NCI OKs budget for state funds

August 1, 2006

The Martinsville Bulletin
August 1, 2006

The New College Institute (NCI) on Monday approved a preliminary budget for the $1.25 million allocated to the institution by the General Assembly.

Although The Harvest Foundation has promised to match those funds, NCI Executive Director Dr. Barry Dorsey said he is still in the process of working with the nonprofit organization to map out a spending plan for its contribution.

The biggest chunk of the state money, $600,000, will be spent on salaries and fringe benefits for the institutes proposed seven full-time and three part-time employees.

Many of those positions-including an information technology technician and several knowledge managers, who will help guide NCI students through their studies as well as participate in outreach efforts to area public schools-have yet to be filled and are pending state approval.

The second-largest portion of the funds, $389,000, will be put toward NCI's educational programming, including the purchase of programs and assistance from partnering institutions; the marketing of programs through print advertising in newspapers and brochures; open houses; and classroom technology, which soon will be installed in a renovated Shumate-Jessie Building.

"When talking about bringing programs here, the first thing institutions ask is ‘Do you have the latest in technology,' and we do," said Dorsey.

Another $173,560 will pay for NCI's administrative expenses, including a planned mid-October office move from the Piedmont Business Development Center to the Pythian Building on courthouse square, which Dr. Mervyn and Virginia King are renovating.

"It has a lot more space than our current office, and the cost is about $250 a month," Dorsey said.

Finally, NCI budgeted $71,000 for the yet-to-be-hired knowledge managers' activities, including travel, office supplies, marketing materials and events and activities for students.

"I included a separate budget (section) for the knowledge managers because I am committed to changing the culture of education in this area, and I wanted a separate budget to track that," Dorsey explained.

In other matters, the board:

  • Welcomed newly hired fiscal and human resources officer Charles Toothman to NCI.  Monday was Toothman's first day on the job.
  • Heard an update on the establishment of a New College Institute Foundation from Richmond-based Hunton & Williams attorney Taylor Reveley.  The foundation, which Reveley said should be established within the next few weeks, mainly will serve as a fund-raising and goodwill ambassador for NCI.
  • Discussed NCI's marketing efforts for the upcoming pilot program in the fall.  Though recruitment for the fall programs is the responsibility of the institutions that will offer them, Dorsey said NCI is supplementing their efforts with a brochure that has been mailed to every household with 18- to 48-year olds in Martinsville and Patrick and Henry counties as well as print advertisements in Martinsville, Danville and Stuart newspapers.


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