JCCC Board of Trustees Meeting for March 24, 2016

>>Chair Greg Musil: Good evening. Welcome to the March, 2016, meeting of the Johnson
County Community College Board of Trustees. Trustee Lindstrom is not here today. He has
a conflict with his service on the Board of the Kansas Turnpike Association which came
up because we moved our meeting because of Spring Break. So he is working for the public
even though he is not here today. Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.
>>I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for
which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Roll call and recognition of visitors.
>>Ms. Yvonne DeMaranville: Yes. Visitors this evening are Dick Carter, Roberta Eveslage
and Ryan Freeman.>>Chair Greg Musil: Welcome. The next item
on our agenda is the open forum period of the Board meeting. This section of the agenda
is a time for members of the community to provide comments to the Board. There will
be one open forum period during each regularly scheduled board meeting. Comments are limited
to five minutes unless a significant number of folks have signed up to speak, in which
case the Chair has the opportunity to limit that time. In order to be recognized, individuals
must register at the door at each Board meeting prior to the open forum agenda item. When
addressing the Board, registered speakers should be respectful and civil and should
not address matters related to individual personnel matters with the College. As a practice,
the College does not respond in this setting when the matters concern personnel issues
or matters being addressed through our established grievance or suggestion processes or are otherwise
the subject of review by the College or the Board.
Do we have anybody signed up for open forum this evening?
>>Ms. Yvonne DeMaranville: No.>>Chair Greg Musil: I always should ask first.
I think it’s important that we let people know there’s an open forum session, despite
how tedious it becomes as I repeat that on meetings when nobody has signed up.
The next item is Awards and Recognition.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Mr. Musil, we have no awards
or recognitions this evening.>>Chair Greg Musil: I disagree. I thought
this was an opportune time during the meeting —
(Laughter)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It’s a good start. Good
start for the meeting.>>Chair Greg Musil: We were all disappointed
that our men’s and women’s basketball teams did not make their respective national tournaments;
but the Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Demon women won the national championship
here on our campus Saturday night. And so for two years in a row, Kansas has held the
national championship of NJCAA Division II women’s national title. So I think it’s worthy
that we recognize that here and congratulate the Kansas City Kansas Community College women.
Secondly, our own Trustee Ingram, it was in the paper this morning that her husband, Steve
Ingram, who has been basketball coach at Shawnee Mission South on the girls’ side for 20 plus
years –>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Olathe South.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Olathe South, I apologize. Olathe South girls, who made their 12th straight
state championship tournament this year, has been named as an assistant coach in the Women’s
McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago next week. And so he’ll be traveling there
Saturday and I think Nancy is going to go up on Monday to be there with him. So it’s
quite an honor to be one of the assistant coaches for that national team. It will be
televised on ESPNU. I’m not sure of the day but I saw that in the paper, so we’ll look
for –>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Wednesday.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Wednesday night.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: 5:30.
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: 5:30, Central Daylight
Time. We’ll look for Assistant Coach Steve Ingram on the sidelines and we’ll look for
Nancy –>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: In the crowd.
>>Chair Greg Musil: — in the crowd. So I think congratulations are in order for Steve.
(Applause)>>Chair Greg Musil: He’s been highly successful,
not just in getting to state championships and winning them; but in turning out players
of character.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: That’s great for our community. All right. Sorry I didn’t give you a heads-up
on that.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And that concludes my report.
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: Student Senate report.
John Rives. Please come forward. Our Student Senate president.
>>Mr. John Rives: Thank you. I’d like to thank the Board again for allowing me to come speak
today. It is always an honor and a pleasure for me.
Student Senate has been working on a number of projects this semester. Recently we developed
ad hoc committees. One of them was one that would investigate getting a designated parking
spot for Wounded Warriors. After just one meeting, the committee was successful. We
turned it over to the police department and Veteran’s Services and soon we will have a
Wounded Warriors parking spot. So after just one meeting, we were very thankful to that
committee. Earlier this semester, Student Senate hosted
a town hall meeting on inclusion. The town hall featured a panel of students and gave
those students, as well as members of the audience, an opportunity to talk about their
experiences on campus regarding inclusion. And giving these students a direct voice is
one way — one of the jobs that Student Senate considers most central. And later this semester,
we’re hoping to have more of those town hall meetings and also a political debate between
the different political clubs on campus. So we’re working on getting those organized right
now. Something else we’ve been doing this semester
that Dr. Sopcich has taken part in is Games with Student Senate. We’ve been playing volleyball
out on the Fountain Square. So if anybody here wants to play volleyball with us, we’d
appreciate having you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It’s a lot of fun actually.
Thanks for the opportunity.>>Mr. John Rives: We actually have pictures
of you playing.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yes, you did.
>>Mr. John Rives: Another area which Student Senate takes pride in their work is service
projects. So last semester we hosted JCCC Gives and Photos with Santa and Trick-or-Treat
for Kids. And this semester we brought back a tradition from a few years ago called Daffodil
Days and during Daffodil Days we sell daffodils and all our proceeds go to the American Cancer
Society. We were able to raise $480. We sold all of our flowers and that was a really great
thing. We’ve also given $36,000 to clubs out of our
$38,000 budget and we expect to give the rest away very soon.
And we have approved several new clubs. We’ve had several new senators join us. We’re back
up to 28 senators out of 30. And we have four or five people interested in joining right
now so we should have a full senate very shortly. And, obviously, having the full amount of
senators makes Student Senate run most effectively. Another really exciting thing that’s happening
right now is officer elections are about to happen in just a couple weeks as well as senator
re-elections, so we’ll be selecting a new executive board and there are a lot of candidates
running and I think they’re all very qualified so we’re very excited for that to be happening.
Finally, I would like to thank the Board again. Last semester, Student Senate had concerns
about campus safety and the Board also made campus safety a top priority. When we asked
for donations for JCCC Gives, the Board stepped up and helped us raise money, more than Student
Senate had ever raised for JCCC Gives. Several of you have been generous enough to attend
our events and you’ve been very friendly and willing to work with us. And I really have
a deep appreciation for your support because I know, you know, without it, Student Senate
really couldn’t be where it is. Working with members of this school’s administration and
with the Board of Trustees is part of what makes working in the Student Senate really
enjoyable. So thank you all so much, both for inviting me today and also for your collaboration.
I look forward to what the rest of this semester brings. Thank you very much.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions for John? I don’t know if I’m giving away a story that
“The Ledger” might be publishing, but I did get a question this week from “The Ledger”
about at least how the Board perceives the Student Senate; and I spoke on behalf of myself,
but thought I spoke on behalf of the Board, that we listen, we appreciate, we want to
know what you guys think as students and as representative of the students about what’s
going on on campus; and so we really appreciate your reports, too, and your communications
that we hear from students between board meetings as well as at the board meetings. But I will
tell you, if you’re going to have one meeting and get something done, you’re going to continue
to embarrass this Board like that by being that efficient, we may have to rethink that.
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: Joe.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I’d just like to thank President Rives for his leadership. I think
if you’ve ever attended a Student Senate meeting, you can see that those can be a challenge
and John does a heck of a job managing that. Also, I think the projects that the Student
Senate has undertaken over the past year reflect a wide spectrum of activities from volleyball,
which I partook in, but also the Wounded Warriors, your inclusion seminars, all those are very,
very important and relevant to the campus. So thank you, John. You did a great job.
>>Mr. John Rives: Thank you very much.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Oh, Nancy.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: I just wanted to say, too, it sounds like you have an enthusiastic
lot out there who are interested in being involved and that’s real — kudos to you as
well for your leadership. So, thank you.>>Mr. John Rives: Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Enjoy the rest of your semester. We’ll see you in April as we get
closer to finals. Okay. Our lobbyist report. Mr. Carter, fresh from Topeka where everything’s
up to date or whatever.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Fresh is an interesting
adjective to use in this particular case. You know, I’ve been doing this for more than
20 years and I find myself before the microphone and before this Board today trying to figure
out how best to describe just exactly what’s been going on in Topeka; and it is very difficult
to find the words to explain to folks that — the activities and the attitudes and the
temperature of things in Topeka. And so I’ll do my best, as I do every month when I come
before you, but it’s just interesting. Rules govern everything and guide everything in
Topeka; and if you know the rules, there are lots of ways to pass bills, kill bills, introduce
bills, keep bills alive and what-not, and we are not participating in a public policy-making
process like Kansas has historically done and so that makes it incredibly difficult
to not only follow the process, but to participate in the process. And so we spend our time these
days making sure that all the balls we have up in the air don’t fall and hit the ground.
And inevitably you do sometimes drop a ball. I don’t know that we have yet this particular
session; but that maybe gives you a better glimpse into some of the activities that we’re
dealing with on a daily basis up in Topeka. It’s no secret that the revenue picture continues
to decline. I reported to you last month that revenues were down $53 million from expectations.
We’re hearing rumors that we’ll be in the $30 million range below expectations this
month. That puts the end of the fiscal year at June 30th around $150 to $200 million below
expectations. And let me remind you that we already adjusted the expectations down in
November of 2015. Consensus Revenue Estimating Group meets around
April 20th or so, next month, to get a picture of what they think things look like for the
end of the fiscal year. And please don’t place blame on them. They are doing the best that
they can with an historic process that is no longer — they cannot base it on history
because we don’t know what to expect when you’re not collecting certain amounts of revenue
that you always have or when there are unpredictable things in the economy such as oil and gas
values. And all of those items combined together have contributed to why we are at the point
where we are, given the budget. You would think that given the dire situation
of the finances of the state, we would be entirely focused on dealing with that. That
doesn’t seem to be the case. This week alone, we spent three hours in the House debating
common core standards; five hours in the Senate on a tax lid bill from — that deals with
the tax lid that was passed last year. We had a lengthy debate in the Senate on how
to impeach Kansas Supreme Court justices, so we really are dealing with the important
things that need to be fixed before our legislators go home. They are going home today. In fact,
the Senate went home around 4:18, give or take a few minutes. And the House was finishing
up their business to pass the adjournment resolution to head home until April 27th.
They adjusted their calendar to be done a little early the first turn-around. They’re
done about a week early on this particular turn-around or this first adjournment and
they’ll return around April 27th to begin what is traditionally called the veto session.
It’s not really a veto session any more. It’s the Legislative session where we do all of
the business that we should have been doing the first three months in the last couple
of weeks of the session. And so we’ll do that after the consensus revenue estimates come
in. We have to figure out where the money is going to come from. A plan was leaked earlier
that it would likely come from securitizing tobacco settlement monies. It’s a one-time
cash infusion. It’s the easy way out. It gets people out of town. The alternative is likely
to significantly cut agencies across the state. There’s a number of ways that that can be
done. But we’re already in dire straits, whether it’s some of the facilities such as Osawatomie
or Larned, or our corrections system. They are all in serious, serious situations in
this state. They just passed an education finance bill. Please don’t ask me questions
about it because I’ve been spending time in other areas and it came about quickly and
I haven’t been following the details of this particular plan. It is designed to meet the
criteria established by the court on equity. We’ll find out soon enough if it does do that.
I don’t believe there’s a lot of new cash infused into the plan. According to reports
that I’ve read, no district loses significant money. Some gain money. I’m still trying to
figure out how that works. And we will find out. I don’t know if the court will have the
opportunity to review that before the end of when we’re supposed to be getting out of
here, if there will be a special session at some point during the summer or not. Keep
in mind, all 165 of the elected folks in Topeka will be running for office this summer, this
fall. I would like to touch on a few bills that
are specific to either this college or to the community college sector and I did not
have the time or opportunity to include them in the report that you have before you and
so I’ll just hit on those briefly. And if you have questions, I’d be pleased to try
to answer them. The first one is a bill that we started out
with last year. Last year I think it was Senate Bill 93. It was the bill to include Johnson
County Community College into the GED Accelerator Program. That bill made its way through the
process essentially and found itself on General Orders in the House last year where it died
because we couldn’t get it above the line and there were no bills available to conference
on in that particular arena. I am pleased to report that as of this afternoon, there
was agreement in the House and Senate Education Conference to include House Bill 2483, which
contains the same provisions for that, including JCCC into the GED Accelerator Program with
the other 18 community colleges across the State of Kansas. That’s the good news. It’s
a win. The bad news is is that particular fund is one that the Governor has been sweeping
when we’ve been making cuts to higher education. So we’ll see where it goes from here; but
at least we’re on the same playing field now with our peer institutions.
Senate Bill 136, which is formerly House Bill 2531, the Due Process Bill, had a hearing
— or it was worked, I should say — had a hearing earlier in February. The bill was
worked on March 14th in a process that we call gut-and-go. That’s taking a bill that
has some other criteria or something else in it and we remove that criteria and put
the contents of another bill into it and then pass it out. That bill was passed out, is
on General Orders in the House, has not been worked. The House is adjourned. It’s going
to take a special rule or some form of a conference to keep that alive at this point. But essentially,
the issue — I couldn’t even find it on the General Orders, and that was after a quick
scan and glance, but it is supposed to be listed on General Orders in the House.
Another bill that had some action this week on the Senate Floor is Senate Bill 469. That’s
a bill that deals with union representation . An amendment was made on the Senate Floor
to require a vote every three years by faculty to make the determination of who they want
representing them. That bill was worked and passed by the Senate. Again, it was not placed
into a House bill. It will make its way over to the House; but at this point I’m not sure
where that bill goes because we’re done with the regular portion of the session. You have
to invoke special rules once issues are essentially deemed dead.
Two other bills that we’ve been following that have very close ties to the community
college sector are Senate Bill 420. That’s a bill that dealt with service areas for state
institutions, state universities. They would need to seek permission from a community college
CEO if they wanted to offer courses in a community college service area. There were a number
of things that were probably going to happen to that bill and it likely would not have
looked like it did after it was originally introduced. That happens a lot in Topeka.
That bill is dead for the session and is going nowhere, as is the next bill that I’m going
to talk about, Senate Bill 451, which was a merger between Wichita Area Technical College
and Wichita State University. You might think why would you care about that, we’re over
here in Johnson County? There’s always implications in legislation that you have to be aware of
and that one had a funding stream that could have taken away dollars from other community
college institutions in the career and tech ed arena. The bill became controversial in
a number of other areas and essentially the folks who were working on that merger gave
up and disbanded their support for that bill for the rest of the session. So it’s going
nowhere either. Another interesting bill that is something
we need to keep our eye on — there’s not going to be a whole lot of changes to KPERS
legislation this year, although you are aware that the Governor has the authority with the
budget passed by the Legislature to withhold the final payment to KPERS this year, which
is about $100 million. That will certainly be used to fill some of the hole that we have
in the state budget. But there has been an attempt over the past several years to include
a provision that adjusts the final average salary for folks who participate or who are
members of KPERS. And that amendment has failed each and every year through multiple attempts.
And, again, it has this year through multiple attempts; however, there is a component that
was added to House Bill 2724 which deals with collecting data on certain plans in the KPERS
system. And the target is to find people that might have a high pay-out in the end or that
might have a high final average salary based on the last two or three years of their employment
at a particular entity. So we are going to continue to watch that. It is not a final
average salary bill; but it’s something that could lead to that in future years and we’ll
keep our eyes on that. The final bill, then, is a bill that was brought
by a resident in Lawrence who is a former military service member and it has to do with
military service tuition issue. The person moved back to Kansas so his child could attend
high school and then ultimately attend college here; and there are certain criteria that
are very strict and followed very closely that deal with in-state tuition for students.
This was a glitch, apparently, in a bill that was passed a year or two ago for military
veterans or service members. And so this bill was to tweak that provision so that it would
not impact future families that might either base out of Kansas or be here temporarily
in Kansas while they have students in post secondary education. The threat was, and always
is when you have bills like that, to repeal the Undocumented Immigrant Student Tuition
Act, which was passed, I believe, in 2006, and our institution typically has the highest
number of students participating in that program. I think we’re around 240 students throughout
the entire post-secondary system, and so that is something that we just watch because we
enforce the law that is in place. And that amendment did not go on that bill, either
in Committee or during Floor debate. So I just wanted to bring you up to speed on those
items. That kind of captures the higher education
bills that are out there. There’s a bunch of stuff out there; but those are the ones
that pertain to our daily activities on campus here.
>>Chair Greg Musil: The last allotment by the Governor, how much of that was taken out
of higher education? The Regents institutions as opposed to community colleges? Like 17
million?>>Mr. Dick Carter: I don’t know. I’ll go with
your number. I don’t do math in public.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I believe that 17 million came out of higher ed; but community colleges
are usually held harmless by the Governor and by the Legislature.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: There was a small amount, I believe, though, through some of the CTE
dollars.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Okay.
>>Chair Greg Musil: CTE being Career and Technical Education.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Correct.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions. First, Dr.
Cook and then Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Two areas. What does
it mean to securitize the tobacco settlement dollars? What does that actually mean?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Bond those dollars out and take the lump sum cash.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: And what would that impact?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: It would impact early childhood education and development programs throughout
the state. That money is typically, through a master settlement agreement, goes to the
children’s initiatives — I can’t remember the name of it — it’s not a cabinet, but
it funds early childhood education programs.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: And how much are we
talking about?>>Mr. Dick Carter: A lot.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I realize it varies from year to year but —
>>Mr. Dick Carter: A lot. Lots of commas and lots of decimals.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Historically, how did the Legislature determine the length of the
General Session? How is that determined?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, the calendar is established
by leadership at the beginning of the year, and it’s a 90-day session set by the Constitution
and –>>Trustee Jerry Cook: So it’s constitutional
that it’s 90 days?>>Mr. Dick Carter: I believe it is. I’m looking
at our former Legislator who is –>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Originally that was
determined to be the appropriate amount of time to do business; is that correct?
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Well, they talked about changing the off-budget years to a 60-day?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: They talked about doing that.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: They talked about doing that in the context of a constitutional
amendment –>>Mr. Dick Carter: You’re right. You’re correct.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: So I don’t think —
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: So I guess what I’m leading up to is somebody along the way made
a decision that 90 days was appropriate. What’s the daily cost of the extended or veto
session as we call it? What’s the daily cost for them to meet?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, once they go beyond their 90 days, there is a per diem and a — it’s
a per diem and a salary that the legislators make and it’s — individually, it’s minimal.
I think it’s about $45,000 a day, $50,000 a day.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: And referring to the rules you displayed, who would follow the
rule to say, you know what, you can meet as long as you want but you’re not going to be
paid a per diem and there will be no cost to the taxpayer for the extended session?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: There are several legislators that take the option of not collecting their
pay when they exceed the 90-day session.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Carter, you’re ever
the diplomat. I appreciate your ability to put words and language to a difficult process
and I share your sentiment in struggling with this Legislature; but then I’m reminded of
President Reagan’s phrase that “In all this mess, there’s got to be a pony somewhere.
” But that passes so — what do you mean that Osawatomie and institutions like Larned are
in trouble?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, some of them have
lost their federal Medicaid funding. There are staffing issues at both of those facilities;
and there are financial commitments that need to be made by the State for those facilities,
for those living in those facilities.>>Trustee Lee Cross: The federal government
has pulled — I may botch this — but, they pulled the Medicare/Medicaid certification
for those institutions.>>Mr. Dick Carter: That’s my understanding.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: That means the federal government doesn’t want to pay to help subsidize
those institutions because the state has failed its commitment to those institutions.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: That is my understanding.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Okay. Thank you, Mr.
Carter.>>Chair Greg Musil: Anybody else before I
go to the President? Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I just want to add a few
things, Dick. You talked about Senate Bill 451 and put it in the context of the WSU/WATC
merger. There is another new section in that piece of legislation that would have eliminated
the post-secondary technical authority. Post- secondary technical authority operates under
the Board of Regents and it covers Career and Technical Education, or CTE. It would
have replaced that body with a committee of the presidents from the 19 community colleges
and the technical colleges which would have meant a committee of 25 people. That committee
would have had authority over curriculum, over designation of tiered and non-tiered
classes and also allocation of resources. That meant this college would have been subjected
to a majority vote by those different schools — by all the schools across Kansas. Probably
not in our best interest. So we worked really hard. Like to thank Dick for his work on that
one. It was critical. Also on 420, which would have eliminated service
areas. That would have changed the landscape of higher ed in Kansas as we know it today.
We worked really hard. I’d like to thank Tanya for her input on that. We were able to make
some inserts into that piece of legislation and it wasn’t easy.
So those were two bills that we worked pretty hard on to try to manage it all. So thank
you, Dick and Tanya, for your efforts on those two bills.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. Dick, I don’t know if I have any real questions; but I think
the notion now that we’re March 24th and we have until April 27th for anybody in this
room or anybody watching on television to talk to your legislator and ask them questions
and suggest to them solutions for our problems in Kansas. This Legislature passed a tax bill
in 2012 that I don’t think anybody didn’t hope would work, because it would be great
if we lowered everybody’s taxes and we still had more money. It’s clear that it hasn’t
worked. The pass-through income exemption for LLCs and sub Ss is about, as I understand
it, about $250 million a year that is estimated to be lost that could be put back on this
session with some leadership, although the Governor said he would veto it. I would like
to put it on his desk and have him veto it so we don’t have to cut higher education more,
so we don’t have to steal future revenue stream from the tobacco settlement that was supposed
to go to children’s funding and use it one time this year. So we don’t have to continue
to bond KDOT. And the last bond issue for KDOT is a 10-year interest-only bond, which
means you have a balloon payment ten years from now that that Legislature and the taxpayers
then will have to worry about. So we don’t have to borrow a billion-five for KPERS and
put it in the stock market and hope we do better in the stock market than the bond interest
rate. So that we don’t have to eliminate the maintenance budget, essentially, for KDOT.
So that we don’t have to cripple local governments by putting a tax lid on them as a distraction
so Topeka can tell local governments how to do their business. Chairman Ed Eilert of the
County Commission gave his State of the County address on Wednesday — Tuesday, and pointed
out that in 2054, one-third of the population of Kansas is projected to be in Johnson County;
and yet the tax lid that is currently under consideration makes no consideration for population
increase. You can’t spend more than you spent last year, plus CPI, even if you grow 10,000
people a year, which is what Johnson County will do. So, I guess what I would ask everybody
here to do, whether you’re in this room or you’re listening on the stream, is to think
about calling your legislators and ask them about the debt that Kansas is in. And when
they talk to you about anything to do with the federal government and spending out of
control and placing burdens on future generations, ask them why they’re doing that in Kansas.
Because we have to balance our budget, but all that means is we can make payments on
the debt this year. And the thought that we have bonded hundreds of millions of dollars
in KDOT and we’re only going to pay interest for ten years, and then when the big amount
comes due, somebody else is going to have to worry about it. If that doesn’t scare Kansans,
it should. So this is a time — we’ve got 33 days to talk to people and suggest that
maybe when they picked winners by saying some Kansans don’t have to pay any income tax,
maybe they ought to revisit that so that other Kansans don’t have to get penalized by cuts
or future debt that my kids, if they move back to Kansas, will have to pay.
It’s critical that we talk to legislators now and it’s not just about Johnson County
Community College, it’s about Johnson County community; and we have things at risk across
this community and every city and at the county that the Legislature has put at risk instead
of taking care of its own fiscal house. So, I also want to thank you and I want to congratulate
you and I want to put another pitch in for the fact that if local governments can’t have
their own government affairs person in Topeka, we would never know what’s going on. In this
Legislature, you would not know because there’s not a hearing or it’s scheduled tomorrow morning.
Or there’s a gut-and-go on a bill that nobody even saw the language before. Or these special
rules are invoked on a more frequent basis than ever before. So, I will defend completely
the right of a public entity that is being targeted by the Legislature to run things
the way they do in Topeka that we’re entitled to have Dick Carter or somebody else up there
watching out for Johnson County Community College.
I’m not fired up at all about this, but I hope the rest of you are.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Stephanie.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Amen. (Laughter)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Dick. Appreciate your time. And we know you’ll still be active
in this — because things happen during the recess period.
Next item is Committee Reports and Recommendations. First report is Collegial Steering.
Trustee Sharp and I met with members of the faculty and members of the administration
on Tuesday for our monthly Collegial Steering meeting. We spent most of the time on curriculum
and academic quality and trying to understand those terms and how we use them; how we develop
curriculum to make sure it’s relevant; how we measure academic quality in terms of faculty
at the front of the room, technology, classrooms and all those other items. Dr. Larson gave
a brief report. We didn’t give her really enough time on the Facilities Master Plan
to talk about how we can do things better on campus with our physical infrastructure
and where we locate people and how we make that more efficient. Some interesting discussion
about things like should all faculty in English, for instance, be in the same pod or is it
better to have them scattered around so they’re an integrated part of the community? Fascinating
judgment calls that have been around academia for a long time; and I doubt that we solved
them on Tuesday, but we at least had a discussion about them.
I’d be happy to answer any questions about Collegial Steering or hear Trustee Sharp’s
comments. Next item is the Human Resources Committee.
Trustee Ingram, you have the job of going through all of our annual employee benefit
and insurance packages, which is one of the most exciting times of the entire year. The
floor is yours.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Thank you. The Human
Resources Committee met on March the 7th, 2016. Jerry Zimmerman presented an overview
of the benefit renewal recommendations for fiscal year 2017. I proposed that we group
the first ten and consider them together as they do not reflect material changes from
the current year. So the recommendations include the following. Dental Insurance. CIGNA and
Delta Dental insurance premiums are in the final year of their current contract with
no increase in premiums. Vision Insurance. Coverage remains with VSP
following an RFP process with a two-year contract extension. Premiums are employee-pay-all and
are increasing approximately 12%. Life Insurance and Short-term Disability Coverage.
This is the final year of the current contract with The Standard Life Insurance Company and
there is no increase in premiums. Employee Benefit Consulting Services. This
is the second year of a five-year contract with Holmes-Murphy. Again, there is no increase
in fees; and total expenditures are not to exceed $38,400.
Flexible Spending Account Administration. We are in the final year of a three-year contract
with ASIFlex. There is no increase in fees and total expenditures are not to exceed $17,000.
The Employee Assistance Plan. We’re in the second year of a five-year contract with ComPsych
Resources. There is no increase in fees. The annual subscriber rate is $18.24 per benefit-eligible
participant. Employer Benefit Funding. The Flex credits
for Group 1 employees remain frozen at $1,108.94 per month for the eighth consecutive year.
And finally, the Employer 403(b) contribution remains at 7% or 8%, depending on an employee’s
start date with Johnson County Community College. So the first recommendation the Human Resources
Committee has is that the Board of Trustees accept the college administration’s recommendation
to authorize the president to negotiate a contract, subject to review by college counsel,
for the provision of dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability coverage,
benefit consulting services, flexible spending account administration and the employee assistance
plan and authorize 403(b) plan contributions and Flex benefit funding for the dates and
rates listed in recommendations 1-9 on Pages 1-5 of the March, 2016, Board Packet.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Is there a second?>>Unidentified Speaker: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions? And I think I misled Trustee Ingram earlier today when
we e-mailed about how I thought we had to take each of those individually. I’m pleased
to learn that we can take them as a group rather than go through each of them individually.
All right. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: All opposed, no?
Motion carries unanimously. Trustee Lindstrom and I had a discussion last
week and there’s this kind of tradition of saying aye or nay and we never say that any
other time in society, so we’re going to try to go to yes or no. How about that? Major
reform. (Laughter)
>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. Move on to the next item, Trustee Ingram, thank you.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: All right. The next recommendation is for medical insurance and
includes the following for consideration. Medical insurance. Coverage remains with Blue
Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City following an RFP process adding two new Blue Cross narrow
network medical options. The first one is BlueSelect Plus PPO and the second is BlueSelect
Plus HDHP. Premiums are increasing approximately 10% per month to Blue Cross for the traditional
HMO, PPO and HDHP coverages; and decreasing approximately 3% per month for the BlueSelect
Plus options versus the 2015-2016 plan year rates. Plan design changes were recommended
to bring the initial increase of 12% down to 10%.
The recommendation of the Human Resources Committee is that the Board of Trustees accept
the college administration’s recommendation to authorize the president to negotiate a
contract subject to review by college counsel for the provision of the employee group medical
insurance with BCBSKC, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Kansas City, for a period beginning June 1,
2016, through May 31st, 2017, at the rates listed in recommendation number 10 on Pages
5-6 of the March, 2016, Board packet.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions? Yes, Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: What percent of employees do we have in each group? Between the Select
Plus and the Select? Do we know?>>Chair Greg Musil: Basically, what number
of employees are subject to the 10% increase is what you’re looking for?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Correct.>>Chair Greg Musil: Do we have anybody here?
Judy is not here today.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I think Jerry Zimmerman
–>>Unidentified Speaker: Dr. Cook, this is
the first year that we have offered the Blue Select so there’s nobody in those programs
right now. Approximately 85% of our employees currently choose whether they’re Group 1 or
Group 2 to participate in the HMO and the rest of the people are under PPO, with about
3 or 4% of our folks currently in a high deductible health plan. As you may recall, the Group
2 people get the high deductible health plan at no cost. And —
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, appreciate that. Is there an estimate on the number of
people that might choose the Blue Select? I assume Blue Cross & Blue Shield has some
actuarial data on that.>>Unidentified Speaker: Not at this point,
Greg, but the interesting point about it is, as you’ll see, the premiums will be lower
for all of our participants in those two plans next year. But when they say limited network,
it’s literally that. There are about 3,000 providers but only nine hospitals that you
can see. And while in a traditional PPO you have both an in-network and out-of-network
option, with the Blue Select PPO, the other network option is basically you don’t get
anything reimbursed. And so if you take the BlueSelect Plus PPO, you’re going to use providers
in the greater Kansas City area or you’re not going to get any coverage.
>>Chair Greg Musil: So the bottom line, I think, as we’ve worried about budgets for
the last several years is, to get the traditional plan that 90 — that our folks have accepted
and believed is good for their families, it’s a 10% increase?
>>Unidentified Speaker: Yes, that’s correct.>>Chair Greg Musil: And the plan was modified,
which I assume means less attractive in some manner in order to get the increase down to
10% instead of 12%.>>Unidentified Speaker: Through the work of
the benefit committee here at the college, exactly right. For the first time in five
years, we’re making some minor changes to the provisions in what are traditional HMO
and PPO plans.>>Chair Greg Musil: And I’m not blaming anybody,
everybody is having to do this, but that cost of — higher cost of health insurance affects
everything we try to do here, so when — and it affects every employee, if your co-pay
goes up or your deductible goes up, so we can keep the rate only going up 10%, it’s
just something we’ll continue to factor in and I know in the budget considerations that
the Management Committee will take the first shot at, that will be there.
So, if there are no other questions or discussion, all in favor of the motion, signify saying
yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carries unanimously. Next.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: The next recommendation is to offer the retirement incentive to eligible
employees in fiscal year 2017. There are approximately 120 eligible employees and the program will
have the same benefits offered last year — excuse me. The recommendation, it is the recommendation
of the college administration that the Board of Trustees authorize a retirement incentive
program for full-time benefit-eligible staff members during the fiscal year July 1, 2016,
to June 30th, 2017, where the staff member meets the full benefit eligibility requirements
with the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, KPERS, and has a minimum of 15 years
of full time service at the college. The elements of the retirement incentive are listed in
recommendation number 11, on Pages 6-7 of the March, 2016, Board packet.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the motion on the retirement incentive program. Are there any questions? We talked,
when we adopted this last year for the first year of a two-year plan, we had — I thought
we had a cap on it. There’s no language about a cap on how many people. Is that built in
here somehow?>>Ms. Barbara Larson: Of course, we estimated
a budget amount based on the number of eligible people —
>>Chair Greg Musil: Right.>>Ms. Barbara Larson: — I believe, and I’m
looking to Becky or Jerry. I mean, ultimately, it is an application and approval process;
correct?>>Unidentified Speaker: Correct.
>>Unidentified Speaker: Yes, absolutely.>>Chair Greg Musil: So, I mean, is there a
budget cap or –>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Last year I believe it
was 1.8 million.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: It was 1.8 million that
we budgeted, yes.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. So it’s subject
to the budget limitation.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: And I know we talked about if everybody from one department took it,
we would have to make some different calls because that department needs to function.
Okay. Might be an appropriate place to mention that
KPERS is another area under attack by the Legislature. When they tell the Governor you
don’t have to make your $100 million payment or more, that hurts our actuarial process
in KPERS. If the stock market performs, maybe we’ll be able to pay back the billion-five.
Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I think item three addresses your concern a little bit. It says may be capped based
on disruption to operations, replacement potential, number of requests from department and transition
plan. So while it doesn’t specify a financial amount or a numerical number, it does say
they can be capped so I think we covered it there.
>>Chair Greg Musil: If no more discussion, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no?
Motion carries unanimously.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Mr. Chairman, that
concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you very much. Next
item on the agenda is Learning Quality Committee. Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, thank you, Mr. Chair. The Learning Quality Committee met on March
7, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. in this room. Trustee Ingram was here. I was on the phone. Andy
Anderson, Dennis Arjo and many others were present that day to hear Christopher Imm give
a report on his sabbatical that he took in 2015 to create a Flipped Classroom environment
for his math classes. He used student surveys and student success data to focus his work.
Professor Imm created and compiled short videos and course materials for student learning
outside of the classroom. He found the flipped class effectively prepared students for higher-level
university studies. Further, the “flipped class” taught students to work more independently,
as well to interact more with classmates and small groups, and to use their textbook more
effectively. He plans to continue tracking student success data to guide further development
of course materials. And the Professor shares all his materials with his colleagues in the
math dram. Dennis Arjo also gave a presentation regarding
curricula changes approved at the last Ed Affairs meeting. In addition to a number of
prerequisite course changes, two new courses were added, one course was deactivated, and
numerous course edits from several divisions were approved. All the changes presented will
be sent to the full Board for approval and can be seen subsequently in the Consent Agenda
portion of this board packet. Also on March 7th, Clarissa Craig shared that
the faculty — excuse me — the facility use agreement allows the Health Care Information
Systems program to use classroom space at the University of Kansas Clinical Research
Center and there are no funds associated with this agreement.
Also, Ms. Janice Blansit gave a report regarding — requesting approval for a memo of understanding,
memorandum of understanding as part of a facility use agreement which will run to the end of
this calendar year, 2016. There are no out-of-pocket costs for either party. And the agreement
allows Johnson County Adult Education to conduct classes for limited or non-English speaking
adults with minimal educational skills to enroll in the program and use the library
facilities for classes. JCAE actively promotes the use of the Johnson County libraries and
both the Antioch and Gardner locations provide equipment for our instructors to use. It was
requested that both of the above agreements be moved forward for full Board approval.
Details can be found subsequently in the Consent Agenda portion of this board packet.
In January, Tim Laughlin, Video Services Senior Stimulation Specialist, attended a Society
for Simulation in Health Care conference in San Diego, California. The college is one
of ten schools from across the country that participated in a National Council of State
Boards of Nursing study and were invited to make a presentation. Tim’s presentation demonstrated
how the simulation center provides effective lifelike experiences in nursing education.
There was also a report on Workload Committee Report by — and I always mispronounce her
name — Csilla Duneczky –>>Unidentified Speaker: Sheila Duneczky.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Sheila Duneczky — pardon me — Dean of Science and Mathematics. Sheila
reported on behalf of the workload task force assigned to evaluate the calculation of lab
workload. A rubric was shared that is intended to define the low, medium and high amounts
of work that go into the lab class presentation. Sheila noted the number of very different
labs offered at the college made assessing lab work a little challenging. And in the
fall semester, labs will be reviewed using the rubric in an effort to validate its effectiveness.
The outliers, the labs scoring highest and lowest on the rubric, will be reviewed first
and the task force expects that some workload adjustments may be suggested by the application
of the rubric. Mr. Andy Anderson distributed a handout highlighting
the timeline the college will follow as it moves forward bringing faculty credentials
into HLC compliance. He focused especially on developing communication with the high
school faculty teaching College Now courses to make sure that they meat the college’s
credential guidelines. HLC requires that the faculty in Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
possess the same minimum credentials as do the college’s regular faculty. The HLC accreditation
visit to JCCC is scheduled for April of 2018. Assessment of College Now faculty credentials
is to be completed by March 21st, 2016 — which just passed — and the faculty and their administrators
will be formally notified regarding the status of their credentials. To continue working
past September 1st, 2017, all faculty who do not have the appropriate credentials must
have a formal plan in place that is designed to bring them into HLC compliance. The KUE
and the College representatives recently met and the KUE has offered to explore the feasibility
of providing courses that will help our faculty earn their credentials.
Mr. Anderson also gave a presentation that shared that the Compass placement tests will
be replaced by the Accuplacer tests in the fall of 2016. The Board of Regents’ committee
has suggested placement “cut-scores” which the College’s faculty are now reviewing. One
of the anticipated benefits of the Accuplacer is that, beginning in spring of 2017, the
College may be able to offer placement testing off-site. Andy will provide further updates
when they become available. Emily Behrmann gave a presentation. She’s
the General Manager of Performing Arts. She presented the 2016-17 Performing Arts Series
schedule of events, which follows in the board packet here from Page 11 and 12, I believe.
Ms. Behrmann noted that the College’s instructional programs also benefit from the series through
various collaborations with visiting artists. Last year’s 25th anniversary activities led
to season ticket sales being up 25% and overall ticket sales up 40%. The production by the
Blue Man Group sold 5,800 tickets, and according to audience online surveys, 38% of those tickets
were sold to first time JCCC ticket buyers. As a part of the upcoming theater renovations,
a “Take a Seat” campaign will be held this year in exchange for a $650 donation. Sponsors
will be awarded the — with a name placard to be placed on the theater seat and proceeds
will benefit the programming in the 2016-17 season and beyond.
Therefore, Mr. Chair, it is the recommendation of Learning Quality Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the administration’s recommendation to allow contract negotiations for groups
to perform in the Carlsen Center during the 2016-17 academic year as shown in the board
packet. And I so move.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: I’ll second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded that we authorize contract negotiations for
the groups listed in the packet to perform at the College during 2016-2017. Are there
any questions? Emily, do you want to make any comments about
the upcoming season and promote it or — you surely don’t want me to do that promotion,
but –>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: I’ve been enjoying your
comments so far, so I think you should. (Laughter)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Well, if you want to come up to the podium, we’ll give you a chance
to promote next year’s series on campus. My favorite, looking at it, is Thursday, December
8, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. I would highly recommend that to anybody that
wants to have a fun evening of good music. Right?
>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: That’s very true.>>Chair Greg Musil: I’ll let you do the rest.
>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: I appreciate that. Wow, I’m glad I showed up tonight.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I would not have called on you if you weren’t here.
(Laughter)>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: Thank you for inviting
me up. We’re looking forward to a nice follow-up to this year’s 25th anniversary season. As
Mr. Cross mentioned, this year has been very successful for us from a ticket sales standpoint
and attracting new audiences and it’s been a great variety and diversity of programming,
so we’re going to continue that next year with everything from the Blues Brothers to
classical music, dance, theater and all kinds of wonderful music, including the Ukulele
Orchestra of Great Britain. We’re planning 30 programs for next year;
and, of course, we’ll also make outreach and educational activities available as often
as possible with artists that come in as part of the Performing Arts Series. In addition
to the arts education performances and events that are planned by Angel Mercier, our Program
Director for Arts Education.>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes. Thank you, Mr. Chair. Ms. Behrmann, I have to share what some friends
of mine on this board invited me to participate in Rotary, and we say good news, some good
news to share. My daughter insisted that I accompany her to a presentation of — and
I always botch the name — is it Piggy and Gerald —
>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: “Elephant and Piggie.”>>Trustee Lee Cross: “Elephant and Piggie.”
Which I guess is a Kennedy Center related production, I was told or read later. But
my daughter had a fabulous time and I accompanied her class in what was near anarchy of the
kids, who had a fabulous time.>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: Control.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: It was a fabulous time and a wonderful production and she got to
experience one of our productions for the first time. So thank you for everything you
do.>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: Well, thank you for
sharing that. I mean, that’s really why we do what we do with the Performing Arts Series
is to offer that opportunity to our young people and to their families and to our community
to get them to engage here on the campus with the college and learn more about what we do
beyond the Performing Arts Series. So, thank you for being here for that. That’s great.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Emily, what is our relationship
with the Kennedy Center?>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: Our Arts Education Program
has been named a partner in education for the Kennedy Center. So, there are about 100
programs nationwide that are a part of that program. We are the only one in Kansas. Usually
what that means is that a performing arts presenting organization like the Performing
Arts Series here at the college partners with a school district and they engage in professional
development for teachers. So, the Shawnee Mission School District is our partner in
that. We work with Debbie Allen, who’s on the staff there, and we train teachers to
take arts into the classroom and use it as arts integration. So that means they’re not
just music teachers or visual arts teachers, they’re math teachers and history teachers
and English teachers that use the performing arts to engage students in other topics across
the spectrum of curriculum every year.>>Chair Greg Musil: Great. Thank you.
>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: You’re welcome.>>Chair Greg Musil: Look forward to another
great year. I love the fact that 38% of the Blue Man tickets were first-time buyers because
I think they will be back. They’ll realize this is a great place to come for performing
arts.>>Ms. Emily Behrmann: Yes. Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
A question regarding the report for Andy Anderson.>>Chair Greg Musil: Let’s vote on this motion.
I’d interrupted it to bring Emily up. All in favor of the contract negotiations
for next year’s Performing Arts Series, please signify by saying yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no? Motion carries
unanimously. Now, Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you. Sorry for
that interruption.>>Chair Greg Musil: I wanted to make sure
I didn’t forget.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Andy, regarding the
higher learning commission credential –>>Mr. Andy Anderson: Right.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: — is it the public school’s administration that’s responsible
to see that the high school faculty have that credential or the college administration?
>>Mr. Andy Anderson: We will be sending out — we have completed the audit. We’ll be sending
a list to each of the districts and to the principals, the faculty that will be affected.
That letter will actually go out tomorrow. And it will be up to the college deans and
liaisons that we have with those faculty to meet with them and make sure those plans are
— if they need to do additional work, that the plan is made and we have to follow through
on it. It’s really on us to monitor that and make sure it’s done. So we keep all those
faculty files. All their credentials are on file with us. We, obviously, we communicate
with the administration in the districts, I mean, we don’t just handle it privately
with the faculty, we include everyone; but the monitoring is on us to do.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: So that we’re in a position to say that Jerry Cook cannot teach a College
Now course at the Ajax High School, not the school superintendent?
>>Mr. Andy Anderson: Absolutely.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.
>>Mr. Andy Anderson: In fact, HLC requires that we be the one that says that.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Mr. President.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Trustee Cross mentioned
the sabbatical presentation by Christopher Imm, Professor Imm. I wish all the trustees
could be a part of those viewings because these sabbatical presentations have been really
very good; and, clearly, the outcome after a sabbatical is going to benefit our students
and work toward their success. So, thank you for supporting that program. They’ve been
terrific presentations.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Which leads me to the
question: Are we not requiring all people on sabbatical to give that kind of report?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Oh, yes, and they’re kind of being spaced out —
>>Mr. Andy Anderson: They’ve been spaced out throughout the year. We have one or two at
each session.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I know last — about a year ago when we discussed that, I think one
of the things we talked about was trying to find a way to record, to video those — I
know we don’t video our committee meetings — but find a way to record those and put
them up on our web site because I think it would be a wonderful learning experience for
other faculty, other members of the Board that aren’t on Learning Quality to see those.
Maybe we can find a way to do that.>>Mr. Andy Anderson: We are developing kind
of an archive where those presentations are being preserved so you’ll be able to see them.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair.>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I fully concur with you. We do disagree; but often I find myself concurring
with you. Specifically — and I don’t mean to single out anybody except simply highlight
in anecdotal fashion — Sean Daley, Professor Sean Daley, gave a wonderful presentation,
I don’t know, two or three months ago, maybe longer, about his work on Native American
tribal lands, and working with, preparing, and I believe working with the students while
they’re attending college and the difficult cultural challenges they have in approaching
that process. The “crab in the bucket” phenomenon that they experience. Frankly, I think a lot
of it is — well, immensely important to the social fabric of our society — but promotes
our college as a leader in innovation and research. And I think Trustee Stewart’s spotlight
and flashlight that he shined on this process is wonderful, and so I appreciate that and
I just wanted to comment.>>Chair Greg Musil: I think the discussion
then was not that the sabbatical program isn’t good or isn’t necessary or isn’t appropriate.
It’s to try to find ways to better share it beyond that individual faculty member and
the students that they touch, to other faculty and beyond even their curriculum because Native
American, I mean, that’s a population of students we can help serve if there’s a better understanding
on this campus of how that works. The Higher Learning Commission discussion we had — this
is on point — we have mandates, people tell us what to do, whether it’s federal government
or state government. The Higher Learning Commission accredits us and they tell us what to do and
sometimes we don’t like it. And I don’t know whether it’s right or wrong; but the effort
to make sure all of our faculty have the credentials that the Higher Learning Commission demands
has been a lot of work. It’s caused anxiety. I understand we’re trying to help find ways
to make sure if a faculty member is short of a class or whatever that would make their
credentials, that we help them find that. So, it’s never an easy task when somebody
tells you you have to do it. I appreciate, Andy, your leadership on that and I know the
Faculty Association and Faculty Senate have been involved as well.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair, just briefly.>>Chair Greg Musil: Sure.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Anderson, the HLC helps — not helps — they do demand a lot
of us. They require that we do this why? Why do they make the demands on us?
>>Mr. Andy Anderson: Well, first of all, all our federal dollars, PEL grants, all the grants
for students to qualify for federal funding, we have to be an accredited institution, so
from a very pragmatic standpoint, that’s one leverage that is there. For the College to
be accredited, we have to submit our stuff to our accrediting agency and the Higher Learning
Commission, used to be known as — it was the North Central Association, is the accrediting
body for — well, it’s, obviously, the midwest region of the United States. So they do all
two-year, technical schools, four-year schools that are accredited and they set the credentials
that they expect us to meet in order to be accredited. You know, the intention, of course,
is good. I mean, we don’t want, charlatans —
>>Trustee Lee Cross: And I’ll cut you off there if I may. I thank you for that. You
articulate that better than I do. Everybody here knows that. Every month, I’m not kidding,
two to three people come up to me and say they saw me on TV, so that’s anecdotally,
walking around, what I hear. So I thank for you sharing that. Just so our wider audience
knows, that’s why we’ve got to put up with that pain to have people tell us what to do.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any other questions for Learning Quality Committee and Trustee Cross?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: And that concludes my report, Mr. Chair.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. We’ll let you do the Management Committee report then.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, Mr. Chair. The Management Committee met at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, March
2nd here in this room. Trustee Lindstrom and I were here. The Chair of the Management Committee
was noticeably absent and missed, Trustee Cook. The information related to the management
meeting begins on Page 15 and runs through Page 25 of the board packet.
We have four recommendations this evening, Mr. Chair, to present, based on bids or requests
for proposals. The first is for the renewal of the College’s
Microsoft agreement. The purpose of this RFP was to establish an annual Microsoft Enrollment
for Education Solution agreement. This license agreement allows all college computers and
servers to have the latest version of Microsoft applications. On April 17, 2014, the Board
of Trustees approved the establishment of an annual contract with GovConnection, Inc.,
for an initial term of one year, with the option to renew for two additional years in
one-year increments. Upon the approval of both parties, the renewal is for the period
of April 1st, 2016, through March, 31st, 2017, and represents the second of two annual renewal
options. Therefore, Mr. Chair, it is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the renewal of the annual contract for Microsoft Enrollment
for Education Solution with GovConnection, Inc., in the amount of $200,975.71. And I
will make that motion.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded to accept the Management Committee and the
administration’s recommendation to approve the renewal of the Microsoft Enrollment for
Education Solution contract with GovConnection, Inc. Are there any questions or is there any
discussion? Any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carried.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair, the next bid is for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
and Carlsen Center glazing. The purpose of this bid is to contract for the replacement
of four large spandrel windows in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and a skylight
in the Carlsen Center. Mr. Chair, it is the recommendation of the
Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration
to approve the low bid of $229,273 from W Carter & Associates Glazing, plus an additional
$22,927 to allow for contingencies for possible unforeseen costs that Trustee Cook always
talks about, with a total expenditure not to exceed $250,200 in the Nerman Museum of
Contemporary Art and Carlsen Center glazing. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to approve the contract of the low bid. Is there any discussion?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just to drive home the point, as one of the newer trustees. Every
time now when I read a proposal for money, I cannot get Trustee Cook’s voice out of my
head about this is what it cost now but what’s it going to cost later and I just — I can’t
get that out of my head and I wanted to share with this group that thought.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Kind of depressing, isn’t it?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yeah –>>Chair Greg Musil: I’m kidding, Trustee Cook,
of course. All in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no? Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Our third recommendation, Mr. Chair, is for the Yardley Hall seat re-upholstery
and repairs. The purpose of this bid is to contract for the re-upholstering of the seats
and the replacing of endcaps and aisle lights in Yardley Hall and the Polsky Theatre. This
project represents one important component of refurbishments planned in the Carlsen Center
performance spaces over the summer to come. It is therefore, Mr. President, the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the lowest acceptable bid in the amount not to exceed
$277,761 from Mid-States School Equipment, plus an additional $13,800 to allow for contingencies
for possible unforeseen costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed $291,649 for Yardley
Hall seat re-upholstery and repairs. And will I make that motion.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to approve the contract for the bid for re-upholstery in the Yardley Hall.
Mitch, we sent out six requests. We got two people that responded, only one of which met
the bid specifications and it was higher than the estimate. How do we know this is in the
ballpark? Is there a way to –>>Unidentified Speaker: Well, we worked with
the architect to develop the specifications and the estimate, and this is a very unique
project, so I think just coming up with an estimate was somewhat difficult to begin with,
so, it was based on what the architect had given us.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Any further discussion?
If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: The final recommendation is for the LED light fixture upgrades. The
purpose of this bid is to contract for energy-saving lighting retrofits and upgrades throughout
the campus buildings. The scope includes installing new LED fixtures, sensor switches and LED
lamp upgrades in 17 buildings on the main campus.
It is therefore, Mr. Chair, the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration to approve the low
bid of $369,461 from Jeanco, LLC, plus an additional $30,539 to allow for contingencies
for possible unforeseen costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed an even $400,000
for the LED light fixture upgrades. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the low bid for LED lighting. Is there any discussion? Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Just a quick question if I may ask the Chair or Trustee Cook or
the staff. How do we determine the additional cost allowances for contingencies for unforeseen
costs?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, I’ll defer to
Mitch, but I think what we discussed in the past is we take a certain percent and in some
of the work there are infrastructural issues that we’re not aware of at the time that causes
that additional cost. But I would defer to you.
>>Unidentified Speaker: Yes, and actually, grassroots leads that pretty much; but it’s
normally around 10%. In this case, it could calculate out to be about 8.3%, which was
the budget that we had available for the project.>>Trustee Lee Cross: That’s what I suspected.
I just wanted to ask that question. Thank you.
The management — go ahead.>>Chair Greg Musil: I’m sorry. We had a motion
and second on that. Did we approve that? Does anybody remember? All in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carries
unanimously on the LED lighting. Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I’m over-caffeinated,
Mr. Chair. The Management Committee received several reports. The first was a presentation
from Bruce Hartman, Executive Director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The
presentation included information on the operating budget, fundraising activities and value of
some of the pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Rachel Lierz, Associate Vice President of Financial Services, CFO, provided information
about the 2016-17 budget development. A detailed budget report will be made to the Management
Committee on April 6th in advance of the annual budget workshop held at the start of the April
board meeting. On Thursday, March 3rd, college staff members
attended a meeting hosted by Paul Welcome, Johnson County Appraiser, who provided information
to the college, school districts and others on property revaluation for 2016. Information
from this meeting will be used to update the college’s ad valorem property tax revenue
budget figures for the 2016-17 year. Mitch Borchers, Associate Vice President, Business
Services, presented the sole-source report, as well as the summary of awarded bids between
$25,000 and $100,000. This summary is on Page 16 of the board packet.
Rex Hays, Associate Vice President, Campus Services and Facility Planning, gave a monthly
update on capital infrastructure projects and you can find this report on Page 25 of
the board packet. I thank you, Mr. Chairman, Board of Trustees,
administration, staff. That concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions for the
Management Committee? If not, thank you, Trustee Cook.
We’re ready for President’s recommendations for action. First item is the Treasurer’s
Report, which, in Mr. Lindstrom’s absence, we will hear from Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. I draw your attention to Pages 28-42 of your
packet for the Treasurer’s Report. Specifically, on Page 28 we have the distribution of the
ad valorem tax for period ending January 31. You’ll see that we received $44.2 million
in the General Fund. $167,000 in the Special Assessment Fund and almost 2. 5 in the Capital
Outlay Fund, for a total disbursement $46,847, 980.
We also received state aid payments in January of $10,776,000, with 7.6 being distributed
to the General Fund and 3 — almost 3.2 to the Technical Education Fund.
It is the recommendation of the college administration that the Board of Trustees approve the Treasurer’s
Report for the month of January, 2016, subject to audit and I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the Treasurer’s Report subject to audit. Are there any questions or any discussion?
Trustee Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I would say, to bring
the attention to the Board, that through January we’re at about 58.3% of the year, and as you
look at the revenues and expenditures, it’s always good to compare where we are, realizing
that certain funds have collections at various times of the year. But at least we’re at 58.
3% of the year. Thank you. That concludes my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All in favor of the motion, signify by saying yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carries
unanimously. Monthly report to the Board, Dr. Sopcich.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil. We’re going to start tonight’s report off
with a lightening round, so, Dr. Larson.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Thank you. You’re all
aware that the College makes its facilities available for outside rentals to various organizations;
but generally we have more than 72 hours notice to accommodate those requests. A few weeks
ago, Dr. Sopcich was contacted on a Sunday evening about whether the Ted Cruz campaign
might rent Yardley Hall for a campaign event that Wednesday. There was a rapid and coordinated
response by key individuals at the college. Jeff Hoyer and his staff in Continuing Education
did an outstanding job in gathering a team together quickly. Chris Gray and his staff
coordinated all media inquiries. Emily Behrmann and Performing Arts staff were on hand, as
well as a number of VolStars, our volunteers for Performing Arts; and, of course, our Police
Department and Emergency Preparedness areas were charged with security for this event.
Although the campaign staff estimated numbers of attendees based on RSVPs to the campaign
web site, we didn’t know how many people to expect. As it turned out, more than 2,000
people arrived, so filled Yardley Hall, overflowed into Polsky Theatre, and overflowed into a
classroom in the Carlsen Center, a large classroom. Despite the crowd, the event went off without
a hitch. We heard numerous comments from campaign staff about our organized, courteous and professional
employees here at the college that made this event possible.
So, we are all very proud of everyone. I’m sure I’ve left some people out, but many,
many people made this happen quickly and we’ll be ready for 2020. Thank you.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dr. Larson, has the campaign paid its bill yet?
>>Dr. Barbara Larson: They have been invoiced. It is not due until, I believe, a week, so
–>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s right.
>>Dr. Barbara Larson: — so we are expecting payment, yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: That report will come next month.
>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Exactly.>>Chair Greg Musil: I think it’s important
to note that we are a public institution supported by public tax dollars, 54% from property taxpayers
in Johnson County, and so hosting events like that is part of our mission. It is not part
of — we do not — we do not endorse or support people just because they show up here. They
were — they provided a disclaimer on materials. But, I think it’s a wonderful tribute to our
mission that we were able to host that and I thank everybody that’s in the room from
chief to Barbara to everybody that participated in that. Emily in the back. Because it had
to be an incredible effort to do that in three days. So —
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: If I may. We also received a call from Senator Rubio’s campaign and they
were interested in using our facility but our fashion merchandising program had their
annual fashion show and that definitely took precedent over the Senator’s campaign.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair and Mr. President, may I comment briefly?
>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I am thrilled that we’re
a stop on the presidential campaign. I think it’s a testament to how highly thought of
we are. And I’ll note that both major gubernatorial candidates sought out Johnson County Community
College last cycle and had appearances here. So, as I told the League for Innovation two
years ago, this school somehow finds its way to the forefront of events on the cutting
edge or in the public light and I’m deeply proud of that. And I thank the Administration
and the Board for supporting such an event. So —
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Mr. Anderson.>>Mr. Andy Anderson: Thank you. Over the past
couple weeks there have been several presentations for the State of the City and the State of
the County that I was fortunate enough to attend. And a theme that emerged, and Mayor
Gerlach addressed it specifically, was the importance of collaboration in making the
county the place that we enjoy living in. It has led me to think and reflect on the
number of activities that go on here that serve that mission of collaboration. One that
just was brought to my attention today that I wanted to share. I just learned that the
college, Johnson County Community College, will host the Shawnee Mission School District
Sustainability Planning Day, which is on March 30th, that will involve over 80 students,
faculty and staff from the Shawnee Mission School District as well as representatives
from Johnson County government and the City Commissions of Merriam, Overland Park and
Prairie Village. The college’s Christie Howell, who is — in her sustainability program, will
be the keynote along with two students interns who are both, interestingly, former Shawnee
Mission School District students. Sydney Simpson and Elizabeth Cloud will be involved in providing
insight and developing sustainability efforts with the Shawnee Mission School District that
will serve them. The meetings — and also then, obviously, the greater community. The
meetings will take place in the Galileo’s Pavilion. And I’m just excited to see the
kind of efforts that we’re doing, obviously, serve to improve the quality of life here
across the county. When watching those presentations, the State of the City and so on, and seeing
pictures of the emergency medical technicians, the police academy, the arts, all those things
that make the quality of life here in Johnson County what it is, we show up in those presentations
over and over again and I just wanted to bring that forward.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Great. Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dr. Weber. Thanks, Andy.
>>Mr. Randy Weber: I like numbers so I was hoping to kind of share a couple with you
tonight. What I have in front of me is what we call our Kansas Higher Ed Enrollment Report
and it’s from the Board of Regents and I wanted to give you just kind of a snapshot of first-time
college students in Johnson County. So this past fall in 2015, we had 4, 922 Johnson
County residents who were first time in college. Of them — this is the first time we broke
the threshold — we had 2,056. So we had 41.77%. We have over 40% of all first-time in college
from Johnson County attend JCCC. That was the first time we broke the 40% barrier. Our
previous high was about 37.5% so we were pretty excited about that. That shows the efforts
of the college’s marketing, communications, recruitment teams and the word-of-mouth is
our greatest recruiting tool we have and so the quality of our education, obviously, speaks
well. One of the things I also wanted to share with
that is, because oftentimes we think first time in college, then those would be students
who would maybe directly matriculate from the high school. Of our 2,056, about 72% of
them come straight from high school, which means about 28%, so over a quarter of the
first time in college students are students who would not have went directly to college
from high school and so we get, you know, in the fall, over 500 students who are at
least a year removed from high school decide that they want to go to college and choose
our place. And so that’s kind of where we run into some of our numbers when we say our
average age and our median age type of thing. But I wanted to kind of just take a quick
moment to share some of those highlights with you. Our first time in college — just to
kind of give you an idea of the representation of our enrollment in the fall semester. Our
first time in college would represent about 13% of a fall enrollment. We’ve talked a lot
about how high school represents almost a quarter. It was about 23% of our enrollment.
So 52% of our enrollment in the fall are our previous students or what we call our continuing
students. But that was just a quick snapshot of our first-time freshmen from Johnson County
Community College. We broke the 40% threshold and thought that was pretty exciting and wanted
to share that with you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions? Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. Is it too early to determine what impact our
metro rate has had upon enrollment?>>Mr. Randy Weber: On enrollment, yes, because
we actually won’t even start the enrollment until — the rate doesn’t kick in until fall.
But I did get some interesting information at our hospitality luncheon a couple weeks
ago. We’ve got a gal that has worked in our admissions processing for over two decades,
and I asked her how things were going in the office and she said the metro rate is significantly
increased our apps from Missouri. So it’s still early. And so I asked them to run some
numbers on it. And we usually run end-of-term, so we look and say — and we found that about
8.5% of our applications comes from those metro zip codes in any given semester; and
right now, 16% of our applications have come from there. So it’s still early, but that,
you know — her gut feeling led to kind of running those numbers and almost twice as
high of a percentage rate right now.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Dr. Weber.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thanks, Randy. And thanks
to all of you. Those were great lightning round presentations. Very much appreciated.
I’ll keep my remarks brief. Last week — first of all, you have the monthly
report to the Board. 35 pages of all kinds of accomplishments, publications, a lot of
exciting activity that’s going on on our campus. Really, take the time to review these. They’re
excellent and reflect a lot of hard work throughout the campus.
This past week I was fortunate, along with Dr. Korb, to attend the League for Innovation
and the community college board meeting. As you know, the League is consortium of about
17, 18, community colleges, the top community colleges in the country; and being the president
of this college, I serve on the board, and Judy serves in what they call a rep capacity
as well. So it’s a great opportunity to learn what’s going on throughout the country; but
additionally, they had their conference attached to that, a conference called “Innovations”.
There were about 1,100 to 1,200 plus attendees attending this conference in Chicago. They’re
from throughout the country. And it’s a great opportunity for different schools to exchange
information, best practices. And you kind of get a glimpse of what’s going on here.
All of this — all of this conference activity is focused on student success and institutional
approaches toward that common goal of student success.
One presentation from a leading community college — and it was Wake Tech, North Carolina.
They’re about twice the size as we are when it comes to FTEs. They have this approach
called “Applied Benchmarking”. And every single one of their employees is challenged to identify
one of the — a school in the country who is demonstrating best practices and to contact
that school and then address some of their challenges by using this benchmarking process.
What was really terrific is when they showed up the schools that were contacted the most.
And we were among the leaders of all the community colleges and also universities that they reach
out to. Which speaks really very highly of what’s going on on this campus with regard
to being considered a best practice institution. I also met with the community college president
from another League school who informed me that he is going to send six teams to several
community colleges to look at various aspects of the operation. We’ll be one of those colleges
because he believes that we do things better than anyone else. That’s a tribute to everybody
here and to the entire campus to achieve that kind of status.
I’d also like to recognize some members of our community who were recognized at the conference.
First of all, Dr. Lenore Cook, Lenore is the Dean of Health Professions and Wellness. She
was one of six people recognized nationally for innovative programs. Dr. Cook is implementing
a new associate’s degree for public health professionals. And as you can well imagine,
in our future, the realm of public health is going to have all kinds of needs and demands.
So it’s good to see that we’re going to be there trying to provide a workforce to assist
in meeting those needs. Additionally, the John and Suanne Roueche
Award, which is dedicated to informing, inspiring and celebrating innovations and learning,
teaching and staff development and student success was given out. We are very fortunate
to have two award winners from our campus: Janet Daley, who is a lead instructor in Adult
Education, and Holly Milkowart, an Associate Professor in English and Journalism, were
both honored by receiving the Roueche award. Again, it reflects very well on our college.
Another member of our staff that was there presenting was Anna Page, but she — and I
just want to take a second to recognize the new leadership team in our Honors Program
and PTK. Anna, Lindsey Welch and Nellie Schuckman were recently recognized at a Five-Star Chapter
— which maybe that’s like a Michelin restaurant ranking, five stars — for what they’ve been
able to do with this program. And they’ve also increased enrollment in this program
up 12% versus a year ago, which is a real tribute to their initiative.
Another piece of national recognition we received came in a newsletter produced by the AACC
called “21st Century Center” and this recognized our sustainability initiatives. We are a Certified
Green Partner. And what that means is is that we were recognized by Johnson County, by Johnson
County government, as one of seven organizations locally that is providing leading and innovating
programs through our multiple environmentally-friendly and energy-saving programs that we do here
on campus under Dr. Antle’s leadership. As you know, we do a lot of great things on our
campus. One of the things that I was unaware of until I was putting this together, that
we also give 200 tours, 200 tours of these sustainability projects to individuals from
the Environmental Protection Agency, elected officials, representatives from other educational
institutions; and what’s really terrific is that also our own classes will tour some of
the sustainability initiatives that we have. So, that’s terrific. We’ve become kind of
a nationally recognized model for integrated sustainability.
One of the things that happens on campus that’s also very exciting is to see high school students
and middle school students. We had some weeks last month that were just absolutely unreal.
One of my favorites — and there were several, but I’ll recognize one — Beate Pettigrew,
she’s an Associate Professor in our Drama Department, she is also the artistic coordinator
and in charge of recruitment for that program, hosted a full day of workshops and performances
for 250, that’s 250, high school drama students from throughout Johnson County. I have to
say, it was a very spirited group. When you speak in front of a group like this of high
school students, you ask do you have any questions, usually the response isn’t that overwhelming.
In this case, all 250 of those students raised their hands with a question. So it speaks
highly for drama students. What I’d like to be able to say is that all
of these examples reflect so well on our campus community and the level of attainment and
that of the stature that we enjoy, we enjoy nationally. So I’d like to thank everyone,
everyone on campus for doing what they do to make Johnson County Community College a
very special place every day and in every way. So, thank you. And that wrap ups my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Questions for Dr. Sopcich?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. President, thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It is impressive to hear the monthly reports and to read the monthly
reports about everything that goes on on campus in every department in every way. And trying
to single out the few that are worthy, I know is a difficult task, so, thank you for that.
We’ll move on now to old business. Old business this month is — at last month’s meeting we
allowed Dr. Drummond to announce that he had submitted his letter of resignation effective
June 30th, 2016, from the Board. Apparently, retirement and travel and family and grandkids
is important to him, as we knew. Tonight, the first item of business we need to do is
to have a motion to accept his resignation. And if I get that and that passes, then we
will talk about the process for identifying a successor — not a replacement, because
I don’t think we can replace him, but to find a successor. So, is there a motion to accept
his resignation?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I so move.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Is there a second?>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: I’ll second it.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any discussion? Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Mr. Chair, thank you.
I had the privilege of coming on the Board with Dr. Drummond and I knew a little bit
of his experience, obviously, at TLC, but also at the public school system. And he certainly
fulfilled that perception I had of him in terms of do the decisions this college makes
over a period of time cause us to be sustainable? Can we look five and ten years down the road
and envision what the decision we make today will impact that future? And he’s held steadfast
to that value system. I really don’t like making the motion or voting
in favor of this because he certainly has made a huge contribution to this college,
both at the front lines and the back decisions that need to be made to make sure we have
effective teaching and learning that goes on here every day and as described in the
programs that Dr. Sopcich has just outlined. So it’s regrettably that I make the motion.
I will support him because I know how much he loves his grandchildren and his family;
and after all, parenting is our, and grand-parenting, are our number one responsibilities. So, Dr.
Drummond, thank you for helping us become the Board we are. I appreciate it very much.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All those reluctantly in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: All opposed, no?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: No.>>Chair Greg Musil: Motion carries, with Trustee
Cross declining to accept the resignation of Dr. Drummond.
We have circulated, I believe, to the Board the timeline for identifying a successor under
the statutory process, or — the statute allows this Board to appoint a successor for the
remainder of Dr. Drummond’s term, which means that person would run for election in August
and November of 2017. I’ll go through the timeline for the public and then ask for a
motion to approve that. If we have any questions, we can talk with
Tanya Wilson, our general counsel, or the president and I will try to answer questions.
At this meeting we will accept the resignation and adopt the schedule. Tomorrow, we will
publish unofficial notice on the Johnson County Community College web site. Next Tuesday it
will officially be published in “The Legal Record”, our legal newspaper for the college.
Applications will then be open until 5:00 p.m. on April 15th. On Thursday, the 21st
of April, each board member — each remaining board member will be distributed application
materials, including the application and the resume and any other materials from anybody
that applies for the position. On April 26th, we will have a special board meeting at 5:00
p.m. and at that meeting we will narrow the slate of applicants for interviews. There
is no minimum or maximum number for interviews. I think we will have some discussions about
what makes sense and how you should narrow it down; but I also think we’ve historically
left it open to the quality of the pool of applicants whether we have three interviews
or five interviews or some other number. After the 26th — we will narrow that slate
on the 26th. On the 27th, those who will be interviewed will be notified and a letter
will be sent to those. Our interviews will be held at a special board meeting. The April
26th meeting will be a special board meeting, 5:00 in this room. Thursday, May 5th, we’ll
have a special board meeting at 4:00 to interview the candidates and then we’ll select the new
trustee by roll call vote. Then on Friday, July 1st, the successful candidate will take
office to start the new fiscal year for the college.
I think the process was explained in an e-mail to the Board; but once we have the interviews,
we will then have votes to narrow it down to two people and then vote until somebody
gets a majority. We have six members left, so there is always the possibility that we
will split 3-3 as I think we did last time. Ultimately, we need to vote and fill that
slot. Hopefully, we will do that in the same professional and civil and respectful way
we’ve always done business here. There’s at least one city or one county in the area which
has been unable to fill a spot for months because they are split evenly. And I hope
we don’t get to that. Are there questions about that schedule or
the process?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: To put it on the table,
I’ll move we adopt the schedule.>>Chair Greg Musil: Is there a second?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the schedule as outlined. Are there any questions or is there any discussion?
If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carries
unanimously. Thank you. Applications will be on the web site, so anybody
that knows of somebody that’s interested or is watching on TV and has somebody they think
would be good, or is interested themselves, please look at that and see if you’re interested
in applying. Last time I think we had about 20 applicants.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Something like that.>>Chair Greg Musil: It was a number and we
narrowed it down. I think we interviewed four. And, so, I assume there will be a good pool
of applicants again this time. There’s no new business. The next item is report from
our board liaisons and first one is our Faculty Association President, Ron Palcic.
>>Mr. Ron Palcic: Thank you. Good evening and thank you, Chairman Musil, the Board of
Trustees and President Sopcich for allowing me to speak. I’ve been informed that some
people may want to watch a basketball game tonight so they said keep it short so I’m
going to try to even do it shorter. First, we’re more than halfway through the
semester. I like to keep you informed of that. And, secondly, as per our bylaws to the Faculty
Association, we started the nomination process for faculty leadership. The nomination process
has been open since March 3rd and will be closed on April the 7th. So far, we have a
fine group of faculty nominated by their colleagues to represent the faculty.
The last two weeks in April we’ll run the election for the Faculty Association officers
positions and at that May board meeting — you’ll be busy that day — I’ll have the honor to
introduce to you the new president of the Faculty Association.
I would like to take a few minutes to publicly thank each of the current Executive Council
of the Faculty Association: Vice President Bryan Wright; Secretary, Dennis Arjo; Treasurer,
Brett Cooper; Uniserve rep, Jeff Anderson; and the past president, Deb Williams. They’ve
been very great and helpful to me. Furthermore, I would like to thank the Board for welcoming
me, showing me support, as well as challenging me to do the best I can for our students,
this college — Greg, this college — and our community. And I look forward to spending
more time with the students at the college as well as more time with my family next year
and the years to come after that. Please allow me a few minutes to divulge information
about my family. I’m really proud of them. I have two girls who are in high school. They’re
very busy with school and school-related activities, cross-country, gymnastics, swim and dive team,
debate, forensic, student government, AV Club, drama, filming all the home football games
and some of the home basketball games at Olathe North High School —
>>Chair Greg Musil: Anything to get out of the house, Ron, right?
(Laughter)>>Trustee Lee Cross: Not Olathe South?
>>Mr. Ron Palcic: No, they’re at Olathe North. We live just north of there.
Not to mention their involvements in academics with college-ready courses and their first
College Now course, precalculus. Both of my daughters are in the Olathe North Distinguished
Scholars Program. One is in science, and I’m very proud of her; and my other one is in
mathematics, and I don’t know why, I’m really proud of that. But don’t get me started on
my wife’s involvement within her 3rd grade class she teaches in Olathe school district,
as well as her state — her areas that she’s involved in state. And to say that, well,
she’s very, very involved and so am I. And finally, it has been a pleasure to get
to know each and every one of you over these last few years. And I know the college is
in very good hands with your leadership. You are a fine Board of Education and it has been
an honor to be associated and to work with all of you.
Thank for you allowing me to make this report to you. And do you have any questions for
me?>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Ron? This
isn’t your Swan Song yet.>>Mr. Ron Palcic: No.
>>Chair Greg Musil: But, you’ve been very kind with your comments toward us and I think
all of us feel the same way toward you and the Faculty Association. It is — it is herding
cats here sometimes and I know you feel the same way; and so many of the calls that are
made, whether by you or by Ed Affairs or Faculty Center or by this Board or by the Administration
are judgment calls and that makes them debatable and sometimes controversial. And sometimes
they raise a level of anxiety, rightly so; and I appreciate the way you’ve always approached
that and understood that we may have disagreements but let’s figure out only where we disagree
and look for the areas of agreement and that’s been appropriate. And I’ve met your daughters
and they’re very impressive and, you know, we’re going to look very carefully at whether
or not they enroll full time at Johnson County Community College, “The College” as we refer
to it now. But I know they’re going to have their choice of going kind of wherever they
want in America. Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yes, sir. Thank you,
Mr. Chair. Mr. President, I know you have a difficult job and you have a lot of disparate
interests to console together and form coalitions out of, and I’m reminded of the phrase — and
I wish Trustee Lindstrom was here but — I used to always watch the NFL, my father and
I, and every single one of those players on the field was an All-Star somewhere; and I
think the same could be true for our faculty and how difficult it is to manage those egos
and everybody involved. So, I do thank you for what you have done this year and hopefully
we can finish out your term strongly. Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I’ve had the opportunity to be a school administrator, a board member, and a teacher who headed up
a faculty or a staff association; and within that, I think I realize there are issues where
we will have differences of opinion and we have potential conflict. And I’ve often said
we should never fear the conflict. We should fear our lack of ability to resolve it. And
I think, Ron, you’ve been fearless in trying to find ways to resolve differences of opinion,
whether it’s with this Board through the process of negotiating contracts, or the process of
within your own association, or the process of a group of people with differing viewpoints.
And so I really appreciate your, again, fearlessness to find ways to resolve the difference of
opinion and I thank you for your leadership.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you very much. Look
forward to seeing you in April.>>Mr. Ron Palcic: Thanks. And, once again,
have a great night and go KU.>>Unidentified Speaker: And K State.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Johnson County Education Research Triangle Report would be given by
Trustee Lindstrom. There has been no meeting since our last board meeting here. The Research
Triangle Board meets quarterly so he would have no report; and I’m pleased to be able
to give the same no report. Kansas Association of Community College Trustees,
Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Likewise, the Association has not met since our meeting in February. Just to piggyback
a little bit on some of Mr. Carter’s report on the lobbyists, with 19 colleges, and just
as I’ve said, there’s an opportunity for differing viewpoints. And as Mr. Carter expressed some
of those Legislative issues, I know we have some differing viewpoints on those; but KACCT
is trying to resolve those as a group. And our next meeting will be in June and I’m sure
we’ll have some discussion regarding the outcomes of the Legislative session. So thank you for
your patience.>>Chair Greg Musil: You get to be up next
for the Foundation Liaison Report.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Actually, that report
is so difficult to make that Trustee Ingram is going to make it.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Perfect. Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: It’s very short is
what he’s telling you. The Foundation Executive Committee met on
March 24th, 2016; and basically there are some announcements that we would like to share
with you. The annual international dinner will take place on Friday, April 1st. This
event benefits scholarships for international and immigrant students, and the theme this
year is “Taste of the World” to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary. The evening will feature
a four-course meal and live entertainment. The recommendation for the 2016-2017 Foundation
board slate will be presented at the Director’s meeting, which is coming up this Tuesday,
March 29th. And the Executive Committee will meet again on May 10th, followed by the Foundation’s
annual lunch on May 24th. And that concludes my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: When is the annual luncheon?>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: The annual luncheon
is on May 24th.>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. Thank you.
Any questions about Foundation activities? If not, thank you for that.
We are now ready for the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a standard part of our agenda
in which we take items that are non-controversial and have been heard by committee levels or
otherwise. They’re typically considered collectively and in a single motion. Any member of the
board may request that a particular item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered
and debated and voted upon separately. Are there any items on the Consent Agenda
tonight that a board member would like to have removed and debated or discussed separately?
If none, do I hear a motion to approve the Consent Agenda?
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: So move.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved. Second?
>>Unidentified Speaker: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded.
All those in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carries unanimously.
The last item on our agenda, we are going to have a short Executive Session. I would
like to entertain a motion to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing consultation
with an attorney, which would be deemed privileged in the attorney/client relationship in order
to protect the privilege and the Board’s communications with its attorney on legal matters and consultations
with the Board’s bargaining representation in employer/employee negotiations, to protect
the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract. The session will last
no more than 15 minutes and no action will be taken during the session. We would like
to invite President Sopcich, Dr. Larson, Andy Anderson, Becky Centlivre and Tanya Wilson
to that session. Do I hear such a motion?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: So move.>>Unidentified Speaker: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded to go into Executive Session for 15 minutes.
We will start the Executive Session at 6:50 p.m. and reconvene in this room no later than
7:05 p.m. I’ll note that I know that Trustee Sharp has to leave at 7:00 sharp. So if she’s
not here when we reconvene, you’ll understand that case.
So, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? Motion carried. We will convene in Executive Session at 6:50,
which is in approximately two and a half minutes. Thank you all for coming. You’re welcome to
stay until we come back into session. (Break)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. We have reconvened from Executive Session. No action was taken
during the Executive Session. There’s nothing left on the published agenda other than adjournment.
Do I hear a motion to adjourn?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: So moved.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded. All
those in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no? We are adjourned. Thank you.

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