TOLEDO CHRONICLE - The South Tama School Board met Monday, April 18, with Struxture Architects who recently completed a survey with various groups in the STC School District. The firm was hired to develop and recommend future planning goals for the district.
Three meetings were held involving school staff, support personnel, students, parents and other district residents.
Five questions were asked with notes taken from each session which were compiled to see what those attending the meetings felt was most important.
Here’s the questions and a summary of the top results:
1. What about the STC Community Schools are you most proud?
Results of Question No. 1 found Diversity-Multi cultural community, students and staff and Great Staff, care about the students.
2. What about the South Tama Community Schools are you least proud?
Question 2 results were in the continued use of the portable classrooms at the High school and lack of a performance center.
3. How do you see eduation changing in the next 10 years locally, state-wide, nationally, internationally?
The two top priorities noted were technology and infrastructure increases.
Consolidation was of importance, also.
4. How do you see the South Tama communities changing in the next 10 years?
Concerns voiced included the communities struggling with the population decrease and that the area will become a bedroom community.
5. A recommendation has been made to build additions and make renovations to both the high school and the middle school. What is your reaction to that?
Responses included today's economy negatively affecting a bond issue and the need to educate the public on realistic needs of the district.
The groups of the first day included Middle School staff, High School students, custodians, bus barn, maintenance employees, High school and Middle School support staff, Middle school students, High school staff, high school parents, Tama and Toledo businesses, general community, and Tama and Toledo residents.
The second meeting was with Elementary staff and support staff, Administration team, cooks/CO/drivers, Middle School and Elementary School parents and the cities of Chelsea and Vining.
The third day meetings consisted of the City/County/Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, TC, music boosters, activity boosters, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, City of Montour and the Meskwaki Settlement.