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Vote today: Physical plant, equipment levy, South Tama and Iowa Valley Board seats

Candidates Present Views

September 10, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

By John Speer


Voters in the South Tama County School District will decide on Tuesday, Sept. 10, whether a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) is renewed for 10 years, choose District I and 4 school board members and vote on the Iowa Valley Director District 6 position.

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Michelle Yuska - Yvonne Mallory

Polls will be open from noon- 8 p.m. in Tama, Toledo, Chelsea, Montour and the Sac and Fox Tribal Center on the Meskwaki Settlement.

The PPEL levy is currently assessed at $1.34 per $1,000 property valuation and this rate would continue for the 10-year period according to Mary Boege, STC business manager. The renewal period begins next year, if approved.

The levy funds can pay for school building and grounds improvements and upkeep, purchase or rental of buildings, purchase of transportation equipment and energy conservation measures.

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Yuska seeks reelection to STC School Board

From: Michelle Yuska

I believe that providing a good educational system for our children is important to our community. Our district, like many others in the State of Iowa, continues to face tough decisions. It's extremely important to make fiscally responsible choices without compromising the quality of education we offer our students. We can have academic excellence and intellectually rigorous programs if we work together to make sound decisions.

In the past, I have demonstrated that I have the best interest of our students heart and will work with the others make our schools a safe place where students come first. As always, we have a lot of work ahead of us and I will continue to do my best to represent you and our students. We need to continue to build on the relationship between the district and all of our stakeholders; so that we can continue to make our district a place where people want to work, a place where parents want to educate their kids, and school that everyone is proud of. I appreciate your support and will continue to be available for citizen, parent, staff, and student concerns, comments and ideas.

Mallory on ballot for 5th Ia. Valley term

From: Yvonne Mallory

My tenure as a Trustee of The Iowa Valley Community College District has taught me many things. Perhaps diligence, persistence, and patience are among the most important. I have served our community to the best of my ability and hope to continue to work on our behalf.

I am pleased to say that Marshalltown Community College's efforts to increase student enrollment in the STC HS Dual Enrollment program has been very successful.

STC's Dual Enrollment participation has increased significantly and included about 125 students in the 2012-13 school year.

Efforts to develop a mini IVCCD Education and Training Center similar to the one in Marshalltown has taken 10 yrs. Iowa s community colleges have worked diligently for some time educating the Governor and the Iowa Legislature about the need for funding Adult Basic Education in Iowa.

The Iowa Valley Community College District's efforts to engage undereducated adults in the South Tama area is our next step. The South Tama area 18-24 yr. old population has a 20% non-high high school graduation rate.

IVCCD's educational programs will focus on Adult Basic Education, GED, and English Language Learning. I expect the District will be successful in its efforts to meet the educational needs of these individuals.

As you know, economic development efforts lag when the workforce is not sufficiently educated. As the Center develops I anticipate that there will also be Job Skills Preparation classes made available to adults in our area. Education is the key to effecting change in income gaps.

I am a firm believer in the Tama County taxpayer getting a good return on his/her tax dollars. IVCCD/MCC is not only for the folks living in Marshalltown. A Center in Tama-Toledo is long overdue. I

am grateful for Chancellor Duree and his Leadership Team for their acknowledgement of the South Tama educational situation and their efforts to tailor appropriate programming for our community. Please celebrate the opening of the new IVCCD-STC Center at an Open House in October.

A simple majority is required for passage.

STC School Board

Michele Yuska, Toledo, South District 1 board member, is seeking reelection to a to a third, four-year term. She is unopposed.

There are no candidates on the ballot for the STC District 4 position. Incumbent board member Ron Hala, rural Toledo, did not file nomination papers. As a result, the post will be determined by write-in.

Voters district-wide cast ballots for all school board posts. A director must live within boundaries of the district elected to represent.

Iowa Valley Board

Yvonne Mallory, rural Toledo, is unopposed in seeking a fifth, four-year term as District 6 director on the Iowa Valley Community College Board. District 6 includes all of the South Tama School District, the Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom School District and a portion of the Grinnell-Newberg School District.

She is unopposed.



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