Like most other organizations with 100 or more employees, the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) is caught in a kind of limbo as the Supreme Court deliberates on the Biden administration’s vaccine for safety and occupational health (OSHA) or on the weekly test mandate.
An announcement by Iowa Labor Commissioner Rod Roberts that the state would not implement the federal mandate further muddied the waters, but the IVCCD board voted unanimously to pass a policy in case he is required to apply it at the Wednesday night monthly meeting. .
“I was very clear in talking to the employees that we take no position, no opinion on the politics of good, bad or indifference,” said Chancellor of the IVCCD, Kristie Fisher. “Our (concern) is if OSHA says we have to enforce it, and there will be penalties of $ 14,000 or $ 15,000 per proceeding. We cannot, in good faith, spend taxpayer dollars. in costs related to its application, so that’s what we do.
Human Resources Director Gena Garber prepared the policy and presented it to the board, and she said it was similar to what most other community colleges in Iowa had on the books. . It would require employees to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or to undergo weekly tests and wear masks at work if they choose to remain unvaccinated. If the warrant is enforced, the testing requirement would go into effect on February 9.
“It’s like a moving target all the time,” Garber said.
Volunteer coaches, board members themselves (who are not paid), vendors and visitors would not be subject to the policy.
Earlier in the meeting, high school student Jesus Medina, Lori Wildman from Alliant Energy and IVCCD Vice Chancellor of Education and Training Jacque Goodman spoke to the board via Zoom about a training partnership. vocational training with Marshalltown Community College (MCC) which will allow Medina to complete an apprenticeship by the time he graduates in May and immediately enters the workforce. Jobs in the energy sector are in high demand, and starting salaries in the field average between $ 65,000 and $ 70,000 per year.
“The recruiting numbers for the Marshalltown program are pretty staggering – for both gas and electricity,” Wildman said. “Alliant alone has hired a huge number of MCC graduates. ”
Towards the end of the meeting, Fisher said the board would recommend the addition of three new sports to the MCC for the 2022-2023 school year: women’s wrestling, women’s football and esports.
IVCCD Chief Information Officer Mike Mosher presented a plan to replace firewalls at three of the sites in the district, hoping to have them installed by late spring or early summer. summer, depending on how quickly the equipment can be shipped. A motion to approve Heartland Business Systems’ quote for the purchase of Palo Alto firewall equipment was passed unanimously.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, counsel:
• Approval of six requests for voluntary early retirement.
• Accepted the IVCCD audit for FY2021 with plans to discuss it in more detail at the February meeting.
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