College board approves budget; Ratliff announces retirement

The Northeast Texas Community College Board of Trustees met Aug. 29 for a public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 operating budget and for the regular August meeting. There were no public comments at the budget hearing.
In action items, the board approved the 2018-19 operating budget. The overall budget increased to $18,451,839 from $18,357,705 in 2017-18 and included a two percent across-the-board raise for college personnel. The board also adopted a tax rate of 5.136 cents for interest and sinking and 7.864 cents for maintenance and operations. This equals a total of 13 cents per $100 property value, which is the same as last year.
The board approved five new employees at the meeting including Shelbi Rankin, Academic Advisor; Katherine Belew, Advising Team Lead; April Brannon, Medical Assisting Faculty; Cris Shipp, Nursing Faculty; and Charla Denman, Nursing Faculty.
Dr. Josh Stewart, NTCC Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, reported that Fall enrollment is currently up approximately 2 percent over last fall, though final numbers will not be in until after the 12th class day.
At the conclusion of the business meeting, Bill Ratliff announced his intention to retire from the board. His resignation will be included on the agenda at the September regular meeting.
We are certainly sad to lose Ratliff from our board of trustees,” Dr. Ron Clinton, NTCC President, said. “His experience and knowledge of Texas politics and educational policy has been a huge asset to the college. He truly embodies the spirit of a public servant and we are so grateful for his wise leadership and years of service on the board.”
Ratliff, former Texas Lieutenant Governor and a longtime state senator, began serving in Place Five on the college board in 2012. The board will appoint a new member to fill the vacant place and serve the remainder of Ratliff’s term, which will be up for election in 2020.