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JCCC Board of Trustees Candidate Forum

Could we maybe get this information with more than 24 hrs notice?

Posted March 9 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail sever, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2015 2:28 PM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] An invitation to the board of trustees candidate forum

An invitation to the board of trustees candidate forum
You are invited to attend a forum of candidates currently running for the Johnson County Community College board of trustees.
The forum will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 10) at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, 9001 West 110th Street, Overland Park, Kansas.
The event is hosted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council. Candidates invited to participate include:

– Larry Fotovich
– Nancy Ingram
– Patricia Lightner
– David Lindstrom
– Greg Musil
– Mark Read

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To register, click here.
For more information, contact Celia Fritz-Watson at cfritzwatson@opchamber.org or 913-491-3600.

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Measles, JCCC Policy, & Student Heath Center

With the media pushing the measles story and being one of the many employees at Johnson County Community College who come in contact with hundreds of students each day — many who may not have had a measles booster — I turned to the JCCC board policies for guidance.

JCCC Student Health PolicyAlright. That doesn’t really help me as an employee.

JCCC Infectious DiseaseJCCC Infectious Disease

Alright so this tells me that if I get sick JCCC can make me go to a doctor they select (and they will pay for it), JCCC can tell people who “need to know” of my illness, if someone refuses to work with me they can (but probably won’t) be disciplined, and if it wants JCCC can fire me for being sick.

It would certainly help if the college had a Student Health Center like it did a few years ago where students and hourly employees like me could drop in with questions or for help finding services. I guess it’s more important to have a building showcasing art that we don’t even own than it is to house a vital service that would benefit every student and employee of the college.

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February 3, 2015 · 5:01 pm

#JCCC Trustee Race Takes Off

Two of Three Incumbents File, Challenger Emerges

The Johnson County Election Office shows that David Lindstrom and Greg Musil have filed for re-election to the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. Trustee Jon Stewart has yet to file.

Filings also show a newcomer, Nancy Ingram has also entered the race.

Deadline to file (or withdraw) is Jan. 27.

Should more than six candidates file for the three available seats on the JCCC board, a primary election will be triggered. That primary would fall on March 3.

The general election is April 7.

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JCCC to Host Memorial Service for Krebs

Krebs 1974

Virgina Krebs 1974 staff photo, Johnson County Community College
Photography Department; Bret Gustafson, photographer

Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s first employee and first trustee emeritus, died Feb. 8, 2014.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Polsky Theatre.

“Mrs. Krebs dedicated her life to the education of children and adults throughout Johnson County,” said Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. “She truly was a leader in making JCCC one of the best community colleges in the United States. Our community is forever indebted to her and her family for all they’ve done to improve the quality of life in this county.”

Krebs was a member of the JCCC board of trustees from 1985 to 2008. She was elected to the board for six consecutive terms, the last in April 2005. When she resigned from the board in October 2008, she was named the college’s first trustee emeritus. As a college trustee, she served as clerk, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman.

A complete obituary may be found here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the JCCC Foundation.

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JCCC’s Virginia Krebs Dies

Krebs

Posted to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s first employee and trustee emeritus, dies

Virginia Krebs, JCCC’s first employee and first trustee emeritus, died Feb. 8.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 8, in Polsky Theatre.

“Mrs. Krebs dedicated her life to the education of children and adults throughout Johnson County,” said Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. “She truly was a leader in making JCCC one of the best community colleges in the United States. Our community is forever indebted to her and her family for all they’ve done to improve the quality of life in this county.”

Krebs was a member of the JCCC board of trustees from 1985 to 2008. She was elected to the board for six consecutive terms, the last in April 2005. When she resigned from the board in October 2008, she was named the college’s first trustee emeritus. As a college trustee, she served as clerk, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman.

A complete obituary may be found here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the JCCC Foundation.

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Closures, Consolidations, Changes Coming to JCCC

Posted today to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

From: InfoList
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 9:41 AM
To: InfoList
Subject: [infolist] A message from Joe Sopcich

January 24, 2014

As you well know, for the past few months we have been engaged in a thorough review of college programs and budgets. Since we launched these program review initiatives, the general response has been positive and constructive. While there were those who expressed their reservations, in various formats, I was encouraged over the months by the direct feedback I received as to how this type of initiative was necessary and overdue. In fact, it has been inspiring to see how people have rallied and tried to do the best job possible in a very short time frame. I can’t thank you enough for your efforts.

As part of the process during the fall semester, a Budget Review Team (BRT), representing all areas of the college, was formed to provide input. The BRT was something new for JCCC and was launched quickly and with little fanfare. I’ll be the first to say that we have much room for improvement in the future; nevertheless, we gave it our best shot and will continue to enhance the process. The thoughts the team shared reveal some themes that we need to consider. You can see that list here.

Editor’s Note: The document is password protected. It is document, “Input from the Budget Discussion Team,” which can be found here.

Originally, our goal was to cut at least $3 million in salaries and benefits from the college’s budget next year. However, as we gave our five-year budget projections another look, we felt our original projections were too optimistic. For example, revenues this year will be down as a result of the decline in enrollment, and we are no longer assured that we will be able to see an increase in state aid next year. Our projections calling for annual increases in enrollment and state aid were overly optimistic and unrealistic. Therefore, to keep the college sustainable for the future, it is in our best interest to eliminate a little more than $3 million this year and continue to review our programs and processes each year to make sure we are functioning as efficiently as possible.

Budget Actions
The budget actions to be taken for the upcoming fiscal year are outlined in three levels:

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JCCC Faculty Senate Rejects Budget Process

JCCC President Joe Sopcich told the Faculty Senate the campus can expect a communique on Jan 24 concerning JCCC’s long-awaited budget decisions.

According to the Dec. 12 JCCC Faculty Senate Minutes “… a message will be sent that will itemize what will happen with regards to budget concerns and notifications.”

Sopchic and the Board of Trustees will continue to look at retirements and vacated positions and “will ask departments affected to fill-in the workload with existing personnel.”

Joe Sopcich shared some specifics:

  • JCCC has experienced a 6th semester decline in enrollment; below 2006.
  • JCCC has dipped into reserves 5 years straight; state funding is questionable.
  • JCCC is pending results of a lawsuit that will affect higher education; 1.5% cut or $300,000 to JCCC.
  • We need a five-year plan based on an optimistic projection in light of the property tax decline we have experienced.
  • We are facing more competition than ever from area institutions and online options that students have at their fingertips.
  • Recruiting will be a focus in spring 2014; if there is a market, we need to fill it.

The senate’s Budget Discussion Team voiced dissatisfaction with an administration document saying “Suggestions from faculty were solicited and compiled in a list which was unsourced and unaccredited.”

The Faculty Senate approved the following statement:

“The faculty senate rejects the validity of the process by which the document titled ‘Input from the budget discussion team’ was developed due to the lack of transparency in the process and the discrepancies between data gathered and that presented.”

However the senate declined to distribute the statement noting it could adversely affect morale and cause division among faculty.

The minuets also acknowledged the senate’s failure to distribute a statement that calls for transparency.

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