The Trustees of Iowa’s Community Colleges gathered Friday for a Legislative Forum at Okoboji and discussed ways to advance community college issues and funding.
Sen. Jack Kibbie, Sen. David Johnson, Rep. Jeff Smith and Rep. John Wittneben participated in a forum led by Bob Jennings, member of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes, which hosted a three-day conference this past week in the Lakes area.
Issues discussed at the meeting included the value of community colleges to the economy of the state, education reform, funding formulas as well as energy curriculum.
Attendees also talked about the fact that reducing the commercial property tax levy is a likely topic to come up during the next legislative session. Options were discussed about how to ‘backfill’ the lack of funding for community colleges should the commercial property tax levy be lowered.
Sen. Kibbie urged the statewide Trustees to continue to speak as ‘one voice’ and recommended the colleges be as pro-active as possible.
More than 150 Trustees and their top staff members attended the three-day conference held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Okoboji.
As the event wrapped up Friday morning, Mick Starcevich, president of Kirkwood Community College congratulated Iowa Lakes on their hosting efforts.
“On behalf of all the community college trustees, we want to thank Iowa Lakes for having a great (event) for us,” Starcevich said.
Those participating in the legislative forum hosted by the Iowa Community College Trustees Friday included (from left) Sen. David Johnson, Rep. Jeff Smith, Rep. John Wittneben and Sen. Jack Kibbie. Bob Jennings, a Trustee from Iowa Lakes (right), was the moderator for the event.