The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees voted at it meeting Tuesday evening to extend President Doctor Lenny Klaver’s contract. His contract was extended by two years, through 2023, with salary to be determined later.
The board approved the resignation of Trio Administrative Assistant Sarah Reeter effective January 31st for full-time employment. Her resignation letter said she would be willing to work part-time until a replacement is found or February 28th, whichever is sooner. Chief of Staff Kristi Harris reported Reeter wants to be a stay-at-home mom.
The board approved Green Hills Head Start applying for the eligible fiscal year 2019 cost of living adjustment funds. The available funds total $38,641. Head Start Director Doctor Beverly Hooker reported $33,291 would go to Pre-K Head Start, and $5,350 would go to Early Head Start.
The cost of living adjustment funds help increase staff salaries and adjust salary schedules, assist with costs associated with fringe benefits, and offset higher program operating costs. Hourly pay rates are expected to increase by about 1.77%. Hooker said the application must be submitted by March 1st.
Hooker talked about Average Daily Attendance for the Head Start program. She said federal representatives get concerned when the average goes below 85%. Head Start tries to find out why students are not attending when the Average Daily Attendance starts dropping. Hooker reported once the Head Start Annual Report is complete, it is to be posted online for 30 days for review.
The board approved a catalog amendment regarding veterans and residency for tuition purposes. Associate Vice President Doctor Kristen Alley reported the amendment says NCMC will charge veterans, their dependents, and those receiving Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits the college’s in-state tuition rate beginning March 1st.
She said official policy wording was received January 4th from Veterans Education and Training and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Failure to comply would have made NCMC unable to offer VA benefits to students. The addendum is to be posted on the NCMC website by February 1st.
Alley reported Trenton R-9 School District Superintendent Dan Wiebers did part of his dissertation on NCMC’s orientation and one of Wiebers’s main suggestions was for faculty to be more involved with the process.
Alley mentioned an incoming student died as the result of a vehicle accident in Iowa, and staff has communicated with the student’s family.
Vice President of Student Affairs Doctor Tristan Londre reported NCMC is working on a quality initiative with the Higher Learning Commission. He also commented that enrollment for the spring semester is “looking good”.
President Klaver reported that as of January 18th, headcount for NCMC excluding dual credit is 5.76% higher than it was a year ago. Credit hours is up by 6.37%. Including dual credit, headcount is up by 3.93%, and credit hours are up 6.26% Klaver attributed the increase in headcount and hours to a full-campus effort for enrollment. He reported that as of January 16th, NCMC was up nine applications over the same time last year for the summer term. The college is up 55 applications for the fall.
Klaver said Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order January 17th, which moved the Division of Workforce Development and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center form the Department of Economic Development to the Department of Higher Education.
The change is expected to align the state’s workforce with higher education and provide Missourians with one resource for a full range of postsecondary options. Klaver noted the executive order will be deemed as accepted unless the House or Senate rejects it within 60 days with a simple majority vote by either chamber. The order will take legal effect August 28th if it is not rejected.
Klaver also reported the Coordinating Board for Higher Education approved the fiscal year 2020 budget request of 53.4 million dollars for workforce initiatives designed to target state and regional workforce needs. Thirty-nine proposals were submitted requesting a total of 74.8 million dollars, and 26 proposals totaling 53.4 million dollars were ranked and recommended by the Coordinating Board. Governor Parson included 18 proposals totaling 16.3 million dollars in his fiscal year 2020 budget.
NCMC submitted a proposal to request $350,000 for Leading Edge: Ag and Manufacturing. The proposal description says it would allow the college “to create a Center of Excellence in convergent technology, including simulators, process learning, and industry-standard, high-tech equipment”.
Klaver also went over funding priorities for Missouri’s community colleges. Those include performance funding, equity funding, workforce initiatives, full funding of the A Plus Scholarship Program, workforce training, and fixing the Senate Bill regarding the Public School Retirement System and working after retirement.
The board entered into an executive session.