College district to reassess safety and security

The Iowa Valley Community College District will reassess its safety and security measures on its three campuses in light of last month’s school shooting in Connecticut.

Iowa Valley Chancellor Chris Duree told the college board during a meeting Wednesday that the district needs to look at what can be done to make Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell safer.

“I don’t think any of us are satisfied, in light of what happened (in Connecticut), with our safety and security,” Duree said.

Duree didn’t outline any particular plans but the wheels are in motion to look at more training and additional security measures, such as locked doors and more security cameras.

“It’s not that we haven’t been addressing it – we have – but we can do more,” Duree said.

It’s apparent security at the Iowa Valley district campuses has been weighing on the mind of its top leader.

“It’s the one thing that keeps me awake at night,” Duree said.

Also at the meeting, Duree said the college district plans to possibly add a type of utility lineman training program after hearing demand for training from local utility companies. The college already has a utility technician training program, but they are looking into the feasibility of adding a lineman program.

“We think it would be an outstanding program for us to offer,” Duree said.

There is a similar program in Sheldon, but Duree said it does not meet the needs of those in central Iowa.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD board will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at college district offices in Marshalltown.