NCMC Board of Trustees meet with lengthy agenda

North Central Missouri College

North Central Missouri College has filled three staff positions – two are new hires; another is an internal transfer. And the board of trustees has approved the purchase of a new state-of-the-art scoreboard for the Ketcham Center.

Trenton Resident Craig Sager will leave his position as general manager of Green Hills Golf Course at Chillicothe to become marketing specialist for North Central Missouri College, effective August 30th. Sager also was named coach of North Central’s first-ever men’s’ golf team. Sager has been at Green Hills golf course for three years; prior to that two years at Trenton Riverside Country Club.

For marketing, his salary is $38.000 with a coaching stipend of $25,00.

Current North Central employee Ryan Suttenfield becomes the colleges’ first-ever sports information and marketing coordinator as of September 1st. He continues as assistant baseball coach. His salary will be 30 thousand dollars.

Suttenfield transfers to his new position after serving since 2012 as residence life coordinator in Ellsworth Hall. Taking that position will be Eric Penrod of Fort Collins, Colorado. He also will be an assistant men’s basketball coach.

Penrod most recently was an assistant coach last year at Central Wyoming College. His salary at Trenton will be over $27,000 ($27,253) He will be provided with an Ellsworth Hall apartment AND a college meal plan.

Regarding Ketcham Community Center coordinators, Lesli Wyatt-Collins received a pay increase in order to equal that of her colleague: Jeremy Esry. Each receives a $32,000 salary for Ketcham duties. Esry has been named men’s basketball head coach. Mrs. Wyatt-Collins has a coaching stipend of $1,687 as assistant women’s basketball coach at North Central.

Purchase of a new electronic scoreboard, with video capability, has been authorized by the board of trustees. It’s expected to be in use for the basketball season and Holiday Hoops (plus events like commencement and conferences.

The NEVCO state of the art scoreboard is described as complete with player names, points, fouls for home and visiting teams; 22-foot bottom advertising panel, and a nine by six foot LED electronic video board. The cost tops $47,378 including a maintenance contract. College President Lenny Klaver stated this same scoreboard would have cost over $100.000 ten years ago.

Klaver explained advances of technology created a product of higher quality, lower maintenance, and a lot less money. It’ll be purchased with the use of NCMC cash reserves; gifts made to the College Foundation; and the foundations’ stated pledge of 30 thousand dollars. Funds obtained from advertising sales are to help reimburse NCMC reserves.

It also was reported 12th annual Holiday Hoops already has a new record 59 schools, and 107 basketball teams to play at the Ketcham community center.

Without public comment, a hearing was held yesterday evening regarding the proposed tax levy for North Central Missouri College. Later in the regular board of trustees meeting, approval was unanimously given to set the levy at just under 40 cents on the 100 dollars of assessed valuation. Board Secretary Vicki Weaver said the specific amount of .3968 was recommended by the state auditor’s office. It’s projected to locally generate more than $321,000 which is a very small amount of revenue in the college budget. The college taxing district follows boundaries of the Trenton R-9 school district.

Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Sue Nichols is North Central’s honoree for an award from the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development. In accepting the medal, she said she has been employed 20 years by the college.

North Central Librarian Beth Caldarello told Trustees about her efforts as a doctoral student writing a dissertation on supplemental instruction, showing how it is closing the achievement gap for college students.

Teresa Cross announced 33 teams for the College Foundation golf tournament September 2nd in Chillicothe.

Kristi Harris presented information on the September 15th investiture ceremony for North Centrals’ new president, Doctor Lenny Klaver. HE discussed several topics with the Trustees during the meeting last evening.

Doctor Klaver and Jason Helton represented the college in a meeting at Smithfield Farms headquarters near Princeton that focused on North Central offering specific training and / or a course that could benefit Smithfield hog production and trucking.

Doctor Klaver and other staff reported that much was learned when North Central hosted an “active shooter scenario” that featured responses from law enforcement and other emergency personnel last Friday on the campus. He described the exercise as “going smoothly” on what to do if such a situation ever presented itself.

Doctor Klaver indicated communications with all involved was very important.

Among his other reports, Doctor Klaver discussed remarks he made to the faculty and staff during an “in service” session. He told of an administrative meeting yesterday to begin organizing focus groups for strategic future planning at the college.

25 employees make up North Centrals’ strategic planning team. Focus groups, in part, identify North Central’s strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities.

After that, discussion will focus on student enrollment; campus and community collaboration; then developing details of what are called action steps. Once goals and objectives are determined, the strategic planning process will include time lines, assessment, evaluation, and eventually, implementation.

Although it was advertised, an executive session was not held last evening by the NCMC board of trustees.