SCF Board Report: March 17, 2015

(Bradenton, Fla., March 17, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting March 17 at SCF Venice.

The board approved:

  • financial and non-financial consent agenda items;
  • continuing contracts for Susan Hutton, health professions; Dr. Eric Warrick, natural sciences; and Dr. Melanie Wright, natural sciences;
  • SCF to enter into a contract with architect firm, Williamson Dacar Associates Inc., for $900,000 for professional design services for the Library and Learning Center at SCF Bradenton; and
  • a revision to the Reasonable Substitutions/Modifications for Students with Disabilities rule.

The board heard from the following:

  • Cassandra Holmes, SCF Foundation executive director, highlighted points of pride for the SCF Foundation, including offering 995 scholarships, valuing a total of $1.4 million, in the 2014-15 academic year. So far this year, more than 1,900 scholarship applications have been submitted by students before the March 20 deadline for the 2015-16 academic year. The SCF Foundation also has given SCF $1.2 million for enhancements, programs and equipment. Holmes also said the SCF Foundation hosted a successful Avenues des Artistes event at SCF Bradenton, and she looks forward to the upcoming “All You Need is Love” Evening Under the Stars event at SCF Venice.
  • Julie Jakway, vice president of business and administrative services, presented the budget process schedule for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A draft budget will be presented to the board by May 19, a board workshop on the budget will be held June 2, and the final budget will be presented to the board at the June 23 board meeting.
  • Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of strategic initiatives, said that SCF is in the process of creating a draft of SCF’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 and responding to final recommendations to earn 10-year Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation in July. The Quality and Enhancement Plan, which focuses on students’ success, is in its first year of implementation.
  • Kelly Monod, head of school at SCF Collegiate School, gave an update on many student activities and student accomplishments, including the SCFCS Diversity Club’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and students’ History Fair competition presentations. She also explained support provided to students, including SCF librarians’ presentations on how to do research projects.

The board selected trustee Robert Wyatt to serve on the Security Service Contract committee and trustee Rick Hager to serve as the board liaison to the SCF Foundation.

The next board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.


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