NCTC Board votes not to raise taxes

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Aug 24, 2017

Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District kicked off their August meeting with discussion of the 2017 – 2018 Proposed Tax Rate at the NCTC Board Meeting Monday night.

Upon recommendation by the NCTC Administration the board voted to adopt the effective tax rate as calculated by the Cooke County Appraisal District rather than pursuing further additional taxes. The board set the maintenance and operations tax rate at 0.0873 per $100 valuation and the interest and sinking tax rate at 0.0335. This makes for a combined rate of .1208 for 2017 versus .1219 in 2016. Since the board adopted the effective rate, no public hearing was held.

During the Present’s Report, NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace updated the board on bills that were proposed and passed during the 85th Legislative Session, including a .4% decrease in funding per contact hour.

After a normal financial report from Vice President of Fiscal Affairs Dr. Janie Neighbors, the board heard a Quarterly External Funding Report from Vice President of External Affairs Debbie Sharp.

The NCTC Foundation launched their second annual employee giving campaign and raised more than $43,000 from full time NCTC Faculty and Staff. Over 74% of employees participated and donated money for student scholarships.

The Foundation has awarded over 700 scholarships so far for the Fall 2017 semester, valued at $228,310.

Sharp also updated the board on several new grants that the college has received, including a $541,215 Fast Start IV grant to fast track students in Criminal Justice, Business Management and Business Office Technology programs.

Regents also heard an Enrollment Report from the newly appointed Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dr. O. John Maduko.

Maduko reported that Summer 2017 enrollment was at 3,557 students, down 8.1% from Summer 2016, while contact hours came in at 396,784, an increase over last year of 0.7%. A preliminary Fall 2017 enrollment update showed enrollment just over 9,200 students, including almost 400 students from the University of North Texas. Enrollment for Fall 2017 is still ongoing.

Robbie Baugh, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, gave a Building Report, updating regents on various construction projects.

The 600 Building on the Gainesville campus has been on hold, waiting for the city to approve changes that were made to the building plans, per the Fire Marshal’s request.

Construction in Bowie on the new Industrial Technology Center is still on time as steel started going up this week. Flower Mound construction on the new Midwestern State University shared building is also on track and the second floor concrete has been poured.

Baugh also reported on some new library shelving, faculty cubicles, a veteran’s center, and a new student union space on the Corinth campus.

Kicking off a long list of action items, Regents approved the proposed 2017 – 2018 NCTC Budget. This is the first year that NCTC will see a budget over $60 million, at $60,425,750 in balanced revenues and expenditures. This is a 5.11% increase over the current budget year due to increases in health insurance costs as mandated by legislature.

Regents also approved the 2017 – 2018 Salary Schedule for NCTC Faculty and Staff, presented by Kay Schroeder, Director of Human Resources. The new salary schedule includes a 1.5% increase for full time salaries, a $1 per hour increase for part-time tutor salaries, and increases the prior work experience ratio for CTE and ADN faculty positions from a 2:1 to a 1:1 ratio, while also lifting the maximum level for work experience.

In order for NCTC to continue to move forward pursuing a Downtown Denton campus, the college must publish a letter of intent to enter into a Lease-Purchase contract agreement. Once the letter of intent has been published, the board can then consider matters to approve the Lease-Purchase contract agreement on or about the 60th day after the date of publication of the notice. Baugh informed the board that they did receive one bid for a Lease-Purchase agreement, but cannot enter into the agreement until the 60 days have passed. The board did vote to approve the publication of the letter of intent.

The next agenda item presented to the board was the consideration of approval of the downtown Denton campus developer’s pre-construction agreement with LINKS construction at a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $537,934. Regents chose to table this item to allow time for the regent subcommittees on Buildings and Finance to meet and look more closely at their options. The board will reconsider this proposal at their next meeting.

Regents also approved an update to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) policy and approved Tony’s Seed and Feed, Inc. of Muenster, Texas, as the vendor for grain feed for the Beef Evaluation Center.

Finally, regents accepted the resignations of Drafting Instructor Preston Kash and History Instructor Joshua Montandon and accepted the following candidates for hire: History Instructor Charles Adams, Theater Instructor Robert Aprea, History Instructor Brittany Hancock, Nursing Instuctor Ashley Hunsucker, Economics Instructor Yvonne Kirshey, and Music Instructor Christopher McGinty.

Regent Dick Haayen was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.