SCF Board Report

(Bradenton, Fla., September 22, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting September 22 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The Board approved:

  • Non-financial and financial consent agenda items
  • Annual safety inspection report
  • Adjustments to the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Salary Schedule
  • Project for more exterior security cameras around buildings and parking lots on the Venice and Lakewood Ranch campuses
  • Project to remodel the 2900 s.f. Bradenton campus Nursing Simulation Lab space in Bldg. 29.
  • Project to renovate and remodel the Library, Bldg. 300, on the Venice campus. Renovations for the 15,000 s.f. area includes carpet, paint and FF&E; and space modification on 4000 s.f. 

During the public comment section former MCC legal counsel, Gregory Porges, recommended keeping continuing contracts, “It is a means to maintain quality among the faculty at this institution as one of the great advantages that we have.”

  • The Board approved no longer offering continuing contracts for faculty hired after July 1, 2016. It was discussed that continuing contract does not mean a faculty member cannot be terminated. It is already practice that a faculty member can be terminated if they fail to meet post-award performance criteria; cause in accordance with college policies and procedures; and consolidation, reduction, or elimination of an institution’s program. Gary Russell, vice president of Academic Affairs, stressed that eliminating continuing contracts would reduce opportunity for due process; the ability to compete; and the quality of applicants.

The Board had first viewing of new rules related to:

  • The reporting structure for Legal Counsel
  • Board receiving trend charts and other information concerning programs, compensation, expenses and enrollment
  • Internal Auditor Selection Committee
  • Holidays and other paid non-duty days revisions for those employees beginning after Sept. 1, 2015

These items will be brought up for approval at the October board meeting.

The Board also discussed:

  • Revisions to the President’s goals
  • Venice campus program comparisons and marketing/outreach with other institutions in the region


The next board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Lakewood Ranch campus.

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