Community College part-time and full-time administration received a 3% package increase Wednesday, and full-time classified staff also got a 3% raise in the coming school year.The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved the pay increases.
The board also approved President Ryan Purdy’s contract for a fourth year, extending it all the way to June 30, 2020, college spokesman Chuck Salestrom said.
Purdy’s 2017-18 base salary will also increase 3% from $220,000 to $226,600, and his life insurance coverage will be more than doubled, from $200,000 to $500,000, the board said.
Under Purdy’s new contract, he will receive the same salary in 2018-19 but the salary will increase to $235,000 in 2019-20.
In related action, the board approved a $25 per credit hour pay increase for adjunct faculty, from $750 to $775 per credit hour.
In other business, the board:
• Recognized MPCC’s Rodeo Co-Coaches Dustin Elliot and Garrett Nokes. Elliot told the board this year’s team finished first in the region. Nokes told them they are sending six team members to the national college rodeo finals in Casper.
• Recognized Business faculty member Angie Chittick as National Business Education Association’s 2017 Post Secondary Teacher of the Year.
• Approved the purchase of two cars, one minivan, and one full-size van contingent on the amount not exceeding $68,000. Bid requests will be submitted to auto dealers within the college’s 18-county service area.
• Approved a resolution to apply for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant in the amount of $6,756 to purchase three TIG welders for the technical shop at the Valentine campus.
• Approved the continuation of the Business Office Technology program, the Diesel Technology program and the Medical Lab program, and moved to forward the reports to the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.
• Approved the deactivation of the Occupational Studies Program degree and removal from MPCC offerings. The degree was originally designed for employees of Union Pacific Railroad, but it was learned that the college’s Associate of General Studies degree better served their needs, Salestrom said.
The next board of governors meeting will be June 28 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT) at the Ogallala campus.