Notice of Virtual Special Meeting – Monday, March 22

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 22, 2021 beginning at 5:00 PM. The purpose of the March 22 special meeting is to review the performance of public employees; action: renewal of first-year tenure track faculty candidates; and action: tenure consideration.

The special meeting will take place in a virtual space to comply with government restrictions on public gathering due to COVID-19 health risks. The March 22, 2021 special meeting will: 1. Commence in open session (“open to the public”); 2. Convene in executive session (“closed to the public”) after the Communication from the Public segment; and 3. Reconvene in open session (“open to the public”) for the action items. 

•To connect to the March 22, 2021 special meeting:

• Via link, go to: us02web.zoom.us…
• Via telephone:
Call/Dial/Key-in to one of the following numbers. Start with the first number. If you receive a busy signal or an “all circuits are busy” message, try the next number on the list. 

(253) 215-8782 
(669) 900-6833                                                                                                            
(346) 248-7799

• Webinar (“Meeting”) ID: 892 6492 7893

•All Board of Trustees meetings include opportunity for public comment. Due to the continual and changing information related to COVID-19 and the March 22, 2021 special meeting to be held remotely, please email public comments to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 4:45 PM on Monday, March 22, 2021. Please place “Public Comment” in the subject of your email. Public comments sent to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 4:45 PM on Monday, March 22, 2021 will be read aloud by College personnel. The total public comment period will be no more than ten (10) minutes and up to two (2) minutes of each public comment received, will be read, with adjustments made if more than five (5) public comments are received. All public comments received will be entered into the record and attached to the minutes of the March 22 special meeting.

•This notice and the agenda for the March 22, 2021 special meeting will be posted by 5:00 PM on March 21, 2021 to: www.shoreline.edu…

Notice of Public Meeting Changes – Thursday, March 18 Board of Trustees Meeting

NOTICE OF VIRTUAL SPECIAL MEETING:
The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2021 commencing at 4:30 PM. (No study session is scheduled to precede the 4:30 PM meeting.)

The business to be transacted in this meeting, which includes Tenure Considerations, will be posted to www.shoreline.edu… by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

The agenda for this special meeting includes the Board’s usual regular meeting agenda. Due to COVID-19, Governor Inslee’s restriction on in-person public meetings has been extended. Therefore, access to this meeting will take place in a virtual space. To comply with open meeting notice requirements, the previously scheduled regular meeting at the campus is cancelled and a virtual special meeting is being added. 

•To connect to the March 18, 2021 special meeting:

• Via link, go to: us02web.zoom.us…

• Via telephone:
Call/Dial/Key-in to one of the following numbers. Start with the first number. If you receive a busy signal or an “all circuits are busy” message, try the next number on the list. 

(253) 215-8782 
(346) 248-7799 
(312) 626-6799

• Webinar (“Meeting”) ID: 830 1448 5202

•All Board of Trustees meetings include opportunity for public comment. Due to the continual and changing information related to COVID-19 and the March 18 special meeting to be held virtually, please email public comments to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 4:15 PM on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Please place “Public Comment” in the subject of your email. Public comments received by 4:15 PM on March 18, 2021 will be read aloud by College personnel in order for all Trustees to hear the comments read. The total public comment period will be no more than thirty (30) minutes and up to two (2) minutes of each public comment received will be read, with adjustments made if more than fifteen (15) public comments are received.

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING CANCELLATION
The in-person regular meeting scheduled for 4:30 PM on March 18, 2021 in room 9218-building 1000, is cancelled. Per the notice above, that meeting is being rescheduled as a virtual special meeting.

Notice of Virtual Special Meeting – Friday, March 12

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 12, 2021 beginning at 4:30 PM. The purpose of the March 12 special meeting is to review the performance of public employees.

The special meeting will take place in a virtual space to comply with government restrictions on public gathering due to COVID-19 health risks. The March 12, 2021 special meeting will:
1. Commence in open session (“open to the public”); 2. Convene in executive session (“closed to the public”) after the Communication from the Public segment; and 3. Reconvene in open session (“open to the public”) for adjournment of the meeting. 

•To connect to the March 12, 2021 special meeting:

• Via link, go to: us02web.zoom.us…

• Via telephone:
Call/Dial/Key-in to one of the following numbers. Start with the first number. If you receive a busy signal or an “all circuits are busy” message, try the next number on the list. 

(253) 215-8782 
(669) 900-6833  
(301) 715-8592

• Webinar (“Meeting”) ID: 897 9809 0812

•All Board of Trustees meetings include opportunity for public comment. Due to the continual and changing information related to COVID-19 and the March 12, 2021 special meeting to be held remotely, please email public comments to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 4:15 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021. Please place “Public Comment” in the subject of your email. Public comments sent to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 4:15 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021 will be read aloud by College personnel. The total public comment period will be no more than ten (10) minutes and up to two (2) minutes of each public comment received, will be read, with adjustments made if more than five (5) public comments are received. All public comments received will be entered into the record, and attached to the minutes of the March 12 special meeting.

•This notice and the agenda for the March 12, 2021 special meeting will be posted by 4:00 PM on March 12, 2021 to: www.shoreline.edu…

Notice of Virtual Special Meeting: Friday, March 5, 2021

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 5, 2021 beginning at 8:30 AM. The purpose of the March 5 special meeting is for the Board to meet with third-year and second-year Appointment Review Committee (ARC) Chairs in executive session. (Meeting slots for the March 5 meeting with the Board were scheduled with the ARC Chairs in advance.)

The special meeting will take place in a virtual space to comply with government restrictions on public gathering due to COVID-19 health risks. The March 5, 2021 special meeting will:
1. Commence in open session (“open to the public”); 2. Convene in executive session (“closed to the public”) after the Communication from the Public segment; and 3. Reconvene in open session (“open to the public”) for adjournment of the meeting. 

•To connect to the March 5, 2021 special meeting:

• Via link, go to: us02web.zoom.us…

• Via telephone:
Call/Dial/Key-in to one of the following numbers. Start with the first number. If you receive a busy signal or an “all circuits are busy” message, try the next number on the list. 

(253) 215-8782 
(669) 900-6833 
(301) 715-8592

• Webinar (“Meeting”) ID: 894 6043 2191

•All Board of Trustees meetings include opportunity for public comment. Due to the continual and changing information related to COVID-19 and the March 5, 2021 special meeting to be held remotely, please email public comments to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 8:15 AM on Friday, March 5, 2021. Please place “Public Comment” in the subject of your email. Public comments sent to the Board Secretary at lyonemitsu@shoreline.edu by 8:15 AM on Friday, March 5, 2021 will be read aloud by College personnel. The total public comment period will be no more than ten (10) minutes and up to two (2) minutes of each public comment received, will be read, with adjustments made if more than five (5) public comments are received. All public comments received will be entered into the record, and attached to the minutes of the March 5 special meeting.

•This notice and the agenda for the March 5, 2021 special meeting will be posted no later than 8:30 AM on March 4, 2021 to: www.shoreline.edu…

Board of Trustees Chair’s Response to Faculty Senate Council Vote of No Confidence

Shoreline Community College (SHORELINE) Board of Trustees:

Dr. Catherine Post D’Ambrosio, Board of Trustees Chair’s Response to:

the Shoreline Faculty’s Vote of No Confidence in Shoreline President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts

25 FEB 2021

Dear Shoreline Community College Campus Community,

I wish to begin my first letter to you – in my seven year tenure as a member of your Board of Trustees and as Board Chair by clearly stating my – and your entire Board of Trustees’ firm commitment and unwavering dedication to our College, to the entire Campus Community, and most especially to the Students – who entrust their education, their time, their (too often scarce) financial resources, their careers and their futures to each and every one of us at Shoreline Community College. Our Shoreline Students are the reason we are here. 

The 24 FEB 2021 Shoreline Board of Trustees meeting:

Many of you are already aware that the Board of Trustees received, carefully listened to, recognized, and heard a Constituent Report from the Shoreline Community College Federation of Teachers (SCCFT) President. The SCCFT President reported the results by the Faculty Senate Council of a vote of no confidence in Shoreline Community College’s President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts.

Our Faculty are the means by which we deliver the education that is entrusted by our students to Shoreline. The value of Shoreline’s Faculty cannot be overstated. Without the Faculty, we do not have an educational experience to provide to our Students, and without the support of Classified & Administrative Staff, the Faculty cannot effectively deliver that educational product.

Like our Students, the Faculty, the Classified Staff, the Administrative Staff and the Executive Team are ALL completely essential to the operation of the College. Your Board of Trustees has been appointed by our State’s democratically elected Governor to ensure the Washington State laws, rules, and regulations are adhered to and that we meet the educational needs of the Students who choose Shoreline for their education.

The Board of Trustees cannot effectively execute the responsibilities entrusted to us without full participation and collaboration between each and every one in the Campus Community. We must all partner and work together to keep the College moving forward and support our Students’ success. Our Students are the reason we are here.

Constituent Report to the Board of Trustees from Shoreline’s SCCFT President:

The Shoreline Faculty (as of FEB 2021) consists of 388 individual faculty members. The SCCFT President reported the results of the Faculty Senate vote of no confidence in President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts as follows:

  • 116 (of 388) faculty supported this vote of no confidence, comprising ~30% of Shoreline’s Faculty Senate.

The Faculty Senate Council provided a report to the Board of Trustees (see attached) and requested that their presentation of their vote of no confidence results be placed on the Board of Trustees’ 24 FEB 2021 agenda. I, as Chair of your Board of Trustees respectfully, but firmly declined this request as there is a constituent report for Shoreline Faculty. Your Board of Trustees has deep concerns with accepting the Faculty Senate’s vote of no confidence in President Dr. Cheryl Roberts for the following reason:

The Faculty Senate Council’s report consisted of and was based on entirely too many inaccuracies.

The Board of Trustees’ response to and position regarding the inaccurate statements articulated in the Shoreline Faculty Senate Council’s report. Herein are the facts the Board is relying on in evaluating the vote of no confidence:

  • Sound hiring practices are in place.
  • The College’s financial statements are current.
  • The College’s audits are current.
  • The Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) did not find the College had committed any Unfair Labor Practices (ULP). 
  • PERC agreed with the Shoreline Community College Administration.
  • It is the Shoreline Faculty, not the Shoreline Administration, who is appealing PERC’s decision.

Accurate facts are paramount. The Board’s patience with and ability to continue listening to the relentless issuing of constituent statements that are not based on facts actually prevents the College from moving forward during a time when it is critical that we do so. None of us can change the past, but together we can build a better future.

We are all living through a global pandemic and its requisite year-long quarantine. These are certainly some of the most difficult times the College has ever faced. All Washington State colleges are suffering, as are all US Colleges, as well as colleges around the globe. Despite this, our finances and enrollment at Shoreline are better than most. Your Board of Trustees has confidence in all of our employees – Classified Staff, Faculty, Administrators, and our President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts. 

Your Board of Trustees has immense empathy for each and every one of our College’s employees who are all working through, despite, and during these difficult and unprecedented times.

Please know that your Board of Trustees remains committed to working collegially and constructively with the President and the entire Shoreline Campus Community to serve our diverse students and community.

Very sincerely yours,

Catherine Post D’Ambrosio, PhD, RN, BSN, MSN

Chair, Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees