March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2017

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Bennie Ellis Board Room.  Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Jane Adair, Scott Miller, Bill Lovell, David Evans, Kirk Campbell, Jim Milum, Sara Jo Fendly, R.G. Earnest, and Chris McNew were present. Trustee Don Tomlinson was absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Donna Wood, Don Sugg, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Charla Jennings, Laura Berry, Aaron Bueg, Sharla Hellen, Rick Washam, Kris Greening, Ricci Dillon, Melissa Bray, Cindy Mayo, Nell Bonds, & Russell Larimore.


Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked if there were any changes to the agenda and there were none. The agenda stood approved as presented.

Regular Reports:

Finance Report:  Don Sugg provided the finance report, which indicated that Education and General Revenues were trending above budget and expenses were in line with the previous year. He reported that the mix of tuition residency has fluctuated slightly which impacts the incoming revenue.  He noted that the staff bonuses were included in the expenses. which totaled approximately $54,000. The auxiliary budget was reviewed which was trending at 79% of revenue year-to-date and 55% of expenses year-to-date.

President’s Report: Dr. Esters reported on recent savings from the Entergy project of approximately $135,000. He also discussed recent meetings with Arkansas Tech and local high schools. A video featuring the summer micro biology workshops was viewed. He asked Tavonda Brown to report on the activities from the Northark HELP program and the recent trip to the Achieving the Dream conference. Tavonda noted that retention is at 61%. Dr. Esters also reported on the upcoming NJCAA Basketball Tournament and stated that volunteer slots were still available. Recent proposed legislation was discussed and the academic policies were briefly reviewed.

Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the February Meeting Minutes and the Academic Policies: Academic Probation; Attendance at Commencement; Classroom & FT Faculty Offices; Clemency; Concurrent Enrollment Admissions; Copyright & Fair Use Within the Classroom; Copyright Ownership; Faculty Absence/Class Cancellation; Grade Changes other than Incomplete; Grades & Grading; Withdrawing or Dropping Class or Classes. The Consent Agenda also included the reclassification of provisional NAPHE positions from Administrative Specialist to Family Service Worker in order for the position title to better align with actual job responsibilities. It was also presented to approve the recommendation of Cindy DeWitt as a full-time Prevention Resource Center Program Coordinator for the new NAPHE grant. Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which was made by Trustee Campbell, seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed.

New Business:

Curriculum Changes: Dr. Wood presented curriculum changes for Academic Year 2017-2018. The program changes included: deletion of the Applied Programming CP; placing the Computer Aided Design Program on hold; and increasing program hours in Construction Equipment Operation, Industrial Electronics, HVAC and Welding. The proposed changes have been approved by the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Senate. Trustee Lovell made a motion to approve the changes as presented, which was seconded by Trustee Miller and passed.

Appointment of Presidential Evaluation Committee:  Chair Adair appointed Trustees Campbell, Earnest and McNew to the Presidential Evaluation Committee with Trustee Scott Miller serving as chair.

Appointment of Commencement Awards Committee: Chair Adair appointed Trustees Tomlinson, Lovell, and Fendley to the Commencement Awards Committee with Trustee Evans as chair.

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Adair requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Campbell, and passed. The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

Chair Adair                                                                  Submitted By Trish Villines