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South Tama schools enrollment holds steady in 2018-19

Approve Pay To Teachers For Coverage

November 28, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama schools enrollment held steady for the current school year over the 2017-18 term with an official enrollment totaling 1,441.1 students.

The figure was actually up the one-tenth of a student in the measurement over last year, school board members learned during their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 19.

The small increase allows for only a $675 state aid per student increase for which application was approved on a voice vote.

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South Tama School Board members (l-r, seated) Jackie Dvorak and Ron Houghton. (Standing, l-r)) Alan Kline, Board President Penny Tyynismaa and Mandy Lekin.
Chronicle / News-Herald file photo

A breakdown by building shows enrollment of:

elementary school 522

middle school 458

high school 460

In addition, there are an additional 94 students enrolled in the district's voluntary pre-school program.

South Tama has a total of 29 non-resident students enrolled in and 102 students enrolled out. For the 2017-18 year, STC had 38 non-resident students and a total of 111 students enrolled out.

"The goal is to (have) a culture in our district to encourage students to attend," Superintendent Jared Smith told board members.

Pay To Teachers For Coverage

A current shortage of substitute teachers causes gaps in classroom coverage because of teacher absences school board members were told Monday. The coverage is provided by on-duty teaching staff during their non-classroom preparation periods when substitutes are unavailable.

Upon the recommendation of Supt. Smith the board approved paying teaching staff members an additional $22 hourly when filling in to provide the classroom coverage. Approval was by unanimous voice vote.

The pay is slightly higher than the amount paid to substitutes- to cover a full day of classes a substitute is paid $115 and staff members cumulatively covering seven classroom period would receive $134.

A tabulation provided to the board of teacher absences not filed by substitute teachers during October showed 12 whole days and four half-days for the elementary' seven whole and five half days for the middle school; and four whole and four half days at the high school.


The board approved contracts for Zach Naniot for head high school custodian effective Dec. ; Haley Ehrich as middle school counselor effective Jan. 2, 2019; and Richard Hopper as assistant 8th grade basketball coach effective in January, 2019.

In other businesses the school board on unanimous voice votes approved:

the application for a total of $72,638 for supplemental funding for open enrolled out students.

the application to the school budget review committee for Lied Center (Bremwood) Consortium for special education administration cots in the amount of $6,014.

the application to the school budget review committee for the River Hills Consortium for special education administration cots in the amount of $1,529.

the application for modified supplemental funding for limited English proficient instruction beyond five years in the amount of $111,392.



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