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ACCC Trustees Pass $36.9 Million FY’08 Budget; Increase Tuition, Some Fees

March 5, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees adopted a $36.9 million FY'08 revenue budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees to support the fiscal plan when they met Feb. 27. The FY'08 budget includes county appropriations of $8,344,985, approved at the ACCC Board of School Estimate meeting with Atlantic and Cape May County officials that morning.

County and state allocations provide 23 and 18 percent, respectively, of college revenues in the new budget, with tuition and fees covering some 54 percent.  The budget is based on a projected average credit hour enrollment increase of 2.1 percent for FY'08.

A year's tuition and fees for a full-time student will rise to $2,424 from $2,328.  For a full-time student taking 12 credits a semester, the change will amount to an increase of $96 a year.  The general education tuition rate will rise five percent to $83 from $79 for in-county students, to $166 from $158 for out-of-county students and to $332 from $316 for out-of-state and foreign students.  Culinary tuition will go to $249 from $237 with corresponding increases for out-of-county, state and foreign students.  Online tuition will rise to $101 a credit from $96.

Mandatory student fees for all students were not changed, but some special fees increased. The nursing clinical fee and culinary arts fee were increased 3.5 percent to $181 and $238 respectively. The heavy technology course fee for science labs and HPED 117, 118 were increased to $25 from $22. The lab kit fee for online sections of Earth Science and Biology 103 were set to $130 per course, up from $25 per credit.

In introducing the tuition and fee changes, Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky, treasurer, said, "They are moderate and reflect the needs of the college and the mission."

In fall 2006, ACCC was in the lower quartile of community colleges statewide with tuition and per credit fees of $96. Rates for the 19 community colleges ranged from $78.50 to $118.58.  The median was $106.55 and the average was $103.15.  The new tuition and fee schedule begins with the 2007 summer session.

Board Approves Appointments, Accepts Retirement, Re-Appoints Staff

The board approved these appointments, effective Feb. 28:

--Barbara Kozek, Galloway Township, student support specialist, continuing education.

--Gweneth L. Yarbrough, Absecon, customized training specialist, continuing education.

The board passed a resolution accepting the retirement of Gretchen Harris, Williamstown, student services, effective March 1. The resolution praised Gretchen for serving the college "faithfully and professionally for nearly 26 years."

The board made these reappointments for one year, effective July 1:

Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Included in the Bargaining Unit: Lisa Apel-Gendron, Janet Brenner, Maryann Carol, Josie Chivalette, Debbie Ciarrocki, Paula Davis, Linda DeSantis, Carol Drea, Dorothea Dunayer, John Feldbauer, Christine Gamboa, Nicholas Ganaway, Patricia Heller, Leslie Jamison, Michael Kernan, Kathleen Landau, Jean McAlister, Maryann McCall, Linda McLeod, John Mohr, Heather Peterson, Geoffrey Pettifer, Anita Polanco, Nancy Porfido, Regina Skinner, Mariangela Sozio, Patrick Sweeney, Robert Townsend and Michael Wozniak.

Exempt Administrators:  Karen Beckman, Kathleen Corbalis, Cindy DeFalco, Linda Dolan, Douglas Hedges, Bruce Johns, William Keener, Ronald McArthur, Patricia McClay, Patricia Owens, Richard Perniciaro, Joseph Rossi, Bobby Royal Sr., Carmen Royal, Therese Sampson, Catherine Skinner, Mark Streckenbein, Arthur Wexler and Grant Wilinski.

ACA Educators: Annmarie Chelius, Ellen Clark, Philip Cragg, Linda Eidell, Suzanne Feye, Michael Huber, Daniel Matt, Mary Theresa McCann, Jeffrey Phillips, George Richert, Vincent Tedeschi and James Usilton.

Faculty Without Tenure: John Atsu-Swanzy, Suanne Bernacki, Michael Bolicki, Heather Boone, Carolyn Coulter, Neera Desai, Christine English-Martin, Keith Forrest, Barbara Heard, Thomas Innocente Sr., JoAnna Johns, Al Jou, William Lemons, Sandra Linek, Donna Marie McElroy, Michele McGowan, Gwen McIntyre, Vickie Melograno, Geralyn Michelfelder, Christina Miles, Leila Mojibian, Stephanie Natale, Kristi Neal, Augustine Nigro, Marsha Patrick, Jay Peterson, Melisa Rousseau and Donna Vassallo.

Counselors I:  Tammy DeFranco, Lynette Ingram, Hal Lugerner and Abdul Staten.

Librarian I:  Susanne Sacchetti.

These faculty earned tenure with this appointment: Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan, Lydia Lehr, Svetlana Marzelli, Amy Shelton and Karen Zaniewski.

In Grants News, the Board:

--Approved the college's application for a grant with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to participate as a testing site in a project to use "lectures on demand." There is no proposed cost for the contract which runs April 1, 2007-March 31, 2008.

--Endorsed the college's application for a customized training contract with the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development to train incumbent workers in technology, management/business and communications. The $50,000 grant would allow ACCC to partner with regional banks to deliver training to their employees, April 7, 2007-March 31, 2008.

--Approved an amendment application for the FY'07 Perkins Grant Spending Plan.

Board Approves New Environmental Policy, Procedures:

The board approved a new Facilities Management Policy No. 926 and three new procedures to reflect requirements of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection for the Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program.

The Board Approved These Contracts:

--Professional architectural services for a variety of Chapter 12 projects, Design Collaborative, Cape May Court House, $42,200.

--Cable TV advertising for the Academy of Culinary Arts, Comcast, Egg Harbor Township, up to $10,008.

--Professional engineering services for parking lots/lights under Chapter 12, Dixon Associates, Galloway, up to $76,950.

--Removal of miscellaneous debris, Iaconelli Contracting Inc., Pleasantville, $33,561.

--Tech Prep Grant reimbursement, Cape May County Technical School District, $33,206.

--Dell computers, 25 computers under state contract, Dell Computers, Round Rock, Texas, $35,576.

--Two-year software license for the online nursing program, Meds Publishing, Laurel, Md., $44,700.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora reported on Black History Month events. He also told the board he had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Frank LoBiondo at the National Legislative Summit of the Association of Community College Trustees.

--The ACA presented a 25th anniversary centerpiece to Dr. Mora, created by ACA student Louis Savieri as part of centerpiece artistry class taught by Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius. 

--Carmen Royal, dean of students, showed a PowerPoint presentation on the gym renovations.

--A Rotaract Club induction ceremony was held Jan. 30. Dr. Mora provided welcoming remarks and guest speaker was Dr. Theresa DeFranco, Youth Leadership chair of the Mid-Jersey Cape Rotary.

--Dr. Mora reported that Dr. Art Wexler, senior dean of academic affairs, was named ACCC's EOF Champion of the Year.

--Dr. Wexler reported on the Iron Student Chef Competition in the Academy of Culinary Arts and showed TV-40 news coverage the event received.

--The president reported the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold their awards ceremony on the Mays Landing Campus March 13.

--He thanked board members who attended the second annual Board Retreat last week. Participants heard a panel on Trustee Leadership and Advocacy and were brought up to date on the Master Plan by L. Robert Kimball. They will receive a summary by mail.

In Other Business:

--The board accepted the monthly financial report.

--Dr. Albert Monillas, reporting for the ACCC Foundation, reminded trustees it was their last chance to buy tickets for The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala March 7. Organizers have added a new "Keys for a Cause" fundraiser supported by Tiffany & Co. that will raise ACCC scholarship funds.  The annual Alumni Appeal, begun earlier this month, has brought in more than $2,000 to date.

--Trustee David Evans, for the academic and student affairs committee, reported on updates the group heard from Dean Carmen Royal about changes in federal grant programs and their impact on our students.  Deans Patricia Owens and Dr. Art Wexler provided a report on how ACCC supports the state's economic growth.

--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner, reporting for the diversity and equity committee, gave updates on the group's summer program for disadvantaged students in Cape May County and Atlantic City, and Black History Month and Black/Latino Male Retention programs.

--George Boileau, Atlantic County treasurer, commended Terry Sampson, executive director, business services, for going "above and beyond" in quickly supplying paperwork needed by the county for bonding.

--Treasurer Dworsky announced the college will seek a new auditor since Ford, Scott, Seidenburg Kennedy has notified ACCC it will rescind its contract for the coming audit due to a potential conflict of interest.

--Chairperson Robert Boyer announced several activities in which the board's trustee ambassadors will participate.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.  All are welcome to attend.