College of the Siskiyous board members discussed faculty tenure and the natural grass soccer field renovation project at their April 2 meeting last week.

College of the Siskiyous board members discussed faculty tenure and the natural grass soccer field renovation project at their April 2 meeting last week.

The board unanimously approved the natural grass soccer field renovation project. Initially the project had been for a turf field, but after further inspection a grass field was determined to be a better fiscal option for the college.

The contract shared at the meeting stated that the contractor for the project would be R.B Aldrich Construction, and the plans for the renovation were provided by Lloyd Engineering. The work to be performed is scheduled to begin May 1, and be complete by June 30.

Interim Vice President Dr. Carol Bogue congratulated and recognized four newly tenured faculty members at COS. The first individual was Edward Kephart, who works as a Kinesiology Instructor for the college along with serving as the head soccer coach.

“You work diligently for your students, and they appreciate the effort you make to increase their understanding. We know you will continue to contribute significantly to the athletic department and our college,” Bogue said.

Michelle Knudsen also received tenure as a counselor. Bogue stated that Knudsen’s counseling techniques and dedication to student guidance and support was obvious, and she added that Knudsen’s students appreciate her excellent listening skills and genuine and supportive interactions. Bogue noted that Knudsen wants to help students successfully reach their goals.

Mathematics Instructor Shirley Louie received tenure, and Bogue recognized Louie's instructional techniques and “enthusiasm and overall commitment to student learning.” She added that Louie also does a great job guiding students to receive additional help when necessary, and she helped improved the mathematics program.

The final faculty member to receive tenure is Mike Wilson, is a fire instructor and fire program coordinator. Bogue commended him on his instructional techniques, his wealth of experience and technical knowledge. She added that his high energy and improvements to the program have further increased enrollment.

“As the son of a faculty member, tenure is near and dear to my heart, and I like that we really recognize our faculty when they achieve that milestone,” said President Stephen Schoonmaker during his report.

Bogue added that in surveys taken by students about the instructors and what they may need to change, it was noted that many of these student said these instructors are “perfect the way they are.”

Employee retirements included Shelia Gimes, who has worked as Executive Assistant II for the President for 33 years. She will end her employment on June 30.

Student housing and food service rates did not increase for the upcoming fiscal year. As such, the board unanimously approved no increase in rates.

The board discussed the donation of TV/media surplus equipment, which was originally donated to the college when the college had a video production course. The donation had been in correlation with the Siskiyou Media Council, who is interested in having the now dated equipment back. The board unanimously voted to return it.

During Academic Senate report, Communication faculty member Jayne Turk noted that faculty feel that they need more say in participatory governance. She noted that she is frustrated because she believes the college is not “living up to our potential.”

Two faculty members also addressed the board about better communication between administration, faculty, and staff.