Board Votes to Make Appointment for Vacant Seat

February 26, 2015

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees decided it will appoint a person to fill the vacancy for Trustee Area 1, approved a resolution to establish an Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and heard an update on negotiations during its meeting on Feb. 26, 2015.

The board, which typically meets the second Thursday of the month, rescheduled February’s meeting as more than one member was out during the regularly scheduled meeting date on college-related business.

To fill the seat left vacant after Eugene Kadow resigned last month, the board decided it would make an appointment rather than call for a special election.

Kadow represented Area 1, which takes in communities that include Cherry Valley, Beaumont, Banning and Cabazon and reaches into Idyllwild, Anza, Aguanga and a portion of Temecula. His term would have expired in 2016. The appointee will serve out that term.

Applications will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the San Jacinto Campus, Superintendent/President’s Office, Room 204, 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, CA, 92583, or on the District web site under Notice of Board of Trustees Vacancy.

Interviews will be conducted at a public meeting to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the San Jacinto Campus in the Board Room at 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, CA, 92583. At that time, the public will have the opportunity to comment. The Board may select the appointee by a majority vote.

The board approved a resolution to establish the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee for facilities bond Measure AA. Under Prop. 39, the committee will oversee the expenditure of the $295 million bond.

The board also approved the committee’s bylaws that set forth the power and responsibilities of the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

During the meeting, interim Vice President of Human Resources Jeff Horsley gave an update on negotiations with the Communications Workers of America, which represents part-time faculty.

“Consistent with the Board of Trustees’ direction at the November 13, 2014 meeting, we presented a last, best and final bargaining proposal which provided for a six percent (6%) increase effective the second semester of this year, a four percent (4%) increase next year, and a three percent (3%) increase in the third year,” Horsley told the board. 

“Upon receiving our proposal, CWA rejected the proposal immediately and informed us that it was standing on its last proposal that provided for and eight percent (8%) increase retroactive to July 1, 2014, a four percent (4%) increase next year, and a three percent (4%) increase in the third year, as well as several changes to the current contract language.

We commented that it appeared that we were at impasse and the CWA team agreed.  We asked whether CWA wanted to join MSJC in a joint impasse declaration to PERB.  Initially, CWA agreed to do so, but later declined to do so.

On December 19, 2014, PERB certified the impasse.  On February 3, 2015, the first impasse mediation session was held with mediator Don Raczka.  Since the matter did not settle on February 3, our next mediation session was scheduled for April 2, 2015.”

In other business, the board approved hiring 10 new associate faculty members, a new classified staff member and approved five new classified positions. It also approved tenure for the following:

  • Farah Firtha – Chemistry Instructor
  • Laura Gibson – Nursing Instructor
  • Janice Levasseur – Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
  • David Parrot- Audio Instructor

The next board meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on March 12, 2015 in the Board room on the San Jacinto Campus.