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Johnson recognized for 30 years on IVCCD Board

Yvonne Mallory and Larry Johnson

Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors Chairperson Yvonne Mallory of Tama presented Board Vice Chair Larry Johnson of Iowa Falls with a plaque in honor of his 30 years of service on the Board.

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors honored one of its own at this month’s meeting when Board Vice Chair Larry Johnson of Iowa Falls was presented with a plaque in honor of his 30 years of service. Statewide, and even nationally, 30 years of service as an elected member of a community college board is rare, noted Board Chair Yvonne Mallory of Tama.

Johnson told fellow Board members that the time has flown by quickly. “I’ve enjoyed my years of service and look forward to more. Great things are happening at this institution, and it’s a pleasure to be a part of it all.”

The Board heard a report by three staff members about the construction and use of an Early Alert System to identify students having difficulties in the classroom. Marnie Brown, MCC College Transition Advisor/TRIO SSS Coordinator, explained that the District previously used a purchased software package that didn’t work as well as staff would have liked. The new software, developed by Iowa Valley’s IT staff, is integrated into the District’s student information system and provides everything that faculty and advisors need to know to follow up on problems and help students be successful. Marie Sheneman, MCC Social Sciences Faculty, and Connie Gardalen, MCC Coordinator of High School Relations/Student Success Specialist, said that use of the software by faculty and advisors is on the rise, and that they believe its long-term effects on student success will be exceedingly positive.

Three separate $20,000 Iowa Jobs Training Agreements were approved with D&B Agro Systems in Hubbard, Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, and Oldcastle Materials (dba Cessford Construction) in LeGrand. D&B Agro Systems will receive training for 38 employees in safety, electrical and leadership. Fisher Controls will receive training for 40 employees in math, blueprint reading, computer skills, and other areas. Cessford will receive training for 50 employees in leadership, safety, and computer skills. On behalf of the Board, Chairperson Mallory thanked the three companies for their continued relationship with Iowa Valley.

In other matters, the IVCCD Board approved renewal of a lease agreement with the Ellsworth College Trustees for property at 1114 Cedar Street in Iowa Falls; a contracted services agreement to provide college level instruction to students at Baxter High School; and revised policies related to Board meetings and grants/gifts.

The Board also gave first reading to several revised Board policies and guidelines, including a Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Plan that will offer the same level of benefit to qualified employees as the plan last year. If approved at the November meeting, the deadline for applying for the Retirement Incentive Plan will be Jan. 31, 2017, with retirements effective June 30, 2017.

The IVCCD Board will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 4 pm in Marshalltown. The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4 pm in Reg Johnson Hall (room 100) on the ECC campus in Iowa Falls.

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