Board Meeting Briefs Feb. 26, 2020

Board room in Founders Hall

February 27, 2020 - 11:31 AM

The Mt. SAC Board of Trustees met on February 26, 2020 at 6:30pm in Founders Hall. 

Reports were given by Associated Students, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Faculty Association, CSEA 262, Foundation and Alumni Association, Management Steering, and Public Affairs. Detailed reports will be reflected in the official minutes when posted online.

Permanent New Hires Classified Employees

Gizelle Ponzillo, Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction Programs (Learning Assistance Center)

Denise Schumaker, Coordinator, Project/Program (English as a Second Language)
Management Employees

Morris Rodrigue, Vice President, Administrative Services (Administrative Services)
Promotions Classified Employees

Ashley Marin Hernandez, Administrative Specialist III (Natural Sciences)

Recognized the following retiring employees:
Deborah Mc Connell, Fiscal Technician II (Fiscal Services), 25 years of service

Ronald Moritz, Lead Custodian (Custodial Services), 16 years of service

Richard Warrenaar, Lead Carpenter (Maintenance), 31 years of service

Adrienne Price, Director of Grants, provided an update on her office’s efforts to fund programs on campus. There has been a 210 percent increase in total grant funding over the past five years.

Currently in FY 2019-20, the Grants Office monitors 34 active grant projects. The total funding for these projects is $29.2 million. Of these projects, 11 (33%) are federally-funded, 18 (53%) are state funded, one (3%) is locally-funded, and four (12%) are from private sources of funding.

This year, the Grants Office has coordinated the submission of 10 new full grant applications and two preliminary applications, and has contributed to the development of four partner applications. The total funding request for these grant applications is $4.5 million. In addition, the department has at least five additional new applications on the docket for submission later this spring.

These grant projects and applications have involved all academic divisions of the campus, Student Services, and Human Resources, and they have engaged K-12 school districts, community colleges, public and private universities, business and industry, and non-profit organizations and associations. The following list provides just a few highlights of Mt. SAC's wide-ranging grant projects:

  • A $3 million Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (Title V) grant from the U.S. Department of Education will provide a comprehensive set of activities to promote an equity-minded campus culture that improves the educational outcomes of Hispanic, low-income, and other students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • Two grants totaling $500,000 from the Chancellor's Office's Improving Online Career Technical Education Pathways program are: (a) improving online programs so that students have expanded access to online pathways to complete certificates and degrees and (b) offering targeted support structures for groups whose success rates in online classes are disproportionately lower than the overall online success rates.
  • •A $30,000 grant from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation and a $37,500 grant from the Chancellor's Office have allowed the College to expand offerings of the certified nursing assistant program to include four cohorts annually at little to no cost to enrolled students.

Several partnerships with public and private universities have resulted in $300,000 in National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education funding to support initiatives in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.


Gary Nellesen, Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Management, gave a detailed presentation on Measure GO projects.

Measure GO and Measure RR project planning, design, and construction efforts continue to advance with nine major projects in the planning phase, and 10 in the design and construction phase. A major effort to replace 60-year-old utility infrastructure at the center of campus has begun and will continue until the Fall 2021 semester.

Public bidding will be opening for the Student Center, Gymnasium and Wellness Center, Heritage Hall, Student Lot S, Transit Center and Temple Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, and Temple Avenue Green Corridor projects during the next six months. All seven major projects will be under construction before the Fall semester.

Design work for the Adult Education Classroom project, Campus Store and Instruction Offices project, permanent sand volleyball courts, and Lot W reconstruction will begin during the Spring 2020 semester, with construction expected to start as soon as the new parking construction is complete.

Project planning remains a major focus for the team as new projects are evaluated for feasibility, scope of work, and a preliminary cost assessment. Major facilities planning projects include a new Technology and Health facility, new Library and Science buildings, a central campus service and pedestrian corridor, and a planning study of College space at Bracket Field.

Many minor capital construction, alteration, and scheduled maintenance projects continue as well, with a renewed effort to respond to the many small projects that are submitted through the work order system. Beginning in March, a new effort on the landscape across campus will begin, with special focus on adding valuable tree species in public areas across campus.

A summary of project construction start dates and anticipated occupancy dates below:      

Project Name Construction Start Occupancy Date
Athletics Complex East December 2016 February 2020
Gymnasium/Wellness Center August 2020 December 2022
Aquatics Complex August 2020 December 2022
Heritage Hall August 2020 December 2022
Parking Structure R July 2019 August 2020
Parking Structure S October 2019 February 2021
Student Center July 2020  August 2022
Technology and Health July 2022 December 2024 


  • Approved the Consent Calendar
  • Approved Emergency Resolution No. 19-15-Repairs to the Agricultural Sciences Building Classrooms and Labs
  • Approved Resolution No. 19-16- Changes to Existing Bank Accounts
  • Approved Resolution 19-17-Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Facilities Bond Act of 2020
  • State Ballot Proposition 13 


  • Proposed New Board Policy 3721 - Information Security


  • New Administrative Procedure 3721 - Information Security



Dr. Manuel Baca • Rosanne Bader • Jay Chen • Gary Chow
Judy Chen Haggerty, Esq. • Robert Hidalgo • Laura Santos
Maricela Vazquez Aviles, Student Trustee

Dr. William T. Scroggins, President & CEO