May 22, 2014 – Post 3

The Consent Agenda

No items were pulled for discussion. Secretary O’Donnell read the full agenda. These are listed in the board packet and include bids for construction and maintenance items, purchase orders for equipment and services, personnel actions, and construction change orders.

The Consent Agenda was unanimously approved by roll call.

For Information: New Business

Discussion of the New Teaching and Learning Center: Trustee Savage asked for projected enrollment based on demographics such as k-12 enrollment. Trustee Svoboda mentioned that alternatives for additional space might be found, such as renting space. Trustee Hamilton raised again the issue of how we should understand the five-year plan vs the budget in relation to our responsibility to taxpayers. She requested an analysis of usage in the buildings so that the needs can be understood more clearly. What are the risks in the face of the trends? Hamilton continued by saying we have to monitor our spending and be analytical in making a decision. She said she looks forward to working on the project.

Breuder responded by saying, “I don’t have a need to build another building” and that it would be easier not to; however we are oversubscribed at key times, and if the growth prognosis is good, no matter where the growth comes from, we need more classroom space.

Breuder asked administrators to address the issue. EVP Joe Collins spoke to ongoing scheduling problems especially at certain times, and as we grow new programs, we will have even more students. VPAA Kartje referenced the issue of teaching classes in spaces they are not designed for, as well as direct conflicts between programs. West side of campus has many specialized classrooms for vocational/technical programs but can’t accommodate the general education courses that the students in those programs also need. The deans were also called to speak and mentioned issues specific to their divisions.

Breuder recapped the issue and called it a “no-brainer.” Trustee Svoboda addressed the difficulty of teaching classes in spaces that are not appropriate for the subject matter.