WSCC board meeting to focus on reports

SCOTTVILLE — The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees is expected to face a light agenda filled with several reports when it meets in regular session at 4 p.m. on Monday in the board room.8-27CollegeCoursesPhoto2

Trustee Mike Ennis and college president Scott Ward are expected to deliver their regular monthly report to the rest of the trustees on the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). Ennis and Ward are the two WSCC representatives on that state organization.

WSCC vice president of academic and student services Mark Kinney will be delivering his first ever report to the board of trustees at Monday’s meeting. Kinney recently joined the college in his new position, and he will give an academic update to the trustees during the office of the president report.

WSCC executive director of college relations Thom Hawley will also be talking about the very successful Muddy Fox Trot and WSCC director of Business Opportunity Center. Chair of Manufacturing & Technologies Crystal Young will be giving a similar report on the recent College for Kids program.

Under the old business portion of the agenda Ennis and Ward will be bringing board policy 5008 Freedom of Expressions before the full board for consideration. The first reading was presented at the July meeting and in a memo to the board Ward is recommending the board approve it.

“It has been reviewed by our legal counsel, and I recommend it for the second and final approval,” said Ward.

First readings of board policies for Student Services, Definition of Human Resources Group Assignments, Conflicts of Interest, Tuition and Fee Grants, Leaves of Absence-Unpaid, Absence Requests and Emeritus Faculty will also occur. If approved they will get a second reading in September and be approved.

Ward will also bring to the board for consideration proposed budget modifications for the FY 2019 General Fund Budget.

“Due to reporting changes at the state level it is necessary to reclassify certain expenditures in our general fund,” Ward said in a memo to the board.

The board will consider making the Human Development and Personal Interest combined into one line item that will be renamed Personal Interest and Human Development. In formation Technology will no longer be included under Institutional Administration and will now be a separate line item.

Ward said the Student Resource Center will be moved from Public Service to Student Services in order to accurately report these costs.

“None of these changes will impact the operating balance of the General Fund budget for FY2019 and they are simply reclassifications of expenditures,” said Ward.

All of the modifications were already reviewed and approved by the board administrative committee at its Aug. 15 meeting.

Board members will also consider approving July General Fund expenditures in the amount of $650,000 and Auxiliary Fund Expenditures totaling $47,641.



Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at

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