July 2018 Meeting Minutes

July 2018 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2018


The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Bennie Ellis on the South Campus.  Chair David Evans called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, R.G. Earnest, Chris McNew, Sara Jo Fendley, Jane Adair, Kirk Campbell, Don Tomlinson, and Bill Lovell were present.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Ricci Dillon, Tavonda Brown, Joe Berry, Cindy Mayo, Kris Greening, Kristin Griffin, Katie Vaughn, Iris Rose, and Trish Villines.  Russel Larimore, Kyle Ricketts, and Emily Ricketts were the community members present.  In addition, George Holcomb from the Harrison Daily Times attended.


Approval of Agenda: Chair Evans asked if there were any changes to the agenda. There being none, the agenda stood approved.


Regular Reports:


Finance Report: There was no finance report this month.

Foundation Report: Dr. Arnold gave a report on the status of the foundation financials.  He explained that the foundation is in good fiscal standing with over 7.5M in net assets for 2018.  The foundation board elected three new officers. Continued talks with Bluffstone about the campus housing are going well and the foundation contracted Jim Crouch, a real estate attorney, to aid in the negotiations.  The summer movie series is underway and the second movie of the year brought in roughly 700 people from the community.  The Economic Update Breakfast will be held August 29th with guest speaker Mervin Jebaraj.  Finally, the 20th Annual Northark Foundation Golf Tournament will be held September 10th

President’s Report: Dr. Esters discussed the Carroll County Center expansion and the success of the Rock En’Roll events in Carroll and Searcy counties. He congratulated the Women of Distinction and the Northark Future Women of Distinction scholarship recipients. The bid is now open for the tiny home, which is located near Meeks Lumber for extra exposure.  He showed some of the personalized thank you letters sent in by the VEX Robotics students.  He acknowledged the accomplishments of both the Skills USA and PBL teams for their placement at Nationals.  The college was awarded the Advanced Manufacturing & Emerging Clinical Healthcare Workforce Initiative Grant of $995,308.  This grant will improve the College’s ability to enhance healthcare careers, manufacturing careers, work-based learning, and K-12 reach-down efforts.  Dr. Esters offered a special thanks to Jackson Murray for his efforts in organizing the study abroad trip to Thailand and mentioned the future study abroad trip to Italy planned for 2019.  Kyle Ricketts was the student spotlight.  Kyle shared his experiences at Northark. Kyle came to Northark as a high school student and quickly learned that a hands on learning approach made all the difference for him.  He gave credit to the instructors that helped shape his career path and says he tells everyone he meets to attend Northark.  Dr. Esters also explained the new finance policy and answered questions about it. Some discussion was held about why a policy was needed now and what had been done with unused funds in previous years. 

Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Evans requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included the June Regular Meeting Minutes, the June Special Meeting Minutes, the Finance Policy-Fiscal Year-End Net Operating Gain, and the recommendation of Yolande Watson for the new SNAP E&T Case Manager position.  Trustee Earnest made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed unanimously.

Monitoring Reports: Kris Greening provided an update on Increased Employee Satisfaction. The PACE survey results show that Northark employees experience above average satisfaction with their workplace.  Kris attributes this to some recent improvements including the summer hours, which was started in 2017 and allows employees a 3-day weekend.  Also, employees enjoy the two team building days a year where they provide a day of service to a community business in need and enjoy a fun filled day with coworkers engaging in activities such as floating, shopping, or hiking.  Northark has recently put into place the Pioneers Making Tracks (PMT) as a professional development strategy.  There is a new compensation taskforce working on improving the compensation plans.  As well as a safety and security team that are updating the emergency operations manual and working on a second round of active shooter training.

New Business: There was no new business.

Board Comments:

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