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Trustees approve tiling bid

By Staff | May 19, 2011

SPIRIT LAKE – The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday approved a bid not to exceed $37,490 for tiling on the college farm west of


Redings Gravel & Excavating Co. of Algona had the low bid for 21,000 feet of six-inch open-ditch tile.

Redings will do the work after harvest.

In other business, the board approved a $44,594 bid by Active Data Systems for a document imaging system consisting of 14 scanners and 15 licenses. Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, said the system will help cut down on hard copies.

In the foundation update, Jolene Rogers, executive director of institutional advancement, said 442 students had completed scholarship applications and 75 percent of applicants had received at least one scholarship award. Rogers also noted upcoming golf outing fundraisers in Kossuth and Clay counties.

Gary Bauer of Ruan Securities presented a list of bids for $1,215,000 in Industrial New Jobs Training Certificates. There were eight bidders representing 20 underwriters with the low bid by UMB Bank N.A. of Kansas City, Mo. for 3.02 percent, or $200,847.70 net interest. The highest bid was 3.29 percent interest, or $218,826.50.

The board also heard from Jane Campbell, executive director of marketing, who gave the Iowa lakes update.

Kendra Hough, Spirit Lake campus supervisor, introduced Deborah Clark, success center faculty, who works with the National Career Readiness Certificate program.

Clark said Iowa Lakes has just started using the assessment program which has been in place at other Iowa community colleges for the past five years. After taking four hours to complete the test, students can receive certificates on one of four levels – bronze, silver, gold or platinum.

“I thought it would be a great benefit to our graduates,” Clark said, adding that the test could be used for an entrance/exit exam and included in a student’s job portfolio and taken to interviews. Focus areas include applied math, critical thinking, problem solving and others.

Clark said the purpose of the NCRD is to create a work-ready area to attract new businesses and manufacturing.

The board approved the college’s master contract with the Iowa Lakes Education Association for 2012. The salary and benefit package provides for a 3.5 percent increase.

The board also approved the list of spring graduates as presented by Mark Gruwell, executive dean of instruction and development.

In the treasurer’s report, Bob L’Heureux, vice president of administration, said net revenues were down $600,000 from a year ago but the college will end the year on the surplus.

The board approved I-Jobs training certificates for Eaton Corporation, GKN Armstrong Wheels and Polaris Industries. The board also approved calling bonds for the 2001 capital loan note and 1998 refunded dormitory revenue bonds, saving the college $52,000.