Friday, January 20, 2012

A Solomonic approach to ATEP "ownership"


     I finally got a chance to glance at the agenda (available here) for Monday’s meeting of the SOCCCD board of trustees.
     I noticed these curious items under “general action items”:
6.1 - SOCCCD: College Service Areas
   Approve Resolution #12-04 reaffirming the two college campus service areas within SOCCCD and establish a separate ATEP service area for both Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College to share in approximately equal proportions with complementary, non-competitive Career Technology Education programs and related services for the district at large.
6.2 - SOCCCD: ATEP Site Assignments for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College
   Approve Resolution #12-05 and the building concept plan for ATEP site assignments for college building and infrastructure locations. This resolution includes the approval to: (1) assign approximately equal land sites for each college’s building, including infrastructure, and parking; (2) to support that future ATEP site development will be allocated in approximately equal proportions to each college for educational use and for potential ground leases or space leases with educational, business, and commercial partners, and (3) contingent on available funding, continue to move forward with the planning and design for the next two ATEP buildings (one for each college). Ground leases and space leases will be managed by district services. The revenue will be used to support further site development at ATEP.
     I’m told that Chancellor Gary Poertner is behind this “Solomonic” concept of dividing ATEP into two equal portions for the two colleges. As you know, in recent years, the issue of who "owns" (my word) ATEP has become contentious between the district's two college presidents.

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