The South Tama School Board met Monday evening, Sept. 24, and approved several contracts. All board members were present including President Michelle Yuska, Ron Hala, Mark McFate, Jackie Dvorak and Anne Michael.
Contracts approved were for Leif Morris, assistant 8th grade football coach, $1,458; Jim Hall, 9th grade girls basketball, $2,359; Connie Dreesman, middle school special education aide, $9.16 per hour for 4 3/4 hours per day; volunteer coaches, Bryan Anderson, football; and Jake Jacobson, girls varsity basketball.
One resignation was approved for Travis Smith, assistant wrestling coach for 2012-13.
South Tama School Board.
News-Herald file/John Speer
Overnight Activity Trips for South Tama approved are as follows-
October: National FFA Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.; Oct 24-Nov 16, Football (Playoffs) at Cedar Falls; 18-27 Cross Country (State), Ames;
November: 7-10 Varsity Volleyball (State) Cedar Rapids; 9-10, Thespian Conference, Cedar Falls; 15-17, All State Music Festival, Ames;
February, 2013: 1-2 ISU Honor Band, Ames; 14-16 Wrestling (State), Des Moines
March: 5-9, Boys Basketball (State) Des Moines
April: 22-23, FFA State Leadership Conference, Des Moines
May: 16-18, Boys & Girls Track (State), Des Moines; May 24-25 Boys Tennis (State), Boys Golf (State); 28-29 Girls Golf (State); May 30-June 1 Girls Tennis (State), Boys Soccer (State) Des Moines
June: 6-8 Girls Soccer (State) Des Moines; 15-20, Environmental Science Trip, Ealy, Minn.; 24-29, International Thespian Conference, Lincoln, Neb.
July: 22-26, Softball (State); July 30-Aug 3, Baseball (State), TBD
In other business:
Superintendent Kerri Nelson told board members that throughout the school year there are various special education contracts with other school districts pertaining to South Tama students and asked the board to authorize Board President Michelle Yuska and / or Nelson to issue and approve special education contracts.
Iowa Code 280.17 and Chapter 102.1 provide a uniform procedure for investigating allegations of physical and sexual abuse of students by school employees. This is an annual appointment and the following have been appointed: Sue Bugge, Jim Bugge, Roy Frakes, Melanie Kemper, Brett Karkosh, Dan Lopez, Anita Townsley, Eric Townsley and Kerri Nelson Level 1 (Alternate)
Michelle Yuska will be South Tama district's representative for the delegate assembly of the Iowa Association of School Boards which will be held in Des Moines October 14-15.
The Department of Education did not approve the application for the Federal School Lunch Program and changes will be made to have it approved. To do this South Tama must verify that adult lunch prices are "greater than or equal to the free meal reimbursement rate plus USDA Foods meal rate". The free meal reimbursement rate of $2.77 plus USDA foods rate of .2225 equal $3.00 per meal.
Approved was the annual contract for services with Iowa Valley for PSEO and contracted courses. These courses are available for students as a way to earn both high school and college credit at no cost to the student. The classes are internet based and are offered through Marshalltown Community College. This allows high school students to complete general education credits that transfer to most two or four year colleges Eligibility for these classes is tied to proficiency on ITEDs. Each year the numbers of eligible students continue to increase.
The Activity Booster Club have made a donation for a new sign in front of the High School. The sign will have the ability to display text and pictures. The boosters have identified two companies and worked with the administration of South Tama and a few of the board members on the actual design. This was a sizable donation and the sign will soon be in place.
Joanna Hofer, director of finance and operations, told the board the school had received a Energy Conservation Block Grant through the City of Tama that will help in the installation of computer-controlled heating for the high school.