Board tables Marsee decision until Thursday

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The San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees met in a special meeting on Tuesday, January 31 to discuss the evaluation of “potential discipline, dismissal or release” regarding the Dr. Jeff Marsee, president/superintendent of the college.

Members from the California Teachers Association (CTA), California School Employees Association (CSEA), Delta College Administration, Associated Student Body Government and lawyers representing the board and Marsee, students and the community were in attendance.

The meeting was held in the Tillie Lewis Theatre.

“As the Law firm representing Dr. Marsee, we are not here to threaten litigation but to advise the Board of Trustees to seek legal advice regarding the issues with Dr. Marsee,” said Mike Hakeem of Hakeem, Ellis and Marengo.

The meeting continued with comments from staff, students, union and community members.

“(Marsee) has failed in four areas: Policy and procedures, campus safety, district contracts, and leadership,” said Elizabeth Maloney, Delta’s CTA president.

On Monday, the CTA had a 96-percent no-confidence vote in Marsee, according to a release sent out by the union. CSEA also voted 119 out of 287 members in favor of no confidence.

“The claims by President Marsee’s attorney that this is an act of retaliation is not here,” said CSEA President Dana Baker.

The meeting adjourned to closed session at 11:45 a.m.

The board reconvened near 4 p.m. to public session with no decision. Instead, the meeting was recessed until 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.