004-2005 - Becky Elam attended the Governor's
2004 Budget Conference in Sacramento:
- No COLA increase in the budget language but according to Community College
League, colleges will receive 1.84% increase
- Student fee increase between $18 to $26 with differential fee of $50
- Growth at 3%
- STRS increase; PERS increase employee by 1%, employer premium 2% increase
and there will be more discussions after Department of Finance has analyzed
- Looks good for community colleges.
- Budget as presented is good only if Ballot Proposition #56, a $15 billion
Bond Issue is passed.
Becky Elam stated additional information is available at www.ccleague.org.
She reminded members that last March MSJC experienced over $1 million in budget
cuts. Additional cuts were taken in the final fiscal 2004 budget which resulted
in 10 percent cuts to MSJC discretionary budgets. Since community colleges did
not receive a COLA last year the District balanced the budget through budget
cuts resulting in a reduction in services. Becky stated the Governor's Budget
is an improvement over the prior year and demonstrates a commitment to K-14
by the current administration.
Next Meeting will be February 18, 2004 at 3:30 PM.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
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