GB News: From the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board

From the Boardroom

Governing Board President Norma L. HernandezThe Southwestern College Governing Board continues its steady progress in addressing the financial impact of reduced state funding.

With the support of faculty and staff in accepting a 5% pay reduction college-wide, using $1 million from the college’s reserves and additional cost savings, the board unanimously approved a balanced budget of $87.9 million at the June 20 meeting.


Crown Cove Aquatic Center

File photo of Crown Cove Aquatic CenterThe 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

Field House sectionThe 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.

Student Spotlight

Juan Luis Espinoza is sworn in by Governing Board President Norma L. HernandezThe 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

Yadira Garcia, SWC employee of the quarterCongratulations 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.

Andrew MacNeillThe 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.

Employee Changes

  • 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.

Honoring Retirees

  • 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.

    From left, Dr. Quarles with Dr. Melinda Nish, Bob Temple and C.M. Brahmbatt

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