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STC Schools sets hearing on Tama property sale

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

The South Tama School Board has set a public hearing date for the sale of property at 806 State Street and 111 East Ninth Street, both in Tama. The action came during the board's meeting on Monday night, July 28.

STC Superintendent Kerri Nelson told board members she had been approached about the property and informed the interested party there was a process the school is required to go through before selling school property.

That process has been completed except for a public hearing and the decision as to whether or not to sell the property. Nelson said she had been notified the City of Tama was also working with these same people on making a deal on Tama City property, but decided to go ahead with the public hearing anyway.

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Site of former South Tama Primary between 8th and 9th Streets and bordered by State and Harmon streets in Tama.
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The public hearing is set for Aug. 18, at the STC Partnership Center Meeting Room, 215 West Ninth Street, in Tama.

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The board took formal action to move fifth grade to the Middle School in Toledo this past spring.

Baord policy needed to be corrected to include fifth grade with the middle school. The policy has also been amended to reflect the current practice of allowing students to attend different attendance centers to meet individual learning needs such as accelerated learning or alternative education.

The school district offers an education program for grades preschool through twelve.

The levels of instruction are organized by the following levels. Grades preschool through fourth grade shall be considered Elementary School students. Grades fifth through eighth grade shall be considered Middle School students and grades nine through twelve shall be considered High School students.


Contracts were approved for Dana Wefel, elementary special education teacher at a salary of $37,007; Ian Tayner, high school math teacher, $39,997; and Danny May, head varsity boys track coach, $4,488.

A retirement resignation was approved for Theresa Fisher, long time employee, from her position at the Partnership Center. Fi

In other business:

There has been several changes in state law related to the length of the school day. Changes have been made to reflect the current law.

T he second reading of this policy was approved. The board may define the number of days kindergarten will be held and the length of each school day for the students attending kindergarten. The school day will consist of a schedule as recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board..

The second reading of policy covering the school calendar was approved. There had been several changes in state law related to the development of the school calendar. The changes in the policy reflect current state law. The school calendar will accommodate the education program of the school district. The school calendar is for a minimum of 180 days or 1,080 hours, and include, but is not limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development, in-service days and teacher conferences.

Two bids were mailed to vendors for the schools bread supplies. The board voted to accept the bid from Bimbo Bakeries (Sara Lee) for the 2014-15 Nutrition Program bread products. Also, bids were mailed to three vendors for milk products. The Anderson-Erickson bid for the 2014-15 school year was accepted for all milk products.

The school district has previously participated in the Federal Nutrition program. The board agreed to continue this practice.

The board reviewed the affirmative action plan for the South Tama District .Policy 405.01 (Classified Employees Recruitment and Selection) states the superintendent of designee shall be responsible for recruiting and selecting Support Staff employees. Administrators shall be responsible for selecting those Support Staff employees under their immediate supervision, with the approval of the Superintendent or designee., Regular employment must be approved by the Board of Education. When a vacancy occurs within the District, notification of the vacancy shall be advertised on the DISTRICT WEBSITE, TEACH IOWA, AND OR LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, unless filled by a transfer. District employees interested in that vacancy need to make application to be considered for the vacancy.

Superintendent Kerri Nelson discussed the proposed competency based education and grading system. She talked of the Common Core system the school is using and the results so far of the students.

A report from the 2014 Iowa Association of School Board Legislative Resolution Actions was sent to the Board of Education with 38 items. The Board was requested to pick five of the thirty eight they felt was most important. Those five items were :

-Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buy down the highest additional levy rates to the state averagaea. No major action was taken on this but Senate File 2230 added language that allows a vote on the revenue purpose statement for school infrastructure funds to occur at the same time as a reorganization vote.

- Supports setting supplemental state aid, replaces the term allowable growth, by the date specified in the Iowa Code at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs. Our priority is to increase the state cost per pupil and the spending authority associated with it to build a strong base for future education resources.

-Supports a school foundation formula that adequately and in a timely manner, funds changes in demographics including socio-economic status, remedial programming and declining and increasing enrollment challenges.

-Supports efforts to minimize property tax disparities that occur between school districts because of the additional levy rate in the school foundation formula.

-Supports predictable and timely state funding to serve students receiving special education services at a level that reflects the actual cost, including educational programming and health care costs.

The school district accounting practices follow state and federal laws and regulations, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and the uniform financial accounting system provided by the Iowa Department of Education. As advised by the school district's auditor, determination of liabilities and assets, prioritization of expenditures of governmental funds and provisions for accounting disclosures must be made in accordance with governmental accounting standards.

The auditors have requested the board consider creating this as a policy. This policy would let the board identify the order of spending unrestricted resources. It was approved.



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