Board Report: September 6, 2011
Beruff and Trigueiro Elected Chair and Vice Chair
(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 6, 2011) — In its annual organizational meeting held on Sept. 6, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees elected Manatee resident Carlos Beruff, owner and president of Medallion Homes Gulf Coast Inc., as chair. Lakewood Ranch resident Dr. Craig A. Trigueiro, a local physician, was elected vice chair.
Beruff was appointed to the board by former Gov. Charlie Crist in 2008 and Triguerio was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011.
Beruff said to fellow trustees, “I appreciate you folks showing interest in State College of Florida and the time that you want to devote to the process.”
SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner introduced five more recently appointed trustees and two returning trustees who joined Beruff and Triguerio in the newly comprised Board’s first meeting: Ed Bailey, C. J. Fishman, Joe Miller, Ann Moore, Lori Moran, Charlene Neal, and Jennifer Saslaw.
In official Board action, trustees approved a proposal to take an application to the Sarasota County School Board for a collegiate high school at the College's campus in Venice. The preliminary concept is for a grades 10-12 charter school that potentially would have a STEM focus. (STEM is the widely used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.)
As with the one-year-old SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS) on the Bradenton campus that earned an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education in its first year, the proposed high school’s curriculum would prepare graduates to complete their high school and Associate in Arts degree simultaneously and transition into a baccalaureate program.
Trustee Bailey said, “I’m for it. The charter school on the Bradenton campus is doing well, and Sarasota County deserves the same opportunity.”
Fishman echoed Bailey’s remarks and added, “This is an incredible cutting-edge opportunity, and it would be a benefit to have it in South Sarasota County.”
Following the Sarasota County School Board’s approval of SCF’s application, work will begin on a contract to be presented for approval to both the SCF Board of Trustees and the School Board.
The SCF Board approved the annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which includes capital projects identified as priorities by SCF and the Division of Florida Colleges in the state Department of Education. In the CIP, which covers a five-year period, the library project on the Bradenton campus remains the top priority. Other priorities include a new Student Union and Student Services Building and renovation and addition to the Science Building, both at SCF Venice. All capital projects are pending review by the State Board of Education and availability of state funding.
The board also approved the following:
• Formal acceptance of completed projects including the SCFCS Phase II, library parking lot and tennis courts.
• The College Reach Out Program grant application for $115,645 from the Florida Department of Education to prepare 300 low-income, educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6 -12 to pursue and successfully complete college. SCF will match the grant with a cash donation of $91,476 and an in-kind match of $5,392.
• Quick Response Training Grant application, in partnership with the Manatee Economic Development Council, for $81,890 from Workforce Florida to assisted Grand Incentives Inc. to train 60 new employees. SCF Corporate and Community Development (CCD) will receive $3,898 to coordinate the grant and provide some of the company’s employee training.
• Carl D. Perkins federal grant for $520,379, from the Florida Department of Education to strengthen SCF’s career and technical education programs, including programs in digital media, business administration, health professions, computer and engineering technology.
Peg Lowery, executive director of The SCF Foundation, presented the foundation’s quarterly report.
Kelly Monod, SCFCS head of school, reported that this fall 198 students are enrolled at SCF Collegiate School in grades six through eight.
Dennielle True, language and literature associate professor and SCF Faculty Senate president, greeted the Board on behalf of SCF faculty. True gave a snapshot of the SCF student population and described SCF faculty members as professors who love to teach.
Hafner also invited the following to join him to be recognized by the Board:
• Tim Hill II, student life adviser, and SCF Bradenton Student Government Association officers Cassandra Laviani, president, and Jason Pfeilsticker, vice president, for their leadership roles in student organizations.
• Dr. Karen Wetz, natural science professor and MicroG Manatees team faculty adviser, student team leader James Mohan, and student team member Mario Osborn for their participation in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program in Houston in June. Click here to read the news release.
• Dr. Paul Nolting, Veterans’ Club adviser at SCF Bradenton, Dennis Anglin, veterans’ adviser to financial aid, and SCF student Scott Waite, a decorated Navy veteran, for his service to our nation. Hafner presented a plaque recognizing SCF as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. SCF ranks in the top 20 percent of schools, colleges and trade schools nationwide. Click here to read the news release.
Jason Pfeilsticker, SGA Bradenton vice president, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, Tim Hill II,
student life adviser, and Cassandra Laviani, SGA Bradenton president.