Over the objections of labor leaders, trustees of the nearly bankrupt City College of San Francisco were expected to dismantle a long-standing system of faculty leadership on Thursday night to streamline governance and save $2 million.
The move would send dozens of department chairs back to the classroom from the administrative positions they have held for years, earning extra pay for that work while being released from teaching. Deans would largely take their place, as is customary at other colleges.
As this excerpt makes clear, that 'status quo' was more pay for less work. And the trustees are to be praised for recognizing that this system -- ludicrous even in the best of times -- is indefensible with the state in such dire fiscal straits.
Trustee Steve Ngo has called the system a "peculiar and dysfunctional management regime that inevitably existed for its own sake, answered to no one, and (served to) attack anyone who wanted to change the status quo."
And this is what 'reform' looks like. There's a reason that polling shows California voters growing increasingly skeptical of the argument that insufficient tax revenue is at the root of the state's problems.The trustees approved the hiring of a "special trustee," giving veto power on all accreditation-related decisions to Bob Agrella, retired head of the Sonoma County Junior College District. In closed session, the trustees gave Agrella an eight-month contract at $1,000 per work day, roughly $160,000, and a taxpayer-funded car.