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STC $19.7 million school budget approved

April 12, 2011
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - South Tama School Board members voted 5-0 Monday, April 4, to approve the 2011-12 fiscal year budget totaling $19,741,932, down 3.5 percent from the current year. The action came following a public hearing.

Board members, Michelle Yuska, Anne Michael, Jackie Dvorak, Mark McFate and Ron Hala voted in favor.

The proposed tax rate per $1,000 taxable valuation will be 13.92308, down 1.7 cents.

Charley Townsley, Chronicle - Tama News-Herald sports editor and general assignments reporter, was given the Superintendent’s Excellence Award for his service to the school.

Townsley told the school board he was deeply honored and had never known such a good group to work with.

He thanked the school for all their cooperation and for all the wonderful students who had helped him along the way.

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Board members approved the Wellmark Foundation Grant Application. South Tama is seeking funding assistance from the Wellmark Foundation to support their “Eat Better, Move More” initiative for 300 middle school students, grades 6-8.

A proposed budget would have STC Schools contributing $1,500 (25%) by investing in new ranges -ovens for the middle school family consumer classroom.

An estimated $2,000 would provide salaries and benefits for adults to prepare the curriculum and provide instruction to the students. Two adults would share four paid hours per week for those purposes.

An estimated $2,500 would provide groceries, game equipment and prizes for incentives for the students for any number of mini-competitions.

After the first year of operation, less planning time will be needed as the curriculum is developed and community organizations such as our Friends of the Middle School, Elementary Boosters, Activity Boosters and local fitness centers will be approached for in-kind and minimal financial contributions.

The final reading of the Parental Involvement in School policy was read and approved.

Other policies reviewed wwere the renaming of review instructional materials to Objection to instructional materials.

Revisions to internet appropriate use policy. The Iowa Association of School Boards version of this policy was passed.

The second reading of the policy renaming request to review instructional materials to Objection to Instructional Materials, and the approval of Appropriate use of the Internet.

Changes to all the policies reviewed were due to requirements of the legislature or the Iowa Association of School Boards. Superintendent Nelson says the policies have not been reviewed for over ten years and felt it was time to go through each policy and revise it to meet requirements or leave as is.

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