Classified Employee Council Minutes

May 20, 2003

Present: Bonita Brooks, David Cage (alternate), Brenda Feltner, Tim Haines, Peg Swisher (alternate), Agnes Tabler (alternate), Patt Welsh, and Karl Wolf. Guests: Brian Hammond, Ken Harbaugh and Sara Maene. Not Present: Geraldine Hammond, Steve Parrotte, Joy Phillips, Paul Schwan, Paula Scott, Dan Starliper, Peggy Swinston-Rivera, Phyllis Taylor, and Deneatta Williams.

Tim Haines, chair, called the meeting to order.

It was M/S/P that the April 15, 2003, minutes be approved as distributed.

Advisory Council of Classified Employees
Ken Harbaugh, our ACCE-elect representative, attended the last ACCE meeting in Charleston. He reported that other institutions were dealing with instituting their elections due to the changes implemented by H.B. 2224. Some of them had low voter turn out, and some did not have corrections to their constitutions. Ken raised the question about the chair being a non-voting member and about the unfairness and discriminatory act of combining categories 6 and 7. The only thing we can do is try to get the leadership to introduce changes in H.B. 2224 next year. Some institutions are being encouraged to write lay-off policies. ACCE also discussed unions on campuses. Ken thinks there might be three or four different unions, but none of them appears to have strong lobbying power because of low membership. ACCE is talking about the possibility of higher education employees joining the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA). A sub-committee was set up to consider this option which would give higher education employees more lobbying power with the legislature. ACCE is also setting up a sub-committee to meet with Governor Wise this summer to discuss next year's legislative issues. If anyone has anything for Ken, please ask your category representative to present it at the next Council meeting.

Peg Swisher recommended that we put in writing to our area legislators how we feel about not being fully represented because of the mandates of H.B. 2224.

Board of Governors
The Board of Governors met on May 8, 2003, and Brenda Feltner distributed to Council members Dan Starliper's report of that meeting. This report is attached. Tim Haines attended that meeting and highlighted some of the important issues that were discussed. The next meeting will be June 12 at 2 p.m.

Staff Development
No report.

Peg Swisher explained to Council that it might be necessary to waive the two-thirds rule when it comes time for the committee to allocate scholarships. She requested approval from the Council. It was M/S/P to approve the waiving of the Scholarship Committee's two-thirds rule for the year 2003-2004 if that committee deems it is necessary.

Karl Wolf asked if Council would be interested in once again doing the Admissions Office bulk mailing project in the fall to raise money for the Classified Employees Children's Scholarship Fund. Council consensus was that we would be interested.

Buildings and Grounds
Ken Harbaugh reported that there was no meeting. Karl Wolf mentioned that he had put in work orders for the following to be done in McMurran Hall: (1) windows to be washed inside and out; (2) blinds to be cleaned; and (3) air handlers and filters to be thoroughly cleaned. As of this meeting, he had not yet heard anything from Facilities.

The Knutti Hall entranceway doors still need to be painted inside and out. The paint on the exterior sides of these doors is peeling away and exposing the bare wood.

No report. The following safety concerns were brought before Council: (1) The crosswalks at High and King Streets still need painted. If the town is not going to take care of this, then the College needs to paint them because these are safety concerns for our students. (2) Better signage is also needed for the crosswalks. (3) The crosswalk lighting system on Rt. 480 needs to be checked, as two lights toward the center are either burned out or the dirt has built up on them. (4) Seeing the students in that crosswalk at night is a problem. Better lighting needs to be installed at that crosswalk.

Special Events
No report.

Old Business
No report.

New Business
Council expressed its thanks to Tim Haines for the timely and excellent letter that he sent to the editors of the local newspapers regarding our vote of confidence in Dr. Dunlop and Dr. Starliper.

The next Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 17, at 9 a.m. in the Cumberland Room.

There being no further business, it was M/S/P to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda J. Feltner
Classified Employees Council Secretary

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