May 2017 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

May 18, 2017


The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Bear State Bank Room at the L.E. Gene Durand Center.  Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, David Evans, Don Tomlinson, Sara Jo Fendly, R.G. Earnest, and Bill Lovell and were present. Trustees Kirk Campbell and Chris McNew were absent.


Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Donna Wood, Don Sugg, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Ricci Dillon, Melissa Bray, David Zirkle, Cindy Mayo, Cherie Conner, Nell Bonds, Charla Jennings, Dr. Laura Berry, Kris Greening, Sarah Bing,  and Trish Villines. Bennett Horne represented the Harrison Daily Times. Russell Larrimore was also in attendance.


Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked requested changes to the agenda. There being 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. It was noted that there was still time to collect revenue for Summer 1. He stated that expenses appeared above the prior fiscal year because of the timing of an additional payroll in comparison to last year. However, by the end of fiscal year, the expenses should align with the previous year. The Auxiliary Fund was reviewed and it was stated that the fund is slated to finish near the break even point.


President’s Report: Dr. Esters asked Dr. Donna Wood to provide an update on accreditation. She reviewed the timeline for the Systems Portfolio submission and the HLC cycle for accreditation. Dr. Esters then provided the Board with an update on Northark’s results on state-wide performance funding. Northark scored a 9.57 out of 10 total for Mandatory and Region/Mission points. The College was not at risk of loosing any funding. Changes in state performance funding were discussed. Trish Villines gave an overview of improvements to the Strategic Planning Process. The objectives, metrics, and targets for the College-wide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan were presented. There was discussion about the strategic plan linking to both the HLC Core Components and state-mandated funding measures. Upcoming events including the  Summer Movie Series, Crawdad Days, and the Fiddler’s Convention were discussed. Dr. Esters reviewed upcoming summer course offerings. There was discussion about Northark’s rank as 6th by and 1st by Learn How to Become.


Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, which included the April meeting minutes, the recommendation of Cherie Conner as the Director of Adult Education, the Provisional Positions for the FY2017-2018 fiscal year, Curriculum Changes in Criminal Justice offerings, and approval of the Durand Center Repair Contract to L.E. Davis Construction for $133,900. A motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed.


Board Comments:

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

Chair Adair                                                                             Submitted By: Trish Villines