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Mull tutoring, eight-period days at STC High

Student Council Endorses Change

February 18, 2011
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Roy Frakes, South Tama High School principal, explained an interventions program and a proposed change to an eight-period day to aid students in increasing their productivity to the South Tama School Board at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.

Frakes suggested study tables on Monday through Thursday from 3:45-5:30 p.m with the activity bus providing transportation home.

Teachers will be available for individual tutoring from 8-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Advisory interventions will be added Tuesday through Friday from 10:00-10:20 with Mrs. Ellenbecker and Alex Walker working.

Study labs would be available Monday through Friday throughout the day.

A new scheduling program discussed with teachers and students will allow math and English to be taught daily over the course of the entire school year.

The student council endorsed the change to an eight-period day. Teachers were surveyed and an eight-period day was favored. If the eight-period day is adopted it will cost more in text books, however it would be expected to improve the math and english grades.

Some of the academic concerns have been the below state average of ITED scores over the past five years. Low math scores on Measures of Academic Success test (MAP) in the Fall of 2010, ACT scores from 2010 in Math-33 percent.

The current 4 block schedule does not provide Math or English on a daily basis over the course of the school year. Currently interventions are not available to all students.


Resignations were approved for Kim Loffer as Juvenile Court Liason, effective Jan. 21, and LaRae Little, middle school art and Patricia Cline middle school educational aide, both at the end of the school year.

Retirement incentive requests came from Vickie Hoskey, high school language arts teacher, Lana Hempy Judge, middle school special education teacher, Judy Sawyer, middle school educational aide and Jerry Bisher as high school science teacher, all requested for the end of the school year. A total of seven have requested to be included in the retirement incentive program.

Board Policies

The board approved a policy which allows for the creation of a consent agenda. Board Prsident Michelle Yuska and School Superintedent Kerri Nelson discussed adding the financials to the section, which is common practice in many school districts.

If there is a question or if something needs to be removed from the consent agenda, it will be added as an action item during the same meeting so that it may be further discussed and action can be taken.

Several of the policies in section 600 needed revisions due to the mandates by the Iowa Department of Education or the Iowa Code. New policies have been added for the same reason. The second reading of these changes was approved.

Each year after August 31 and prior to the organizational meeting of the board of education, the board will hold its annual meeting. At the annual meeting the board will examine the financial books and settle the secretary’s and treasurer’s statements for the fiscal year ending the preceding June 30.

As part of the annual reports the treasurer will present affidavits from depository banks. The board may also appoint the board’s legal counsel at the annual meeting. The second reading of these changes was also approved.

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Roy Frakes



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