East Los Angeles College plans for new hires

By Julianne Obregon 

The Budget Committee plans to expand staff, faculty and deans for the 2015-16 school year.

The committee shared its budget plans during the College Forum on Budget Priorities for first year 2015-16 May 18.

“There is no way we can manage this campus by having less staff,” East Los Angeles College president Marvin Martinez said.

Vice president of Workforce Education Laura Ramirez hopes to hire three deans for the next school year. Out of those deans, two would be evening deans, one for the main campus and the other for the South Gate Educational Center.

Ramirez also hoping for 32 tenure track positions and five classified instructional assistants for different departments across campus including the Learning Center.

Tenure track positions are jobs that indicate that a professor is in the running for a permanent position.

Student Services is hoping to get one dean, supported by Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) and one associate dean, supported by Equity Funding.

“At one time we used to have a lot of associate deans,” Martinez said.

“I really believe that we have to bring that back to the campus because there was a purpose for having associate deans as opposed to assistant deans.”

Ramirez explained that associate deans are more preferable because unlike assistant deans, they have one focus instead of multiple.

The Budget Committee is hoping to hire 30 new full-time faculty and 26 classified positions as well for the new school year.

Vice President of Administrative Services Ann Tomlinson roughly estimates an expenditure of $3 million for the full-time faculty and $1.2 million for classified positions.

“I plan at least a $1.5 million cut in hourly (rate) to budget to balance that out,” Tomlinson said about the additional faculty and classified positions.

“The process is that as you hire regular faculty you have to decrease your hourly (rate).”

With the Governor’s May Revise, there was an increase in enrollment growth from two percent to three percent, and a decrease in Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) from 1.58 percent to 1.02 percent according to Martinez.

The May Revise also brought an additional $266.7 million to base allocation, $100 million to SSSP and $115 million to Equity Funding which includes additional support for foster youth.

For the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, one of the committee’s goals and priorities involve improving facilities.

According to Tomlinson, the Administrative Services’ ongoing projects include the Corporate Center, South Gate Educational Center, softball field, pool upgrade, air conditioning for both gyms, track resurfacing and training rooms.

Also on the list for ongoing projects are a request for an electrical charge station in the parking garage, stadium repairs and upgrades for the Child Development Center.

The South Gate Educational Center will be receiving new office space which should be finished this summer and all of the smart classrooms are currently being upgraded.

The South Gate Educational Center will also receive an additional assessment center.

Plans for the stadium include track resurfacing, section seating, repainting and seating repairs.

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