In a struggle for leadership, Troy Idom fell to Bill Ledbetter in the selection of the board chair with a 4-2-1 vote with Ledbetter abstaining.

David Flusche was installed as vice chairman unanimously and Steve Gaylord as secretary with a 6-1 vote with Idom opposed.

After a 3 hour, 10 minute executive session, concerning litigation, NCTC vs Pat Ledbetter, the board reconvened.

At the request of the chairman, Flusche read, “... Consideration of settlement offer in cause No. 4:04cv133, North Central Texas College v. Pat Ledbetter, in the United States District Court Eastern District of Texas, Sherman division,” the college was advised by counsel to not accept the proposal offered because then the college would be in violation of the nepotism law.

In the settlement offer, according to Pat Ledbetter, she had requested her reinstatement as an NCTC instructor and reimbursement of attorney fees. The reimbursement of attorney fees, she noted would be ceded to an NCTC scholarship fund.

Then a motion was made and passed 6-0-1, with Bill Ledbetter abstaining, to advise the Texas Association of School Boards to try to negotiate a settlement with Pat Ledbetter.

She had commented to supporters earlier that she would not settle for anything less than reinstatement. She commented she wasn’t pursuing this for the money, but for the love of teaching and a love for the institution.

The board voted 7-0 to approve revisions in local board policies concerning board officers and officials duties and requirements of depository; equipment, supplies and office management records; employment requirements and restrictions, especially concerning possible conflict of interest and the public information program, requests for information.

The board tabled public participation in board meetings because the incorrect section was listed on the agenda.

Lee Ann Nutt, provost of the Corinth campus reported possible changes in the Denton Transportation Authority which could affect NCTC.

She said the authority was created in 2001 by Denton, Flower Mound, Corinth, Highland Village and Lewisville to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and promote economic development.

A tax was levied to pay for the authority.

She said Corinth and Flower Mound did not participate in the tax. The proposed route goes right through Corinth and that city has a one-time chance to buy-in for $200,000.

If Corinth does buy-in, Nutt said, the only stop considered is within walking distance of the NCTC campus.

She said the city would vote on the measure in November and if it passed, the timeline would have a stop at the campus shortly after 2013.

A survey of 500 students revealed that 58 percent said they would ride the commuter rail system at least two days a week.

Nutt noted that if the measure passed in November the college could anticipate additional enrollment without the cost of providing parking spaces.

Dr. Steve Broyles noted the cost of a parking lot was about $2,000 per parking space.

Heidi Ellis, vice president of Financial services reported the interest on college investments increased from approximately 1 percent to 4.7 percent in the past year and the estimated budget running within $100,000 on a $30 million budget. She predicted the college would meet their budget by the end of the fiscal year.

The Board of Regents voted 6-0-1 to approve a contractor, John H. Walker Roofing Co., Inc.,, for the replacement of the 600 building roof at a cost of $192,640 plus $19,264 for contingencies.

Steve Gaylord voted against the measure saying he felt the funds should be designated before the contractor is approved.

The Regents approved, 7-0, designating the funds for the repair of the 600 be transferred from the Maintenance and Operations board reserve and from reserve funds.

They also approved the minutes of the April 17 and April 26 meetings and hired two people unanimously.

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