The Crowder College Board of Trustees held their combined November/December meeting on Monday, Dec. 4 in The Wright Conference Center on the Neosho campus.

The Crowder College Board of Trustees held their combined November/December meeting on Monday, Dec. 4 in The Wright Conference Center on the Neosho campus.  
Board members heard a financial report that include revenue and expense reports as of Oct. 31 as well as checks written from Oct. 9 through Nov. 10.
"Transport Training had a phenomenal year last year," Crowder College President Jennifer Methvin stated for board members. "As you review the differences in year-to-date revenue, please note a variety of items that are impacting that difference. You will remember that this late spring, summer, and early fall we had to work through the licensing issues with the Missouri Department of Revenue for students who were returning to work in other states. These issues have been resolved, but the problem did negatively impact enrollment for approximately a month. Likewise, the hurricane this fall also negatively impacted enrollment for a couple of weeks."
"The differences in year-to-date expenses for Transport Training are grant related," Methvin added. "We do not anticipate any issues with the program meeting budget for 2017-18."
Methvin also mentioned a difference in Customized Training that are largely a matter of timing on payments from employers served. She anticipates that the division will end the year in a stronger position than last year.
The board also heard proposed revisions to the 2017-18 budget from Amy Rand, Vice-President from the college Finance Office.
"At the time we prepare the operating budget each year, we make grant revenue projections," Methvin said. "Since your approval of the budget, we have also experienced a withhold in state revenue. These adjustments and others are reflected in the revised budget."
In personnel matters, there were three retirements, three resignations, and four employments submitted for board approval. Retiring were Tresa Wilkins, performance consultant, Training and Development Solutions, Eddie Stephens, Associate Vice-Principal of Career and Technical Education, and Brad Smith, Soccer Coach/PE Instructor.
"I will note that among our three retirees, we have a world of valuable experience and contributions to honor," Methvin said. "Tresa Wilkins has served Crowder College for 20 years, Coach Smith for over nine years, and Eddie Stephens will have served for five years upon his retirement. Their collective expertise and service have positively impacted Crowder and our students in many ways."
The resignations of Scott Roy, TRIO Director, Ray Martin, Web Programmer/Analyst, and Wayne Bass, Upward Bound Academic Coordinator were accepted. The employment of Jayme Sigars, Student Services Coordinator, Webb City, Raymond George, Transport Training instructor, Chrystie Braden, Student Services Coordinator, Nevada, and Thomas 'T.J.' Angel, Director of Physical Plant were also approved.
Crowder College has been re-awarded the Newton County Drug Free Communities Grant. Grant staff works with members of the community. The new grant director will be housed on campus but will also occupy space at The Kelly Club/Talkington Foundation. The grant will pay for those expenses.
An amendment to the Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center was also proposed to allow the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and Crowder to share charitable gifts jointly.
In other business, a request to rename the current baseball field as Lallemand Field was made.
A+ Coordinator Kelli Cragin and Admissions Director J.P. Dickey presented a review of the A+ Program.
A luncheon followed the meeting.
The Crowder College Board of Trustees will next meet in January, 2018.