March 2022 Meeting Minutes

March 2022 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

March 10, 2022

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 10 March 2022 in JPH conference center. Chair Newman called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Kevin Cheri, Pam Henry, Linda Pledger, Debbie Johnson, R.G. Earnest, Don Tomlinson, Scott Miller were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Charla Jennings, Dr. Rodney
Arnold, Brandon Cone, Melissa Bray, Nell Bonds, Tavonda Brown, Kris Greening, Dr. Matt Cardin, Paul Edmonson, Jessica Butterfield, Ricci Dillon, David Mason, Eddie Phillips, Tara Smith, , Coleman Smith from KHOZ, and James White from Harrison Daily Times.


Approval of Agenda

Chair Newman asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none a motion was made, unanimously approved.


Regular Reports

Finance Report—Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through February 28, 2022.

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the year-to-date total revenue was $12,023,726 and 80% of our fiscal budget. Expenditures were $10,167,562 and 68.8 % of the year-to-date budget. Richard said the revenue and expenditure trend lines are a little above but trending as expected.

Auxiliary: Revenue for the current month ended at $24,770 with a year-to-date total of $1,145,640. Expenditures current month total ended at $81,292 and a year-to-date total of $1,159,096. Richard stated the revenue and expenditures are not as aligned as normal past spending. He reminded the board members of the upcoming board budget work session for the fiscal year 2022-2023 in the first week of April 2022.

President's Report—Dr. Massengale mentioned exciting news of Northark's partnerships with Drury University and Missouri State University. Drury University will offer bachelor's degree courses on the North Arkansas College campus and North Arkansas College students can now enjoy a seamless pathway to earn MSU degrees.

Scooters Coffee declared March 4, 2022, as Northark Day. Scooters raised $1,483.71 for student clubs and organizations by giving half of their gross sales to North Arkansas College. He thanked Ed Brink, staff, North Arkansas College employees, and students who visited Scooters. Dr. Massengale mentioned the excitement of seeing people on our campus for the Class 3A state tournament and the Northark Career Fair. He thanked the custodial staff for their hard work during the large events. Dr. Massengale reported that former Board of Trustees member, Sarah Jo Fendley gave $500,000 to North Arkansas College for scholarships.


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the February regular meeting minutes, February Special meeting minutes, replacement position: Educational Opportunity Center Academic Advisor (grant-funded), New Advanced Certificate in Environmental Science. Chair Newman asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Henry, seconded by Trustee Earnest, and unanimously approved.


Monitoring Report

Kevin Somers presented the Ensure quality facilities infrastructure report. Kevin listed current and finished projects; Esports construction, South campus main water line, M101 and M102 room conversion, new paint for the remainder of south campus, replacement of handicap lift in Bradley center, North campus HVAC restroom upgrade, water fountain upgrades, tree removal from North campus. Upcoming projects are as listed: Art room patio remodel, New Art room expansion, and ESCO HVAC upgrade with Johnson controls. Kevin thanked his maintenance department for their hard work and dedication to the projects.

Sarah Bing presented the Enhance high school student opportunities report. Sarah reported the Gateway course completion. Sarah explained the Gateway course completion consists of completion rates for concurrent students and how it compares to all Northark students. She stated the course success rates for high school students for the 2020-2021 year were 91% and 87% for all Northark students. The credential attainment for NTC students, who complete credentials were at 39% for the 2020-2021 year. She noted that the percentage was during our pandemic and created a challenge for technical credential students where teaching is "hands-on". She expects the number to increase as we move forward. Student semester hours are 7018 for the 2021-2022 year, a 40% increase from the year 2020-2022. She said that the number does not include the Summer hours and will continue to increase.

She mentioned recent improvements: Huntsville School District & NCCC classes underway, NTC signing day ceremony, Construction Technology program expansion at NCCC in Leslie, Arkansas, curriculum modification to Industrial Safety course, and partnership with C4 center to offer concurrent credit in technical courses for students in Carroll county.


New Business

Recommendation of Commencement awards- A recommendation of Craig Campbell was made by the commencement award committee chaired by Trustee Scott Miller for the Board of Trustees award. Trustee Miller commented Mr. Campbell has risen above in support of the workforce in our area and has worked for several years with his passion and shared vision with North Arkansas College for the robotics center. He has been in close contact with our area schools and continues to help our students achieve a better work situation and engages the college with our area students. Dr. Massengale recommended Connect 4 center which includes Tyson Foods, Eureka Springs, Berryville, and Green Forest school districts for the Presidential Citation award. Dr. Massengale said Connect 4 has partnered with North Arkansas College to serve our students and has brought opportunities for our students. A motion was made by Trustee McNew and seconded by Trustee Johnson.

Approve architect selection committee recommendation – Art expansion and on-call services. A motion was made by Trustee Earnest and seconded by Trustee Miller.

Approve contract award for HVAC system replacements. A motion was made by Trustee Johnson and seconded by Trustee McNew.


There being no further business, Chair Sarah Newman adjourned the meeting at 3:46 p.m.