South Tama Schools Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) will be back before voters in February of next year. The South Tama School Board voted 4-0 to order an election on the issue on Feb. 4, 2014. Voting in favor on Monday, Nov. 18, were members Mark McFate, Michelle Yuska, Jackie Dvorak and Alan Kline. Member Anne Michael was absent.
If approved, the levy would be extended for 10 years beginning July 1, 2015 at a rate of $1.34 per $1,000 property valuation.
The issue failed on a vote of 150 - No - 149 - Yes in the regular school election on Sept. 10.
South Tama Sc hool Board members (seated Mark McFate, president and Michelle Yuska, vice president. (L-R, standing) Alan Kline, Anne Mivhael and Jackie Dvorak.
Proceeds from the tax are restricted to use primarily for buildings, land and equipment and maintenance.
Contracts approved were for Lana Kellogg as elementary special education aide effective Oct. 11, $10.47 per hour; Celeste Bets. middle school special education aide effective Nov. 11, $9.37 per hour; Mallory Albers as elementary special education aide effective Nov. 11, $9.37 per hour; Wyatt Bauman, second grade teacher effective Nov. 18, base pay of $27,100 and TSS of $4910 for a total of $32,010 (prorated per contracted days).
And, Lon Wilkerson will be the spring event coordinator, $3,250; Nicole Mathews, co-winter basketball cheer sponsor, $740; Bryan Anderson. 9th grade boys basketball coach, $2,168; and volunteer coaches approved include Kelly Waseskuk, cheerleading, Rick Hopper, 7th grade boys basketball and Jake Jacobson, basketball coaching.
Resignations accepted were from Sara Cronk, high school education aide effective Nov. 15, and Cherie L. Overton, high school special education, effective Jan. 17, 2014.
South Tama Superintendent Kerri Nelson told board members schools designated in need of assistance (SINA) are required to provide supplemental education services.
KeBecca has provided services for the past four years at the South Tama Elementary building. This agreement is signed annually. Nelson says there are other providers available, but they have not had as large student participation.
Board members approved the contract for the 2013-14 year.
SES (Supplemental Education Services) provides tutoring for reading and math.
Under the terms, no travel expenses will be reimbursed to the provider. The School district reserves the right to cancel this agreement upon a thirty day written notice should funds no longer be available due to budget reductions imposed by the federal government if the Iowa Department of Education revokes approval of the Supplemental Educational Services provider, or if the district determines that the Provider is unable to meet the specified goals and timetables.