CCSF special trustee to hold first public board meeting 

For the first time since being appointed last summer to lead the effort to save embattled City College of San Francisco from losing its accreditation, Special Trustee Robert Agrella will hear public comments at a board meeting Thursday on campus.

Agrella, who was brought on by CCSF’s board of trustees to act as an adviser as the school attempts to defend its accreditation against a commission seeking to remove it, reportedly decided last month to begin accepting direct comment from the college community at the school’s multi-use building Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Previously, Agrella has received public comments via email and through individually arranged meetings, a move that angered many in the campus community and even contributed to a protest at CCSF in March that ended in injuries and arrests.

“We want this to be an opportunity for the City College community to begin having a dialogue again,” CCSF spokesman Jeff Hamilton said of Thursday’s meeting.

Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 union that represents CCSF teachers, called today’s meeting a step in the right direction.

“We think it’s a step forward that it’s even happening,” Messer said. “There are a variety of issues that I know people are anxious to talk about and to bring out into public view.”

In June, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges voted to terminate CCSF’s accreditation, effective this July. But in January, a judge barred the accreditor from taking any action until a lawsuit filed by The City has been resolved. The termination was not linked to academics.

Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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