Coaches to keep jobs
On April 4, the Solano Community College district governing board voted 7-0 to rescind layoff notices two full-time physical education faculty members for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
“I have personally learned a lot from this process,” said Jowel Laguerre, superintendant-president of SCC. “[We get to] keep the valuable members of our family.”
“I’m relieved. My energy goes into teaching my other classes and trying to save the football program,” assistant football coach Kevin Marks said.
“Coach Parrish has a great commitment; great vision,” Laguerre said in the April 4, meeting.
The governing board voted 4-2, on March 7, to issue the layoff notices to Marks, and Scott Parrish, aquatics coach at Solano.
“The [Solano academic] senate is disappointed that this was not discussed with the faculty first [layoff notices to two faculty members], said Thom Watkins, business professor, and president of the faculty academic senate in the March 7 governing board meeting. “We endorse a delay in hiring new faculty to save faculty we may lose.”
On March 25, Laguerre announced to the campus community that the administration would accept the plan suggested by the faculty senate.
“The Academic Senate has agreed to withdraw the hiring of three new faculty in order to rescind the layoffs of the faculty in Physical Education and Welding. The new positions that will not move forward are: Anthropology, Political Science, and Automotive Technology.”
“The football team will continue to be suspended until we can raise the necessary funds to reinstate it. Furthermore, the Aquatics coach and Dean Espinoza [of human performance and development] have agreed to eliminate the Water Polo program immediately,” Laguerre said in the same March 25 memo to the campus community.
Currently, coach Marks and Parrish have been working with the Associated Students of Solano College student government to raise the necessary funds to retain the football and aquatics programs.