More Student Housing To Be Built At Iowa Lakes
ESTHERVILLE – More housing units for students will be built on the Estherville campus following action at the Board of Trustees meeting at Iowa Lakes Community College on Tuesday.
The Trustees accepted the low bid of Christensen Construction to build the first-ever six-plex housing unit at the college for a total of $808,800. The funds for the project come from a separate account, which is paid for with student housing fees.
The Iowa Lakes Report featured a report on two National Science Foundation Projects. Dr. Robert Klepper talked about the NSF Infinity Scholars project, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math. The grant wraps up July 31, 2011. Dr. Klepper talked about the positive impact this has had on students. He also shared information on the NSF Biotechnology Curriculum Development and Dissemination grant. It, too, has benefited students at Iowa Lakes. Through this portion of the grant, two biotechnology-associated classes have been developed and biotechnology has been infused into existing courses.
The Board of Trustees heard a report on the college’s audit for the 2008-2009 college year. The audit, completed by Williams and Company, received an “unqualified opinion” which means the college financial operations were considered in compliance. The audit was then accepted by the board.
On the subject of money, the Trustees held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on the 2011 Fiscal Year Budget for the college.
The planned published budget of $37.7 million was approved by the Trustees. Property valuations in portions of 13 counties covered by the college had a 6.55-percent increase. There will be a slight increase in the levy requested this year. Just over 4-percent of the general fund budget comes from property taxes.
In other news, Executive Director of Facilities Management, Delaine Hiney, addressed the board about a service agreement for the college’s wind turbine. The college will go with “base-to-blade” coverage from Vestas for a period of five years.