During the Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, the board approved to extend the contracts of DCCC President Harold Nolte and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Technology Adam John.

John was also approved to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona, to oversee the DCCC helicopter program.

"We wanted to have feet on the ground," Nolte said to the Globe on Thursday. "We wanted to have someone there who would be responsible for the program and to make sure it is running properly."

The flight program with Universal Helicopters had previously been grounded at DCCC by the

Kansas State Approving Agency.


The approval of John's contract was for a 3-year term starting Jan. 1, 2018, with a salary of $140,000 annually.

For 6 months, the board will pay a temporary housing stipend of $1,200 per month starting when John relocates to Arizona.

The board will also pay other expenses not to exceed $10,000 for the move.

John will also be paid $600 a month for a vehicle allowance and will be subject to full-time DCCC employment benefits.

John's contract approval was approved unanimously.

The extension of Nolte's contract will be from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Nolte was also approved for an increase of $500-$600 a month for a car allowance.

The contract extension was approved with a 5-1 vote, with Trustee Terry Malone the lone nay vote.

The trustees also approved to accept the resignation of Jeremy Scott Thompson.

Thompson’s salary will still be paid through today with a suspension still taking place through the remainder of the school year.

Details on the reasoning for the suspension were not given.

In other business, the trustees approved the purchase and installation of security cameras for $18,649.44 for Coleman Webb Hall by Southwest Engineering & Cable System, LLC.

The trustees also approved an agreement with the DCCC choral students to attend an international music festival in Ireland through Music Celebrations International, LLC.

Funding for the festival will come from fundraising and individual contributions.

A consulting agreement was also approved with Mackensie Wilfong to provide services regarding higher education athletics and Title IX compliance.

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