JCCC board acts on personnel matters

The following article appeared in The Kansas City Star.

“JCCC board acts on personnel matters”
Melodee Hall Blobaum
The Kansas City Star
Date: April 11, 2006

For the second time in less than a week, the Johnson County Community College board of trustees met on short notice Monday night to discuss personnel and legal matters.

After an hour and 15 minutes behind closed doors, the board returned and fired one employee, accepted the resignation of a second and suspended a third.

The board also revised the college’s nondiscrimination policy to include protection for sexual orientation. The vote was 4-1. Trustee Virginia Krebs did not attend.

Trustee Benjamin Hodge voted against the change.

“I don’t believe this represents the values of the people of Johnson County and the people of Kansas,” Hodge said.

“I think it’s unfortunate that this was done in a way that we did not seek input from the people of Johnson County, and I think the college will suffer because of it.”

Vincent Clark, president of the college’s faculty association, called the policy change a “tremendous development.”

Before the board met in closed session, college President Charles Carlsen announced that Dorothy Friedrich had been promoted to vice president of human resources.

After the meeting, Carlsen said that the policy matter was included on the agenda because the board’s regular meeting agenda for April 26 was filled.

He said the firing and resignation resulted from a series of performance reviews.

The suspension was the result of an employee’s failure to fulfill job responsibilities.

College spokeswoman Julie Haas said the personnel moves were not related to the policy change.