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STC seeks state funding to aid open enrollment costs

November 29, 2011
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

As the result of students who open enroll out of the South Tama School District and other criteria, Superintendent Kerri Nelson was authorized to make application for a trio of state School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) funding.

The action came at the regular meeting of the school board on Monday, Nov. 21.

Included are these amounts:

up to $111,777 Modified Allowable growth for Open Enrollment Out students who were not included in fall 2010 certified enrollment authorization.

up to $64,933 modified allowable growth for Limited English Proficient Instruction beyond four years.

up to $159,563 for modified allowable growth for dropout and dropout prevention.

Middle School Stair Lift

The stair lift at the STC Middle School in Toledo for the main building was purchased several decades ago and like the other two lifts in the building, repair parts are reported virtually unavailable.

District officials are aware there will be at least two students relying on the lift for access to their classrooms next year.

As a result, replacing the larger, three-story stair lift because its parts can be used on the other two smaller units appears to be the most effective path. (The smaller units mechanisms and circuitry will not work on the larger one)

A bid for a new three-story stair lift from Access Elevator and Lifts has been received in the amount of $45,696 and was accepted by the school board Monday night.

This is the same company which installed the lift originally and recently installed a new lift at the High School.

School Bus Bids

Last December the STC Board of Education approved the purchase of four buses, two maintenance vehicles and a Suburban, and further indicated that during the fiscal year of 2012 the district would purchase two more buses, two more Suburbans and one car. STC district has advertised and will take sealed bids on a new 2012 Fleet/non-retail Chevrolet Impala IWF19 4-door Sedan, LS Fleet, or comparable Ford model.

They have also advertised for sealed bids for two new 2012 Fleet/Non-retail Chevrolet Suburban 2WD 4-door 1500LS or comparable Ford models.

Another bid advertised is for a 83-84 passenger school bus chassis and body. All bids will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 19.

The December Board of Education meeting will be held on Dec. 21 instead of Dec. 19 and action on the bids is expected at that time.

Professional Learning Communities

Supt. Nelson gave an overview on the information about the district's implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and the work they are doing with Dr. King from Solution Tree.

The PLC process is used to help staff focus on student learning, develop a collaborative culture and focus on results. Four key questions were used to guide staff conversations.

These were "What is it we expect our students to learn? How will we know when they have learned it? How will we respond when they don't learn and how will we respond when they already know it?

In other business the school board:

approved a contract for Charlotte Shadden for bus driver on the 1 p.m. route at 1 1/2 hours per day for 134 days at $38.35 per route.

discussed retirement incentives but took no action.

learned of math professional development and the text book selection process that is currently underway from Principal Eric Townsley and Joel Murphy, curriculum director.



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