No one spoke at the budget hearing Thursday and the Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees approved the 2019-20, holding the mill levy steady from last year.

The board also approved the salary increases for next year for the TRiO Grant employees as recommended by the President:

• Any hourly employee making less than $26,000 shall receive a 75 cent per hour salary increase.

• Any hourly employee making greater than or equal to $26,000 per year shall receive a 4 percent salary increase and an additional 25 cent per hour increase.

• Salary employees will receive a 4 percent salary increase. 

It was approved for the NCCC Foundation to have alcohol on the Chanute campus on September 27 for the All Alumni and Friends event. The board also approved having alcohol at the KACCT reception on September 13 provided by Great Western Dining and to have alcohol on the Ottawa campus on December 7 for a scholarship fundraiser.

The Sole/Single-source procurement request was approved. NCCC was awarded a $26,876 Jobs and Innovative Industry Skills Training Grant (JIIST) to purchase training stations for the new electrical program, which will be housed in Ottawa. The grant was written to purchase training equipment recommended by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), of which NCCC is a member organization. NC3 certification curriculum represents a complete turn-key system of classroom and labs. The equipment was recommended through membership in NC3 from their partnership with Greenlee, an organization that has extensive networks with vendors to provide the components needed for training labs. The vendor they use for the electrical units to purchase is GraybaR out of Maryland Heights, Mo.

A bid was approved of $17,646.84 from Ace Refrigeration for one soft serve gravity-fed twin twist floor three-flavor ice cream machine. It will arrive in about eight weeks.

In his president’s report, Dr. Brian Inbody said there was good news about enrollment.

“The summer losses have been offset by strong enrollment for the fall semester,” Inbody reported. “While we ended the summer semester down almost 14 percent or 315 credit hours, fall is looking pretty good. We are up 9.43 percent or 1,343 credit hours. 

“Don’t get too excited though,” he cautioned. “These next few weeks, enrollment is very volatile as we have the ‘drops for no pay’ coming up next week, and ‘no shows,’ but also lots of last-minute enrollments, some outstanding concurrent enrollments, and lots of schedule changes.”

He said about 20 percent of enrollment comes in within a two-week period. 

“It’s nice to see numbers going up after a few years of slow decline,” he said. 

In personnel, resignations were accepted from Marcy Dix, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Nursing – Ottawa Campus; Mamie Haque, Nursing/Simulation Clinician – Ottawa Campus; Heather Chaney, Talent Search Academic Advisor; Jean Kroenke, Custodian; Megan Goins, STARS English/Reading Specialist pending her approval as Ottawa’s English Instructor; Sherry Engelman, Cashier pending her approval as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Development. 

Hires included Megan Goins as English Instructor; Sherry Engelman as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Development; Josh Merrill as Assistant Director of Residence and Student Life (Josh was approved as the Assistant Baseball Coach-PT at the June 13 board meeting); Kirk Wilson as Desktop Support Technician; David Deweese as part-time Bus Driver; Emily Lawrence as part-time Bookstore Assistant; Jackie McConnell as part-time Switchboard/Office Service Clerk; Mark Johnston as Psychology Instructor; Scott Johnson as Director for the Online Campus & Instructional Support; Amber Pei as OTA Faculty Position COTA (PT); and Mandy Henry as part-time Administrative Assistant to Health Occupations.


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