August 2020 Special Meeting Minutes

August 2020 Special Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

Special Board Meeting

27 August 2020

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in a special session on Thursday, August 27 via zoom or in person in room M134. Chair R.G. Earnest called the meeting to order at 8:30am. Trustees David Evans, Trustee Lovell, Chris McNew, Sarah Newman, and Scott Miller were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Micki Somers, Brandon Cone, Dr. Kershaw, Richard Stipe, Dr. Rick Massengale, and guest James White from Harrison Daily Times.

 

Dr. Esters informed the group in last February listed the five different sites that were up for discussion for the Advanced manufacturing Facility.

Onsite-south campus:

1A. Baseball field area which would entail moving the baseball field. The building would be one story and with the re-placement of the ball field, it was not recommended as a future option.

1B.  Located up from the West lot and near the Greenhouse. The building would be two story with access on both levels.

1C. This location would be where the Greenhouse and high tunnel are located.

Offsite locations:

  1. This site is located on Industrial Park Road and would be a one-story building.

2A. This site is located near the “2” site location and is one story.

Dr. Esters listed the proposed programs; Electronics Technology, Machinist, Computer Numerical Control, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics and automation, Information Technology; Internet of Things, Programming, Cyber Security, and Others in development. Dr. Esters informed the group the task force committee decided to recommend 1B site.

New Business:

  1. Support to further explore constructing Advanced Manufacturing Facility
  2. Approve the site recommended by the task force

 

Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve Support to further explore constructing AMF. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Evans, and unanimously approved.

Chair Earnest asked for a motion to approve the site recommended by the task force. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Newman, and unanimously approved.

Board Comments:

Chair Earnest acknowledged that several business community members who served on the Task force committee and asked Trustee Miller his thoughts on site 1B. Trustee Miller thanked Dr. Esters for his work towards this facility and thanked the members of the committee. Trustee Miller commented funds were available and it is important to move forward with the opportunity to have the facility for Manufacturing. Trustee Lovell commented this will be attractive for business to come to our town.

 

Chair Earnest asked for a motion to adjourn. A motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Newman.