January 2019
Board Member Debbie Justeson wished the colleges a smooth beginning to the new spring semester.

Board Member Bill Garrett praised the scholarship breakfast held by the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges (FGCC). He enjoyed hearing from the donors and students who received scholarships.

Board Member Brad Monroe also commended Sally Cox, foundation executive director, and her team for the scholarship breakfast, and said he was moved by the compelling stories of the students who spoke at the event.

Board President Linda Cartwright said she was thrilled that a tentative agreement was reached with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and acknowledged the work that both sides put in to reach the agreement. She also welcomed new CSEA president Patty Sparks .
Grossmont College Student Trustee Edwin Hernandez Armenta said ASGC will be holding a retreat to prepare for the spring semester. 
At its Jan. 15, 2019 meeting, the Governing Board:

  • Approved a non-resident tuition fee of $265 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Approved the $419 million 2018-19 adoption budget.
  • Approved permission to award a bid to provide the infrastructure necessary for the new Building 36 at Grossmont College and to connect Building 41 to the campus chilled water system by installing underground pipes.
  • Approved a bid for tenant improvements in the Cuyamaca College Student Center, including the bookstore, convenience store, and veterans’ center.
  • Approved a bid for improvements at Cuyamaca College’s Building D, including replacing the carpeting with a laminate/epoxy flooring, installing insulation, painting, duct cleaning, and numerous other improvements.
  • Approved a three-year successor agreement between the Administrators’ Association and the District.
  • Approved the hiring of Johnny Barner, counselor with Disabled Students Programs and Services at Cuyamaca College; Freddie Ceja, computer helpdesk specialist, Information Technology at District Services; Walter Cortez, specialty lab technician IV with Career and Technical Education at Cuyamaca College; Maria Fernandez Ochoa, a one-semester temporary replacement chemistry instructor at Grossmont College; Josue Franco, political science instructor at Cuyamaca College; Keenan Murray, engineering instructor at Cuyamaca College; Corinne Russell, human resources specialist at Human Resources in District Services; Scott Stambach, physics instructor at Cuyamaca College; Ronald Williams, computer helpdesk specialist, Information Technology at District Services.
Governing Board

Linda Cartwright
Debbie Justeson
Elena Adams
Bill Garrett
Brad Monroe

Student Trustees:
Edwin Hernandez Armenta
Kyrie Macogay

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
Sean Hancock, Ed.D. Student & Institutional Success
Sue Rearic, Business Services
Next Meeting
The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Grossmont College's Griffin Gate. The open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following closed session at 5 p.m.

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The Governing Board also:

  • Heard an audit report of the District conducted by the certified public accounting firm of Christy White Accountancy Corporation, and audit reports on the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges and the District Auxiliary Organization, which reported “unmodified” opinions of the District, Auxiliary and Foundation financial statements, meaning they are accurate and reliable.
  • Heard an audit report on the Proposition V building fund conducted by the certified public accounting firm of Clifton Larson Allen LLO.
  • Heard a facilities construction update presented by Gafcon Inc., the District’s program/project management firm. 

The Board heard reports from the chancellor and her cabinet members:

Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes noted that the college’s classified professionals are participating in the Caring Campus initiative that encourages classified professionals to be involved in supporting students. She also brought attention to the new welcome signs at the entry to the campus. Ornamental Horticulture students planted drought-tolerant plants by the signs and set up irrigation systems to keep them healthy.

Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh reported that almost 60 classified employees recently launched the Caring Campus Initiative.

Chancellor Cindy Miles noted that the proposed budget by new Governor Gavin Newsom is positive for education and includes $246 million in new funding for community colleges. The budget proposes funding for a second year of the California College Promise, additional Cal Grant funding, and a $3 billion payment to the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) that will reduce employer contributions. She noted that the new Student-Centered Funding Formula has benefited the District in light of the large number of low-income students we serve and our success in helping them reach their educational and career goals.