Electronic Board Packets Procedures - Board of Trustees for the Ohlone Community College District

Board Meeting Agenda and Document Submissions Deadlines

Documents need to be submitted by the 9:00am on Tuesday the week prior to each meeting. This deadline allows time for the President's office to create a list of agenda items and for the Web Team to convert all supporting documents into PDF files for posting to the Ohlone College Board of Trustees website by the Friday before each Board meeting (see steps 4-13).

2014 Document Submissions Deadlines
(updated December 12, 2013)
Board Meeting Date
(see schedule)
Board Work Submission Deadline
January 15, 2014* January 7, 2014 by 9:00am
February 12, 2014 February 4, 2014 by 9:00am
March 12, 2014 March 4, 2014 by 9:00am
April 9, 2014 April 1, 2014 by 9:00am
May 14, 2014 May 6, 2014 by 9:00am
June 11, 2014 June 3, 2014 by 9:00am
July 9, 2014 June 30, 2014** by 9:00am
August 13, 2014 August 5, 2014 by 9:00am
September 10, 2014 September 2, 2014 by 9:00am
October 8, 2014 September 30, 2014 by 9:00am
November 12, 2014 November 4, 2014 by 9:00am
December 10, 2014 December 2, 2014 by 9:00am

* Third Wednesday.

** Monday deadline due to holiday.

Acceptable File Formats

Acceptable Electronic File Formats
for Documents Submitted to the Board
Document Type File Extension
Microsoft Word (up to version Office 2010) .doc, .docx
Microsoft Excel (up to version Office 2010) .xls, .xlsx
Microsoft PowerPoint (up to version Office 2010) .ppt, .pptx
Microsoft Publisher (up to version Office 2010) .pub
Rich Text File .rtf
WordPerfect (as long as MS Word 2010 can open the file) - if in doubt, save the file as .rtf .wpd
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) .pdf
ASCII / Text .txt
Adobe Photoshop (up to version CS4) .psd
Adobe Illustrator (up to version CS4) .ai
Adobe Fireworks (up to version CS4) .png
Adobe InDesign (version CS4) .indd
Encapsulated PostScript .eps
Other acceptable image formats .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, .bmp, .pict, .raw

Submission Process for Board Agenda Items

(Updated December 16, 2011.)

  1. Submitting Documents for the Board Packet

    1. Documents to be included in the Board packet must be submitted by the end of business on Wednesday the week prior to each meeting, unless otherwise noted. Submit documents to the President's office in an acceptable electronic file format (see Acceptable File Formats chart).

    2. Agenda-related documents not received by the end of business on Wednesday of the week prior to each Board meeting cannot be included in the electronic Board packet.

      Late changes to existing agenda items must be hand-carried to the Board meeting by the document originator and submitted electronically to the President's office for inclusion in the electronic packet after the Board meeting has been held.

    3. If a document cannot be provided electronically, a hard copy must be provided to the President's office one day in advance of the deadline so that it can be scanned and proofread.

      Note: If a document contains an original signature, please provide the hard copy document for submission to the Board and an electronic copy for posting on the website.

  2. Confirmation of Web Team Availability to Post Electronic Board Packet and Agenda at the proper time (by 3:00pm on the Friday before the Board meeting). (This step is necessary because the Web Team may be unavailable on the date the Electronic Board Packet needs to be published on the Board website.)

    1. On Wednesday of the week prior to the Board meeting, the President's office contacts the Web Team via email to confirm the Web Team's availability for posting the electronic board packet and agenda on the Board website by 3:00pm on Friday that week.

    2. After receipt of the email message from the President's office, the Web Team replies to the President's Office to confirm the Web Team's availability.

    3. If a confirmation message by the Web Team is not received by Wednesday at close of business, the President's office will follow up with the Web Team's manager.

    4. If the Web Team is out ill or otherwise unavailable on that Friday (despite earlier confirmation of their availability), the President's office will be notified by the Web Team's manager or the Web Team itself.

    5. If the Web Team is not available to post the electronic board packet and agenda, the President's Office will proceed with preparing hard copies of Board packet documents for distribution to Board members.

    6. The electronic version of the Board packet will be posted on the Board website when the Web Team becomes available.

  3. Preparation of Electronic Board Packet

    1. The President's office organizes the electronic files by renaming them as necessary to make their content clear and consistent with all other submissions.

      Recommended lowercase filename format is: ##a-description.ext (formatted this way for ease of sorting the directory listing; where "##" is a 2-digit number (such as 00 through 99) representing the agenda item number and "a" is the letter "a" through "z". Examples:

      • 00a-agenda.doc
      • 01a-placeholder.doc
      • 02a-memo.doc
      • 02b-report.doc
      • 33j-memo.doc

      Only alphanumeric characters should be used in filenames - i.e., do not use spaces or special characters such as & or #.

      If there are more than 26 (letters a-z) electronic files for any agenda item, the assigned lettering then becomes doubled (aa-zz).

    2. The President's office prepares a Microsoft Word document of the meeting agenda.

    3. By Thursday afternoon or Friday morning of the week prior to the Board meeting, the President's office copies the meeting agenda MS Word document and all electronic files received into a new folder in the “Board Packets” shared network directory on the Ohlone_1 server (the "Board Packets" directory is shared by the President's office and the Web Team). The name of each folder listed in the "Board Packets" directory will be the date of the Board meeting (i.e. 2015-07-14 or 20150714, formatted this way for ease of sorting the directory listing).

    4. Then, the President's office notifies the Web Team via email that Board packet files and agenda have been copied into the subdirectory and that they are ready to be processed for posting.

    5. After being notified the electronic documents and agenda are ready, the Web Team creates Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files for each file that can be converted into PDF format (originating in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Image files will be converted to PDF/GIF/JPG by the Web Team.

    6. The Web Team will assign each PDF file a document title in the Document Properties "Description" tab for purposes of search engine indexing.

    7. The Web Team creates a “Board Packet Document Index” web page listing each agenda item (number and description) and link(s) to the related electronic file(s) provided by the President's office.

    8. On or before Friday afternoon at 3:00pm of the week prior to the Board meeting, the Web Team posts the electronic files, agenda, and “Board Packet Document Index” on the Board website.

    9. Then, the Web Team notifies the President's office via email to the President's office that the Board packet documents and agenda have been posted.

    10. The President's office reviews the posted information and notifies the Web Team if any adjustments are necessary.

  4. Distribution of Board Packet Documents

    1. The President's office then emails (and/or mails via the USPS) copies of the Agenda to the appropriate distribution list, each Friday prior to the Board meeting.

    2. If a hard copy of the board documents is to be distributed, the President's office also prepares hard copy Board packets for those meeting attendees who “sit at the table” (17 copies, plus an “official copy” to be archived).

Rich Watters. Jan Giovannini-Hill. Garrett Yee. Greg Bonaccorsi. Teresa Cox. Vivien Larsen. Ishan Shah.