Representatives of Indian Hills Community College then spoke to the board to highlight opportunities that college is bringing to Centerville as well as local high school students. They spoke about the recent focus of IHCC on the future of southeast Iowa, including a focus on retaining residents by training them for local jobs. Karen Swanson spoke about the work IHCC is doing to engage K-12 students, including eighth grade career day, dual enrollment classes and career academies. The instructor for the local health sciences academy and five students of the academy also spoke to the board about their experiences in the academy.
After the presentations, the board moved to approve the agenda and several sets of minutes from previous meetings. They then moved on to old business.
The board once again spoke about the school permit policy. Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry was on hand to speak to the board. Demry said that the permit policy is a major problem in the city and in his opinion it is being heavily abused. Demry said the board should enforce strict rules and that as of today the police can’t enforce restrictions because they don’t know what the rules are. Specifically Demry asked that the district define better what a school activity is and whether a student has to be participating in an activity to be allowed to drive to it or if they just need to be attending the activity.
Board President Rich Roos asked about how many 14-15 year olds the police catch driving in violation of their school permit. Demry said he didn’t have hard numbers but that was due mostly to the fact that the police don’t know when to issue citations but going into the future the police will begin issuing citations more frequently. Ryan also asked about how responsive Demry thought the DOT would be in revoking school permits if they received notification of violations from the district or the police. Demry said he though the DOT might be slow to respond or lenient in revoking the permits for violations.