When the Board of Trustees (BoT) met for their regular meeting on Sept. 28, the circumstances were anything but regular.
In the trustee’s emergency meeting on Tuesday March 14, the City College board approved a $2.6 million transfer into a construction fund in order to help fix heating issues. However these repairs will take months and many of the stopgap solutions don’t seem to be working according to many faculty who spoke at the meeting.
In the fiscal year 2021-2022, both faculty and classified workers received “pink slips” as notice of layoff. As departments struggle to maintain certificates, no positions will be reinstated for the foreseeable future.
With roots in San Francisco, Anita Martinez, Vick Chung and Susan Solomon ran on a labor-backed slate in November and unseated three long-time incumbents. Now, the new trustees promise to listen to the concerns of students, faculty and the public. Alan Wong was also elected board president during a special meeting on Jan. 19, and Anita Martinez was elected vice-president.
The financial outlook rating from Moody’s is good news for City College’s upcoming accreditation assessment, according to trustees.
Now that Trustee Alan Wong’s resolution for the Lunar New Year holiday as a campus day off has been approved by the Board of Trustees, many wonder what took so long.
Yu says she was told by Chair Garcia-Denson that there is not room enough in the budget for more than three classes per year, a state of affairs which could prove to be a meaningful roadblock to meeting state certificate standards, or requirements for certificates for transfer to state universities.
City College sent out 42 pink slips to classified staff Nov. 2, even as they recruit replacement workers, a breach of faith denounced by SEIU 1021.
The faculty’s salary concessions will save jobs and classes for the 2021-22 academic year. However, the agreement may only delay cuts.
State auditors in early April warned the California Community College Chancellor’s office to act quickly in order to remain independent, deeming the college “not currently stable,” citing its ineffective attempts at reducing its costs necessary to supplement the 35% enrollment decline over the past eight years, which resulted in the college tapping into its reserves.
In their final meeting of the 2020-21 school year on June 24, the Board of Trustees attempted to tackle several of the pressing issues facing the college.
The layoffs, if implemented, would represent a loss of nearly 30% of City College’s 541 full-time teaching staff and 74% of its administrators, part of the five-year budget plan passed by the board in November.
City College is on track to hit its $5.6 million budget deficit target for the current academic year, though 12 of 30 line items are trending above target spending, according to Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration John al-Amin’s monthly budget update to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 25.