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Heating system under review for STC Elementary

Building Opened In 2006

June 18, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - Chronicle Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Monday night, June 9, Rick Nicholson with EPM met with the South Tama School Board and presented information on the heating system at the Elementary building in Tama.

Nicholson told the board members the elementary school is heated by 67 ground source heat pumps, with a heat pump for about every 1,400 square feet. The fresh air for the building is provided to the school only 50 percent of the time when it is occupied. If the outside air temperature is colder than 25 degrees or warmer than 80 degrees, the fresh air is turned off. Nicholson says lack of fresh air can cause health problems.

The EPM computerized temperature control system will monitor and improve air quality, according to Nicholson. The heat pumps are connected to a closed water system that adds and removes heat from the heat pumps. The heat is then either taken from or transferred to the earth around the building. There are not enough wells to allow the building to heat and boilers had to be added to supplement the wells.

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South Tama School Board members (l-r, seated) Mark McFate, president, and Michelle Yuksa, vice president. (L-r, standing) Alan Kline, Anne Michael and Jackie Dvorak.
Chronicle file photo

Unlike conventional heat pumps with outside air coils, these heat pumps cannot be readily inspected for damage or contamination without disassembling them. Normally the first sign of a problem is when the heat pump trips a safety and turns off. Each time a safety is tripped, the heat pump is stressed.

Eventually the heat pump fails.

Heat pumps are expensive to repair or replace. The Computerized Temperature Control system mechanical equipment monitoring and voltage protect options monitor and protect the operation of the heat pump systems, reducing the maintenance and repair cost. Although the existing DDC controls allow the system operator to look at most heat pump temperatures, it does not protect the heat pumps. Nicholson says the EPM control system does.

The total cost of the computerized temperature control system including the mechanical equipment monitoring and voltage protection is $287,844 or $3.07 per square foot.

The high school system purchased almost two years ago cost $300,651 or $3.89 a square foot.

The point cost for the Elementary School is $338.64 per point and the High School was $579.29 per point. The high numbers of heat pumps to control and monitor the operation of the heat pump system requires a total of 850 points control or sense point or one for every 110 square feet. The more points the lower the point cost according to Nicholson. The High School CTC system is on a pace to pay for itself in 5.92 years. Nicholson says it is important that the CTC system pays for itself with a 10-year loan.

Kerri Nelson, superintendent, said the board would study the information but would not take action at this time.

Personnel

Contracts were approved for Bryan Anderson, middle school head boys basketball coach effective January 20,2015 at a Salary of $1931 and Raven Deuth as Elementary ELL teacher, effective August 11, 2014 at a salary of $37,007.

Internal transfer include Kristee Hamilton from .5 FTE preschool to first grade at a salary of $37,007. Levi Hunderosse from 1.M.S. Special Education to .25 FTE Physical Education and .75 Middle School Special Education with no change in salary.Scott Bolen will transfer from 1.0 High School Health to .25 FTE Physical Education and .75 FTE High School Health.

Resignations were accepted from Dmitriy Shklyarov as head boys soccer coach effectively immediately; Wyatt Bauman, second grade teacher at the end of the school year; Tiffany Thiessen resignation as .5 FTE Family and Consumer Science, .5 high school guidance and 7th grade volleyball and 8th grade girls track, effective the end of the school year; and Marlys Upah as prom sponsor effective the end of the school year.

Superintendent Kerri Nelson recommended the district to employ a full time substitute teacher to fill daily substitute requests and long term substitute placements.

This position would be paid on Base 1 of the salary schedule and would also qualify for a single insurance policy. Nelson says this request is due to the many younger teachers who will start a family and need leave time.

Nelson also recommended the district increase the .5 FTE Guidance Counselor position to 1.0 FTE Guidance Counselor. The additional FTE will support the increased needs at the Middle School .25 FTE and existing needs at the High School.

In addition, Nelson recommended the positions at the Middle School Concessions and High School Concessions be paid an hourly ratae of $15 an hour when filled by a non-teacher employee. She also recommended the Musical Customer, Technical Director positions be a contracted service when provided by a non teacher employee.

All requests were approved.

In board action:

Elementary Handbook Meal, Bus Changes

The Elementary Handbook was approved after discussing the changes which included the change of prices for meals at the elementary, as well as some changes with the bus routes.

There are only two stops per student, one primary stop and one alternate stop. In situations where there is shared custody and student alternates between homes, each parent would be allowed one primary stop and alternate stop. There must be a 24-hour notice of alternate change. If they choose to change their alternate site, then it would be a permanent stop. A day to day change or temporary changes will not be allowed.

If a student is on his or her assigned bus and wants to get off at a different stop, they may do that but musts have a note from the office. Students may not be allowed to go home with another student if it involves a bus change or transfer. If there is an early out, the policy remains the same with the alternate stops that have been set in place. However, parents would be able to call the office the same day to confirm the stop their student should use.

Another change states visitors are always welcome.

If parents or guests wish to visit school, arrangements for visiting should be made with the teacher so that the visit might be more informative to determine the day's activities. People are asked to call at least 24 hours in advance of the visit. Check in at the elementary office to pick up a pass and sign in before going to any classroom. A visit kept to one hour is recommended. Invitations will be extended to parents on special occasions for programs and assemblies.

Preschool Handbook

The Preschool Handbook was approved with the changes.

Occasionally throughout the year there has been a no school day on Friday for teachers to participate in the district's professional development. During these weeks, class would be held on Wednesday. These sentences have been deleted from the handbook. Also deleted will be the final home visit as the 3rd parent teacher conference.

Middle school Handbook

Changes to the Middle SchoolHhandbook include breakfast being served every morning at 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the middle school, as well as the price change. Children bringing a sack lunch and desiring milk or students desiring a second half-pint of milk are expected to open a school nutrition program account and maintain a positive balance. When a parent feels their child will qualify for free lunches or reduced price lunches, they must personally make arrangements in the central office before free or reduced lunches will be granted.

A new application must be completed each year. The forms will be available at the registration. Parents or guardians should file a completed application as soon as they feel they would qualify.

Family lunch accounts should maintain a positive balance. If a family account should reach a negative balance of $10, students of that account will be served an alternative breakfast or lunch until the famil6y account is no longer at a negative balance of $10.

If a guest is going to eat school lunch with a student, the office must be notified by 8:15 a.m. the day of the visit to ensure enough food will be prepared.

Students may use electronic devices (cell phone, iPods, CC players, etc.) when authorized by a staff member. Added to the rules are "I will not change my iPad lock screen or add a passcode and I will use the iPad camera for classroom activities only".

East Street is also closed during recess time, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Under Academic Eligibility for Extracurricular activities each Friday during the athletic season an "F" list will be formulated and distributed to teachers, coaches and sponsors. Students who are earning an "F" will be placed on academic probation and will be required to meet with teachers to complete an academic improvement plan. If a student is still earning an "F" the following Friday, they will be ineligible to participate in competition for the next two weeks. Each Friday the eligibility of students to perform will be evaluated or reevaluated. In order to regain eligibility y the student must be in good academic standing. Students will be expected to practice during the time of ineligibility, but may not attend games. It is expected that this time be used to improve their academic standing.

Parents will be notified to inform them when their student is placed on academic probation or when ineligible. Students are encouraged to visit with teachers regarding their performance in the classroom. Students may contact teachers regarding their performance in the classroom. Students may contact teachers about the possibility of meeting before or after school to get extra help as well.

Personnel

Contracts were approved for Bryan Anderson, middle Sshool head boys basketball coach effective January 20,2015 at a Salary of $1931 and Raven Deuth as Elementary ELL teacher, effective August 11, 2014 at a salary of $37,007.

Internal transfer include Kristee Hamilton from .5 FTE preschool to first grade at a salary of $37,007. Levi Hunderosse from 1.M.S. Special Education to .25 FTE Physical Education and .75 Middle School Special Education with no change in salary.Scott Bolen will transfer from 1.0 High School Health to .25 FTE Physical Education and .75 FTE High School Health.

Resignations were accepted from Dmitriy Shklyarov as head boys soccer coach effectively immediately; Wyatt Bauman, second grade teacher at the end of the school year; Tiffany Thiessen resignation as .5 FTE Family and Consumer Science, .5 high school guidance and 7th grade volleyball and 8th grade girls track, effective the end of the school year; and Marlys Upah as prom sponsor effective the end of the school year.

Superintendent Kerri Nelson recommended the district to employ a full time substitute teacher to fill daily substitute requests and long term substitute placements.

This position would be paid on Base 1 of the salary schedule and would also qualify for a single insurance policy. Nelson says this request is due to the many younger teachers who will start a family and need leave time.

Nelson also recommended the district increase the .5 FTE Guidance Counselor position to 1.0 FTE Guidance Counselor. The additional FTE will support the increased needs at the Middle School .25 FTE and existing needs at the High School.

In addition, Nelson recommended the positions at the Middle School Concessions and High School Concessions be paid an hourly ratae of $15 an hour when filled by a non-teacher employee. She also recommended the Musical Customer, Technical Director positions be a contracted service when provided by a non teacher employee.

All requests were approved.

 
 

 

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