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Federal Impact Aid on decline for STC

February 7, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Joanna Hofer. director of fiance and operations for South Tama schools reported to school board members that one requirement of the Impact Aid application is the board must annually review the district's Indian Policies and Procedures, and provide documentation of said review (meeting minutes). Board members Michelle Yuska, Anne Michael, Jackie Dvorak, Mark McFate and Ron Hala were present for the meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 25.

South Tama is eligible for federal financial assistance because some of the South Tama students meet the following criteria

Impact Aid funds are based upon the number of students served by the South Tama School District whose parents live and / or work on federal lands. Since Federal Land or Indian Reservation Land is a nontaxable entity and cannot generate funds for a Local Education Agency (LEA), Impact Aid dollars given in lieu of these local taxes to help support the impacted LEA.

The Meskwaki Settlement is in the South Tama School District but property taxes are not assessed.

Hofer told the News-Herald following the meeting Impact Aid is projected at a continued lower amount in three successive federal fiscal years. The exact amount the South Tama School District will receive rests upon final calculations by the Impact Aid Office, she said in an email.

Support Levy

The Board adopted a resolution to consider participation in an Instructional Support Levy, which authorizes and directs the Secretary to give notice of a public hearing to be held Feb. 15, at 5:30 P.M.

After the public hearing the Board can adopt a resolution to participate in Insturctional Support Levy. They must wait for 28 days following the resolution for citizen petition to be filed before FY13 Budget can be certified with Department of Managements.

In other business:

Each year it is necessary to renew the Drug and Alcohol Agreement. This agreement is with C.J. Cooper and Associates. South Tama Schools has need of a program for alcohol and drug testing of applicants and/or employees and requires a alcohol and drug testing services from a provider.

South Tama will pay the Provider $35 per breath alcohol test, $50 per DOT drug test and $25 per DOT collection when performed at C.J. Cooper & Associates.

South Tama agreed to pay the provider at cost plus $2 administrative fee for DOT collections performed at any additional collection site. Other fees based upon time of day were also set.

The first reading of several policies were approved. Policy for Gifts, Grants and Bequests, Policy for Purchasing, Policy for purchase order, policy for use of credit cards.

Personnel Contracts approved were for Amber St. John, elementary-preschool special education aide, $10.36 per hour at 3.5 hours and Alison Brezina for bus driver at $38.35 per route / 2 routes at 1.5 hours

Resignations were from Nathan Shepard as head large group speech coach and play director for 2012-13 school year, effective Jan. 10, and Debra Plantz as high school English teacher at the end of the year. Plantz will take the retirement incentive.

Superintendent Kerri Nelson recommended renewal of the contract with KeBecda, previously called EduCaare, for Level III Special Eduation services. The contract is for $315,909 from Aug. 1, 2012 - July 31, 2013.

Discussion was held on whether to refinance the district debt. Piper-Jaffrey had visited with Superintendent Nelson advising the refinancing. By doing this the school district could save approximately $40,000 per year.



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