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Budget approval before South Tama School Board

April 2, 2012
By Joyce Wiese, News Correspondent and John Speer, Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama School board members are scheduled to approve the 2012-13 district budget at a special meeting tonight- Monday, April. 2. The meeting is set for 5 p.m. and the location was changed to the elementary cafeteria from the Administrative Center.

It was unknown at Chronicle press deadline what form the budget would take. It sparked some concern and comment after it was announced the initial $20.4 million budget proposal would result in a 28 percent property tax hike.

The board tabled action on the budget following a public hearing on March 19.

A number of potential budget cutting measures were considered by the school board during a special meeting on Monday, March 26.

They include:

eliminate the Curriculum director position.

eliminate one high school English teacher position

combine the middle school and high school band director position

eliminate one elementary teacher

eliminate one custodial position

hold off one year on the text book plan.

eliminate one secretary position making the position a half-time position

discontinue the inter-school mail route

eliminate the family consumer science position at the Middle School

These recommendations will be considered only if the board decides to reduce the levy


The South Tama County School Board met in special session on Thursday night, March 29, to discuss the redistricting plan for board members.

Present were board members Michelle Yuska, 1st District, Mark McFate, 2nd District, Ron Hala, 4th District and Jackie Dvorak, 5th District. Third District Board Member Anne Michael was absent.

Due to the release of the 2010 Federal Census data, school districts are required by law to redistrict their boundaries.

Iowa School Planners Information Services (ISPIS), has prepared three options for the board to select from.

District 4 and District 5 have the most significant change as the population in those areas has shifted and the board selected Option three which provided for these shifts.

District 4 includes and area from Toledo west and north.

District 5 is an area basically including the area from Tama eastward through Chelsea and south of U.S. Highway 30.

Watch for maps of the new district boundaries when they become available.

Height, Weight Data To Be Collected

The Iowa Department of Health has requested the ability to collect BMI surveillance data in 9th grade. Parents are able to deny this screening for their child.

The purpose of this screening is the mutual desire of the school and the health department to collect height and weight data of elementary school aged children.

Kerri Nelson has been designated to act as the contact administrator. This individual is responsible for financial and administrative matters of this contract.

Theresa Walton has been designated to serve as the project manager. She is responsible for all technical details related to the project.

Negotiations concerning the contract are the responsibility of STC Superintendent Kerri Nelson.

The Health Department agrees to if not previously received, the school nurse will pick up the scales and/or the stadiometer from a pre-designated locations. The Health Department also agrees to provide the school with a parental approval/refusal release document for each 9th grade student who participates in the BMI surveillance survey.

The school will agree to participate in a one hour Webinar training on the collection of Body Mass Index (BMI) surveillance data. They will also conducted BMI surveillance Surveys by obtaining height and weight of 9th grade students in the school.

Height and weight measurement will be collected on 9th grade students prior to December 31, 2012 and submitted to the Department of Health no later than December 31, 2012.

The total budget for this program is $600.



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