Minutes of Meeting

CABRILLO COLLEGE GOVERNING BOARD

April 7, 2008

 

 

REGULAR MEETING

 

A Closed Session to consider the Hearing Panel’s Recommendation to Expel Student 07-08-01 was held at Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, CA.  Chair Claudine Wildman called the meeting to order in Open Session at 4:05 pm.  Closed Session items were announced and Chair Wildman asked for public comments on Closed Session items.  There were no public comments.  Roll was taken; present were Chair Claudine Wildman and Trustees Rebecca Garcia, Al Smith, Rachael Spencer, and Katy Stonebloom, and several members of the administrative staff.  Trustees John Leopold and Gary Reece were absent.  At the close of
Item 1 on the Closed Session agenda, the Board moved to the Cabrillo College Sesnon House,
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA, to continue their Closed Session Agenda.

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

CONTINUANCE OF CLOSED SESSION

 

The meeting was continued in Closed Session at the Cabrillo College Sesnon House at 5:00 pm. Closed Session was adjourned at 5:25 pm.

 

 

ADJOURN TO

CLOSED SESSION

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Chair Wildman called the Open Session to order at 6:00 pm.  Other board members present were Rebecca Garcia, Al Smith, Rachael Spencer, Katy Stonebloom, and Student Trustee Jonathan Saad.  Trustees John Leopold and Gary Reece were absent.  Also present were members of the community, college faculty, staff and students.

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

 

REPORT OUT OF CLOSED SESSION

 

Chair Wildman reported that in Closed Session, the Board unanimously ratified the dismissal of the following classified employee:  PCN #498502, effective March 18, 2008 (Leopold, Reece absent).

 

Chair Wildman reported that after consideration in Closed Session, the Governing Board would now record their vote in Open Session in the matter of Student 07-08-01. It was moved and seconded (Smith/Garcia) to affirm the hearing panel’s recommendation to expel
Student 07-08-01.  The vote was unanimous (Leopold, Reece absent).

 

 

REPORT OUT OF

CLOSED SESSION

PROCEDURAL ITEMS

 

It was moved and seconded (Spencer/Stonebloom) to approve the Consent Agenda, including the minutes from the meeting of March 3, 2008, as presented. It was noted that there was a replacement page for Item 3.i., Human Resources Management Report.

 

The motion carried with the following roll call vote:

 

AYES:          Garcia, Smith, Spencer, Stonebloom, Wildman

NOES:          None

ABSENT:      Leopold, Reece

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Student Trustee Advisory Vote:  Aye

 

 

APPROVAL OF

CONSENT AGENDA

AND MINUTES

 

 

INTRODUCTION OF NEWLY APPOINTED FACULTY AND STAFF

 

None.

INTRODUCTION OF

 NEWLY APPOINTED

FACULTY AND STAFF

 

ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

 

Marilyn Garrett addressed the Board regarding the need to protect people from the health hazards of aerial spraying of toxic chemicals.  She urged the Board to join communities across the state in opposing chemical spraying.

 

Marko Realmonte, Student Senate President, addressed the Board regarding budget issues, especially a concern about student jobs.  He stated that there are about 500 student workers on campus.  He expressed a commitment to using Student Senate resources if necessary to help save those jobs, noting that some students would not be able to attend school without them.  Mr. Realmonte spoke in support of the four faculty positions under consideration, while realizing that all components work together for FTES.  He reported that he met with Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, and he was interested in forming a coalition to speak to the Governor regarding funding issues.

 

Roger DeNault from Solar Technologies expressed his concern regarding the lack of progress on the solar project.  He stated that he was looking for direction from the trustees, hoping that financing of the project was being shopped to other groups, and he hoped to hear something positive soon.

 

Gail, a registered nurse, addressed the Board regarding the potential health hazards of cell phones.  She read parts of articles from international web sites to the trustees.

 

Carla Flores, representing OLA (Organization of Latino Americans), invited the Board, administration, and staff to attend the Latino Graduation on Saturday, May 17th.

 

 

ORAL

COMMUNICATIONS

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

 

Micki Witzig, Program Chair and Director of Adaptive PE; Deborah Shulman, Learning Skills Program Director; and Joe Napolitano, Director of Disabled Students Programs and Services, and several students presented regarding the DSPS program.  They each provided an overview of their areas, and students addressed how the programs had affected their education and lives.

 

Trustee John Leopold arrived at 6:24 pm during the Special Presentation.

 

 

SPECIAL

PRESENTATION

 

ORAL REPORTS

 

Board Members’ Reports

 

Trustee Garcia reported that she had the pleasure of attending the CAP ceremony on
March 17th and it was a wonderful event.  She attended the March 20th Consultation Council and reported on the issues that pertained to Cabrillo, such as an update on the 2008-09 budget and the recommendation to participate in as many media events as possible regarding the impact of the budget situation.  She was pleased that President King was already scheduled to host a media event in conjunction with UCSC, CSUMB and the COE.  Trustee Garcia questioned the impact of pink slips for part time instructors on class sections.  She stated that she would be addressing Nancy Shulock’s third report on community colleges in her next report.

 

Trustee Leopold reported that he participated in a press conference with Lieutenant Governor Garamendi, Stephanie Stainback and Marko Realmonte.  He stated that the point was made about the impact on each educational institution and the need to look at each institution’s role when the economy is in a tailspin.  He encouraged as many people as possible to go to Sacramento on April 14th to keep the pressure on the legislature.

 

Chair Wildman acknowledged Trustee Rachael Spencer and Pat Borden for their work in readying the next Board evaluation process.  There will be a different look to the questionnaire and an online format, Survey Monkey, will be used to compile the results with less time and paper involved.  Chair Wildman thanked Vice President Ard and President King for meeting regularly with her, keeping her updated as Board Chair, and providing information to the Board regarding the budget.  She expressed her appreciation to the CPC and all the constituency groups.

 

Trustee Garcia noted that on March 6th, she, Trustee Spencer, Chair Wildman and President King attended the Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive Celebration Dinner.  She added that President King was the co-chair of the Holiday Food Drive, which went beyond the goal for the year, and he was acknowledged for his leadership.

 

ORAL REPORTS

 

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

 

 

Student Trustee’s Report

 

Student Trustee Jonathan Saad thanked Student Senate President Marko Realmonte for speaking on behalf of the Student Senate.  He stated that he could not afford to take a full load of classes without a student job, adding that while he understood that the college is in a crisis of budget cuts, the Student Senate’s budget is healthy and they want to communicate a desire to help wherever possible.  Some suggested areas are student jobs and not cutting study center hours, which would create a barrier to student success.

 

 

STUDENT

TRUSTEE’S

REPORT

 

 

Superintendent’s Report

 

Superintendent/President Brian King acknowledged that Cabrillo has many statewide community college leaders within its ranks.  He noted that Vice President Ard is president of the statewide Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO), Foundation Executive Director Melinda Silverstein is the statewide Executive Director of Foundations, Vice President Kilmer is active with AACC, and Associate Vice President Bob Owen is President-Elect of CISOA.  President King noted that he is now serving on the statewide Commission on Athletics (COA).  President King stated that while there has been tough news from Sacramento regarding the budget, Cabrillo has modeled collegial discussion.  He is proud to be part of Cabrillo when things are going well but even prouder when things are tough.  President King reminded everyone of the upcoming grand opening of the SAC, noting that there will be an historic announcement that they will not want to miss.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S

REPORT

 

CCEU

 

Stephanie Stainback, CCEU President, spoke to the Board regarding the impending budget cuts.  She noted the union’s expectation that pink slips would be given to classified personnel by April 29 and it made little sense to continue any current hiring.  Ms. Stainback noted some ideals that CCEU would like incorporated into the budget reduction process:

Create a pool of positions for transfer for displaced workers by implementing a fairly hard hiring freeze now.

Develop a systematic and inclusive approach to identify and protect core services and enrollment.

Creatively identify and utilize all non-essential funds before laying people off.

See budget cuts accurately reflected in an appropriate reduction of services provided.

Protect Cabrillo’s culture of realizing that everyone is in this together, and that everyone must work on truly hearing each other’s issues.

Responsive and unified leadership for the college, the same way that the Faculty Senate, Student Senate, CCFT and CCEU need to work together to decide how to collaborate in helping to establish an institution-wide vision of unified survival.

Full participation in letting the Governor know that the severity of cuts to education is unacceptable.

Take every opportunity to commit not only to providing a quality education for students in the face of decreased resources but to taking care of the people who already work here.

 

CCEU

 

 

CCFT

 

Paul Harvell, CCFT President, reviewed the college’s budget strategies for the mid-year and 2008-09 with which he was in general agreement.  He stated that looking at the cancellation of four full time faculty positions did not seem wise, as due to the unavailability of adjuncts, at least two sections would have to be canceled, resulting in a loss of revenue of $120,000.  He encouraged a re-thinking of that strategy.

 

 

CCFT

 

Faculty Senate

 

Faculty Senate President Steve Hodges commented that CCFT President Paul Harvell spoke eloquently, and while understanding the budget crisis at hand, the Faculty Senate analysis of not hiring the four faculty positions is that it is not a cost saving measure.  Mr. Hodges noted that the discussion at the next Faculty Senate meeting, based on the pre-discussion taking place online, will confirm the strong political will among faculty to make the cuts necessary to assure the overall health of Cabrillo, but that the strategy to not hire the four faculty is not effective.

 

 

FACULTY SENATE

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

Item 13. Non-Reemployment of Designated Academic Employees (Addendum to March 3, 2008 Board Item)

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board ratify the Superintendent/President’s recommendations as submitted.

 

It was moved and seconded (Spencer/Stonebloom) to ratify the Superintendent/President’s recommendations as submitted.  The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

 

non-reemployment of designated academic employees (addendum to March 3, 2008 Board item)

Item 14. CCCT (California Community College Trustees) Board of Directors Election - 2008

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board nominate up to ten candidates to serve on the CCCT Board of Directors and authorize the President to complete and file the appropriate ballot.

 

Trustee Garcia encouraged her fellow trustees to consider running for the CCCT Board in the future.  As the CCCT president this year, and immediate past president next year, she will be stepping off the CCCT board and has found it to be rewarding.  She added that the best way to be elected is to attend conferences and make oneself known.  Trustee Garcia encouraged voting for the nine incumbents on the CCCT board and asked for input on the tenth vote, suggesting that the person represent northern California.

 

Trustee Stonebloom suggested Bill McMillin; there was discussion regarding another candidate from Solano CCD.  It was agreed to vote for Bill McMillin from Ohlone CCD.

 

It was moved and seconded (Leopold/Garcia) to nominate the nine incumbents and Bill McMillin and authorize the President to complete and file the appropriate ballot.  The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

Trustee Garcia requested that a letter be sent to each of the ten candidates, notifying them that the Cabrillo Board voted for them on the 2008 CCCT Board ballot.

 

 

CCCT (CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES) BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

 

Item 15. Resolution 019-08: To Waive Bond Requirement for Sabbatical Leaves

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board adopt
Resolution 019-08 waiving the bond requirement for sabbatical leaves.

 

It was moved and seconded (Spencer/Leopold) to adopt Resolution 019-08 waiving the bond requirement for sabbatical leaves.

 

The motion carried with the following roll call vote:

 

AYES:          Garcia, Leopold, Smith, Spencer, Stonebloom, Wildman

NOES:          None

ABSENT:      Reece

ABSTAIN:      None

 

Student Trustee Advisory Vote:  Aye

 

 

RESOLUTION 019-08:

TO WAIVE BOND REQUIREMENT FOR SABBATICAL LEAVES

 

Item 16. Award of Contract: DSA Inspection Services for Allied Health Complex Building Project, GBMI Inspections

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board authorize the Vice President, Business Services to execute a contract with GBMI Inc. Inspections of San Jose in the amount of $307,152 for DSA Inspection services for the Allied Health Complex Building Project.

 

It was moved and seconded (Spencer/Garcia) to authorize the Vice President, Business Services to execute a contract with GBMI Inc. Inspections of San Jose in the amount of $307,152 for DSA inspection services for the Allied Health Complex Building Project.  The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

 

AWARD OF CONTRACT:

DSA INSPECTION SERVICES FOR ALLIED HEALTH COMPLEX BUILDING PROJECT, GBMI INSPECTIONS

 

Item 17. Award of Contract: Special Inspection and Testing Services for Allied Health Building Complex, HP Inspections

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board authorize the Vice President, Business Services to execute a contract with HP Inspections of San Jose in the amount of $250,000 for Special Inspection Services for the Allied Health Complex Building Project.

 

It was moved and seconded (Leopold/Stonebloom) to authorize the Vice President, Business Services to execute a contract with HP Inspections of San Jose in the amount of $250,000 for Special Inspection Services for the Allied Health Complex Building Project. The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

 

AWARD OF CONTRACT: SPECIAL INSPECTION AND TESTING SERVICES FOR ALLIED HEALTH BUILDING COMPLEX,

HP INSPECTIONS

 

Item 18. Contract Increase: Special Testing and Inspection Services for Arts Education Classrooms Project, HP Inspections Inc.

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board authorize the Vice President, Business Services to execute contract revisions with HP Inspections for special inspection and testing services in the amount of $68,450 for the Arts Education Classrooms Project.

 

It was moved and seconded (Leopold/Stonebloom) to authorize the Vice President, Business Services to execute contract revisions with HP Inspections for special inspection and testing services in the amount of $68,450 for the Arts Education Classrooms Project. The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

 

CONTRACT INCREASE:

SPECIAL TESTING AND INSPECTION SERVICES FOR ARTS EDUCATION CLASSROOMS PROJECT, HP INSPECTIONS INC.

 

Item 19. Award of Bid: Allied Health Complex

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board award the bid for the Allied Health Complex to Soltek Pacific, the lowest qualified bidder, in the amount of $18,417,000.

 

Trustee Leopold expressed his concern regarding a project of this size and the process to make sure the college has the best contract possible in place.  He added his desire to try to support a local contractor whenever possible.

 

It was moved and seconded (Leopold/Spencer) to defer this item until more information can be presented to the Governing Board.  The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

 

AWARD OF BID:

ALLIED HEALTH COMPLEX

 

Item 20. Liberal Arts and Sciences Degrees AA and AS

President King presented the recommendation that the Governing Board approve the three new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and two new Certificates of Achievement.  It is further recommended that the Vice President, Instruction be authorized to make further changes to these degrees and certificates as necessitated the CCCCO review and approval process.

 

It was moved and seconded (Spencer/Leopold) to approve the three new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and two new Certificates of Achievement.  It is further recommended that the Vice President, Instruction be authorized to make further changes to these degrees and certificates as necessitated the CCCCO review and approval process.  The motion carried unanimously (Reece absent).

 

 

LEBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES DEGREES AA AND AS

 

INFORMATION ITEMS

 

Item 21. College Master Plan

An update on the College Master Plan was provided for Governing Board information.

 

President King stated that the master planning process has gone exceptionally smoothly, and is on schedule to bring the draft plan to the Board in May and the final plan in June.

 

INFORMATION ITEMS

 

 

COLLEGE MASTER PLAN

 

 

Item 22. Spring 2008 Census Enrollment Report

The Spring 2008 Census Enrollment Report was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Trustee Leopold commented that he was pleased to see that classes increased at the Scotts Valley Center even though they were not full time loads, as it meant it kept people off the road coming all the way to the Aptos campus.

 

Trustee Garcia expressed concern that the growth cap was reduced to 1%.

 

Vice President Ard responded that the budget planning parameters included a 1% growth cap, which she thought was achievable.

 

Trustee Garcia noted that the Watsonville Center reflected a decline for the third time and wondered why.

 

Watsonville Center Director Rachel Mayo provided an explanation, noting that according to “Enrollment Tracker” at this point, the Center has increased 23 FTES, which is what counts.  The decrease may be in the number of students taking a few units, with an increase in the average number of units taken.

 

Trustee Spencer stated that it is clear that when times get tough, the college gets more students, and fees need to be kept low or it is not open enrollment.

 

 

SPRING 2008 CENSUS ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

Item 23. Counseling Report

A report on the Student Services Counseling and Guidance Office was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Vice President Chen described the work of the counselors and asked the counselors present to introduce themselves.

 

Trustee Garcia noted that in spring 2007, she was a Cabrillo student and received the best counseling service; she added that the breadth and depth of the counselors’ knowledge was astounding.

 

 

COUNSELING REPORT

 

Item 24. Cabrillo College Puente Project Report

The Cabrillo College Puente Project Report was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Trustee Spencer commented that she read the success stories and was impressed.  She noted that 30 students were involved each year and wondered if that number could be increased.

 

Dr. Adela Najarro responded that the Puente project is run on a statewide model of a 30:2 ratio, with students that stay for two years and then transfer out.  The program has been in existence in the state for 25 years and active at Cabrillo for 20 years.  It is funded partially by the state but mostly by Cabrillo, serving an underserved population that statistically would not have made it.

 

Trustee Garcia asked if the program works in coordination with the Basic Skills initiative.

 

Alethea DeSoto, Puente Project Counselor, responded that she and counselor Eva Acosta work with two learning communities, building relationships in English and Reading 255.

 

Dr. Navarro noted that Puente builds leaders. They branch out into school clubs such as OLA, and make a difference in their communities.

 

Trustee Leopold recognized the importance of the Puente project, and noted the upcoming Social Justice Conference and the involvement of Puente in it.

 

 

CABRILLO COLLEGE PUENTE PROECT REPORT

 

Item 25. Paperless Governing Board Agenda and Policy Maintenance Solutions

Information regarding paperless systems for production, distribution, and searchable archiving of Board materials and policies was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

There was a brief discussion regarding the challenges and advantages of a paperless system.  President King provided an overview of the research that has been done into the project, the potential cost savings in labor, and the environmental advantages.

 

Trustee Garcia expressed concern regarding not having a paper Board book to take notes as she does her research.

 

Trustee Leopold expressed concern regarding cost.

 

The administration was directed to continue to explore the project.

 

 

PAPERLESS GOVERNING BOARD AGENDA AND POLICY MAINTENANCE SOLUTIONS

 

Item 26. SBDC Annual Report

The annual Small Business Development Center report was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Trustee Garcia commended SBDC Director Teresa Thomae for her leadership. She noted that the SBDC was awarded an additional grant for a training seminar in Spanish.

 

Director Thomae stated that the graduation ceremony for the Spanish speaking group was three weeks previous and all clients were expected to write a business plan.  Some of the clients were barely literate but they all learned; one merchant cried in gratitude.  Now they will be watched to make sure they run their businesses better.

 

Trustee Leopold commented that the SBDC does great work and he sees Director Thomae all the time at all kinds of events.  He asked what kind of impact the change in the economy will have.

 

Director Thomae responded that during the last downturn, there was a 10% increase but so far, that is not the case.  Clients are having a more difficult time qualifying for loans; even the lenders of last resort are tightening up.  Ms. Thomae thanked Cabrillo College for hosting the SBDC on campus, noting that not all SBDCs feel so welcomed.

 

 

SBDC ANNUAL REPORT

 

Item 27. Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS)

The annual DSPS report was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Trustee Stonebloom expressed her appreciation for the report, and for bringing staff and students earlier for the Special Presentation.  She commented that DSPS is a very important part of the services that the college provides.

 

Trustee Garcia noted that Cabrillo ranks number eight in the state in students served.  She asked what constitutes success; of all the students that come, how many get certificates, degrees, or transfer.

 

Director of DSPS Joe Napolitano responded that while he did not have actual figures when he started checking into degrees and certificates, he heard from students that they would rather be considered students with degrees, certificates, etc., not disabled students with degrees, certificates, etc.  One of the most important aspects is keeping a level playing field; not getting favoritism but getting what they need, and it takes a lot of expertise and time to provide that.  Mr. Napolitano was proud to say that DSPS has a talented academic group providing that, which protects the integrity of the program, and when the numbers of degrees, certificates, transfers, etc., came back, on average, they were higher than the average population.

 

Trustee Garcia asked what financial aid assistance was given to DSPS students.

 

Mr. Napolitano responded that they are eligible to receive the same as any other student, and one person in the Financial Aid Office works especially with DSPS students.

 

Trustee Stonebloom asked about articulation with K-12 programs, students and parents.

 

Mr. Napolitano responded that they work with transition counselors from the COE and provide space in the Cabrillo DSPS office for them to work.

 

Assistive Technology Instructor Calais Ingel added that more information could be sent from the college to parents but coordinating with them is problematic.  She knows some of the program specialists in the K-12 districts and attempts to communicate with them before they get to the college.

 

Mr. Napolitano added that Ms. Ingel placed an informative Q&A on the web site.

 

Trustee Stonebloom asked if the DSPS population matched the general college population ethnically.  The response was yes.

 

 

DISABLED STUDENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

 

Item 28. Technology Plan Implementation Update

An update on the implementation of the Technology Plan was provided for Governing Board information.

 

Trustee Leopold asked if the choice of RFP approaches would help lower the bids.

 

Associate Vice President Owen provided a brief overview of the probable bid approaches, noting that CMAS looked like the best way to proceed at this time.

 

Trustee Stonebloom asked about the Web Advisor Task Force and Strike Team for long and short term projects.  She encouraged a feedback loop between all groups for checks and balances, and to keep the systems intelligible to the general public.

 

Associate Vice President Owen responded that the Web Advisor groups were ad hoc teams, not designed to feed the master plan process.  He added that the memberships of the task forces involved people that participate in the web and registration processes and are highly representative of all areas of the college.  While not a direct link to the CMP, he felt comfortable with the direction the college will set through the adoption of the CMP goals, and there was a good overlap of representation on those planning groups.

 

Trustee Stonebloom expressed her concern that those developing the “front door” to the web site have technological knowledge and it will look intelligible to them, but she wants it to look intelligible to those who do not use it every day.

 

There was a brief discussion regarding the development of user-friendly web systems.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY PLAN IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Item 29. 2007-08 Mid-Year Budget Reductions and Planning for 2008-09

A report regarding 2007-08 Mid-Year Budget Reductions and Planning for 2008-09 was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Vice President Ard thanked the college for coming together to make difficult recommendations, noting that it was a work in progress.

 

Chair Wildman expressed her appreciation for the effort and spirit involved.

 

Trustee Leopold stated that tough choices were made this year, and looking at next year, he was glad that the Board increased the reserve so it could be used.  He expressed his confidence that everything possible would be done to avoid layoffs, noting that when layoffs were necessary in 2002-03, retraining and some reorganizing were done to minimize the impact.  He stated that he did not know how far layoffs would need to go, but encouraged careful oversight, as when fewer resources are available, fewer services can be completed, and that pain must be felt.

 

 

2007-08 MID-YEAR BUDGET REDUCTION AND PLANNING

FOR 2008-09

Item 30. Facilities Master Plan (FMP) Project Status Report

The monthly status report regarding current Facilities Master Plan projects was provided to the Governing Board for information.

 

Vice President Ard asked Facilities Director Doug Deaver to provide an overview of the solar project.

 

Mr. Deaver provided the overview, covering the history of the project over the last two years.  He noted that one current issue is placement of the solar panels on building rooftops, the potential for roof damage and penetration, the weight of the systems, and the differing life expectancy of the roofs versus the panels.  The goal is to have a cost neutral project for the college, not a liability 15-20 years down the road.

 

Trustee Spencer asked what happened to the plan for placement of the panels on the ground.

 

Mr. Deaver responded that the design firm and investors have determined that it will cost more and require an environmental study.

 

Trustee Leopold expressed his frustration at the way the project changed from its initial vision and the college’s loss of control of the process.  He stated that he was upset to see the potential for losing the project as it was a good way to control costs in the future, and suggested using multiple firms to spread the risk like they did at Santa Cruz City Schools and not let Envision control the project completely.  He hoped the project deadline could be extended to give time to investigate other firms that might meet the college’s needs.

 

Mr. Deaver responded that Santa Cruz City Schools was able to use multiple firms because they have multiple campuses; only one company can be used per campus.  He noted that Cabrillo’s options are more limited for cost savings because Cabrillo negotiated with PG&E to pay only 10.5/KWH; SCCS pays 14/KWH, leaving them more savings to negotiate at this point.  Mr. Deaver noted that he was also frustrated with the project and can look into extending the PG&E rebate, but probably will not be able to find any other investors for the tax rebate.

 

Trustee Leopold stated that there was clearly support for Roger DeNault’s company on campus.

 

Trustee Garcia asked, with all the challenges and deadlines, when the decision will be made.

 

Mr. Deaver responded within the month.

 

Trustee Smith noted that the City of Watsonville is constructing a solar array at the landfill, being done by Cupertino Electric.  He suggested that Mr. Deaver contact them.  He noted that the college might not need an environmental report for solar if it is exempt from others.

 

Student Trustee Saad noted that he heard a lot of names thrown out and asked for clarification.

 

Mike Manning from Generating Assets reviewed the project and the companies and people involved.

 

Mr. Saad asked which companies would provide the equipment.

 

Mr. Manning responded that there is an arrangement with four different suppliers for the panels.

 

Roger DeNault commented that Solar Technologies is just an interested bystander at this point.

 

Vice President Ard stated that the college will do everything possible to bring Solar Technologies into the project.

 

 

FACILITIES MASTER PLAN PROJECT STATUS REPORT

 

Item 31. Financial Reports

Financial reports through February 29, 2008, were presented to the Governing Board for information.

 

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Item 32. Cabrillo College Monthly Calendar

The Cabrillo College Monthly Calendar for April 2008 was presented to the Governing Board for information.

 

 

CABRILLO COLLEGE

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Item 33. Agenda for Next or Future Board Meeting

The following items were requested for information, action or presentations:

• Honors Program

• Arts

• Tour of New Construction

 

 

AGENDA FOR

NEXT BOARD MEETING

ADJOURNMENT

The open session of the Cabrillo College Governing Board was adjourned at 9:03 pm.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

 

                                                                                    Secretary