Regents approve budget, set tax rate

by Darin Allred | Aug 21, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - Regents of the North Central Texas Community College district approved a budget and adopted an effective tax rate at Monday night's regular board meeting.

The board approved an operating budget of $46,887,300 for 2012-13. In addition, they set the maintenance and operations tax rate of 0.0663 per $100 valuation for 2012, which is the effective tax rate as calculated by the Cooke County Appraisal District. This rate will maintain the current amount of tax revenue, with an additional $19,473 attributed to new construction.

In other action items, regents approved a vendor for grain feed for the college's Beef Evaluation Center. The bid was awarded to Martindale Feed Mill. They also awarded security service contracts for the Corinth and Flower Mound campuses to International Investigators at a price of $12.95 per hour.

Regents also approved a name change for the library and resource facility on the Gainesville campus. It will soon be called the Mary Josephine Cox Library.

The 300 building on the Gainesville campus is currently named in honor of Cox, whose estate has provided scholarships to NCTC students for decades. But that building is scheduled for demolition in the spring of 2013, so regents wanted to make sure Cox continued to be recognized for her continuing contributions to NCTC and its students.

The board also voted to hire 18 employees and accepted six resignations.

In non-action items, regents considered the first reading of TASB policy updates to legal board policies and local board polices. They also got an update on summer enrollment numbers. NCTC had a system-wide increase of 5.2 percent in summer enrollment.

Regents were also updated on the 2011-12 Strategic Planning Comprehensive Assessment. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Debbie Sharp briefed trustees on major accomplishments of the college in five distinctive frameworks including college awareness and access; student readiness, learning and success; economic, workforce and program development; system effectiveness; and resources development.

At the beginning of Monday's meeting, NCTC president Dr. Eddie Hadlock recognized Lifelong Learning Vocational Training Coordinator Kenny Smith for being named a Certified Welding Inspector by the American Welding Society.

Just after learning that NCTC had secured a Texas Skills Development Grant with GE Locomotive, Smith started navigating through some 18 manuals encompassing the required competencies for the certification. He then attended a five-day intensive training program in late spring that ended with a three-part, eight-hour exam.

Not only will Smith be leading the welding instruction for GE, but the school has been asked to perform the actual qualifying exams for each welder hired by their organization.

All board members were present for Monday's meeting.