May 2018
The District and the Grossmont Union High School District governing boards held their fourth annual joint board meeting to review the progress of the East County Education Alliance. The partnership was formed in 2014 to inspire students to focus on college and careers and provide a seamless transition for students from high school to college.

Those involved in providing reports on the work of the Alliance included: Vice Presidents of Student Services Marsha Gable and Jessica Robinson, Interim Director for Community and Workforce Development  Myra Lomahan and East County Education Alliance Coordinator Amber Hughes.

Through the Alliance, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise will be offering a free year of tuition at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges for first-time college students who are attending full time, beginning in fall 2018. Communications are being sent to high school students and parents to let them know about the Promise. Two former GCCCD alumni, Zack Gianino and Nancy Romero, are the College liaisons and visiting all 12 Grossmont Union High School campuses to talk to students and tell them about the value of attending Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.
Trustees expressed their gratitude for the tremendous progress made through the Alliance. Trustee Debbie Justeson commented she was pleased to see the extensive communication between the high school and college district, while Trustee Edwin Hiel said the presentation showed the Alliance is making its plans with care. Board President Bill Garrett noted the Alliance has made lots of progress in the past year, and praised its efforts to encourage more students to prepare for and attend college.

Trustees Elena Adams, Hiel and Garrett attended the Spring Scholarship Breakfast. Adams recounted how receiving a scholarship made it possible for a young mother to continue at Grossmont College.
Trustee Greg Barr responded to comments made by classified professionals at the board meeting, saying he knows District leaders care about staff and is confident the issues raised by classified employees would be resolved.

Trustees Adams, Garrett and Justeson attended a well-crafted Grossmont College Culinary Arts Dinner; and Garrett and Adams attended the Theatre Arts performance of Sherlock Holmes.

Board members honored Grossmont College Student Trustee Brandon Vivero, whose term is ending. Vivero was presented with a plaque and certificate of appreciation, and received thanks from board members for his service. Garrett congratulated Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Kyrie Macogay on her re-election to the board for a second term, stating he looks forward to working with her for another term.

Macogay reported the student government is leading a voter registration drive on campus and planning for a multi-cultural festival.

At its May 15, 2018 meeting, the Governing Board:

  • Heard comments from Classified staff members Kathleen Flynn, Colleen Parsons, Patty Sparks, Josh Ketchum, and Michael Breyette regarding longevity; Associated Students Grossmont College (ASGC) President-Elect Amy Bianchi, ASGC Vice President-Elect Duana Powell, and Grossmont College students Samantha Ayala and Carlos Espinoza spoke regarding student hourly workers; and Grossmont College English tutor Andrew Williams concerning the English Writing Center.
  • Adopted Resolution 18-017, “Classified School Employee Week,” honoring the contributions of the District’s classified employees during May 20-26, 2018, as designated by the California State Legislature and California School Employees Association.
  • Approved Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges’ credit course, certificate, and degree changes, and authorized publishing in the 2018-2019 course catalogs. Curriculum co-chairs Kathleen Aylward and Peter Utgaard shared data demonstrating efforts to align more courses and to offer more accelerated courses.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the District and Anglo-American University in Prague, the Czech Republic. The agreement will allow associate degree graduates at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges to earn a high quality, low cost baccalaureate degree at AAU with only 45 additional units. Alan Krautstengl, president emeritus of AAU, said the college is less expensive than a CSU, and the cost of living is low in Prague. Students also have the option of earning an MBA from Chapman University at AAU at one-fourth the cost. 
  • Approved a restructuring and reclassification of phase two of the Instructional and Computer Lab Tech job family to bring job descriptions in alignment with current duties. Human Relations and Labor Relations Specialist Cheryl Detwiler provided a report on Phase 2 of the restructure and reclassification, and on Salary Equity Task Force (SET) recommendations and the collaborative effort between the District and CSEA to bring salaries closer to the 50th percentile of comparator districts.
  • Opened public comment on the District’s initial proposal to the California School Employees Association, Local 707 (CSEA) for reopener negotiations and closed with no comments received.

The Board by Consent:
  • Reviewed and adopted revisions to board policies BP 3410, Nondiscrimination; BP 4220, Standards of Scholarship; and BP 7310, Nepotism. Reviewed administrative procedures AP 3410, Nondiscrimination; and AP 7310, Nepotism.
  • Ratified the action of the Chancellor in approving purchase orders and warrants during April 2018.
  • Granted authority to the Chancellor to award a bid for the purchase or lease purchase of print center copier equipment for five years.
  • Adopted a resolution for various purchases and rental of uniforms, towels, mats, and other supplies, materials and equipment, pursuant to various RFPs awarded by the National Joint Powers Alliance.
  • Granted authority to award a bid for District Services Information Systems server room air conditioning improvements.
  • Ratified the action of the Chancellor in rejecting all bids received for Grossmont College Phase 1 31S Science, Math, and Career Tech Complex, and re-bidding under B18.008, Grossmont College Phase 1 31S Science, Math, and Career Tech Complex.
  • Adopted a resolution for purchase of materials and installation for the football field and running track at Grossmont College- from Fieldturf by the State of California Dept. of General Services Multiple Award Schedule Program.
  • Granted authority to file a Notice of Completion with MTM Builders, Inc., for the Cuyamaca College Learning Resource Center temporary modular village infrastructure.
  • Granted authority to the Chancellor in awarding a bid for Cuyamaca College Building H Renovation site work; Cuyamaca College Building H Renovation Science Modular Buildings; and Cuyamaca College Building F Sound Mitigation.
  • Approved new and replacement hires: Maria Denise Aceves, Counselor, Grossmont College; Gabriela Avila Garcia, CAPS Operations Assistant, District Services; Melanie Kosic, Special Projects Accountant, District Services; Alexis Lytle, Student Success Liaison, Grossmont College; and Indira Saldana, Student Services Specialist, Grossmont College.
  • Adopted the initial proposal from the District to the California School Employees Association, Chapter No. 707 for reopener negotiations.
  • Considered the District quarterly financial reports, Quarterly Financial Status Report for the period ending March 31, 2018; and Schedule of Cash Balances and Investments Reports as of March 3, 2018.
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 
Next Meeting

The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, June 19, at Cuyamaca College's Student Center.

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

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Chancellor Cindy Miles highlighted the season of celebration for the colleges approaching commencements. Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh said the college will be awarding more than 4,200 degrees and certificates, the highest number among community colleges in San Diego County. Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes said more than 800 graduates will be receiving 1,300 degrees and certificates. The District had a 20% increase in the number of degrees and certificates earned this year, and a 174% overall increase since 2009.

Vice Chancellor Business Services Sue Rearic said the County Board of Supervisors approved two resolutions authorizing a second series of bonds for Proposition V. The resolutions direct the District to sell bonds, established the County of San Diego as paying agent and investment manager, and directs the County Auditor and Controller to maintain taxes on the tax roll.

Rearic also reported on the Governor’s May Budget Revision noting a shift in the proposed funding formula to be based on 60% enrollment, 20% socio-economic status, 20% performance basis (vs. 50%: 25%: 25% as previously proposed) . In the Governor’s proposal, the District will receive the same apportionment for 2018-19 as received for 2017-18, plus a cost of living adjustment (COLA) and a reduction in the scheduled maintenance formula. With more than half of California community colleges in decline in enrollments, two years protection (“hold harmless”) is being proposed. The District’s tentative budget is being prepared for presentation to the Board in June to reflect the estimated COLA increase, as well as anticipated increased costs.

Vice Chancellor Tim Corcoran reported the SET will be reconvened in the fall and will be working with a third party to update the SET compensation data regarding how our District positions compare to those of our nine benchmark comparative districts in California.