College district waits out state funding

Just as K-12 educational leaders await what the final state funding figure will be from the Legislature, so are community colleges.

Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Chris Duree told the college board during a meeting Wednesday that signs during the current legislative session point to positive funding news for the next year.

“They haven’t told us what we’ll be receiving,” Duree said. “Everything right now is in conference committee.”

Duree said the good news is the funding they’ve been fighting for such as skilled workforce training is still on the table at the State Capitol. College legislative liaison Cindy Schulte said many of the legislators involved in setting the funding understand the role community colleges play in the state.

“Hopefully we’ll know within the next two weeks where we land, but we’re feeling very optimistic overall,” Duree said.

The college has plans to continue to meet with area legislators to explain how the funding is beneficial to the community.

The next regular meeting of the Iowa Valley board will be at 4 p.m. June 12 at the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus.