Classified Employee Council Minutes

Minutes
November 2, 2000

Present: Brenda Feltner, Johnette Jackson, Cheryl Layton, Paula Scott, Libby Shanton, Dan Starliper, Shelley Tharp, Larry Turner, Anna Mary Walsh, Karen Wempe; Guests: Ken Harbaugh and Senator John Unger.

Anna Mary Walsh, chair, called the meeting to order.

It was M/S/P that the October 5, 2000, minutes be approved as distributed.

Association of Concerned Classified Employees
No report as there will not be another meeting until November 9.

Board of Advisors
Dan Starliper reported that the Shepherd College Board of Advisors met on October 24, 2000. Please see his attached report.

Scholarship Committee
Karen Wempe reported that the Scholarship Committee has met. Robert Jenkins, a member of this committee, will be retiring as of December 31, 2000. Robert would like to remain a committee member until the end of the academic year. After discussion, it was M/S/P that Robert Jenkins, after retirement, continue as a member of the Scholarship Committee until the end of the academic year.

Karen also reported that the classified employees scholarship fund currently has a balance of $37,091.36 with twenty-nine employees participating in the payroll deduction plan.

The Scholarship Committee discussed possible fundraising activities such as bingo in the spring or helping with the concession stand at several basketball games. Shelley Tharp will chair this subcommittee.

The Committee will meet again at the end of November when they will review guidelines for possibly awarding more scholarships.

Buildings and Grounds Committee
Karen Wempe reported that they met and discussed the following projects.

There are plans for four wayfinders. The SGA president said that students feel that the kiosks and wayfinders are good things for the campus.

The tennis court project was put on hold because the lowest bidder pulled out of the contract. This project will have to be rebid.

There is a drainage problem on the football field that needs to be corrected.

Groundbreaking for the library project is scheduled for December 1, 2000.

The Knutti Hall elevator project is scheduled to begin November 20, 2000.

The Byrd Center lab projects are scheduled to begin March 15, 2001.

They also discussed putting a walkway outside the back door of Ikenberry because of safety concerns and because that has become the main employee entrance.

The Committee is also looking at a new key system to be implemented across campus that will be ADA compliant.

The next Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting will be November 16.

Staff Development
Johnette Jackson reported that twenty-seven applications have been processed for a total of $4,996.54. Approximately $15,000 remains for staff development use so keep those requests coming!

She also reported that they are still waiting for the flu vaccine serum, and they are trying to set up a customer service seminar.

Strategic Planning Committee
Cheryl Layton reported that the revised mission statement was read and approved. It was to be sent to the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and Classified Employees Council for their support.

Old Business
Anna Mary reported that there were 84 North Central surveys returned from classified employees and 36 comment sheets. Dr. Pantle will summarize the results and send out a report.

Regarding critical retention hiring of cooks in the dining hall, it was decided to hire them above equity.

The emergency phones in the buildings now have large signs above them stating "EMERGENCY USE ONLY." Cheryl Layton reported that the one in the library still does not have a sign on it.

The Service Master contract continues on a monthly basis.

New Business
Dan Starliper informed Council that Governor Underwood has declared Friday, November 24, as a state holiday. Since we already have that day as a holiday, it was M/S/P that we take the extra holiday on March 23 (the Friday of spring break week). Dan will inform Dr. Dunlop.

The next CEC meeting will be Thursday, December 7, 9 a.m., in the Cumberland Room.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Anna Mary then introduced Senator John Unger who serves on the Senate Finance and Education Committees. Senator Unger stated that his allegiance is to the people in his district. He also wanted to clarify any misconceptions that we had about his being against the Shepherd College Community and Technical College relocation to Martinsburg.

In his explanation, he indicated he was not against the relocation to Blue Ridge Outlet nor to Martinsburg, but he was concerned with the order of events leading up to the announcement that the relocation would be taking place.

He indicated he would like to attend more of our meetings this year. THESE ARE OPEN MEETINGS‹IF ANY SHEPHERD COLLEGE EMPLOYEE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, PLEASE DO SO.

Dan Starliper informed Senator Unger of the history of the classified employees salary schedule. The classified employees at Shepherd would like to see an updated and funded salary schedule, as the current one is eight years old. Senator Unger took notes and stated that he would like to see a cost of living index increase incorporated into the pay schedule because of the Eastern Panhandle competing with higher salaries in neighboring states and with federal government offices.

Ken Harbaugh asked Senator Unger if there was anything he could do about the dangerous Rt. 480 crosswalk. Senator Unger will check into it, but he would like us to send him a letter about the situation.

Senator Unger is establishing hours at the Shepherdstown Youth Center where constituents can meet with him.

Senator Unger will meet with the CEC at its next meeting on December 7.

Respectfully submitted,
Brenda J. Feltner
Classified Employees Council Secretary


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