February 2021 Meeting Minutes

February 2021 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

11 February 2020

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 11 February via Zoom call. Chair Miller called the meeting to order at 3:01 p.m. Trustees Debbie Johnson, Linda Pledger, Pam Henry, Chris McNew, Kevin Cheri, and Sarah Newman were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Micki Somers, Ricci Dillon, Mary Beth Hatch, Tavonda Brown, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Rick Massengale, and Brandon Cone.


Approval of Agenda

Chair Miller 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 January 2021.

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the year-to-date total revenue sits at $10,323,802 and the expenditures ended at $8,786,940. The year-to-date total ended with a net gain of $1,536,862. Richard stated the revenue and expenditures are trending closely to previous years. He stated he is pleased with the enrollment for the Spring semester.

Auxiliary: Revenue for year-to-date totaled $1,087,431 and the Expenditures totaled $931,552. The year-to-date total ended with a net gain of $155,879. Richard stated the trend line for the revenue was down some with the pandemic having some effect on it.


President’s Report—Dr. Esters reported the Spring semester headcount and student semester credit hours are down 2.57% and 8.98% from last year. Dr. Esters mentioned he is hopeful the numbers will bounce back for Fall semester. Business & Accounting programs ranked top in the Best Small Business Management Program. Northark partnered with Berryville library. Dr. Esters stated Northark was mentioned in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal for offering college education to Tyson Foods workers.  He stated the Northark Economic Update Breakfast with Dr. Quincy Krosby had a good attendance and found it to be a success.  Dr. Esters ended his report with an update on the Covid-19 vaccine clinic. He stated Northark partnered with NARMC with the vaccine clinic and praised NARMC for their hard work with the clinic and the pleasure it has been to host and volunteer the clinic.


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the January Regular Meeting Minutes. Chair Miller asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Newman seconded by Trustee Johnson, and unanimously approved.


Monitoring Report

Mary Beth presented the Enhance educational (workforce) offerings report.  Industry and Business partners for internships include FedEx, Cornerstone Medical Clinic, Washington Regional Medical Clinic- Berryville, North Arkansas College, Weichert Realtors, Barrett Plastics, Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce, West Rock, Sullivan Pharmacy, Pace, and 3 Wishes for Ruby’s Residents. She discussed the Workforce Development Grant that ends March 31. A few grant funded events and training include Teachers Workforce Academy, Be Pro Be Proud bus, and FANUC. Mary Beth discussed the Phase 2 of the Workforce grant and stated Transportation received $136,000 for a truck driving simulator and dump truck, IT received $242,000 for equipment and software for virtual learning machines, and Healthcare received $200,000 for equipment, supplies, and software. Mary Beth ended her report with an overview of two apprenticeships: Turf Management and Small Engine Technician. 


New Business

Recommendation of Board of Trustees member to serve on Foundation Board. Chairman Scott Miller recommended R.G. Earnest and asked for a motion. A motion was made by Trustee Newman, seconded by Trustee Henry, and unanimously approved.


Trustee Earnest moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Neman seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.