The Board of Trustees at Atlantic Cape Community College met Oct. 28 at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases.
In Personnel Action, the Board:
–Approved the retirement of Suzanne Feye of Linwood, dining room educator, effective Feb. 1. Feye joined the college in 1985 as a part-time catering assistant and received a full-time appointment in 1986 as catering manager for the Academy of Culinary Arts. In 1990, she was appointed the role of dining room educator and has trained hundreds of students in that capacity.
During her nearly 30 years at the college, she was praised by former supervisor Klaus Muller, who said, “Suzanne Feye is a dedicated educator who performs her assigned tasks with enthusiasm. She is outgoing and is always there to help the students and the Academy in extracurricular activities to promote the program and the students.”
Specifically, she volunteered at the New Jersey Food and Wine Festival, served as Culinary Student Association advisor and aided as a cooperative education faculty coordinator.
–Accepted the resignation of Lorie Oberdick, perishable storeroom clerk, effective Oct. 3.
–Accepted the resignation of Missie Taylor, housekeeper, facilities management, effective Sept. 23.
–Approved Ellen Splaver of Margate, counselor II, Educational Opportunity Fund, whose position is jointly funded by an EOF grant and the college.
Contracts and Purchases Approved:
–Collection agency services, AR Resources, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and General Revenue Corporation, Mason, Ohio.
–Parking lot maintenance, GWP Enterprises, Franklinville, $26,138.
–Non-bid awards for these food service vendors with which the college expects to spend more than $17,500 during FY’15: B.F. Mazzeo Fruit & Produce, Northfield; Balford Farms, Burlington; JJ Foods, Sewell; Rastelli Seafood, Egg Harbor City; Samuels and Son Seafood, Philadelphia, and U.S. Food Service, Bridgeport.
–Adacel Systems Inc., Orlando, to relocate the air traffic control tower simulation equipment and RADAR stations to their new locations in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math building, $47,000.
In Grants Action, the Board:
–Approved the submission of a contract proposal to Atlantic County for In-School Youth Programs funded by the WIA New Jersey Program with an anticipated grant of $187,400, from Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015.
–Approved the submission of a contract proposal to Atlantic County for Out-of-School Youth Programs funded through the WIA New Jersey Program with an anticipated grant of $195,000, from Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015.
College Eliminates Four Degree Programs
The board approved dropping four options of the Technical Studies associate in applied science degree as changes to the base degree program have made it more flexible, inclusive and open to additional professions. The eliminated program options are Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Business Management, Computer Technician and Health Professions.
Board Approves Sick Leave Payment Agreement
The board approved memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the college’s four bargaining units that change, for a limited time, the sick leave payment offered to those who retire from the college by June 30, 2015. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contract, to $15,000, the state cap on such payments. The change will be in effect from Oct. 29 through Dec. 12.
Terms of the agreement, which was signed by Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, and bargaining unit representatives after the meeting, include:
–Payment for unused sick leave will not exceed $15,000 or 100 percent of the employee’s accrued leave. For employees who meet the terms of the MOA, payment will be made in a lump sum no later than June 26, 2015.
–Employees who choose to take the payment must make an irrevocable written commitment under the MOA to retire from the college no later than June 30, 2015.
The board approved a separate resolution extending the sick payment benefit to exempt employees. Also eligible are employees who have not retired but who had made a written commitment to the college to retire on or before June 30, 2015.
The administration initiated discussions with the bargaining units on the sick leave payment as part of a comprehensive process to develop a projected balanced FY’16 budget. The college adopted a strategic finance model four years ago that calls for it to look at ways to contain costs and enhance revenues. Knowing how many employees plan to take retirement before FY’16 begins on July 1, 2015, will provide more precise salary and benefits projections for that year’s fiscal plan. Currently, those expenses comprise about 80 percent of the college’s budget.
According to data supplied by the Human Resources office, 111 Atlantic Cape full-time employees are eligible for the payment under terms of the bargaining unit contracts. To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of service. Of that group, 27 employees are eligible for retirement from the college and the state pension system by June 30, 2015. Atlantic Cape has a total of 337 full-time employees.
In Other Action, the Board:
–Accepted the Sept. 30, 2014, financial statement.
–Approved a settlement agreement with a former employee.
In the President’s Report:
–Dr. Mora and board members honored Andrew Melchiorre, who retired from the board this summer following 10 years of service.
“Andrew has faithfully served the college and board, and we graciously wish him all the best for the future. He proved himself tireless in his efforts for the board, Middle Township and Atlantic Cape,” said David Evans, board chairman.
Melchiorre accepted a plaque in recognition of his efforts, saying, “I have tremendous love and respect for all of you. It takes all of you to make this place go or it dies, and ever since I’ve been here, you’ve made it go.”
–Dr. Mora presented and the board approved honorary resolutions to the following for their contributions and support of the newly opened Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies: Blumberg Associates, Caesars Entertainment, City of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Ogren Construction.
Designed by Blumberg Associates of Atlantic City, the 20,000-square-foot addition at the Atlantic City campus opened this fall and will train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers. The wing includes two teaching kitchens, classrooms, offices, Casino Career Institute space and a hydroponic greenhouse. The wing will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, computers, retail training and hospitality management.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202. All are welcome to attend.