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Language for new prez tabled

September 14, 2009

A recap of the Board of Trustees meeting at Glendale Community College.

Trustees couldn’t come to agreement tonight regarding new language that would set evaluation procedures for monitoring the college president.

Compounding this difficulty, the trustees struggled to answer who, precisely, ought to be doing the evaluating.

Trustees wanted to learn more about what administrative regulations require, and couldn’t decide if the board alone ought to evaluate the superintendent/president’s performance or if faculty, staff and students should weigh in.

Trustees also voted to postpone to October the ratification of a one-year contract with Sacramento lobbyists. The decision to table the contract — as opposed to voting it down — was reached as trustees wanted to learn more about what lobbyists could offer, especially given this chaotic time in the California legislature.

Trustees approved a budget that comes up about $1 million short; administrative staff said it’s possible to make adjustments during the year.

“This is the first time I’ve seen an anomaly this large … we are not haphazardly approving a budget,” Trustee Tony Tartaglia said.

Board President Vahé Peroomian pointed out that adjustments have been made before, albeit perhaps not on such a scale.

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