Wright State University Staff Council Minutes

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

 

 

The WSU Staff Council met on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.

 

Present: Council Members: Barbara Bullock, Diane Hamilton, Fran Keeley, Greg Kojola, Jill Oroszi, John Sheidler, and Micki Stamps

 

Others: Bill Rickert, Vicky Davidson, and Allan Boggs 

 

1.  Facilities and Capital Planning

Vicky Davidson, Associate Vice-President for Facilities Planning and Development, distributed two handouts (Attached).  The first handout was WSU Capital Projects in Planning/Design/ Construction, which lists the current projects on campus and their status from feasibility to design to construction to completion.  Vicky showed a PowerPoint presentation of several of the projects and elaborated on them.

The second handout listed Capital Funding Requests from the deans and vice presidents; these requests for funding total $222M.  The requests are funded in odd years.  All these projects are connected to the Strategic Plan; and decisions will be made to prioritize them according to core needs, feasibility, and availability of external funding.

It was discussed that while Rike Hall is being renovated, the University Park building across the street will be shared with Clark State for classroom use for Spring and Summer Quarter.  Rike Hall renovations are to be finished by Fall Quarter 2007. 

Bill Rickert said the parking problems mentioned this year that were due to construction, etc., have been widely discussed, and the university will be making parking changes for employees by Fall Quarter 2007.

2.  Salary Increases

 

Bill Rickert said that State revenues are down.  The new Governor, Ted Strickland, appears to be a friend of higher education; but this year, the university will likely get relatively small increases in combined state support and tuition.

 

Nevertheless, salary increases are anticipated, and the university is considering that raises will come from three pools of money:

-Classified staff (to move people through the ranges)

- Unclassified (increases will be determined by a higher level, such as deans or vice presidents.

 

3.  Civil Service Reform Update

 

Allan Boggs, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, distributed a handout (attached) and spoke about HB 187, or civil service reform, which was passed by the Ohio legislature in December, 2006.   This means each university is free to make changes to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) in matters of governance as specified in the bill.

 

A Council member asked about a possible WSU committee being formed to discuss the changes.  Al Boggs said that it was premature to form a committee, but all discussions will be open and transparent.

 

        The plan:

1.  Legislation is passed.

2.  HR officers make recommendation for guidelines to the Board of Trustees and register with the Department of 

     Administrative Services

3.  Once the guidelines are registered,

4.  Changes can be made at WSU.  There is no urgency in making changes by October 1, 2007.

 

The state HR officers committee will have guidelines to hand over to the presidents at the end of June.  At that time, the university should be ready to engage staff in discussions.  CSAC asked to be kept up to date and to be engaged in the discussions as soon as possible. 

 

Bill Rickert said that the ORC has protections for classified employees that we are not likely to want changed.  He encouraged CSAC and USAC to think about changes they may want to make. 

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 pm.

 

The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.  The agenda will include the WSU Budget.