2020 Board of Governors Minutes

January 16, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
January 16, 2020

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A work session was held prior to the meeting. It included information on continuous part-time benefits and instructional technology strategies; a demonstration of Sparq, a hosting site for board meetings; and an update of the Columbus project.

Chair Roger Davis called the Jan. 16, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with nine board members present. Davis asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – absent
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – present

POLICY ITEMS

Davis announced the slate of officers for 2020. They are as follows:

Sam Cowan, Chair
Sandra Borden, Vice Chair
John A. Novotny, Secretary
Rita Skiles, Treasurer
Diane Keller, NCCA Representative
Austin Miller, NCCA Representative
Sandra Borden, NCCA Representative Alternate 

Due to no objections or additional nominations, John Higgins, legal counsel, administered the Oath of Office to the newly appointed officers and representatives who were present.

Chair Sam Cowan presented outgoing chair, Roger Davis, with an appreciation plaque for his service, dedication and leadership to the board.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Cowan asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Sandra Borden will review the claims prior to the Feb. 20, 2020, board meeting in Hastings.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for Jan. 16, 2020, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the Nov. 21, 2019, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2019, totaling $3,194,436.97 and from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019, totaling $5,726,862.57.
  4. Financial reports as of Nov. 30, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019.
  5. Purchases:
    • Center for Health and Technical Sciences Phase 3: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from RMV Construction Company in Kearney for $1,818,811.00 to provide the labor and materials for the third and final phase of the Health and Technical Sciences Center Addition/Remodel on the Grand Island Campus.
    • West Parking Lot Improvements: The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from Platte Valley Precast in Columbus for $696,986.12 to provide the labor and material for the west parking lot improvement at the Columbus Campus.
    • Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Program Cargo Van Purchase: The college will request bids from vendors throughout the state that meet stated specifications. Funding coming from the current budget. The College President recommends the purchase in the amount of $50,000 for a cargo van for the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Program at the Hastings Campus.
  6. Personnel:
    • Several policies were updated: Definition of an Employee, Vacation Leave and Security Policy.
    • June Collison: The College President recommends that the resignation of June Collison be accepted as of December 18, 2019.
    • Janice Hill: The College President recommends that the resignation of Janice Hill be accepted as of January 8, 2020.
    • Rachel Zeiger: The College President recommends that the resignation of Rachel Zeiger be accepted as of December 18, 2019.
    • Wendy Ramaekers: The College President recommends that the resignation of Wendy Ramaekers be accepted as of December 18, 2019.
    • Kristi Korensky: The College President recommends that the retirement of Kristi Korensky be accepted as of December 18, 2019.
    • Michelle Wragge: The College President recommends that Michelle Wragge be offered the position of Human Services Instructor in Hastings, effective January 1, 2020.

Linda Aerni reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order. 

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the claims with the exception of payments to themselves and also to approve the other consent items. 

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – absent
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye             

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

For the academic education report, Dr. Beverly Clark III, dean of academic education, introduced the following speakers:

  • Lauren Gillespie, biology instructor at the Columbus Campus, said she sees innovation through the lens of scientific research. She gave credit to the college’s mini-grants for enabling her to do some innovative projects. She and her students put up bluebird boxes on campus and throughout Columbus so they could do research on birds, such as identifying them through deviations in their markings. She also was able to take several students to a conference in Alaska.
  • Yunteng He, chemistry instructor at the Kearney Center, talked about a classroom assessment technique he calls a Traffic Light Card. Students use the cards to rate their understanding of the topics covered in class: green indicates a high understanding; yellow, a partial understanding; and read, a low understanding. These ratings help him to decide what he needs to review in his next lecture and which students he needs to help gain a better understanding of the content.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Audit Committee Members: Cowan asked for volunteers to serve on the Audit Committee for 2020. Sandra Borden, Roger Davis and David Stubbs volunteered.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to accept the Audit Committee members for 2020.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – absent
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Approval of CCCEA Negotiated Agreement: The negotiated agreement for the contract years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 by and between the Central Community College Education Association and Central Community College Board of Governors was presented and discussed.

MOVED BY KELLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN to approve the CCCEA negotiated agreement.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Columbus Floor Plan Approval: The floor plan for the Center of Science and Technology was discussed.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY BORDEN to approve the original floor plan and ask for an alternate bid to fill in an additional 520 square-feet area on the south side.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Dr. Walton gave a presentation on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Outcomes, which focus on how many students graduated, transferred, withdrew or were still enrolled after eight years. She said CCC compares well with other community colleges in the state. The scorecard also looks at the retention rate of first-time students, percent of full-time students, student diversity and demographics, cost, student debt, and the salary ranges of graduates.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technology wing will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 5.
  • In addition to our recognition as #1 Best for Vets by Military Times magazine, we have been recognized as a Top Veteran-Friendly School for 2019 by U.S. Veterans Magazine. CCC is one of only three community colleges that made the list of 185 institutions.
  • Joel King, CCC Facilities Corporation members and I signed the bond refinance papers in late December. Outcomes are a reduction in interest rate and reduction in years to pay out, resulting in less overall cost to CCC.
  • February 24 is NCCA Legislative Day at the state capitol. I will make some appointments beginning around 8 a.m., with a gallery recognition at 10:30 a.m., and potential meetings to follow.
  • I submitted Lacritia Spanel, English instructor, for the AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction recognition. Since the recognition was established three years ago, I have nominated the faculty member submitted for the NCCA faculty award and who fits the criteria of demonstrated support for students in the classroom.
  • I also submitted the following people for national recognition through the League for Innovation in Community College’s League Excellence Award: Rebecca Fausset, HELP grant director; Steve Heinisch, biology instructor; Dr. Lauren Gillespie, biology instructor; Jeff Schulz, sociology instructor; and Bruce Bartos, advanced manufacturing instructor. They each have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their programming, research, grants, teaching and/or support for students.
  • In December, CCC-Grand Island underwent a state Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights review/audit with no significant negative findings.
  • Today at CCC-Grand Island, we are hosting a statewide meeting of Nebraska community and tribal colleges looking at individual and comparable data collected from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Cowan requested an executive session to discuss personnel. 

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY DAVIS that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues. (Time: 2:57 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – absent
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY DAVIS to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:32 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – absent
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY STUBBS, SECONDED BY AERNI to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – absent
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – absent
Stubbs – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 3:33 p.m.

February 20, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2020

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office. 

The meeting was held in the Hall Student Union, Cottonwood Room, at Central Community College, 550 S. Technical Blvd., Hastings, Nebraska.

A work session was held prior to the meeting. It included discussion on budget planning; 2020-21 tuition, fees, room and board rates; and the capital improvement plan. A committee was formed to seek a replacement for board attorney John Higgins, who is retiring. Committee members are Sandra Borden, Roger Davis, Diane Keller and John Novotny.

Chair Sam Cowan called the Feb. 20, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with eight board members present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – absent
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present

Cowan asked for a moment of silence for board member David Stubbs, who died Feb. 5, 2020.

POLICY ITEMS

John Higgins, legal counsel, administered the Oath of Office to Rita Skiles as board treasurer and Austin Miller as a NCCA representative.

Miller also volunteered to take David Stubbs’ place on the board’s audit committee.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Cowan asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

Public Participation

Cowan requested that members of the audience register with Scott Miller if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Roger Davis will review the claims prior to the March 19, 2020, board meeting in Grand Island.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for Feb. 20, 2020, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the Jan. 16, 2020, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2020, totaling $8,888,098.02.
  4. Financial reports as of Jan. 31, 2020.
  5. Purchases: None
  6. Personnel: Sabbatical leaves for Kimberly Hurt and Joni Schlatz.
  7. 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendars.

Sandra Borden reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to accept the claims with the exception of payments to themselves and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Foundation Report: Dean Moors shared the following information:

  • The CCC Foundation and Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation have consolidated assets of $41.1 million.
  • New funds include the Black Hills Energy Scholarship, Ron Sealy Scholarship and funds for the CCC-Columbus Center for Science and Technology.
  • A projected $900,000 in scholarships will be awarded during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • He gave updates on the Kearney, Hastings and Columbus campaigns.
  • The yearend appeal brought in $217,010.

Hastings Campus Report: Dr. Jerry Wallace introduced the following people:

  • Drew Ceperley, media arts instructor, discussed the opportunity his students get every fall to design the campus annual report. This year’s report was designed by Grand Island media arts student Anisa Jelinek, who also spoke to the board. She said she majored in K-12 art education the first time she went to college, spent time in Slovakia right after the fall of communism and lived in Alabama before returning to Nebraska. She graduated from CCC in December and moved from a part-time to full-time position at the Riverside Country Club in Grand Island. Her education has allowed her to upgrade her job to include managing social media and designing printed materials.
  • Dan Deffenbaugh, associate dean of academic education, talked about building community on campus. The all-campus meeting has been reformatted so any department can give a 15-minute presentation. Dr. Wallace has Pizza with the President in the residence halls, shares Donuts with the Deans and welcomes people to intramural sports games. The campus hosted a basketball game between the Hastings Police Department and the Hastings Tribune; donates to Brooks’s Bookshelf, a project that distributes books to kids throughout the Hastings area; and volunteered for the Kiwanis Club’s Hearts and Hands Against Hunger.
  • Sean Griffin, associate dean of students, spoke about the Open Central Market, a small convenience store where students who may not have transportation can buy snacks and a few other items. He also talked about the Central Crib Challenge, which encourages students in the Columbus and Hastings residence halls to clean up and dress up their rooms. Gift bags and gift certificates were awarded to campus and collegewide winners. Twelve rooms were entered into the inaugural event, and the hope is to hold the competition annually.
  • Mark Funkey, associate dean of skilled and technical sciences, announced events for an Alumni Weekend set for May 14-16. Activities will include campus tours, golf, reunion socials, volleyball and basketball games, campus car show, a taste of CCC and a president’s dinner. Also planned is an evening social in downtown Hastings and the premiere of a CCC documentary.

Public Participation

Scott Miller stated no one had signed in for Public Participation.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Capital Improvement Budget: Craig Boroff gave an overview of the projects included in the budget. The College President asked for tentative approval of the 2020-21 capital improvement budget so these projects can be started. Official approval of the budget is set for September. 

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY DAVIS to accept the capital improvement budget.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Tuition, Fees, Board and Room Rates for 2020-21: Joel King reported that tuition will be raised by $2 per credit hour; fees and the room rate will remain the same, and board will be raised by 3.1 percent, which is the amount Chartwells has increased its fee.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY DAVIS to accept the tuition, fees, room and board rates for 2021-22.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Board Replacement: Dr. Gotschall asked for volunteers to serve on a committee to fill the position left vacant by the death of David Stubbs. His term expires at the end of the year, and he had filed for reelection. The Secretary of State’s office has removed his name from the ballot and non-incumbents have until March 2 to get on the ballot.  The college has sent a legal notice about the vacancy to newspapers in District 2 to fill the unexpired 2020 term. The timeline set for the process is:

  • March 12: Deadline for interested people to submit a letter of inquiry and resume.
  • March 12-15: Review of applications.
  • March 16, 17 or 18: Interview day.
  • March 19: Recommendation made at the monthly board meeting.

Board members who volunteered to serve on the committee were Sandra Borden, Sam Cowan, Roger Davis, Austin Miller and Rita Skiles.

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report 

Dr. Candace Walton gave a report on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data (IPEDs). She provided information on CCC’s comparison group; enrollment measures; number of academic awards; tuition and required fees; and retention, graduation and transfer-out rates for first-time, full-time award-seeking students.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Dr. Gotschall provided testimony to the Nebraska Legislative on LB 894, met with NCCA trustees and presidents and participated in priority sessions with the Nebraska Chamber for Education, Economic Development and Agribusiness Policy Councils.
  • Other activities included the Buffalo County Economic Development annual meeting with Dr. Kelly Christensen and board members Sandra Borden, Dr. Roger Davis and the late David Stubbs; the Valley County Annual Celebration in Ord; the Greater Nebraska Workforce Investment Board meeting in Kearney where his second three-year term was reconfirmed representing higher education; tour of the UNMCs new Davis Center highlighting virtual reality and simulation in all medical fields; and Heartland United Way Executive Board meetings.
  • The CCC-Hastings AMDT Open House was a huge success with students, community and CCC stakeholders in attendance.
  • A renewed and expanded agreement was signed with Nebraska Wesleyan providing additional scholarships to CCC transfer students and Phi Theta Kappa members.
  • The food pantry in Kearney had 105 visits during the fall 2019 semester. The Grand Island Food and Hygiene Pantry showed 30 logged student visits who collected a total of 330 items from the pantry during January 2020.
  • A former Hastings Campus student, who is now completing the hair stylist program at Joseph’s, volunteered the afternoons of Feb. 3 and Feb. 6 to provide free haircuts for students. Over 20 students stopped by.
  • All three CCC Phi Theta Kappa chapters have been recognized as Five Star Chapters. Congratulations to the students and their advisors.
  • For the 2020 spring term, area-wide financial aid directors have done 111 warning success plans for students who didn’t make satisfactory academic progress in the fall, and 23 academic plans for students who filed appeals and were approved. The online scholarship software currently contains are 900 started applications and 204 completed applications. Students with incomplete applications are being encouraged to complete them by the March 1 deadline.
  • Spectrum's Singing Valentines had another record-breaking day in all categories (total orders, income, and tips). They delivered 51 valentines in 2020 (31 in-person and 20 phone calls). The group also performed at the Trinity Lutheran Church's Valentines Dinner.
  • Grand Island information technology instructor Balaji Balasubramanian had a paper accepted in the 11th IEEE/ACM Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS'20). ICCPS is one of the top-tier conferences that have a double-blinded review system with six peer reviewers and has less than a 25 percent acceptance rate.
  • The automotive technology program faculty, Dr. Nate Allen and the Janssen Auto Group in Holdrege are preparing a new pathway collaboration between CCC, Janssen Auto Group and Holdrege Public Schools. High school students will be able to take AUTO courses at a Janssen Dealership in Holdrege starting this August.
  • Grand Island criminal justice instructor Michael David is working with District 9 Probation and CCC veteran affairs to implement a Veterans Specialty Court in Hall County. He’s also working with the State Patrol on internship possibilities and has secured a new internship in District 10 Probation Office.
  • Clint Hansen, Hastings electrical technology instructor, met with representatives from Interstates about a signing day to be held on campus April 9. This national industrial electrical contractor wants to hire two first-year program students as interns this summer.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Cowan requested an executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues. (Time: 2:39 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY DAVIS to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 3:03 p.m.)

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY KELLER to adjourn.

Aerni – absent
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 3:04 p.m.

March 19, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2020

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

Because of coronavirus concerns, the meeting was held by videoconference in the North Education Center, Room 904, at the Columbus Campus; in Room 101 at the Grand Island Campus; in the Dawson Building, Room 306 at the Hastings Campus; in Room 104 at the Holdrege Center; and in Room 320 at the Kearney Center.

Chair Sam Cowan called the Feb. 20, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with eight board members present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present via WebEx
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Keller – absent
Krieger – absent
Miller – present via WebEx
Novotny – present via WebEx
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present

POLICY ITEMS

The Board Search Committee of Sandra Borden, Sam Cowan, Roger Davis, Austin Miller and Rita Skiles recommended Linda Heiden be approved as the replacement for the remainder of the term for the vacant District 2 position on the Board of Governors previously held by David Stubbs.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to approve Linda Heiden to fill the vacant District 2 position on the board.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

John Higgins, legal counsel, administered the Oath of Office to Heiden. Dr. Gotschall presented a plaque to John Higgins in appreciation of his work at the college’s legal counsel. Higgins is retiring from the position he has held since 1993.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Cowan asked college representatives to introduce guests and staff members.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Sam Cowan will substitute for Diane Keller in reviewing the claims prior to the April 16 meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for March 19, 2020, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the Feb. 20, 2020, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, 2020, totaling $5,294,683.02.
  4. Financial reports as of Feb. 29, 2020.
  5. Purchases:
    Exterior Ladders – Hastings: The College President recommends acceptance of  the low bid from Chief Construction in Grand Island for $53,400.00 to provide labor and materials for exterior ladders on the Hastings Campus.
    Exterior Patching and Painting – Grand Island: The College President recommends acceptance of the quote from Commercial Restoration Group in the amount of $52,100.00 for the repairs and painting of the 200 wing.
    Concrete Removal and Replacement – Columbus: The College President recommends acceptance of the quote from Platte Valley Precast in the amount of $54,976.00 for the replacement and repair of concrete.
  6. Personnel:
    Brenda Licari – Faculty Sabbatical Report: The College President recommends acceptance of the final sabbatical report from Brenda Licari.
    Paige VanWinkle: The College President recommends Paige VanWinkle be offered the position of Nursing Instructor in Kearney, effective March 19, 2020.
    Amanda Rutter: The College President recommends Amanda Rutter be offered the position of Nursing Instructor in Columbus, effective March 3, 2020.
    Marie White: The College President recommends Marie White be offered the position of Nursing Instructor in Grand Island, effective March 1, 2020.
    Kristina Pearson: The College President recommends Kristina Pearson be offered the position of Math Instructor in Grand Island, effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  7. CCC-Hastings Major Gifts Campaign Naming Opportunity Designations: The College President recommends acceptance of the naming opportunity designations for the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technology addition at the Hastings Campus.

Roger Davis reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to accept the claims with the exception of payments to themselves and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Recommendation for full-time salary and classified wages and benefits for fiscal year 2020-21:

Full-time classified and contracted employees retained for the 2020‐21 year will be eligible to receive a wage increase.  An amount equivalent to 2.5% of total wages will be set aside for compensation.

Employees hired after April 1, 2020 or salaried employees who exceed the current maximum rate for their grade will not be eligible for an increase.  Salaried employees who will exceed the maximum rate as a result of the increase will be adjusted to the maximum rate. Hourly employees who have exceed their maximum rate for their grade will still be eligible for an increase of 1.25% of their current rate.

Health & Dental insurance premiums are estimated to increase 6.71% over the next year. This equates to an increase of approximately $550,000.

All other benefits will remain in place without change.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to approve the recommendation for full-time salary and classified wages and benefits for fiscal year 2020-21. Cowan asked for a roll call vote.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Motion to authorize actions by the College President: “Due to the pandemic responses, the Board declares a state of emergency and allows the College President to approve any needed action items from March 19, 2020, through the next meeting date, not to exceed two months. Board members will continue to review claims. The College President will provide the board with a summary of all actions taken under this authority at the next board meeting.”

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY AERNI to declare a state of emergency and to approve the authorization. Cowan asked for a roll call vote.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Dr. Gotschall will continue to schedule monthly board meetings via distance during this time and present items for board votes, but this allows the college to maintain operations in case a quorum of board members is not available or if decisions must be made between meetings.

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • The Nebraska Legislature’s appropriations committee has proposed additional revenue to community colleges for such things as H3 scholarships, dual credit coursework and expanded support from lottery funds.
  • Three nursing instructors have been hired with some already starting in March. Applications for the Nursing Associate Dean position are still being accepted.
  • The national traveling True Black History Museum was on display at all three campuses and was a welcomed event to promote diversity.
  • Multiple staff and administrators from UNK and CCC met this past month to look at additional ways to partner and get updates on UNKs proposed changes in general education requirements that should help transfer for more of our students.
  • Central has been designated a Military Friendly School for eight consecutive years and this year, received the Silver Level designation.
  • A record number of applications were received for 2020-21 application: 1,042 compared to 990 last year.
  • Dr. Gotschall held open forums on all three campuses and the area office in the past month. To gauge how things have changed, the meeting in Hastings on March 2 didn’t have any questions or time related to COVID-19 issues, but the one in Grand Island on March 17 had over 30 minutes of information and questions.
  • The Media Arts student art show was held on March 1. Instructors Drew Ceperley and Beth Kavan put a lot of work into this show, which was very well attended in the newly renovated Platte Building space.
  • Each campus hosted District FFA Agriculture Skills contests with thousands of high school students participating.
  • The Construction Technology program is moving forward with plans to build four duplexes onsite at the North Park Commons properties in Hastings.
  • A candidate has accepted the full-time Advanced Manufacturing Design Technology instructor position in Kearney. The instructor will work part time this summer to promote the program in the industry as well as do recruiting.
  • Dr. Gotschall gave an extensive report on the college’s responses to the coronavirus pandemic, which have addressed classes, labs, bookstores, food service, events, meetings, travel and more. For more information, see Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – absent
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 1:56 p.m.

 

April 16, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors
April 16, 2020

This meeting was canceled because of safety concerns surrounding COVID-19; however, the following information was submitted for the board to review.

CONSENT ITEMS

  1. Minutes of the March 19, 2020, board meeting.
  2. Claims for the period from March 1 through March 31, 2020, totaling $2,995,898.09.
  3. Financial reports as of March 31, 2020.
  4. Purchases:
    Electrical Distribution – Columbus: The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from Kidwell, Inc. in Lincoln for $155,936.00 to provide the labor and material for the new electrical distribution on the Columbus Campus.
  5. Personnel:
    Chadric Harms: The College President recommends that Chadric Devin Harms be offered the position of art instructor in Columbus, effective Aug. 1, 2020.

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

REPORTS

 

 

May 21, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2020

Public notice of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu.

The meeting was held by WebEx in accordance with Executive Order No. 20-03, which was issued by Gov. Ricketts on March 17 in response to COVID-19. It waives certain requirements of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act so organizations can comply with government orders restricting public gatherings to 10 persons or less. The meeting was made available to any members of the general public and media who submitted their name and phone number to the college communications department.

Chair Sam Cowan called the May 21, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 11 board members present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Heiden – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Dr. Gotschall introduced board members and college staff attending the meeting.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Austin Miller will review the claims prior to the June 18, 2020, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

1.         Agenda for May 21, 2020, board meeting.
2.         April board information.
3.         Claims for the period from May 1 through May 31, 2020, totaling $5,304,957.75.
4.         Financial reports as of May 31, 2020.
5.         Purchases:

  • 200 Wing Restroom Remodel-Grand Island: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Mid Plains Construction Company in Grand Island for $256,980.00 to provide the labor and materials for the 200 wing restrooms on the Grand Island Campus.
  • Extended Learning Services Catalog Printing: The College President recommends acceptance of the quote from IdeaBank in the amount of $48,754.22 for the printing of the ELS catalogs.

6.         Personnel:

  • Adam Daake: The College President recommends that Adam Daake be offered the position of advanced manufacturing design instructor in Kearney, effective August 1, 2020.

Paul Krieger reviewed the March and April claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY DAVIS to accept the March and April claims, with the exception of payments to themselves, and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Central’s Instructional Excellence Team: Dr. Walton talked about COVID-19 making it necessary for CCC to make the transition from face-to-face course delivery to alternative modes. She said that prior to the pandemic, 23 percent of CCC courses were online, which meant that three-fourths of courses required some form of alteration. The Instructional Excellence Team assisted faculty members who requested help in how to teach remotely, use best practices, and make courses accessible to students.

Faculty Resource Center Director Abie Ott talked about the creation of an online reference guide where faculty members can find expectations, resources and other information for teaching online courses.

A video was presented featuring three CCC instructors talking about their experiences of teaching online during the spring semester. The speakers were Kyle Finecy, automotive technology instructor at the Hastings Campus; Nick Whitney, biology instructor at the Columbus Campus; and Rachel Brown, mathematics instructor at the Grand Island Campus. Board members expressed their thanks to the faculty, support teams and administration on ensuring education continued and students were supported during this time.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Scott Miller stated no one had signed up for Public Participation.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

College attorney replacement: A subcommittee consisting of Sandra Borden, Roger Davis, Diane Keller and John Novotny recommended Jarecki Maul P.C., L.L.O. in Columbus to replace John Higgins, who has retired. Elizabeth Lay will serve as the primary attorney for the college and the college board.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY DAVIS to approve Jarecki Maul P.C., L.L.O. as the new law firm for the college and the college board.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Program Reviews: Dr. Walton said seven-year reviews have been completed for five programs for the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education. She introduced the following deans, who spoke about the programs under their responsibility:

  • Dr. Beverly Clark III, dean of academic education: Academic Transfer and Library and Information Services.
  • Dr. Nate Allen, dean of skilled and technical sciences: Construction Technology and Electrical Technology.
  • Dr. Paulette Woods-Ramsey, dean of health sciences: Occupational Therapy Assistant.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to approve the five program reviews and recommend continuation of programs to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Postsecondary Education.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • In addition to essential personnel, managerial staff members have come back to the campuses/centers to prepare for the return of additional staff and students by June 1. While most summer courses will be done remotely, some courses require competency assessment from the spring semester and new sections beginning.
  • The college is working with UNMC’s Global Center for Health Security, the American College Health Association and state documents to phase in our operations over the summer and fall.
  • Faculty and students successfully completed the spring semester on May 8. Follow‐up reports on “incompletes,” “withdrawals” and those graded out will be forthcoming.
  • Graduation recognition for 1,100 graduation candidates will be available online on June 2. Students have been sent a box of memorabilia and have been allowed to post pictures of their time at CCC and share their future plans.
  • Another significant donation has been received toward the Columbus health/science campaign so the board may be asked to consider bids in the coming months.
  • We received recognition of earning a Silver STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) status, up from Bronze level in 2016, and Bee Campus USA certification with active committees on all three campuses. Congratulations to Ben Newton and collegewide initiatives supporting sustainable practices and initiatives.
  • Many positive student success stories have been in the media recently regarding sciences, paramedicine, graduations, outstanding students, scholarships and Phi Theta Kappa Nebraska All‐Academic teams.
  • Federally, the stimulus CARES bill included funds for the U.S. Department of Education to send to all colleges and universities to assist students and the college/university with COVID‐related expenses. We were approved for our full amount of $1,890,454.
  • Budget review continues with several unknowns yet regarding state aid, local property valuations and enrollments. Additionally, we have been notified of a potentially significant insurance cost increase due to large amounts of wind/hail claims by the Nebraska Community College Insurance Trust (NCCIT).
  • The college contracted with a consultant recommended by the State Board of Nursing to work with faculty and administration on finalizing the second year of the new curriculum before fall 2020.
  • Significant changes in Title IX regulations were released by the U.S. Department of Education to be implemented Aug. 14, 2020. This will require review by administration and the board to make some initial decisions regarding the new legal expectations.
  • June 18 is the next regularly scheduled board meeting. Traditionally, we have not met in July but suggest we meet on July 16 due to ongoing pandemic planning and possible changes needed prior to fall semester starting in August.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 3:16 p.m.

June 18, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
June 18, 2020

Public notice of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu.

The meeting was held by WebEx in accordance with Executive Order No. 20-03, which was issued by Gov. Ricketts on March 17 in response to COVID-19. It waives certain requirements of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act so organizations can comply with government orders restricting public gatherings to 10 persons or less. The meeting was made available to any members of the general public and media who submitted their name and phone number to the college communications department.

Chair Sam Cowan called the June 18, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 10 board members present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Heiden – present
Keller – present
Krieger – absent
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present                                                                                               

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Dr. Gotschall introduced board members and college staff attending the meeting.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Diane Keller will review the claims prior to the July 16, 2020, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for June 18, 2020, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the May 21, 2020, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from May 1 through May 31, 2020, totaling $3,969,305.91.
  4. Financial reports as of May 31, 2020.
  5. Purchases: None
  6. Personnel:
    Dr. Chris Schwartz: The College President recommends that Dr. Chris Schwartz be offered the position of Chemistry Instructor in Columbus, effective August 1, 2020.

Austin Miller reviewed the May claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY SKILES to accept the May claims, with the exception of payments to themselves, and also to approve the other consent items.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

Enrollment Management ReportJanel Walton, dean of enrollment management, spoke about the $945,227 the college received for emergency cash grants for students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act). During the spring semester and the first part of summer, a total of $799,750 was awarded to 1,073 eligible students. The remaining $145,477 of CARES funds will be awarded this summer and fall.

She also described how COVID-19 led the college to move from a face-to-face New Student Orientation to a virtual NSO this summer. The change required teamwork between a variety of departments, including the Helpdesk, Information Technology Services and the Instructional Excellence Team. To date, 396 students have attended the 60-minute NSO session. She said advantages of a virtual NSO include the ability of international and out-of-state students to attend a session, and a shorter format that allows individuals to attend without having to take a day off from work.

Student Success Report:

Dr. Beth Przymus, dean of student success, described the support given to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the addition of a live tutoring service; the launching of a special outreach of the academic alert system to intervene in situations where students were near failing; and connecting with students through virtual support services, including academic advising, career and employment services, disability services, mental health/crisis support, and food and hygiene pantry services.

She also spoke about celebrating student success through virtual celebrations. These included the Exceptional Student Recognition Ceremonies and the Virtual Commencement. Both events were featured on the college website with video presentations and other special features.

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Title IX Revision: The College President recommends that the Central Community College Board of Governors adopt the preponderance standard of proof for all Civil Rights and Title IX-related offenses.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY HEIDEN to adopt the preponderance standard of proof for all Civil Rights and Title IX-related offenses.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Precast Panel Contract: The College President recommends acceptance of the low bid from Coreslab structures from La Platte, Nebraska, for $461,332.00 to provide the labor and material for the wall panels on the Center for Science and Technology.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the low bid from Coreslab structures for $461,332.00.00 to provide the labor and material for the wall panels on the Center for Science and Technology.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Joel King presented recommended modifications for room rates and Early College tuition for 2020-21:

Room Rates

  • Match Single Rate: Modified single occupancy rate from $3,256 to $1,628 per semester to adjust room rates for modifying double rooms to single rooms.
  • No Change: Double or triple occupancy rate $1,628 per occupant per semester.
  • Per year charged under the new single occupancy rate is $3,256.
  • 272 rooms = $442,816 per semester; $885,632 per year.

Early College Tuition

Students attending high schools within the Central Community College service area and enrolling in early college coursework shall have tuition charged ranging from $0 for schools that cover all instruction and facilities charges to a high of $92 (approved by the board in January 2020) for schools that are not covering instructional and facilities costs. Each high school will have a separate Memorandum of Understanding to clarify cost responsibilities of the college, schools and students. All students will be charged fees that remain unchanged from the January 2020 meeting set at $15 per credit hour.

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY NOVOTNY to approve the room rates and early college tuition and fees for 2020-21.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

General Operational Budget Tentative Approval: Tentative approval is requested for the operational budget of $59,487,844. Final approval for this budget will be acted upon on Sept. 10, 2020, following a public hearing.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY DAVIS to give tentative approval for the $$59,487,844 operational budget.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

College President Permission for July Purchases: Because the CCC Board of Governors may not meet in July 2020, the board hereby authorizes Dr. Matthew Gotschall to approve any needed action items from June 18 through Aug. 20, 2020. He will provide the board with a summary of all actions taken under this authority at the Aug. 20, 2020, board meeting.

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY KELLER to authorize actions by the College President to approve any needed action items from June 18 through Aug. 20, 2020.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Approval of College President’s Contract: MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY SKILES to approve a three-year employment contract for 2020-23 for Dr. Matthew Gotschall.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Dr. Candace Walton, vice president of instruction and innovation, compared pass rates between the 2019 and 2020 spring semesters and noted that despite the challenges COVID-19 presented, most of the numbers increased this year. One area that decreased was high school students attending classes at CCC, likely because of COVID-related disruptions. She said that CCC worked with the high schools so that these students could withdraw from their CCC classes, rather than failing.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • Beginning June 1, more staff started coming back to campus. The college continues to implement guidance from UNMC’s Global Center for Health Security, CDC and local health departments. 
  • Dr. Wanda Cloet, CCC dental hygiene program director, announced that CCC’s dental hygiene program held live patient clinical exams on June 12 and June 13 on site. All 15 students passed the exams.
  • Graduation recognition for 1,100 CCC students was held online beginning June 2. Congratulations to the Commencement Planning Team of Cheri Beda, Mike Garretson, Emily Gildersleeve, Amanda Groff, Andrea Hays, Brenda Preister, Tiffany Seybold, Margaret Treffer and Dr. Beth Przymus for its success.
  • On June 8, a public statement on the national protests and CCC’s commitment to equality and diversity was sent in an email to all employees and posted on social media. So far, more than 25 college and community members have volunteered to be part of a team that will develop listening and support sessions and other activities for the fall semester.
  • The Grand Island Campus has opened its 500 wing to the county and district court system for juror selection.
  • Companies and individuals continue to be generous donors. The diesel technology program received a used CAT 440 Backhoe and some parts from NMC and the automotive technology program received a used 2001 Honda Civic from Scott Miller, senior director of college communications for CCC.
  • CCC received $1,890,454 through the federal CARES bill, with at least 50 percent designated for direct aid to students impacted by coronavirus‐related expenses. As of June 8, the college had expended $716,500 of the $945,000 so $229,000 remains for the summer term. As part of the 50 percent available for institutional expenses, CCC has applied $419,038 toward residence hall room and board refunds. Remaining funds will go toward upgrades to distance technology, additional training as we move to CANVAS learning management software, and personal protection equipment and safety protocols. 
  • Gov. Ricketts announced a $16 million Nebraska Workforce Retraining Initiative grant for community colleges as part of the state’s stimulus and economic recovery funds. CCC is eligible to receive at least $2.4 million to educate unemployed or underemployed individuals in an industry‐recognized certificate for Nebraska‐based employers seeking to hire employees over the next six months.
  • The admissions team is hosting individual virtual experience visits via the CCC website and holding WebEx conference calls with prospective students.
  • The medical assisting and medical technician programs will finish their move from the Hastings Campus to the Grand Island Campus this summer.
  • Work is being done on residence hall capacities on the Columbus and Hastings campuses. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will be releasing its rules for fall sports practices and competitions on June 19.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report. 

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Cowan requested an executive session to discuss personnel.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY DAVIS that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel and legal issues. (Time: 2:20 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY AERNI to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 2:36 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye 

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KELLER to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 2:37 p.m.

 

August 20, 2020

Central Community College
Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes
August 20, 2020

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors’ meeting was given in advance to CCC board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office. 

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Chair Sam Cowan called the Aug. 20, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with 11 board members present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – present
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Heiden – present
Keller – present
Krieger – present
Miller – present
Novotny – present
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present 

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Tom Pirnie will review the claims prior to the Sept. 10, 2020, board meeting.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Consent items included:

  1. Agenda for Aug. 20, 2020, board meeting.
  2. Minutes of the June 18, 2020, board meeting.
  3. Claims for the period from June 1 through June 30, 2020, totaling $5,169,554.83 and for the period from July 1 through July 31, 2020, totaling $5,391,528.69.
  4. Financial reports as of June 30 and July 31, 2020.
  5. Purchases:
    Columbus Campus Facilities Addition and Remodel: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from Bierman Construction, from Columbus, Nebraska, for $808,800.00 to provide the labor and material for the facilities addition and remodel on the Columbus Campus.
    Hastings Campus Phelps Building Boiler Replacement: The College President recommends acceptance of the low acceptable bid from RMV Construction for $297,845.00 to provide all labor and material to replace the Phelps boiler on the Hastings Campus.
    College-Wide Student Lodging: The College President has finalized a review of the bids and contracts have been signed with the Ramada Inn, Columbus and Holiday Inn Express, Hastings to meet the student housing needs.
  6. Personnel:
    Veronica Friesen: The College President recommends that Veronica Friesen be offered the position of Nursing Faculty in Grand Island, effective Aug. 1, 2020.
    Jennifer Soderquist: The College President recommends that Jennifer Soderquist be offered the position of Nursing Faculty in Kearney, effective Aug. 1, 2020.
    Shari Muggenberg: The College President recommends that Shari Mueggenberg be offered the position of Nursing Faculty in Grand Island, effective Aug. 1, 2020.
    Laurel Bain: The College President recommends that Laurel Bain be offered the position of Construction Technology Faculty in Hastings, effective Aug. 1, 2020. 

John Novotny reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

MOVED BY NOVOTNY, SECONDED BY PIRNIE “to approve the claims with the exception of payments to myself and also to approve the other consent items.”

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye  

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

PARTNERSHIP/OWNERSHIP

In her business and entrepreneurship report, Roxann Holliday, dean of the division, shared the following program and faculty highlights:

  • Agriculture: Three precision agriculture students are participating in the corn with pivot irrigation category of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln TAPS (Testing Ag Performance Solutions) competition at the North Platte UNL Research farm. Competitors make agronomic and marketing decisions on their field plots. CCC ag instructors Dirk Charlson and Brad Lang are TAPS coaches. Charlson also has finished the second chapter of an Introduction to Precision Ag textbook he is writing.
  • Accounting: The ACCT 1200 Financial Accounting course is a transfer course that typically has an enrollment of 25 to 30 students during the summer. Because of the rigors of the material covered, the course historically has had a DFWI (drop, fail, withdraw, incomplete) rate of about 25 percent. This summer was different. Except for one student who dropped out because of COVID-related issues, all 27 students passed.
  • Business Administration: The enrollment in the program increased over last summer. The division virtually advised and registered students, using any communication means (Google Hangouts, Messenger, Facetime, Zoom) they requested. Face-to-face courses are being held at the Kearney Center this year. Instructor Michelle Konen received a grant to incorporate an Intuit financial product into her introduction to entrepreneurship classes. Overall, 16 sections were added in the business division to accommodate the 56+ people who have enrolled with Nebraska Workforce Retraining Initiative (NWRI) scholarships.
  • Business Technology: Individuals have earned 1,011 MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certificates at CCC in the last six years. Instructor Janis DeHaven said a single mom had thanked her for keeping her motivated to finish her education The student got a job at an engineering firm and found out there had been 27 applications and hers went straight to the top because her MOS certifications indicated verifiable software knowledge and skills. She is now pursuing an associate of applied science degree in business at CCC.
  • Criminal Justice: The program has seen double digit increases in enrollment for the past five consecutive semesters. The college is developing a criminal justice pathway program with Grand Island Senior High School that will involve four criminal justice classes once it gets fully implemented. The program is beginning this fall with the CRIM 1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice class being taught to more than 65 GISH juniors and seniors.
  • Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts: Although the installation of the kitchen in the food truck has been delayed because of COVID, the program will roll out a naming contest at the end of August. Three partnerships with local businesses and industries that provide internships are working toward a more formal agreement that will include sponsorship. Since the beginning of the Hastings College agreement, the program has graduated seven students and now has five people currently enrolled, so the numbers are growing. Program Director Lindsay Higel has earned a bachelor’s degree and instructor Ronnie O’Brien has earned a master’s degree.
  • Information Technology and Systems: Instructors Dan Gompert, Brenda Licari and Ben Versaw all earned master’s degrees in the last year. Another instructor, Balaji Balasubramaniam, had a paper featured in the best paper session at the ACM/ IEEE international conference. He’s listed as the first author with Central Community College after his name. The conference had a 24 percent acceptance rate of papers with only three of these peer-reviewed submissions (less than 3 percent) selected as best papers. A video showed to the board explained the new cybersecurity certificate.
  • Media Arts: Thanks to renovations to the Hastings Campus’ Platte Building, the media arts program is finally in the same building with graphic arts joining broadcasting, photography and video production on the second floor.

Dan Gompert presented via pre-recorded video message about the new cybersecurity certificate and the strong demand for students with those skills. The presentation ended with Maggie Esch, director of the Hastings Entrepreneurship Center, discussing how the centers at the Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings campuses and the Kearney Center serve as community resources for people wanting to start or expand a business.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Cowan requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY BORDEN that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel and litigation. (Time: 1:55 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY BORDEN, SECONDED BY AERNI to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 2:38 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Susan Teutschmann, auditor for Dana F. Cole & Company, Certified Public Accountants, presented the Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment and Reimbursable Educational Units report. The company has issued an unmodified audit report for Central Community College, the best rating it can award, for the years ending in 2019 and 2020.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY DAVID to accept the 2019 and 2020 Statements of Reimbursable Full-Time Equivalent Student Enrollment and Reimbursable Educational Units as presented by Dana F. Cole & Company.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Joel King presented a Concussion Management Protocol that reflects changes in state laws. It also changes references from Central Community College-Columbus to Central Community College.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY SKILES to accept the concussion management protocol with the changes.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

Center for Science and Technology: The work consists of a new addition and interior remodel at the existing East Education Building on the Columbus Campus. The remodel involves about 11,700 square-feet of restrooms, faculty offices, a technology lab and classrooms. The new addition is about 23,000 square-feet. The alternative bids of 1 and 2 include an open-seating plaza and a signage area. Joel King answered questions from the board about why the lowest bid wasn’t accepted.

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY KRIEGER to recommend acceptance of the bid by Hausman Construction, along with alternative bids of 1 and 2.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Title IX Policies: The college’s nondiscrimination policy has been updated to reflect federal Title IX changes.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY BORDEN to accept the updated nondiscrimination policy.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items this month.

REPORTS

Student Success Report

Brian McDermott, college effectiveness research director, presented the 2019-20 Enrollment Summary Report. The unduplicated headcount was 18,897 students, with 88 percent of students coming from CCC’s 25-county service area. Students ranged in age from an 9-year-old who took a “Holiday Cooking for Kids” class to a 93-year-old student who took a “Curiosity Enhances Your Life” class. The report offers information on types of course delivery; the counties, states and countries where students came from; a profile of credit students; and more.

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

  • CCC was approved for the full amount of federal CARES funds, with at least 50 percent designated for students impacted by coronavirus‐related expenses. As of early August, CCC had expended $868,750 of the $945,000 so $76,477 remains for the fall term. As part of the 50 percent available for institutional expenses, CCC has applied $419,038 toward spring residence hall room and board refunds and additional funds available for personal protective equipment, remote learning software and technology upgrades.
  • Gov. Ricketts announced a $16 million Nebraska Workforce Retraining Initiative grant for community colleges as part of the state’s stimulus and economic recovery funds. CCC received $2.4 million based in part on the percentage of unemployed individuals in our region. Over 400 applications have been received to date.
  • The 2020 Nebraska Community College Association annual conference in Scottsbluff has been postponed until fall 2021. The NCCA bord will hold a virtual annual meeting in October 2020 where Diane Keller will assume the president’s duties for 2020‐21.
  • The American Community College Trustee Leadership Conference on Oct. 5‐8 will now be a virtual conference with a $349 individual registration fee and no travel costs so board members are encouraged to register and participate.
  • We received notification of the renewal of our five‐year U.S. Department of Education TRiO student support grant and extension to a sixth year of our HELP grant.
  • Most fall classes started on Aug. 17 with enrollment down slightly. We’re still working through some restrictions and delays in early college/high school dual enrollment schedules due to COVID.
  • The medical assisting program had its virtual accreditation visit this week with a positive exit interview.
  • Six new nursing instructors have started teaching at CCC. Four full‐time and several adjunct positions are still open. Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk has agreed to be an additional clinical site due to a a growing number of students in the Columbus area.
  • An areawide Equity Action Committee has been formed with 50 employees volunteering to explore and address bias and barriers and promote equity and inclusion at CCC and in our communities. Lauren Slaughter and Sean Griffin will serve as co‐chairs.
  • Virtual and on-campus services will continue throughout fall for student activities, library, academic success center tutoring, counseling, disabilities services, career and employment services, advising, veterans services, success coaching, financial aid, registration, admissions and new student orientations.
  • Three hundred sixty (360) of our over 1,660 fall semester sections were changed from face‐to‐face to hybrid or online delivery based on faculty input and dean approval.
  • Brad Keasling and Michael David met with Grand Island High School to finalize the criminal justice schedule for dual‐credit courses accepted by Grand Island Public Schools for the fall semester. A total of 67 students have enrolled in the CRIM 1010 course.
  • The construction project continues at North Park Commons in Hastings that will provide hands‐on learning for construction technology; electrical technology; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; and heavy equipment operator students. They also will build four duplexes on adjacent properties acquired by CCC.
  • The contract to move to SPARQ as the board meeting software was signed and will be used at the October meeting. Training will occur prior to or after the Sept. 10 board meeting.

Read Dr. Gotschall’s detailed report.

The following reports can be found at: http://cccneb.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY KRIEGER, SECONDED BY BORDEN to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – aye
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – aye
Miller – aye
Novotny – aye
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 3:32 p.m.

September 10, 2020, Budget Hearing

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given in advance to the board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office. 

The budget hearing was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Chair Sam Cowan called the September 10,2020, budget hearing to order at 11 a.m., with eight board members present. Cowan asked for roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – absent
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Heiden – present
Keller – present
Krieger – absent
Miller – present
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present                                    

Cowan requested that members of the audience register with if they wanted to address the board during the Public Participation segment of the budget hearing.

Joel King, vice president of administrative services, presented information on the proposed 2020-21 operating budget of $120,769,258.51, including the following details:

  • The property tax levy was set at 9.2000 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, down from 9.3117 cents in 2019-20.
  • The total tax-supported budget for 2020-21 is $71,769,258, which is $591,654 less than the 2019-20.
  • In addition to the operating budget, the college budgeted $9,778,020 in the capital improvement fund, a $287,495 increase from 2019-20, and $2,503,394 in a fund for removal of hazardous materials and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a $$1,610,995 decrease from 2019-20.

No one registered to address the board during the Public Participation segment.

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye  

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the budget hearing adjourned at 11:35 a.m.

 

 

September 10, 2020

Public notice of the time and place of the Central Community College Board of Governors' meeting was given in advance to the board members, college administrators and the five daily newspapers within the 25-county area. The agenda was available to the public in the college president’s office and on the CCC website, www.cccneb.edu. The college adheres to the Open Meetings Act, a copy of which is located in the college president’s office.

The meeting was held in the Central Community College Administration Board Room, 3134 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, Nebraska.

A hearing on the 2020-21 budget was held prior to the meeting.

Chair Sam Cowan called the September 10, 2020, meeting to order at 1 p.m., with eight board members present. Elizabeth Lay, legal counsel, was also present. Cowan asked for the roll call.

ROLL CALL

Aerni – present
Borden – absent
Cowan – present
Davis – present
Heiden – present
Keller – present
Krieger – absent
Miller – present
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – present
Skiles – present 

ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES LEADERSHIP CONGRESS

Roger Davis was appointed as the voting representative for the ACCT Leadership Congress, which will be held virtually Oct. 5-8.

REVIEWING CLAIMS FOR NEXT MEETING

Rita Skiles will review the claims prior to the Oct. 22, 2020, board meeting in Columbus.

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION OF CONSENT ITEMS

Cowan asked board members for items in the consent agenda they would like to move to discussion of consent/action items.

CONSENT ITEMS

Pirnie reviewed the claims prior to the meeting and stated everything was in order.

  1. Agenda for September 10, 2020.
  2. Minutes of the August 27, 2020, Board of Governors’ meeting.
  3. Claims for August 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020, totaling $5,952,843.33.
  4. Financial report as of August 31, 2020.
  5. Purchases. There were no purchases to report.
  6. Personnel: The College President recommended acceptance of the noted change in the Definition of Employees Policy:

“Full-time employee” shall mean any employee who works 40 hours per week and whose position description indicates such position is continuous on a fiscal year basis.

“Continuous part-time” employees shall be defined as part-time employees who have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during the prior fiscal year. A report of part-time hours (run annually in July) will determine who is eligible for the CPT classification for the current fiscal year. From the list of those who are eligible, the college may add or remove employees from this category subject to ongoing need.

“Part-time employee” shall mean any employee who works less than 30 hours per week.

MOVED BY PIRNIE, SECONDED BY MILLER “to approve the claims with the exception of payments to myself and also to approve the other consent items.”

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

DISCUSSION OF CONSENT/ACTION ITEMS

Board Action on Budget Items:

Moved by SKILES, Seconded by MILLER to approve the Hazardous Materials and Accessibility Budget of $2,528,428.39.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY SKILES to approve the budget of expenditures and revenues as represented within the State of Nebraska 2020-21 Basic Budget Form.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY HEIDEN, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to approve the additional 1% increase of restricted funds as shown on the 2020-21 Budget Form LC-CC.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE - MOTION CARRIED

Property Tax Request: Nebraska Revised Statute 77-1601.02 provides that the property tax request for the prior year shall be the property tax request for the current year for purposes of the levy set by the County Board of Equalization unless the Governing Board of Central Community College passes by a majority vote a resolution or ordinance setting the tax request at a different amount.

The request for the 2020-21 property tax is:

                  General Fund                                $37,685,241.73

                  Capital Improvement Fund          $   9,875,800.26

                  Haz/Access                                   $   2,528,428.39          

                  Total                                              $50,089,470.38

Upon approval of the board, a copy of the resolution will be sent to county clerks in the Central Community College 25-county area.

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to approve the property tax request as listed.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Center for Science and Technology Naming Opportunity: The College President recommended approval of the external naming opportunity for the Center for Science and Technology in the CCC-Columbus East Education Building be awarded to Columbus Community Hospital in recognition of its financial and community support toward the project.

MOVED BY AERNI, SECONDED BY SKILES to approve awarding the external naming opportunity for the Central for Science and Technology to Columbus Community Hospital.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

INFORMATION ITEMS

There were no information items.

REPORTS

Dr. Gotschall’s Report

Dr. Gotschall gave an overview of the college’s 2020-25 strategic planning process, focusing on its current mission, vision, values, initiatives and measures. He requested the board to submit any feedback by the October meeting.

He also shared the following:

  • The federal CARES bill included funds for colleges and universities to help with COVID‐related expenses. CCC was approved for the full amount of $1,890,454 with at least 50 percent designated for direct aid to students. Because of additional student needs, CCC moved $180,000 from the institutional half to the student financial aid portion. All CARES funds should be expended by the end of September 2020.
  • Most fall classes started on Aug. 17. Enrollment is down about 5 percent for fall and 3 percent for the entire year (summer and fall). Additional courses will begin in October.
  • All students in the Hastings hotel have moved into available space on campus, but more than 20 students remain in the Columbus hotel. Both campuses have had only one or two individuals in isolation rooms although the CARE team has received more than 100 COVID-related referrals collegewide. The CCC website is updated weekly with the college’s known onsite cases.
  • I participated in a virtual small group discussion with Sen. Deb Fischer and individuals from central Nebraska about COVID‐related responses and other issues of federal legislative interest. I also participated in an invitation‐only audio briefing with the U.S. vice president and members of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce about college re‐openings and recommendations for campus isolation of students with COVID.
  • Oct. 22 will be the groundbreaking ceremony at CCC‐Columbus for the new Center for Science and Technology located in the East Education Building. Construction is beginning this week. The groundbreaking will be scheduled between 11 a.m. and noon, which is between the CCC Foundation and CCC Board of Governors meetings that day.
  • I have visited all three campuses and three of the four centers during the first four weeks of classes to discuss fall re‐engagement with faculty and staff. In Ord, I met the new Chamber of Commerce executive director.
  • The CCC Foundation’s 30th annual Pro‐Am golf tournament will be Sept. 14 at Lockland Country Club in Hastings with a modified awards and social event. More than 36 teams have registered. The Nebraska Open wasn’t held this year due to COVID 19 restrictions; however, NPPD secured donations toward community college scholarships and will distribute them to the five community colleges in their service area yet this fall.

The following reports were also submitted for board review:

  • Enrollment Report
  • Grants Report
  • Purchasing Report
  • Upcoming Events: No Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Cowan requested an executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

MOVED BY MILLER, SECONDED BY SKILES that the Board of Governors recess the regular meeting in order to go into executive session to discuss personnel. (Time: 2:08 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

MOVED BY DAVIS, SECONDED BY PIRNIE to return to the regular session of the Board of Governors meeting. (Time: 2:18 p.m.)

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

ADJOURNMENT

MOVED BY SKILES, SECONDED BY MILLER to adjourn.

Aerni – aye
Borden – absent
Cowan – aye
Davis – aye
Heiden – aye
Keller – aye
Krieger – absent
Miller – aye
Novotny – absent
Pirnie – aye
Skiles – aye

UNANIMOUS “AYE” VOTE – MOTION CARRIED

Cowan declared the meeting adjourned at 2:19 p.m.