Treasure Valley Community College
BOARD OF EDUCATION
September 9, 2003 – 6:00 p.m.
Weese Building Board Room
The Work Session was called to order at 6:07 p.m.
Present Others Present
Pat Morinaka, Vice Chair (6:20 p.m. arrival) Dr. Jim Sorensen, President
John Forsyth Dr. Wes Tucker
David Sullivan Randy Griffin
Peter Lawson John Michaelson
Ron Pressley Phil & Christie Mahaffey
Dave Carlson (6:15 p.m. arrival) Larry Meyer, Argus
Absent: Scott Wilson
Gina Roper, Recording Secretary
A. New Housing Project
Randy Griffin reviewed some of the issues faced in student housing. A question raised was
should the college proceed with new student housing and if so, it must decide on which process
to use to construct new housing on campus (i.e. traditional bid, design bid or construction
manager/general contractor concept). There was further discussion concerning the number of
dorms, cash flow, parking, street issues, etc. David Sullivan commented that he is aware that
the students are very excited about this project and he suggested seeing some “real” figures on
cost and how much the college can afford before preceding further. More discussions to
B. Staff Waivers
Randy Griffin led the discussion concerning tuition waivers for college employees
(excluding faculty) and their families. Currently, employees hired before 1998 are eligible to
receive tuition waivers for themselves and for their dependents. However, with the new “draft”
policy (403-2 Education Benefits), all full-time employees both hired before 1998 and after, will
fall under the same policy. The new policy would allow only ONE (1) full-tuition waiver per
quarter for either the employee or their qualifying dependent. Pat Morinaka did express
concern, stating this is the second time in five years that the policy has been amended.
President Sorensen commented that this is highly important to employees who are seeking
professional development and needs to be considered. Board Policy 403-2 Education Benefits
was presented to the Board as a first reading and will be discussed further at the October
The Work Session adjourned at 6:50 p.m.
Because there were no items for discussion, Executive Session was not held.
A. Legal Counsel – ORS 192.660 (1) (h)
Personnel – ORS 192.660 (1) (a)
Pat Morinaka, Vice Chair, called the meeting into Open Session at 6:52 p.m.
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BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Present Others Present
Pat Morinaka, Vice Chair Dr. Jim Sorensen, President Justin Core
John Forsyth Dr. Wes Tucker Russ Snow
David Sullivan Randy Griffin ASG Students
Peter Lawson John Michaelson Student Programs Students
Ron Pressley Phil & Christie Mahaffey Resident Life Students
Dave Carlson Larry Meyer, Argus
Absent: Scott Wilson Abby Lee
A. Approval of Agenda
David Sullivan made a motion to approve the agenda and the motion was seconded by
Peter Lawson. The motion carried unanimously.
B. Statements from Audience
There were no statements from the audience.
C. Statements for ASG/Student Programs
Student leaders participating in ASG, Student Programs, and Resident Life were introduced to
the Board. Justin Core said the students are really stepping forward with student issues and he
is looking forward to a good year. There were numerous students in attendance and Pat
Morinaka commended the group for being present. Both ASG and Student Programs gave a
brief report on goals they have set for the coming year. In addition, Russ Snow stated the
dorms currently have 126 students, excluding the number of HEP students, and they are close
to full capacity.
D. Statements from Board Members
David Sullivan asked to see the 11/16/99 demographics report on students updated in an effort
to see where we are currently compared to where we were in 1999.
E. Statements from Foundation
Abby Lee reported that a local physician has established an endowed nursing scholarship.
Also, the “Sting” casino night is scheduled for Saturday, November 8th. The Foundation is
working hard to fundraise for this event. Some of the proceeds raised are used to make up the
shortfalls for scholarships.
F. Statements from Faculty
There were no statements from the faculty.
A. Presidents Report
1. College In-Service Week
In-service is scheduled for the week of September 15th. A facilitator has been invited to
guide us in our strategic planning and assessment process. The Caldwell Center open
house is scheduled for September 18th and President Sorensen invited the Board to
attend. TVCC and the Idaho Migrant Council are sponsoring this event. Pat
Morinaka commented that she is pleased with the progress of the Caldwell Center.
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2. Other Reports
The Ontario campus’ enrollment is up 150 full-time students as compared to a year ago.
The Caldwell Center currently has 241 full-time students enrolled and the cash flow is
President Sorensen reviewed the current budget status and reported the college is
up 42% in revenue collection as compared to this time last year.
The College’s fall progress report will be mailed this week to the Northwest
Commission on College’s and Universities and the interim accreditation visit is set for
The remodeling of the Weese building cafeteria is progressing well and will be
finished in time for fall quarter. New furniture and carpeting will be added to the
student lounge area outside the cafeteria.
B. Administrative Services Report
1. A written report was provided to the Board prior to the meeting summarizing the
financial report, campus planning-summer projects and a copy machine bid for a
machine in the nursing area. Randy Griffin reported the Business Office has been
reorganizing a few staff and work assignments are being addressed. No further
information was reported.
C. Student Services Report
1. John Michaelson reported that Kevin Jensen has accepted the interim position as
financial director and Diahann Derrick has been hired as associate director.
D. Instruction Report
1. Dr. Tucker provided the Board with a report on the quality of video and web-based
education versus classes held on campus. Data was collected from 2001 through 2003.
There was a discussion regarding the success rate of students and issues why a student
A. Approve and Sign Minutes (August 12, 2003)
David Sullivan made a motion to approve the Treasure Valley Community College Board
of Education minutes for August 12, 2003 as presented. The motion was seconded by
Peter Lawson. The motion carried with one abstention by John Forsyth.
B. Financial Report
David Sullivan made a motion to accept the financial report as presented and the
motion was seconded by Ron Pressley. The motion carried unanimously.
A. David Sullivan made a motion to adjourn the Open Session at 7:52 p.m and the motion was
seconded by John Forsyth. The motion carried unanimously. The next regularly scheduled
meeting is October 14, 2003 at 6:00 p.m.
Pat Morinaka, Vice Chair Dr. Jim Sorensen, President
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