Meeting Notes - June 19, 2012
Christina Espinosa-Pieb Co-Chair
Coleen Lee-Wheat Co-Chair
Administrative Reps Anderson, Espinosa-Pieb, Muthyala-Kandula, Norte, Tomaneng, Schroeder
Classified Reps: Bdzil, Qian, Rueda
Faculty Reps: Bryant, Lee-Klawender, Lee-Wheat, Mitchell, Singh, Stockwell
Student Reps: Andrew Zhou
Espinosa-Pieb gave a summary of the IPBT’s work this past month. She reminded the group that in Instruction the only place that could yield the fiscal target of 3.3 million dollars was in the area of non-classroom related positions. She described the compilation of the Deans’ proposals as “it is devastating”. She emphasized that this preliminary report is the “picture” that the Board has asked for, BUT does NOT represent any final decisions. She noted that the Deans have been contacting the individuals whose positions are on the list, due to the fact that the list is going to be made public.
Lee-Wheat presented the task for the day: to continue to analyze the results of the discussions that took place on June 4, 2012 in the working teams. The expected outcome of the IPBT was to create a list of recommendations for further investigation this summer relative to program efficiencies, reductions or eliminations and non-classroom related positions.
Espinosa-Pieb presented the list that represented a 33% reduction in non-classroom related positions in each division. She explained that the Board and the bargaining units needed to see the depth of the problem. This summer the list and other options will be further investigated and discussed by representatives of all participatory governance committees. She related the new news that if the tax initiative next November does not pass we will be expected to reduce immediately by 7%. In instruction, this will lead to direct impact to part-timers most immediately, then to programs as they are downsized and possibly eliminated, as we did with CAOS. A prioritized non-classroom related positions list also becomes active so that bargaining units can start their processes.
The room was as silent as a tomb as the audience read the screen. Norte made the comment that he can't imagine the college being able to function without the AVPI position. Other deans that were present answered various questions as we went along. Ray said that he had contacted his person, but did not want to have that position listed publically because he did not want to put the person in the spotlight. Englen reminded everyone that a reductions in positions leads to a demoralizing bumping situation. Milonas asked about "what is meant by ‘reducing a program will not result in a savings’"? Espinosa-Pieb explained that the FTE would just be shifted to an area that would bring in more FTES. And the fact, that we are still chasing WSCH in order to make up the difference between the CAP shortfall that occurred this year.
The list will not be posted until next week, as the Deans are still contacting constituents and making revisions.
The presentation and discussion was so overwhelming for all that the meeting was adjourned at 4:50pm. No one had the energy to continue working in teams.