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Iowa Valley Board approves 2015-16 certified budget

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors received no comments or questions at its public hearing, so it approved the District’s 2015-2016 certified budget as published when it met in Marshalltown this week. The budget sets the level of allowed expenditures for fiscal year 2015-16 at $45.9 million and also sets the tax levy rate, which will be lower than the current rate for the sixth consecutive year.

In other matters, the Board: approved a memorandum of understanding with Assault Care Center Extending Shelter (ACCESS) whereby ACCESS will provide sexual assault, sexual harassment and domestic abuse counseling for students and staff on the Marshalltown Community College campus; approved an articulation agreement for transfer of credits between the MCC Broadcast Technology program and Wartburg College; approved a $23,419 Iowa Jobs Training Agreement to provide sales and marketing training to 16 employees at ASI Signage Innovations in Grinnell; approved a $20,000 Iowa Jobs Training Agreement to provide computer, business and safety training to 50 employees at Oldcastle Materials (Cessford Construction); approved continuation of an agreement to provide reduce/reuse/recycle education programming with the Solid Waste Commission of Marshall County (now including Colo); and approved an addendum to extend one teacher’s probationary teacher contract by an additional year. The Board held a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, but took no action upon returning to open session.

The Board also accepted several donations to the Orpheum Theater Center: Dan Kester (RETSEK LLC) donated 12 months of costume storage (January to December 2014); the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awarded a $433 grant for maintenance of the Jean Seberg Collection; and T.J. Johnsrun donated $500 to the Friends of the Orpheum project.

IVCCD Board President Conrad Dejardin recognized the 14 Ellsworth Community College students who presented during ECC’s annual Diversity Night; the ECC wrestling team for its team and individual performances at the NJCAA national tournament; the ECC agriculture, equine and business students who competed at the state level and have qualified for national competitions; ECC faculty member Melissa Payne for co-authoring a chapter in a newly-released book; and the ECC men’s basketball team for their participation in the Region XI tournament.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, April 8, at 4 pm in Iowa Falls.

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