By Tori Ann Lerch/Contributing Writer

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday, May 12, to approve compensation for the student trustee.
The student trustee is elected by students, serves a 1-year term and has an advisory vote. Student Trustee Gus Orozco said, “From my understanding, I will receive $50 for every meeting I attended during the time I served as the trustee.” The compensation will come as a lump sum at the end of his term as student trustee in June.
The Board and administrators also discussed Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to provide additional funding for Community Colleges statewide.
Vice President of Administrative Services Ann-Marie Gabel also reported on the third quarter financial status, covering the budget up to March 31. She said reports showed funds were being spent adequately in each area.
When discussing the prior year adjustments, she said LBCC expects to see less funding from the state than initially reported.
Gabel said, “In 2014, we were about four full-time faculty members under the obligation that the state had given us for full-time faculty. That’s why we expect to see a smaller amount here.”
The report shows that some departments have not used all of the budgeted funds, but Gabel assured the funds not used in the 2014-2015 fiscal year will roll over into the next year.
Also at the meeting, the honors program gave a presentation showing the representation of the school-sponsored trip of the honors transfer council at the California research conference. Six students made presentations at the conference on research they had conducted.
Student relations coordinator Alicia Kruizenga announced that the president’s scholarship has received additional funding from the Rotary Club. Kruizenga also reported on the annual Phi Theta Kappa award reception where three students were recognized for achievement.
History and political science professor Lisa Orr presented her sabbatical report and said she found new love for environmental and natural history. She said she plans to start a class on environmental history.
Trustee Sunny Zia discussed the effort to increase credit courses compared to non-credit courses, since credit courses receive more funds from the state. President Eloy Oakley said, “Our first goal is to provide a schedule for students that supports student success and secondly the scheduling of credit courses compared to non-credit courses.”
After the open session portion of the meeting, the Board and top administrators went back into closed session to discuss the items that could not be finished before the open session meeting.
Among the items were negotiations with employee unions and the potential sale of vacant property at Los Coyotes Diagonal, Palo Verde Avenue and Wardlow Road.