September 2021 Meeting Minutes

September 2021 Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees

September 09, 2021

The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 09, September in the JPH conference center. Chair Miller called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Trustees Debbie Johnson, Linda Pledger, Chris McNew, Kevin Cheri, R.G. Earnest, Don Tomlinson, Pam Henry, and Sarah Newman were present.

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Dr. Rick Massengale, Richard Stipe, Micki Somers, Dr. Josephine Kershaw, Kris Greening, John Gripka, Melissa Bray, Sherry Harris, Sarah Bing, Cherie Conner, Sharla Hellen, Tavonda Brown, Nell Bonds, Bobby Howard, Dusty Domino, Carla Jacobs, Tara Smith, Brittany Harris, Kevin Somers, Valerie Martin, Jacquie Markle, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Chad Johnson, Meagan Isaacs, Rebecca Martin, Melissa Bray, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Brandon Cone, and Dr. Laura Berry.

Approval of Agenda

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

Regular Reports

Finance Report

In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated the unrestricted funds' revenue for the end year of August 2021 was $4,511,096. During the same period of the month, expenditures were $3,252,402. The revenues are tracking slightly above the expenditures by $1.2 million for this point in time of the year.

The auxiliary revenues were $492,976 for the month of August and expenditures were $297, 162. He stated the revenues are slightly above expenditures by $195,000 in the auxiliary fund. He stated he is very pleased with enrollment numbers and from a budget standpoint, we are about 5.5 % below target for student semester credit hours.

Richard discussed the end of the year budget to the Board and stated he believes we ended the year in a very good position. He ended his report with a brief statement of the Consent agenda item, Approval of audited financial statements for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Richard stated there were no audit findings of the financial statement 2019-2020. Chair Miller thanked Richard and his staff for their hard work.

President's Report— Dr. Massengale shared the excitement of seeing students back on campus for the Fall semester. The Headcount landed at 1808 students and Student Semester Credit Hours are at 17,498. NTC and concurrent were at 629 high school students. Arkansas HVACR Association News Magazine recognized Northark’ s HVACR Program Manager, Jeff Smith, and his program. Northark truck driving program add a dump truck, thanks to the Regional workforce grant and FedEx Freight donated an automatic semi-truck. 

Dr. Massengale informed the Board of Trustees of our NSF grant and Northark will continue its long-time relationship with Boone County Extension to develop a demonstration field site for educational and community activities. He stated students and faculty will work with Boone County Extension to prepare the Demonstration field site next to the College by removing non-native species, planting native grasses and shrubs for pollinators and as a quail habitat, re-establishing a wetland in the area to provide a better learning experience for local residents, public schools, and other groups including Scouts and 4H. He ended the report highlighting Northark’ s partnership with NARMC and will be offering the Moderna & Pfizer vaccines on Friday, September 10th. 

Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda included the August Regular Meeting Minutes, Approval of Audited Financial Statements for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year, Replacement Position: Vice President of Academic Affairs, Replacement Position: Agricultural Facilities Coordinator & Program Assistant. Chair Miller asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Earnest seconded by Trustee Newman, and unanimously approved.

New Business

Dr. Massengale informed the Board there was an opportunity to secure a grant with Windgate Foundation to add a building to our existing Art area. He stated this item was not to approve the building but to give permission to move forward with the grant since it involves structure. Art Instructors, Cindy Dollard and Dusty Domino, along with Department Chair of Social Science, Fine Arts & Education, Chad Johnson clarified with the Board's permission, they will be applying for a $350,000 grant through the Windgate Foundation to fund the expansion of the Art area. Cindy and Dusty described the logistics of the building to the Board.

Chair Scott Miller asked for a motion to approve the application of the grant under the Northark Arts Initiative. Trustee Cheri made a motion seconded by Trustee Johnson. 

Trustee McNew moved to adjourn the meeting. Trustee Newman seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.