January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2019

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday January 10, 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, R.G. Earnest, Chris McNew, Kevin Cheri, Sarah Newman, and Don Tomlinson were present.  Trustee Sara Jo Fendley was absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Kristin Griffin, Julia Angel, Kris Greening, Sarah Bing, Brandon Cone, Charla Jennings, Sean Milliken, Cindy Mayo, Nell Bonds, Katie Vaughn, Don Sugg, Dr. Donna Wood, Micki Somers, Dr. Laura Berry, Kristin Rose, Sharla Hellen, Iris Roe, Travis Harris, Wesley Crow, and Joe Berry .  In addition, George Holcomb from the Harrison Daily Times attended. Judge Hathaway and Terri Garrett from the Congressman’s office attended to swear in the new trustees.

 

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 December 31, 2018 compared to the previous year.  Tuition and mandatory fees are at 96% of the annual budget. The College is expected to have a net gain of 2.1M. Online course fees contributed to a rise in revenue due to increased online enrollment. The Carroll County Center’s revenue up considerably at $48,000 compared to $28,000 this time last year. 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.

 

Foundation Report:

 

Dr. Arnold reported net assets have increased $200,000 since this time last year. There was also a slight increase in the Foundation’s revenue totaling just over $47,000.  He will be working on the NJCAA Tournament, which will be returning to Pioneer Pavilion on March 18-23, 2019, with the tip off banquet on the 18th.  He mentioned that Nolan Richardson will be speaking for the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series on April 16, 2019. Evening on the Plaza will be on April 25th award recipients will be Roger Harness, Kathy Grant, and Ginger Fenter. He then updated that campus housing is in stand-by mode and he hopes to have an update soon.

 

President’s Report:

Dr. Esters thanked the trustees who attended convocation and discussed the coffee bar to welcome students back for Spring Semester. He invited everyone to go look at the newly painted halls. He gave an update on the completion of the Learning Resource Center.  The College expects to have the LRC project completed by February 1st.  Student head count is down by 35, but should pick back up fall semester. Pioneer basketball teams are having a successful year with the Boys at 7-6 and the women at 12-4 and ranked 7th. Dr. Esters thanked Sean Milliken and Michelle Buchannan for their continued efforts in growing the agriculture department.  Northark had 271 students on the fall 2018 Dean’s list.  The College is preparing for the HLC visit, February 11th and Dr. Esters discussed what legislative issues the higher ed is watching for in 2019 along with announcing our new state legislators.

Approval of Consent Agenda:

Chair Lovell requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included the December Regular Meeting Minutes, Certification of Solvency, Restructured Position-Director of Student Success, Curriculum Changes Notification, and Office Facility Lease Revision.  Chair Lovell asked Don Sugg if he had anything to add and Don explained the new terms of the lease agreement. Don reminded the trustees that at the December 2018 meeting a facility lease with the Caroline Frances Myers Revocable Trust for 7,185 square feet of office space at 218 & 220 East Ridge Avenue, Harrison, Arkansas was approved.  The tentative terms presented then included a 24 month lease with an annual cost of $58,896 ($8.20 per annual square foot).  After further vigorous negotiations between the Lessor, the Arkansas Division of Building Authority and Northark administration, the new tentative lease provisions call for a term starting January 15, 2019 and ending June 30, 2021 (29.5 months to coincide with the college’s fiscal year and to allow more time for permanent facility planning and development) and a new annual rate of $59,994.76 ($8.35 per annual square foot).  Trustee Miller made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Evans and passed unanimously.

Monitoring Reports:

Sarah Bing reported on gateway course completion with last year ending at 89.6%, well above the Northark average of 53.7%. Concurrent students are doing very well. Course success is at 80%, which is on target. Credential attainment has grown from 47%-55% and the college is on the right track to hit the 60% goal. Concurrent credit enrollment last year went from 181 to 183, with fall enrollment at 209.  This was due to a 6 credit hour cap being removed in 2017. The first student to graduate with their AA from concurrent classes will be graduating this spring. She mentioned that Huntsville High School will offer English Comp 1 & 2 beginning in Fall 2019. The online concurrent form piloted for spring

 

2019 will replace current paper form. She discussed participation in parent/teacher conference night at Harrison High School, providing information on classes and recruitment to the College. We are currently going through a re-accreditation process through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), and will know if we have been re-accredited by May 2019. The annual High School Partnership Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for March 27, 2019.

New Business:

No new business.

 

Board Comments:

There being no further business Chair Lovell requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Earnest made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee McNew and passed. The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.