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STC appeals pair of open enrollments

South Tama School Baord Special Meeting

October 20, 2011
By Joyce Wiese, News Corespondent
AMA NEWS-HERALD-In special session of the South Tama School Board on Thursday, Oct. 13, it was decided to file an appeal on a pair of open enrollment requests.

According to South Tama officials, two students do not meet any of the good cause definitions and have been attending a different school district since pre school. Preschool students are not required to file open enrollment paperwork, but K-12 students are required to do so.

It was reported the East Marshall's School Board approved these requests without meeting the good cause deadlines.

The Iowa Department of Education has outlined the appeal process for these open enrollment requests.

It will not change the current placement of the child, but will allow the district the potential to recover the lost state aid. The STC Board voted 5-0 with members Jackie Dvorak, Ron Hala, Mark McFate, Anne Michael and Micelle Yuska voting in favor to file the appeal to get the money returned.

Another open enrollment request was denied. This application was filed late and does not meet the definition of good cause. The board does not have the legal authority to approve this request.

As a result, the board voted to deny a request for open enrollment due to the lack of good cause.

Another open enrollment request was approved. The open enrollment requests for two other students were filed late but do meet the definition of good cause.

The board does have the legal authority and voted to approve this request.

Contract Approved

For Math Assistance

The District is consulting with the Math Solutions Company, Sausalito, Calif., for professional development services in the area of math.

The contract will provide intensive training for the South Tama math teachers in content knowledge and instructional strategies. Math professional development is required with the School in Need of Assistance status.

Approximately six weeks before the course, a Math Solutions instructor will contact STC to discuss course content. At that time the school agrees to provide Math Solutions with an updated participant count by grade-level .

Math Solutions will take into account in good faith, any reasonable feed back from Host regarding the course, but Math Solutions shall have ultimate control over the format and content of the course.

Cost of the program $21,000 for services from Nov. 11, 2011 through Feb. 20, 2012. There will also be a cost of $7,200 for Math Solutions Online Professional Development, consisting of six sessions of online professional development training.

Volunteer coaches approved for volleytball include Doug Stadler and Marsha Keahna. Volunteer coahes approved for basketball are Mike Wednore, Rick Hopper, Larry Fletcher and Derek Kemper.

All volunteer coaches must pass a background screening.

The Board also went into closed session to discuss a confidential student discipline issue .



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