MCC, school district agree on athletic facilities usage

As renovation work continues at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse, the school district has entered into a usage agreement with Marshalltown Community College to use its athletic facilities in the interim.

The agreement, which was approved by the Iowa Valley Community College District board Wednesday, allows for the Marshalltown school district to rent the Student Activity Center and Babe Harder Gym at MCC for high school volleyball and basketball games.

The school district agrees to pay $500 per day of usage of the gyms for volleyball games and $700 per day for usage of the gyms for basketball games.

“We are excited to have them and have their fans on our campus,” said MCC Athletics Director Dan Huntley.

Just how far into the MHS basketball season the MCC gyms are needed will depend on construction progress at the Roundhouse.

“They are still optimistic that they’ll be open by Jan. 1,” Huntley said.

Huntley and members of the college board thought exposing high school students and their families to MCC facilities could be a good marketing tool for the college.

“It’s a win-win for both groups,” said board member Deb Jones.

In other discussion, Iowa Valley Chancellor Chris Duree said they are expecting at least a 5 percent decrease in student enrollment at MCC this fall. With so much funding coming from enrollment, Duree said it could lead to tighter budgets in the coming year.

“I think that we are going to have some belt tightening coming this year,” Duree said.

The next regular meeting of the Iowa Valley board will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.