Once in a while, I take a look at college and district expenses—as these are indicated on SOCCCD Board of Trustee agendas. Here are some curious items I noticed in the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting (available here). I don't mean to suggest that all of these expenses are questionable.
1. SOCCCD: Purchase Orders/Confirming Requisitions
P12-03715 GUEST ARTISTS Labor for "Joseph" - SCLO ~ $23,000.00
Near as I can tell, “SCLO” refers to the Saddleback Civic Light Opera.
I found an add for the following:
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT$23K for “guest artists labor”? Somebody explain this to me.
McKinney Theatre [in June]
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Directed and Choreographed by K.C. Gussler
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
This Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
P12-03723 OC AUDITOR-CONTROLLER TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR Mobile Radio Entry Fee ~ $7,440.00
3. SOCCCD: Purchase Orders/Confirming Requisitions
P12-03884 DR. VINCENT TINTO Honorarium and Expenses-Student Success
Speaker ~ $3,500.00
Gosh, he must be good. Read about the guy here.
4. SOCCCD: Payment of Bills
157006 03/12/2012 COLLEGE BRAIN TRUST ~ $6,750.79
No description or explanation. IVC has hired College Brain Trust to assist with various projects, including the “civility” initiative (see #5 below). See John Spevak, CBT. Based on what I saw of Mr. Spevak’s efforts with regard to the “civility” initiative, I have my doubts about these CBT expenditures.
5. SOCCCD: March/April 2012 Contracts
College Brain Trust
Consultant Agreement – To make recommendation to the District’s Board Policy and Administrative Regulations Committee and create an Irvine Valley College action plan to pursue the goal of developing a positive culture by mutual respect and collaboration.
Irvine Valley College ~ $5,146.00
The “civility” initiative suffered a major setback, caused by—you guessed it—the guy CBT sent to help us, John Spevak.
6. SOCCCD: Purchase Orders/Confirming Requisitions
P12-03670 COLLEGE BRAIN TRUST Barriers Workshop consulting services ~ $6,500
"Barriers" Workshop? Anybody know what that is/was?