May 2019
The Governing Board held a joint meeting with Governing Boards from the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and the Mountain Empire Unified School District to hear a report on the progress of the East County Education Alliance. Although the District and the Grossmont Union High School District boards have held annual joint meetings for five years, this marked the first time that Mountain Empire’s board has joined the meetings as a new member of the Alliance.
High school and college representatives provided an update about Alliance activities over the last year . Sean Hancock, Vice Chancellor of Student and Institutional Success, noted that enrollment rates of recent graduates from GUHSD schools have increased by 5% since the Alliance was formed in 2014. The Alliance has been coordinating the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise, which offers a free year of college to first-time students attending full-time, since it began last year. In 2018-19, more than 800 Promise students attended Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, with 526 of those students from GUHSD schools.
Board members praised the joint Governing Board meeting with the two East County school districts, and with the progress that the East County Education Alliance has made in the past five years.

Board member Debbie Justeson thanked Chancellor Cindy L. Miles for her leadership and foresight in bringing together the college and school districts. She said the Alliance and the College Promise are showing students they have a future in higher education and giving them the opportunity to go to college. She also thanked Tim Corcoran, vice chancellor for human resources, for organizing the special board meeting regarding the chancellor search on May 17.

Board member Elena Adams said the Alliance is allowing our college and school districts to collaborate, and the work will help students be successful in their education.

Board member Bill Garrett commended the work being done through the Alliance, and said he was impressed that high school and college counselors are now meeting together. He said that the Alliance will be one of Miles’ legacies when she leaves the District.

Board member Brad Monroe joined in commending the Alliance, noting the additional opportunities it offers to students.

Kyrie Macogay, Cuyamaca College Student Trustee, said she attended Magnum Opus, a ceremony honoring diverse Cuyamaca College students who are graduating.

Edwin Hernandez Armenta, Grossmont College Student Trustee, shared that he was one of the students honored at the college’s Students of Note ceremony, and attended the dinner honoring Grossmont College Promise students.

Board President Linda Cartwright said the presentation about the Alliance was excellent and informative.

Cartwright gave a certificate to David Gauthier of Sheet Metal Workers Local 206 honoring the union’s 100 th anniversary of service to San Diego County. 

Cartwright also presented certificates of appreciation to student trustees Hernandez Armenta  and Macogay and said she was impressed their advocacy for community colleges during visits with legislators in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Miles commended both students for how much they developed during their terms of service and for modeling a spirit of collaboration between the colleges. 
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, June 18, at Grossmont College's Griffin Gate. The open session will begin at 5:15 p.m., with closed session to follow.

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At its May 21, 2019 meeting, the Governing Board:
  • Heard comments from Administrators Association President Aaron Starck, who requested that a second representative from his union be added to the chancellor search committee, since the other two employee unionis each had two representatives on the committee.
  • Held the first read of a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership agreement with Steele Canyon High School.
  • Held the first read of a CCAP partnership agreement with the Learning Choice Academy.
  • Approved CCAP agreements with Health Sciences High and Middle College Charter School and with River Valley Charter School.
  • Adopted Resolution 19-010 Classified School Employee Week, which honors the contributions of classified employees of the District and recognizes May 19-25, 2019 as Classified School Employee Week.
  • Approved Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges’ course, certificate and degree changes, and authorizing publishing them in the 2019-2020 Grossmont and Cuyamaca College catalogs.
  • Approved requests from the colleges for a 90-day extension of the Vision for Success reporting deadline.
  • Approved a request for a 90-day extension of the Student Equity Plan reporting deadline.
  • Approved updates to the following Board Policies and Administrative Procedures: 3060, Institutional Code of Conduct; 3440, Service Animals and Other Animals on District Property; 3550, Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program; 3905, Political Activity; 4235, Credit by Examination; 5055, Enrollment Priorities; 6700, Civic Center and Other Facilities Use; 7230, Classified Employees; 7241, Confidential Administrator Evaluation; and 7270, Student Workers.
  • Accepted donations to Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.
  • Authorized the destruction of records that have been determined to be disposable.
  • Authorized designated agents to act on behalf of the District for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
  • Approved combining the Facility Usage Rates for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, and added Equipment, Personnel and Support Rental Rates that apply to both campuses.
  • Approved a bid award to SWCS Inc. for infrastructure work on Buildings 36 and 41 at Grossmont College.
  • Approved a bid award to M.A. Stevens Construction, Inc. for site preparation, site utilities, utilities connections and installation of concrete foundations for Building H at Cuyamaca College.
  • Approved a bid award to Blue Pacific Engineering & Construction Company to make ADA improvements on the Grossmont College Track.
  • Approved the cost of repairs at Cuyamaca College caused by water damage on February 14.
  • Approved a notice of completion and release of retention for work on the Cuyamaca College Building L remodel.
  • Ratified the employment of Krista Ames-Cook, Administrative Assistant IV, Cuyamaca College; Carlos Barerra Brito, General Maintenance Worker, Cuyamaca College; Sarah-Elaine Darnell, Campus and Parking Services Specialist, District Services; Johnny Dollar, Warehouse Assistant, District Services; Heather Goodrich, Child Development Center Aide, Grossmont College; Peter Lindsay, Grounds Maintenance Worker, Senior, Cuyamaca College; Christianne Penunri, Director, College and Community Relations, Cuyamaca College; Victoria Rodriguez, Research and Planning Analyst, District Services; and Ruth Ramirez Ruiz, Admissions and Records Assistant, Senior, Grossmont College. Position changes were also ratified for George Attar, Custodial Supervisor, Cuyamaca College; Catherine Fritz, Student Services Specialist, Cuyamaca College; Maryam Rastvan, Admissions and Records Assistant, Senior, Grossmont College; and Marco Raya, Campus and Parking Services Specialist, District Services.
  • Approved a short-term hourly assignment proposal for Grossmont College.
  • Accepted a Quarterly Financial Report to be provided to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Emeritus status was conferred upon retired faculty members Yolanda Guerrero, former chair of the World Languages department at Grossmont College, and David Raney, a Computer Information Systems instructor at Cuyamaca College. Grossmont College Biology Professor Michael Golden described Guerrero as a dedicated faculty member of 32 years who modernized the department, brought innumerable innovations and honors to the college, and was a tireless supporter of colleagues and students.

Cuyamaca College CIS Instructor Jodi Reed said Raney, who joined the college in 1978, started the first computer lab on campus, offered one of the first online classes, and has a passion for teaching and innovation.

Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Grossmont College Interim Dean of Learning and Technology Resources Matt Calfin and Loren Holmquist, Director of Campus Facilities, Operations and Maintenance, shared an update on planning and decision-making regarding a new Learning Commons proposed for the Grossmont Learning and Technology Center. Librarian Felicia Kalker shared findings from the study she conducted with more than 50 students, faculty and staff, who called for more spaces for tutoring and group projects, in additon to quiet zones for individual study and a "chill zone" where student could engage more casually. The project will be reviewed by the college’s Facilities Committee and further input will be sought as part of the planning process.

Human Resources Director Alyssa Brown gave a report on the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. She said the District is following best practices to be compliant with EEO guidelines, and reviewed highlights of data from the report.

Chancellor Cindy L. Miles also reported on the series of more than 20 community presentations to service groups and East County city councils underway throughout the District. She also shared that a U.S. House Education and Labor committee hearing with Representatives Susan Davis, Mike Levin, Mark Takano and  Susie Lee was held at Grossmont College on April 24. Miles also recognized Classified Employees Appreciation Week, and applauded the numerous events being held across the District to recognize the contributions of classified employees.