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Atlantic Cape Board Approves Details of Power Purchase Agreement Contract

August 26, 2010

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved details of solar site lease and power purchase agreements with Solar Power Partners, Inc., and Pepco Energy Services, Inc., when they met Aug. 24.  This action follows the Jan. 26 approval by the board of a contract with Pepco and spells out details of the power purchase agreement, financing for which will be provided by Solar Power Partners, Inc., a Pepco subsidiary.

The college will enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pepco for a solar photovoltaic power project at the college’s Mays Landing and Cape May County campuses.  Photovoltaic units will be placed on carports at campus parking lots this fall.  The system will generate up to 48 percent of Atlantic Cape’s total annual electric consumption and will provide up to $6.8 million in savings over 20 years.

Banking Services Under Study

The board voted to continue banking with TD Bank while the college issues a request for proposals for banking services.  TD Bank has notified the college it is creating a new cost structure for public entities which will not be as cost-effective for the college as the current agreement. The RFP process is expected to take up to six months.

In Other Contracts and Purchases, the Board Approved:

--Hardware and software maintenance, T3 Technologies, Tampa., Fla., $28,600.

--Apple computers, (pending Perkins Grant funding) Apple Computer, Atlanta, $59,050.

--Software upgrades, (pending Perkins Grant funding) Centurion Technologies, Fenton, Mo., $23,260.

--Adult Education Basic Skills Grant, total of $373,149, reimbursement to these partners: Pleasantville Public Schools, $83,322; Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, $73,426; Cape May County Technical School, $186,345; Atlantic County Justice Facility, $30,056.

--Software license, (pending Perkins Grant funding), Adacel Systems, Orlando, Fla., $84,000.

--Engineering services, utilities study, Adams, Rehmann & Heggan Associates, Hammonton, $34,620.

--Armored car services, Eastern Armored Services, Trenton, $20,328.

--Software license/online nursing program, Assessment Technology Institute, Stillwell, Kan., at $105.50 per freshman nursing student and $148 per senior nursing student per semester, for an estimated $41,217 in FY’11. The program offers individualized remediation for students through their nursing education and is also used as an exit exam.

In Personnel Matters:

The board approved these appointments:

--Jennie C. Ayres of Mays Landing, events specialist, business services, effective Sept. 1.

--Imtiaz Chowdhoury of Atlantic City, Colin McFadden of Mays Landing, and Eric Plavchak of Hammonton, security guard I, effective Aug. 25.

--Karl Giulian of Stone Harbor, assistant professor of business studies, effective Aug. 30.

--Jolie Hamilton-Master of Pilesgrove, assistant professor of biology, effective Aug. 30.

--Harry Whitelam of Millville, supervisor, purchasing storeroom operations, business services, effective Oct. 1.

The board approved these promotions:

--Sean Fischer of Mays Landing, from program specialist, resource development, to executive assistant to the president/director of board of trustees services, president’s office, retroactive to Aug. 16.

--Doris Keener of Cologne, from senior manager, purchasing, to director of business services, effective Sept. 1.

The board accepted the resignations of:  Irvin Cruz, housekeeper, facilities management, effective Aug. 20; Katherine Laird, program coordinator, instructional technology, effective Aug. 26; and Michael Matulewicz, office coordinator, academic support services, effective Aug. 31.

The board honored Brittany Williams-Goldstein, associate dean of human resources, president and board of trustees services, who is leaving the college to accept a position on the president’s staff at Ramapo College.  An Atlantic Cape employee since 2001, she was recognized as an “asset to the college” who served with “commitment and integrity” and capably organized countless college events, including commencement and board retreats.

In Grant Action, the Board:

--Approved the college’s application to Penn State’s Northern Mid-Atlantic Solar Education and

Resource Center as a partner receiving training and resources with anticipated seed funding of $5,000 from Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30, 2011.

--Approved two applications to the N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development for Competitive Customized Training Grants totaling up to $242,400, from Sept. 1, 2010-Sept. 1, 2011.  The grant would cover customized training contracts with Trump Entertainment, Harrah’s, Borgata and Tropicana.

 --Gave approval for the college to apply for a Competitive Customized Training Grant through the N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development under which the college would receive approximately $94,000 from AtlantiCare for training services. 

--Authorized the college to apply for the Atlantic County Local History Grant from the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.  The anticipated $1,200 grant would run Oct. 1, 2010-June 30, 2011.

In Other Business:

--The board accepted the Financial Statements (June 30, 2010 draft as of Aug. 12, 2010), and July 31, 2010

--The board agreed to re-number resolutions passed at the July 27 meeting to reflect their passage in FY’11.

In the President’s Report:

--Catherine Adair, manager of the Atlantic Cape Follett Bookstore and Cathie Skinner, dean of finance, made a presentation on Follett’s new Rent-a-Text program, which allows students to save up to 50 percent of the cost of textbooks by renting instead of buying them. 

--Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean of continuing education, resource development and the Cape May County Campus, spoke about the recent Scholarship & Capital Campaign gift to the Atlantic Cape Foundation from Crest Savings Bank.

--Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, spoke about the Camden County Transformation Initiative, a program that aims to save taxpayer dollars by identifying shared services and personnel.  A Camden County representative recently met with college officials to explain the program, which Atlantic County hopes to emulate.

--Trustee Don Parker, reporting for the Atlantic Cape Foundation, reviewed highlights of the Board Cultivation and Solicitation Plan for the Capital & Scholarship Campaign.

 The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Cape May County Campus.  All are welcome to attend.