Gainesville Daily Register

April 17, 2013

Regents vote to establish NCTC Police Department

Special to the Register

Gainesville — Regents of the North Central Texas Community College District voted to establish an NCTC Police Department at Monday’s regular meeting.

Currently, the Corinth and Flower Mound campuses have contracted unarmed security covering their hours of operation, while the Gainesville campuses uses security for nights and weekends.

Under the new proposal, which passed with a 5-0 vote, NCTC could hire a Director of Campus Police and Emergency Management and also purchase the first police vehicle by September. The proposed timeline calls for a full-time police officer to be hired for the Corinth campus in December, when an additional police vehicle would be purchased.

In July 2014, two additional police officers would be hired (one each for Gainesville and Flower Mound) and two more vehicles would be purchased.

A budget for a five-year implementation of the NCTC Police Department was also presented.

The annual operating budget for the department would be $331,645 in the first year and would grow to $574,289 by year five.

In other action Monday, regents voted to increase the general use fee for students by $5 per semester hour for in-district, out of district, out of state and dual-credit students.

Currently, NCTC posts the second-lowest in-district rate among Texas community colleges, 10th-lowest out-of-district rate, and charges the 23rd-lowest out-of-state rate.

Under the new rate, tuition and fees for an in-district student will be $56 per semester hour and $98 for out-of-district students.

The state average for all 50 community colleges is $76 for in-district students and $118 for out-of-district students.

Currently, NCTC posts the second-lowest in-district rate among Texas community colleges, 10th-lowest out-of-district rate, and charges the 23rd-lowest out-of-state rate.

Under the new rate, tuition and fees for an in-district student will be $56 per semester hour and $98 for out-of-district students.

The state average for all 50 community colleges is $76 for in-district students and $118 for out-of-district students.

Regents also voted to increase fees for Lifelong Learning classes by 25 cents per contact hour.

In other action, regents approved Eikon as the architectural firm to design and monitor the renovation of the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts.

The also voted to stay with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk Management Fund for property and casualty insurance at an annual premium of $95,097.

Regents then voted to approve contract renewal recommendations for non-faculty personnel and accepted the resignation of Dr. Steve Broyles, the Dean of Administrative Services, who will retire effective Aug. 31.

The board also reviewed the first reading of TASB Policy Update #28 of NCTC Legal Board Policies and TASB Update #28 of Local Board Policies.

Regents Ken Coolen and Richard Haayen were not present for Monday’s meeting.