North Central Texas College regents approved a contractor for the new agriculture center to be built on the Gainesville campus.
At Monday’s regular board meeting, regents selected Jack Greene Construction as the contractor for the Henry Spaeth Agriculture center. Jack Greene Construction had the low bid of $154,354 for the project.
In other action, regents approved a right-of-way easement for Cooke County Electric Co-op to set a new utility pole for overhead power lines to the NCTC well house near the agriculture center.
The board then approved the transfer of $50,000 from the designated Graham board reserve funds to the Graham renovation project that is planned to establish a welding program at the NCTC Graham campus. The total cost of the project is estimated at $373,000. NCTC will partner with the Graham Community Foundation, Graham Industrial Board and the Graham Economic Development Corporation.
Regents also approved a general pay increase for all full-time employees to be calculated at 3 percent of the midpoint of each pay group for employees and faculty for a total of $460,000. They also approved the 2014-15 salary schedule.
The board then approved new positions for 2014-15 and authorized the NCTC President to employ new contract personnel. The new positions include eight in instruction and six in student/administrative support.
Regents then approved the use of $260,000 of 2013-14 funds to purchase technology items including replacing 151 computers in computer labs, a new Tandberg Educator Unit for the Graham campus, 29 classroom projector replacements and fiber upgrades on the Corinth campus.
Several new employees were hired including Shannon Ceron as Webmaster, Michael Saylor as Cyber Security instructor, and Danelle Wolf as Lifelong Learning Skills Development Grant Coordinator. Regents also accepted the resignation of Shirley Meek, the Program Coordinator in Cosmetology.