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Iowa Lakes Community College Trustees Set Tuition For The Coming Year

By Staff | Jun 8, 2010

 SPIRIT LAKE – Tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 college year were approved by the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at their May 18, meeting in Spirit Lake.

Student tuition for Iowa residents (and Minnesota residents) will be $135 per credit hour—up $7 per credit hour from last year. Non-residents and international students will pay $137 per credit hour. Mandatory fees were left unchanged. There were some adjustments to fees for various programs. The average cost of attending Iowa Lakes remains a bargain when compared with four-year colleges and universities. 

While discussing budgets, Chief Financial Officer Bob L’Heureux updated the Trustees on the status of current finances. The Trustees approved the financial report, as well as monthly bills. In addition, they approved a one-year agreement with the Estherville Regional Wellness Center where housing students in Estherville will be able to have access to the Wellness Center.  

Drainage at the new Construction Technology facility being built on the Emmetsburg campus was discussed by Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management. The Trustees approved a solution of drainage tile at a cost of just under $47,700.

Hiney will seek bids on a scoreboard and scorer’s table for the Estherville campus gymnasium and will return with the bids at the June meeting. Bids will also be reviewed for a 27-passenger bus at the June meeting.

The Iowa Lakes report featured Kendra Hough, supervisor of the Spirit Lake campus, as well as Milly Tillotson, Secondary Health Instructor.  Staff members at the campus were introduced to the Trustees. Hough talked briefly about the 17 Practical Nursing students based in Spirit Lake who will be finishing up their course work in June. Also, the Blue Water Alternative High School expects to graduate nearly a dozen students this spring.

Tillotson brought two students to talk about the Lakes Career Academy, which focuses on health careers. Three area high schools partnered with Iowa Lakes to offer this opportunity to high school juniors and seniors. Students in the Spirit Lake, Okoboji and Harris-Lake Park school districts are able to enroll in the Academy. Students attend classes daily for three hours before returning to their respective high schools. A component of the curriculum allows the students to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

Following the Iowa Lakes Report, the Trustees voted to go into Executive Closed Session in accordance with the Code of Iowa to conduct the annual review of College President Valerie Newhouse. Upon returning into open session, the Trustees approved a three-year contract for Newhouse plus the Master Contract for employees. The Master Contract for employees includes a two-percent increase in wages. In addition, insurance benefits are changing with increases in deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

At the end of the meeting, Board of Trustees President Jan Lund announced that Trustee Bud Kyle (who represents District 5) had submitted a letter stating that he is resigning from the Board, effective May 19. Lund said the Trustees would appoint a replacement for Kyle at a future meeting to complete his term, which runs through September of 2011. She presented Kyle with a plaque thanking him for his years of service to the Board of Trustees.