The Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on the second Thursday of each month for 11 months of the year (except August), unless that day is a legal holiday or otherwise modified by Board action. In the event that the Board of Trustees is unable to meet on the regular meeting date, the chairperson of the Board may order that the meeting be rescheduled or that no regular meeting of the Board be held that month. The Board will adopt, usually during the preceding fall quarter, an annual meeting schedule which lists the date, time, and location of each meeting. Advance notice of meetings shall be given in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, chapter 42.30 RCW.
A special meeting may be called at any time by the chairperson of the Board or by a majority of the members of the Board. Notice of such a special meeting will be given in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, chapter 42.30 RCW.
Board meetings will generally be open to the public. However, the Board may hold executive sessions or other closed sessions in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, chapter 42.30 RCW.
Board meetings will mostly be rotated among the three colleges, the Seattle Vocational Institute and the Siegal Center. Addresses of these sites are as follows:
North Seattle College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
Seattle Central College
Seattle, WA 98122
South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Seattle Vocational Institute
2120 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Seattle, WA 98122
The Board of Trustees will maintain an office at 1500 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122, telephone (206) 587-3872. This office will be the official location for all records, correspondence, minutes, and other materials relating to the Board. The District (Board) seal will also be kept at this office. All correspondence addressed to the Board should be sent to this address.
The minutes of all Board meetings shall be kept by the recording secretary. Proposed minutes should be read and approved by the chairperson (or acting chairperson for that meeting) prior to their being circulated to the board. Minutes shall be approved by the Board. They ordinarily will include: a record of attendance of all Board members, the chief executive officer of the District, the campus presidents, legal counsel, and advisory representatives to the Board; a summary of the discussion and action on items on the agenda; and copies of any approved resolutions.
Any member of the public may inspect Board records during regular working hours, in accordance with state law, District Policy 254, and Procedures 254.10 (Access to Public Records).
The regular session of Board meetings will generally follow this format, except as modified by the Board:
Voting shall be by voice vote unless a roll call is requested by a member of the Board. Policy changes will be voted by a roll call. The results of the roll-call votes will be recorded in the official Board minutes by showing how each trustee voted.
Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. No action shall be taken by less than a quorum convened at a regular or special public meeting. A majority vote, not less than three, is required for action on any matter considered by the Board.
The Board will usually have access to legal counsel, normally a representative of the state attorney general, at meetings or in the conduct of its business.
The Board will ordinarily afford all interested persons reasonable opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments on a matter to be considered by the Board. Such submission may be either oral or in writing. The Board may provide instructions for submission of views, arguments, and data by the public, and may limit such submissions as it deems appropriate.
The Board may recess, suspend, or adjourn any regular or special meeting to a time and place specified in the order of adjournment. Less than a quorum may so adjourn from time to time. If all members are absent from any regular or adjourned regular meeting, the secretary of the Board may declare the meeting adjourned to a stated time and place.
Seattle College Board of Trustees shall adhere to RCW 43.03.240 and the State of Washington OFM Travel Management Requirements and Restrictions as published in Chapter 10 of State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM).
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Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.