The January 23, 2013 meeting of the Peralta Board of Trustees received an anonymous donation of $250,000 to the Peralta Colleges Foundation. Numerous voices called for the re-hiring of Student Advisors. And Vice Chancellor of Finance Ron Gerhard presented the Governor’s budget proposal. Entire meetings are available for viewing on the internet.
This month on Peralta Matters, were taking a look at our finances, our success and challenges. First up, Peralta Federation of Teachers president Matthew Goldstein describes the paradox of reduced funding and increased demand. Vice Chancellor of Finance Ron Gerhard explains the precautions taken to avoid potential budget shortfalls based on the November election. And Merritt student Chris Cook exemplifies how years of budget cuts affects our students.
Welcome back to a new school year! The September 11, 2012 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees began with a presentation from Vice Chancellor Ron Gerhard and the adoption of the 2012-2013 budget. Linda Handy promotes the Peralta delegation to the Congressional Black Caucus, and new Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology provides and early assessment and highlights the need for outside support.
Peralta Colleges Flex Day activities for Fall 2012 will take place at Laney College on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. There is a full day of exciting programs and informative workshops and everyone is encouraged to participate.
The day’s events, beginning at the Laney College Theatre, include:
9:00 a.m. Welcome by Tamika Brown, District Staff Development Officer
9:15 a.m. Introduction by Dr. Elñora Tena Webb, Laney College President
9:30 a.m. State of The District Address by Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor
10:00 a.m. Shared Governance and Union Leaders Presentations by Karolyn Van Putten, DAS President; Matthew Goldstein, PFT President; James Blake, Classified President; and Abigail Brewer, Local 1021 Representative
10:15 a.m. State of the Budget by Ron Gerhard, Vice Chancellor, Budget and Finance
10:30 a.m. “Don’t Isolate, Integrate! Empowering & Engaging Students” by Seattle Central Community College Consultants and Co-Presenters
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Working Lunch, District-Wide Discipline Meetings, Laney E Building
The March 27 meeting started with an update from the Stop the Swap Coalition, followed by a large group of students from Laney College voicing concerns about the financial aid system. Next up, a positive budget update from Vice Chancellor of Finance Ron Gerhard. And the District received a $6000 rebate from PG&E for our efforts to reduce energy use during peak demand. All meetings are available for viewing online.
There is much to celebrate this holiday season, and I want to take this opportunity, as the year winds down, to review some of our important accomplishments over the last year and to underscore that even in these difficult budgetary times, we have achieved so much and have so much to be proud of.
I am proud of what we have done and want to thank everyone for her or his hard work this past year in making these accomplishments possible. In the face of the difficult circumstances imposed on us by the State, the Peralta Family – as it always does – has pulled together and given our students their best, and made all of us proud. As we end the year and get ready to ring in 2012, let me point out some of our achievements in 2011 and note the many accomplishments that we have to celebrate this year.
Since 1964 the Peralta Community College District has served the Bay Area by providing students of all ages with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities. In a recent Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Credit Rating Report the Peralta Colleges were all A’s. Chief Financial Officer Ron Gerhard gives us some information on how the ratings were affirmed.