Financial matters were a focus during the monthly Crowder College Board of Trustees meeting on Monday on the Neosho Campus.

Financial matters were a focus during the monthly Crowder College Board of Trustees meeting on Monday on the Neosho Campus.  
A proposed tuition and fee hike would raise tuition fees $6 per credit hour for in-district students, $9 per credit hour for out-of-district students, and $12 per credit hour for international students. Modest student fee increases were also proposed, $1 increases for both the flex course fee and the safety and security fee as well as a $2 increase for the institutional support fee and the online course fee.  Housing and meal plans will remain at the current rates for the 2017-18 year.
"Crowder College remains the most affordable of our eleven peer colleges," Crowder College President Dr. Jennifer Methvin stated. "In addition, our proposal keeps our 2017-18 rates at less than half of those at area universities, even if they don't raise tuition at all."
Methvin cited a 9 percent reduction in core state funding as one of the reasons for the proposed increase.  The overall financial status of the college remains positive.
"Despite the large withholding of state core funding this spring, our current fund balance continues to increase.  Revenue and expense reports are also positive," Methvin said. "These are challenging financial times. The tuition proposal aims to keep our level of high quality service and support for our students."
In other business, the Board approved three contracts with local school districts, one with Neosho and two with Joplin for the Maddox Hill Center for behavioral specialists and technicians. Approval was sought to pursue contract with Empire District Electric Company for an electrical charging station on campus.  
"As the home of the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MARET), Crowder is the ideal host for the first charging station in our area," Methvin said.  "Crowder would install,operate, maintain, and repair the charging station. The charging station will be on a seperate meter.  The ‘smart’ station will provide both Crowder and Empire with complete data on usage."
Lee Library director Eric Deatherage presented a report to the board.   He listed the current big projects under way at the library, including the First Local Authors Symposium from 10 a.m. until 2 :30 p.m. on May 5, the opening of the Rare Book Archives for fall 2017, and an electronic enhancement of research  capability upgrades to be made this summer.
Two retiring employees were honored during the April board meeting.  Michael Jernigan, Education Technology Instructor, retires after 18 years.  Business instructor Carolyn Strauch, is retiring after 21 years of service.
Several resignations were accepted and included Adrian Baker, Administrative assistant to the Vice President of Finance, William Lenz, computer technician, Mick Finley, network administrator, Erica Pike, behavior specialist in the ASD program, Sarah Sagley,  assistant basketball coach, and Kelsey Davis, administrative assistant for Dual Credit and Teacher Education and Assessment.
Methvin submitted several new employee hirings to the Board for approval.  Tiffany Marion, administrative assistant to the Vice-president of Finance, Katrina Shorter, as an accounts receiveale associate, and Aaron Sumler as a teacher education instructor.
The Crowder Board of Trustees recognized student Jackson B. Lewis recipient of the MCCA 2017 Student Leadership Award. The recognition citation stated, "Jackson is an impeccable part of the Crowder College Mission, building a civil, serving, literate, learning community of responsible citizens."  Lewis graduates from Crowder College in May.
The next meeting of the Crowder College Board of Trustees will be on Monday, May 23 at 10 a.m.