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Eric Townsley named STC Middle School principal

May 28, 2010
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - South Tama School Board members approved hiring Eric Townsley as the new Middle School principal at their meeting on May 17. He is currently a high school mathematics teacher at Benton Community High School in Van Horne.

He will be paid $80,000 annually and assume duties on Aug. 1.

Townsley replaces Steve Cose in the prinicipal's post as part of the district response to the middle school ranking as one of the state’s persistent low achieving schools by the Iowa Department of Education.

Contracts were also approved for Marilyn Avalos, middle school instrumental teacher, Laurie Thomas, high school and middle school vocal music and Lori Dvorak, middle school special needs associate.

Resignations approved were for Colleen Burke as Language Arts teacher effective at the end of the school year and Bryan Anderson as Assistant Freshman Football Coach effective August, 2010.

In other personnel matters:

•all members of the school board agreed on the support staff salaries for secretaries, maintenance, drivers, education aides and other support staff at a total cost of $2,233,489. This represented a 1.93 percent total pay and benefit package increase.

•members agreed to a continuation of an agreement with several agencies to provide funding for one school liaison. A contract with Juvenile Court Services of the 6th Judicial District and the Iowa Department of Human Services for the School Board Supervision program was approved.

In other business the school board:

•met at 5:30 p.m. for a disciplinary hearing.

•accepted the bid of Kenneth Ward, Chelsea, at $121.50 per acre for about 50 acres of hay ground for a total of $6,075. The other bids were from Gerald Husak, Toledo, at $45 per acre and Mark Kaufman, Chelsea, at $95 per acre.

•discussed the sharing agreement between South Tama and East Marshall for boys’ soccer. This contract is up for renewal. South Tama agreed to the contract contingent upon information provided by Eric Ries that the team wouldbe placed in the 1A class

•entered into a contract with Iowa Valley Community College to conduct classes in college courses.

Kathie Readout, Early Childhood Programs Director for Mid-Iowa Community Action, sent a letter of verification of their intent to share transportation costs of Head Start students during the 2010-2011 school year. This would cover up to 15 preschool-aged students. They would live throughout tama-Toledo and possibly Chelsea.They would transport to the Head Start facility at South State Street in Tama. This would cover morning sessions only with starting time approximately at 8:15 a.m. and nclude 128 days during the 2010-2011 school year. South Tama is willing to provide such transportation, using South Tama’s bus and driver, and charge MICA accordingly. The Driver woul d be paid for 3 hours at $25.17 per hour with an addition for FICA and IPERS for a total cost of $86.54 a day for the 128 days. Mileage would be $1.51 per mile times an estimated mileage of 30 miles twice a day at a cost of $90.60 per day. For a total of 128 days this would be $11,597.

Because this is an estimate of costs, South Tama would prepare invoices quarterly based on actual driver house and actual miles driven. It is also understood that MICA would be responsible for hiring, paying, and supervising an individual to be a bus monitor or bus aide if that is a requirement you must meet.

Also , STC is willing to allow MICA to purchase and install seat belts or child restraints in the particular bus used for this daily trip, at no cost to South Tama Schools.

South Tama would be responsible for the expense of the bus, and the hiring, paying and supervising of the driver. South Tama drivers are all subject to random drug testing, pre employment background checks and bi-annual physical examinations.

•held discussion on the recent problem of unpaid lunches resulting in sending weekly statements if a student has a balance of $15 or less and will be mailed on a Friday. Public comments were sought. The feeling was that students who are in high school and some being eligible to apply for a drivers permit, should be accountable for their lunch money. Perhaps if they are not, they should not be eligible for the driver permit. A second comment addressed the lunch provided in the school parking lot and questioned the nutritional value of what was offered.

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