Board Report: May 30, 2012

(Bradenton, Fla., May 30, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on May 30 received additional information from SCF administrators and staff  in preparation for the final budget meeting next month.

  • Dr. Carol Probstfeld, vice president of business and administrative services, reported on statutes that dictate the establishment of user fees; SCF Collegiate School renovation costs; a two-year analysis and forecast of baccalaureate programs revenues and expenses; and an itemization of vendors, descriptions and amounts included in the college’s “service contracts and agreements” account; and SCF travel policies.  
  • Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services, presented information on SCF community outreach efforts at local middle and high schools, afterschool programs and throughout the community to help students become familiar with college at an early age; and he explained how a proposed software program will help students prepare for graduation and explore career paths.
  • Feng Hou, chief information officer, presented an information technology disaster recovery solution cost and service comparison.
  • Peg Beck, executive director of human resources, proposed a process and timeline for selecting a company to conduct a total compensation study and noted that a committee had been organized to select a vendor for a 360 evaluation survey. Beck will return to the board in June with a report on the evaluation vendor process and a revised timeline for the compensation study.

In official board action:

  • The board approved the Capital Improvement Program for 2013-14 through 2017-18. Highlights include renovation and remodeling of a science and classroom building and library, improvements to student services areas designed to enhance admissions and advising processes, and general college-wide improvements to grounds, infrastructure and facilities.
  • Traci Steen, associate vice president of facilities management, in responding to the board’s previous instruction, requested approval to adopt prequalification process for companies interested in doing construction-related business with the college. The cost-based “hard bid process” following state guidelines for educational facilities, outlined in the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF), spells out criteria used to qualify contractors; response and prequalification requirements; and other specifics. Trustee Joe Miller stated his desire to have the SCF Board give preference to local businesses in construction-related projects. Steen explained that under the construction-manager process, the College was able to award points to local contractors and subcontractors but that flexibility is not available in the hard bid process the Board has selected. Chairman Carlos Beruff asked Steen to confirm if the hard bid process definitely precluded local preference and report back to the Board. The Board approved the hard bid contractor prequalification process and Beruff volunteered to represent the board on the review committee.
  • The board also approved test and course fee revisions that will be effective in Fall 2012.
  • Grant proposals approved included the College Reach Out Program application for $116,182 from the Florida Department of Education to prepare 300 low-income, educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6 -12 to pursue and successfully complete college; and the Carl D. Perkins, Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Programs federal grant application for $477,315 to strengthen SCF’s career and technical education programs.

In other board discussion, Vice Chair Dr. Craig Trigueiro announced a proposal to set aside $35,000 in the next budget year for rewarding exceptional teaching faculty. Discussion ensued regarding statutory requirements, the desire to continue promoting a collaborative environment among all employee classifications, and the potential funding source of a meritorious award program. Human Resources Executive Director Peg Beck, College Attorney Steve Prouty, Faculty Senate President Dennielle True, and SCF Foundation Executive Director Peg Lowery were asked to look into various legal and other aspects associated with a reward program and report back to the board.

In comments, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner announced:

  • The entire 2012 State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) dental hygiene class passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination on the first attempt, continuing the tradition of SCF’s 100 percent pass rate since the program began 13 years ago.
  • SCF’s Women’s Tennis team was the runner-up in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament and the SCF softball team finished seventh in the nation after competing in the NJCAA tournament this summer.
  • Two students enrolled in SCF’s Biotechnology Associate in Science degree program have been selected for internships at Cambryn Biologics in Sarasota and have good prospects for jobs after they graduate.

The next board meeting, when the 2012-13 budget will be presented for the board’s approval, is scheduled for June 27 at 8 a.m., at SCF Bradenton.

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