This message was sent to Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District employees Dec. 19.
It’s hard to believe another year has flown by so quickly! 2012 been a great year at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. East County voters showed their support for our colleges by approving the District’s Proposition V bond measure, and California voters gave their support to education by approving Proposition 30. Grossmont College had a golden year of recognitions as it celebrated its 50th anniversary, and Cuyamaca College received statewide recognition for its innovative green programs.
Most importantly, amidst all the ups and downs of the year, we continued to provide high-quality education for almost 30,000 students. I loved seeing the broad grins on the faces of so many of the 2,359 students who received degrees or certificates at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges in May.
Board president Bill Garrett swears in trustee Mary Kay Rosinski
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve a sixth straight year as president, while Edwin Hiel and Debbie Justeson were elected to serve as fellow board officers for 2013.
Garrett has served since 2008 as board president for the East County district, with about 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The Governing Board meeting got under way Tuesday with the swearing-in of Garrett and Trustee Mary Kay Rosinski, who both ran unopposed in the November election. Garrett began serving on the Governing Board in 2004, while Rosinski joined the board in 2008.
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is ending 2012 on the up side – first with November’s twin victories at the polls with the passage of both Proposition 30 and Proposition V – and now, another round of unblemished financial audits that continue a decade-long streak.
Despite years of state budget cuts to community colleges, the 10 years of independent audits show the district’s accounting of public dollars remains crystal clear and above reproach.
This week, independent auditors once again presented the governing board with reports reflecting “unqualified” – otherwise known as “clean” -- opinions for the district’s general audit; its alternative pension plan; Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges’ foundation and the district’s auxiliary; and the Proposition R bond construction funds. An “unqualified” opinion is the best type of report to be issued from an external auditor, indicating no deficiencies in internal control or compliance.
Just two weeks away from retiring, Stan Schroeder, the head of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Auxiliary, was busy leading a statewide education conference in Sacramento. As his last day with the district draws nearer, Schroeder concedes his wife is a little worried.
“I think there’s a bit of anticipatory anxiety on her part, wondering how I will manage to keep busy at home,” said Schroeder, 65, who will retire Dec. 20 from his 10-year post as the director of the auxiliary, the nonprofit organization that solicits and administers grants and contracts on behalf of the district and its two colleges.