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Trustees Approve $41.3 Million Budget, Adopt Tuition and Fee Schedule

January 31, 2013

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees adopted a $41,285,000 FY’14 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan when the group met at the Cape May County Campus Jan. 29.

The FY’14 budget is contingent on $8,572,942 in county appropriations that will be voted on at an upcoming meeting of the Board of School Estimate, a group composed of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials. The state will contribute a projected $6.1 million. Support from the counties increased .2 percent for the college’s fiscal year and state operating aid is projected to remain the same.

Tuition will rise to $108 a credit from $102, a 5.9 percent increase. Increases averaging 5.9 percent were also put in place for culinary arts and online tuition. The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2013 summer session.

Mandatory fees (general, information services, activity and facilities) will increase an average of 5.9 percent, bringing the total per credit cost to $131.85 from 124.50 in FY’13. A student taking 24 credits a year--Atlantic Cape’s typical student--will see a $176.40 a year increase for a total of $3,164.40, up from $2,988 in FY’13.

Treasurer Robert Boyer said the new tuition and fee schedule provides the college the necessary revenue to meet its budgetary requirements “and still allows us to be in the lower third for tuition price within community colleges in the state.”

The budget approved is down slightly from last year’s fiscal plan and includes a $160,542 fund balance transfer. It projects a 3 percent decline in credit enrollments due to changing demographics in the college’s service district.

Board Awards $12.3 Million STEM Construction Contract

Ben Harvey Co., Inc., of Ocean, won the construction contract for the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) building to be built on the Mays Landing Campus beginning this spring. The firm’s $12,349,000 bid was the lowest among 12 submitted. Trustee Helen Walsh acknowledged the hard work of Terry Budd, executive director, administration and business services, and Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean, facilities, planning, research, community affairs and Worthington Atlantic City Campus, that made possible the award of the STEM building contract.

The board also approved these contracts:

--Software license renewal, Microsoft Campus, A-Prompt Corporation, Jim Thorpe, Pa., $35,822.

--Career Focus Magazine, Academic Marketing, Belleville, Mich., up to $35,000.

--Two-year agreement for college banking services, Cape Bank.

The board confirmed the denial of a bid appeal by Thomas-United, Inc., relating to a food service equipment contract for the Worthington Atlantic City Campus awarded Dec. 18.

Resolutions Support Future Capital Construction

The board approved two resolutions relating to future capital construction. The first endorsed the submission of construction of a Student Center on the Mays Landing Campus for up to $4.2 million in FY’14 Chapter 12 funding. The second identified how the college would use Building Our Future Bond Act funds approved by voters in November. The college has been allocated $9 million from the bond, which must include a 25 percent match. It would use the funds for these projects: Renovation of existing academic buildings on the Mays Landing Campus, $4 million; Student Success/Career and Planning Center, Mays Landing Campus, $3.5 million (new construction); and the renovation of space to create Student Success/Career and Planning Centers at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, $1 million, and Cape May County Campus, $500,000.

The board approved transferring the balance of unused funds from completed renewal and replacement and construction-related projects to the STEM building project. They will transfer $1,126,071 to the STEM fund, which is about $1.1 million short due to a change in what U.S. Economic Development Administration funding will cover in the building.

In Personnel Activity, the Board:

--Appointed Bryant Brown of Pleasantville, maintenance mechanic II, facilities management, effective Jan. 23.

--Approved funding, part institutional, part EOF, for the counselor II, Educational Opportunity Fund, position for FY’13.

--Approved retirements for three long-time faculty members, all effective June 30:

--Myra Caplan of Sewell, associate professor, allied health. She joined the college as assistant professor in 2001 and served as a faculty mentor for adjuncts, coordinated nursing and allied health annual enrichment days and served as co-advisor for the Student Nurses Club. Her committee work included Academic Standards, faculty searches, Middle States and co-chair of the International Education and Multicultural Awareness. A supervisor praised her as “a role model for her students, as she exudes confidence, clinical expertise and compassion.”

--Thomas Celandine of Somers Point, assistant professor of social science and developmental English. He served the college for 35 years with dedication, holding the posts of director of developmental studies skills lab, assistant director of the learning resource center, director of media services and an adjunct instructor. A supervisor described him as a “dedicated and dynamic teacher” and a “talented individual.” His extensive committee work included Instruction Resource, Commencement, International Education, Sabbatical Leave, Basic Skills, Scholarship and multiple search committees.

--Angel Eguaras of Ventnor, professor of mathematics and developmental studies, who joined the college in 1974 as assistant professor. During his 39 years at the college, he has served “with distinction” as a member of New Jersey’s Basic Skills Council’s Mathematics Advisory Committee through which he was appointed to the Algebra Task Force for the Department of Education, representing the state’s community college sector. He also served as an adjunct faculty mentor, basic skills advisor and coordinator for various areas, including developmental studies, basic skills, mathematics and developmental math. Dr. Peter L. Mora said, “Your work in the classroom has resulted in enhancing the lives of thousands of students over the past four decades.”

Chairperson David Evans said of the retirees, “It is remarkable the number of lives they must have touched.”

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the Dec. 31, 2012, financial statement.

--Authorized application to the N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development’s Opportunity4Jersey Training Grant Program, for an anticipated grant of up to $300,000 from April 2013 through April 2014.

--Authorized application to the N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development’s Opportunity4Jersey Training Grant Program, for an anticipated grant of up to $100,000 from March 2013 through March 2014.

--Approved offering the project management professional series and dropping six professional series programs and consolidating them into a new modified Microsoft Office specialist professional series program, all effective in fall 2013. Programs to be consolidated are: computing for small business specialist, office automation specialist, office assistant specialist, office receptionist specialist, multimedia specialist and desktop publishing specialist.

In the President’s Report:

--Douglas Hedges, dean, information technology services, gave a report on the three-year implementation of the college’s new management information system, Colleague by Ellucian. Noting that projects like this have a high rate of failure, he thanked the president and board for their financial support and commended all those who worked to ensure its success. He singled out members of the project core team for their critical and ongoing work to select, implement and customize the system. “These people have done an exemplary job,” he said. Core team members include: Cindy DeFalco, Linda DeSantis, Kristin Fletcher, Dolores Giannini, Pat Heller, Leslie Jamison, Kathy Landau, Jennifer Martucci, Caesar Niglio, Heather Peterson and Jeff Wenzel.

--Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean, continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus Operations, spoke about the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, which she called “a real across-the-college effort to help address the needs of our students.” She thanked all the departments who “took the time and made the extra effort” to publicize the fund to potential donors, identify student recipients, and quickly award them checks. A total of $45,250 was granted to 425 students, with donations coming from individuals, organizations, clubs, businesses, Atlantic Cape’s Student Government Association, other colleges around the country, and the Atlantic Cape Foundation. Additional gifts included a laptop, school supplies and a gift card.

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, reviewed the board calendar of events, including the board’s annual retreat on Feb. 1.


The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus. All are welcome to attend.