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ACCC Faculty Receive Promotions; Revised FY’05 Budget Approved

May 2, 2005

Meeting in Cape May County as is their practice each April, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved faculty appointments, purchased furniture and new equipment for the Cape May County campus and adopted a revised FY’05 budget.

Four faculty members were promoted, effective Sept. 6. They are: Dr. Joseph McGrellis, Williamstown, from associate professor to professor, biology; Christina Cavage, Absecon, from assistant professor to associate professor, English as a Second Language; William Dougherty, Sewell, from assistant professor to associate professor, computer information systems; and Otto Hernandez, Hammonton, from associate professor to professor, computer information systems.

The board also made these appointments:
--John Bitting, Mays Landing, maintenance craftsman, effective April 27;
--William Lemons, Hammonton, assistant professor, accounting and business law, effective Sept. 6;
--Tonya Reed, Mays Landing, financial data specialist, effective April 27; and
--Mary Wunnenberg, Manahawkin, nursing skills laboratory and clinical placement management, a full-time 10-month position, effective April 27.

The resignation of James Icklan, assistant professor of paralegal and business, was accepted
effective June 30.

Board Authorizes College to Apply for These Grants:
--FY’06 Perkins Grant One-Year Spending Plan, $514,288, from July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.
--FY’06 Tech Prep Grant Program, year 3 of 3, for a maximum of $229,060,
Sept. 1, 2005-Aug. 31, 2006. The funds would be used in conjunction with other colleges and vocational schools.
--The National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Grant, for a maximum of $150,000 for two years from July 1, 2006-June 30, 2008.
--The Horizon Foundation Healthcare Worker Development Project Grant, a maximum of $30,000 from July 1, 2005-Dec. 31, 2006.

Contracts/Purchases Approved:
--Audio-visual equipment for the Cape May County campus, Chapter 12 funding and Cape May County Government bond, Telemeasurements, Clifton, N.J., $588,410.
--Furniture for the Cape May County campus, Chapter 12 funding, Tri-R Incorporated, Moorestown, $276,105; W.S. Goff, Pleasantville, $10,394; and Executive Business Products, Vineland, $6,115.
--Heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements, expansion of the geothermal system in B1 and B3 buildings, Chapter 12 funding, Stockton Mechanical Contractors, Northfield, $358,000.
--Extension of existing lease for Cape May County Extension Center, Rio Grande, May 1-Aug. 31, 2005, Coventry Place, Wildwood, $26,400.
--Emergency repairs to primary electric systems on the Mays Landing campus, including faulty cables and a leaking transformer, from the plant renewal and replacement fund, Ray Angelini, Inc., TEGG Division, Sewell, $131,443; and Coastal Electric, Folsom, $27,750.
Revised FY’05 Budget Adopted; Fund Balance Transfer Approved To Support Electrical Work.

The board adopted a revised FY’05 budget with revenues of $32,163,682 and expenditures of $31,446,069. The revised budget reflects increased revenue projections of $1,536,979 and increases in unrestricted expenditures of $200,000 for adjunct salaries and benefits due to increased enrollments. The need for a fund balance transfer of $619,365, included in the original budget, was eliminated.

To cover the cost of emergency repairs to the college’s primary electrical distribution system on the Mays Landing campus, the board agreed to appropriate $525,000 from the FY’04 year-end unrestricted fund balance to the unrestricted plant fund. The work will include testing, engineering, removal and replacement of infrastructure equipment and cables.

Long-Range Planning Committee Will Prioritize Capital Projects
Eric Reynolds, chairperson the Long-Range Planning Committee, reported that the group will move forward to prioritize needed capital projects and the facilities area will make a presentation at the May meeting. He noted that would occur despite the tabling of a resolution allocating $1.5 million from the FY’04 year-end unrestricted fund balance to the unrestricted plant fund.

In other long-range planning committee resolutions, the board agreed to hold a comprehensive annual retreat for trustees and senior management after the November reorganization meeting. They also agreed to award a posthumous certificate of completion in criminal justice to Jamie L. Crescenzo. Jamie was killed in a car accident in February 2000 while attending ACCC’s criminal justice program.

In Other Business:
--Dr. Larry Nespoli, president of the N.J. Council of County Colleges, made his annual appearance before the board to give an update on the Council’s major initiatives. He noted Dr. May’s upcoming retirement and praised him for his leadership on the statewide president’s group. Nespoli provided information about the NJ STARS program, tuition rates, state funding, part-time financial aid, and a variety of collaborative projects.
--Treasurer Nicholas Talvacchia introduced the monthly financial report which was approved.
--On behalf of the ACCC Foundation, Dr. Albert Monillas, trustee, reported that former Gov. Whitman would speak at the college May 3, that the 2005 Restaurant Gala netted approximately $160,000 and that the Leaves for Learning campaign has achieved close to $43,000 of its $50,000 goal. The next meeting of the Foundation will be held May 25 in Cape May County.
--Trustee Lynn Baumgardner reported on the Minority Affairs Committee’s recent presentation on Marian Anderson in Cape May County and said that Borgata, Kramer Beverage, Guthrie Glass and Cape Savings would contribute to support summer Kids College scholarships. She asked trustees to also support the project.

In the President’s Report:
--Dr. John May said that it was too early to give a comprehensive enrollment report, but early numbers indicate they will exceed projections.
--Dr. Peter Mora, vice president, Cape May and continuing education, gave a report on the New Jersey Casino Training Consortium project.
--Therese Sampson, executive director, business services, reported on the Cape May County campus construction. The work is about 85% complete, she said, and water has been brought to the site, which allowed for systems to be tested, the heat to be turned on and finish work to begin. Curtain walls are being installed on the bridges on the first and second floors which will complete the glass work. Construction should be completed between June 30 and July 15.

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, in J-202, Mays Landing campus. All are welcome to attend.