Iowa Central seeking $22.5 million bond referendum

The Iowa Central Community College board of directors approved placing a $25.5 million dollar bond resolution on the ballot for consideration at a special election Feb. 6.

Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central and his management team asked the college board of directors to approve a bond resolution for $25.5 million.

Kinney said, “The projects included in the $25.5 million funding request are based on input from faculty, staff and area business and industry leaders.”

Projects include:
• Improved safety and security/notification systems at all centers;
• Continue to replace windows, roofs, HVAC, electrical updates in many buildings;
• Create classroom environments that create a collaborative learning environment for departments to share equipment;
• Create new collaborative labs in current student services building;
• Leverage the $3 million dollar donation made by the Greehey Family Foundation to build a new one-stop Greehey Family Student Support Services building to better serve students;
• Move the current fuel testing lab potentially to the Ag Industrial Park west of Fort Dodge, which has outgrown its current space and convert that space for additional science labs and update current science labs; and much more.

“While we could probably invest much more in improvements, I believe this plan addresses all the critical needs that our faculty and staff identified in our department meetings over the past few months, and aligns our current and future budget with operational and infrastructure needs” said Mark Crimmins, Iowa Central board chair.

The more specific use of the $25.5 million focuses on:

• Safety improvements $3.0 million
• Storm Lake Center Facility improvements and Industrial Training Center 2.5 million
• Webster City Center .5 million
• Main Campus Science Building updates 3.0 million
• Main Campus Applied Science and Technology Building improvements 1.0 million
• Main Campus Cooperative Classrooms updates 2.0 million
• Main Campus Liberal Arts Building updates .5 million
• New Bio Fuels/Chemical Testing and Research Center 2.0 million
• Career Academies 2.0 million
• New Greehey Family Student Success Center on Main Campus 6.0 million
• Decker Auditorium modernization and updates 3.0 million
TOTAL $25.5 million

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