Board Highlights November 2013

November 19, 2013

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board heard an update on the state budget and legislative issues, approved a recommendation to hire seven faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year and approved improvements at MSJC’s second location in Temecula during its regular meeting on November 14, 2013.
Mark MacDonald of the McCallum Group, Inc. presented the board with an update of state legislative issues. The MacCallum Group, Inc. represents MSJC and several other state community colleges before the state Legislature. MacDonald touched on the state’s 2013-14 budget, which included $89 million for restoration of access to community colleges and $87.5 million for COLA. MacDonald also discussed proposed legislation that was defeated and signed. Legislators defeated a proposal to limit students to 90 credit units at community colleges and they defeated a proposal to limit eligibility for the BOG fee waivers. Legislation that passed included AB 595, which provides priority enrollment for EOPS and DSPS students. MacDonald told the board that Sacramento officials do not expect to see a statewide school facilities bond measure on the ballot in the near future. 
The Board approved hiring seven faculty members for 2014-15.  The seven faculty hires were recommended by the Joint Hiring Committee: Five new positions --  two English instructors (one at San Jacinto and another at Menifee Valley Campus); one Administration of Justice districtwide; and instructors for Theater Arts and Music on the San Jacinto Campus. Two replacement faculty positions are: Librarian and Chemistry instructor on the San Jacinto Campus.
A women’s softball field will be built on the Menifee Valley Campus. The board authorized moving forward with agreements to complete the project that should cost no more than $175,000. The women’s softball team currently plays at Wheatfield Park in Menifee, but the park is not sanctioned by the NCAA. The new field will meet the NCAA regulations.
The Board approved recommendations to allow MSJC to move forward with improvements at the former Temecula City Hall building, which the college is leasing for $1 a year for three years in order to serve more students in the Southwest Corridor. The Board awarded a $42,377 bid to Hinkley & Associates, Inc. to provide construction demolition at the building, which now houses the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange on the first floor. The college is leasing the second floor so it can begin holding classes there in 2014. MSJC will continue to hold classes in the Temecula Education Complex, or TEC. The new location on the second floor of the Entrepreneur’s Exchange is being called TEC2. Other actions the board took on TEC2 were to authorize the Superintendent/President and Vice President of Business Services to execute contracts and agreements as needed to complete the improvements at TEC2 in an amount not to exceed $1 million.