NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors approved the purchase of a new bus for McCook Community College and considered creating full-time coordinator positions at the Broken Bow, Ogallala and Imperial Extended Campuses.
On a 7-2 vote, with Elizabeth Benjamin of McCook and Jane Hornung of Arnold voting no, the board approved the purchase of a 2012 Federal Coach premier Shuttle bus from Davey Bus Sales in Sedalia, Colorado, for $139,500, including the trade-in of an old bus.
Bid specifications called for a bus 2010 or newer, less than 40,000 miles and at least 35 passengers, with delivery after July 1. Two other bids were received.
The expansion of extended campus facilities in Imperial, Broken Bow and Ogallala has caused significant growth in programming, board members were told, and the Broken Bow coordinator has submitted his intent to retire at the end of the school year.
Other extended campus coordinators in Ogallala, Broken Bow and Imperial will be elevated from part-time to full-time.
The board also approved the college's current compensation plan without change.
In other business, the board approved a $148,698.61 maintenance contract for the Jenzabar student information system, and a three-year contract with Blackboard, the college's online course platform. The latter includes terms of $59,347 for the first year, $62,314 for the second and $65,430 for the third.
The board also spent more than two hours in executive session to discuss pending litigation and personnel. No action was taken following the session.
The next board meeting will be April 25 in McCook.