SCF Board Report: February 26, 2013

(Bradenton, Fla., February 26, 2013) -- The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on Feb. 26 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The board postponed discussion about the president's contract agenda item, citing insufficient time to review a draft of a proposed contract. The board agreed to hold a special meeting regarding the president's contract on Monday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m., at SCF Lakewood Ranch, and to forward the contract for review to Kunkel Miller Hament, a labor and employment law firm.

Board Chair Carlos Beruff said the parties were "98 percent there" in reaching an agreement but had run out of time to allow trustees time to review before being asked to vote. SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld said that an agreement was very close and that she was enthusiastic about a contract that includes goals and targets focused on enhancing the student experience.

Beruff and Probstfeld also welcomed Manatee businessman Rick Hager to the board. Hager is an SCF alum as a 1969 graduate and former student government president of then-Manatee Junior College. The president of Goodwood and Stone Builders LLC, Hager was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott for a term beginning Feb. 26 through May 31, 2013.

In the president's report to the board, Probstfeld highlighted several accomplishments of SCF students including four first-place music awards with scholarships; Phi Beta Lambda district conference placement and upcoming state competition; and Manatees Basketball team and individual player achievements including an upcoming trip to the state tournament and Suncoast All-Conference recognitions.

Led by a suggestion from Board Vice-Chair Dr. Craig Trigueiro, the board decided to issue a resolution in support of the Manatees Basketball team and their successful season.

In official board action, the board approved: non-financial and financial consent agenda items; codifying changes to board rules on procurement, change orders to construction contracts, and construction projects; and a grant proposal for SCF to provide fiscal agent support for a Workforce Florida quick response training grant that will assist JRL Ventures Inc. with training 55 new employees.

Peg Beck, executive director of human resources, presented for the board's review and discussion changes to a rule on harassment and discrimination. The rule will go to the board for action in March with the equity report.

SCF Vice President of Baccalaureate Programs Mike Mears provided information about funding for baccalaureate programs. Mears also reported about a meeting with University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) to begin collaborative talks about the merits, potential and need for a biology baccalaureate degree to be offered in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for March 26 at 6 p.m. at SCF Venice.

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