October 2019
Board member Debbie Justeson thanked political strategist Bonnie Moss of Clifford Moss and Tim McLarney of True North Research for their presentation of the results of a survey showing East County potential voters’ views on a bond measure.

The board members thanked those who made public comments at the meeting and said they appreciated the input. Board member Elena Adams said the board members are listening and will do their best to address concerns. Board member Bill Garrett said he appreciated that the comments were made in a respectful manner.

Trustee Brad Monroe also attended the exit reports by the accreditation peer review terms and said the colleges are to be commended for their hard work on behalf of students.

Grossmont College Student Trustee Amy Bianchi noted that the college was participating in the Undocumented Student Week of Action and that she is a proud DACA ally. Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Sonia Mendoza-Reyes reported on meeting with members of the accreditation peer review team during their visit. She announced a number of events at Cuyamaca College during the Undocumented Student Week of Action.
Board President Linda Cartwright announced that two finalists had been selected for chancellor:  Lynn Neault , Vice Chancellor of Student Services for the San Diego Community College District, and David Potash , President of Wilbur Wright College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago. She thanked the chancellor search committee for their hard work in selecting a new chancellor. Open forums will be scheduled in early November for the two candidates. 
At its October 15 meeting, the Governing Board:

  • Reviewed a bond feasibility report and received a briefing on the progress of the Facilities Master Plan Update.
  • Heard public comments from Jim Mahler, American Federation of Teachers Guild President; Michele Perchez, Grossmont College Biology Assistant Professor; Terrie Nichols, Cuyamaca College Math Instructor; Tammi Marshall, Cuyamaca College Math Department Chair; and Gregg Robinson, Grossmont College Sociology Associate Professor, regarding staffing.
  • The board also heard comments from Kathleen Flynn, Learning Assistance Center Specialist, Grossmont College; Pat Murray, Health Science Technician Senior, Grossmont College; and Colleen Parsons, Interim Administrative Assistant, Grossmont College, regarding CSEA negotiations.
  • Granted the annual renewal of the California Department of Education Child and Adult Food Care Program at the child development centers.
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 regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Cuyamaca College's Student Center The open session will begin at
5:15 p.m., with closed session to follow.

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  • Held a public hearing regarding entering into an energy service contract with Forefront Power, LLC. The Governing Board also passed a resolution stating the District’s intent to enter into power purchase agreements with Forefront Power. Karen Lizarraga, president of the Indivisible Club at Grossmont College, urged the Governing Board to make installation of solar panels a top priority for the District.
  • Heard sabbatical leave reports from Amaliya Blyumin, Cuyamaca College Transfer Center Coordinator, regarding developing online counseling materials using online education resources, and Joel Castellaw,  Grossmont College Communications/Speech Professor, on his exploration of LGBTQ storytelling, narrative and adaptation studies, especially for the development of new performance works.
  • Reviewed and updated as needed BP 2015, Student Governing Board members; BP and AP 3416, Equal Access; and BP and AP 7100, Commitment to Diversity.
  • Selected Linda Cartwright and Bill Garrett as voting delegates to represent the district at the Association of Community College Trustees conference October 16-19.
  • Adopted a resolution declaring October 14-18 as Undocumented Student Action Week.
  • Ratified purchase orders, signature agreements, warrants, and budget status changes.
  • Granted a notice of completion for improvements on the Grossmont College athletic fields.
  • Ratified an award to Conan Construction, Inc. for a project that includes infrastructure support for temporary modular buildings for Building 36 and Phase 2 Arts and Communication at Grossmont College.
  • Granted permission to award a bid for the Building 86 HVAC project.
  • Granted permission to award a bid for the Grossmont College Science, Math, Career Tech Complex relocate specialty restroom project.
  • Granted issuing a bid for the Grossmont College Science, Math, Career Tech Complex 36N Hazmat and Demo project.
  • Granted permission to award a bid for the District Services Program Management and Facilities Trailer, District Services Renovations to Building 80, and Districtwide Bosch Alarm System Upgrades.
  • Approved permission to award a bid for the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Greenhouse Project.
  • Authorized the appointments of Vincent Kugener, Leonard Pinson and Paul E. Schroeder to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
  • Ratified the hiring of Lisa Lakatos, Desktop Support Technician, Grossmont College; Martin McKinney, Instructional Media Services Technician, Senior, Grossmont College; Emilio Nunez, Admissions and Records Assistant, Senior, Cuyamaca College; Amal Odesh, Computer Lab Technician, Cuyamaca College.
  • Ratified position changes for Nancy Saks, Senior Dean, Allied Health and Nursing, Grossmont College; and Jane Galarneau, Executive Assistant III, District Services.

Chancellor Cindy Miles discussed the Governing Board’s annual review of Board Policy 2015, covering student Governing Board members. Edwin Hernandez Armenta, a previous student trustee, had suggested that the requirement for a 2.0 grade point average for student trustees should be raised. After extensive study and consultation conducted by the Student Equity and Success Council, the recommendation was made to have the required GPA remain at 2.0 to allow a student to remain on teh board who might have unexpected life issues arise. Student Trustees Bianchi and Mendoza-Reyes shared their personal stories and agreed that the GPA requirement should not change. Their primary rationale was to keep the standards as inclusive as possible.