PCC Board of Trustees Meeting Report – March 18, 2020


In an effort to help our community stay informed about actions taken during governance meetings, I’m pleased to share a report from the most recent meeting of the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees.

  • The board took action to respond to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It formally granted emergency authority to Dr. Erika Endrijonas to issue contracts, provide alternative education options, issue leave, and other actions; and it increased the college’s revolving fund to $100,000, enabling timely direct payments to vendors.
  • The meeting opened with two recognitions:
    • Two Campus Police officers, Ruben Ortiz and Leroy Avington, were honored for their response to an incident on Feb. 24, 2020. Officers Ortiz and Avington were called to the scene of a drug overdose in the Shatford Library, and found a male subject non-responsive and in medical peril. They quickly began administering lifesaving aid and worked until emergency medical responders were on scene. It was only at that time they learned there were hazardous materials on site related to the overdose, and they were transported to the hospital to tend to their own health. For their quick thinking under pressure and sacrifice they were commended by Chief Matchan and the Board of Trustees.
    • Outgoing trustee Hoyt Hilsman was recognized for his service to the district as a trustee and as the liaison to the PCC Foundation Board.
  • A dual enrollment agreement with the San Marino Unified School District was approved by the board. This marks the fourth constituent district with which the college has such an agreement.
  • Thanks to action taken by the board tonight, the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 year has been approved.
  • The board approved the college’s Educational Master Plan, a strategic planning document that aligns the college’s operations with statewide goals enumerated in Chancellor Eloy Oakley’s Vision for Success.
  • Agreements with the union representing classified facilities services workers were approved by the board.
  • The board voted to increase the application fee paid by international students from $40 to $50.
  • The board heard an update on career and technical education delivered by Dr. Terry Giugni, vice president of instruction at PCC.
  • The board adopted a resolution to recognize the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in April 2020.
  • Local high school students from Pasadena and El Monte will attend Hamilton at the Pantages Theater in July and August through the TRIO program, thanks to action taken at the board meeting tonight.
  • The board formally received nearly $80,000 in additional state funding for the Veterans Resource Center. Another increase in state funding of more than $87,000 was approved for hunger mitigation programs.
  • A study session on the Facilities Master Plan and its fiscal impacts will be scheduled between the April 15 and May 20 board meetings.
  • The board approved a number of personnel actions:
    • Jason Barquero (Freeman Center director), Brian Cummins (director, Human Resources), Krizia Rexha (clerk, Health Sciences), and David Zeuschner (support technician, Information Technology Services) all joined the college workforce.

If you’d like to know more, you can access the full board packet online (click “March 18, 2020” under the “Meetings” tab). Video of the meeting is also available on our YouTube channel.

The next regularly scheduled board business meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this meeting will be conducted remotely. Details regarding public participation will be available soon.

Thank you,

Alex Boekelheide