Stalemate won’t stop Shoreline summer quarter

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item46.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.washington-state-capitol-buildingUncertainty in Olympia over the state budget won’t mean uncertainty for summer-quarter students at Shoreline Community College.

“We are committed to serving students this summer,” Acting President Daryl Campbell said on Thursday, June 13, 2013. “We don’t know what will happen in the Legislature, but we do know classes will go on this summer at Shoreline.”

Lawmakers are entering their second special session, still trying to pass a state budget.  Facing a deadline of June 30, the end of the state’s fiscal year, Gov. Jay Inslee has asked his cabinet to look at how and what pieces of state government could be impacted if funding isn’t approved.

Community and technical colleges receive funding from three general sources: direct state allocation, student tuition and various grants and contracts. With repeated cuts over recent years, the state allocation is a shrinking percentage of college budgets. The specific percentage and potential budget implications are different for each college.

“We’re hopeful that our elected officials will reach an accord as soon as possible,” Campbell said. “We know that they understand the value of higher education and the key role that community and technical colleges play not only in the lives of our students, but the state’s overall economic recovery.”

The Shoreline Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet June 26. Campbell said staff members are preparing several budget options for possible adoption.  “We hope the Legislature has finished their work by then,” Campbell said. “But even if they haven’t, we will provide the education and training our students expect and need.”

Board OKs President’s contract, other items

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The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees approved the contract for now-acting, soon-to-be-interim President Daryl Campbell.

“Continuity, baby,” said Board Chair Phil Barrett. Barrett and Trustee Shoubee Liaw negotiated the pact with Campbell after he was announced as the board’s pick at a June 13, 2013 special meeting. Campbell, the former Vice President for Administrative Services, takes over from Lee Lambert, who left for a position as chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.

Campbell said that during the contract talks, he appreciated that the board members listened when Campbell told them that his family is the most important thing in his life. Trustee Gidget Terpstra reminded Campbell to use his allotted vacation days, saying, “They are important for your well-being.”

Starting July 1 and while he is interim president, Campbell will be paid at the rate of $189,070 a year, the same amount Lambert received at the time of his departure, Barrett said.

Campbell said his plan is to be fully engaged and keep learning each day.

” As we move forward, we need to be conscious in how we shape the campus culture,” Campbell said, and then quoted Albert Schweitzer about the need to revere life. “We need to chose reverence over negativity. We’re always going to have struggles, we’re always going to have problems that we need to solve, but we need to treat each other with reverence. The faculty need to be revered. The classified staff need to be revered. Even the administrators need to be revered and the we need to revere the students.

“That is the path I am chosing for the college for this year.”

Other board action:

– Elected Trustee Shoubee Liaw as next Board Chair for the upcoming year, 2013-14. Trustee Tayloe Washburn was elected Vice Chair. Confidential Assistant to the President Lori Yonemitsu was re-elected as Board Secretary.

– Approved renewal of second-year tenure track faculty candidate Lori Stephens. A member of the nursing faculty, Stephens’ tenure committee chair is Linda Barnes.

– Ratified a new contract agreement with the faculty union, the Shoreline Community College Federation of Teachers, Local No. 1950, AFT Washington/AFT/AFL-CIO. Among other things, the contract includes a new category called “senior associate faculty.” The designation is for faculty members who are less than full time, but includes additional pay, possible recurring annual contracts, guaranteed consideration for tenure- track openings and guaranteed eligibility for professional development pool funds. The new contract also updates language around online teaching modalities and allows for increased student capacities for online courses.

Cost of parking on campus going up


parking-meterThe cost of parking at Shoreline Community College is going up.

While tuition for students at the college is set by the Legislature and administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, service and activities fees are established by the Board of Trustees. For the coming school year, the board at the June 26, 2013 regular meeting approved increases to fees for parking as well as minor hikes for Parent-Child Center series and several student-document handling fees.

Parking, however, is the most visible increase. Fees for student passes will go up, along with parking-violation fines and, for the first time, adminstrators will need to buy on-campus parking passes. Faculty and Classified employees won’t have to buy passes as parking is covered in those labor contracts.

Student quarterly parking passes will go from $15 tax included to $25 tax not included. At current state and county rates, a student pass will cost $27.38. Parking passes for administrative exempt employees, now free, will cost $30 a month and be payroll deductible. The basic illegal parking fine will go from $25 to $45. The cost of daily passes purchased at the kiosks will go up by 50 percent, from $2 to $3 for the shortest term parking.

Parking operations are funded by several streams, including permit fees, violation fines and an allocation from the Sustainable Commuter Options Fee (SCOF) which is imposed by student government. SCOF also provides a subsidy for student transit passes purchased through Metro Transit and know as the Orca card.

Orca cards are growing in popularity, which, combined with card-price hikes by Metro increases the strain on the SCOF funding. This spring, student government considered, but ultimately withdrew, a motion to no longer allocate any SCOF funds to college parking operations.

At the same time, the overall Safety and Security budget, which includes parking operations, has been in deficit for the past several years. As state funding allocations have been slashed over the past five years, other sources were sought to keep basic operations going, according to Acting Vice President Daryl Cambell, who served as Vice President for Administrative Services. The adjustments helped, but didn’t cover all expenses.

“These continue to be extraordinary times,” Campbell said. “We appreciate the difficult work done by student government to look at SCOF and see the implication that it is unsustainable as currently configured. College staff has also looked at the overall Safety and Security budget and see similar challenges.

“It is clear that more revenue is needed to sustain our parking operations. The proposed increases and additions are just one step in that direction.”
In his presentation to the board, Director of Financial Services Stuart Trippel said that over the coming year, college staff will do a cost analysis of all safety and security operations, including parking, and work toward a goal of determining appropriate funding levels and sources.

The other approved fee increases include:

Parent-Child Center – Rates for students will go up 1.5 percent and non-students will pay an additional 2 percent.

Expedited Transcript Fee – A new $20 fee for students requesting same-day service to get an official transcript. This is in addition to the existing $5 per transcript fee.

International Diploma Mailing Fee – A new $30 per diploma fee designed to cover the cost of processing and mailing to addresses outside the U.S. This is in addition to the already established graduation fee of $20, which includes the cost of the diploma and domestic mailing.

College passes budget to continue operations

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As it turns out, something can happen when an immoveable object meets an irresistible force.
At Shoreline Community College, it’s called “Resolution No. 126 2013-14 Operating Budget Continuing Authority.”
That’s what the college Board of Trustees decided to do at the June 26, 2013 regular meeting when faced with an unpleasant reality that includes lawmakers in Olympia still struggling to agree on a state budget and a June 30 deadline for both the state and the college budgets.
“This resolution allows the college to continue to operate while the Legislature sorts things out,” Acting President Daryl Campbell said. “We are closely monitoring the progress in Olympia, indeed there could be an agreement announced at any moment. We have prepared multiple budget scenarios based on what we think could happen. However, there is no longer enough time between now and June 30 for us to know what our allocation from the state might be.
“Therefore, our most prudent path at the moment is to move forward with this continuance plan.”
Campbell noted that students have already been informed of the college’s committment to finish summer quarter, which started Monday, June 24, and ends Aug. 15. He also cautioned that the college cannot financially tread water forever.
“Shoreline is fortunate in that over the past five years, during the most difficult days of the recession, we have been able to get our finances in order and establish some reserves,” Campbell said. “The resolution passed today allows us to use non-state funds, basically tuition dollars, and general fund reserves as a bridge. However, the Legislature must act and act soon.”
The college is a state agency, but unlike some other agencies, is not facing immediate shutdown on July 1 if the Legislature doesn’t pass a budget by June 30. College employees are not subject to the current round of furlough notices that went out to some state employees earlier this week.
The next step toward a budget for the college will be taken in Olympia. Once lawmakers act, the funding numbers allocated for community and technical colleges will be transmitted to the state board. From there, each college will learn of its specific allocation of state dollars for the coming fiscal year. At that time, Shoreline staff will prepare a budget for review by the campus community and then make a proposal to the trustees. That presentation could come at yet-to-be scheduled board meeting.