College board gets early look at new, tighter budget

Friday, May 22, 2020

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid Plains Community College governors got a virtual, preliminary look at an upcoming budget that will take a $250,000 reduction in state aid into effect.

The board extended President Ryan Purdy’s contract for three years at the same compensation level as 2019-20, as he declined an increase in this year’s package. Health care expenditures were increased for administrative and non-negotiated staff, but compensation was not increased.

College staff will begin returning to their offices next week, but campuses will remain closed until July 1.

Because many large colleges are going to online classes this fall, many incoming students are taking a new look at community colleges like Mid-Plains.

Many students are getting a jump on college through dual-credit classes; some 291 in the Mid Plains Area have at least 12 college credits, and a significant number of them have a year of college credit.

Meeting virtually from MPCC campuses in McCook, North Platte, Broken Bow and Ogallala, on Wednesday, the governors approved $97,726.96 for computer equipment from CDWG. The expense is involved with moving the college’s main server room from the NPCC South Campus to the North Campus for easier access and better security.

The board also accepted a $54,270.64 bid from RTI for virtual desktop infrastructure equipment for remote employees.

Also accepted was a $59,296.82 bid from Snap-On for a Torque Certification Kit and Meter Certification Kit for automotive students, with funding from the Nebraska Department of Education Perkins Plan.

Following a closed session, the board agreed to purchase 52,091.29 square feet of property for $156,273.84 to allow direct access to the South Campus from U.S. Highway 83.

The board hopes to hold an actual, in-person meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 24 in Ogallala.

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