April 2022 Meeting Minutes

April 2022 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

April 14, 2022 

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 14 April 2022 in JPH conference center. Chair Newman called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Chris McNew, Pam Henry, Linda Pledger, Debbie Johnson, Don Tomlinson, R.G. Earnest, Don Tomlinson, Scott Miller were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Dr. Rodney
Arnold, Brandon Cone, Melissa Bray, Nell Bonds, Bobby Howard, Micki Somers, Chad Johnson, Lana Fowler, Aaron Bueg, Mandy Kilbourn, Dr. Josephine Kershaw, Tavonda Brown, Kris Greening, Dr. Matt Cardin, Ricci Dillon, David Mason, and guest James White.


Approval of Agenda

Chair Newman asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none a motion was made, unanimously approved.


Regular Reports

Finance Report—Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through March 2022.

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the year-to-date total revenue was nearly 13 million with March expenditures of $1.057 million. Richard said the total expenditures to date were $11.225 million. He noted the expenditures were slightly ahead of revenues for the month, but the year revenues were ahead of expenditures by $1.6 million.

Auxiliary: Revenue for the current month ended at $ 82,000. Expenditures current month total ended at $101,000. Expenditures are ahead of revenue by $19,000. Year-to-date expenses are $32,000 and Richard Stipe stated this is in the normal range of past year trends.

President's Report— Dr. Massengale reported enrollment for the fall semester. He mentioned the partnership with Ashdown High School to offer Turf Management classes concurrently. Economic Update Breakfast Series featured the Chair of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, Doyle Yates.

Dr. Massengale praised the team at North Campus for the recent Office of Skills Development workforce grant award of $226,000. This grant will expand the truck driving and manufacturing programs. The Construction Equipment Operation program finished the softball field at Bergman. He mentioned several summer camps to be held including engineering, environmental science, and art. He reported that Northark PBL students won awards at the state competition with three students winning first against other 2 and 4-year colleges. The students will compete in the national competition in Chicago in June.


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the March regular meeting minutes, revised policy: Withdrawing from a Class(es), replacement position: Business Faculty, Education Instructor and Program Coordinator, Educational Talent Search Academic Advisor, and Life Science Instructor.

Lindon Newberry as a business instructor, Tammye Stahler as Education Instructor and Program Coordinator, Leanne Emerson as Education Talent Search Academic Advisor, Shelley Dirst as English Instructor, and Faron Usrey as Life Science Instructor.

Chair Newman asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Earnest, seconded by Trustee Miller, and unanimously approved.


Monitoring Report

Aaron Bueg, director of Information Technology presented the April monitoring report. Aaron listed recent projects including upgraded network unfractured and computer upgrades, the addition of a Livestream and time-lapse camera to show the public the construction progress on the Pioneer Villas residence hall, Wi-Fi and security camera upgrades, and electronic doors for access to facilities. He reported on the new esports area which includes twenty gaming stations, high-tech LED lighting, and TV's for streaming and signage. Aaron Bueg stated the upgrades to the Datacenter and IT internships and Northark has improved the email security to protect accounts against cyber-attacks.

Executive Session

The Board adjourned into an executive session where no action was taken. After returning, Trustee Chris McNew made a motion to raise the annual salary of Dr. Rick Massengale from $160,000 to $170,000 and recommended a contract for the 2022-2023 academic year. Trustee McNew said the Board is working toward closing the gap between the President's salary and those of Presidents in Arkansas. The motion was seconded by Trustee Miller and unanimously passed.


New Business

The New Business agenda included, FY 2022-2023 Operating and Capital Budget, 2022-2023 Tuition, Mandatory, & Miscellaneous fees. A motion was made by Trustee Pledger, seconded by Trustee Johnson, and unanimously approved.


There being no further business, Chair Sarah Newman adjourned the meeting at 4:42 p.m.