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IVCCD Board Report – March 3 Meeting

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors set a public hearing date for the Marshalltown campus exterior renovation project at Wednesday night’s board meeting. The project includes the renovation of the site and grounds surrounding the IVCCD – Marshalltown Campus Buildings. Work to include: Removal and replacement of exterior parking lots, enhancement to vehicle approach and drop-offs, enhanced building /monument signage and improvements to exterior gathering spaces and building approaches. The date of the public hearing will be April 5.

The Board also set the date for the public hearing on the Ellsworth Campus – New Residence Hall project for April 14, 2021. This building will be a new multistory construction for dorm-style accommodations and associated amenity spaces.

In reviewing the bid opening for the Ellsworth Community College Locker Rooms and Activity Center project, bids came in higher than expected. The IVCCD Board approved the administration’s recommendation to reject the bids, which will allow OPN Architects to reevaluate the design and scope and rebid the project.

Plans for Virtual Graduation Approved

The Board discussed plans for graduation and accepted the recommendation to host virtual graduation ceremonies in lieu of in-person graduation. IVCCD entered into a contract with Full Measure Education for graduation ceremonies at both Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College. The company will assist in live streaming the ceremony as well as providing social media engagement with the graduating students.

Distance Learning Update

The Board heard an update from members of the Distance Learning Division. The Division was established before the pandemic and was instrumental in helping the colleges transition learning into a virtual environment.

In other matters, the Board approved the unmodified FY20 Audit by Schnurr & Company; a contract with Cost Advisory Services, Inc. to develop and negotiate indirect cost rates; a contract with Paycor to expand IVCCD’s HR system; a contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services to extend the ABE High School Equivalency program at the Eldora State Training School through June 2023; an Accelerated Career Education agreement with Wes Finch Auto Plaza; and a contract with Achieve Mental Health to provide student counseling at Ellsworth Community College.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. and will be held via Zoom.

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