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ECC Housing to get new security cameras

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors approved a plan to install 96 new security cameras and recorders in the four on-campus student housing buildings at Ellsworth Community College when it met this month. Weikert’s Service Center in Iowa Falls submitted the low bid of $64,956 and will handle the ordering and installation, which should be complete by the end of January.

IVCCD Chief Information Officer Mike Mosher told the Board that Honeywell equipment, which supports industry standards, will be installed with video viewable online or on a mobile device for those with access. “Our current security equipment is outdated, so this is a comprehensive, well-thought-out IP-based solution. We plan to make additional future improvements to our security systems on all campuses, and we’ll be able to tie them all together into this one system.” The equipment will be paid for through ECC’s Dormitory Auxiliary Fund.

ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer added that the students will greatly appreciate the improved security.

In other matters, the Board approved the following:

  • An FY18 audit report by Schnurr and Company, LLP. The auditors issued an unmodified opinion with no comments, no deficiencies, and no non-compliances noted.
  • A three-year subscription to Weave at $11,050 per year to provide an online assessment and accreditation management software solution for the District.
  • A Voluntary Early Retirement Application for Ann Rubenbauer, IVCCD Coordinator of Creative Services, effective June 30, 2019.
  • A list of five ECC/MCC degree programs tied to high-demand jobs that will qualify as “Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholar” programs. The five programs are Precision Agriculture, Automotive Repair Technology, Business Administration, Medical Assisting, and Gunsmith Technology.
  • An amendment to the WIOA Region 6 Master Agreement providing an additional $226,073 for nine months of services in FY19 and an additional $2,135 from leftover funds in FY18.

The Board later met in a retreat session with Consultant Dr. Larry Ebbers to discuss the IVCCD Chancellor search process. The Board reviewed the Chancellor job description and comments received during open forums and from an online survey made available earlier this month. The tentative schedule for the search process includes advertising the position in mid-January, establishing a Search Committee to review applications in mid- to late February, and conducting interviews in early to mid-March. Additional information will be posted on the iavalley.edu website within the next few weeks.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board will be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 4 pm in the District Administration building on the Iowa Valley/MCC campus in Marshalltown.

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