Staff Senate Minutes
I. Call to Order – Brenda Stanley called the meeting to order at . In attendance were: Brenda Boggs, Jeff Canada, Gary Grodzicki, Judy Lowe, Iva Riggin, Brenda Stanley, Melissa Thomas and Judy Twilley.
Absent: Joey Faulkner, Byron Hughes, Bob Maddux, Kathy Pusey and Jeannette Schadler.
II. Minutes – October 10, minutes were reviewed with the following changes: Section VI New Business, Item A RFP Vending should read: There is a three-part RFP out for vending services. Part one consists of fountain/soda; part two is non-vending retail and part three is vending. With no further changes, the minutes were approved.
Elections to start as soon as possible, will give staff till Wednesday, November 5 to turn in nominations.
Iva Riggin, Secretary
Staff Senate Open Meeting
I. Call to Order – Brenda Stanley called to order the first Staff Senate open meeting at and introduced the executive members. Brenda then gave an agenda of today’s meeting starting with an overview of the budget, union/collective bargaining representation, strategic planning, search committee update, university forum representation and a follow-up with open discussion for other issues. Dr. David Buchanan and Mr. Richard Pusey are the guest speakers today.
II. Richard Pusey –
- Fiscal year 03 (
B. Expenditures – Appears to be ok due to budget cuts, layoffs and positions frozen. A particular area of concern is utilities. If we should have a very cold winter and there is price escalation this could create a $200,000 issue.
Revenues - Since major cuts from state money,
the state is trying to predict what their revenue projections will be to
finance the state and give subsidy to institutions like
D. Fiscal Year 05 – In the normal budget process. Last budget cuts can rollover same as last year. Downside - fixed level of cost increases $2.4 million if we maintain same level of service. To create revenue, tuition should cover 05’s budget. Supplemental budget request for 05 is $61,000,000. Likelihood of this being approved without revenue stream is almost impossible. There will probably be another round of discussions about increase of tuition and an increase in operating budgets. $1.9 million set aside for SU. This will have an impact on our budget if not approved by Legislators. Worst may be over but not totally.
E. Budget, Wage Increase – 2.5% increase has been requested in budget. Don’t know if it will be approved. COLA is very unlikely because it’s never budgeted by submission. Done as lump sum. Need new revenue stream.
F. Collective Bargaining – MCEA certified. Have been working on MOU for University Police past nine months. MOU should be set in January and at that time Board of Regents has to approve ratification, then to Legislators for approval it if any new monies is involved. Non-exempt, going thru process need representatives to sit in on
Staff Senate Open Meeting
F. Collective Bargaining – Continued,
negotiations. Less intense process since the base and guidelines have already been established for U.P. This may be completed in next fiscal year.
A. Strategic Planning – Reformulation - Adopting final language and prioritize list of 4 goals and 39 objectives (distilled down from 400) proposed deadline is November 17th. A meeting is setup on November 11th to discuss and reveal layout. Goals – New buildings - Library, Caruthers Hall and TETC. No reason why we can’t have two projects going at the same time. Identify private potential donors that could donate a potential substance of monies for these projects. State would level costs according to private donations. The building of buildings comes from separate budget allocations than operating budget and is considered a capital project. This goes thru a different process. Tuition and appropriation monies are not used to build any capital projects. Monies are in next year’s budget for planning and architecture of TETC. Mr. Norm Conway was a guiding light to this project. This was not on governor’s top list last year. (Info is available on web)
B. Reaccredidation – the Middle States Agency studies the campus every 10 years. If we lose this, we could literally go out of business. There is a steering committee of approximately twenty people that will be setup for working groups. Dr. Ron Dotterer is chair of this committee. A site visit is set for the spring of 2006.
IV. Brenda Stanley –
A. Follow-Up on Collective Bargaining – Brenda Stanley announced that Staff Senate took steps to change by-laws to exclude those covered by collective bargaining. Staff Senate represents all exempt, Contingent I and II and any non-exempt employees not covered by collective bargaining. These employees listed above either have access to personnel files or personal information. Staff Senate and University Forum will continue to have open meetings. Campus is invited to attend but if covered by union cannot engage in discussions during meetings. This will help ensure that we are not in violation with union contract. University Forum Committees allows representation for faculty, staff and students. The Forum may have to restructure in order to exclude non-exempts covered by the union.
B. Vice President of Administration and Finance – Open campus meetings scheduled in Caruthers Hall Auditorium for the following dates:
1. Mr. Greig Mitchell – November 6
2. Dr. Glendon Forgery – November 13
3. Mr. Richard Bartrem – November 19