Bay adds two sports

ESCANABA — The Bay College Norse will welcome a pair of new sports teams in the spring of 2019. At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Bay College Board of Trustees voted to add baseball and softball teams to the college’s athletic program.

During the meeting, the board approved a proposal from Bay’s athletic director, Matt Johnson. According to Bay College President Laura Coleman, the addition of the teams will be funded with increases in enrollment created by participating athletes, as has been the case for the college’s basketball and cross country teams.

Additionally, Coleman noted the teams will likely use existing local fields.

Coleman said she and others at the college are looking forward to the introduction of new Bay College Norse teams.

“We are very, very excited to expand our athletic program,” she said.

In other business, the board:

– received a clean audit report for its 2016-17 fiscal year. Representatives of Rehmann, the auditing

firm, discussed the report during a special meeting held before the board’s regular meeting.

“That is an unmodified, or clean, opinion — that’s the gold standard for the audit report,” Rehmann Principal Stephen Peacock said.

The audit report also contained information on Bay’s total net position. As of June 30, 2017, the college’s total net position was listed as $10,779,126 — an increase compared to the same date of the previous year, when its total net position had been recorded as $9,817,209.

“There’s been an improvement in the net position for the college,” Rehmann Principal Lisa VanDeWeert said.

– approved revisions to Bay’s succession plan guideline for the college president.

– approved revisions to the board’s bylaws on first reading.

– approved new board policies on records retention and disposal and freedom of expression on second reading. They also voted to delete the board’s previous policy on personnel records retention.

-welcomed new Library Administrative Assistant Martanna Schroeder and new Simulation/Lab Technician Ross Bergquist.