Governing Board – June 25, 2019


♪♪ AT THIS TIME I CALL TO
ORDER THE PUBLIC HEARING OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY
COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD
FOR JUNE 25, 2019. THE FIRST ITEM ON THE
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA IS THE HEARING CONCERNING THE
ADOPTION OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET OF THE GATEWAY
EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-’20. THIS HEARING IS REQUIRED
UNDER STATE LAW. THE PURPOSE OF THE HEARING
IS TO GIVE ANY RESIDENT OR TAXPAYER THE
OPPORTUNITY TO PROTEST THE CONCLUSION OF ANY ITEM
IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET. AT THIS TIME I WILL AFFORD
ANY RESIDENT OR TAXPAYER THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS
THE GOVERNING BOARD CONCERNING THE PROPOSED ACTION
UNDER CONSIDERATION. IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD
LIKE TO ADDRESS THE BOARD? ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS
FROM MEMBERS OF THE BOARD? THAT NOW CONCLUDES THE
PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE PROPOSED
BUDGET OF THE GATEWAY EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2019-’20. THE SECOND ITEM ON THIS
AGENDA IS ITEM NUMBER TWO, A PUBLIC HEARING
CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET
OF THE PHOENIX COLLEGE PREPARATORY ACADEMY FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2019-’20. THIS HEARING IS REQUIRED
UNDER STATE LAW. THE PURPOSE OF THE
HEARING IS TO GIVE ANY RESIDENT OR TAXPAYER THE
OPPORTUNITY TO PROTEST THE CONCLUSION OF ANY ITEM
IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET. AT THIS TIME I WILL AFFORD
ANY RESIDENT OR TAXPAYER THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS
THE GOVERNING BOARD CONCERNING THE PROPOSED ACTION
IN THE CONSIDERATION. WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO
ADDRESS THE BOARD? ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS
FROM MEMBERS OF THE BOARD? HEARING NONE, THAT NOW
CONCLUDES THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE ADOPTION
OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET OF THE PHOENIX COLLEGE
PREPARATORY ACADEMY FOR FISCAL 2019-’20. FINAL ADOPTION OF THESE
TWO BUDGETS WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE BUSINESS
PORTION OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING. THAT CONCLUDES THE
PUBLIC HEARING. AT THIS TIME I CALL TO
ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY
COMMUNITY COLLEGE GOVERNING BOARD
FOR JUNE 25, 2019. MS. WINN, WOULD YOU LEAD US IN
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE
FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE
REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER
GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND
JUSTICE FOR ALL. WE HAVE ONE SUBSTITUTION
THIS EVENING, COLLEEN O’NEILL FOR PRESIDENT
CHRIS HAINES. WE HAVE NO STUDENT
LIFE REPORT, NO FACULTY EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REPORT. PRESENTING FOR THE ADJUNCT
FACULTY ASSOCIATION IS PATRICK RODDY. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
THOR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER
MARINICK, MEMBERS OF THE CEC, AND GUESTS. MY NAME PATRICK RODDY,
PRESIDENT OF THE ADJUNCT FACULTY ASSOCIATION
OF MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES. AND I AM ALSO AN ADJUNCT
FACULTY MEMBER AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE WHERE I TEACH IN THE SCHOOL OF
FILM AND THEATER. THIS LAST MONTH THE AFA
HELD OUR BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS. AND WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE
A NEW GROUP OF ADJUNCT FACULTY HERE TO SERVE THE AFA
AS THEY PERFORM THEIR CRITICAL ROLE IN
FACILITATING STUDENT SUCCESS, AS WELL AS
BEING ENGAGED IN POSITIVE PARTNERS AND IMPROVING THE DISTRICT’S ORGANIZATIONAL
EFFECTIVENESS. STARTING NEXT MONTH WE
WILL HAVE NEW COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES AT PHOENIX
COLLEGE, MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, GLENDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE,
AND ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IT IS OUR GOAL THAT THE
ADMINISTRATION AT EACH OF THESE CAMPUSES WILL HAVE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH A NEW AFA
REPRESENTATIVE. AS WE WELCOME A NEW GROUP
OF ADJUNCT FACULTY TO SERVE ON THE AFA BOARD,
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE
OF OUR DEPARTING AFA REPRESENTATIVES, TED
HIBBELER FROM GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ELLA
ANNASINCO (PHONETIC) FROM PHOENIX COLLEGE, ANN
RACHEL FROM MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND ROXANNE
BECKSTROM-STERNBERG FROM GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IN ADDITION, GAIL HAASE’S
TERM ON THE AFA BOARD AS PAST PRESIDENT AND MEMBER
OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO COME TO AN END,
BUT I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT GAIL WILL CONTINUE TO
SERVE THE AFA BY BEING A MEMBER OF OUR ADVISORY
COMMITTEE FOR THIS COMING YEAR. THANK YOU, GAIL. IN CLOSING, I’D LIKE TO
WISH EVERYONE A RESTFUL SUMMER HOLIDAY AND A
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ALSO WANT TO LET EVERYBODY
KNOW THAT DR. TOM NERINI IS ON THE PHONE
WITH US FROM EGYPT. DR. NERINI, WHAT
TIME IS IT THERE? IT’S 3:35 ON
WEDNESDAY MORNING. (LAUGHTER) WELL, I THINK
YOU GET THE AWARD FOR PUTTING FORTH THE MOST
EFFORT TO ATTEND A GOVERNING BOARD MEETING. THANK YOU. SO I DON’T KNOW WHETHER
YOU’RE GOING TO BED VERY LATE OR YOU HAVE GOTTEN
VERY EARLY, BUT THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, MY PLEASURE. VERY GOOD. WE’RE NOW AT THE
CHANCELLOR’S REPORT, DR. HARPER MARINICK. THANK YOU, DR. THOR,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. WE HAVE TWO PRESENTATIONS. AND BEFORE I DO THAT, I
WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS THE LAST MEETING
FOR DR. ERNIE LARA, WHO IS THE PRESIDENT AT ESTRELLA
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE. DR. LARA HAS SERVED
MARICOPA FOR 37 YEARS. (APPLAUSE) 12 OF THOSE
AS THE GREAT LEADER OF ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN. HE ALSO WORKED AS A
FACULTY MEMBER, STUDENT SERVICES PROGRAM DIRECTOR,
DIVISION CHAIR, AND DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES,
SERVED THREE OF THE COLLEGES, GLENDALE,
PARADISE VALLEY, AND ACTUALLY STARTED AT
ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN WHEN ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN WAS
NO EVEN A COLLEGE YET. IT WAS A CENTER. SO WE WANT TO THANK DR.
LARA FOR 37 YEARS OF GREAT SERVICE AND
LEADERSHIP AND HIS COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS
AND STUDENT SUCCESS. WE WISH THE BEST
MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU FOR ALL
YOU HAVE DONE. (APPLAUSE) AND THE FIRST
PRESENTATION IS AN UPDATE ON OUR OPEN EDUCATIONAL
RESOURCES, OER, INITIATIVE. AND WE HAVE FACULTY MEMBER
MATTHEW BLOOM, WHO IS ENGLISH FACULTY MEMBER
AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WHO HAS BEEN
PROVIDING THE LEADERSHIP FOR THE OER INITIATIVE. AND I WOULD ASK NOW IF
MATTHEW COULD COME TO THE PODIUM AND MAKE
THE PRESENTATION. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PRESIDENT THOR, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER MARINICK, MEMBERS OF
THE CEC, AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS, AS DR. HARPER
MARINICK JUST SAID, IS MATTHEW BLOOM. I AM ENGLISH FACULTY
AT SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND I AM PRESENTLY ON
ASSIGNMENT AS THE FACULTY AND RESIDENCE OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RECOURSES COORDINATOR FOR
THE DISTRICT. AND WITH ME — MY NAME
IS ANGELA CHRISTIANO. I’M MATH FACULTY AT PARADISE
VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND TOGETHER WE COCHAIR
THE MARICOPA MILLIONS STEERING TEAM. SO THE MARICOPA STEERING
TEAM, IF YOU’RE NOT AWARE, IS COMPRISED OF FACULTY,
STAFF, AND ADMINISTRATORS FROM VARIOUS COLLEGES
ACROSS THE DISTRICT. I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY
THAT WE PRESENTLY HAVE REPRESENTATION FROM EVERY
COLLEGE ON THE TEAM, WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING. AND SO WE’RE GOING TO
TALK A LITTLE BIT HERE. AND I WILL JUST PREFACE
THE WHOLE THING BY SAYING, JUST JOKINGLY TODAY I WAS
TALKING WITH SOMEONE FROM THE MCLI. AND THEY SAID, HOW MUCH
TIME ARE THEY GOING TO GIVE YOU? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT I
CAN TALK ABOUT OER FOR 17 HOURS, IF YOU LET ME. I WON’T DO THAT. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS JUST
TAKE A FEW MINUTES JUST TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF HOW
THE MARICOPA MILLIONS OER PROJECT IS SUPPORTING
STUDENT SUCCESS IN WAYS THAT ARE VERY HUMAN,
I THINK, AND VERY REASONABLE, BUT ALSO IN
WAYS THAT ALIGN WITH THE DISTRICT’S 2017-2020
STRATEGIC COMMITMENTS, SPECIFICALLY ENSURING
THAT STUDENTS HAVE A WORLD- CLASS LEARNING EXPERIENCE,
THAT FACULTY ARE WELL TRAINED, AND CUSTOMIZING
TRAINING FOR THE WORKFORCE. SO JUST TO BEGIN, I’M NOT
A BIG GRAPH PERSON, SO I DIDN’T MAKE THIS, BUT
THESE ARE STATISTICS FROM THE BUREAU OF
LABOR STATISTICS. AND THIS GRAPH AND THE
NEXT ONE DEMONSTRATE JUST HOW OUT OF PACE AND HOW
ENORMOUS THE RISE IN THE COST OF EDUCATIONAL
MATERIALS. THIS IS NOT TUITION. THIS IS SPECIFICALLY
COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER KINDS OF LEARNING
MATERIALS THAT STUDENTS NEED IN ORDER TO PASS
THEIR CLASSES AND AREN’T NECESSARILY ALWAYS
IMMEDIATELY FACTORED INTO THEIR BUDGETS. ALL RIGHT. SO YOU CAN SEE HERE
THIS SECOND ONE HERE SHOWS THAT EDUCATIONAL BOOKS, LIKE
COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS SINCE EARLY 1980S THE
PRICES HAVE RISEN 812%. AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT
SOMETHING THAT IS OUTPACING THE COST OF
MEDICAL EXPENSES, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT’S
PRETTY INCREDIBLE. SO I FEEL LIKE
SHOWING THESE NUMBERS RIGHT HERE PRETTY CLEARLY
DEMONSTRATES THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM. AND IF WE THINK ABOUT WHO
ARE STUDENTS ARE, THERE’S A VERY REAL SIDE
TO THAT THING. SO TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM
IN 2013 THE MARICOPA MILLIONS STEERING TEAM OR
THE MARICOPA MILLIONS OER PROJECT WAS FOUNDED BY DR.
HARPER-MARINICK. AND THE GOAL WAS TO TRY
TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR FACULTY ACROSS THE
DISTRICT WHO WERE CHOOSING TO USE WHAT ARE CALLED
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO SAVE THEIR STUDENTS
MONEY AND PROVIDE THEIR STUDENTS WITH DAY-ONE
ACCESS TO LEARNING MATERIALS. AND THAT WAS THE BEGINNING
OF THE MARICOPA MILLIONS OER PROJECT. AND ONE WAY THAT WE’VE
BEEN DOING THIS IS THROUGH STUDENT AWARENESS
CAMPAIGNS. SO SINCE 2017 TO WHAT
WE’RE GOING RIGHT NOW, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF
OUR STUDENT AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS. THESE ARE TABLE TENTS THAT
CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT OUR COLLEGES IN
THE DISTRICT. AND WHAT THESE DO IS THEY
POINT OUR STUDENTS TO OUR DISTRICT WEBSITE THAT
INSTRUCT THEM HOW TO SEARCH OR FIND A CLASS
ONLINE FOR COURSES THAT PROVIDE NO-COST AND LOW
-COST COURSE MATERIALS. SO LOW COST IS DEFINED
AS UNDER $40 FOR ALL THE COURSE MATERIALS. IN ADDITION TO THE TABLE
TENTS, WE HAVE EVENTS ON THE CAMPUSES EACH SEMESTER
WHERE THE STUDENTS CAN TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT THE
LOW-COST, NO-COST FILTER DOES FOR THEM AND WHAT WE HAVE
OFFERED THROUGH OUR SCHOOLS. SOME OF THEM DO OUR
WHITEBOARD CAMPAIGN. AND THEY LET US KNOW HOW
MUCH THEY SPENT ON THEIR COURSE MATERIALS AND WHAT
THEY MIGHT HAVE DONE WITH THAT MONEY INSTEAD. THIS ONE WE HAD A
POTENTIAL TO — FOR THIS STUDENT HE SAID HE WOULD
CONTINUE TO TAKE CLASSES OR POSSIBLY TAKE MORE
CLASSES IN ONE SEMESTER, WHICH LEADS TO A FASTER
COMPLETION RATE FOR THESE STUDENTS. AND THERE’S ACTUALLY SOME
SCHOLARLY EVIDENCE THAT OPEN EDUCATIONAL
RESOURCES, SPECIFICALLY DEGREE PATHWAYS THAT
ARE SUPPORTED BY OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
OR ZERO TEXTBOOK COST PATHWAYS. ACTUALLY, STUDENTS ON
AVERAGE THIS WAS A STUDY OUT OF TIDEWATER
COLLEGE IN VIRGINIA. STUDENTS ON AVERAGE TAKE
MORE CREDITS WHEN THEY’RE IN THOSE KINDS OF ZERO-
TEXTBOOK-COST DEGREES. SO AT A GIVEN TIME THEY’RE
TAKING MORE CREDITS, OSTENSIBLY BECAUSE
THEY CAN AFFORD IT. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT,
YOU KNOW, IT TRANSLATES HYPOTHETICALLY TO FASTER
COMPLETION, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY A GREAT THING. AND ALSO LIKE YOU SAID,
POTENTIAL TO BOOST ENROLLMENT (INAUDIBLE)
MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO MOVE THROUGH THEIR
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE MORE QUICKLY. THERE’S ALSO JUST
THE HUMAN SIDE OF IT. AND THESE IMAGES
SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WE’VE GOT A WHOLE
BUNCH OF THEM. OF COURSE, WE PICKED THE
BEST ONES, BUT NONE OF THEM ARE — NONE OF THEM DO
NOT DEMONSTRATE HOW THIS IS A REAL, REAL ISSUE
FOR STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE CONSIDER, FOR
EXAMPLE, AND THIS STUDENT IS JUST YOU KNOW, MAYBE
HE WANTS TO BE A VIDEO EDITOR; RIGHT? SO HE NEEDS THAT SOFTWARE. THAT’S NOT CHEAP SOFTWARE
TO PURCHASE SO THESE CAN BE VERY HELPFUL. ANOTHER THING THAT THIS
ADDRESSES AND GIVES US A CHANCE TO TALK TO OUR
STUDENTS THAT MAY BE HOUSING AND FOOD INSECURE,
WHICH IS A BIG ISSUE ACROSS MARICOPA STUDENTS. AND SO SEEING STUFF
LIKE THIS, THEY CAN FIND CLASSES FOR NO COST OR LOW
COST AND NOT HAVE AS MANY CONCERNS FOR FOOD
AND HOUSING AS WELL. SO THIS IS WHERE I HAVE TO
BE VERY CAREFUL BECAUSE I HAVE THE TENDENCY TO
GO OFF ON THE NERDY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND
COPYRIGHT SIDE OF WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE,
BUT JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT AN OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE IS IT IS A PIECE OF INTELLECTUAL
PROPERTY THAT IS AVAILABLE EITHER IN THE PUBLIC
DOMAIN OR UNDER AN EXPLICIT OPEN SHARING
LICENSE, WHICH PERMIT OTHERS TO RETAIN, REUSE,
REVISE, REMIX, AND REDISTRIBUTE THE MATERIAL. SO WE ARE NOT JUST
TALKING ABOUT FACULTY. IT IS NICE WHEN FACULTY
USE FREE RESOURCES THAT MAY BE ONLINE, BUT AN OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE IS ACTUALLY EXPLICITLY
ALLOWING THE FACULTY TO CUSTOMIZE THE MATERIAL,
TO ADAPT THE MATERIAL FOR THEIR SPECIFIC COURSE THAT
THEY’RE TEACHING OR THE SPECIFIC STUDENT THAT
THEY MAY HAVE IN MIND. THE ABILITY TO RETAIN THE
CONTENT IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT RELYING
ON LINKS THAT HAPPEN TO DIE AT THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU NEED
IT IN YOUR ONLINE COURSE. SO THERE’S A LOT OF
REASONS WHY THE LICENSING ASPECT OF IT IS IMPORTANT. AND I DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO
SEND ME AN E-MAIL AND I’M HAPPY TO SET UP TIME TO
EXPLAIN IT IN GREATER DETAIL, IF YOU WANT. YOU CAN ALSO
JUST GOOGLE IT. THERE IS PLENTY OF
INFORMATION THERE. BUT IT IS THROUGH THE USE
OF THESE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
DEMONSTRATE A REAL IMPACT ON THE STUDENTS. SO THE ORIGINAL GOAL OF
THE MARICOPA MILLIONS PROJECT, WHICH WAS FOUNDED
IN 2013, WAS TO SAVE STUDENTS $5
MILLION IN 5 YEARS. SO WE HAVE
SURPASSED THAT GOAL. IT’S BEEN BEYOND
THE 5 YEARS. WE ARE UPWARDS OF
$15 MILLION NOW. AND THIS IS THROUGH THE
FACULTY DECISIONS TO USE NO-COST OR LOW-COST
MATERIALS IN THEIR CLASSES, SUCH AS OER. AND WE’VE ALSO SEEN AS THE
YEARS GO BY, WE’VE SEEN THIS NUMBER INCREASE FROM
SEMESTER TO SEMESTER. AND THAT IS IN LARGE
PART BECAUSE FACULTY ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF
IT, BUT ALSO IT’S JUST RECORDING THE THINGS THAT
THEY ARE ALREADY DOING. MANY FACULTY MEMBERS JUST
HAVE INSTINCTIVELY CHOSEN TO USE LOW-COST MATERIALS
THE ENTIRE TIME. AND NOW THEY UNDERSTAND
THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY CODE THEIR CLASSES IN A
CERTAIN WAY SO THAT IT’S SEARCHABLE IN THE SYSTEM. AND WHEN WE’RE ABLE TO
COLLECT THAT DATA, WE CAN SEE THAT THIS IS HAVING
INCREASING IMPACT. SO MARICOPA MILLIONS HAS
FUNDED 26 FULL COURSES TO BE DEVELOPED BY
OUR FACULTY HERE. ADJUNCT AND RESIDENTIAL
HAVE PARTICIPATED. AND THEY ARE PUBLICLY
AVAILABLE THROUGH CAMPUS COMMONS FOR OTHERS OUTSIDE
OF MARICOPA TO ACCESS AS WELL. IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OF THIS STUFF, WE HAVE
AN ONGOING FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SERIES WHERE FACULTY ARE ABLE TO LEARN ABOUT OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FROM A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES. LAST FALL, AS AN EXAMPLE
OF THIS, WE LAUNCHED A SERIES CALLED EXPLORING
THE WORLD OF OPEN EDUCATION. THIS HERE IS JUST THE OUTSIDE
OF THE PASSPORT THAT WE DESIGNED, WHICH ALLOW
FACULTY TO ATTEND EACH ONE OF THE SEVEN WORKSHOPS. THEY GET A LITTLE STAMP
INSIDE THEIR PASSPORT. I SEE SOMEBODY IS THE
AUDIENCE RIGHT NOW THAT WENT TO A COUPLE OF THEM. SO IT’S KIND OF A FUN
WAY OF PROMOTING THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT,
BUT IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE’RE DOING TO TRY TO
INCREASE FACULTY AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGE ADOPTION
OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES. AND THIS IS HAPPENING — THE
IMPACT THAT MARICOPA IS HAVING WITH OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES GOES BEYOND YOU KNOW, THE
STUDENTS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT AND HOW IT HITS
HOME IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT WE HAVE HAD AN IMPACT
BEYOND OUR DISTRICT. SINCE 2013 BECAUSE OF WHAT
MARICOPA MILLIONS HAS DONE AND I PERSONALLY CAN’T
TAKE VERY MUCH CREDIT FOR THIS BECAUSE I INHERITED
A LOT OF THE SUCCESS OF MARICOPA MILLIONS. I’M LIKE HELPING TO RUN IT
NOW AND MAINTAIN IT, BUT IT WAS REALLY THE PEOPLE
WHO INITIALLY STARTED IT WHO WERE ABLE TO CREATE
THIS WHAT IS NOW A GLOBALLY-RECOGNIZED
INITIATIVE. AND THE INITIATIVE IS
JUST THIS LAST SEMESTER IN FEBRUARY WE HOSTED THE
FIRST STATEWIDE ARIZONA OER CONFERENCE. AND THAT WAS AT
PHOENIX COLLEGE. AND WE HAD REPRESENTATIVES
FROM INSTITUTIONS FROM ALL ACROSS THE STATE. WE ALSO HAD SOME
PEOPLE FROM CALIFORNIA. WE ALSO HAD PEOPLE FROM
AS FAR AS OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COME. AND SO WE’RE GOING TO
BE DOING IT AGAIN NEXT FEBRUARY. WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO
CONTINUING THAT LEADERSHIP. AND THEN RECENTLY THE
MARICOPA MILLIONS PROJECT WAS INVOLVED IN GETTING
MARICOPA A SUB AWARD ON A $2.5 MILLION DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION OPEN TEXTBOOKS GRANT. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN
THE BEGINNING STAGES OF ROLLING OUT THIS GRANT,
WORKING ON THE PROJECT TO DESIGN SOME SPECIFIC
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PATHWAYS SUPPORTED BY OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES. WHICH ONES WE CHOOSE TO
DEVELOP HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE RESULTS OF AN
INITIAL LANDSCAPE OR PATHWAYS ANALYSIS THAT
IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WE ARE IN THE COALITION
THAT WE ARE PART OF HERE (INAUDIBLE) IS BETWEEN
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY AND THEN TWO OF THE OTHER
LARGEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES SYSTEMS IN THE COUNTRY. SO WE ANTICIPATE THAT
THIS WILL HAVE A ENORMOUS IMPACT ON OUR STUDENTS
MOVING FORWARD. AND THAT’S ALL
THAT I HAVE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS
FROM BOARD MEMBERS? MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU. I AM SO PLEASED
TO HEAR THIS. I HAVE A QUESTION. WHERE IS THIS IVY LOCATED? IVY TECH IS IN INDIANA. THANK YOU. IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THAT IT
IS SPREADING ACROSS THE NATION. I DO HAVE A COMPLAINT. WE HAVE A PROFESSOR AT
CHANDLER-GILBERT WHO USES HIS OWN MATHEMATICS
TEXTBOOK TO TEACH HIS CLASS. IT COST $300. I’M HOPING SOMETHING
CAN BE DONE MORE IN MATHEMATICS BECAUSE I
HEAR COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR COURSE
ALL THE TIME. APPARENTLY, IT IS NOT A
NECESSARY CLASS, BUT IF YOU’RE A MATH
MAJOR, IT MIGHT BE. SO I AM SO PLEASED
WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING. THIS IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. AND I WOULD LOVE TO
KNOW THE SPECIFIC CLASS, BECAUSE WE HAVE
THESE GRANTS. WE ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING
FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY TO DISPLACE COSTLY
TEXTBOOKS AND MAYBE SPREAD THAT AWARENESS
EVEN FURTHER. I WANT TO THANK AND
CONGRATULATE BOTH OF YOU AND ALL THE OTHER
FACULTY MEMBERS THAT ARE WORKING ON OER, BECAUSE WE
KNOW THAT HAVING ACCESS TO THE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
FROM DAY ONE IS REALLY CRITICAL TO
STUDENT SUCCESS. A COUPLE QUESTIONS. YOU MENTIONED TIDEWATER
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME
CORRECTLY, THEY HAVE I THINK THEY CALL THEM Z
DEGREES WHERE ALL OF THE COURSES INVOLVED IN A
DEGREE CAN BE TAKEN WITH COURSES THAT USE OER. TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE, DO ANY
OF THE MARICOPA COLLEGES HAVE A MARICOPA
VERSION OF Z DEGREES? YEAH, SO RIGHT NOW I KNOW
MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS DEVELOPED A Z DEGREE. JUST TO BE CLEAR, THERE
ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT KIND OF PERMUTATIONS OF
THESE KINDS OF DEGREES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE CALLED
DIFFERENT THINGS. AND THEY ARE
DIFFERENT THINGS. SOME OF THEM ARE STRICTLY
OER DEGREES, WHICH MEANS THAT STUDENTS GO THROUGH
THE ENTIRE TRAJECTORY OF THEIR TWO-YEAR EDUCATION
WITHOUT USING ANYTHING REALLY BUT OER
OR PRIMARILY OER. Z DEGREE MORE INDICATES
THAT IT’S AT LEAST FREE FOR THEM. SO IT MIGHT NOT BE OPENLY
LICENSED IN THAT WAY. BUT NONETHELESS, IT’S
SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF COLLEGES HAVE. IT’S A LOT EASIER TO DO
BECAUSE YOU CAN LEVERAGE LIBRARY RESOURCES AND FREE
RESOURCES ONLINE IN WAYS THAT YOU CAN’T
STRICTLY WITH OER. BUT YEAH, I KNOW
THAT MESA IS CLOSE. SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE HAS BEEN WORKING ON SOMETHING LIKE
THAT FOR THE TIME. AND THIS COALITION FOR
OPEN ACTIVE PATHWAYS ULTIMATELY HOPEFULLY WILL
LEAD TO SOMETHING THAT WE CAN SCALE ACROSS THE
DISTRICT FOCUSED ON CERTAIN CTE PROGRAMS. BUT WE WILL SEE, LIKE
I SAID, WHERE THAT GOES BECAUSE OF THAT. WE FOUND OUR EXPERIENCE
IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT TRYING TO SCALE A Z DEGREE
ACROSS SOMETHING AS LARGE AS MARICOPA IS A LITTLE
BIT MORE CHALLENGING THAN SOME OF THE SMALLER
COLLEGES THAT HAVE MANAGED TO DO IT, BUT THAT’S
SOMETHING THAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO. THAT LEADS TO MY
SECOND QUESTION. I KNOW THAT CURATING AN
OER CLASS CAN BE REALLY OVERWHELMING TO A FACULTY
MEMBER GIVEN ALL OF THE CHOICES THAT ARE
AVAILABLE TO THEM. HAVE ANY OF THE
INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCILS TAKEN ON AS A TASK TO JOIN
FORCES TO IDENTIFY THE VARIOUS OER MATERIALS
FOR THEIR MOST POPULAR COURSES? I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S
HAPPENING AT THE INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL. I’M IN THE MATH DIVISION. AND I KNOW THAT WE DO
COMMUNICATE COLLEGE TO COLLEGE. I THINK IT’S MORE OF A
COLLEGE DIVISION DECISION BETWEEN THE FACULTY RIGHT
NOW, BUT I AM NOT AT THE INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCIL
MEETINGS TO TELL IF THEY’VE DISCUSSED IT. ONE OF THE COMPONENTS IN
THE MARICOPA STRATEGIC PLAN RIGHT NOW IS TO
KIND OF EMBED THE OER MISSION IN THE
INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURES THAT EXIST. SO ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS
KIND OF GETTING INTO THE INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCILS. AND WE MAY HAVE
PRACTITIONERS ON SOME OF THEM, HOWEVER, THERE IS
NOT A FORMALIZED WAY OF DOING THAT YET. BUT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT
WE DEFINITELY WANT TO LOOK INTO. CHANCELLOR. AND I DO KNOW THAT
SOME OF THE GRANTS THAT YOU MENTIONED EARLIER, I
THINK WE’VE HAD 26 COURSES DEVELOPED THAT SOME OF
THAT WORK WAS TEAMS WITHIN A DISCIPLINE FROM
MULTIPLE COLLEGES. SO IT MIGHT NOT BE THE
ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCIL, BUT IT WAS CERTAINLY A
MULTI-COLLEGE EFFORT. AND I JUST SAY THANK YOU
TO THE TWO OF YOU AND ALL OF YOUR COLLEAGUES BECAUSE
THIS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN FACULTY LED FROM
THE BEGINNING. AND IT’S BECAUSE OF
YOUR EFFORTS AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO BRING OTHER
PEOPLE ALONG THAT WE CAN TODAY CELEBRATE
WHAT WE HAVE DONE. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. (APPLAUSE) CHANCELLOR. THANK YOU, DR. THOR,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. THE SECOND PRESENTATION IS
AN UPDATE, AND FOR SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS MAY BE
NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE DO IN
THE CHAIR ACADEMY. AND WE HAVE THE CEO OF THE
CHAIR ACADEMY ROSE MARIE SLOAN HERE. AND I WOULD ASK HER TO
PLEASE COME TO THE PODIUM FOR THE PRESENTATION. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. PRESIDENT THOR,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER-MARINICK, MEMBERS OF
THE CEC, AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS ROSE
MARIE SLOAN. MY OFFICIAL TITLE IS VICE
PRESIDENT OF MCC WITH A WORKING TITLE OF EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR CEO OF THE CHAIR ACADEMY. I TOO COULD SPEND 17, 18
HOURS TALKING ABOUT THE WORK THAT THE CHAIR
ACADEMY DOES, BUT I WON’T DO THAT TONIGHT. I WILL TRY TO
KEEP IT BRIEF. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE
WITH YOU SOME THINGS ABOUT THE CHAIR ACADEMY, WHO WE
ARE, WHAT WE DO, AND THE BENEFIT WE PROVIDE TO
OUR COLLEGE SYSTEM. THE CHAIR ACADEMY IS
A SELF-FUNDED, SELF- SUFFICIENT DEPARTMENT OF
MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND AS INTERNATIONAL
ORGANIZATION FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, OUR MISSION IS TO
DESIGN AND PROMOTE WORLD- CLASS TRAINING PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES THAT ADVANCE ACADEMIC AND
ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP ACROSS ALL POSTSECONDARY
INSTITUTIONS. THE CHAIR ACADEMY HAS
JUST BEEN REVEALED IN RESEARCHED THAT I HAVE
RECENTLY READ AS ONE OF THE LONGEST RECORDS OF
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING ACROSS
HIGHER EDUCATION. AND IT IS RECOGNIZED AS
ONE THE FEW, IF NOT ONLY, ESTABLISHED ORGANIZATIONS
DEVELOPING LEADERS ACROSS MORE THAN 500
COLLEGES GLOBALLY. WE ARE UNIQUE AND AN ASSET
OF THIS COLLEGE SYSTEM, PROUD OF THE GLOBAL
RECOGNITION THAT WE BRING TO THE DISTRICT, AS
WELL AS MEANINGFUL AND IMPACTFUL GLOBAL
PARTNERSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE’VE
ESTABLISHED AND MAINTAINED. WE HAVE CELEBRATED 28
INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES. WE ARE EXCITED TO
BRING OUR 29TH HERE TO SCOTTSDALE IN 2020. WE’VE CONDUCTED OVER 300
LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES WORLDWIDE. YOU CAN YOU SEE FROM THE
SCREEN ALL THE DIFFERENT PLACES THAT WE’VE BEEN. WE HAVE REPRESENTATION
FROM ALL 50 STATES FROM OUR FOUNDATION AND
ADVANCED ACADEMIES. WE ARE PARTNERING
CURRENTLY WITH ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY AND NORTHERN
ARIZONA UNIVERSITY. FOR THOSE INTERESTED
IN GRADUATE CREDITS WHO COMPLETE OUR PROGRAM, SIX
GRADUATE CREDITS TOWARDS A MASTER’S DEGREE IN HIGHER
EDUCATION, ADMINISTRATION, AND LEADERSHIP OR A
CERTIFICATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. WE ALSO HAVE A LICENSING
AGREEMENT WITH VICTORIA UNIVERSITY IN
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. AND YOU CAN SEE FROM THE
SCREEN OUR OTHER PARTNERS AS WELL. OUR NEWEST PUBLICATION
IS OUR BLOG “WHAT ABOUT LEADERSHIP,” WHERE WE HAVE
OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THAT IS FOCUSED ON CONTENT. WE HAVE BOOK REVIEWS. WE ALSO HAVE LEADERSHIP
ARTICLES, QUOTES, AND TIPS AND TOOLS FOR LEADERS
ACROSS ALL LEVELS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. 35% OF OUR CONFERENCE
ATTENDEES AND PARTICIPANTS FROM OUR ACADEMIES
ARE INTERNATIONAL. AND THAT NUMBER IS
CONTINUING TO GROW. WE THINK IT’S ONE OF THE
GREATEST ASSETS THAT WE DO BRING TO THE DISTRICT. OUR MISSION IS IN
ALIGNMENT WITH OUR ACADEMY GOAL, AND IT IS TO PROVIDE
RELEVANT, LEARNER-CENTERED TRAINING FOR
ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS. IT’S ENGAGING, MEANINGFUL,
USEFUL, PRACTICAL. IT IS AROUND POSITIVE
CHANGE FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH. IN ONE OF MY FIRST
MEETINGS WITH DR. HANEY ABOUT A YEAR
AGO WE CHATTED ABOUT MY COMMITMENT TO THE WORK
THAT I DO WITH THE ACADEMY. AS A FORMER TEACHER OF
ALMOST 20 YEARS IN BOTH ELEMENTARY AND COLLEGE-
LEVEL EDUCATION, I SHARED WITH HIM MY PASSION
FOR STUDENT SUCCESS AND MY BELIEF THAT YOU DON’T
NEED A TITLE TO BE A LEADER. YOU CAN LEAD FROM ANY
POSITION AND ANY SEAT IN ANY ORGANIZATION. OUR ACADEMY CONTENT
MODULES ENGAGE LEADERSHIP PRACTICES FROM THIS
POSITION, A POSITION OF INFLUENCE, NOT CONTROL, AS
AN INTENTIONAL CHOICE THAT BEGINS WITH EACH ONE OF US. MANY OF THE PARTICIPATES
THAT WE WORK WITH SAY THIS, “I DON’T THINK I AM
A LEADER.” “I DON’T THINK I BELONG IN THIS PROGRAM.”
I AM NOT SURE IF I BELONG AS A LEADER IN MY
ORGANIZATION.” WHEN THEY LEAVE OUR ACADEMY
PROGRAMS, WE HEAR THIS: “THIS HAS BEEN A, QUOTE,
LIFE-CHANGING, CAREER- CHANGING EXPERIENCE,
IMPACTING THOUGHT, ACTION, BEHAVIOR, COMMUNICATION,
DECISION MAKING, CHANGE INITIATIVES, RELATIONSHIP
BUILDING, AS WELL AS THEIR CONTINUED PRACTICE
TOWARD TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP.” WE HAVE TWO
ACADEMY PROGRAMS THAT FOCUS ON LEADER
DEVELOPMENT, OUR FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP
ACADEMY AND OUR ADVANCE ACADEMY. THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM AND
THE ADVANCED PROGRAM ARE YEARLONG PROGRAMS. OUR FOUNDATION ACADEMY
IS FOR EMERGING LEADERS, DESIGNED AROUND
KNOWING YOURSELF AND KNOWING THE WORLD
IN WHICH YOU LEAD. THE ADVANCED PROGRAM DOES
THE SAME THING, BUT IT’S FOR OUR MORE
ESTABLISHED LEADERS. BOTH OF OUR PROGRAM SPAN
THE COURSE OF A YEAR. THE FOUNDATION HAS FIVE
DAYS OF RESIDENTIAL TRAINING, FOLLOWED BY A
YEARLONG PRACTICUM THAT INCORPORATES MENTORING,
COACHING, AND AN INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT’S CREATED BY THE
PARTICIPATES. AT THE END OF THAT
PRACTICUM, THEY COME BACK FOR FIVE MORE DAYS OF
INTENSE RESIDENTIAL TRAINING. THE ADVANCED PROGRAM
FOLLOWS THE EXACT SAME FORMAT EXCEPT IT’S
THREE DAYS OF INTENSE RESIDENTIAL FOLLOWED BY
A PRACTICUM COACHING, MENTORING, A PERSONAL AND
PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT PLAN, AND THEN THREE
MORE DAYS OF COACHING. YOU CAN SEE FROM THE
SCREEN HERE THE DIFFERENT FOCUS AND RESULTS AND
OUTCOMES FROM EACH ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT
PART OF THIS IS DESIGNED AROUND THE THEORETICAL
RESEARCH OF TRANSFORMATIONAL
LEADERSHIP. WHAT I SHOULD MENTION TO
YOU AS WELL IS THAT FROM OUR EVALUATIONS 98% OF
THOSE WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM OUR PROGRAM WOULD
RECOMMEND IT TO A COLLEAGUE. 65% HAVE EXPERIENCED
UPWARD MOBILITY AS A GRADUATE FROM OUR PROGRAM. AND 10% OF OUR GRADUATES
ARE NOW IN AN EXECUTIVE LEVEL POSITION CURRENTLY
AS EITHER A PRESIDENT, A VICE CHANCELLOR,
OR A CHANCELLOR. AND I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING TO
BE REALLY PROUD OF. I AM ALSO A WANTING
TO INFORM YOU THAT OUR ARIZONA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
HAS BEEN HOSTED BY SOUTH MOUNTAIN
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THANK YOU, DR. OLSON. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 22
PARTICIPATES FROM OUR COLLEGE SYSTEM REGISTERED
IN THIS PROGRAM AND CURRENTLY IN THE
PRACTICUM PROCESS. SEVEN OF OUR COMMUNITY
COLLEGES ARE REPRESENTED, AS WELL AS THE
DISTRICT OFFICE. WE HAVE A NEW PROGRAM THAT
IS STARTING IN FEBRUARY. AND SO OUR INVITATION TO
THE BOARD, IF YOU WOULD TO ATTEND ONE OF OUR
SESSIONS, WE’D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHARE WITH
YOU OUR ENTIRE CONTENT AND LET YOU EXPERIENCE THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
YOU ALSO SEE HERE IS OUR ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP. WE STARTED THIS ABOUT
A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. IT’S VERY AFFORDABLE. YOU NEVER HAVE
TO RENEW IT. AND THERE IS SOME DEFINITE
DISCOUNTS INVOLVED THERE. MEMBERSHIP TO THE ACADEMY
ALSO PROVIDES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS. AND I’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH
YOU THE BENEFIT WE FEEL WE BRING TO THE COLLEGE
SYSTEM IN TERMS OF GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS. WE HAVE LONG-TERM
CONTRACTS WITH STATEWIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEMS
THAT CONDUCT FOUNDATION IN ADVANCED ACADEMIES IN
MINNESOTA, MASSACHUSETTS, MARYLAND, OHIO, THE
ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA COLLEGES, THE WISCONSIN
TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM, WHICH HAS BEEN A PARTNER
WITH US SINCE 1995, ACROSS ALL OF OUR CANADIAN
PROVINCES, INCLUDING ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA,
ONTARIO, NEWFOUNDLAND, AND LABRADOR. IN THE PAST TWO YEARS
WE HAVE ESTABLISHED PARTNERSHIPS AND SECURED
CONTRACTS WITH THE FOLLOWING STATEWIDE
ORGANIZATIONS: NEW JERSEY, ILLINOIS, PIMA COMMUNITY
COLLEGE SYSTEMS, SUFFOLK, HENRY FORD COLLEGE, WEST
HILLS COALINGA COLLEGES, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY AND
VICTORIA POLYTECHNIC IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA,
WHO WE CURRENTLY HAVE A LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH. AND NOW I AM CURRENTLY
IN MY FREE TIME I HAVE CURRENT CONVERSATIONS
GOING ON WITH COLORADO, TEXAS, AND THE CALIFORNIA
COLLEGE SYSTEMS, THE WASHINGTON CENTERS OF
EXCELLENCE, BERMUDA COLLEGE, AND I’M
ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL
COLLEGES TO JOIN. MEMBERSHIP IS SOMETHING
THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING. WE HAVE OVER 300 MEMBERS
JUST STARTING A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. AND I’D LIKE TO INVITE THE
BOARD TO EXPERIENCE OUR INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
CONFERENCE, OUR 29TH CONFERENCE, AT THE
SCOTTSDALE PLAZA RESORT MAY 18TH THROUGH THE 20TH. AND YOU’RE GOING TO SEE
A FAMILIAR FACE UP THERE. DR. HARPER-MARINICK WILL
BE PROVIDING THE WELCOME ADDRESS TO OUR
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES, AS WELL AS
OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER IN COLLABORATION
WITH DR. CHENG. WE WILL BE REVIEWING AND
DISCUSSING ISSUES AROUND DRIVING INNOVATION,
EMPOWERING EQUITY, FOSTERING STUDENT SUCCESS,
AND INSPIRING TRUST. AND AT THIS TIME I
WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CHANCELLOR FOR THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MORE WITH YOU ABOUT YOU
OUR ACADEMY PROGRAMS. AS I SAID, I DID THAT
VERY, VERY QUICKLY. I COULD TALK FOR DAYS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
YOU, PRESIDENT THOR, AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FOR
YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION, THE WONDERFUL SUPPORT THAT
I RECEIVED FROM ALL OF THE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS. I’M TAKING AN OPPORTUNITY
TO TRY AND MEET INDIVIDUALLY WITH ALL OF
YOU TO CONTINUE TO SHARE THE PROCESS AND THE
PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS AN
INVITATION TO THE BOARD ANYTIME TO SHARE
WHAT WE DO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS
OR QUESTIONS FROM BOARD MEMBERS? MR. SAAR. I JUST WANT TO VERIFY THAT
THE ATTENDANCE IN THIS IS 15,000. WE HAVE HAD OVER THE PAST
28 ALMOST 30 YEARS, WE’VE HAD 15,000-PLUS
PARTICIPANTS IN OUR INTERNATIONAL
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES. AND CONFERENCES ARE HELD,
AS I SAID, ONCE A YEAR IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. WE’RE HOPING IN 2021 TO
TAKE OUR INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
INTERNATIONAL AND GO TO VANCOUVER, SO
THAT IS THERE. IN TERMS OF THE ACADEMY
PARTICIPATION, WE HAVE 12,000 PLUS
ACADEMY GRADUATES. AWESOME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. (APPLAUSE) THANK
YOU VERY MUCH. ANYTHING ELSE, DR.
HARPER-MARINICK? NO. THANK YOU, DR. THOR. WE’RE NOW AT
CITIZEN’S INTERIM. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE GOVERNING
BOARD ABOUT ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA
FOR DISCUSSION TODAY. IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE
OPEN MEETING LAW, THE GOVERNING BOARD WILL
NEITHER DISCUSS NOR TAKE ACTION ON ISSUES
RAISED DURING THIS PORTION OF THE AGENDA. EACH SPEAKER IS ASKED TO
LIMIT THEIR COMMENTS TO THREE MINUTES. WE HAVE FOUR SPEAKERS
THIS EVENING. THE FIRST ONE IS JIM HILL,
REPRESENTING THE MARICOPA COLLEGE’S POLICE
OFFICERS ASSOCIATION. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
THOR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER
MARINICK, CEC, AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS JIM HILL. I AM THE PRESIDENT OF
THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES POLICE
OFFICERS ASSOCIATION. AND TODAY I AM HERE TO
TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE ONGOING DISCUSSION
ABOUT EMPLOYEE GROUPS. WHAT I WANT TO ASK YOU
IS WHEN LOOK AT EMPLOYEE GROUPS, THAT YOU TAKE A
HARD LOOK AT PUTTING THE COLLEGE POLICE EMPLOYEES
IN A SEPARATE GROUP. THE REASON FOR THIS IS WE
HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT LAWS AND RULES
THAT APPLY TO US. TITLE 38 IN ARIZONA
REVISED STATUTE ON HOW INVESTIGATIONS
AND THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF POLICE
OFFICERS ARE CODIFIED. WE HAVE CONFIDENTIALITY
BEYOND NORMAL EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE ACCESS TO CRIMINAL
INTELLIGENCE DATABASES THAT WE CAN’T
SHARE WITH ANYBODY. WE ARE INVOLVED WITH THE
ARIZONA CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEM,
NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER, AND ARIZONA POST. ALONG WITH THAT, WE ARE
TRULY A DISTRICT FUNCTION, NOT A FUNCTION OF
INDIVIDUAL CAMPUSES. TOMORROW THE CHIEF COULD
CALL AND TELL ME I REPORT TO ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
INSTEAD OF MCC. IN OUR BUSINESS WE
CALL THOSE GO-TO-OTHER- DEPARTMENT TRANSFERS
OR GOD TRANSFERS. WE’RE USED TO THOSE. I GUESS THE BEST WAY TO
LOOK AT IT IS I ALWAYS USE A SPORT’S ANALOGY, IF THE
DISTRICT IS THE LEAGUE AND THE CAMPUSES ARE THE
TEAMS, WE’RE THE REFEREES. WE REPORT TO THE LEAGUE. IT WOULDN’T BE RIGHT
FOR US TO BE INVOLVED IN INTERNAL POLITICS OF EACH
INDIVIDUAL CAMPUSES, IF WE’RE THE ONES THAT HAVE
TO BE THE ARBITRATOR LATER WHEN DISPUTES ARISE. THIS LEADS TO THE NEED TO
REMAIN SEPARATE TO KEEP, MAINTAIN, AND PROTECT OUR
IMPARTIALITY WHEN IT COMES TO INVESTIGATIONS. AND I DON’T SAY THAT
LIGHTLY OR HYPERBOLE. EARLY THERE WAS AN
EMPLOYEE MEETING WHEN ALL THIS STARTED. AND I WALKED INTO THE
EMPLOYEE GROUP MEETING, PEOPLE WE TALKING. AND I HEARD, “OH, GOOD,
THE POLICE ARE HERE.” “IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE OUR
BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BLUE ON OUR SIDE.” I
SCREECHED MY BRAKES AND SAID, “THAT’S NOT
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT. WE DON’T TAKE SIDES. WE’RE HERE TO ENFORCE AND
BE IMPARTIAL.” SO WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WE
REALLY NEED TO BE IN A SEPARATE AND I’M TALKING
ABOUT ALL EMPLOYEES, BECAUSE OUR DISPATCHERS ALSO
HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME INTELLIGENCE WE DO. SO REALLY CONSIDER KEEPING
US IN A SEPARATE GROUP JUST TO MAINTAIN AND HELP
US PROTECT OUR STANDARDS AND OUR IMPARTIALLY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. OUR NEXT SPEAKER
IS STEVEN PEIST. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
THOR, BOARD MEMBERS, CHANCELLOR HARPER-
MARINICK, CEC MEMBERS, AND DISTINGUISHED
FACULTY AND GUESTS. I RISE TO SPEAK
TO YOU TONIGHT. MY NAME IS STEVE PEIST. I WORK AT ESTRELLA
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS READING FACULTY AND
DIVISION THE CHAIR OF THE DIVISION OF
MODERN LANGUAGES. YESTERDAY AT 5:15 PM I
RECEIVED AN E-MAIL TELLING ME THAT I WAS INCORRECTLY
CREDITED FOR UNDERPAYING ASRS RETIREMENT AND THAT I
OWED $562 AND SOME CHANGE. AND IT WOULD BE TAKEN
OUT OF MY NEXT CHECK. MY WIFE AND I ARE
METICULOUS FINANCIAL PLANERS. THE TOUGHEST PART OF THAT
E-MAIL WAS TELLING MY WIFE THAT $562 THAT WE HADN’T
PLANNED ON WOULD PROBABLY NOT BE COMING
TO THE HOUSE. LUCKILY, LATER THAT
NIGHT I WAS TOLD YOU CAN DISREGARD THAT E-MAIL. AND THIS AFTERNOON AFTER
3 O’CLOCK I WAS TOLD THAT $8.98 WOULD BE TAKEN
OUT OF MY CHECK. AND I DO APPRECIATE THE
STAFF GETTING ON THAT AND MAKING THAT CORRECTION,
BUT THIS SEEMS TO BE HAPPENING A LITTLE
BIT TOO OFTEN. I UNDERSTAND THAT
MISTAKES GET MADE. AND I HAVE TO TELL
YOU, WITH THE AMOUNT OF PLANNING I HAVE TO DO,
MY DAUGHTER AND MY MONEY ATTEND ASU. AND I’M NOT SURE
IN WHICH ORDER. SO THIS TYPE OF EXPENSE IS
NOT SOMETHING THAT I CAN, YOU KNOW, GO WITHOUT,
WITHOUT ANY NOTICE WHATSOEVER. SO I AM HOPING — AND OUR
ADJUNCTS ARE ACTUALLY WE HAVE SEVERAL ADJUNCTS IN
MY DIVISION WHO HAVE HAD PAY ISSUES THAT ARE STILL
UNRESOLVED DATING BACK TO FEBRUARY OF 2018. AT ONE POINT WE EVEN HAD
AN ADJUNCT IN MY DIVISION WHO RECEIVED A CHECK FOR
ZERO DOLLARS AND ZERO CENTS TWICE AND HAD TO
GO TO A FOOD PANTRY. THAT CAN NEVER
HAPPEN AGAIN. AND I’M GOING TO DO MY
BEST, AND THAT’S WHY I AM GOING TO ADVOCATE FOR THE
ADJUNCTS AS WELL BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE
NEED TO DO THIS. AND I KNOW WE
CAN DO A BETTER JOB. I KNOW THAT EVERYONE
WORKS HARD AND EVERYONE IS TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT
THING AND THE BEST JOB THAT THEY CAN, BUT AT THIS
POINT THERE NEEDS TO BE A WAY TO FIX THIS SYSTEM TO
MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOES NOT REPEAT, BECAUSE I HAVE
TELL YOU, I ALMOST GRABBED FOR THE MAALOX LAST NIGHT
WHEN I SAW THAT NUMBER. AND I KNOW A LOT OF MY
FELLOW FACULTY MEMBERS, 1400 OF THEM, APPARENTLY,
WE’RE ALSO HAD THAT SAME LEVEL OF ANXIETY. I USED TO WORK IN THE NEW
YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OVER 1 MILLION SCHOOL
CHILDREN AND 350,000 EMPLOYEES. AND IN THE 17 YEARS I
WORKED THERE, MY PAYCHECK WAS INCORRECT ONCE. WITHIN 24 HOURS A
HANDWRITTEN CHECK WAS DELIVERED TO MY SCHOOL
WITH A HANDWRITTEN NOTE OF APOLOGY FROM THE
DEPUTY CHANCELLOR. WE CAN DO BETTER. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. (APPLAUSE) PAM DUTY. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT THOR,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER-MARINICK,
MEMBERS OF THE CEC, GUESTS AND MY COLLEAGUES. MY NAME IS PAM DUTY. AND I JUST FINISHED MY
SECOND YEAR AS A FULL-TIME RESIDENTIAL FACULTY
AT PHOENIX COLLEGE. I TOO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED
BY THE PAYROLL DEBACLE AGAIN. AFTER SPENDING EVERY OTHER
WEEK IN THE PC HR OFFICE WITH MY FRIEND BARB CLINE
TO CORRECT, AMEND, HAVE HAND DELIVERED PAYCHECKS
IN THE OFF CYCLE, AND THEN HAVING TO ADDRESS PAYROLL
ISSUES WHILE I WAS SPREADING MY MOM’S ASHES. LAST SUMMER WAS ONLY THE
BEGINNING OF MY NIGHTMARE. THEN I GOT CAUGHT IN THE
VORTEX OF THE DISTRICT HR NOT SPEAKING WITH OUR
LOCAL HR AND MY HAVING TO PAY BACK MONEY, WHICH HAD
BEEN PAID TO ME DOUBLY CORRECT, THAT WHICH HAD
ALREADY BEEN CORRECTED. TO COMPLICATE THIS
PARTICULAR PORTION OF MY NIGHTMARE, I HAD TO SIGN
A PROMISSORY NOTE, WHICH I HAD A CAVEAT INCLUDED
REGARDING MY AGREEING NOT TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION,
WHICH I MARKED THROUGH THE DAY BEFORE I WENT IN
FOR BILATERAL KNEE REPLACEMENT. AS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW
THIS WAS TO AUTHORIZE MY OVER PAYMENT BEING REPAID
OVER MY ENTIRE SPRING 2019 PAYCHECKS BECAUSE THE LEFT
HAND APPARENTLY DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT
HAND HAD ALREADY COMPASSIONATELY COMPLETED. NOW, I AM AGAIN IN THE
PAYROLL NIGHTMARE WHERE MY ASRS, MY LONG-TERM
DISABILITY DEDUCTIONS, AS WELL AS MY SICK LEAVE
ACCRUAL ARE NOT CORRECT. THANKFULLY, BECAUSE I
RECOGNIZE THE AMOUNT WAS QUITE SKEWED, THOUGH
I INITIALLY COULD NOT DETERMINE WHERE THE ERROR
WAS IN MY CHECK, I AT LEAST DID KNOW THAT
THERE WAS AN ERROR. IF NOTHING ELSE, THE
INCOMPETENCE OF THE HCM SYSTEM AND THE INDIVIDUALS
RUNNING THE SYSTEM HAVE TAUGHT ME TO BE CAUTIOUS
WHEN LOOKING AT ANY OF THE NUMBERS ON MY PAYCHECK. I UNDERSTAND STATE LAW
ENSURES YOU AS MY EMPLOYER ARE ENTITLED TO COLLECT
MONEY FROM ME WHEN YOU HAVE MADE AN ERROR
IN OVERPAYMENT. I FURTHER RECOGNIZE YOU
WILL PAY MY CORRECTLY SO LONG AS I INFORM YOU
WHEN I HAVE NOT BEEN COMPENSATED ACCORDING. HOWEVER, I AM BEGINNING
TO WONDER IF THROUGH THIS CONTINUING DEBACLE THERE
HAS BEEN ANY RECOGNITION OR THOUGHT GIVEN TO THE
DURESS AND ANXIETY THAT I’M EXPERIENCING. IN THE LAST 24 HOURS I
HAVE BEEN TOLD I MUST PAY $685.47, TO NOW THIS
AFTERNOON THAT AMOUNT GOING DOWN TO $349.29 IN
MY NEXT CHECK NEXT WEEK. HOW DO I KNOW THAT
THAT AMOUNT IS CORRECT? I HAVE VERY LIMITED MEANS
OF DETERMINING WHY ANY SENSE OF CONFIDENCE IF I
HAVE BEEN, AM, OR WILL BE PAID CORRECTLY. THE PAY STUB IS AN
INTERESTING PICTURE OF AN ACCOUNTING NIGHTMARE. AND JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU CAN
FIGURE IT OUT, IT CHANGES. YOU HIRED ME TO TEACH
ENGLISH AND FOCUS ON BEING A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF
SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. I LOVE WHAT I DO. AND I WOULD LIKE
FOCUS ON MY TEACHING. I CAN’T BELIEVE I AGAIN
HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REPAY MONEY BECAUSE OF YET
ONE MORE GLITCH, PATCH, FIX, THAT’S FAILED. IF WE WERE IN ANY OTHER
BUSINESS, THIS WOULD NOT BE OCCURRING. AND IF IT WAS OCCURRING,
PERSONNEL WOULD HELD ACCOUNTABLE. CAN YOU IMAGINE FOR JUST
ONE MOMENT IF I CONDUCTED MYSELF IN THE CLASSROOM
WITH THE SAME SENSITIVITY WHICH HAS BEEN OFFERED ME
WHEN ADDRESSING MY PAYCHECK. YOU WOULD NOT STAND FOR
THIS, AND I DON’T FEEL THAT IT IS FAIR,
PROFESSIONAL, OR ACCEPTABLE THAT I CAN
CONTINUE TO BE TREATED IN THIS MANNER. I HOPE BY STANDING BEFORE
YOU THIS EVENING, YOU WILL IN THE FUTURE INSIST, NO,
DEMAND, THAT THIS SYSTEM BE CORRECTED OR REPLACED. AND THEN I HOPE IF IT
CANNOT BE REPLACED, I HOPE THEN IN THE VERY LEAST
YOU WILL ENTERTAIN LEGAL ACTION WITH THE COMPANY
WHO SOLD YOU AND ALL THE EMPLOYEES I WORK WITH
DOWN A HOLE OF DISPAR. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. (APPLAUSE) OUR NEXT
SPEAKER IS KEITH HEFFNER. GOOD EVENING, PRESIDENT
THOR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR HARPER-
MARINICK, CEC, AND GUESTS. THIS IS THE SAME TOPIC. AND I’D LIKE TO JUST START
OFF BY SAYING I AM HERE SPEAKING ABOUT A MATTER
OF PUBLIC CONCERN THAT HAS COME TO LIGHT AND THAT
IS THE UNDER DEDUCTION OF ASRS. IT’S A LONG HISTORY
SINCE LAST YEAR. WE ARE WELL AWARE OF
THE PAYROLL ISSUES. THIS LAST ISSUE WITH ASRS
HAS BEEN DESCRIBED PRETTY WELL BY MY COLLEAGUES. IT WAS UNDER DEDUCTED FOR
THEIR SUMMER PAYCHECKS. THERE HAS BEEN A COUPLE
MORE ISSUES SINCE THE SUMMER AND THAT WOULD BE
UNDERPAYMENT, THE WRONG LOAD HOUR, THAT WAS
CORRECTED, AND ALSO THERE’S STILL AN ISSUE
WITH ACCRUAL OF SUMMER SICK LEAVE PAY. INDIVIDUAL E-MAILS WERE
SENT OUT TO THOSE EFFECTED ABOUT THOSE EFFECTED ABOUT THE
ASRS STARTING YESTERDAY. FACULTY FOUND OUT ABOUT
THESE OR AT LEAST I WAS CONTACTED BY FACULTY
ABOUT ALL OF THESE ISSUES. AND THIS IS
ONLY SINCE MAY. THEY WERE TOLD, AS YOU
HEARD, THAT THEY HAD TO PAY BACK LARGE SUMS OF
MONEY AND IT WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF THE NEXT PAYCHECK. AND THEN THAT WAS FOLLOWED
BY A RETRACTION OF THAT, “NO WE DON’T REALLY
KNOW ABOUT THAT. WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND
FIGURE OUT WHAT THE REAL CALCULATIONS ARE.” WAVES
ON PANIC, TONS OF E-MAILS. I BROUGHT A COUPLE OF E-
MAILS TODAY JUST TO SHARE BECAUSE THESE FACULTY
COULDN’T BE HERE TONIGHT. I WILL JUST READ
THROUGH A FEW EXCERPTS. AND THERE’S GOING TO BE
TWO, MAYBE THREE FROM YESTERDAY AND THEN
THERE IS ONE FROM TODAY. THERE WERE SOME
CORRECTIONS. IT IS STILL A
BROKEN SYSTEM. “KEITH, I WAS JUST INFORMED
THAT I WAS PAID $914 TOO MUCH. IT WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF MY
NEXT PAYCHECK ALL AT ONCE TO RECONCILE 2019. I WAS NOT PAID AN EXTRA
$914 ON THE LAST PAYCHECK. SO I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG
THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING, BUT I NEED HELP. I LOST MY LEASE, BOUGHT A
HOUSE, HAD MY TRANSMISSION BLOW OUT AND TOOK MY
DAUGHTER ON OUR VACATION. AND NOW IN ONE PAYCHECK
I AM OUT THAT MONEY. IT WOULD BE HALF MY
PAYCHECK, IF I WASN’T WORKING SUMMER SCHOOL. HELP.” “THE LAST TIME THIS
HAPPEN, I HAD TO PAY BACK $700 THREE DAYS
BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I’M A SINGLE MOM. IT’S CRIMINAL.” “HEY,
KEITH, I UNDERSTAND YOUR INBOX IS BEING FLOODED,
HOWEVER, I WANTED TO SHARE THIS E MAIL WITH YOU. I DON’T UNDERSTAND
THE WHOLE PROCESS OF ACCOUNTING IMPAIRING MY
PAY STUBS AND WHERE THEY HAVE GONE RIGHT OR WRONG
SO I AM NOT GOING TO SPEND MY TIME DOING THAT. MY EFFORTS ARE WHERE
THEY SHOULD BE, TEACHING. HOWEVER, I WAS HIRED TO
TEACH, DEVELOP CURRICULUM, AND MENTOR MY STUDENTS. MY HOPE IS THAT THE
E-MAIL ISN’T CORRECT. I DON’T HAVE TO PAY OVER
$800 BACK IN ONE PAYCHECK. I AM FRIGHTENED TO HAVE TO DO
THIS, EVEN A FEW PAYCHECKS. MY HOPE LIKE OTHERS IS THAT
THIS IS RESOLVED AND THEIR CALCULATIONS ARE
INCORRECT.” FROM TODAY, “AT THIS POINT THIS IS
YOUR MISTAKE AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX. THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL
STRESS THE DISTRICT HAS CAUSED MY REPEATEDLY
BECAUSE PAYROLL CANNOT DO THEIR JOB IS EGREGIOUS,
UNPROFESSIONAL, UNETHICAL, AND CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES
THAT WE NEED A THIRD-PARTY CONSULTANT TO FIGURE
OUT THIS MESS. WE SHOULD NEVER BE MESSING
WITH PEOPLE’S PAY.” “AND THAT’S THE ONE THING
DISTRICT HAS DONE OVER AND OVER AND OVER. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW LOW
MORALE AND LACK IN FAITH IN LEADERSHIP ARE
CREATED.” I HAVE THREE SECONDS, I WONDER IF I
CAN ASK FOR 30 SECONDS. YOU MAY. THANK YOU, MA’AM. SO WE’VE BEEN TOLD ON NUMEROUS
OCCASIONS THAT THE PAYROLL SYSTEM HAS BEEN FIXED. AFTER 18 MONTHS THAT IS
CLEARLY NOT THE CASE AS PROVEN BY THIS
CURRENT CRISIS. PEOPLE ARE HURTING BECAUSE
OF THESE ONGOING ISSUES. THE DISTRICT REALLY NEEDS
TO EITHER PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON THIS INTERNALLY
OR IF THAT IS NOT AN OPTION, SEEK
EXTERNAL SOLUTIONS. WE CANNOT ABIDE ANOTHER
PAYROLL DEBACLE. WE DO APPRECIATE THE WORK
DONE SO FAR BY HR. THERE HAVE BEEN
IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO DATE. IT’S CLEARLY NOT ENOUGH. WE CAN’T KEEP DOING
THIS TO OUR EMPLOYEES. PLEASE FIX IT. THANK YOU. (APPLAUSE) THANK
YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE NOW AT THE
CONSIDERATION OF THE CONSENT AGENDA. ALL ITEMS WITH AN ASTERISK
ARE CONSENT MATTERS UNLESS THEY ARE REMOVED FROM THE
CONSENT AGENDA AT THIS TIME. DO ANY BOARD MEMBERS OR
THE CHANCELLOR WISH REMOVE ANY ITEMS FROM THE
CONSENT AGENDA? SEEING NONE, IS THERE
A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA? SO MOVED. SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. ALL THOSE IN
FAVOR SAY, AYE. (SIMULTANEOUS AYES) DID
WE HEAR FROM, DR. NERINI. I HOPE SO. AYE. THANK YOU. ANY OPPOSED? THE CONSENT AGENDA
IS APPROVED 7-0. WE ARE NOW AT ITEM
NUMBER 12: NONCONSENT, MODIFICATION OF ADOPTED
FISCAL YEAR 2019-’20 BUDGET FROM 2% TO
1% TAX INCREASE. IS THERE A MOTION? (INAUDIBLE) IS
THERE A SECOND? I SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? YEAH. MR. SAAR. YEAH, I AM DISAPPOINTED
THAT THIS ON THE AGENDA. WE’VE PASSED IT LAST MONTH
THE 2% INCREASE WITH NO OPPOSITION — NO
MAJOR OPPOSITION. WE ALSO SPENT TIME WITH
THE MAJOR TAXPAYERS IN MARICOPA COUNTY EXPLAINING
TO THEM HOW WE WERE GOING TO USE THE NEW FUNDING NOT
ONLY FROM THIS, BUT ALSO FROM OTHER ELEMENTS
OF PROPERTY TAX. AND THEIR RESPONSE
WAS POSITIVE. THIS WAS IN BEST THE
INTEREST OF MARICOPA COUNTY AND THE
CONSTITUENCIES THAT THEY SERVE. AND IN OUR CASE WE’RE
TALKING ABOUT 1% DECREASE IN WHAT WE APPROVED
LAST MONTH. THAT AMOUNTS TO JUST
SHY OF $5 MILLION, WHICH EQUATES TO ABOUT $5 A YEAR
FOR THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER IN MARICOPA COUNTY. I DON’T SEE WHERE THIS
TAKES PRECEDENT OVER THE WAY THAT WE COULD INVEST
THAT MONEY IN THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT
FOR SEVERAL YEARS, ONE BIGGEST ONE BEING THE
DECLINING (INAUDIBLE) 6 OR 7% DECREASE EVERY YEAR
IN OUR ENROLLMENT, AND YET WE ARE THE FASTEST GROWING
COUNTY IN THE NATION. THOSE TWO DON’T
COME TOGETHER. WE GOT A PROBLEM. WE’VE GOT A COUPLE OF
PROGRAMS THAT ARE REALLY WORKING WELL, BUT WE’VE
TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THERE’S JUST NOT ENOUGH
FUNDING TO REALLY PUT THEM INTO A SCALABLE OPERATION. IN MARICOPA COUNTY WE HAVE
8.3% OF THE YOUTH WHO ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND
19 WHO ARE NOT ENROLLED IN SCHOOL AND WHO ARE
UNEMPLOYED OR NOT IN THE LABOR FORCE. THAT’S 8.3% OF OUR YOUTH
IN THAT AGE GROUP ARE SITTING THERE WITH NOTHING
TO DO AND NO EDUCATION, NO JOB. AND WE KNOW WHAT SOME OF
THOSE SITUATIONS CAN LEAD TO, IF WE’RE NOT
ADDRESSING THEM. MORE THAN 40% OF OUR HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATES LAST MONTH ARE NOT ENROLLED IN
POSTSECONDARY PROGRAM THE FIRST FALL AFTER HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATION. AND THAT’S A
CONSERVATIVE NUMBER. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
MARICOPA COUNTY AND THE STATE OF ARIZONA, THAT
40% OF THOSE POTENTIALLY STUDENTS OF OURS ARE NOT
COMING INTO OUR PROGRAM OR ANY OTHER
POSTSECONDARY PROGRAM. THEY’RE JUST LOOKING
FOR A JOB OR LOOKING FOR SOMETHING AND HOPEFULLY
THEY WOULD BE LOOKING AT US FOR THE SOLUTIONS FOR
THEIR FUTURE, BUT THEY’RE NOW BECAUSE WE DON’T
HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PUT SOMEBODY IN PLACE TO
ADDRESS THEIR ISSUES. FOR THE $5 PER HOUSEHOLD
INVESTMENT, MARICOPA CAN EMBED HALF THE STUDENTS —
HALF THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN MARICOPA COUNTY WITH A
HIGHLY-TRAINED ACADEMIC ADVISOR BY NEXT SPRING. WE CURRENTLY HAVE SIX
ACADEMIC ADVISORS EMBEDDED IN SIX MESA HIGH SCHOOLS. THE RESPONSES TO THAT
FIRST YEAR, WHICH WAS LAST YEAR, WE WON’T FIND THE
RESULTS OF THIS PAST YEAR UNTIL SEPTEMBER WHEN THOSE
STUDENTS DECIDE TO OR NOT TO ATTEND
POSTSECONDARY PROGRAMS. JUST LET ME JUST READ SOME
OF THE STATISTICS THAT MESA HAS TALKED ABOUT AS
FAR AS THE SUCCESS OF THAT PROGRAM: 31% INCREASE
IN DUAL AND CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT. KEEP IN MIND THAT MESA
HAS HAD ONE OF THE LARGEST DECLINES IN ENROLLMENT
IN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. THIS IS REMARKABLE. THIS IS THEIR NUMBER ONE,
AMONG A COUPLE OTHER, ELEMENTS THAT THEY’VE
IMPLEMENTED THAT HAS BROUGHT THEIR DECREASE IN
ENROLLMENT UP TO ALMOST BREAK EVEN. 24% INCREASED
HISPANIC ENROLLMENT. THIS IS JUST FROM
THIS PROGRAM THAT THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED. 26% INCREASE FTSE, WHICH
IS FULL TIME EQUIVALENT ENROLLMENT. 11% INCREASE IN FIRST-
GENERATION STUDENTS. A 5% INCREASE IN PELL
GRANT RECIPIENTS. 20% INCREASE IN MESA
PUBLIC SCHOOL GRADUATES ATTENDING MESA COMMUNITY
COLLEGE AFTER GRADUATION. AN 84% INCREASE IN
THE PRESIDENT’S HONOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS. A LOT OF THOSE CAN BE
DIRECTLY RELATED TO HAVING THAT INDIVIDUAL IN THAT
HIGH SCHOOL TO RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS OF
THOSE STUDENTS. AND BY TAKING AWAY THE 1%,
THE $5 PER HOUSEHOLD PER YEAR IN MARICOPA COUNTY,
WE’RE TAKING AWAY THE ABILITY TO INCREASE THOSE 6
HIGH SCHOOLS TO OVER 50. AND THAT’S AN ONGOING
INCOME SOURCE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT
PROGRAM IN PLACE AT 50 OR MORE HIGH SCHOOLS
IN MARICOPA COUNTY. IF YOU SCALE THESE NUMBERS
OVER THOSE 50 HIGH SCHOOL AND THE STUDENTS IN THOSE,
WE MAKE A REMARKABLE INVEST RETURN FOR ALL
OF THE TAXPAYERS OF MARICOPA COUNTY, ESPECIALLY THOSE
INDIVIDUALS IN THAT 16-TO- 18-TO-20-YEAR RANGE, WHERE
WE FAIL BETTER THAN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. SO I URGE YOU NOT TO VOTE
FOR THIS, TO CONTINUE THE 2% THAT WE VOTED ON A
MONTH AGO AND USE THE MONEY THAT WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE STUDENTS
HERE IN MARICOPA COUNTY. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. ARE THERE OTHER
COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? I HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS. DR. NERINI. SO HELP ME UNDERSTAND, IS
IT BEING SUGGESTED THAT THE SURGE OF NEW
CONSTRUCTION GOING ON IN MARICOPA COUNTY IN THAT NEW
CONSTRUCTION IS GOING TO INCREASE OUR TAX BASE, SO
THE INCREASE TAX BASE WILL IN TURN GENERATE
ADDITIONALLY TAX DOLLARS AND BECAUSE OF THOSE
TAX DOLLARS THAT SMALLER INCREASE IN THE PERCENTAGE
OF PROPERTY TAX IS NECESSARY? MR. HIBBS, DO YOU
HAVE A COMMENT? PRESIDENT THOR, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, DR. NERINI, THERE WILL BE SOME LARGER
INCREASE THAN WHAT WE HAD EARLIER PREDICTED BASED
ON THE FACT THAT THERE IS INCREASED NEW
CONSTRUCTION. I THINK THE ESTIMATE THAT
WE HAD ORIGINALLY MADE WAS FOR A $4.7 MILLION
INCREASE FOR EACH 1%. WE KNOW BELIEVE IT WILL BE
ABOUT 4.9% FOR EACH 1%. SO THERE’S NO REAL
DISAGREEMENT IN THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF THE
DISTRICT JUST BY — IT’S MORE ABOUT WHERE THE MONEY
IS COMING FROM; IS THAT RIGHT? I’M NOT SURE WE UNDERSTOOD
YOUR QUESTION, DR. NERINI. THE BUDGET THAT WAS PROPOSED
LAST MONTH THAT WE BASED THIS INCREASE ON, THERE’S
NO DISAGREEMENT THAT THOSE ARE THE NEEDS OF THE
DISTRICT; CORRECT? WE’RE NOT DEBATING WE’RE
NOT (INAUDIBLE) IN THE BUDGET? CORRECT. OKAY. SO ARE WE SUGGESTING THAT
THE ADDITIONAL TAX REVENUE GENERATED BY THE SURGE
WILL OFFSET THE $4.7 MILLION THAT WE NEED TO
KEEP ON TRACK WITH THE PROPOSED BUDGET? MR. HIBBS. THE ANSWER TO THAT IS NO. HOW FAR OFF
ARE WE ON THAT? I THINK IT MIGHT BE
HELPFUL THAT THE 2% WAS NOT INTENDED, AND
CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG, MR. HIBBS, BUT THE 2%
WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE EXPENDED IN THE ’19-’20
FISCAL YEAR, BUT RATHER TO ROLL TO THE BOTTOM LINE TO
BEGIN TO BUILD A CUSHION FOR FUTURE YEARS WHEN OUR FUND
BALANCES WILL BE DECLINING AND WE’RE GOING TO NEED
ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO AVOID CUTS AT THAT TIME. IS THAT BASICALLY CORRECT? THAT IS CORRECT,
PRESIDENT THOR. WE CAN STILL FUND ALL
OF THE ITEMS THAT WE’RE APPROVED BY THE
BOARD THIS NEXT YEAR. THE ISSUE IS TO SUSTAIN
SOME OF THOSE INVESTMENTS GOING FORWARD WILL NOT BE
ABLE TO BE DONE WITHOUT SOME ADDITIONAL REVENUE
BEING BROUGHT INTO THE DISTRICT. THANK YOU. SO WITH THE NEW SURGE
THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT, IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE
MAY MEET OUR IT NEEDS. WHAT ARE OUR OPTIONS
GOING FORWARD? MR. HIBBS. (LAUGHTER) WOW. MR. NERINI, IN TERMS OF
OPTIONS, I’M NOT TOTALLY SURE WHAT YOU
MIGHT MEAN BY THAT. I THINK CERTAINLY THE
BOARD EACH YEAR AS THE BUDGET IS PRESENTED HAS
THE OPTION TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT IT WANTS TO
INCREASE TUITION, WHETHER IT WANTS TO IMPOSE SUCH
THING AS A TECHNOLOGY FEE, WHETHER IT WANTS TO
INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES SO FUTURE BOARDS ACTIONS
CERTAINLY COULD BEGIN TO ADDRESS FUTURE NEEDS, IF
THAT WAS WHAT THE BOARD DECIDED TO DO. OKAY. SO THIS IS THE PART THAT
I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND AND NEED MORE HELP
UNDERSTANDING, SO IF WE REDUCE IT TO 1%, DO WE
HAVE AN ABILITY IN THE FUTURE TO MAKE UP WHAT THE
1% I MEAN, CAN WE INCREASE THE TAXES IN THE FUTURE
TO MAKE UP FOR THIS 1%. MR. NERINI, I DON’T KNOW
THAT I WOULD SAY YOU CAN MAKE IT UP BECAUSE THE
FACT IS THAT THE BALANCE THIS YEAR WILL DROP BY AT
LEAST THERE’S 4.7 TO $4.9 MILLION OVER WHAT IT
OTHERWISE WOULD BE. YOU CANNOT MAKE THAT UP,
BUT IN THE FUTURE YOU CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO LOOK AT REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES AND WHERE
INVESTMENTS ARE NEEDED AND DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT
THERE ARE OTHER ACTIONS THAT THE BOARD MIGHT TAKE
TO INCREASE REVENUES. I SEE. THANK YOU. SO PERHAPS WE MAYBE GET
THE STATE TO PONY UP (LAUGHTER)
(INAUDIBLE) THANK YOU. I HAVE NO COMMENT ON THE
STATE BEING RESPONSIBLE. (LAUGHTER) BUT JUST TO
CLARIFY THAT THIS BOARD IN THE FUTURE OR FUTURE BOARDS CAN LEVY NOT
ONLY THE 2% THAT THEY’RE ALLOWED TO EACH YEAR, BUT
CAN GO BACK AND RECOVER PERCENTAGES THAT WERE LEFT
ON THE TABLE IN PREVIOUS YEARS. THANK YOU. THAT’S WHAT I WAS
TRYING GET AT. I APPRECIATE THAT. MS. WINN. NO, YOU’RE JUST — ANY OTHER
COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? MR. HENDRIX. JUST ONE COMMENT. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT WAYS TO
GET ADDITIONAL REVENUE — IS YOUR MIC ON? I THINK IT IS. WE’VE TALK ABOUT WAYS TO
GET ADDITIONAL REVENUE AND THE NOVEL IDEA OF GOING TO
THE STATE THAT’S PROBABLY A GOOD DIRECTION TO GO. WE CAN RAISE TAXES
IN THE FUTURE. WE CAN RAISE TUITION. THERE IS ALSO THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE BUDGET. YOU COULD ALSO
SPEND LESS MONEY. AND IN FUTURE BUDGETS
WE MAY LOOK AT THAT. AND WE MAY FIND THAT WE
DON’T NEED AS MUCH MONEY. SO THERE’S TWO DIRECTIONS
TO HANDLE THE BUDGET. YOU CAN GET MORE MONEY OR
YOU CAN SPEND LESS MONEY. MY PERSONAL BUDGET, I
FOCUS ON SPENDING LESS MUCH OF THE TIME, BUT
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER A POSSIBILITY ON
NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET. ANY OTHER COMMENTS
OR QUESTIONS? OKAY. THE MOTION HAS BEEN
MOVED AND SECONDED. ALL THOSE IN
FAVOR SAY, AYE. (SIMULTANEOUS
AYES) OPPOSED? NAY. NAY. THE MOTION PASSES 5-2 WITH
MS. SULLIVAN AND MR. SAAR VOTING NO. WE ARE NOW AT FIRST READ
INFORMATION ITEMS AND MONITORING REPORT. FOR FIRST READ OUR
REVISIONS TO BOARD POLICY 14.13 REGARDING THE
STUDENT BOARD MEMBER. THE REVISIONS PROPOSED
HAVE THE NEW MARICOPA STUDENT SENATE OVERSEEING
THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE NEW STUDENT BOARD
MEMBER INSTEAD OF THE STUDENT PUBLIC
POLICY FORUM. ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? IF NOT, THIS WILL BE BACK
IN AUGUST FOR ACTION. MR. SAAR. LET ME SAY THIS IS A GOOD
IMPROVEMENT OVER WHAT WE DID. WE’VE GOT
SOMEBODY IN PLACE. THIS DOESN’T EFFECT HER. SHE IS HERE. AND WE APPRECIATE THAT,
WITHOUT QUESTION, BUT I DO THINK THAT THE PROCESS
WITH WHAT’S BEEN PRESENTED HERE IN FIRST READ IS A
MUCH MORE IMPROVED WAY OF ALLOWING ALL STUDENTS NOT
ONLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, BUT TO HAVE
THE VOTE ON WHO IS THE EVENTUAL MEMBER
OF THIS BOARD. I APPRECIATE THE WORK
THAT’S BEEN DONE. THANK YOU. INFORMATION ITEM
EMPLOYMENT AND SEPARATIONS, ANY
COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE. 15.1 IS THE BURN REPORT. ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE. WE’RE MOVING TO
GOVERNING BOARD REPORTS. MR. SAAR. NONE TODAY. MS. MCGRATH. NO COMMENTS. MS. WINN. I JUST WANT TO TAKE A
MOMENT TO THANK THE PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATED IN
THE MEDIATION FROM THE ADMINISTERED SIDE
AND FROM THE FACULTY. IT WAS NICE TO SEE
EVERYONE COME TOGETHER AND HAVE RESOLUTION. AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD
TO WHERE WE GO FROM HERE AS WE START THE NEXT
SCHOOL YEAR STARTING IN AUGUST. AND I WANT TO JUST THANK
EVERYONE FOR THEIR TIME AND ESPECIALLY DR. THOR, BECAUSE
THAT TOOK SOMETHING. AND I DIDN’T WANT TO NOT
HAVE PUBLIC RECOGNITION OF THE WORK THAT GOT
DONE, SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU. MS. SULLIVAN. I WANTED TO SAY I LEARN
SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY AND APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE OER
AND CHAIR ACADEMY REPORTS. THANK YOU FOR
THE INFORMATION. AND I’M IMPRESSED WITH
WHAT YOU’RE DOING WITH THAT. I WANTED TO OFFER
THAT COMMENT. I KNOW IT SAYS CURRENT
EVENT SUMMARIES, BUT I AM GOING TO GO FUTURE
EVENTS AND THAT IS SPEAKING TO — BECAUSE I SIT
AS CHAIR OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SOMEWHERE
BETWEEN JULY AND AUGUST WE’RE GOING TO BEGIN THE
CONVERSATION AND PROCESS IN PREPARATION FOR
THE FUTURE BUDGETS. AND OUR GOAL THROUGH THAT
COMMITTEE WILL BE TO BE VERY TRANSPARENT AND TO
BEGIN TO LOOK AS DEEPLY TOGETHER AS WE CAN TO SEE
WHERE OPPORTUNITIES LIE FOR CAPTURING REVENUE
THAT MAY BE IN THE CURRENT BUDGET TO MOVE US FORWARD
AND STABILIZE US AND TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE
MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS BEFORE WE DO TAKE A VOTE
ON A FUTURE BUDGET SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO REPEAT
THE ACTIVITIES. THAT COMES UNDER FUTURE
EVENTS SUMMARIES, NOT CURRENT EVENTS. WITH THAT, I HOPE
EVERYONE HAS A GREAT JULY. THANK YOU. MR. HENDRIX. NO REPORT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. AND I HAVE NO REPORT. OUR NEXT MEETING
IS AUGUST 27TH. SO LIKE MS. SULLIVAN, I
HOPE THAT EVERYBODY HAS A RELAXING AND ENJOYABLE
JULY (INAUDIBLE) AND AUGUST. WE’LL SEE YOU
BACK IN AUGUST. AT THIS TIME I’LL
ENTERTAIN A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADJOURN. SO MOVED. SECOND. WE ARE ADJOURNED.

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