December 2019 Meeting Minutes

December 2019 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

12 December 2019


The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 12 December 2019, in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus. Chair Bill Lovell called the meeting to order at 2:58 p.m. Trustees Kevin Cheri, R.G. Earnest, David Evans, Chris McNew, Sarah Newman, Scott Miller, and Don Tomlinson were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Don Sugg, Mandy Kilbourn, Micki Somers, Rick Massengale, Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Ricci Dillon, Kevin Somers, Nell Bonds, Randy Esters, Kris Greening, and Laura Berry

Approval of Agenda

Chair Lovell asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none, the agenda stood approved.

Regular Reports

Finance Report—Don Sugg shared financials through 30 September 2019

In the E&G fund, tuition revenue was at 51% of budget. He highlighted the net operating gain is at $452,486 as compared to this time last year at $252,524. The sale has been reclassified as Physical plant so that revenue doesn’t show in E&G at this moment. After the HVAC project, the proceeds from the sale will be approximately $200,000. The Bond requires that the funds be spent on a Capitol project by August 01, 2021. 

Auxiliary has a positive balance. Trustee Miller commented that the book sales were higher than projected.  Overall, the College is in good standing.


President’s Report—Dr. Esters shared the visit with Sarah Thomas, NFL’s first female referee, during the 31st John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series. He mentioned it was a great presentation and a nice attendance. He stated the weather was nice for the parade and introduced Northark’s new mascot, Pioneer Pete. The Northark’ s Drama presented the “Outsiders” and he thought it was a great play and all the cast did a great performance. The Cave Region Festival had a great turn out and it brings in our community and focuses on Art; bringing in artists, performers, and talented people. Dr. Esters then mentioned the Cave Region book that was handed to the Board of Trustees by Tim Coone.  Dr. Esters shared the Northark Employee Christmas Luncheon, a time for the employees to relax and enjoy the skits, games, and fellowship He mentioned the IT department won the Northark department “Christmas Photo”. He then asked Mandy Kilburn to give a quick overview of our Strategic Plan. She discussed the Mission, Vision, and Values of Northark and how they play into our strategic plan. We have met with Internal and External Stakeholders and have received great recommendations. The next step is to meet with the students in the spring semester to finalize the gathering portion and then will analyze the data.   Dr. Esters gave a brief overview of polices; Class Attendance, Dean’s List, Grants & Sponsored Programs- Personnel, and Project Fund Disbursement Order.

Monitoring Report

Kevin Somers presented the completed and remaining projects which included; library remediation, new library entrance, art room remediation, new office remediation, science building HVAC upgrade, press box remodel/new lights and landscaping, and ambulance simulator wrap. He reported that majority of renovations were due to mold.  He mentioned that the Science Building HVAC that was previously installed was not in compliance because it would not have cleaned the air quickly enough if there was a chemical spill. They upgraded the HVAC and now we are in compliance. He thanked the Wagner construction, Cushman climate control, and Jackson Brown Palculict Architects. He noted all companies were the most professional and supportive group. He added all three companies were great to work with on the projects.

Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the November Regular Meeting Minutes; Policies; Class Attendance, Dean’s List, Grants and Sponsored Programs-Personnel, and Project Disbursement Order.  Chair Lovell asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Evans, seconded by Trustee Cheri, and unanimously approved.

New Business

New Business items included Board of Trustees Election of Officers

Chair Lovell asked Trustee Evans to announce the referrals of officers to which Evans stated after discussing with Trustee Fendley and Trustee Cheri, they came to the recommendation of Trustee Earnest to Chair, Trustee Miller as Vice Chair, and Trustee Newman as Secretary. Chair Lovell asked the floor if they had any recommendations and with there being none. A motion was made by Trustee McNew, seconded by Trustee Cheri, and unanimously approved.

Trustee Cheri moved to adjourn the meeting. Chair Lovell seconded the motion, which was then unanimously approved.


Board Comments