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Iowa Valley, STC?finalize lease

June 25, 2013
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Three South Tama Partnership Center rooms have been leased at a rate of $400 monthly for use by the Iowa Valley Community College District under an agreement formalized on Monday, June 17.

South Tama School Board members Michelle Yuska, Mark McFate and Jackie Dvorak voted to approve the agreement with members Anne Michael and Ron Hala absent.

The three, second floor classsrooms, measuring a total of 1,430 sq. ft., have been remdoeled for this use.

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The South Tama Partnership Center on 9th Street in Tama will house some adult education classroom space for Iowa Valley?Community?College.
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Iowa Valley plans to provide Adult General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English Language Learners (EEL) programs utilizing the area.

The lease terms call for a 90-day termination notice by each party.

The Partnership Center, the former location of the South Tama Intermediate School originally housed Tama High School and later Tama-Toledo and South Tama High School classes.

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Portions of the building are now used for the South Tama alternative High School. A room was remodeled last year for use as a Professional Learning room.

The South Tama School Board also meets in this room, having relocated from the Administration Building last year.


Approved was the Master Contract with the

South Tama County Education Association and the Skilled Iowa Employer Agreement which communicates STC's commitment to use the National Career Readiness Certificate as a means to document an individual's essential work-related skills.

Contracts approved were for Audrey Roth, high school science teacher, Cally Thompson, middle school special education teacher and Laura Larsen, elementary special education.

Resignations accepted were from Michele Behounek, secondary media integration specialist, Kelle Slagle-Boles, varsity girls golf coach and Pam Nichols, middle school education aide.

Approval was given for adjusting the secretarial benefits to $2.65 an hour.

In other business:

it was learned each middle school student will be issued an iPad for use during the school day, with the student agreeing to take good care of the IPad, never leaving the device unattended, not taking the iPad to the lunchroom, restrooms, or locker rooms, never loaning it to other individuals, keeping food and beverages away from the iPad, not disassembling any part of the iPad or attempting to make repairs, protecting the iPad by carrying it in the provided case, using the iPad in ways that are educational, appropriate and meet middle school expectations, not deleting apps off the iPad and not placing any decorations on the iPad case.

there was discussion on the middle school grading scale being as follows: A 100-95, A- 94-90, B+ 89-86, B 85-83, B- 82-80, C+ 79-76, C 75-73, C- 72-70, D+ 69-66, D 65-63, D- 62-60, and F 59-0.

Discussion of the PPEL fund which will expire in 2014, was to place the PPEL fund on the ballot again which, if approved, would be for another ten years. The PPEL fund is used for building improvements. Some of things discussed was the replacing the portables, remodeling the high school cafeteria, resurfacing the high school parking lot. Renovation of the Old High School building on 9th Street was done with the PPEL fund to make it into the Partnership Center.

A change approved for the STC High School Student Handbook states "Early graduates will not receive their diploma until Commencement Exercises are completed for the current year, with certain exceptions by the staff. The purpose of this is that once the student has received their diploma ,the are no longer a student at the High School and are ineligible to participate in high school events.

Middle School changes are for emergency situations. The following action will be taken for each type of lockdown. Emergency lockdown is for an imminent threat in or around the building. The office will announce Lockdown Emergency (if a drill will be followed with "This is a drill") No one will be allowed into the building other than law enforcement. Teachers will secure classroom doors, windows and blinds will be closed, all staff and students will stay clear of doors and windows, students in hallways will enter the first available classroom-lock doors, administrative office will contact law enforcement 9-1-1 for assistance. If students are missing from a classroom, they will notify the office by intercom, or if there is extra students in a classroom they will notify the office by intercom. Lockdown will be in effect until an "All Clear" is given from the office. Building evacuation will be used for Fire Drill, Gas Leak, Bomb threat or other needed scenario.



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