NCMC Board of Trustees meet with full agenda

NCMC - North Central Missouri College

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees at its meeting Tuesday night approved early repayment of the Barton Campus bond issue.

Associate Vice President for Business and Finance Tyson Otto presented information that outlined an option for the early repayment of the bond issue on November 15th. Total payment due is $940,459.11 with the bond issue scheduled to be paid through the fiscal year 2026. Otto said $167,145 of the funding for the early repayment will come from the current year budgeted bond payments, $171,799.28 from bond sinking fund reserves, $200,000 from proceeds from the sale of land, and $573,314.11 from college reserves.

NCMC is anticipated to save $279,078.61, which is the net amount when factoring in interest that could have been earned by leaving funds in the reserves through the fiscal year 2026. The gross savings would be more than $342,000.

The board approved the purchase of welding equipment from Praxair of Chillicothe for $11,913. The welding equipment includes three Millermatic 350P welders at $3,971 each. The equipment will be purchased with Perkins funds.

Denise Guile resigned from her position as Assistant Manager of the NCMC Bookstore as of September 6th. Elissa Zorn of Cameron was approved as a full-time nursing instructor on a nine-month contract at $47,470. She will begin clinical instructor duties on October 1st and the nursing instructor position December 3rd.

Chief of Staff Kristi Harris said Zorn will teach at the NCMC sites in Trenton, Maryville, and Bethany. Kaylee Nelson of Parnell, Lauren Stewart of Chillicothe, and Suzi Sykes of Tina were hired as clinical adjunct instructors, each at a daily salary of $250. Doug Franklin and Brandon Gibler, both of Trenton, were approved as adjunct instructors for Fire courses at Trenton beginning this Fall. Debora (D. J.) Champagne of Independence, Paula Johnson of Clarksdale, and Amanda Ozenberger of Fillmore were employed as adjunct instructors for Sociology courses beginning this Fall. Harris noted they will mainly teach at the North Belt Center.

The board approved one resignation and two employments for Green Hills Head Start. Brookfield B Teacher Assistant Cassandra Gulley’s resignation was approved. Amber Lamp was hired as a teacher assistant for Trenton and Chillicothe. Taylor Turner was hired as a Daviess-Grundy County Home Visitor.

Multiple items from the Brookfield and Hamilton sites for Head Start were declared surplus. Head Start Director Doctor Beverly Hooker said she would send the board’s approval of declaring the items surplus to the federal level to get further approval.

Board Clerk/Secretary Vicki Weaver administered the oath of office to Doctor Nicole Neal. She fills the position left vacant by former trustee Steve Busch who left the board in July.

The board changed the October meeting date at the August meeting. A time change was also approved Tuesday night. The October Board of Trustees meeting will be the night of October 30th at 7 o’clock.

The board approved a revised organizational chart for the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff.

President Doctor Lenny Klaver reported on enrollment for Fall 2018. Without dual credit students, NCMC headcount increased by 2.4% compared to last Fall. Including dual credit, headcount only increased by point one percent from last Fall. Klaver noted the headcount included the students at the North Belt Center.

Credit hours not including dual credit students dipped point seven percent compared to last Fall. Credit hours including dual credit increased by 1.1%.

Eighty percent of NCMC students are the traditional age of 24 or younger with twenty percent of non-traditional age, sixty-nine percent are female, and 31% are male. Klaver noted NCMC has “slim” diversity with eighty-eight percent of the students having an ethnicity of white. Hispanic and other ethnicities have 5% each and two percent are African-American.

Klaver said the college is also “Northern Missouri centric” in that 73% of the students’ residency is in the service region. Nine percent are in-district, and 97% are in-state. Only point two percent have out-of-state residency, and one percent is international.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Doctor Tristan Londre recognized History Instructor Maryellen Harman for being the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching Award honoree. Harman recently completed her second master’s degree and was instrumental in Londre’s understanding of the processes at NCMC. Londre reported NCMC will apply for the National Science Foundation Grant for agricultural pursuits. He said an articulation agreement was signed with Columbia College.

NCMC has also been in talks to Northwest Missouri State University to strengthen ties between nursing programs at the two schools.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Doctor Kristen Alley reported she visited with Preferred Family Health of Kirksville about providing counseling on campus with counseling to begin soon.

Alley discussed dining hall feedback and said it was mainly positive noting there is a new hot bar. Alley reported a Student Senate Retreat was held last week. Topics covered parliamentary procedure and goals. Some of the goals included celebrating holidays across campus and raising awareness of domestic violence.

Alley also talked about a federal regulation, which makes it so students have to pay out-of-pocket for classes not required for their degree.

Head Start Director Doctor Beverly Hooker reported the administration for Children and Families/Office of the Head Start declined approval of a proposed change of scope application submitted this summer for NCMC/Head Start.

The proposed changes involved the closure of the Hamilton Head Start Center, effective with the 2018-2019 school year, redistribution of five center-based child slots to other program center sites with ample wait lists, conversion of eight Head Start center-based child slots to Early Head Start home-based child slots, and reduction of funded enrollment.

Hooker said a revised plan to effectively close the Hamilton Head Start Center will be implemented soon and does not involve child slot conversion, funded enrollment reduction, or a federal application for approval.

However, the plan does involve redistribution of all 17 child slots formerly assigned to Hamilton to the other eight Head Start centers in the project area and submission of a written request to Regional Grants Management Officer for disposition of the modular unit.

Hooker said management representatives from NCMC/Head Start will participate in the Grantee Assessment meeting Wednesday. She said the annual meeting provides an opportunity for NCMC/Head Start and Regional Office staff to discuss program strengths, challenges, and areas for growth prior to the submission of the continuation grant application.

Twenty-five families have multiple participants in Head Start.