Foothill-De Anza Community College Trustee Meeting October 2017

Foothill-De Anza Trustees 2017

October 2:  De Anza President Brian Murphy told the trustees that the Flint 4-level parking structured been successfully upgraded to 2010 earthquake standards just in time for the beginning of fall quarter.  It parks about 2000 cars, so the athletic fields being used for parking for the last 15 months are back to being athletic fields.  The trustees today approved four final change orders totaling $0.91 million, bringing the final cost to about $27 million.   The state of California, Measure-C bonds, and FHDA’s own bonds each paid about one third.

   The trustees also authorized an additional $266,746 to Noll and Tam Architects for parking and circulation at Foothill College, expanding lots 5 and 6.

— Terry Terman, Observer

Foothill-De Anza Community College District April-August 2017

August 7:  The Trustees may poll public support for a possible FHDA new general obligation bond.  They did approve Resolution #2017-19 prohibiting funded travel to states that have discriminatory legislation, but allowing the Chancellor to override the ban in specific cases.

July 3:  The annual Board of Trustees self-evaluation raised concerns about community relations and declining enrollment.  All 5 elected trustees anonymously did the self-evaluation.

   The Trustees rejected all bids to restore the soccer field at De Anza College.

   DA Student Trustee Elias Kamal said a discussion of the Muslim Ramadan was attended by 50 staff, students, and family members.  Board President Laura Casas praised trustee Bruce Swenson for 50 years of service to FHDA and 50 years of marriage.

June 12:  Chancellor Judy Minor welcomed FH student trustee Chinwe Idika to the Board and welcomed DA student trustee Elias Kamal to his second term.  President Casa and trustee Landsberger praised the recent town hall meeting at Foothill College with Anna Eshoo.

   Trustee Landsberger said the FHDA Foundation nominated Dudley Anderson as a new director.  Landsberger also said the Foundation heard from the faculty of the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies on May 24.  Its building is certified Energy and Environmental Platinum.

   Executive Director Puentes summarized the Third Quarter Report.  She noted a 1,170 decline in FTES, reducing revenue by $6 million next year and reducing the stability fund to $25 million.

Puentes described the 2017-18 Tentative Budget which must be in place by July 1.  It includes increases of $4.2 million in base apportionment and $2.2 million in cost of living.  The structural deficit is $12.3 million, the end balance is $38.8 million, the final stability fund is $13.8 million.  She said FHDA has 3 years to restore enrollment before the base is permanently reset.

May 1:  The trustees heard and approved the student budgets for Foothill and De Anza.

   Adam Colling and James Funk of Bloom Energy conversed with the Board at length about using fuel cells to produce electric power from natural gas without burning the gas (technology from NASA’s Mars Rover).  They claimed a 10-15% cost reduction and said their customers included Caltech, San Diego Univ., Apple, Google, AT&T, city of Santa Clara, and Home Depot.

April 3:  Chancellor Judy Minor liked Senator Jerry Hill’s bill SB769, expanding the community college 4-year degree program.  Foothill now offers a 4-year degree in dental hygiene.

— Terry Terman, Observer

Foothill-De Anza Community College District March 2017

Foothill-De Anza Trustees

March 6, 2017:  An additional $1.3 million was appropriated for the renovation of the flint center parking structure.  New Tenure Recipients were approved and recognized for both colleges, five at Foothill and 9 at De Anza.

  A Report on the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center at the former Onizuka Air Force Station was read.  Total construction cost was $30.8 million.  It’s on 9.15 acres at Hwys 101 and 237, served by light rail and next to 4.6 acres reserved for homeless housing, which it might later expand into.  Its campus forms an equilateral triangle with the campuses of Foothill in LAH and De Anza in Cupertino.  It replaced the Middlefield Center in Palo Alto, starting last Sept. 26, 2016.  Demand for evening classes often overflows its parking, but it’s on light rail.  Estimated enrollment for 3 quarters of credit courses adds up to 6,483 students or 1211 FTES.      

February 6, 2017:  Vice Chancellor Kevin McElroy said that at De Anza L-7 renovation and campus wide electronic locks are nearing completion.  At Foothill building the new district offices began January 23, 2017 and should be completed by April, 2018.

   Executive Director Jory Hadsell discussed the On Line Education Initiative (OEI).  He said that 103 of the 113 California Community Colleges intend to migrate to Canvas course management system selected by OEI.  Vice Chancellor Joe Moreau said California saved 45% in negotiating an online plagiarism detection program.

January 9, 2017:  The trustees approved new certificates:  (1) at Foothill, instructional design & technology, and emergency medical technician  (2) at De Anza, programming in Python, quality control technician, women’s studies, and a new associate degree for transfer in anthropology.

   The Board approved a fee-based summer enrichment program for 2017 at three Cupertino district schools, involving 1st through 10th grades.

Terry Terman, Observer

Foothill De Anza College District January 2017

January 9, 2017

Trustee Laura Casas was nominated for a three year term on the California Community College Trustees Board.  They will deal with immigration among other things. 

FHDA Trustees approved $35,930 for a study to upgrade the district wide Blue Light Emergency phones.  New phones with a public address system could cost up to $1 million.

The Board approved an additional $390,802 for Flint Parking Center renovation, due to more rust than expected in the steel framework. 

December 12, 2016

Chancellor Judy Minor welcomed two new Board Members elected last November:  long time community college administrator Peter Landsberger plus former Cupertino City Council member and mayor Gilbert Wong.  Laura Casas was re-elected and became the new board president  Trustee holdovers include new vice president Bruce Swenson, Pearl Cheng, plus students Courtney Cooper and Elias Kamal.  Casas appointed Swenson (chair) and Cheng to the Audit and Finance Committee.

The Board added new courses at Foothill in chemistry, English, horticulture, pharmacy technology, and sociology, and at De Anza in accounting, anthropology, film & TV, intercultural studies, Korean, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.  The Trustees also approved two dozen fee-based (no taxpayer money) not-for-credit short courses on astronomy, music, investing, e-bay, driver education, fashion design, bocce ball, and mindful life planning.

November 7, 2016

Betsy Bechtel leaves the Board after 13 years, and Joan Barram leaves after almost eight years.  The Trustees gave Verde Designs a $92,450 contract to design a synthetic turf field to replace the grass soccer field at Foothill.  Cost to build is unknown, but artificial turf lasts ten years and grass costs up to $100,000 per year to maintain.

John Sheldon of Morgan Stanley presented information regarding the general obligation fund issuance (Measure C) and refinancing approved by trustees at the September 12, 2016, meeting. He advised that the district was able to save taxpayers approximately $1.4 million per year through the refinancing.

Refinancing on the $30 million earthquake upgrade of De Anza’s Flint Center garage will save $1.3 million annually. 

The Trustees accepted a bid of $18 million from Alten Construction to build the new district offices.

October 3, 2016

The Board gave the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority a 30-year easement to extend the bus “duck out” on Stelling Rd. near Stevens Creek Blvd. to support rapid transit buses running every 10 minutes to the Berryessa BART Station.

De Anza President Brian Murphy reported large reductions in student quarterly textbook costs:

$200,000 from using free or open source material in almost 70 courses, $250,000 from the bookstore’s rental program, $150,000 from a one-day 10% discount.  He said enrollment is down 5% from a year ago.  Chancellor Judy Minor said enrollment is up from 1,000 to 2,000 at the new Sunnyvale campus.

—Terry Terman, Observer