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Final Board Meeting For Dr. John May As ACCC Concludes Its Fiscal Year

June 30, 2005

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees handled a host of year-end business and recognized Dr. John May on his last meeting as president when they met in regular session June 28.
In Personnel Matters:

The board approved these promotions:

--John Mohr of Egg Harbor City, from director of student services for Worthington City Center, to director of student services for Worthington City Center and Cape May County, effective June 29.

--Susanne Sacchetti of Egg Harbor Township, from library specialist to librarian I, effective June 29.
The retirement of Eleanor “Fay” Newman of Millville, a third-shift housekeeper, facilities management, was accepted, effective Nov. 1. The board extended its appreciation for her 18 years of service and best wishes for health and happiness in her retirement.
Insurance Coverage Renewed

Following board action, the college will stay in the N.J. Community College Insurance Pool for two forms of insurance coverage. For the coming year, the college will pay $123,168 for workers’ compensation insurance and up to $247,436 for special commercial package, auto and fleet, umbrella liability, school leaders errors and omissions, boiler/machinery and environmental coverage, which will be provided through Borden Perlman. Trustee Lynn Kramer congratulated the college for obtaining insurance at such a good price.

Funds Allocated for Deferred Maintenance and Capital Improvements:
The board voted to transfer $1.5 million from the FY’04 unrestricted fund balance to the FY’05 unrestricted plant fund to address items from the college’s Facilities Master Plan maintenance needs. Trustee Eric Reynolds, chairperson of the long-range planning committee, distributed a list of priorities and asked trustees to review it for action in July.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

--State contract for lease/purchase of Xerox copier, 60 months, academic division office operational budget, total of $51,729.

--Software maintenance, IBM annual mainframe maintenance, information technology services operational budget, IBM Corporation, Smyrna, Ga., $80,948.

--State contract for carpeting in the Casino Career Institute mock casino, WACC renewals and replacements operational budget, Commercial Interiors Director, Pompton Lakes, $34,967.

--Central Storeroom supplies, four vendors, total of $26,329.

--Paper and envelopes, two vendors, total of $33,873.

--Custodial supplies, four vendors, total of $45,072.

--Computer lab furniture, five computer labs at Cape May County campus, Herbert Farkus Co., Whippany, $38,855.

--Science supplies and equipment for the Cape May County campus, two vendors, total of $103,992.

--Multimedia consoles for the Cape May County campus, Troxell Communications, $58,096.

--Louis J. Greco of Somers Point, college counsel, a one-year reappointment at the retainer of $35,612 a year, plus an hourly rate of $104.10 for litigation and off-campus hearings.

--A one-year contract for the firm of Ford, Scott, Seidenburg & Kennedy of Ocean City for audit services for FY’05, at a fee not to exceed $28,775. The board treasurer will contact the firm’s partner to review the importance of meeting deadlines outlined in the college’s RFP.

Board Authorizes College To Seek These Grants:
--U.S. Dept. of Labor Culinary Partners Initiative, Nov. 1, 2005-Oct. 31, 2008, a maximum of $2 million. ACCC would partner with communities colleges and workforce investment boards in West Virginia and San Diego for the project.

--National Council for Workforce Education and Jobs for the Future Breaking Through Grant, Jan. 1, 2006-Dec. 31, 2008, for a maximum of $250,000. The grant would help low-literacy adults prepare for and succeed in occupational and technical programs.

In Other Business:
--Treasurer Nicholas Talvacchia offered highlights from the monthly financial report, which was approved. The college expects to end the year with a $1 million margin.

--Talvacchia said the follow-up report now being prepared by college auditors on the international program should be ready for review at the July board meeting.

--The board designated all FDIC banks and savings and loan associations authorized to do business in Atlantic and Cape May counties as official depositories and outlined check signing policies.

--Five students and one Atlantic City resident voiced concerns about a range of issues, speaking for more than an hour. Matters raised by one student included proper use of and information about student club monies; use of the college van for clubs; nepotism; and confidentiality of student records. Atlantic City students asked questions about access to a library at the City Center and the possibility of expanded class offerings there. They also raised concerns about classroom management, being deprived of a learning experience and race and harassment issues they allege have arisen in a class they are taking this semester. Chairman Brian Lefke said the board would look into the matters. Trustee Kramer said she welcomed public comment, but suggested the board implement a time limit for such comments in the future.

--In the Foundation Report, it was noted that the Leaves for Learning campaign has brought in more than $69,000, exceeding its goal by 38 percent. The donor recognition wall will be unveiled as part of the Cape May County campus grand opening Aug. 24.

--Fifty students are enrolled in the summer Kids College program in Atlantic City, Bobby Royal reported for the Minority Affairs Committee.

Trustees Applaud Dr. May at Last Meeting
Trustee Elizabeth Dworsky praised Dr. John May at his final board meeting. “Thank you, Dr. May, for your years of service to the college… You have been a forerunner in preparing the school for the future.” Members of the board and staff gave Dr. May a standing ovation.

In the President’s Report:
--Dr. May deferred a report he was planning to give in a closed session at the end of the meeting about the future of the college. He said in light of the length of the meeting, he would distribute it to trustees for their review.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, in J-202. All are welcome to attend.