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Trustees set tuition at Iowa Lakes for coming year

By Staff | May 20, 2010

SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees set tuition and fees for the 2010-11 college year at its monthly meeting Tuesday in Spirit Lake.

Student tuition for Iowa 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.

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.

Delaine Hiney, facilities management executive director, discussed drainage at the new construction technology building at the Emmetsburg campus. The board approved installing drainage tile for 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. The board will review bids 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. Then, 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.

Fast track courses offered during the summer term at the Spirit Lake campus include: marriage and family, social problems and music appreciation. Openings are available in all courses. In addition, a computer familiarization course is currently being held, and coaching certification classes will be held throughout the summer.

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).

Tillotson brings a wide range of experiences to share with the students having worked at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Family Practice Clinic in Cherokee and Lakes Regional Homecare and Hospice.

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 the 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 2 percent increase in wages. In addition, insurance benefits are changing with increases in deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

In other business, the trustees approved a resolution to take additional action for issuing Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates not to exceed $230,000. They also reviewed action from various boards and committees.

At the end of the meeting, Board of Trustees President Jan Lund announced that trustee Bud Kyle (who represents District 5) has 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 2011. She then presented Kyle with a plaque thanking him for his years of service to the Board of Trustees.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 15 at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes.