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ACCC Trustees Approve New Hires, Contracts, Grants

February 7, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees accepted grants, approved contracts and hired new staff when the group met Jan. 23 at the Cape May County Campus.

Grants/Contracts Approved

The board authorized acceptance of the FY'07 Perkins Grant through June 30, 2007, for $566,628. Under the grant, funds will be used to strengthen academic and technical skills, provide students with strong experience in technology in vocational programs, develop and expand the use of technology in vocational programs and provide professional development programs for teachers, counselors and administrators.

The board accepted a customized training contract with the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development to fund incumbent worker training in ESL, leadership, team building, Microsoft Office and other areas, partnering with Borgata, Tropicana, Trump Entertainment and Harrah's Entertainment to deliver training to their employees, for a maximum of $613,590. It runs Jan. 2, 2007, to Jan. 2, 2008.

In Personnel Action:

The board made these appointments:

--Robert Cobler of Egg Harbor Township, program coordinator, continuing education, effective Jan. 24.

--Tiffani Harris of Pleasantville, senior clerk, finance, effective Jan. 24.

--Eileen Mick of Egg Harbor Township, housekeeper I, effective Jan. 24.

In other personnel action, the board:

--Accepted the resignation of Kristen Fletcher, admissions specialist, retroactive to Jan. 19.

--Approved a one-semester sabbatical leave for Richard Benner, effective Sept. 4.

--Approved the transfer of Marsha Patrick, chef educator/nutritionist, Academy of Culinary Arts, to assistant professor of allied health (nutrition), retroactive to Jan. 16.

--The board passed a resolution accepting the retirement of Moe Nagrod, ITS, effective July 1, and extended its best wishes to him and his spouse, Rochelle.

Board Approves Reallocation of Funds

The board approved a reallocation of $276,941 formerly earmarked for use in remodeling the campus greenhouse for use as a food service location. The funds now will be used to supplement existing Chapter 12 monies to pay for replacement of air conditioning and heating units at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus. Cost of the new units totals $431,909.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora introduced Dr. Art Wexler, senior dean, academics, who reported on the Jan. 12 Faculty Development Day at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

--The college was pleased to host Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson who delivered his annual budget message Jan. 16 in ACCC's theater, one of a series of events the county will host on the campus. The president welcomed those in attendance.

--Dean Patricia Owens reported on ACCC's collaboration with the Cape May County Park and Zoo as well as other partnerships with Cape May County organizations.

--Dr. Mora played a portion of his interview on the Pinky Kravitz Show. The president spoke on the college's master plan, degree completion agreement with Rutgers University, the Institute for Service Excellence and Health Professions Institute, among other topics. The 30-minute program aired Jan. 20 on NewsChannel 40.

Board Approves These Contracts/Purchases:

--Culinary equipment, Perkins Funds, Edward Don & Co., Marlton, $19,014.

--Professional services, environmental compliance, plant fund, HRP Associates, Harrisburg, Pa., $79,800.

--Fuel oil under state contract, Pedroni Fuel Oil, Vineland, facilities management budget, not to exceed $67,000.

-- Interagency agreement for professional service/grant administration, South Jersey Economic Development District, Millville, EDA Grant/Chapter 12, $20,000.

--Tech Prep Grant expenses, reimbursement for FY07, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Mays Landing, $29,455.

--Worthington Atlantic City Campus construction phase II, Chapter 12/plant fund, M.B. Markland, Atlantic City, $431,909.

--Paper and envelopes, central stores/print shop operational, Paper Mart, East Hanover, $21,487.

In Other Business:

--The board accepted the monthly financial report.

--Dr. Albert Monillas gave the ACCC Foundation report, reminding trustees of the March 7 Restaurant Gala and asking their input on prospective new board members. The Foundation allocated $208,550 for student scholarships and grants-in-aid and made a $15,000 annual gift to the college for educational enhancements. Working with the college, the Foundation will explore the feasibility of a capital campaign to support priorities in the college's 10-year Master Plan.

--Eric Reynolds, chairperson of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, provided highlights from the group's Jan. 17 meeting, which included an update and timeline on Middle States remediation activities. Reynolds said the college is participating in a new statewide transfer agreement, and he offered statewide enrollment, scholarship and trend data provided by the N.J. Council of County Colleges.

--Lynn Baumgardner, reporting for the Diversity and Equity Committee, said the group heard a report by Dr. Wexler on "Diversity and Global Perspective" and heard from Carmen Royal, dean of students, about the Jan. 23 Black/Latino Male Retention luncheon and Black History Month events.

--Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of administration, planning and research, reported for the Long-range Planning and Capital Projects Committee, providing background on resolutions relating to the environmental compliance consultant and the transfer of Chapter 12 funds. The college is following up on a question by the Pinelands Commission on the M-building retention ponds. The question arose when the college asked permission to place portable classrooms for Rutgers University on the basketball courts near M-building.

--The trustees approved resolutions authorizing the award of contracts, each in excess of $17,500, for Ashley Foods, Dutch Prime Foods, Rastelli Seafood (Black Tiger), SYSCO Food Service, B.F. Mazzeo Fruit and Produce and U.S. Food Service to provide culinary food items as needed for class instruction under N.J. Community College Contract Law for Food.

--Dr. Monillas asked that area school districts be notified of the discontinuation of the Kids College program.

--Chairperson Robert Boyer reminded trustees of the Feb. 23 trustee retreat, asked them to return their bios and announced the March 15 Trustee Ambassador program. The board has a plaque it will present to former trustee, Lynn Kramer, in recognition of her dedicated service.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.