July 2016 Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2016

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, July 14, 2016, in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus. Chair Scott Miller called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Kirk Campbell, David Evans, Bill Lovell, Matt Miller, Sara Jo Fendley, Jim Milum, and Jane Adair and Dr. Marcus Jones were present.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Gwen Gresham, Don Sugg, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Katie Vaughn, Jamie Stevens, Chad Johnson, Kris Greening, Kristin Griffin, Kristy Thomas, Micki Somers, Sharla Hellen, Lori Currie, Sarah Bing, Randy Scaggs, Stacie Klott, Dr. Laura Berry, Ricci Dillon, Rick Williams, Carla Jacobs, Pam Richiert, Jacquie Markle, Sarah Bing, Sharla Hellen, Kevin Somers, Kristy Thomas, Nell Bonds, and Cheryl Keymer. Lee Dunlap and David Holsted represented the Harrison Daily Times. County Judge Robert Hathaway, Mayor Dan Sherril, Chris McNew, Don Tomlinson, Patty Methvin, and Russell Larimore were also in attendance. Chair Miller recognized the elected officials and special guests in attendance.

Approval of Agenda: Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the agenda. Trustee Milum made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Matt Miller and passed unanimously.

Regular Reports:

Foundation Report: Chair Miller stated that Dr. Rodney Arnold would start providing a foundation report quarterly. Dr. Arnold reviewed the Foundation finances, Northark funding requests, the 2016-2017 Fund Drive Chairs, and the date of the golf tournament.

Finance Report:  Don reviewed preliminary revenues and expenses in the general fund, which projected a potential operating gain of roughly $500,000. He noted that there are a number of factors that could impact the potential amount including final expenses, vacation balances, and other the effects of GASB65. He reviewed the auxiliary budget revenue and expenses and noted that there was the potential for a gain of approximately $300,000. It was reported that through the use of the Pcard Program, Northark received a $20,000 rebate based on Pcard activity. A brief overview of the differences between the existing blended needs- and performance-based funding and the outcomes-based funding model, which was being drafted and reviewed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. It was noted that enrollment would not necessarily have a positive impact incoming revenue but that in the future completion, retention, and progression will determine state funding.

President’s Report:  Dr. Esters reported enrollment numbers for headcount and student semester credit hours from July 13, 2015 compared to July 13, 2016. The numbers reflected an increase in 30 students and approximately 300 semester credit hours. It was noted that there was still time for the numbers to fluctuate positively or negatively. Dr. Esters reported that Career Pathways was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Esters discussed the various community members and state officials whom he had visited in his first 8 days. He discussed that his most notable meeting was his visit with Dr. Bill Baker. Dr. Esters then asked Nell Bonds and Cindy Mayo to discuss the Regional Workforce Grant.

Executive Session:

Chair Miller requested a motion to meet in Executive Session to discuss personnel. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Campbell and passed. The Trustees met in Executive Session. Chair Miller requested a motion to reconvene in regular session, which was made by Trustee Lovell, seconded by Trustee Matt Miller, and passed.

Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda which included the June Regular Meeting Minutes, approval of Chad Hathaway as the construction equipment operations faculty and Steve Stanley as welding faculty. Chair Lovell made a motion to approve the agenda, which was seconded by Trustee Milum and passed unanimously.

New Business:

New Healthcare Programs: Cindy Mayo presented the Medical Assistant Technical Certificate and the stackable Clinical and Administrative Medical Assist Certificates of Proficiency, which were funded in the Regional Workforce Grant. The programs were slated to be offered beginning in Spring 2017. Trustee Matt Miller made a motion to approve the healthcare programs as presented. The motion was seconded by Trustee Jones and passed unanimously.

New Workforce Technology Program: Cindy Mayo presented the Workforce Technology Certificate of Proficiency which was funded by the Regional Workforce Grant. The program was designed to address significant skills gaps in Advanced Manufacturing. Trustee Matt Miller made a motion to approve the Workforce Technology Certificate of Proficiency. The motion was seconded by Trustee Adair and passed unanimously. 

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Scott Miller requested a motion to adjourn, which was made by Trustee Campbell, seconded by Trustee Fendley, and carried. The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.