September 2017 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

September 14, 2017

The Northark Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday, September 14, 2017 in the Bennie Ellis Board Room on the South Campus. Chair Jane Adair called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. Trustees Scott Miller, David Evans, R.G. Earnest, Kirk Campbell, and Bill Lovell were present. Trustees Chris McNew, Sarah Jo Fendley, and Don Tomlinson were absent.

Northark personnel attending included Dr. Randy Esters, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Tavonda Brown, Don Sugg, Kris Greening, Scott Howie, Melissa Bray, Sherry Gibbany, Dr. Laura Berry, Micki Somers, and Trish Villines. Kandee Yalacki a former student was in attendance. Russell Larrimore was also in attendance. Bennett Horn represented the Harrison Daily Times.

 

Approval of Agenda: Chair Adair asked if there were any changes to the agenda. Trustee Evans made a motion to approve the agenda with the addition of an Executive Session following New Business. The motion was seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed unanimously.

 

Regular Reports:

Finance Report: Don Sugg reported year‐to‐date revenue and expenses through August 30, 2017 compared to the previous year. Total revenue appeared to be slightly higher than FY2016‐2017 from increased tuition. He indicated that during the FY2016‐2017 year there were additional enrollments in September so the reflected increase may change as the semester continues. He also reviewed Auxiliary year‐to‐date revenue and expenses through August 30, 2017 compared to the previous year.

 

President’s Report: Dr. Esters reported that Northark submitted a bid to continue to host the NJCAA tournament in 2020, 2021, and 2022. He discussed elements of the proposed funding formula that could potentially negatively impact Northark and appear to be counter‐productive to the Governor’s Master Plan. He stated that Fall 2017 headcount had decreased by 65 students since Fall 2016, but student‐semester credit hours had increased by 202 hours. He reviewed recent and upcoming events. He reviewed the proposed policy Code of Conduct for Educational Loans. Dr. Esters then asked Kandee Yalacki, a former Medical Lab Tech student, to share her Northark story.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda: Chair Adair requested a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included: the August regular meeting minutes, the Student Service Policy – Code of Conduct for Educational Loans, and support of the Northark Tech Center Satellite Application in Carroll County. Trustee Earnest noted a change in the August minutes, which included the incorrect location of the meeting. Chair Adair asked Scott Howie to briefly explain the satellite application. He discussed that Northark has identified a need to offer Medical Professions programs to high school students in the Carroll County. A motion was made by Trustee Lovell to approve the Consent Agenda with the amended minutes. The motion was seconded by Trustee Campbell and passed unanimously.

 

New Business:

South Campus Library ReRoof Contract Award: Chair Adair asked Don Sugg to give a brief overview of the contract recommendation. He discussed the bid process and noted that the two lowest bidders were Freedom Roofing from Vilonia and Harness Roofing from Harrison. The Freedom Roofing bid was about $7,000 lower than Harness Roofing. There was discussion that state procurement laws require the College to award the contract to the lowest bidder. Chair Adair asked for a motion to approve Freedom Roofing for the South Campus Library Re‐Roof Project for $249,093.87. Trustee Lovell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Evans and passed unanimously.

 

Executive Session: Chair Adair requested a motion to move into Executive Session. The motion was made by Trustee Evans, seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed unanimously. The Trustees met in Executive Session. Chair Adair requested a motion to reconvene in Regular Session. The motion was made by Trustee Miller, seconded by Trustee Lovell and passed unanimously. No action was taken.

 

Board Comments:

There being no further business, Chair Adair requested a motion to adjourn. Trustee Campbell made a motion, which was seconded by Trustee Earnest, and passed. The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Chair Adair                                                                                         Submitted By: Trish Villines