Personnel, bids and reports topics of NCMC Board of Trustees meeting

North Central Missouri College

Personnel, bids, and reports were topics for last evenings’ meeting of the North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees.

Upon a recommendation from athletic director Steve Richman, Trustees voted to transfer Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Jeremy Esry to Head Coach.

Esry receives a $32,000 salary plus $4,900 head coaching stipend. Esry will continue his duties as Assistant Director of the Ketcham Community Center. Esry succeeds Richman as the head coach of the Pirates basketball team this year. Richman, as reported last month, becomes head coach of the women’s softball team at North Central. Prior to the past three years at NCMC, Jeremy Esry – originally from Hamilton – was an assistant coach at Central Methodist University and at Peru State.

Trustees approved a job description and to begin recruiting for a sports information and marketing position to be teamed with assistant coaching duties.

Ketcham Center director Nathan Gamet of Trenton was employed to also teach physical education classes as adjunct faculty. Carmen Austin of Trenton was employed as the Trio program, administrative assistant. Lisa McLain of Cainsville was hired as a Head Start teacher at Bethany. Sandra Wake of Maryville was employed as a nursing instructor for North Central’s site in Maryville.

To assist in recruiting and retaining nursing faculty, Trustees accepted the nursing education incentive proposal.

Brooke McAtee was authorized to apply for a grant aimed at increasing nurse educator salaries in order to be more competitive with nursing salaries in the health care field.

She requested grant funds be allocated to a nursing salary schedule that would add five thousand dollars to the base; making the total amount of salary compensation, $71,748. Mrs. McAtee proposes to apply for the grant funds annually if money continues to be made available through the State Board of Nursing in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education.

A caveat to the proposal is that NCMC have a plan to maintain the investment in case the grant expires or is not renewed. She suggested, for the college board to consider, having a 400 dollar fee for the first-semester nursing student – beginning fall of 2017. If there are 200 nursing students, the fee would generate $80,000 enabling North Central to cover the differential amount.

Trustees approved the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic calendars; set the annual tax rate public hearing for 5:15 at the August 23rd board meeting; and renewed the athletic program health insurance at a cost of $17,737.

Chris’ Lawn Care of Kearney was hired for exterior landscaping at Geyer Hall for $38,415 which is under budget for that.

Various bids were accepted to make purchases involving the college library; information technology; and the allied health program.