Crown Cove Aquatic Center
The Crown Cove Aquatic Center is the college’s hidden gem that has strengthened partnerships with California State Parks, California Department of Boating and Waterways, local cities and school districts, said Center Director Patrice Milkovich.
More than two dozen organizations hold classes and trainings at the center. With investments from the Dept. of Boating and Waterways, a new dock has been built at the center and the showers have been renovated.
As an academic center, Milkovich highlighted the two-year credit course history and outlined her three major goals. The goals align with academics, business revenue and community outreach.
Addressing the Budget
The Governing Board took some important actions this month to approve a balanced budget. They formally accepted the employees’ vote to decrease all salaries by 5% for the upcoming year and ensured no new funding was required for raises in the salary schedule for vice presidents. At the June 20 meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget of $87.9 million.
Prop R Construction Bids Accepted
The next two major projects for Proposition R—the Central Plant and the Field House—will be getting under way soon.
The Governing Board unanimously approved the awarding of the bid for demolition, grading, earthwork and other related work to Sierra Pacific West for $1,848,960.
The Board also awarded the bid for structural concrete, site concrete and other related work to Team C Construction for $4,147,000.20.
The Governing Board welcomed its new student trustee, Juan Luis Espinoza. Juan Luis was officially sworn in during the June 13 board meeting.
Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan
The Governing Board is adding its support to the city of Chula Vista’s efforts to develop its bayfront. With the plans to be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission this summer, the board voted to send a letter of support to the Coastal Commission to aid the city’s efforts.
Faculty and Staff Spotlight
Congratulations to Yadira Garcia, an EOPS technician in the Extended Opportunities Programs and Services department, who was named the Employee of the Quarter for July – September.
The Governing Board and Superintendent/President Dr. Nish also congratulated Andrew MacNeill, president of the Southwestern College Education Association, and Aaron Starck, president of the Southwestern Community College District Administrators Association, for their service at the Governing Board meetings.
Welcome to David Caspi, who will be joining Southwestern as an assistant professor of Administration of Justice.
Welcome also to Silvana Vereda, a library assistant, and Travis Rayburn, a vehicle and equipment mechanic, who joined the college this summer.
Yadira Garcia will be moving from EOPS to become the Student Activities Coordinator.
Arlie Ricasa is transferring to become the director of Extended Opportunities Programs and Services and Aaron Starck is transferring to become the Director of Student Development and Health Services.
Guadalupe Aleman is retiring from Food Services after 23 years of service. Best wishes in your retirement.
Dr. Nish and the Governing Board said thank you and goodbye to Dr. Joseph Quarles (below left), interim Vice President for Human Resources. Board members said they were grateful for Quarles’ professionalism and calming influence during this transition period.
Best wishes as you head back into retirement, Dr. Quarles.