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Presidential Report March 19, 2002
The SCC Scribe has won yet another award during a recent trip to NYC. The Scribe staff will describe the award to you. Tom Pierce, Scribe Advisor, will be leaving us at the end of this contract period to move to St. Petersburg to join his wife. He will certainly leave behind a rich legacy.
Oviedo Campus Award
John Rhinehart of Glatting Jackson presented the Board with an award that was recently given to the Oviedo Campus.
The Greater Oviedo Chamber of Commerce also selected our beautiful Oviedo Campus for their February Beautification Award!
Beverly Bailey, our Honors Advisor, took five students to New College for the Florida Collegiate Honors Council State meeting. The students made what Beverly describes as excellent presentations. At meeting's end, Beverly had been elected to serve as secretary of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council. SCC continues to take a statewide leadership role!
Sinkhole at Oviedo
I am happy to report that the 6 foot deep hole at Oviedo is not a sinkhole. And that it is being filled at a cost much less than what we had originally anticipated.
Foundation Golf Tournament
The SCC Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, April 8, at Alaqua Country Club, at 11:00 a.m. Please contact Pam Weber's office if you are interested.
Student Leadership Retreat
The Trustees are invited to join the students on April 12, 4 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room for the Student Leadership Institute. The Board members will be asked to share your perspective on the roles and responsibilities of a Board member, the three key skills that today's college students need to succeed in the workplace, and your thoughts on effective leadership styles. After doing all of this work, you are also invited for dinner that evening with the students. Please let Linda know if you can attend.
We thought that we were proceeding right along. We liked the Senate budget numbers. Then, at 7 p.m. last night, in a surprise move the Senate adopted the House budget which is not as kind to education. It looked like the Senate was playing hardball with the House and would now kick the House's budget back to them so that they would have to be very public about short-changing education.
Ah, but that is not really what happened. The Senate gutted the House budget bill and inserted their own. Paul Hull, our man in Tallahassee, called to say that the Senate bill would put us at only $300,000 below our beginning funding level last year while the House budget would put us at $1.8 million below this year's beginning budget. Stay tuned?
At the same time that our operations dollars were shrinking, our building dollars looked like they were increasing. The PECO estimating conference found more $$$ for community colleges and we gained dollars for our High Tech Building and Altamonte endeavors. The Division is supporting us with $7.5 million for Altamonte, $6.5 million for the I-4 facility, $968,000 for the construction of a new Fire Tower and $500,000 to replace bond funds that would have been used for V-401 renovation. However, we are not getting any support from our Legislative delegation and those dollars may evaporate and be given to Indian River Community College for a joint-use facility with Florida Atlantic University.
Other Legislative issues involve the School Code rewrite. We think that we have been successful in maintaining local autonomy, heading off some of the concerns about the authority of the Office of Inspector General, getting the Community College Program Fund (CCPF) Distribution Formula in statute and getting approval for need-based financial aid for part-time students.
It also appears that we got our "divorce" from the K-12 system in terms of Workforce Development funds. We still don't know if they will be a separate fund or rolled into the CCPF. Also, language is included in both House and Senate bills that would place the matching funds in statutory language.
We don't know where all this will end. Please continue to make your legislative contacts.
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