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Terri ValladolidJuly 9 – September 10, 2014

2014-2015 is shaping up to be a fun and exciting year for the district. Southwestern now has a refurbished DeVore Stadium that will host all Jaguar games and graduations. This summer the Governing Board also approved several important partnerships that will generate revenue and help guide Southwestern College students to their goals. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Prop R Update

Construction at DeVore Stadium is finished. As of Fall 2014, 78 classes are being taught in the new field-house/classroom building.

The new fieldhouse has also met US Green Building Council Gold Certification. It was slated for only silver certification originally.

A new wellness center and a new math, science and engineering building on the Chula Vista campus and a two-story building at the National City Higher Education Center have all entered conceptualization stages, and are the next three large projects for Proposition R construction.

Solar panel construction has finished at the Southwestern College Chula Vista campus. All parking lots are available for parking now that construction has concluded.

Grant Acceptance

Over $2.5 million in grants were accepted by the Governing Board in September.

These funds were received from three different organizations – California Department of Education, U.S. Small Business Administration and the City of San Diego Small Business Enhancement Program, which gave Southwestern two grants.

Puertas al Futuro received $2,397,158 dollars from the California Department of Education, the Imperial Valley Portable Assistance Program was granted $100,000 from the U.S. SBA, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center received $22,500 from SDSBE and the college’s Slingshot Program was given the last $18,250 from SDSBE.

2014-2015 Budget Passed

At the September 10 meeting, the Governing Board approved a $99,432,143 budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget includes a five percent reserve.

Other actions taken on September 10:

  • Review and approval of Superintendent/President’s Goals and Objectives for the 2014-2015 school year. Available here.
  • Brenda Mora, Publications Associate, Communications, Community and Government Relations was named Employee of the Quarter.

Emergency Preparedness

Southwestern College Police Chief Michael Cash led Governing Board Members and College leadership through several emergency drills as part of an emergency preparedness workshop September 15.

Governing Board Approves Plans for Wellness Center

The Southwestern College Governing Board approved plans to build three pools in the soon-to-be-built wellness center.

This decision was made after hearing two separate pool options, one of which became part of the wellness center business plan.

Option A included a 50-meter variable-depth pool and a 25-meter therapeutic pool. Option B, which was recommended by college staff and approved by the Governing Board, included an additional 50-meter pool of constant depth for competitive purposes.

Option B gives the wellness center pool area more flexibility to adapt to student needs and will result in a higher potential revenue stream.

Emergency Lights

Southwestern College entered into an agreement with Steiny and Company, Inc. to build an estimated 45 blue emergency call boxes around four Southwestern College campuses.

Construction and placement began in September. Steiny and Company will be paid $2,646,000 to build the boxes.

Wi-Fi Upgrade

A $748,889 contract for a district-wide upgrade to Southwestern College’s wireless internet network was awarded to Chula Vista Electric Company.

Under the agreement, Chula Vista Electric Co. will install internet access points throughout all classrooms and staff/administrative offices as well as extension antennas for outside areas and parking lots.

Second Chance Agreement

Second Chance, a life skills agency that specializes in relapse prevention for newly sober and recently incarcerated persons, has entered into a year-long agreement with Southwestern College. For $20,062.50, Southwestern will offer noncredit literacy, numeracy and computer courses to clients of Second Chance, as well as to the general public.

Southwestern College will provide a project coordinator and tutors for the program.

Other actions taken in August:

  • Approved the minutes for the July 15 special governing board meeting during which the board toured the recently renovated DeVore Stadium.
  • Southwestern College Foundation President Benjamin Green presented the foundation’s annual year-end report to the board. The report is available here.
  • Adopted Resolution 1858, allowing Southwestern College staff to develop a bond-financing plan for current Proposition R projects and continue with design development for future projects.

OpenAire Marketplace

An agreement for Straight Talk Clinic, Inc. to manage, develop and operate a community marketplace in a Southwestern College parking lot is projected to bring in $816,000 to Southwestern over seven years.

The contract will last seven years during which time the College will receive a percentage of Straight Talk’s income from the market. The percentage fee begins in year two at five percent of the market’s net income. By year five it will increase to 27 percent of the net income. For the final two years Southwestern will receive 20 percent of the market’s gross income.

Straight Talk will give the college an annual $18,000 license fee and provide $104,000 in start-up costs, 50 percent of which will be reimbursed by the school from the revenue generated by the project.

The OpenAire Market debuted October 25, 2014. Its hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it will soon be opened on Fridays.

Selling Surplus Goods

In an effort to dispose of excess supplies and obsolete equipment, the college entered into a year-long contract with Cal Auctions, LLC, to auction off items declared surplus by the Governing Board.

As part of the agreement, Cal Auctions will receive 20 percent of the revenue generated by all auctions, except in auctions of motor vehicles, of which they will receive 15 percent of the profit. Southwestern will receive all remaining profit.

All revenue generated by Southwestern will go to the district’s general fund.

Job Description for Campus Police Revised

Peace Officers Standard and Training Academy enrollees and police currently employed by a California law enforcement agency can now apply to the Southwestern College Police Department, after a unanimous vote by the Governing Board to change the Southwestern College Police Officer job description guidelines.

Previous to this, only POST graduates could apply for a position at the department. This change will not affect salary.

Other actions taken in July:

  • Approved the appointment of Lucas Rathe, P.E., to the Proposition R Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for a two-year term.
  • Changed the start time of Governing Board meetings to 5:30 p.m., instead of the current 6:15 p.m.
  • Hilda Carey, Senior Account Clerk, Financial Services, was named Employee of the Quarter.
  • Established two tenured counseling positions.
  • Entered into an agreement with Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC, to provide Construction Management at Risk services for wellness center and pool construction.
  • A tentative Governing Board workshop schedule was passed. It is available here.
Last updated: 11/21/2014 11:46:30 AM