July 2018
Governing Board members reported on their activities during the summer. Trustee Debbie Justeson said a visit to Plymouth Rock during her vacation reminded her that America began as a land of immigrants. She said it’s important to respect other opinions, as the board members do when they meet.

Trustee Elena Adams said she had houseguests who were evacuated from their home during the Alpine fire. She remarked that Alpine community members helped each other during the crisis, and said everyone should have that attitude.

Board President Bill Garrett recently returned from visiting friends in Denmark, and talked about explaining the advantages of American system of community colleges.

At its July 17, 2018 meeting, the Governing Board:
  • Approved College and Career Access Pathways Partnership Agreements with Health Sciences High and Middle College Charter School, Steele Canyon Charter School and River Valley Charter School that will allow the District and the schools to continue the collaborative efforts of their dual enrollment programs as governed by AB 288.
  • Approved a resolution for a contract to participate in a transaction with the California Department of Education to provide child care and development services at the Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College Child Care Centers.
  • Gave a first read of a College and Career Access Pathways Partnership Agreement between the District and Helix Charter High School to offer dual enrollment classes at the high school.
  • Approved a contract to remodel audio-visual systems at Cuyamaca College Building L.
  • Ratified an award for Year 4 of the districtwide energy conservation measures. The project will connect Building D to the Cuyamaca College campus chilled water system by installing underground pipes for chilled water supply and return to the Building D central plant.
  • Approved permission to award a contract for replacement of the Grossmont College athletic fields scoreboard.
  •  Approved the release of final retention to MA Stevens Construction, Inc., for work on the Grossmont College modular buildings in Parking Lot No. 5.
  • Awarded a bid to Pacific National Group for work on Phase 1 of the Grossmont College Science, Math and Career Tech Complex. The project will include the interior, exterior demolition, remodel, and seismic upgrades to the structural system of the 17,200-square-foot building.
Governing Board

Bill Garrett
Edwin Hiel
Debbie Justeson
Greg Barr
Elena Adams

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 
Sue Rearic, Business Services 
Sean Hancock, Student & Institutional Success
Next Meeting

The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 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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  • Awarded a bid to Silver Creek Industries, Inc., for the Cuyamaca College Building H Science Modular Buildings remodel. The project will include supplying and installing two new science modular classroom buildings and one new teacher’s preparatory building.
  • Approved the District’s five-year construction plan for capital construction funding.
  • Approved new and revised administrative procedures: AP 4010 Academic Calendar; AP 4231 Grade Challenges; AP 5014 International Students; AP 5031 Instructional Materials Fees; and AP 5075 Course Adds and Drops.
  • Welcome to new employees and employees with new positions: Brian Cantarini, instructional electronics technician, senior, Grossmont College; Meron Cholagh, financial aid assistant, Grossmont College; Donna Dixon, instructor, business office technology, Grossmont College; Dalea Kanno, administrative assistant III, arts, humanities and social sciences, Cuyamaca College; Samanta Lee, tutoring center specialist, Cuyamaca College; Frederick Luciano, tutoring center specialist, Cuyamaca College; Roger Mitchell, instructor, computer information systems, Cuyamaca College; Melissa Murphey, assistant college cashier, Grossmont College; Megan Smith, science lab technician II, Cuyamaca College; Loren Holmquist, director, district/campus facilities, operations and maintenance, Grossmont College; Karen Kline, district projects supervisor, Accounting – District Services; and Sara Varghese, dean, student affairs, Grossmont College.

About 70 people from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, along with District Services, lead a contingent of students, staff and faculty at the San Diego Pride Parade. This was the second year the District has participated in the parade, which had about 250 groups as part of the march to celebrate San Diego's LGBTQ community.

Vice Chancellor for Business Services Sue Rearic reported that the District reaffirmed its very strong bond ratings of Aa2 and AA during a recent sale of $126 million in bonds as part of Proposition V. Erwin Tam and Grant Carlson of KNN Public Finance said that the bonds had a strong demand from investors, and a successful sale with favorable interest rates. The District also refunded – meaning refinanced - $82 million in bonds, resulting in $9.9 million in lower repayment costs to taxpayers.
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Tim Corcoran announced that Sean Hancock has been hired as the District’s new Vice Chancellor of Student and Institutional Success. In this role, Hancock will lead the District Services departments of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Information Technology Services, and Community and Workforce Development. In addition, Hancock will coordinate districtwide educational services in support of the District's dedication to student learning and success.

Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes had just returned from Sacramento, where Cuyamaca College was awarded the John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award for its work on accelerated pathways that increases completions for students in math, English and English as a Second Language. Cuyamaca College was one of only two colleges in the state to receive the award from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh reported on an outreach event to the Middle Eastern community that was held July 11 in Griffin Gate at Grossmont College. About 150 people enjoyed a brunch and met the college's leadership and staff. It was noted that the college’s Career Center is becoming an outreach center for many communities in East County. The event was followed by a viewing of the World Cup semifinal game between England and Croatia.
Hayley Ruthrauff of Gensler, our architects helping with state project proposals, presented two final project proposals for state capital construction funding. At Cuyamaca College, plans call for Building F to be demolished and replaced with two new instructional buildings. At Grossmont College, Buildings 51 and 55 would be renovated with new classrooms and computer labs for liberal arts, business and CSIS. Both projects have high scores giving them strong eligibility for state funding. Portions of these projects are also funded in our Proposition V funding plan. It is anticipated that the buildings would be ready for occupancy in 2024.