The board spent some time discussing the number of board committees and the process by which they bring recommendations to the board. Chairman Bill Kilquist said he believed there were too many committees and some could easily be combined or eliminated.
Trustee Becky Borgsmiller said her concern was many of these issues discussed in committee should be discussed by the whole board.
“I’m concerned about transparency and accountability,” she said.
Trustee Glenn Poshard said discussion did take place when committees make recommendations, but before they are voted on.
“I don’t know how we can change our process to make it more open,” he said.
Trustee Ray Hancock agreed with Kilquist that there are too many committees.
“We’ve had as many as 18,” he said. “Often when those committee members bring recommendations to the board, the trustees don’t really know what’s going on.”
Hancock said there needed to be more discussion about the board committees and how the board handles what’s coming out of those committees.
Poshard argued the board should not change the structure when it’s working well.
“If trustees are not sure of the issue or particulars when committee recommendations are presented, we should just table that discussion until the next meeting, so all trustees have an opportunity to study the issue at hand,” he said.
Kilquist agreed to table the discussion about committees until next month’s meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. May 22 at the college’s administration building.