April 2018
A workshop on media relations was led by Anne Krueger, communications and public information director, assisted by guest speakers Karen Pearlman, the San Diego Union-Tribune’s East County reporter, and Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, a San Diego-based crisis communications expert. The workshop reviewed how to prepare for and develop key messages for a media interview.
Board members brainstormed during role-playing exercises on how best to communicate the District’s priorities during a media interview or press conference.
Governing Board members voted 5-0 to confer Emeritus status upon Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District retired faculty member Theresa “T” Ford. Miles, Grossmont College Academic Senate President Tate Hurvitz, Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, and Dean of Counseling Services Martha Clavelle provided highlights of Dr. Ford’s impressive contributions to the District during her tenure. Hurvitz likened it to a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to “college, community, and discipline.”
Chancellor Cindy Miles and Presidents Abu-Ghazaleh and Barnes honored four employees who received John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards: Michael Golden, Grossmont College Biology Professor; Astrid Ronke, Grossmont College German Instructor, and German and Russian Coordinator; Tammi Marshall, Cuyamaca College Math Professor, and Christopher Tarman, Associate Vice Chancellor, Research, Planning & Technology.
Governing Board

Bill Garrett
Edwin Hiel
Debbie Justeson
Greg Barr
Elena Adams

Student Trustees:
Kyrie Macogay
Brandon Vivero

Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.

Grossmont College
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.

Cuyamaca College President
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellors
Tim Corcoran, Human Resources 
Sue Rearic, Business Services 
Next Meeting

The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, May 15, at Cuyamaca College's Student Center.

The open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following closed session at 5 p.m.

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The Governing Board heard a report from Marty Glaske, Gafcon Director of Labor Relations, and Fred Parker, Gafcon Program Manager, on the District’s Project Labor Agreement and Evaluation (PLA) Plan for Proposition V Bond projects. Glaske reviewed goals and performance for local hiring, project cost impacts, project schedule impacts, and project management impacts on three projects.
Public speakers including Chris Caricado, Muriaza Baxamusa, Christopher Allen, Zubin Egglestein, and Doug Hicks thanked the Governing Board for instituting the Project Labor Agreement.  Eric Christen of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction spoke in opposition to the PLA.

Fred Parker of Gafcon presented Governing Board members with the semi-annual Prop. V-funded projects update. Projects in progress include the Grossmont College Performing and Visual Arts Center excavation and the renovation of Cuyamaca College Building L. (Water Studies Center) projects in the planning stages include Phase 2 of the Grossmont College Math & Science Center, and the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture building, Student Center & Veterans Center, and Student Services & Administration Building.

Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Kyrie Macogay attended a wide variety of student activities, including a Cesar Chavez Day Celebration and Cuyamaca College Health Fair. Macogay said she is working with Associated Students to plan a Multicultural Festival scheduled on May 16. Along with ASGCC President Jesus Suarez, a recognition is planned to honor diverse student communities at commencement.
Grossmont College Student Trustee Brandon Vivero said the Dreamers Movement held a fundraiser on campus. ASGC Awards are this week. Elections for new student government officers and a new student trustee have just concluded.

President Bill Garrett stated the Governing Board directed the District team to continue to work with CSEA to see if a compromise can be reached in resolving the longevity pay issue with Classified Professionals. Speakers including Vaunette Allen, JacQueline Osborne, Patty Sparks, Jackie Hernandez, and Caroline Althaus spoke to the board about the longevity issue.
With the exception of Item 502 (pulled for discussion and approval), ) all items on the Governing Board docket were approved by consent. The Governing Board: 
  • From closed session, Board President Garrett announced the Governing Board, by a 5-0 vote, took action to approve the separation agreement and release of claims by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Business Services, with resignation effective December 31, 2018.
  • Ballots were cast for five candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors election for membership on the California Community College Trustees Board.
  • Reviewed and adopted Board Policy 2015, Student Governing Board Members, regarding the privileges granted to the student trustees for the term June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019.
  • Reviewed and adopted revisions to board policies BP 3820, Donations and Gifts, and new BP 6307 Debt Issuance. 
  • Accepted a report on the current budget status; accepted revenues, new grants, and revisions to the working budget; approved purchase orders and warrants issued during March 2018; ratified signing of agreements granted authority to the Chancellor to accept, budget, and spend any proceeds therefrom.
  • Granted authority to approve the implementation of fees to be charged to students, in addition to State mandated fees, commencing with the Fall 2018 term.
  •  Adopted Resolution 18-013, approving a debt issuance and management policy in accordance with Senate Bill 1029.
  •  Adopted Resolution 18-014, authorizing the issuance of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District general obligation bonds, election of 2012, series 2018B.
  •  Adopted Resolution 18-015, authorizing the issuance of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District general obligation refunding bonds.
  • Granted authority to file a Notice of Completion for Bid 17.032, with Piperin Corporation, and release retention as allowed in the contract documents.
  • Granted authority in awarding Bid 17.035, Cuyamaca College Building L (Center for Water Studies) Remodel Audio Visual to the lowest responsible bidder meeting all terms, conditions and specifications.
  • Approved new and replacement hires: Sara Allen, Student Services Specialist, CalWORKs, Cuyamaca College; Rex Jenner, Athletic Field Maintenance Worker, Senior, Grossmont College; Rita Petrus, Financial Aid Assistant, Senior, Cuyamaca College; Katherin Veizaga, Student Services Assistant, Grossmont College; and Eleadah Vidales, Science Lab Technician II, Cuyamaca College.
  •  Reviewed administrative procedures AP 3820, Donations and Gifts, and new AP 6307, Debt Issuance.
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh and Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes reported on Career and Technical Education programs that received recognition from the State Chancellor’s Office for achieving outstanding workforce outcomes for graduates, including increased earnings, attainment of living wage, and percentage of graduates employed in their field, at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Star levels. The programs awarded stars included a gold star for registered nursing; silver stars in orthopedic technology, cardiovascular technology, respiratory therapy and management; and bronze stars in business and commerce, child development, administration of justice, culinary arts, information technology, automotive technology, environmental technology, real estate, water and wastewater technology, office technology, computer networking, and graphic art and design.  
Miles announced the District’s Marketing and Communications Department received five awards at the recent Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) competition including a 1st place for the 2016-17 Annual Report, three 2 nd place awards for a feature writing piece, news release and college promotional video for career education.
Miles reported The East County Regional Adult Education Summit attracted 90 attendees from local high school districts and community partners. GCCCD is the fiscal agent in partnership with the Grossmont Union High School District.
Miles thanked the Human Resources Department for putting on the Classified Professionals Day and stated that “for the first time, all District offices were closed to allow all classified professionals to attend.”
Achieving The Dream coaches Drs. Byron McClenney and Ken Gonzalez received thanks and recognition from the District for their leadership over the past three years, along with “Dream Bowls” created by Internal Auditor Sean Malone. Miles commended Cuyamaca for leadership at state and national levels in acceleration, pathways and “inclusive inclusivity;” and Grossmont for bringing to life its key goals for outreach, engagement, retention, and for identifying its 12 gateway courses.
Speakers Kathleen Flynn and Nadra Farina-Hess spoke to the Governing Board in support of the Grossmont College Dean of Learning & Technology Resources. Speaker Philip Blanco questioned the need for the position of Vice Chancellor Student & Institutional Success.

President Bill Garrett adjourned the meeting in honor of Grossmont College Political Science Professor Brian Jennings, who lost his life in in a bicycle accident.