Board of Trustees Meeting Summary — May 27, 2015

The Valencia District Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Osceola Campus.

bot-may15-collage-groveAdvanced Manufacturing Training Center Lease Agreement Approved

Valencia’s District Board of Trustees (trustees) sanctioned terms for a lease agreement that would allow the College to rent an valencia-manufacturing-ctr-270wOsceola County building to house an Advanced Manufacturing Education and Training Center, which will train students in advanced manufacturing. Under the agreement, Valencia will lease the facility for seven years, with an option to extend the agreement for another three years.

The facility is located near Florida’s Turnpike and U.S. Highway 192, close to the site of  University of Central Florida’s planned Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center. For more information, visit the Valencia News site. 

Trustees Approve New Food Services, Dining and Catering Vendors
During the February 25, 2015 board meeting, the trustees commissioned the College to begin negotiations with short-listed respondents to the Food Services, Dining and Catering Collegewide Invitation to Negotiate. The following respondents were selected for negotiations: FSI, Inc. and Ovations Food Services, LP for retail food services, and the Vending Station and Canteen for vending services.

After the review and analysis of the best and final offers, the negotiation team unanimously agreed that FSI, Inc. and Canteen offered the best combination of value to the College for food and vending services. This recommendation was presented to the trustees, who approved their recommendation.

For more information on what FSI and Canteen will offer our employees and students, click here.

Student Fees Will Not Increase for 2015-2016 Academic Year
The 2015-2016 student fee rate schedule was presented to the board and approved. The schedule includes no increase in tuition and fees.

New Trustee Appointed to the Board
Linda Landman Gonzalez, president of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and vice president of philanthropy and multicultural Linda-Landman-Gonzalez-270winsights for the Orlando Magic, was welcomed to Valencia’s District Board of Trustees. She was appointed for a term beginning Thursday, March 26, 2015, and ending Thursday, May 31, 2018. For information on Linda’s background, visit the Valencia News site. 

Linda succeeds Fernando Perez, who was honored at the meeting with a caricature to commemorate his service.

Osceola Campus Presentations
Eda Davis-Lowe, director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridges to Baccalaureate Project, was joined by students to present on the project’s success. The goal of the project is to build pathways through connection and direction for underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math. Click here to view the presentation.

Osceola County Valencia Ambassadors also showcased the Got College? initiative. Click here for a recap.

For a full report on the items discussed at this meeting, click here. The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., on the East Campus in Room 5-112.

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