Tuition & meal plan increases approved, housing rates unchanged
The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors approved a $5 per credit hour tuition increase for 2014-15 when it met in regular session this week in Grinnell. In addition, the Board approved nominal meal plan rate increases for both Marshalltown Community College (4 percent) and Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls (1.5 percent). Housing costs for both MCC and ECC will remain unchanged for the coming year.
In discussing the tuition increase, IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree told the Board that Iowa community colleges are increasing tuition by anywhere from $3 to $7 per credit hour statewide, with only one community college holding the line on no tuition increase for Fall 2014. “We’re recommending this increase because we didn’t get the state general aid that we anticipated this year. This is mid-range for the state, and we feel it’s conservatively in our best interest as an institution.”
The IVCCD Board approved a resolution issuing not to exceed $4.75 million in industrial new jobs training certificates for three training projects with companies in Marshalltown and Tama, and then approved the sale and delivery of $4.64 million in certificates to fund the training. The companies to receive training with these funds are Iowa Premium Beef of Tama, and Caleris and Iowa Choice Harvest, both of Marshalltown.
In personnel matters, the Board approved a 2014-15 master agreement with the Iowa Valley Community College Education Association, covering faculty who teach at MCC, ECC, and Iowa Valley Grinnell. The new faculty master agreement calls for a base wage increase of 4.15 percent, resulting in a 3.6 percent total package increase. The Board also approved a 3.62 percent salary increase in 2014-15 for all regular full-time and part-time benefit-eligible employees, which represents approximately a 3 percent total package increase for that group.
A closed session was held to complete the Board’s annual performance evaluation of Chancellor Duree. Following the closed session, the Board approved a three-year employment contract for Dr. Duree with a 3 percent salary increase.
In other matters, the Board: accepted a gift of $125,000 from Brownells in Montezuma for the Gunsmithing program at Iowa Valley Grinnell; approved a lease agreement with Main Street Real Estate in Marshalltown for storage of Orpheum Theater Center equipment; approved an agreement with Howgan Monitoring for security at the Orpheum; renewed an agreement with McFarland Clinic for student health services at ECC; renewed an agreement with Iowa Falls Community School District for ECC’s use of the high school football and baseball fields; and approved new and revised policies relating to new hire selection and employee transfer procedures, responsible use of computer resources, and use of social media.
IVCCD Human Resources Assistant Rosario Alvarez was recognized for graduating with honors from William Penn University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and MCC Library Services Manager Mara Egherman was recognized for having had two book reviews and a book chapter published recently. Ricky Webster, MCC Coordinator of Sports Information & Compliance, was recognized for his work on transforming the MCC athletic website, where website traffic is up substantially from a year ago.
The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, July 9, at 4 p.m. in Marshalltown.