November 2019
Board Member Debbie Justeson urged everyone to get their flu shots and said she hoped everyone has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.

Board Member Bill Garrett attended the reopening of the Cuyamaca College Student Center, which includes a new and expanded veterans center. He also attended the play Eurydice at Grossmont College, the same night that the Breaking Boundaries dance performance was occurring in the new Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Board Member Brad Monroe said he and Garrett toured the Performing Arts Center, and they also reviewed the work underway for the Ornamental Horticulture facilities at Cuyamaca College. He said the afternoon presentation on hiring for diversity was impressive.

Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Sonia Mendoza-Reyes said November is Native American Heritage Month, with a college hour held that day.

Grossmont College Student Trustee Amy Bianchi said applications to University of California and California State University are due by November 30, and an Inter-Club Council fall festival is planned. De-stress events are planned at the college before finals begin.

Board President Linda Cartwright announced that the Governing Board unanimously selected Lynn Neault, Vice Chancellor of Student Services at the San Diego Community College District, as the District’s new chancellor. Neault’s employment contract will come before the board at its December meeting, and she will start in January.

Chancellor Cindy L. Miles praised the afternoon workshop on “Envisioning a racially equitable college faculty: fostering success for underserved students” that was given by Luke Wood, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at San Diego State University. She said the District has made progress in improving diversity in hiring and this excellent presentation points the way for more work that needs to be done. She recognized Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes and Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh for their leadership in diversity hiring, noting that Grossmont College has its first full-time African-American Studies professor, while Cuyamaca College now has a full-time Kumeyaay Studies professor.
At its Nov. 19, 2019 meeting, the Governing Board:
  • Heard sabbatical leave project reports from two faculty members. Lyn Neylon-Craft, ESL/English/Humanities Instructor at Cuyamaca College, gave a report on creating three semesters of materials for the ESL Boost! Program. Marion de Koning, Chair of the Art Department at Grossmont College, gave a report on her research into art and architecture at sites in Mexico and Peru.
Governing Board
 Linda Cartwright
Debbie Justeson
Elena Adams
Bill Garrett
Brad Monroe

Student Trustees:
Amy Bianchi
Sonia Mendoza-Reyes

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 meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 13 2019, at Grossmont College's Griffin Gate. The open session will begin at
4 p.m., with closed session to follow.

Site Reports
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  •  Heard the annual foundation report given by Sally Cox, CEO of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.
  • Discussed a presentation on the Facilities Master Plan Updated by Deborah Shepley, a principal architect with Gensler along with Presidents Abu—Ghazaleh and Barnes, as well as Sr. Director Districtwide Facilities Ken Emmons. The projects in the update include new facilities and renovations/repurposed facilities, as well as campuswide and districtwide improvements.
  • Heard an overview of the activity related to the facilities construction update given by Jim Bray, program manager with Gafcon, Inc.
  • Reviewed an evaluation report on the Project Labor Agreement given by Marty Glaske, vice president of labor relations at Gafcon, Inc. Speakers Christopher Allen, Doug Hicks and Travis Ehman gave public comment that they are construction workers who live in the area and have benefitted from having a PLA. 
  • Set the date and location of its annual organizational meeting for 4 p.m. Friday, December 13 at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate. 
  • Approved a new five-year master agreement between the District and the District Auxiliary Organization.
  • Reviewed updates to Administrative Procedures and Board Policies 3510, Workplace Violence Plan; 4100, Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates; 4400, Community Service Programs; 6150, Designation of Authorized Signatures; 6331, Purchasing Jointly Through Other Public Agencies; 6500, Real Property Management; 6520, Security for District Property; 6525, Responsibility for Personal Property; 6540, Insurance; 6550, Disposal of Property; 6740, Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. 
  • Approved awarding a $450,577 bid to MMJ Construction for Districtwide IT server HVAC upgrades.
  • Granted permission to issue bids for the Grossmont College orchestra shell and the Grossmont College Science, Math, Career Tech Complex 36N Hazmat and Demo.
  • Approved notice of completion and release of retention for Cuyamaca College Building D and campus improvements. 
  •  Approved an emergency declaration to repair damage caused by a broken pipe at the Heritage of the Americas Museum. 
  • Approved a certificated management sabbatical project for Cuyamaca College Dean of Counseling Nicole Jones for June 8 through August 7, 2020.
  • Ratified new and replacement hires for Hiam Abdulahad, Student Services Assistant in the Disabled Students Programs and Services at Cuyamaca College; Joel Bakker, Library Technician III at Grossmont College; Karin Cabalo, Human Resources Technician in Human Resources; Carolyn Fisher, Tutoring Center Specialist at Grossmont College; William Flores, Custodian at Cuyamaca College; Andrew Hellier, Admissions and Records Assistant at Grossmont College; Martin McKinney, Instructional Media Services Technician, Senior, at Grossmont College; and Christopher Valva, Custodian at Cuyamaca College. A position change for Lisa Brias, Library Technician III at Grossmont College, was also ratified. Marsha Gable, Vice President for Student Services at Grossmont College, is taking a leave of absence through June 30, 2020 to serve as Interim President at Miramar College.
  • Approved an amendment to the 2019-2021 agreement between the Administrators’ Association and the District increasing each salary schedule by 3% effective January 1, 2020.
  • Considered the District Quarterly Financial Status Report and the Schedule of Investments Report. 
  • Heard a statement from Sue Rearic, Vice Chancellor for Business Services, and received a notebook documenting responses to allegations made against her and the District’s fiscal served regarding state reporting. American Federation of Teachers President Jim Mahler also made comments. Board members voted 4-1, with Garrett dissenting, to investigate the allegations regarding the reports. Board members also voted, 4-1, with Garrett dissenting, to have Rearic remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes reported on the reopening of the Cuyamaca College Student Center, which includes a 17,000-square-foot veterans center. Student Jeremy Rocco, a Marine veteran, spoke at the event about the benefits of the new center for veterans.
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh said that Grossmont College was one of 12 community colleges that were recognized as a Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity for the high proportion of Associate Degrees for Transfer the college has awarded.
Vice Chancellor Sean Hancock discussed the 6 th annual summit of the East County Education Alliance, the partnership between the district and its two feeder districts, Grossmont Union High School District and the Mountain Empire Unified School District. Team members from the districts held tabletop discussions about the Alliance’s four priorities and developed plans that will serve as the framework for the Alliance in 2020.
Miles congratulated Marsha Gable, Grossmont College Vice President of Student Services, who has been selected to serve as Interim President at Miramar College through June.