PCC board votes to return to later start time

2014-01-08T18:00:00Z 2014-01-08T20:43:04Z PCC board votes to return to later start timeBy Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 08, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

The Pima Community College’s Board of Governors has put the brakes on an effort by one member to change the board’s meeting time without consulting those who may be affected.

The board voted 4-1 Wednesday night to return the start of its meetings to 7 p.m. next month and to seek input on any change before making a final decision.

The board move was a defeat for District 2 representative David Longoria in his first meeting as the board’s chairman for 2014.

Longoria, who decided unilaterally to change the board’s meeting time from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., was the lone vote against the board’s decision to hold off on a time change.

“We are wasting time talking about this,” he told his colleagues.

A lack of consultation in decision-making is one of the reasons the college was put on probation by its accreditor in April.

Longoria said the change would be more convenient, especially for staff and administrators who sometimes stay past 10 p.m. when meetings run late.

He also said he was considering moving the board’s public comment period from the start of the meeting to later in the proceedings.

District 3 board member Sylvia Lee said in an interview she was taken aback to learn of the change, which was not discussed with the Governing Board.

She said the switch might make her, and some employees, late for some meetings.

“If someone works at the Northwest Campus, there’s no way” they could leave at 5 p.m. and get to board meetings on East Broadway by 5:30 p.m. she said.

Rita Flattley, a spokeswoman for a PCC faculty group, said faculty wasn’t asked for feedback either. “I wish we had been,” she said.

The Pima Open Admissions Coalition, a citizens group led by more than a dozen former PCC board members and executives, has filed a formal complaint to the college about the time change.

Contact reporter Carol Ann Alaimo at calaimo@azstarnet.com or at 573-4138.

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