Staff Assembly Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2011 – 2:00 P.M.
Todd Lecture Hall
The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m. by Alex Harris, Chair.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the January, 2011 meeting were approved.
Guest – Dr. Priscilla Bell
Dr. Priscilla Bell announced that the staff compensation plan will now be fully implemented. Phase one of the plan had taken place when reclassifications were implemented in July. The second phase which was actually funding the plan had been delayed while waiting for information from Boise. Dr. Bell said that as of the February paychecks, everyone will be placed on the new salary structure. Wade Larson and Karen Hubbard will be explaining the implementation during presentations the week of February 22. Also, letters will be sent to everyone explaining where they will be on the new salary structure.
Bill McElver gave an update on “Heatergate”. He explained that in December Rob Dorn had sent out an email asking everyone to cease using portable heaters in their offices. At that time, the heat was raised across campus from 68 to 70 degrees. Current indications are that most areas are at 70 degrees. Facilities Operations will be ordering 24 under desk heaters for those areas that are still experiencing heating challenges . If you are having a problem, please contact Facilities Operations via School Dude.
Garry Stark shared the map of the proposed Education Corridor infrastructure project. The plan is that this will be accomplished by fall semester.
The project to upgrade the former parking lot behind Lee-Kildow Hall has been
extended due to the cold weather, resulting in a temporary suspension of work.
When completed, the area behind Lee-Kildow Hall will be converted to a green space
with pedestrian paths; there will be no parking or traffic. Another focus of the project
is to repave the road to the Lakeside Center (Children’s Center) to facilitate safe
drop-off and pick-up for children. In addition, the sidewalk will be modified with
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curbs and will be extended from
the SUB to the Lakeside Center to accommodate strollers. Start-up is expected to begin in April, concentrating on the road between Christianson Gym and the SUB. Weather permitting, this section will be completed in mid-April, then the pathways will be completed and grass and irrigation will be installed. The project is expected to be complete by June 2
Karen Hubbard reported the session schedule for the second annual Employee Day
event is now available at www.nic.edu/employeeday. More than 45 sessions are available on a variety of personal and professional development topics. Registration is required for some sessions and events, which are noted on the online schedule. Otherwise, participants may just choose which sessions they would like to attend and go to that location during the scheduled session time. Sign in at each session to be eligible for prizes.
Tobacco Free Campus:
Garry Stark reported that the proposed tobacco free campus policy/procedure had gone before the Senate. He noted that the proposed enforcement schedule says that for the first year there will be self enforcement of the policy and during the second year citations could be handed out for violation of the policy.
Board of Trustees:
Alex Harris reported on the Board of Trustees meeting: Topics discussed:
• 2nd Quarter FY11 Budget Review Ron Dorn
• Draft Year One Accreditation Report Jay Lee
• Legislative Session Update - John Martin
• Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC) - Jay Lee
• Area Agency on Aging Overview - Ron Dorn
• Campaign Feasibility Study - Priscilla Bell
• Education Corridor - Mic Armon
• City of Coeur d’Alene Presentation on Water Access - Priscilla Bell
Jon Totten reported the insurance committee had met for the first time. Initially it appears that our claims are down, but it is still very early so more information will be forthcoming.
Good of the Order:
Pam Noah and Katie Lien gave an update of the Employee Giving Campaign. We are about half way through the campaign period. $1,200 has currently been raised. While a donation is not required, those who make a donation will be eligible for additional
prizes. Register at www.nic.edu/employeegiving for a chance to win next week’s prizes. You only need to register one time for a chance to win weekly prizes throughout the month of February.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:52 p.m.