High Desert Daily
(Victorville)–The Victor Valley College Board of Trustees meeting covered a wide variety of campus hot topics. The meeting started with Board President Joseph Range informing the audience that they may be filmed. A member of the public came to the board to address issues of arbitration. The member of the public felt that accreditation issues were based on climate, by a lack of leadership. Another audience member of the public asked to review the supporting documents for the board agenda. After the public comments were over the Vice President of Human Resources was asked to introduce new employees.
A total of 23 new employees stood before the board and were introduced to the community. The new employees ranged in variety from a new Dean to Custodian staff. Staff from the Victor Valley Child Development department introduced their programs and, future employees of the educational workforce.
Victor Valley College’s Associated Student Body discussed going to Washington DC and in lobbying efforts, they plan to advance the GI Bill, Independent Age Reform and Pell grants.
The Citizens Bond Oversight Committee was thanked for making sure over 80 percent of all funds were spent on local contractors. Edward Rodarte was newly appointed while another member was reappointed to a second term.
The Board approved an inmate solar training program that will provide the district with $330,114 in revenue. The board than moved on to accreditation documents. As accreditation documents were reviewed, board members asked many questions ranging from budget to climate issues. The consultants assured the board that progress was being made but the college may stay on the accreditation warning list for some time.
The meeting closed with a Trustee Joseph W. Brady discussing budget reform and submitting a formal letter stating, “We all understand that Victor Valley Community College is suffering from nearly $3,000,000 annual structural deficit. We understand that based on the recommendations and this report to the ACCJC Evaluation Team, that we are not to be using either unrestricted funds to balance our budget.I would hereby formally request that our board schedule a meeting to where we can adopt a policy that will ensure the long-term success of Victor Valley Community College District, and guarantee another 50 years of education for our students.”