Issue of budget comes before district board

Jonathan Laughter

The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees spoke about budget, honors program and approved study abroad classes during their monthly meeting held on Nov. 11 at the district office.

City College professors Kelly Mayhew and Sarah Pitcher, who co-coordinate the districts honors program, presented students from City College, Mesa College and Miramar College, all of who were there to speak about how the honors program had helped them.

The district honors program has grown to be “bursting at the seams,” Mayhew said.

“Because of honors contracts, the honors program is very scalable,” she added.

The board approved study abroad classes to be taught this summer by two City College instructors, Professors Paul Greer and Ellen Turkel. The classes are set to take place the summer of 2011, from May 31 thru Aug. 6.

There are three sections of the PHYE 132 class available, and the classes will be a combination of online study and international travel. The departure date for the international travel portion of the class will be June 28.

During her report, Chancellor Constance M. Carroll touched the issue of budget. She mentioned the $25.4 billion deficit in the state and said that there are likely to be some midterm cutbacks as a result.

In the report of action in closed session, there was only one item of note. The board voted to dismiss a tenured faculty member at Miramar College.