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Trustees Approve Expenditures for MIS, Master Plan

October 31, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees earmarked nearly $3 million to replace the college's management information system and to support architectural and engineering services for its new master plan when the group met Oct. 23 at the college's Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

To support acquiring a new college management information system, the board approved the transfer of $2.5 million from the FY'07 year-end unrestricted fund balance to the unrestricted plant fund.  The college has started the process to request information on products available to replace the existing management information system, which will not be supported by its vendor after Dec. 31, 2011.  The MIS project will take several years to implement.

Upon the trustees' approval of this transfer and as outlined in the Joint Venture College Agreement entered into on Aug. 25, 1998, the college will notify the Boards of Chosen Freeholders of Atlantic and Cape May counties of the project.

Board Approves Reallocation Chapter 12 Funds to Support Master Plan

The board voted to reallocate $160,167 of the J Building renovation budget and $250,000 from the space utilization project to be used for architectural and engineering services for Master Plan - Blueprint 2020 priorities.  The funds came from FY'04 and FY'07 Chapter 12 allocations. At its August meeting, the board approved the master plan and identified the construction of a science/technology building, a student center and relocation of the college loop road as top priorities for funding.

To begin the programming phase of the master plan projects, the board hired the architectural firm of Duca/Huder and Kumlin, Moorestown, at the cost of $153,200.

Trustees Endorse Student Loan Code

To provide students with fair and impartial information regarding financial aid, which includes student loans, the board accepted and authorized the college to implement the New Jersey Student Loan Code of Conduct for Institutes of Higher Education as drafted by the New Jersey Attorney General.

 In Personnel Action, the Board Approved These Appointments:

--Jennifer Botwin of Rio Grande, senior clerk, CMCC business office; Patrice Leatherberry of Pleasantville, program coordinator, Learning Assistance Center; Valerie Reed of Pleasantville, housekeeper I, facilities management; and Arby Williams of Pleasantville, housekeeper I, facilities management, all effective Oct. 24.

Contracts/Expenses Approved:

--Printing college credit tabloids, Engle Printing, Mount Joy, Pa., $33,690.

--Library shelving, WACC Information Commons, W.S. Goff, Mays Landing, $22,616.

--Furniture, computer work stations, WACC Information Commons, KI, Green Bay, Wis., $45,698.

--Furniture, computer workstations, WACC Information Commons, Nova Solutions, Effingham, Ill., $20,725.

--RFP professional services, programming Science/Technology building, Academic Center and Student Center.

In Other Business:

--The board approved the September financial report.  Carmen Royal, dean of students, gave an enrollment update, noting that with late-start ESL classes the college was about to enroll its 7,000th student this fall.

--Trustees accepted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ending June 30, 2007.  Henry Ludwigsen, partner in the college's audit firm, Bowman and Co., told the board the report presented "an unqualified opinion."  Dr. Elizabeth Dworsky, treasurer, commended Cathie Skinner, dean of finance, and members of her department for the audit.  "The fact that it received no major recommendations is very commendable," Dworsky said.  The college will address a recommendation from the auditors concerning fixed assets.

--An update on the college's compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was provided to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee by Dean Carmen Royal.  Trustee Eric Reynolds gave an overview of that committee's meeting, including reports on the Middle States visit and Student Loan Code of Conduct.

--Reporting for the Long-Range Planning & Capital Projects Committee, Trustee Helen Walsh said the group heard an update from Dr. Joseph Rossi, dean of Cape May County and labor relations, on the recent statewide Campus Security Task Force Report.  ACCC staff are reviewing the report and in coming months will make recommendations, some of which may have associated costs. 

--Dr. Mora said the college saved $864,000 through voluntary compliance in a peer review of environmental regulations under the N.J. Higher Education Consortium.

--In the Foundation Report, Trustee Eric Reynolds said the group's four fall fundraisers netted close to $70,000 and thanked trustees for their support.  He asked them to mark their calendars for the April 3, 2008, Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala.

In the President's Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora introduced Bobby Royal, dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus and community affairs, who gave an overview on completed and future enhancements to WACC.  Pat Gentile, dean of continuing education and resource development, talked about the Health Professions Institute and its spring 2008 and spring 2009 offerings and discussed some that are under study in partnership with area health care providers. She thanked ACCC staff Linda Dolan, Jean McAlister and Megan Gargiulo for all their work on the grant and subsequent programming.

--The president reported on the Basic Skills Workforce Training Program, which includes nearly $2 million in basic skills training funds from the N.J. Dept. of Labor awarded to the N.J. Community College Consortium for workforce and economic development.

--The board was briefed on the upcoming Middle States "small team" visit Oct. 29 and 30.  Dr. Art Wexler, senior dean of academic Affairs, Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean, administration, planning and research, and Cathie Skinner talked about how the college has addressed the findings from the 2006 reaccreditation visit and what the college community can expect when the two-member team visits next week.

--Highlights of the recent Association of Community College Trustees conference in San Diego were reviewed.  Dr. Dworsky, Dr. Mora and Brittany Williams attended and presented a session titled "How to Build a Comprehensive Board Development Program."  Williams was elected ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Association Northeast Regional Member at Large and accepted the Northeast Regional Professional Board staff award.

--Trustee Mary Long reported on a recent briefing she and other Trustee Ambassadors received on statewide issues.  Expected cuts in state funding, pending changes in employee health care programs and issues with the NJ STARS program and transfer legislation signed recently by Gov. Corzine were all discussed.

--Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations, said the department won a silver Jasper Award in the special event planning/ special event series category for work on the 2007 Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala.  She credited the Gala committee and college relations staffers Stacey Clapp, PR specialist, and Geoff Pettifer, director of college marketing, for their work on the project.

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