January 2018
A presentation on enrollment management and the steps the colleges are taking to promote enrollment and retain students was given by Pat Setzer , vice president of instruction at Cuyamaca College and Katrina VanderWoude, vice president of academic affairs at Grossmont College. Because enrollment has declined in the last year, the District will be placed in what is called “stability funding.” The District will not lose state funding this year, but could have its base funding reduced next year if the enrollment decline continues. The District is taking numerous steps to promote enrollment, including marketing, outreach, increased distance outreach courses, and, most important, finding ways to retain students already enrolled in the colleges.

Board president Bill Garrett said the presentation demonstrated that the District is doing many smart things to improve enrollment, and needs to accelerate its efforts even more. Board member Debbie Justeson encouraged the colleges to increase online courses because many students like the independence and flexibility that they offer. Board member Greg Barr asked about how enrollment projections are made and what outcomes-based funding might mean for the colleges. Board member Elena Adams said the Governing Board supports the District’s efforts to grow enrollment and help students succeed. 
Board member Edwin Hiel attended the All People’s celebration breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and said he was pleased that the District marched in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Kyrie Macogay and Grossmont College Student Trustee Brandon Vivero both said they enjoyed participating in the parade.
The Governing Board ratified the salary schedule and agreement as specified in the handbook between the District and the Confidential Administrators-Chancellor’s Cabinet meet and confer group. Item 501 passed with a 3–2 vote ( Justeson and Adams opposed). Items 502 and 503 passed 5-0. Gregg Robinson, June Yang, Julio Soto, Jim Mahler, and Elaine Adlam expressed their opinions on the items prior to the votes.
Governing Board members approved item 203, the College and Career Access Pathways Partnership Agreement between the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Helix Charter High School on a 4-0 vote. Board member Debbie Justeson abstained to avoid any conflict due to her son attending Helix High School, but expressed her enthusiasm for the agreement.
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 
John Valencia,
Workforce and Organizational 
Next Meeting

The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Grossmont College's Griffin Gate.

The open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following closed session at 5 p.m.
Meeting agendas are posted on the District website and in the district and presidents' offices 72 hours before regular meetings and 24 hours before special meetings. 
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020 
(619) 644-7010
With the exception of Items 203, 501, 502,and 503 which were pulled for comment, all other items on the Governing Board docket were approved by consent. The Governing Board: 

  • Reviewed and adopted revisions to board policies BP 1300, Educational Philosophy; BP 3505, Emergency Preparedness and Management Plan; and BP 7265, Emeritus Status.
  • Adopted the 2017-2019 Integrated Plans and 2017-2018 Integrated Plan Budgets for Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College.
  • Approved purchase orders and warrants issued during December 2017; ratified signing of agreements granted authority to the Chancellor to accept, budget, and spend any proceeds therefrom.
  • Ratified the action of the Chancellor in signing agreements, and granted authority to accept, budget, and spend any proceeds therefrom.
  • Authorized Ornamental Horticulture Instructors Donald Schultz and Tiffany Faulstich and 11 Cuyamaca College students to travel to North Carolina March 10-19 to participate in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.
  • Established the nonresident tuition fee at the statewide average cost of $258 per unit for fiscal year 2018-2019.
  • Granted authority to the Chancellor to file a Notice of Completion for Bid B16.015, with PK Mechanical Systems, Inc.; and release retention as allowed in the contract documents.
  • Granted authority to the Chancellor to award Bid B18.006, Grossmont College Phase 1 31S Science, Math, and Career Tech Complex to the lowest responsive bidder meeting all terms, conditions, and specifications, and execute appropriate contract documents.
  • Reviewed administrative procedures AP 3505 Emergency Preparedness and Management Plan; and AP 7265, Emeritus Status.
  • Approved new and replacement hires: Lorena Carpenter, Senior Recruiter, District Services; Nicole Kovacs, Child Development Center Aide, Cuyamaca College; Jane Lytle, Administrative Assistant III, Institutional Effectiveness, Success and Equity, Cuyamaca College; Cassandra McLaughlin, Specialty Lab Technician III, CTE/Workforce Development. Grossmont College; Jordon Andrade, Librarian, Cuyamaca College; and Mariam Hoami Thamracksa, District Projects Supervisor, District Services.

Vice Chancellor Business Services Sue Rearic introduced Christy White of the public accounting firm of Christy White Accountancy Corporation, who presented the full 2016-2017 District Audit Report. It is the 14th consecutive year of outstanding audit reports covering the District, Foundation and Auxiliary for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2017. All audits achieved the highest possible results with no adjustments and “unqualified” or clean results. There were no compliance findings. White complimented the District’s staff for its outstanding work despite challenges due to changes in the District’s financial systems.

Rearic summarized the audit report from Clifton Larson Allen, LLO Certified Public Accountants for the Proposition V Bond Building Fund Financial and Performance Audits for the year ending June 30, 2017. It has been reviewed with the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee budget subcommittee members.

Rearic provided an overview of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-2019 budget, which includes a transition to a new student-centered funding formula based on four new parameters. It also proposes a 2.51% COLA increase and 1% growth funding, but our District will not receive a growth increase. Miles said she’s pleased to see $46 million included to fund Assembly Bill 19, the College Promise program, aimed at waiving enrollment fees for one year for first-time community college students.

Cuyamaca College Vice President of Instruction Pat Setzer and Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh reported on the integration plan for three programs: Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity Program, and Student Success and Support Program, approved under Item 202. Plan goals include an increase in students, reducing the number of excess units completed, improving success rates and reducing equity gaps, reducing time to complete college level coursework, and reducing the percentage of students on academic or progress probation. Miles and Setzer noted that Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes was not in attendance because she was in Sacramento presenting to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and for a Legislative Summit (along with faculty members Terrie Nichols and Tammi Marshall on the college's highly recognized accelerated Math program).

Grossmont College hosted a tax reform forum organized by Rep. Susan Davis for the community. Davis was scheduled to return for a tour of the District’s apprenticeship programs in career technical education and healthcare.
Abu-Ghazaleh reported the following East County Californian “Best of East County Awards” for Grossmont College: Hyde Art Gallery, first place, Best Art Gallery; Music Department, second place, Best Live Music; and Stagehouse Theatre, second place, Best Live Theater.
Setzer said the first “Women in Water” event takes place at Cuyamaca College Jan. 18, supported by grant funding through the National Science Foundation. The attendance goal is 125 people. This will become an annual event encouraging women to pursue careers in water management and reclamation.
The District participated in three Martin Luther King Junior Holiday events: 33 rd annual Educators Breakfast, 38 th annual MLK Day Parade, and the 30 th annual All Peoples’ Breakfast. Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges marched in the parade for the first time.
Chancellor Cindy Miles recognized the achievements of Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Organizational Development John Valencia in his five years with the District, including creation of the Alumni and Retiree Networks, GradFest, AlumniFest, and establishing the East County Educational Alliance. Valencia is leaving to serve as CEO of the nonprofit organization Voices for Children, which provides court advocates and services for foster youth.