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IVCCD Board delays MCC renovation

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors opened bids for the Marshalltown Community College student union renovation project prior to its Board meeting, but could not take action on bid approval as planned because the bids were over budget.

MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal said the eight bids received for the project were very competitive, but with the budget at a firm $1.12 million the architect will need to pursue “value engineering” solutions to get the costs down. “The plan is to identify the low bidder first, and then Haila Architecture will work with the low bidder to make adjustments that will keep us within budget. We’re confident that we can cover the project.”

The renovation is being financed primarily by a $1 million donation from the William Faust estate. Action on the bid may happen at a special meeting of the IVCCD Board, or at an upcoming regularly scheduled meeting. It’s still anticipated that work will begin this spring and will be completed before classes begin in the fall.

The Board received a presentation on the District’s 2014-2015 financial audit from Schnurr & Company, who reported that the finances are in good order and gave the District an “unmodified audit opinion,” which is the positive result the Board and District want to receive. Donald Schnurr reviewed the report and gave kudos to IVCCD staff for their ongoing efforts and support during the audit.

In other matters, the Board approved: a one-year lease with Rob and Peggy White for their continued operation of the coffee shop at the Orpheum Theater Center; a $20,000 job training agreement with R.S. Stover in Marshalltown for training 28 employees in a variety of topics; revisions to the Board policy governing income from rental fees for District property and equipment; a contract to offer college classes at BGM High School; the FY16 and FY17 academic calendars; and the 2016-2017 Board calendar.

The Board accepted the donation of a 12” x 15” Four Post Die Set from Superior Die Set to the MCC Machine Tool Technology program. IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree thanked Superior Die Set, noting that the college appreciates receiving these kinds of equipment donations.

The next meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4 pm in the IVCCD Administration Building in Marshalltown.

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