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TR PHOTO BY ROBERT MAHARRY Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Kristie Fisher, right, addresses the board of directors while Director Joana Hofer, left, looks on during a regular meeting held at Marshalltown Community College on Wednesday.

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) board of directors unanimously approved a resolution directing the sale of $15 million worth of general obligations bonds during a regular meeting held on the campus of Marshalltown Community College (MCC) Wednesday afternoon.

IVCCD put a $32 million bond issue on the ballot in 2019 to fund various facilities improvements at the Iowa Falls, Marshalltown and Grinnell campuses, and it received super majority support from voters.

During the rest of the regular business, which lasted just shy of an hour before the board went into closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy and conduct a performance review for Chancellor Kristie Fisher, a host of agreements and received approval from the board. Among these were an agreement with Apple Pi Consulting for $37,600 as part of a project combining the financial aid services at Ellsworth and MCC, a quote and software service agreement with ggCircuit LLC for the new esports equipment at a cost of $18,100 for the first year and $8,100 annually after that, a one-year subscription with AGB OnBoard for board management software at an annual of $6,400 with a five percent increase each year afterward, a contract with the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora to provide educational services and testing for juveniles and an agreement with Interstate Power and Light Company (Alliant) for the installation of electrical services at the new Ellsworth dorm at a total cost of $35,531.64.

After the new MCC esports program was announced earlier in the day on Wednesday, IVCCD Chief Information Officer Mike Mosher provided some insight into what the arrival of all of the new technology on campus would mean for him.

“There’s some hardware. There’s a server that’ll be put in place and then some software that will allow us, on a daily basis, to update all of those gaming rigs in that arena with both operating system and gaming updates,” he said. “These games have updates daily that we would need to be applying to each one of these machines. If we had to do that manually without some type of management solution, it would be very time consuming.”

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the board:

• Approved an extension of the lease agreement with Marshall County for the use of the Orpheum Theater.

• Approved contracts with the AGWSR, BGM, Grinnell-Newburg and West Marshall school districts for various concurrent enrollment programs.

• Approved rescinding an early retirement agreement for an employee who had requested such a change.

• Approved course increases fee for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Contact Robert Maharry

at 641-753-6611 ext. 255 or

rmaharry@timesrepublican.com.

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