The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a graphic mapping plan for the Marshalltown Community College (MCC) campus in partnership with the Marshalltown Police Department (MPD) during of the regular Wednesday evening meeting at the administration office.
According to IVCCD Chancellor Kristie Fisher, the idea for the mapping project originally came from an Afghanistan war veteran who mapped the high school where his wife was teaching to help the local police department in the event of an emergency. emergency. With an analysis of the existing floor plan, maps can be quickly created and shared with law enforcement as needed.
The MCC campus would be the second location in Marshall County to be mapped with the Critical Response Group, as Marshalltown High School was the first. The cost to the district would be just under $6,000.
“The goal after this happens is to have Chief (Mike) Tupper contact his colleagues in Hardin and Poweshiek Counties and tell them about it because of course there’s no point in doing the mapping if law enforcement may not use it,” Fisher said. “We would really like Marshall County to be a test to show that we did it, now Iowa State should do it around the state.”
A spending approval motion passed unanimously, and Fisher said the goal was to do so in time for a “mass casualty simulation” event that the MPD and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office are planning to organize in June. Chief Information Officer Mike Mosher should also find uses for the cards, according to Fisher.
Lisa Breja, IVCCD Institutional Researcher and HLC Accreditation Liaison, provided the Board with an update on the 2020-2026 Strategic Program Framework. She said some wording changes had been approved and the top four desired outcomes were:
Provide quality learning experiences to ensure that all students achieve learning outcomes and live in a welcoming environment.
To provide quality resources and support services to ensure student success and completion.
Establish partnerships to meet the various training needs of the community and the workforce.
Strengthening of the sustainability of the DCVI.
After a brief discussion, a motion to approve the strategic agenda as amended was unanimously adopted.
The board approved an Iowa Jobs training agreement with Manatt’s of Brooklyn for Grade 18 and a pair of contracts with East Marshall and Montezuma school districts for the 2022 summer college credit program.
Fisher then provided updates on a pair of projects at the Grinnell and Ellsworth campuses, respectively. The board voted to approve completion of the ICCCD Grinnell Armory and Entrance project, and Fisher noted that there were only about $12,000 in change orders on the $114,000 contract.
The board also held a public hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimated cost of the renovation of Thompson Hall in Ellsworth for April 13 at 4 p.m. in Iowa Falls. Fisher said she was still concerned about market volatility and general cost increases regarding the project, but called it significant nonetheless.
Cindy Schulte, district government affairs director, updated the board on community college funding proposals in the state legislature, and Fisher thanked U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) for her efforts. to secure $2 million in federal funding to hire college and career transition counselors in Iowa high schools as part of an omnibus spending bill. It hasn’t been voted on yet, but Fisher said she thinks it has a good chance of passing and landing on President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed.
IN MISCELLANEOUS AFFAIRS, counsel:
• Approved the FY2023 budget as published after a public hearing without comment.
• Approved the consent program as indicated.
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