Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights - March 10, 2020

March 20th, 2020 - 11:11am

Study Session

The study session began with two detailed and compelling sabbatical reports by World Languages and Cultures Instructor Michele Martinisi and English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor Cheo Massion. The Board then considered and agreed to add the Sustainability Committee to Board Policy 2220 Committees of the Board, directing the Board Policy Review Committee to draft a charge for the committee to include in the policy for first reads at the next Board meeting. Trustees also discussed the possible removal of the Board Fund Development Committee, to be determined at a later date.

Meeting Highlights Include

The Board of Trustees heard a presentation on the tentative agreement negotiated with the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 196, given by General Counsel Mia Robertshaw. Keli Gaffney, an accounting technician and CSEA representative, addressed the Board to commend Mia Robertshaw, specifically, and the collaborative and organized work of the District and the negotiations team as a whole, which contributed to the success of the tentative CSEA agreement.

Superintendent/President Coon provided the Board with a COVID-19 update that included a report of emergency measures taken by the District, such as hiring a third-party vendor for additional deep cleaning services of both campuses. Subsequently, an emergency agenda item I.4. Purchase Order for COVID-19 Preventative Measures was added to the Board of Trustees regular meeting agenda. Also, due to the possibility that faculty may need teach remotely after spring break, beginning March 23, faculty training for distance learning on Canvas will be held during the week of March 16.

Regular Meeting

During the regular meeting, the Board of Trustees heard a third sabbatical report by Windee Cottle from the English Department. Regular meeting items of note included an oral recommendation regarding proposed salary, fringe benefits, and other compensation of management positions to be approved by the Board, and a report of the Vanguard update on stock market volatility due to COVID-19 concerns, and COVID-19 preventative measures taken by the District.

Other Action Highlights

The Board passed all consent and action items on the agenda. Approved items included Resolution No. 2020-03, adopting by-trustee-area elections For Marin Community College District Board of Trustees Members; authority for staff to enter into a five-year agreement for auditing services with the firm of CWDL, Certified Public Accountants beginning with the 2019/20 audit; purchase order for COVID-19 preventative measures; approval of the updated Administrative Procedure 7400 Travel; accepted the resignation of Mark Dawson, Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee member supporting the business community; and various change orders.

The full agenda and all related materials can be found online at BoardDocs under the Meetings tab > March 10, 2020. The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, via Zoom.