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Regents approve new and reclassified positions

by Darin Allred | Jan 27, 2015 <p> </p>

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District met Monday and approved several new positions and also gave their unanimous approval to the reclassification of several other positions.

Following a four-month analysis of the current organizational structure by NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace, he presented several new positions and reclassifications of positions for the board's consideration.

New positions approved by a 6-0 vote included Comptroller, Dean of Students, Grant Writer, Scholarship Coordinator, Testing Department Assistant, and Dual Credit and Academic Partnership Administrative Assistant.

In addition to the new positions, the following contract positions are to be, or have been, assigned further responsibilities and require additional compensation. The Senior Director of Campus Operations will become the Associate Vice-President of Operations. The Director of Grants will become the Senior Director of Grants. The Director of Assessment and Strategic Planning will become the Senior Director of Assessment and Strategic Planning.

In other action items, regents approved the distribution of the fund balance by a 6-0 vote. After analyzing cash flow requirements and the cash balances, the administration determined that a total of $2.95 million could be transferred to board reserves with the following designations: $1.3 million for an upgrade to Jenzabar; $500,000 for the Corinth campus paint and carpet project; $25,000 toward Graham campus reserves; $25,000 toward Bowie campus reserves; $1.1 million to discretionary board reserves. That will move the total board reserves to $15,458,651. Total board discretionary reserves available will be $7,278,463.

The board voted 6-0 to approve a bid for a tax resale deed in Young County in the amount of $500.

Regents also ordered an election for three regent positions including Place 3, Place 4 and Place 5. All three terms will run from 2015 to 2021. The election will be May 9 with applications for a place on the ballot to be filed between Jan. 28 and Feb. 27. Early voting will begin April 27 and end on May 5.

All full-time instructors at NCTC were recommended for contract renewals for the 2015-16 academic year and were approved with a 6-0 vote.

Several new personnel were hired with another 6-0 vote including Dr. Denise Arellano (Instructional Designer with the Fast Start Grant), Jessica Carlile (Dean of Lifelong Learning), Dennis Kash (Drafting Instructor), Cindy Lutkenhaus (Associate Degree Nursing Instructor), Paula Rutherford (LVN Instructor), Regina Sitzes (Workforce Grants Coordinator), and David W. Smith (Sim Lab Instructor).

Regents also received the quarterly external funding update. It was reported that the NCTC Foundation awarded 697 scholarships valued at $205,624 for the Spring 2015 semester. Also, a total of $37,875 was awarded to dual-credit students.

An update on facilities was also provided. It was reported that the Henry Spaeth Agriculture Center is complete. The project cost $375,000 and an open house will be held on March 25. The Corinth campus painting and carpet upgrade was completed over the Christmas break with $464,000 spent to date. The total budget for that project was $550,000, so the administration will use the excess funds to replace some blinds and furniture.

It was also reported that a new sidewalk on the Gainesville campus has been completed connecting the 100 building to the 400 and 500 buildings and beyond.

And the regents also received an update on the future plans for the expansion of the Career and Technical Center along with the new Health Science Center. Bids for the CTC expansion will go out on Feb. 2 with a bid opening planned for Feb. 26. Dirt could start moving around the middle of March. The same process for the Health Science Center should begin in two months with a groundbreaking planned for May.

The board also heard a financial report along with a report on the college's annual investments for 2013-14.

Regent Matt Chalmers was unable to attend Monday's meeting.