WEB EXCLUSIVE: BREAKING NEWS: RVC staff vote ‘no confidence’ in president, trustees

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003-9:00 a.m.—The Educational Support Personnel (ESP) at Rock Valley College (RVC) overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” in RVC President Roland Chapdelaine and the RVC Board of Trustees Sept. 9, following the faculty’s Aug. 29 vote of no confidence in Chapdelaine.

ESP, which is composed of about 150 non-faculty staff, voted 61-9 against Chapdelaine and 64-6 against the board. The faculty also voted “no confidence” in Chapdelaine by a 95-11 tally Aug. 29.

ESP President Barry Sanders said, “I appreciate the ESP coming out and expressing their feelings.”

Sanders said the ballot cited the faculty’s three primary charges and asked ESP employees whether they did or did not have confidence in Chapdelaine and the board.

The faculty’s three primary charges are: “… failure to maintain continuity of administrative and financial management of the college; failure to communicate accurate, complete, and timely information to the public and college employees; failure to protect the integrity and fiscal solvency of the college.”

The primary and detailed charges were listed in the Sept. 3 issue of The Rock River Times.

Sanders said results of the survey were given to Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Johnson and Chapdelaine between sessions of the trustees’ Sept. 9 meeting.

“I respect the ESP and their opinion and these are difficult times at RVC,” Johnson said. “We take the ESP’s vote seriously and factor it in with the faculty’s [vote].”

ESP and other non-faculty employees are targets for voluntary and forced layoffs this month. The board has also asked eligible employees to retire early to help offset four years of deficit spending that totals nearly $7 million since fiscal year 2000. Chapdelaine’s administration is determining the layoffs and will give informal notice of who will be affected Sept. 23. Targeted employees last day of work will be Sept. 26

The ESP’s vote also comes on the heels of a planned meeting between some non-faculty staff and a few board members, which was supposed to have occurred last Friday. However, administrators reportedly learned of the meeting, which prompted the non-faculty employees to cancel their plans to meet for fear of reprisal.

Further details on this story will be available in the Sept. 17 issue of The Rock River Times.

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