By Julie Wiessner
Ginny Handorf was elected chairman of the Navajo County Community College District Governing Board Jan. 15. Daniel Peaches will serve as vice chairman.
Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow was present to administer the oath of office to new board member Prescott Winslow.
The board previously received the resignation of District 2 board member Ladybird Jack. However, since it was not on the board agenda for the Dec. 18 meeting, it had to be placed on the agenda for the Jan. 15 meeting for approval.
Jay Zsorey, the financial audit director of the Auditor Generals’ Office was on hand to present information about Northland Pioneer College’s financials, as well as recommendations for improvement, and gave the school a clean bill of health on the financials. He complimented the college for being run very conservatively, and noted that it is in great financial position.
He also made a few recommendations for improvement. One suggestion was to establish procedures for granting and restricting system access appropriately for differing levels of security need. For example, payroll specialists should only have access to payroll software and human resource specialists should only be able to access their area of software, and to immediately remove access for terminated employees.
Zsorey also suggested having a disaster recovery system in place for the Information Technology (IT) De-partment so vital information is not lost in case of a disaster, to monitor system access for unusual or suspi-cious activity and investigate if found, to establish procedures for verifying that contractors are not suspended or debarred from doing business with the federal government prior to awarding contracts, and to verify em-ployee pay charged to federal programs represents employees’ actual time and effort spent on federal program activities.
Lance Chugg, executive director of the NPC Foundation, presented information on surplus monies avail-able for student scholarships left over from the December deadlines. “If you know anyone who missed the December deadlines, let them know to go ahead and turn in the paperwork for those scholarships,” noted Chugg. Students may e-mail Chugg at email@example.com or call (928) 536-6245 to find out which scholar-ships are still available for spring semester.
In other action, the board:
* Approved a dual enrollment intergovernmental agreement with the Red Mesa School District.
* Approved the new construction programs to include an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), a Certificate of Proficiency in Construction Technology and a Certificate of Proficiency in Drafting.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology (CAVIAT).
* Approved the list of external hearing officers for discipline of employees.
* Approved an adjustment to the fiscal year 2011-12 budget.
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By Julie Wiessner