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STC approves early fall school start

May 30, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A Public Hearing was held at the South Tama School Board Meeting Monday night, May 1, to hear public comments concerning setting an earlier date for the STC schools to start next fall. No public comments were heard.

Board members voted 5-0, to set the school start date for Aug. 22, 2012 and the last day of the school year for May 29, 2013. Voting in favor were Michelle Yuska, Mark McFate Ron Hala, Jackie Dvorak and Anne Michael.

This schedule allows for eight professional days for teachers, 15 holidays or vacation days, and provides for scheduling early-out days on Wednesdays.

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South Tama students will be lining up for the first day of classes in August just as they did in this Chronicle file photo from opening day at the Elementary School in 2011.

In personnel matters:

a contract was approved for Melinda McDowell, high school math teacher, $26,500 annually, beginning with the fall term.

transfers were approved for Jilly Dilly from Elementary 5th grade teacher to 2nd grade teacher and Heidi Nicholas from Elementary Special Education teacher to 2nd grade teacher, both effective for the 22012-2013 term.

Marsha Keahna was named high school varsity girls basketball coach with a salary of $5,168.

Kate Murphy 3/4 time High School individual speech coach starting Feb., 2013, $2,544.

Heather Green 1/4 time assistant individual speech coach, starting Feb., 2013, $464

resignations were accepted from Robert Sondag, Drivers Education effective May 1; David Chizek as boys varsity soccer coach effective May 3; Chelsea Ahrens as fall strength trainer, effective May 11 and Amy Zimmerman as 4th grade Special Education teacher, effective the end of the current year.

Approve "Geocoding"

Board members voted 5-0 to approve "geocoding" the scool distrct.

The Iowa School Finance Information Services (ISFIS) is the company who worked on redistricting maps for the Board of Education. he company has the ability to geocode the new districts, complete an open enrollment analysis and complete a projection analysis for the Board. This requires a statement of Confidentiality and Nondisclosure from the company.

Geocoding spatially associate students' addresses to map coordinates and represents them on a map. Student centric analysis with a geographic information system is a two step process. Geocoding is a starting point for spatially relating data and allows for mission-cnetric planning.

Geocoding costs $200 for a list setup fee and 40 cents per record (1500 approximately) for an approximate cost of $800. This system allows the administration to know where each student resides. This system also has an open enrollment analysis with a cost of $250 upon delivery and a projection analysis at a cost of $250 upon delivery. The system helps the board and administration to know approximately how many students will be in the future classes.

Also before the school board:

The high school improvement team has worked on a weighted formula for grades.

Courses considered to be more difficult will carry additional weight to the students Grade Point Average. All courses were reviewed by the School improvement team and by degree of difficulty. This was done to encourage and reward students to take more difficult course work. This will improve academic rigor for students and validity of class rank and grade point average.

The Department of Education set proficiency requirements for all students accessing the Post Secondary Educational Opportunity (PSEO) programming as minimum NSS score for proficiency according to each grade level on the Iowa Assessment for Reading, Math, and Science. The board wishes to encourage all students the opportunity to continue to improve their academic growth now and in the future by providing an alternative assessment. Students must have the minimum National Standard Scores or above on the most recent Iowa Test of Educational Development or students wishing to enroll in the PSErogramming must have earned at STC High School course grade of B or better, or students wishing to enroll in the PSEO programming must have demonstrated above typical growth on the National Standard Score portion of the ITED (now Iowa Assessment) Reading Comprehension from their previous year to their most recent ITED taken prior to enrollment in any PSEO course.

The Federal Communications Commission recently amended their rules implementing

the Children's Internet Protection Actd (CIPA), which is applicable to those school districts and AEA 's that receive federal E-rate funds. In Iowa this is all of the school districts. There are several new requirements boards must have adopted in board policy by July 1, 2012. This includes

Monitoring the online activities of students including provisions regarding training students about appropriate online behavior, including interaction on social networking sites and chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Language that retains a policy for at least five years after funding from E-rate or CIPA has ceased.

Requirement that if this is a new policy, documentation of public notice and public hearing of the new policy .

Technology protection measure that protects against student Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors.

This would be Policy 605.60 Internet-Acceptable Student Use Policy and takes three readings to be approved. The first reading was approved.

The schoold flexibel Benefits Spending Plan has been administered by Horace Mann for many years, this year includes the PayFlex Plan. This will allow SouthTama employees to use debit cards, and manage their accounts on line.

Approved an agreement between Iowa State University and South Tama County Schools to place an intern from their Dietetics program in South Tama's facilities next October from October 1, 2012 to October 5, 2012. This provides the student with experience needed to become Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration eligible.

An agreement with the Iowa Association of Educational Purchasing to be renewed for the nutritional program food and supplies was approved. This bid process provides reasonable assurance that the South Tama distsrict is in compliance with federal procurement regulations.

Last fall when the elementary school parking lot wa bid, the high school driveway paving listed on SouthTama's six-year plan was pushed to the next fiscal year. (FY13). By starting such a project on or after July 1, 2012, the expenditure is a part of the fiscal year 2012-2013. Sealed bids were received from three companies. Manatt's bid was $114,620, OMG (Cessford) at $98,307 and Blacktop Service at $106,150. The board approved the Cessford bid.

There was two discussion items to be considered, tuckpointing of the high school building and the Iowa Public Schools Insurance Program Participation.



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