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STC School Board mulls long range plans for school buildings

May 14, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Discussion items on Monday, May 5, by the South Tama School Board included the Multi-year Facility Planning. These are items to be considered and were only discussion items.

The example presented included for the 2014-2015 fiscal year a boiler replacement at $235,000, Engineer for the Project at $16,000, Security System at the High School at $30,000, Bus replacement at $100,000, Middle School and PHS Playground at $20,000, Doors in the High School Shop at $8000, iPads for the 5th grade at $75,000 and for the 3rd and 4th grades at $150,000, Bathroom upgrade at the Middle School $10,000 and PHS Locker Room Upgrades at $10,000.

Fiscal year 2015-16 includes a Security system at the Elementary Center at a cost of $50,000, Bus Replacement at $100,000, High School Parking Lot Pavement at $250,000 and High School Parking Lot Lights at $25,000, Staff Computer Replacement at $150,000 (staff computers are getting quite old and outdated), and Ceiling Tiles at the High School for $8,000.

Article Photos

The South Tama School Board - l-r, front- President Mark McFate, Vice President Michelle Yuska. Standing, l-r- Alan Kline, Anne Michael and Jackie Dvorak. May is School Board Recognition Month.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 includes removing the portables at the High School (Demolition costs) and Phase 1 addition to the High School. Phase one would include a wing to replace the classroom space provided by the portables. A security system at the Middle school, pending the decision on use of middle school, restoration as a historical building or addition to the high school location for a new middle school. Phase 2 would include addition at the High School or start renovation of the Middle School.

2017-2018 would include Phase 2 at the Middle school, Remodeling the High School Kitchen and Cafeteria, Vehicle replacement at $100,000 and Technology and iPad replacement at the Middle school at $150,000.

Several other items can be included or deleted from these plans, as they are discussed.

In other discussion items, Mary Fasse Shaw, Development Associate for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, and representing Tama County, and Jamar Thompson with Northeast Iowa Community Foundation, were present to give information on Invested Endowment Funds for the School with Northeast Iowa Foundation.

Also discussed were the non-teaching coach and sponsor positions. Non-teaching coaches and sponsors are currently issued contracts for the activities they are assigned. In order to meet regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Affordable Care Act, the district needs to monitor the hours worked and hourly rate of pay as if they are an hourly employee. The district currently uses time sheets to monitor hours worked and is also considering paying these positions on an hourly rate rather than an a contract. Pay must meet the minimum wage. A draft pay schedule will be discussed at a later date.

The Board set a date for a public hearing for a budget amendment for Wednesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Professional Room at the Partnership Center in Tama at 215 West 9th Street.

Changes in the expenditures is in the other expenditures area which is for elementary building general obligation bond redemption. The budget change would be from $1,691,367 to $$7,306,967. The Instruction, Total Support Services and Noninstructional Programs are the same.

The change in estimates will be financed from increased receipts and balances not budgeted or considered in the current budget. There will be no increase in taxes to be paid in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. At the hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed amendment.

A detailed statement of additional receipts other than taxes, balances on hand at the close of the preceding fiscal year, and proposed expenditures, both past and anticipated, will be available at the hearing.

Personnel

Heather Stanley who has had the position of ELL teacher has accepted a contract as 3rd grade teacher, effective August, 2014. This is conditional on finding a suitable replacement for the ELL position.

Richard Koehler, Middle School and High School Supplemental Lessons instructor, Larry Roach, Varsity and Junior Varsity coach for Girls Basketball and Holly Kupka, Junior Varsity Volleyball coach, have all put in resignations, effecting May 1, 2014.

Accesibility Equipment

Accessibility equipment is installed at the high school and middle school. These lifts need annual maintenance checks and safety testing.

Access Elevator and Lifts, Inc. Omaha, Neb., installed the equipment and is able to continue to provide this service under the terms of the agreement.

Unit one and two were both installed in December, 2010, and Unit 3 in June 2012. An AEL technician will perform all of the manufacturer's preventative maintenance checks on the equipment. The work will be scheduled on a non-emergency service basis, preferably in the month of January. One visit per year should be made at a cost of $650.

 
 

 

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