December 19, 2022

December Presidents Message and Report

I hope everyone gets some rest, relaxation, and time with loved ones over the holidays.

Please find several updates from the General Board of Trustee meeting that was held on December 15, 2022.

There was a closed session with three items, A. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957: Evaluation of the Superintendent/President; B. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957: Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release, and C. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6: Conference with Labor Negotiator Agency Negotiator: Daren Otten – Employee Organizations: CMCFA and CSEA.

Coming out of the closed session, the Board announced that they have completed the annual evaluation of the Superintendent/President and moved on with the beginning of the regular meeting. After a couple of operational items, the Trustees moved into honoring and recognizing retiring Trustee Eva Kinsmen with several resolutions from the City of Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, Senator Grove/Assemblyman Lackey, and culminating with one from the CMC Trustees. After the formal recognition, a recess was taken to share some of Eva’s favorite ice cream with the attendees.

After the recess, the Trustees then started the general meeting with the annual organizational meeting which dissolve the 2022 Slate of Officers and conducted the officer election and appointments to positions.
Trustee Lombardo was elected again to serve as Board President. Trustee Gilbert was elected Vice-President, Trustee Rogers was elected Clerk and appointed as the County Office of Education Liaison, and Liz Meyer was elected to represent the Trustees on the CMC Foundation Board. Finally, the Trustees approved the Schedule of Meetings for the Board of Trustees for the Calendar Year 2023.

The Trustees then started the general meeting with the traditional reports and then moved into several information items.

Given the failed election and lack of qualified candidates for the Trustee Area 5 election in November, the Trustees again reviewed the Appointment Process – BP & AP 2110 Vacancies on the Board, and will again move forward on a plan to notify the community for people who are interested in serving Trustee Area 5, with a plan to appoint at the February meeting. The Trustee also reviewed an updated AP7211 Faculty Service Areas, Minimum Qualifications, and Equivalencies, before hearing the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Presentation from the employees who attended the COLEGAS Conference.

The Board also then reviewed two job descriptions, Dean of Student Services: Counseling and Enrollment Services, and the Dean of Student Services: Resources and Support Programs,

The Trustees took action on several Human Resources and Business Services consent items including affirming a journal entry, the hiring of several student employees, payroll, classified employee change in hours, and part-time faculty appointment.
Upon the recommendation of the Academic Senate, the Board took action to affirm a certificate program revision, certificate program deactivation, new certificate program, deactivated course outline of record, new course outline of record, revised course outlines, degree program deactivation, and a new degree program.

Additionally, the Board approved BP 4010 Academic Calendar, BP 6250 Budget Management, a couple of Classified employee appointments, a Confidential employee promotion, a Classified employee resignation, a Confidential temporary assignment, a Full-Time Faculty resignation, and a Management contract.

Wrapping up the meeting the Trustees approved lease agreements for ACCE East and West, a legal services contract with McDougal Boehmer Foley Lyon Mitchell & Erickson, and authorized the payment of warrants report
The next scheduled meeting is on January 9th.

See you all next year!!

In Service,

Daren Otten, Ed.D