Trustees Approve Contracts, Personnel Matters at September Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met Sept. 27 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases at the Mays Landing Campus.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Revision to the Student Success and Career Planning Center bid for alterations bringing the total cost to $13,543,510 to Arthur J. Ogren Inc. of Vineland.

–Mold remediation services, Restoration Management Inc., West Berlin, and MDG Environmental of Maple Shade, $20,660.

–PBX telephone support for FY’17, Tricomm Services Corporation, Moorestown, $60,000.

–Authorizing the college to cancel the remaining contract with Access4ALL and allocate those funds to adjusting the contract with Salome Heyward and Associates to fulfill service outlined in the consent decree with the National Federation for the Blind.

In Personnel Action, the Board Approved:

–Janice Hatfield of Cherry Hill, senior manager, public relations and publications, effective Oct. 3.

–Ravi Manimaran of Caldwell, dean of STEM programs, effective Oct. 3.

–A title change for Cynthia Correa of Galloway, from director, Worthington Atlantic City Campus student services and campus management, to director, WACC student services and institutional career services.

–A title change for Linda Palmer of Hammonton, from senior campus administrator, Worthington Atlantic City Campus, to director, WACC administration and support services.

–A change in duties for Tammy DeFranco of Seaville, director, CMCC student services and campus management.

–The resignation of Sandra Anderson, program coordinator, workforce development, effective Dec. 30.

–The resignation of Allison Monroe, financial aid specialist, retroactive to Sept. 16.

–The resignation of Felicia Smith, housekeeper I, retroactive to Sept. 9.

In Grants Action, The Board Approved:

–Submission of an application to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for a grant of $20,000 to deliver “College Credit Now” programming in partnership with Lower Township School District with a term of Jan. 1, 2017-June 30, 2017.

–Submission of an application to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for a noncompetitive allocation-based grant of $31,475 to deliver “College Readiness Now” programming with a term of Jan. 1, 2017-June 30, 2017.

–Submitting an application to Mentor-Connect’s 2016-17 Mentor-Connect Technical Assistance and Mentoring Support Program in order to obtain free grant proposal mentoring and faculty travel reimbursements totaling $4,800 from Nov. 1, 2016-Oct. 1, 2017, to help Atlantic Cape prepare a highly competitive application to the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education “Small Grants” program.

–Acceptance of the “County Vocational School District Partnership Grant—Cohort 2” awarded to Atlantic County Vocational School District, with Atlantic Cape to receive $30,000 per year over three years with the grant implementation period of Sept. 1, 2016-June 30, 2019, with Atlantic Cape to provide classroom, common room, science and computer lab space and access to health facilities and student services.

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, 2017. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contract, to $15,000. The change will be in effect from Sept. 28 through Nov. 11.

Terms of the agreement 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 23, 2017.

–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, 2017.

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, 2017.

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’18 budget. The college adopted a strategic finance model six 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’18 begins July 1, 2017, 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, 125 Atlantic Cape full-time employees are eligible for the payment under terms of the bargaining unit contracts and under college benefits for union-exempt staff. To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of full-time service. The FY’17 unrestricted current fund budget incorporates 313 full-time positions.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended June 30, 2016, as of Sept. 19.

–Approved the FY’17 financial statement for Aug. 31, 2016.

–Approved offering the Psychology Associate in Arts degree effective fall 2017 to replace the current Psychology degree option in Liberal Arts.

–Approved offering the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Addictions Counseling Associate in Science degree effective fall 2017 to prepare students for entry-level career opportunities or seamless transfer to a baccalaureate program.

–Approved a reallocation of up to $220,000 of the Building Our Future General Obligation Bond funds from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus Student Success and Career Planning Center to the new building at the Mays Landing Campus.

–Approved the naming rights to the Moeller Family for the Cape May County Assistive Learning Technology Resource Room. Board Chair Maria Torres said, “I’d like to thank the Moeller family. We appreciate all the help they give to our foundation.”

–Approved a schedule of named giving opportunities for the three campuses.

–Reaffirmed the following policies, in keeping with a periodic review of the Policies and Procedures Manual: Policy #3 Non-Discrimination Act; Policy #12 Facilities Naming; and Policy #923 Parking.

–Approved a memorandum of agreement regarding reimbursement for preventative and diagnostic dental services under the collective bargaining agreements for the Supportive Staff Association and Organization of Supervisory and Administrative Personnel.

In the President’s Report:

–President Peter L. Mora introduced Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean, Cape May County Campus, who shared the college has earned Leader College status from Achieving the Dream, a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

Comments from the Public:

–Several students in the college’s Aviation Studies program addressed the board regarding changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ funding for the private pilot license training.

–English Professor Effie Russell suggested the college incorporate community outreach into faculty responsibilities.

–Adjunct instructors Holly Schultheis and John Percy thanked the board for approving a 2 percent pay increase for adjuncts this fiscal year.

–Caesar Niglio, president of the Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association, discussed the organization’s presence at the recent 50th Anniversary Community Day and club recruitment events and fundraising for a college scholarship.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204. All are welcome to attend.

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