ACCC Board Approves Whistleblower Protection Policy
July 12, 2006CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE--The board approved a Whistleblower Protection Policy, effective immediately, when it met in regular session Tuesday, June 27. The policy will inform employees about the confidential external communication vehicle available to them for reporting accusations of impropriety without fear of retaliation.
In Personnel Matters:
The board approved the promotion of Jed Soifer of Mays Landing, from assistant to associate professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 5. The board accepted these resignations:
--Noel Criscone-Naylor, office coordinator, continuing education, retroactive to May 31.
--Marlene Felicetti, non-credit registration assistant, retroactive to May 31.
--Kauna Kalenga, counselor I, retroactive to June 9.
Insurance Coverage Renewed
Following board action, the college will stay in the N.J. Community College Insurance Pool for several forms of insurance coverage. For the coming year, the college will pay $130,861 for workers’ compensation insurance; $151,627 plus NJ surcharges of 1.75 percent for the first year of a three-year contract with a rate hold for the second and third years for a special commercial package and umbrella liability provided through Borden Perlman; $91,563 plus NJ surcharges of 1.75 percent for Internet/Web site Liability, school leaders errors and omissions, boiler/machinery and environmental coverage, and excess, which will be provided through Borden Perlman; and a three-year contract with T.L. Groseclose Associates for student insurance was approved at the same rates as the last three-year contract with increased coverage.
Purchases, Contracts Approved:
--Science supplies, five vendors, $89,154.
--Paper and envelopes, three vendors, $19,750.
--Central Stores supplies, two vendors, $39,371.
--Toner cartridges, five vendors, $47,301.
--Custodial supplies, two vendors, $52,742.
--Language Lab System, $45,122, Educational Systems/ Services, for upgrading the language lab system on the Mays Landing under the ELMS grant project. The Sanako Lab 100 Language Lab updates the way language minority students learn.
--ACA supplies, two vendors, $19,526.
--Water and fuel storage tank reconditioning, $77,375, Corrosion Control Corporation.
--Reimbursement to Atlantic County Institute of Technology as lead agency for Adult Education Grant, $55,421.
--Tele-measurements, for Distance Education Configuration for room H-116 on the Mays Landing Campus, under a state contract, $79,087, to allow for distance education teaching between the Mays Landing Campus nursing classes and the Cape May County Campus.
--Leasing of two apartments for ACA students for a 10-month lease at Blue Heron Pines, Dilucia Management Corp., $35,303.
--Media buying, not to exceed $80,000 for radio and print advertising, ACCC, ACA and continuing education.
--IBM Corporation, $80,948 for a one-year renewal, software maintenance support contract.
-- Louis J. Greco, college counsel, a one-year reappointment at last year’s retainer rate of $35,612, plus an hourly rate of $104.10 for litigation and off-campus hearings.
Board Authorizes College To Seek Grant:
--U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, approval to apply for the Compassion Capital Fund Communities Empowering Youth Program (CEY) grant from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2007, for maximum of $300,000 to assist community partners through technical assistance and training in leadership development, organizational development, program development and community engagement.
In the Foundation Report, Dr. Albert Monillas, trustee liaison, reported that the ACCC Foundation:
--Voted to provide $30,000 in grants-in-aid for second-year nursing students, bringing to more than $230,000 the total of scholarships and grants-in-aid provided to ACCC students by the Foundation for academic year 2006-07.
--Approved a Foundation Investment Policy and FY’07 business plan for income and expenses.
--Asked the trustees to mark their calendars for the Cape May County fund-raiser to be held Friday, Sept. 29, at CMCC. Tickets are $50. The fund-raiser is part of the college’s 40th Anniversary and Presidential Inauguration celebrations.
--Asked the board to note Friday, Oct. 13, is the Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament, hosted by the Cape May National Golf Club. The goal is to raise $10,000 in scholarships for ACCC students from Cape May County and another $10,000 in grant-in-aid for second-year nursing students for spring.
--The Nurse Alumni Committee will hold an Art and Entertainment Virtual Auction this fall. Donations are needed.
In Other Business:
--Treasurer Nicholas Talvacchia offered that it may not be necessary for the college to use a fund balance transfer, noting that the college projects a positive margin of approximately $250,000 at the end of the year. He praised the administration on its work in maintaining the college’s insurance premiums noting the minimal increase this year of $6,008.
--Dean Bobby Royal, Minority Affairs Committee, reported that Kids College grants are underwriting programs in Atlantic City and Middle Township and his office is working on obtaining parental permission slips for Kids College enrollments.
In the President’s Report, Dr. Peter Mora told the board:
--He served on a panel at the Garden State Employment and Training Association’s Annual Conference in Atlantic City and presented a workshop titled, “Linking Higher Education and the Workforce Development System.”
--The President’s Office hosted the Department of Labor Acting Commissioner David Socolow recently at the Mays Landing Campus. Dean Pat Owens, Dr. Art Wexler, Dr. Ron McArthur, Dr. Rich Perniciaro and Dr. Mora discussed the NJ PLACE program and ACCC’s new Technical Studies degree, Corporate and Workforce Training Opportunities, as well as the college’s Master Planning.
--A reception and light lunch to recognize ACCC’s Archery team as National Champions will be held 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, room J-202 in the team’s honor. A brief demonstration led by coach Dr. Helen Bolnick will follow.
--The HPI Groundbreaking event was a success. He shared News Channel 40’s coverage of the event with the board.
--Dr. Mora was the guest presenter at the Southern NJ Freeholder’s Association June 26 meeting hosted by the Cape May County Campus. He spoke to the group on Factors Favoring Community College Involvement in Workforce Development.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, in J-202. All are welcome to attend.