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Sale of old STC Primary mulled

July 7, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - Chronicle Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama School Board discussed the sale of school property during their regular meeting on Monday night, June 20.

Requests have been made concerning the property where the old primary school stood between 8th and 9th street on Harding (U.S. Highway) 63 in Tama. Board members present were Mark McFate, Jackie Dvorak, Anne Michael, Michelle Yuska and Alan Kline.

This building was disposed of in a fire department training session in 2007 and has never been used for anything since that time.

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Students cross state street (U.S. Highway 63) in Tama on their way to school at the Tama Primary in this Chronicle file photo. The building was razed in a fire department training exercise in 2007.

Superintendent Kerri Nelson explained the steps that are necessary to take in order to sell school property.

There was no action immediately taken. It is expected it will take some time to review everything that must be done to promote the sale of the property.


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Contracts were approved for Benjamin Adams, High School assistant principal and activities director at a salary of $84,000; Stacy Stull, Elementary assistant principal at a salary of $74,255; Marissa Cozine for Middle School 5th grade special education and Jesica Miers for Elementary Art for salaries of $37,007; Michelle Wiegand's contract for Middle School head 7th Grade Volleyball coach $2,013 and Janae Peterson, Elementary School second grade with a salary of $39,385.

Also, Cindy Reese will be transferred from Middle School educational aide to Dean of Students secretary at $13.59 per hour; Tonia Rodriquez will transfer from Elementary Title VII aide to High School educational aide and Danielle Davenport from Elementary Title VII Aide to Elementary educational aide with no change in salaries.

Melinda McDowell has resigned from High School math and varsity girls golf coach and Janae Becker has resigned from High School/Middle School ELL, effective immediately.

In other business the school board:

agreed to approve the High School Handbook with several changes being made-

-school fees which state the School District charges fees for certain items, such as textbook rental of $60 and Drivers Education $350. -the High School will pay for projects up to $40 per student for each course. The student and parent or guardian will be responsible for pre-paying any amount in excess of $40.

-students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP) transportation assistance under open enrollment, or students who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.

-students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the high school principal or district office secretary by Oct. 1 for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.

-lockdown emergency (an imminent threat in or around the building and tornado) only the Principal or his designee will authorize a Lockdown or Building Evacuation. Communication in the building will be made over the intercom or is necessary portable megaphone.

- Families will be required to provide all phone numbers where they can be reached during the day. (Home, cell phone, work and emergency) of all parents or guardians. The family will also be required to identify which number is the primary number of contact and update school offices of any change.

-child who is between the age of 6 and 16 is a mandatory attendee. If the student turns 6 after September 15th the student is not a mandatory attendee for that school year. If a student turns 16 after Sept. 15, that student is a mandatory attendee for the rest of the school year.

-graduation requirements are 48 Credits and the minimum years requires by the state are 4 years English (8 minimum credits), 3 years for Social Studies, Science and Math, with a minimum of 6 credits. Physical Education is 4 years and a minimum of 4 credits. Health is 2 years with a 2 year minimum. Sixteen other credits may be elective.

Semester tests are required for all students. semester tests will be given on assigned days determined by the building principal during the last week of the 1st and 2nd Semester.

-students who are not enrolled at South Tama County are not allowed to attend classes as a guest or visitor unless they are part of a visiting school with a teacher.

The board also reviewed the changes made in the Activity Handbook and approved the new Handbook.

a contract was approved DCAT, which is between the Iowa Department of Human Services and the South Tama County School District. The Agency will have the option to extend this contract up to two additional 1-year extensions. In accordance with the payment terms outlined and the contractor's completion of the Scope of Work as set forth in this Contract, the Contractor will be compensated an amount not to exceed $25,000 a year for the years of 7-1-14 thru 6-30-15, 7-1-15 thru 6-30-16 and 7-1-16 thru 6-30-17.

Bus bids have been received and the bid of School Bus Sales Company of Waterloo, Iowa was accepted with a bid of $98,308 for an 84- passenger Blue Bird transit bus. This will be a 2015 All American.



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