Iowa Valley accepts $2.2 million construction bid
With bids opened earlier in the week, the Board approved the bid of $2.214 million from Garling Construction of Belle Plaine for renovations and remodeling on the Iowa Valley/Marshalltown Community College campus. The project will include remodeling of an Advanced Manufacturing area, remodeling of Health Occupations classrooms and offices, and expansion of MCC’s HVAC system. The projects will be funded with state Accelerated Career Education/ACE dollars, workforce training dollars, Plant Fund money, and other District funds.
MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal said work on the Health Occupations area will begin shortly after graduation and will be completed in early August before fall classes begin. Work in the Advanced Manufacturing area will begin shortly thereafter, but will not be completed until late fall. She added that the District was fortunate that the “bidding climate was quite favorable,” and all planned projects will be completed within budget.
A public hearing was held on the proposed 2014-15 IVCCD budget. Receiving no public comments, the Board approved its FY15 budget in which the property tax asking will be reduced for the fifth consecutive year. The estimated total tax rate per $1,000 valuation for FY15 will be $1.79506.
A new Mobile Service Technician two-year degree program to be offered at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls was approved by the IVCCD Board. The new program will partner with Titan Machinery and others to offer the first-of-its-kind program in the nation. The Mobile Service Technician program will be submitted for review and approval to the Iowa Department of Education; if approved as anticipated, it is scheduled to be offered for Fall 2014.
In other matters, the Board: approved a lease agreement with HSS Global for use of Incubator Lab space at ECC’s Agriculture & Renewable Energy Center in Iowa Falls; approved the District’s 2014 Affirmative Action Plan; approved a five-year Facilities Management Plan; approved the 2014-18 Strategic Agenda; and approved continuation of an agreement to provide solid waste/recycling education with the Solid Waste Management Commission of Marshall County.
Several employees and students were noted for recognitions and accomplishments during the past month: Jasmin Cisneros, MCC Library Associate, completed an Associate degree; five students (Julie Schwartz/ECC, Cody Schmitz/MCC, Lindsey Yanecek/MCC, Beth Fisher/IVGrinnell, and Erin Johnson/IVGrinnell) were named to the 2014 All-Iowa Academic Team; MCC won the People’s Choice Award in the Can-Do sculpture contest at Marshall Town Center; and the ECC wrestling team placed 8th in national competition, with three wrestlers achieving All-American honors.
Dr. Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor, also complimented the Ellsworth College Trustees for their recent support of multiple projects to benefit ECC students, including their support for a summer football initiative and a Student Success Specialist position to focus on international student recruitment and academic achievement.
Several gifts were accepted by the IVCCD Board, including a donation of $1,500 from Church Women United of Iowa Falls for the Iowa Falls High School Equivalency Diploma/HSED and English as a Second Language programs; 12 electric hospital beds and supplies from Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center for the MCC Nursing program; and $100 from Greenbelt Bank & Trust Jeans for Charity, $300 from Scenic City Kiwanis Club and $600 from Iowa Falls Community Chest, all for Read Across America, hosted by the ECC Osgood Library and others.
Two closed sessions were held in succession after the regular business meeting was concluded; no action was taken upon returning to open session.
The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, April 9, at 4 p.m. in Iowa Falls.