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The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center moving forward

October 23, 2013
Christopher Duree, IVCCD chancellor, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

The Iowa Valley Community College District administration's perspective about the Orpheum is far different from some who have given their opinions in other Letters to the Editor. We fully respect everyone's right to their opinions. However, we disagree with a statement made in the Oct. 3 article entitled "Orpheum Theater looking for operational leader." The director's "fiscal leadership" has not been "under scrutiny" by college leaders. The college administration did not single out any particular staff member as implied in the Oct. 3 article. The employees originally hired to manage the Orpheum have been outstanding in their performance. To set the record straight, the overall finances of the Orpheum have undergone a comprehensive analysis no different than any other program offered by the college. The deficit created by opening and operating the Orpheum has resulted in significant expenses and a lack of adequate revenues to offset the expenses, which has led to the need to aggressively intervene and make significant reductions to ensure the Orpheum remains a sustainable asset to the college and community.



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