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IVCCD Board approves FY17 estimated budget

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors approved the FY2017 estimated budget, approved a bid for renovations of the Marshalltown Community College student union, and heard a report on MCC’s International Program when it met in regular session this month.

The Board approved the FY2017 IVCCD budget estimate as presented by Kathy Pink, Vice Chancellor of District Finance/CFO. The budget caps FY17 expenditures at $47,985,296. The estimated budget also sets the local property tax rate for the District’s five allowable levies at $1.74505 per $1,000 valuation. Pink said this represents a 3.665 cent decrease from the current year, and marks the 7th consecutive year that the District’s local property tax asking has been decreased.

The estimated budget will be published as a legal notice with the appropriate media, and a public hearing on the budget will be held at the March 9 IVCCD Board meeting.

MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal said the eight bids received for the MCC student union renovation project were opened Jan. 12, and the College worked with Haila Architecture during the past month to identify areas where cost savings could be achieved to fit the budget. The successful contractor is Henkel Construction Company, with an office in Ames, which submitted a bid of $1,063,900. Work on the renovation is expected to begin March 1 and be completed by August. 1. Dr. Lilienthal noted that the MCC Student Senate allocated a generous donation, which allowed the project to move forward.

Dr. Lilienthal said that during construction, three staff offices will be relocated and a temporary gathering space will be available for students in an MCC Art Lab (room 402). The MCC cafeteria and dining areas will remain open through the remainder of the spring semester and then undergo renovation during the summer.

Julia Reyes, MCC Coordinator of International Programs, told the Board about the College’s work with and commitment to its international students. She said MCC current has 50 students attending on F-1 visas plus another 60 international students. The College serves and empowers those students through support groups, multicultural club, a bridging/immersion program, diversity and cultural competency workshops, academic advising and support, and more. Recruitment of today’s international students includes the new international-friendly website, social media, Skype, and positive word-of-mouth marketing.

MCC international students Adam Alouani (France) and Barbara Araoz (Argentina) told the Board how much they are enjoying their experiences at MCC, crediting Reyes with the outstanding support she provides.

In other matters, the Board approved: agreements with Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls, Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames and Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for nursing educational training programs; updated policies related to personnel background checks and confidentiality of student records; a $14,637 job training agreement with Hawkins Electrical Service of Marshalltown for providing customized electrical classes for 12 employees; and an agreement to provide college-level instruction for Grinnell-Newburg High School students.

The Board went into closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, but took no action upon returning to open session.

The next meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, Mar. 9, at 4 pm in the IVCCD Administration Building in Marshalltown.

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