LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING Wednesday, February 8, 2006 · 12:30 p.m. Los Angeles City College · Camino Theatre 855 North Vermont Avenue · Los Angeles, California 90029 The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District was called to order at 12:30 p.m. with President Sylvia ScottHayes presiding. On roll call the following members were present: Mona Field, Georgia L. Mercer, Nancy Pearlman, Sylvia ScottHayes, Michael D. Waxman. Absent: Kelly G. Candaele (arrived at 12:32 p.m.), Warren T. Furutani (arrived at 12:32 p.m.). Student Trustee Robyn M. Mims was not present (arrived at 12:32 p.m.). Chancellor Darroch F. Young was present. REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES – CLOSED SESSION AGENDA MATTERS None. RECESS TO CLOSED SESSION Motion by Trustee Field, seconded by Trustee Waxman, to recess to Closed Session in accordance with The Ralph M. Brown Act and the Education Code. The Board will discuss the matters on the Closed Session agenda as posted and announced (see Attachment A). During Closed Session, the Board will also discuss 1111 East Artesia Boulevard, Compton, California with its real property negotiator, Mr. Darroch Young, regarding price and terms of payment. The other negotiating party is the State Chancellor’s Office. APPROVED: 7 Ayes The regular meeting recessed to Closed Session at 12:31 p.m. (Trustees Candaele and Furutani and Student Trustee Mims arrived at 12:32 p.m.) RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District reconvened at 3:40 p.m. with President Sylvia ScottHayes presiding. On roll call the following members were present: Kelly G. Candaele, Mona Field, Warren T. Furutani, Georgia L. Mercer, Nancy Pearlman, Sylvia ScottHayes, Michael D. Waxman. Student Trustee Robyn M. Mims was present. Chancellor Darroch F. Young was present. Trustee Mercer offered the Opening Thoughts. Student Trustee Mims led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. On behalf of the Board, President ScottHayes expressed her appreciation to Dr. Steve Maradian, President, LACC, for hosting the campus tour and the groundbreaking ceremony this morning. Minutes – Regular Meeting 1 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. WELCOMING REMARKS Dr. Maradian acknowledged the new LACC fulltime faculty members who were in attendance and requested that they introduce themselves and explain which course they teach. President ScottHayes commended Dr. Maradian for his efforts in hiring the new faculty members many of whom left positions in other districts to work for LACC. Dr. Maradian introduced Mr. Roger Wolf, Department Chair, Mathematics/Computer Science & Information Technology/Computer Technology/Electronics, LACC. Mr. Wolf indicated that the LACC Mathematics Team has been participating in the American Mathematical Association of TwoYear Colleges’ annual competition. He announced that in its fourth year of participation in the competition—in 2004—the LACC Team finished in first place. He commended Mr. Anatoliy Nikolaychuk, Coach of the Mathematics Team, for his efforts. Mr. Kenneth Sherwood, Speech Instructor, LACC, discussed highlights of the LACC Debate Team. He announced that the Debate Team has finished in the top three in the national rankings every year for the past six years and defeated Stanford University earlier this year. Trustee Pearlman inquired if any of the Mathematics or Debate competitions ever take place on the District campuses. Mr. Fred Piegonski, Executive Assistant to the President, LACC, responded that the Mathematics examination competitions are held on all the campuses and the examinations are sent to a national headquarters where they are graded. He indicated that the Debate competitions are occasionally held at LACC. Trustee Pearlman requested that the Board be notified of these events. Mr. Piegonski indicated that he would do so. Mr. Jose Robledo, Vice President, Student Services, LASC, announced that LASC will be hosting some national Speech competitions in March 2006 and indicated that the Trustees would be invited to attend. * * * President ScottHayes welcomed Mr. Robert Garber, President, Pierce College, to his first Board meeting. Trustee Field introduced Mr. Miguel Espinosa and Ms. Cecilia Carbajal, students in the Masters in Public Policy Program at USC, who were “shadowing” her for the day. * * * MINUTES Motion by Trustee Furutani, seconded by Trustee Mercer, to approve the following minutes: Regular Meeting and Closed Session – January 11, 2006 Regular Meeting and Closed Session – January 25, 2006 APPROVED: 7 Ayes REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS AT THE RESOURCE TABLE No reports. Minutes – Regular Meeting 2 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. PUBLIC AGENDA REQUESTS (Category A) Oral Presentations Motion by Trustee Waxman, seconded by Trustee Field, to limit the speakers regarding LACC issues to 21/2 minutes each. APPROVED: 7 Ayes Mr. Curt Botelho expressed his concerns regarding the Bond Program construction process at LACC. Mr. Gustavo Bojado discussed the importance of retaining the Physical Education program at LACC. Scheduled speaker Mr. Scott Schultz was not present. Ms. Jan McEveety expressed her concern regarding a deficit in the funds needed to construct and repair facilities at LACC. Mr. Hayward Nishioka expressed his concern regarding the money that has been spent on the Bond Program construction projects. Mr. Mario Galiano and Mr. Hansel Garcia expressed their concern regarding the proposed removal of the Physical Education Building at LACC. Scheduled speaker Mr. Raul Grijalva was not present. There was discussion regarding the importance of completing the Proposition A and AA Bond Program construction projects. There was discussion regarding the status of the LACC Physical Education facilities Bond Program construction projects. Trustee Candaele requested clarification that the Physical Education program is not being eliminated at LACC. Mr. Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Development, indicated that the program is not being eliminated. Trustee Candaele encouraged Mr. Galiano and Mr. Garcia, students at North Hollywood High School, to clarify to their fellow students that the Physical Education program is not being eliminated at LACC. President ScottHayes requested that information regarding the status of the construction projects be made available to the students via the campus newspapers, college websites, etc. Trustee Candaele indicated that audit reports regarding the Bond construction projects are available to the public and encouraged the students to read these reports. Ms. Nancy Pierce addressed the Board regarding the importance of providing the students with fitness programs in order to help them improve their health and wellbeing. Proposed Actions Mr. Duke Russell requested that the Board take action to use eminent domain to buy out the golf driving range lease for LACC. Scheduled speaker Ms. Barbara Perkins withdrew her request to address the Board and was replaced by Ms. Jacqueline Whatley. Minutes – Regular Meeting 3 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. Ms. Whatley addressed the Board regarding AfricanAmerican students at LAMC and the need to offer programs such as Pan African Studies and Armenian Studies at LAMC. Reverend Zedar Broadous addressed the Board regarding AfricanAmerican enrollment at LAMC. He requested that research data be provided with respect to the enrollment and retention of AfricanAmerican males at LAMC. Chancellor Young indicated that research is currently being conducted with respect to the offerings for all nine colleges relative to all populations. REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES – MULTIPLE AGENDA MATTERS None. REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BOARD The following reports to the governing board of the Los Angeles Community College District, considered as a part as if fully set forth hereto and certified copies of which are on file in the Office of the Board of Trustees, were presented by the Board of Trustees and action taken as indicated. Report of Actions Taken in Closed Session – February 8, 2006 President ScottHayes indicated that The Ralph M. Brown Act requires that certain matters determined in Closed Session be reported during the public session that follows. The Board took no actions that The Ralph M. Brown Act requires to be reported. Reports of Standing and Special Committees No reports. Com. No. BT1. Resolution – Women’s History Month Motion by Trustee Mercer, seconded by Trustee Field, to adopt Com. No. BT1. as follows: The following resolution is presented by Trustees Mercer, Field, Pearlman, ScottHayes, and Mims: WHEREAS, The month of March is National Women's History Month; and WHEREAS, Women comprise a vast majority of the student population and work force in the nation and within the Los Angeles Community College District; and WHEREAS, Women have made significant contributions in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, education, and sports toward the development and growth of our great nation; and WHEREAS, Throughout time and suffrage, the unparalleled contributions and accomplishments of women continue to be demonstrated by their effectiveness as local and national leaders; and WHEREAS, The limitless endeavors of women have been chronicled throughout the ages—evolving from domesticity to achieve great heights in the corporate structure; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Los Angeles Community College District reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity access by supporting and enhancing services, courses, and programs which enable women to attain their educational and career goals; and be it further Minutes – Regular Meeting 4 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District joins with the nation in celebrating March as Women's History Month. Student Trustee Advisory Vote: Aye (Mims) ADOPTED: 7 Ayes Com. No. BT2. Resolution – In Support of the Preschool for All Act This measure was introduced on January 11, 2006 and is being presented as modified to address questions that arose regarding the use of funds for private sector providers. Motion by Trustee Furutani, seconded by Trustee Mercer, to adopt Com. No. BT2. as follows: The following resolution is presented by Trustee Furutani: WHEREAS, By partnering with parents who are their children’s first teachers, quality preschool programs prepare children to do their best by nurturing their socialemotional, cognitive, linguistic, and physical development; enhancing their self confidence; and paving the way for a lifetime of learning; and WHEREAS, During their K12 years and beyond, children who attend quality preschool perform better on standardized achievement tests in reading and math; exhibit more positive behaviors in the classroom; and are more likely to graduate from high school, continue their education, and be more prosperous as adults; and WHEREAS, Ensuring access to quality preschool opportunity for all 4yearolds whose parents choose to send them has proven to be one of the soundest educational and financial investments the public can make, providing demonstrated, significant, longterm savings on the costs of special education, grade retention, welfare, and crime; and WHEREAS, Preschool programs should be funded adequately in order to assure adherence to established standards of quality and to attract and keep professionals who are educated and compensated at levels comparable to those in California’s K12 system; be inclusive of children with special needs; be offered in culturally, ethnically, and linguistically appropriate settings; be clearly articulated with the K12 system and programs serving younger children; be linked to fullday, affordable early care and education programs to meet the needs of working families; and be subject to researchbased assessment to assure desired outcomes for children; and WHEREAS, The Preschool for All Act furthers the early education goals outlined in the California Master Plan for Education completed by the Legislature in 2002; was drafted with the input of more than 100 groups and individuals representing business, organized labor, parents, teachers, and civil rights leaders; and helps deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for all; and, now, therefore, be it WHEREAS, The Preschool for All Act would establish uniform requirements and standards based on state and county funding, controls, accountability and sanctions for all Preschool for All provider employers, including but not limited to funding, governance, accountability, monitoring, program evaluation, reporting, teacher credentialing, teacher compensation, coordination with public local elementary schools and district, sanctions and removal as a provider; and Minutes – Regular Meeting 5 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. WHEREAS, The Preschool for All Act would require the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and county superintendents to monitor for quality, access, and fiscal accountability, as well as to establish an oversight committee; and WHEREAS, The Preschool for All Act would require providers to offer a curriculum that is based on age and developmentallyappropriate statewide preschool learning standards, guidelines, and instructional practices, and WHEREAS, All providers would be required to be nonsectarian in their Preschool for All programs, admission policies, employment practices and all other Preschool for All operations; and WHEREAS, All providers would be prohibited from discriminating against any child or his or her parent or guardian on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or any other ground prohibited under federal or state constitutional or statutory law with respect to public elementary or secondary education; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District enthusiastically supports the Preschool for All Act appearing on the June 2006 ballot with concern for appropriate implementation with appropriate measures for implementation. Student Trustee Advisory Vote: Aye (Mims) ADOPTED AS MODIFIED: 7 Ayes Com. No. BT3. Resolution – LACCD Student Voter Participation Week Motion by Trustee Candaele, seconded by Student Trustee Mims, to adopt Com. No. BT3. as follows: The following resolution is presented by Trustees Candaele and ScottHayes and Student Trustee Mims: WHEREAS, Voter education and participation are the foundation of our democracy; and WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District hereby encourages our student body to become full participants in our democratic process; and WHEREAS, In 2006, there will be a California statewide initiative on the November ballot (Community College Governance, Funding Stabilization, and Student Fee Reduction Act) to lower student fees and to fund California’s community colleges in a more equitable manner; and WHEREAS, The California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) is a nonpartisan organization that has fought on behalf of consumers and students; and WHEREAS, CALPIRG has received a grant to work at four of the LACCD campuses to educate students on the political process and turn them out to vote; and WHEREAS, This grant will bring new student activists and leaders into the political process; now, therefore, be it Minutes – Regular Meeting 6 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District hereby encourages our students, Presidents, administrators, faculty, and staff to work cooperatively with CALPIRG on our campuses; and be it further RESOLVED, That the Los Angeles Community College District hereby designates a week early in the Fall 2006 semester as “Voter Registration Week,” where we will attempt to register every qualified student on our campuses to vote. Presentation – “New Voters Project” Mr. Ben Unger, Field Director, New Voters Project, distributed packets of materials regarding the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) New Voters Project. He gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the CALPIRG New Voters Project and indicated that the overall goal of the project is to show politicians that if they invest in young people and teach them about the issues on the ballot, there will be a greater chance that they will vote. The project will be conducted at four of the Los Angeles Community College District campuses; it is yet to be decided which four campuses these will be. Mr. Abraham White, ASO Senator, Pierce College, and Ms. Eleany Busta, ASO Club Council, Pierce College, discussed the importance of the New Voters Project with respect to getting students involved in the political process and encouraging them to vote. Trustee Waxman commended the students for their efforts towards making community colleges one of the top priorities of the elected officials in California. He expressed his hope that the students would continue these efforts. Mr. Unger indicated that CALPIRG is currently working on a nationwide campaign entitled “Student Debt Alert.” Thousands of students are working to educate Congress regarding the need to prioritize the issue of student debt. Mr. Carl Friedlander, President, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, expressed his appreciation to CALPIRG and Trustee Candaele for presenting this resolution. Student Trustee Advisory Vote: Aye (Mims) ADOPTED: 7 Ayes REPORTS FROM THE CHANCELLOR AND COLLEGE PRESIDENTS The following reports to the governing board of the Los Angeles Community College District, considered as a part as if fully set forth hereto and certified copies of which are on file in the Office of the Board of Trustees, were presented by Chancellor Young and action taken as indicated. No reports were presented. CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS Matters Requiring a Majority Vote President ScottHayes entertained a motion to adopt the Consent Calendar Items on Matters Requiring a Majority Vote, with the limitation that the Student Trustee’s vote shall not apply to BDS1., HRD1., PC1., and the Correspondence. Motion by Trustee Furutani, seconded by Trustee Field, to adopt the Consent Calendar Items on Matters Requiring a Majority Vote. President ScottHayes inquired if the Trustees have items that need clarification or separation for the vote. Minutes – Regular Meeting 7 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. The Trustees discussed the following agenda items: Com. No. BF1. Budget and Finance Routine Report Com. No. BSD1. Business Services Routine Report With respect to Roman Numeral I. Ratify Amendment of Service Agreement as it relates to an agreement to provide consulting support for the SAP budget control system implementation, Trustee Mercer inquired if the sixmonth contract is for the completion of the SAP FI process. Ms. Jeanette Gordon, Controller, responded that it is hoped to have the SAP FI process completed in six months. Com. No. BSD2. Ratifications for Business Services and Facilities Planning Com. No. BSD3. Adopt Benefits Plan Trustee Field expressed her appreciation to the Joint Labor Management Benefits Committee for their efforts in preparing the Benefits Plan. Com. No. FPD1. Facilities Planning and Development Routine Report With respect to Roman Numeral I. Authorize Professional Service Agreements A. and B. as they relate to agreements to provide basic design services for LACC, Trustee Mercer inquired as to why there are two contracts. Mr. Eisenberg responded that Item A. is for the LACC campus itself and Item B. is for the LACC Northeast Campus. With respect to Roman Numeral IX. Authorize Purchase Order as it relates to a purchase order with Dell Computers for the purchase of equipment related to a server storage system for capturing and protecting Bond Program data for all District colleges, Trustee Mercer inquired as to who the equipment belongs to. Mr. Eisenberg responded that these servers will provide support for the College Project Managers. When the work is completed, the equipment will revert back to the District. Com. No. HRD1. Personnel Services Routine Actions Com. No. HRD2. Modify Board Rule 10516 Com. No. ISD1. Approval of New Courses Com. No. PC1. Personnel Commission Actions Accept Recommended Disposition of Correspondence Student Trustee Advisory Vote: Aye (Mims) ADOPTED: 7 Ayes Matters Requiring a Super Majority Vote None. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CHANCELLOR None. Minutes – Regular Meeting 8 2/8/06 12:30 p.m. NOTICE REPORTS AND INFORMATIVES Com. No. BF/A. Informative – 200506 Second Quarter Financial Status Report Presented by Chancellor Young. PUBLIC AGENDA REQUESTS (Category B) Oral Presentations None. Proposed Actions None. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INDICATIONS OF FUTURE PROPOSED ACTIONS None. ADJOURNMENT Motion by Trustee Field, seconded by Trustee Furutani, to adjourn. Without objection, so ordered. APPROVED: 7 Ayes The regular meeting adjourned at 5:23 p.m. DARROCH F. YOUNG Chancellor and Secretary of the Board of Trustees By: Laurie Green Assistant Secretary to the Board APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Sylvia ScottHayes President of the Board Date February 22, 2006 Minutes – Regular Meeting 9 2/8/06 12:30 p.m.