June 2018
Governing Board members heard a presentation on the District’s 2016-22 strategic plan. Each site reflected on accomplishments during 2017-18 and looked ahead to opportunities in 2018-19. Christopher Tarman, associate vice chancellor of research, planning and technology, Sue Rearic , vice chancellor business services, and Tim Corcoran , vice chancellor human resources, reviewed achievements for District Services toward its priorities to provide high quality and responsive support for student success and equity, and organizational excellence.

Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes and Brianna Hays, senior dean, instructional effectiveness, success and equity, reviewed actions to meet Cuyamaca’s priorities: acceleration, student validation, and guided student pathways. Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh and Michael S. Reese , interim dean of college planning and institutional effectiveness, reviewed steps the college has taken toward its priorities to increase student success, improve the student experience, and produce equitable outcomes.

Both colleges reported laudable achievements from last year, as well as efforts underway for the coming year, including governance reorganization, accreditation preparation, and advances in equity-minded student success.
Trustees praised the commencements for both colleges, and noted the record number of graduates who received degrees or certificates. Trustee Debbie Justeson said she was happy to see that a student she had taught in high school had graduated from Cuyamaca College. Trustee Greg Barr praised student speaker Joel Spencer at Cuyamaca College’s ceremony, and Grossmont College’s recognition of Students of Note who had overcome obstacles on their paths to graduation.
Trustee Elena Adams and Justeson attended the Grossmont Middle College High School graduation in addition to the college graduations, and were impressed with the high number of accumulated college credit units the students earned even before they graduated from high school. Trustee Edwin Hiel praised the commencements and also commended those who participated in the strategic planning workshop before the board meeting. Board President Bill Garrett similarly praised the workshop, noting work on governance pathways at both colleges, as well as the partnership between the Grossmont College Theatre Arts department and Cygnet Theater. He also was impressed by all three student speakers at the commencements, whose stories demonstrated the importance of the work being done at the colleges.
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 
Next Meeting

The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, July 17, at Cuyamaca College's Student Center.

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

Site Reports

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El Cajon, CA 92020 
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    At its June 19, 2018 meeting, the Governing Board:

  • Gave the oath of office to new Grossmont College Student Trustee Edwin Hernandez Armenta and to Kyrie Macogay, who is serving her second one-year term as student trustee for Cuyamaca College.
  • Heard comments from Beth Kelley, Exercise Science professor; Randy Abshier, Exercise Science Instructor/Baseball; Jamie Ivers, Exercise Science Instructor/Volleyball, Megan Haber, Exercise Science Instructor/Women’s Tennis; and Karen Caires, Exercise Science Associate Professor/Women’s Basketball, regarding the Grossmont College Athletics Department.
  • Renewed the terms of Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee members Sharon Bullard, Pei-Hua Chou and Marlene Ruiz, and appointed John Whitney as the student representative from Grossmont College. The committee serves to ensure that revenues from Proposition V are spent on construction projects as presented to voters who approved the measure in 2012.
  • Reviewed purchase orders and warrants
  • Approved completion of the Grossmont College interim swing space project and reduced retention to 2%. The swing space, located in Parking Lot 5, includes temporary modular buildings with classrooms, offices, restrooms and storage containers.
  • Approved new hires and position changes: Lisa Ashak, EOPS counselor, Cuyamaca College; Wyatt Baquial, student services specialist, EOPS, Cuyamaca College; Brandon Fabio, network specialist II, Information Technology, District Services; Maria Fernandez Ochoa, chemistry instructor, Grossmont College; Anthony Fletcher, custodian, Cuyamaca College; Alexander James, custodian, Cuyamaca College; Wendy Laver, account clerk, senior, District Services; Renee Nasori, career services supervisor, Grossmont College, Asma Yassi, CalWORKS counselor, Cuyamaca College; a position change for Christine Yoshioka, account clerk, senior, District Services; and a one-year categorically funded non-tenure faculty contract for Brian Woolsey, counselor (CAFYES), Grossmont College.
  • Approved a settlement agreement with the California School Employees Association Chapter 707 to resolve an unfair practice charge before PERB. The agreement settles concerns regarding longevity pay for CSEA members.
  • Approved College and Career Pathways agreements with three charter schools: Health Science High Middle College Charter High School; Steele Canyon Charter High School; and River Valley Charter School. The agreements will provide for dual enrollment programs at the schools, offering Cuyamaca College courses to be taught at the sites.
  • Approved annual self-studies of the Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College Child Development Centers. The studies consist of a parent survey, environmental ratings, and developmental profiles of the children enrolled.
  • Approved the District’s investment plan as required by California Government Code and Governing Board policy.
  • Reviewed Administrative Policy 6450, Wireless or Cellular Telephone Use.
Anthony Zambelli, Janet Mulder and John Hale presented certificates from 11 elected officials commending Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges for holding the We the People program for high school students at their campuses for 30 years. More than 9,000 students have participated in We the People, which teaches students about the U.S. Constitution through a competition that culminates in a simulated Congressional hearing.

Larry McLemore, Cuyamaca College dean of career and technical education, and Javier Ayala , Grossmont College dean of career and technical education/workforce development, reviewed the career and technical education programs offered by the colleges. The review, which focused on the purpose of the programs, labor market demand, regional factors, and employment and completion data, is required every two years by the California Education Code.

Alyssa Brown , director, Human Resources, reviewed the Equal Employment Opportunity certification form required for allocation of EEO funds. The district is in compliance with a multiple-method allocation model certification form showing that the District is in compliance with best-practice areas. Vice Chancellor Human Resources Tim Corcoran said the state Chancellor’s Office told him the District has some of the best EEO practices in the state.

Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh acknowledged Katrina VanderWoude, Vice President Academic Affairs, for being selected to serve as president of Contra Costa College. He said VanderWoude has led numerous initiatives at Grossmont College, including online education, the Pathways to Success Academy at Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility, and enrollment management. 

Vice Chancellor Business Services Sue Rearic reviewed the District’s $265 million tentative budget, which includes a 2.71% COLA on unrestricted state apportionment revenue. The tentative budget becomes the District’s operating budget July 1 until the Adoption Budget is approved in September.