2023 June Agenda and Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting
June 8, 2023


This is a reminder that the North Arkansas College Board of Trustees will meet in person on Thursday, June 8th  at 3 p.m. in classroom M164.

Call to Order — Chris McNew

Approval of Agenda — Chris McNew

Regular Reports

  • Finance Report — Richard Stipe
  • President's Report — Dr. Rick Massengale

Consent Agenda — Chris McNew

  • May Regular Meeting Minutes
  • Revised Policy: Academic Integrity
  • Replacement Position: ETS Academic Advisor (grant funded)
  • Replacement Position: EOC Academic Advisor (grant funded)
  • Board Travel Expense Resolution
  • Issue of Contracts FY 2023-2024

Monitoring Report - Provide diverse extracurricular cultural and education opportunities - Dr. Matt Cardin

Board Comments


Board of Trustees 
June 08, 2023
The North Arkansas College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, 8, June 2023 in classroom M164. Chair McNew called the meeting to order at 3:03 p.m. Trustees Pam Henry, Debbie Johnson, Kevin Cheri, Luke Feighert, and Sarah Newman were present. 

North Arkansas College personnel attending included Richard Stipe, Dr. Rodney Arnold, Jo Adams, Dr. Rick Massengale, Ryan Hoffman, Nell Bonds, Dr. Matt Cardin, Dr. Laura Berry, Micki Somers, Tavonda Brown, Dr.  David Mason. 

Approval of Agenda 
Chair McNew asked if there were any changes to the agenda as presented. There being none, the agenda was approved.  

Regular Reports 
Finance Report—Richard Stipe shared E&G and Auxiliary budget activities through May 2023. In the E&G fund, Richard Stipe stated total revenue for the month was $233,107, and the year-to-date was $15,297,994. The expenditures for the month were $1,054,427, and the year-to-date was 
$14,346,015. He said presently, year – to date, we are ahead in revenue over expenditures by $951,000. He is pleased with where we are in numbers and excited to see the end-of-year results.  

Auxiliary: Revenue for the current month ended at $74,126 with a year-to-date total of $1,842,026. Expenditures current month total ended at $111,736 and a year-to-date total of $1,850,732. Mr. Stipe stated the trend lines were near the budget line in the auxiliary fund. He said the trend line in expenditures was over the budget line due to our food service operation not being budgeted. Mr. Stipe stated the numbers are not final, and he will report next month with more accuracy. Mr. Stipe broke down the grill operations, including food costs, personnel, etc. He said overall, with the grill opening in October and the February closings due to inclement weather, he is satisfied with the outcome of the College Grill. 

President's Report—Dr. Massengale spoke about the revised policy, Academic Integrity, and reminded the board that we would present any new or revised policies at our board meetings. He mentioned the Cabinet presented presidential scholarships to high school students during the award ceremonies. He commended our maintenance department for the excellent paint job in our main hall on the south campus. 
He mentioned the Field Biology Course with Faron Usery at the Buffalo River. The students are not only learning but have hands-on experience. He congratulated Haylie Fry and Orie Owen for receiving the 2023 Men and Women of Distinction scholarships. 

Consent Agenda 
The Consent Agenda included: 
May regular meeting minutes 
Replacement positions: Educational Talent Search Academic Advisor and Educational Opportunity Center Academic Advisor (grant funded) 
Revised policy: Academic Integrity 
Board Travel Expense Resolution 
Issuance of Employee Contracts 2023-2024 

Chair McNew asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Trustee Henry, seconded by Trustee Feighert, and unanimously approved. 

Monitoring Report- Provide diverse extracurricular cultural and educational opportunities 
Dr. Matt Cardin presented the monitoring report, Providing diverse extracurricular cultural and educational opportunities. He summarized the progress in the Academic Year 2022-2023, including a few Northark student organizations; FBLA Collegiate, Future Business & IT department student organization, Agricultural Club, and SkillsUSA. Dr. Cardin spoke about the Be Pro Be Proud classroom visits to Northark. 

Dr. Cardin provided information on Cultural enrichment at Northark, which included the Cave Region Review Music and Art Festival, Poetry reading, and Civil Conversation speaker series where Dr. Terrance Roberts was a guest speaker, Northark plays at the Lyric Theater, Short-Term Study Abroad, and Northark- ESSA partnership. Northark partnered with Eureka Springs School of the Arts to feature presentations, workshops, and classes. He mentioned that the short-term study abroad in 2024 will be in Japan. Dr. Cardin said the poetry reading, Cave Region Music & Art Festival, Short-Term study abroad, Northark- ESSA partnership, and Dr. Terrence Roberts's talk were in one or more DAPs toward fulfilling strategic goal 2.4. 

With no further business, Chair Chris McNew adjourned the meeting at 3:41 p.m. 

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