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Support Staff Council Minutes
February 8, 2011
1:30 P.M. - UN 235
Attendees: Brenda Dooley, Joyce Stephens, Cindy Merryfield, Pam Bennett, Tia Milburn, Shelia Schneider, Virdia Stevens, Keri Busker, Jo Greife, Victoria Swope, Dorothy Salsman, Lisa Schmidt, Peggy Harrison and Becky White.
Brenda Dooley, Support Staff Council President, called the February meeting to order and welcomed those attending.
Cindy Merryfield made a motion to approve the January minutes as submitted. Shelia Schneider seconded the motion. Brenda called for discussion. There being none she called for a voice vote. The January 2011 minutes were approved. It was brought to the President's attention that the November minutes had not been approved because of the canceled meeting in December. Shelia made a motion to approve the November minutes. Cindy seconded the motion. Brenda called for discussion. There being none she called for a voice vote. The November 2010 minutes were approved.
Diana Summers, Treasurer, was unable to attend but had forwarded Brenda and Joyce the balance sheets for the three funds. As of January 19, 2011 the Support Staff Council Education Award had a balance of $432.03. The Survival Adult Abuse Center fund's balance was $2,122.04 after the $700 cost for the Wal-Mart gift cards was paid out on February 9, 2011. The general Support Staff Council balance, as of January 21, 2011, was $1,186.70. Brenda will check with Dianna to find out the amount available for the 2011 Outstanding Support Staff Award.
Administrative Liaison Report
Dorothy Salsman, representing, Dr. Betty Roberts, Administrative Liaison, reported that they did not know the state amount yet but the Board of Governors expected to be able to approve the budget sometime in February. ESCO is done. Morrow-Garrison is done. The administrative review will start in February and is projected to be done in April. They are looking to reduce expenses in this area by $2 million. Administrative is non-instructional. If you are not faculty, you are administrative. An outside group is expected to do the review.
Professional Staff Council Report
Lisa Schmidt, Vice Chairman of the Professional Staff Council was present but did not have a report since the Professional Staff Council had not met in January.
Committee Reports – None.
Brenda noted that because of the weather, our 60 Minutes with the President had been canceled on February 1. She is working with his office to schedule a new time. If you have questions, please forward them to Brenda so she can organize and pass them on to the President's office.
This is the time of year we would normally be preparing for elections in April. Becky White, Election Committee Chairperson, speaking for the committee, wondered whether we should conduct elections with the possibility of changes that would come with the college and program restructuring. This particular year we do not have a large number of representatives up for election and because we are voting on-line, the process takes longer. Brenda said she had already told the committee she would be willing to continue in her position. Joyce Stephens and Cindy Merryfield also agreed to continue working in their positions until an election is held. Cindy Merryfield moved that we postpone the Support Staff Council elections and keep the current executive council until elections can be had in June with new positions starting in July. Tia Milburn seconded the motion. An amendment was made to get the blessing of Diana Summers, current Treasurer. A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.
Peggy Harrison announced that nominations are now open for the Outstanding Support Staff member. Anyone can make a nomination. Peggy had emailed information to the campus in regard to nominations. March 15 is the deadline for nominations and the winner will be announced at the Support Staff Breakfast in April.
Brenda remarked that the committee working on the April breakfast has already met. The date set is Friday, April 15th. They are discussing doing the on-line RSVP again but requiring an individualized ticket be printed and brought to the breakfast for admittance.
Shelia Schneider announced a MoCPA Support Staff drive-in conference in St. Louis, MO, will be held on March 4 for anyone interested in attending.
Support Staff Drawing
Peggy Harrison won a Mazzio’s free lunch card.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 pm.
Our next meeting will be March 8, 2011 - 1:30 p.m. – UN 235.
Joyce M. Stephens
Support Staff Council Secretary