February 2019 Meeting Minutes

February 2019 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

February 14, 2019


The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday February 14, 2019 at the Bennie Ellis on the South Campus.  Chair Bill Lovell called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees, David Evans, Scott Miller, Chris McNew, Kevin Cheri, Sarah Newman, and Sarah Jo Fendley were present.  Trustees R.G. Earnest and Don Tomlinson were absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Kristin Griffin, Kris Greening, Brandon Cone, Nell Bonds, Katie Vaughn, Don Sugg, Dr. Donna Wood, Micki Somers, Kristin Rose, and Joe Berry.  In addition, George Holcomb from the Harrison Daily Times attended.


Approval of Agenda:

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


Regular Reports:

Finance Report:  Don Sugg reported revenue and expenses in the E&G fund through January 31, 2019 compared to the previous year.  Tuition and mandatory fees are at 96% of the annual budget, with a slight 1.8% drop in tuition. Expenses are at 59% of the budget. A contributing factor was the 1% raise given. The Auxiliary budget is at 50% of the projected budget and is anticipated to have a $6 net gain as opposed to the negative balance the College ended with last year.


President’s Report:

Dr. Esters discussed the recent HLC visit and thanked everyone for their hard work and continued support. He said that he expects a good report and we should expect a copy this Friday. He discussed the long anticipated opening of the LRC, and how it’s updated with the latest technology. He mentioned the success of the opening of the Carroll County Center and the attendance of several politicians. He also mentioned the college’s acceptance of the Military Status for the 5th straight year, and our commitment to veterans. He talked about how North Campus welcomed over 100 boy scouts for the robotic program. He brought up the new Construction Technology trailer, wrapped by Kastle Graphics, designed by Micki Somers, and how it’s great advertisement. Dr. Esters also congratulated Kevin Cheri’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission recipient award. And lastly, he mentioned how head count is down almost 2.5%, and how this will impact our budget, but we’re working on retention and recruiting to get the numbers back up. He thanked Gage’s Power Sports for the use of their Polaris for our baseball and softball events, and asked for volunteers for our NJCAA tournament.

Approval of Consent Agenda:

Chair Lovell requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included the January Regular Meeting Minutes, the Restructured Position-Success Coach/Advisor, and the New Provisional Positions Request, Trustee Miller made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Evans and passed unanimously.

Monitoring Reports:

Joe Berry gave the monitoring report on our workforce needs. He discussed a high national level of jobs available, but not enough employees to fill these jobs. He also mentioned the Industrial Alliance meetings once a month, and how they are continuously working to solve this problem and fill the employment needs. He mentioned how they’ve done about $210,000 worth of equipment ranging from the new zoom rooms, CNA labs, robotics programs, IT equipment, and nursing equipment were all purchased with the workforce grants. Trustee Miller asked Berry to explain the apprenticeship program. Berry explained that it’s a 2,000 hour a year program.Students work and go to the classroom to learn the skills they need to do their jobs, until they earn a certification.

New Business:

No new business.


Board Comments:

Trustee Fendley asked which areas in the local industries lack employees? Joe Berry responded that it’s an overall need, they need jobs filled in every position. Chair Lovell asked for volunteers to our gaming events.  There being no further business Chair Lovell requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Evans made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Miller and passed. The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.