June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

June 14, 2018

 

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Carroll County Center in Berryville.  Chair David Evans called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, R.G. Earnest, Chris McNew, and Bill Lovell were present. Trustee Sara Jo Fendley, Jane Adair, Kirk Campbell, and Don Tomlinson were absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Don Sugg, Tavonda Brown, Joe Berry, Dr. Donna Wood, Dr. Laura Berry, Cindy Mayo, Kris Greening, Kristin Griffin, Kim Tinsley, Melissa Bray, Katie Vaughn, Scott Howie and Trish Villines.

 

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:  Don Sugg reported the financials through May 2018. He stated that the college will exceed year-end gain projections in the E&G fund. The benefit to salary ratio is at 33.2%.  Expenses are trending at 88% of the annual budget. Don reminded us that auxiliary expenses are up due to the purchase of books for resale.  This investment of new rental books will see a profit in year three.  There was discussion about the large amount of unforeseen book adoptions and how that contributed to the bulk purchase of books.  However, Northark is over the projected SSCH’s with a count of 40,560.  Don mentioned there would not be financials reported during the board meeting in July because of the year-end ledger closing.

President’s Report: Dr. Esters discussed the summer camps and BEST robotics events that have been going on at the college.  Northark also dedicated a plaque to the new EMS hub in Harrison.  The first summer movie was a hit and Northark attributes low attendance to the heat.  Dr. Esters reminded everyone that the Industrial Alliance is active and working towards initiatives.  Carroll County had their 33rd annual ice cream social that Northark participated in. The College was able to reach the community in a unique way to educate about the college’s offerings.  In addition, the Rock En’Roll Roadshow was present at multiple locations enrolling students for fall.  The College was named third in the nation for having the best online small business programs.  The Higher Learning Commission feedback report results indicated that the college would not need to provide a monitoring report and the campus visit is set for February 2019.  Trish Villines gave a Title III update.  The construction in the library is going according to plans.  Completion date for the new Learning Resource Center will be around the beginning of the Fall semester.  She also provided a strategic planning update.  The College is trending or exceeding most areas of ENDS with only a few trailing in the off target category.  Kim Tinsley reported on the Health Education Simulation Center (HESC).  The data provided suggests that the simulation center is responsible for elevating the NCLEX pass rates of Northark students.  Kim explained that retention and completion rates are on the rise due to the use of the HESC.  She is working on collaborating with community leader to utilize the HESC as a source of revenue for the college.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Evans requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included the May Regular Meeting Minutes, , FY2018-2019 Contract Renewals, Provisional FY2018-2019 Contracts, Auxiliary Fund Budget Adjustment for FY2018-2019, North Campus Electrical Service Right of Way to Entergy Arkansas Inc., and the Board Travel Expense Resolution 2018‐2019.  The consent agenda also included the recommendation of Daniel Dillard for the Drug Free Communities Grant/Project Coordinator replacement position and Jacob Williams for the EMS-Paramedic Program Director replacement position. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Earnest and passed unanimously.

Monitoring Reports: There were no monitoring reports for the month of June.  It was decided that the Increased Employee Satisfaction objective would be reported on in July to allow time for the PACE survey results to arrive.

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 Lovell and passed. The meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Chair Evans                                                               Submitted by Kristin Griffin