On Monday night, Aug. 18, the South Tama School Board conducted a public hearing concerning the possible sale of the former primary school site in Tama. The hearing was scheduled due to possible interest in the property as a site for a multi-family apartment complex to be built by Newbury Living, a West Des Moines housing developer. The site is the block bordered by State U.S. Highway 63) and Oswego streets between 8th and 9th and also includes a paved parking area at the northwest corner of 9th and Oswego.
Bob Rafferty, attorney for Newbury Living, was present to discuss the possibility of the sale.
Rafferty told board members they were interested in building senior housing as well as low income apartments for the Iowa Premium Beef workforce expected to be assembled in Tama upon the reopening of the old Tama Pack.
Rafferty told the group he would come back to make an offer if the school decides to sell. Rafferty said the plot being considered has a negative value due to the work to be done to remove all the debris buried at the time of tearing down the old school building.
The public hearing was closed and the board discussed the property in a closed session at the end of the regular meeting.
No action was taken when the board returned to open session.
During the regular session, the board approved contracts for Hana Kucera, full time certified substitute at a salary of $27,200: Katelyn Ihnen High School and Middle School guidance counselor, $34,468 plus 10 extra days: Kacee Adams as Elementary Special Education aide, $9.93 an hour: Emily Chyma as assistant high school volleyball coach, $2,992: Jim Plantz, assistant middle school football coach for 7th grade, $1877: Jerry Bisher, supervisor for the weight room at $15 per hour: Nancy Haines for elementary food service, $11.95 per hour: Amber St. John as .5 preschool associate, $11.73 per hour and Michelle Wiegand as middle school girls head track Coach for Girls at $2 013.
Internal Transfers included Desiray Lint from elementary kitchen to middle school kitchen with no change in wages: Dustin Peska from High School Special Education to Alternate High School Special Education with additional five days: Gaynelle Conner from Alternate at the High School to High School Special Education (additional days will be removed from contract for this assignment; and Jeri Ellenbecker from middle school concessions to high school concessions with no change in salary.
Volunteer coaches approved were for Mike Stein and JJ Novotny for football: Stan Upah for volleyball: Ron Hala, Rick Hopper, Jake Jacobson and Larry Fletcher for basketball and Mike Wedmore for basketball and softball: Brandon Dunning and Dale Cruikshank for wrestling: Lynette Benda for tennis: Dave Chizek for soccer and Kelly Smith for baseball.
One Resignation was approved for Michelle Davis as elementary education aide.
Final readings for several policies were approved included:
a policy the auditors requested the board consider identifying the order of spending unrestricted resources.
Policy 601.10 where the board took formal action to move the fifth grade to the middle school this past spring. The policy needed to be corrected to include the fifth grade with the middle school. It also was 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.
Policy 601.50 changes to meet the state law, on the length of the school day.
Policy 601.20 pertaining to the school calendar to meet the current state law.