January 10, 2014

President's Bulletin: January 10, 2014

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Welcome back to another year Coastliners… We hope you had a nice, restful time off with friends and family.


Attention All Coastliners
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Save the Date!
All College Meeting
February 7, 2014

Please plan to attend the All College Meeting. To kick off the event, a lunch will be served at noon. This will be followed by a number of meetings, including a meeting hosted by the Classified Senate. Classified professionals are encouraged to attend. The All College Meeting will take place at 2:00 pm, and will be followed by department meetings.

Let’s enjoy an afternoon of networking and dialogue. See you there.


Coastline Bookstore has expanded their offerings

For the first week of classes for the spring semester, bookstores will now be open at all three locations; Fountain Valley, the Le-Jao Center and the Newport Beach Center. From January 27 – Thursday January 30, all bookstores will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. In addition to textbooks, the bookstores will also carry clothing, food and school supplies. The bookstores will also be open every Saturday in January.


Students saved money at the Bookstore in 2013

In 2013 the bookstore saved students $190,000 due to rental, digital and used books. Way to go, Coastline students!


A new face at OLIT

Roy Heffelman is joining the Coastline Help Desk and End User Support team. Roy has been a district employee for over 18 years, and previously specialized in telecommunication support. Roy said he is looking forward to meeting and working with the team at OLIT.


A Bittersweet Farewell

With mixed emotions we would like to inform everyone that as of Friday, January 10th, Sohair Zaki will no longer be working with us here at Coastline. While we are happy and excited for Sohair’s new opportunity to showcase her teaching and leadership skills as the IT Chair for a local campus of ITT Technical Institute, we are also deeply saddened to see her go as her contributions to the Coastline OLIT team have been immeasurable. We all wish Sohair the best of luck in her future endeavors.


What’s new with the Affordable Care Act

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act includes a mandate for most individuals to have a minimum of healthcare coverage. Minimum coverage is defined as; coverage under certain government-sponsored plans; employer-sponsored plans, with respect to any employee; plans in the individual market; grandfathered health plans; and any other health benefits coverage, such as a state health benefits risk pool, as recognized by HHS Secretary.


Flexible spending carryover

The IRS announced that Health FSAs can have a $500 carryover of unused amounts to the next plan year. This creates an exception to the long-established “Use or Lose Rule”. The district amended the agreement with American Fidelity to allow this $500 carryover of unused contributions for the Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan.


Online employee access

The District Benefits Office is going green. Starting March 1, 2014, a new Banner feature will be via self-service, and will provide employees with enhanced capabilities such as viewing their medical, dental and vision plan enrollment detail online, anytime, through the campus MY SITE.

In the fall, the Benefits Office will be hosting a paperless open enrollment for active employees. These employees will be able to use Banner to make plan changes, add or delete dependents and review the cost impact of your anticipated plan changes. More information will be coming soon.