By Kelly Mahaffey / Staff Writer
A possible violation of the Ralph Brown Act was on the agenda during the nearly standing-room-only meeting of the LBCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 24.
The law expressly prohibits serial meetings which are conducted through direct communications, intermediaries or technological devices for the purpose of allowing the legislative body “to discuss, deliberate, or take action on any item of business that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body.”
Transparency, success, 4.3 and move-on was heard many times at the meeting. The conclusion after much discussion was to schedule a half-day retreat for training and healthier functioning of the Board on a date to be determined.
The Board meeting opened with congratulations to custodian Albert Barnum for his retirement after 14 years of service at LBCC human resources. Cindy Vyskocil, associate vice president of Human Resources, was recognized for her years of commitment to LBCC and described by President Eloy Oakley as a true Viking all around. She is taking a new job as vice chancellor of Human Resources for the Coast Community College District.
Baseball coach Casey Crook was congratulated for his 500 wins and is predicted by Oakley to be the winningest baseball coach in the history of LBCC.
In attendance were part-time teachers and community members who submitted advance requests to address the board during the public comments section. Due to the number of requests and the 20-minute time limit for this, the subject, Board President Jeff Kellogg asked the comments be shortened from three to two minutes so everyone could be heard.
Cindy Frye, journalism teacher and membership chair of LBCC Certificated Hourly Instructors, used her two minutes to “request that part-time employees be fairly compensated and shown respect for all that we do for our students towards their success.” “We should be given the same opportunity to work with students outside of class time if that’s what’s needed to help them become proficient and successful.”
Part-time Cerritos math teacher Beth Sable also asked the Board to recognize the value in the availability of teachers for students outside the classroom.
During presentations, Oakley and Trustee Doug Otto announced awards and grants LBCC recently received as well as state and national recognition for innovation and the growing success rates of students from the LBCC.
The Long Beach College Promise was awarded $5 million by Gov. Jerry Brown and the state March 20 for its innovative leadership in higher education. Otto announced a $21 million grant for Career Pathways Trust.