Evan Marczynski/The AS Review

Wednesday, Jan. 26

The board heard information items on proposals from the Associated Students Child Development Center and The Outback Farm.

The CDC wants to drop their requirement that parents spend a set number of hours in the classroom. The center also wants to change its current funding model by moving away from charging student-parents by the hour, and instead offering both part-time and full-time care.

Nick Spring, the Outback coordinator, submitted a request to the board to fund a rebuild of the farm’s pavilion so it can be made into a functional outdoor classroom. According to Spring’s proposal, the pavilion is not meeting the needs of those who use the farm. Due to haphazard construction and an insecure foundation, the pavilion also poses a safety risk. Spring requested $25,000 for the project, but due to recent discovery of labor union requirements, it’s likely the project will cost closer to $35,000. The board will vote on the proposal in a future meeting.

The board passed Vice President for Business and Operations Benjamin Brockman’s motion to revise all AS job descriptions to be results-oriented and outcome-based, as opposed to the descriptions’ current duties-oriented format. In order to enhance productivity and employee empowerment, results-oriented job descriptions emphasize the results employees are expected to accomplish by completing the duties of a particular position, rather than simply list the responsibilities.

They then discussed changes to the process of selecting winners of AS scholarships. Vice President for Academic Affairs Ramon Rinonos-Diaz submitted a proposal to pair board members with department directors or designees to select recipients, as opposed to the current process where board members select recipients on their own.

Vice President for Diversity Bernard Ikegwuoha asked the board to allow him to provide students who attended fall quarter training for the AS Ethnic Student Center free passes to any ESC event of their choice. Ikegwuoha wrote in his proposal that he wanted to foster unity and harmony between leaders in the ESC, and also encourage them to attend other clubs’ events.

The board also passed committee appointments to the Academic Honesty Board, the Legislative Affairs Council and the Structure and Program Advisory Task Force.

AS Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. They are usually held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in VU 567. More information can be found online at  gov.as.wwu.edu.