By Jesus Hernandez
Reports began online about a motion against the Board of Trustees showcasing students’ strong disagreement with their decision to discontinue programs at the college, the motion being a vote of no confidence.
A petition began circulating on Facebook that showing that supporters completely lost faith in the BOT and have no confidence in their management of recent issues. Other colleges have presented the administration with similar actions, but this would be the first time in California that the student body presented the vote of no confidence to an entire board.
Jason Troia, 32, LBCC student trustee, said, “It would not change my strategy at all. I still have an ethical and legal obligation to look out for our students.”
The ASB has been discussing the possibility of a vote of no confidence and have gone into detail as to why the action is justifiable. ASB President Josh Lorenzini discussed Brown Act and Student Educational Code violations which the Board has allegedly committed with the recent program discontinuance process. Lorenzini said that if the Board is left unchecked they will continue down the path of making decisions with minimal student involvement.
“When will it stop?” Lorenzini added, “Either way the vote happens, it allows the cabinet to continue with the semester.”
Jeffrey Kellogg, District 1 Trustee, said, “I just want to be clear, I don’t want to give false hope to anyone. We’re not going to reconsider anything.”
Recent posts on the Viking News Facebook page have shown that not every student is in support of the vote of no confidence. Students see the need to get rid of programs that do not serve the entire student population and believe the cuts should begin at the trades. David Stephens said, “We need to look at the grand scale and the big picture, not the space at the tip of our noses.”
A vote of no confidence does not ensure the Board will reconsider the program discontinuance, nor does it mean the BOT will resign or step down. The vote is intended to grab the attention of student advocacy entities across the state, which would put more pressure on the Board to reconsider.
The total amount of students being affected by the program discontinuance is unclear due to number discrepancies between both the BOT and the ASB. On the high-end of the number spectrum, only about 17 percent of the student population has been directly affected by the decision of the Board.
The ASB will vote to approve the vote of no confidence Monday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in the Valhala room on the second floor in the E Building. The vote has ASB Cabinet members on either side, and some on the Cabinet say student reactions are strongly encouraged since the ASB represents the entire student population at the college.