College Council -- October 2, 2009

Quick Jump to Sections: Accreditation 2012, Construction, Decision Making Task Force, Budget, Open Forums, Board of Trustees goals, Next Meetings.

Accreditation 2012

Greg Chamberlain is looking for 4-5 people who would be tasked to figure out how we will do the self-study. This group would need to meet just one or two times to determine how BC should proceed. Those 4-5 people would NOT be committed to be on the steering committee. If you want to be in that initial group that meets just 1 or 2 times, contact the Senate office.

This year's mid-term report was approved by the Board of Trustees.

Construction

The TES tank is being tested. It will take several weeks to get it fine-tuned with rest of the cooling system on campus so we're going to miss this year's cooling season. The real test for the system is going to be next spring/summer.

Vocabulary that will be used in future construction projects (such as remodeling Speech Arts Music, Student Services, Fine Arts):

Swing space = where people, classes are placed while offices, classrooms are under remodel/construction. The basement of Language Arts will be our swing space for the next 10-25 years at least.

Logistics building = where the materials now in the LA basement and other materials will be stored from now on. It takes about four months to construct one of these storage units and it does not have to go through the lengthy D.S.A. process as students will not be using the space. It will have a fence around it and sufficient space between the fence and building that no one can jump from the fence to the building itself. (I don't recall where the first one will be constructed.)

Decision Making Task Force

The Decision Making Task Force (DMTF) is still working on developing the document describing how decisions should be made at the college. Among the first things to be figured out is what things are part of the governance process (committees, task forces, etc.) and which things are not (i.e., can be decided by administration or support staff without consultation with faculty). Slow going...

Budget

Let Academic Senate office know SOON if you want to be on the ad hoc Budget task force that will create a plan of this year's mid-year cuts. See my previous report for details of this task force.

There was an additional $35 million cut to the state community college system for categoricals. Didn't hear what the amount will be for KCCD.

BC's carryover from the previous fiscal year (ended June 30, 2009) is slightly over $3 million. It canNOT be used for ongoing funds. Some $ will be used for scheduled maintenance needs. Greg said that SDCC will have a regular budget this year.

Regarding maintenance needs: if custodial needs have not be attended to via the usual work-order form process, then contact Tim Carroll at X4603 and give him the specifics of what needs to be done so he can follow-up with the custodial staff.

Open Forums

Greg Chamberlain will be holding open forums for anyone to talk to him about any campus concerns or questions on October 19th in the Fireside Room. One time will be in the morning and another will be in the afternoon from 5 to 6 PM. Our chancellor, Sandra Serrano, will hold an open forum for the BC community on November 30th from 11:30 to 1 PM (I think it will also be in the Fireside room).

Board of Trustees Goals

Send Sandra Serrano suggestions for what the year 2010 Board of Trustees goals should be by November 15th. The Board of Trustees will take the suggestions from Sandra and others they have received from the community and discuss them at their annual January retreat. The goals will be finalized at that January retreat. November 15th is the deadline for input.

Next meetings

For year 2009/10, meetings will be on 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 8:30 to 10:30 unless it is a holiday or finals week. Next meeting is October 23rd (Greg out of town on the 16th).

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Last updated: October 5, 2009

Document author: Nick Strobel