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Iowa Valley Board approves 2016-17 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 2016-2017 certified budget as published when it met in Marshalltown this week. The budget sets the level of allowed expenditures for fiscal year 2016-17 at $47.9 million and also sets the tax levy rate, which will be lower than the current rate for the seventh consecutive year.

The IVCCD Board also approved one early retirement application for Cindy Smith, Accounting Clerk for Iowa Valley Continuing Education.

In other matters, the Board: approved revisions to Board Policy 401 – Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Americans with Disabilities Act, and Board Policy 422 – Harassment and Discrimination; approved a memorandum of understanding with Grinnell Newburg Community Schools in which the school will provide space for Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Auto Tech Program, expanding lab hours and allowing daytime use; approved a memorandum of understanding with Wes Finch Auto Plaza for the continued use of its mechanical bays for training in the Auto Tech program; approved a $20,000 Iowa Jobs Training Agreement to provide training in Safety, Management, Professional Licensure, and CDL to 15 employees at the Mid-Iowa Cooperative in Beaman, IA; and approved continuation of an agreement to provide reduce/reuse/recycle education programming with the Solid Waste Commission of Marshall County. The Board held a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, but took no action upon returning to open session.

Two gifts were accepted by the IVCCD Board, including a $1,500 donation from the Church Women United of Iowa Falls for the Iowa Falls HSED and ESL programs and a gift of $200 from Beryl Wellborn for the Wellborn Scholarship Fund.

Several employees and students were noted for recognitions and accomplishments during the past month: Kathleen McHenry (MCC graduate, Dec. 2015) received the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar award; six students (Kaleigh Greufe/ECC, Jonathan Luiken/ECC, Kathleen McHenry/MCC, Terry Grimes/MCC, Gunnar Bucklin/IVGrinnell, and Michael Renteria Sanchez/IVGrinnell) were named to the 2016 All-Iowa Academic Team; and both MCC and ECC student senate groups had a successful visit to the Capitol this week highlighted by an extended audience with Governor Branstad.

Dr. Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor, also complimented the Marshalltown Community College team that helped put on the College’s first-ever Latino Family Planning Night last week. More than 75 people participated in the event, which focused on informing the Latino community and breaking down the barriers to higher education opportunities.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be Wednesday, April 13, at 4 pm in Iowa Falls.

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