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January Board report

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors learned of a possible pending state general aid de-appropriation when it met this week in Marshalltown.

IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree told the Board that the state has been mandated to cut approximately $110 million from the current year’s budget, and that the Governor has recommended that Iowa’s community colleges absorb $8.7 million of those cuts. For IVCCD, that would amount to a loss of $386,440 in state general aid with less than six months remaining in the current fiscal year.

“These reductions have been recommended by Governor Branstad, but they’re not yet official,” said Dr. Duree. “This is completely unanticipated, and will also have a ripple effect into future years’ state general aid appropriations. We’re trying not to overreact at this point, but we hope to know more soon … perhaps as early as next week.”

The Board was also informed that College administrators expect spring term enrollments to be up about 400 credit hours at one campus and down about the same amount at the other, for a net effect of flat enrollments this spring compared to last spring. Official spring enrollment data is not collected and reported until the 14th day of the semester, which will be Jan. 26.

In other matters, the Board approved: revisions to a policy regarding faculty disciplinary measures; the 2017-18 Board meeting calendar; modifications to a Job Driven National Emergency Grant that added $90,647 to the grant’s budget; an agreement to provide college level coursework to students at Marshalltown High School; and gift of medical supplies given by Central Iowa Family Planning in Grinnell for use by the Medical Assisting programs at MCC and ECC.

The Board also approved a subcontract between Iowa Valley and Kirkwood Community College that will enable Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Continuing Education to be reimbursed for support of two small groups of qualified students. The students are part of two groups, one seeking a high school equivalency diploma and the other seeking a college degree, that also qualify for Food Assistance based on their low-income status. The project is part of Iowa Valley’s involvement in the Marshalltown Rural Impact project, the goal of which is to combat poverty in the community. MCC Provost Dr. Robin Lilienthal told the Board that the project is complicated, but that the College is pleased to be able to extend its limited resources even farther with this subcontract. She gave special thanks to Sandy Supianoski and Jennifer Rice, who have spearheaded the effort on behalf of Iowa Valley.

Cindy Schulte, IVCCD Director of Governmental Affairs, discussed and demonstrated the state of Iowa’s Legislative Services Agency website. Schulte explained how to navigate the site to contact legislators, track legislation, subscribe to email alerts, research public documents, and more.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 5 pm in Marshalltown.

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