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South Tama School Board approves asbestos removal at the high school

January 30, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - Chronicle correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Monday night, Jan. 20, the South Tama School Board members approved an agreement with Abatement Specialties to perform asbestos removal at the South Tama High School in Tama at a cost of $20,376.

Specifications for the project were prepared by Ames Environmental, Inc. of Slater, Iowa.

The contractor will take all steps necessary within the scope of the services performed for South Tama, to defend, indemnify and hold South Tama harmless from any fines, penalties, causes of action in which South Tama is subjected by reason of the contractors' noncompliance with existing regulations and patents for the removal.

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South Tama school Board; seated- President Mark McFate, Vice President Michelle Yuska. Standing, l-r- Alan Kine, Anne Michael, Jackie Dvorak.
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The work for this project is to beginning on June 2, 2014 and shall be completed by June 13, 2014.

Any controversy or claim arising out of this contract, or breach of contract, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.

The contractor certifies that all asbestos abatement personnel to be used on this project are employees of the contractor and further agrees no subcontractors will be used for the asbestos abatement portion of the project.


Contracted personnel approved were Sarah M. Leick, high school special education, effective Jan. 20, at a salary of $16,260; Amy Nachazel as a driver, effective Jan. 9, at a salary of $13 per hour.

One person has been approved for resignation. Paula Neyens will be retiring from the position of high school science teacher at the end of the present school year.


A team of teachers and administrators have worked on a base plan to submit for the state teacher leadership and compensation grant. This has been discussed at previous work sessions.

The work is of high quality and the committee has developed some solid components. This is the first year funding is available, and there are some questions about long term substantiability beyond grant funding.

The grant applications will be accepted for the next two years. It may be advantageous to learn from the districts that are funded to further refine the districts plan prior to full submission.

The district will continue to use the existing planning grant funds to further refine the plan and submit the full application in January 2015.



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