Yosemite Community College District trustees have some important issues to tackle Wednesday night, including discussion of the district's 2009-10 budget amid the state's financial woes and the future of Modesto Junior College President Richard Rose.
After more than a year of discussion and third-party facilitators, trustees appear ready to make a move on Rose's contract. They could extend it or take no action, letting it run out at the end of the 2009-10 school year. Rose joined the campus as president in 2006.
Rose had a rocky relationship with instructors in 2007 and 2008, with faculty accusing him of ignoring their input on such issues as hiring, workload and construction spending. In December 2007, the Academic Senate passed a vote of no confidence in Rose.
But some of those kinks were ironed out as the groups worked together to get MJC's academic accreditation off probation status.
Rose has expressed interest in other jobs. In late 2008, Rose was a finalist for Riverside City College's top spot. He has continued to look for other positions.
Also in closed session Wednesday, trustees will con- tinue their discussion on purchasing The Bee building and parking lot in downtown Modesto.
The two-story building at 1325 H St. and parking lot have been for sale since January with a list price of $7 million to $8 million. The college district, made up of MJC and Columbia College, has been seeking new offices for its administrators, human resources and information technology staffs. It also needs more transportation and receiving facilities.
Funding comes from the voter-approved Measure E, $326 million in school bonds for renovation and construction across the district.
The potential agreement between The Bee and the district allows the newspaper to lease space in the building.
District employees have expressed concern over the YCCD's ability to pay for the operational costs of owning The Bee building while maintaining the current district office on MJC's west campus. If the YCCD headquarters moved, those portables could be used for community education classes or space for staff during construction projects.
Trustees also will hear an update on the district's 2009-10 budget, which includes an estimated $8 million to $10 million in cuts. To bring spending in line with revenue, officials will be trimming the number of classes offered during fall, spring and next summer.
Wednesday's meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
in the district office boardroom, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2339.