JULY 2020
Board Vice President Debbie Justeson said she hoped everyone is staying safe and healthy. She and other board members praised the work that went into the workshop on the District’s tentative budget that was presented by Sahar Abushaban , Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Services.

Board Clerk Elena Adams asked that the Governing Board send condolences to the family of Deb Stolz, a highly regarded resource parent trainer at Grossmont College’s Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Care Education Program. Stolz and one of her daughters were slain July 11.

Board Member Bill Garrett said he attended a meeting of the East County Economic Development Council skilled workforce committee. He, Board President Linda Cartwright and Chancellor Lynn Neault participated in a statewide effort to promote inclusion and equity and will be bringing recommendations to the board.

Board Member Brad Monroe attended a virtual meeting that gave updates to Grossmont College employees and heard the concerns of faculty and staff.

Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Robert McClain said student leaders are making plans for Welcome Week and for the upcoming school year.

Grossmont College Student Trustee Benjamin Blevins said he was sworn in as a regional affairs director for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

Board President Linda Cartwright also expressed thanks for the workshop presentation. She shared in the condolences to Stolz’s family. 
Governing Board
 Linda Cartwright
Debbie Justeson
Elena Adams
Bill Garrett
Brad Monroe

Student Trustees:
Benjamin Blevins
Robert McClain

Lynn Ceresino Neault, Ed.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
Sahar Abushaban, Business Services, Interim
Next Meeting
The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18. The open session will begin at 4:15 p.m., with closed session to follow.

Site Reports
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At the July 21, 2020 meeting, the Governing Board:

  • Heard a presentation on the 2020-21 Tentative Budget from Sahar Abushaban, Interim Vice Chancellor for Business Services. The tentative budget was based on the May revision from the Governor, which includes an 8% reduction to apportionment. The adoption budget will reflect the final approved state budget to be released in August. Abushaban said the District’s budget challenges include four years of declining enrollment; rising costs for salaries and benefits; the end of hold harmless in 2023-24; deferrals that will force the district to borrow money to make payroll; low reserves; and the instability of the state’s economy.
  • Approved College and Career Pathways partnerships with Helix Charter High School, the Mountain Empire Unified School District, and The Learning Choice Academy.
  • Adopted resolutions certifying approval by the California Department of Education to enter into child development and preschool contracts to provide child care and development services at the Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College Child Development Centers.
  • Approved the 2020-21 Tentative Budget.
  • Granted authority to file a notice of completion for renovations to the Grossmont College Child Development Center.
  • Granted authority to file a notice of completion for replacement of the Cuyamaca College Learning Resource Center roof.
  • Granted authority to reduce retention to 1% for construction at the Grossmont College Science, Math and Career Tech Complex because the work is almost complete.
  • Approved personnel actions.
  • Heard a report on the impact of COVID-19 on student success and equity during the Spring 2020 term.
Chancellor Lynn Neault said she was relieved that federal authorities rescinded their order that would have prevented international students from pursuing their education. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have more than 400 international students.

She noted that the return of some employees to the campuses has been delayed until further notice because San Diego County continues to have a high number of COVID-19 cases. The California Community College Athletic Association has also postponed all fall sports until spring because of the pandemic.
Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes said laptops and hot spots were distributed to more than 100 disproportionately impacted students, and that the college is making strides in their efforts to dismantle systemic racism.

Grossmont College Vice President for Student Services Marsha Gable noted the death of Barb Gillespie, Business Office Technology Professor and Co-Coordinator. Grossmont College has set up a task force on anti-racism, with representatives from throughout the college.
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