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South Tama announces more new staff

Encourage Local Education Students To Consider South Tama

May 29, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

New staff members for the fall term continued to be approved for hiring by the South Tama School Board Monday night, May 20. Along with the hirings, Superintendent Jared Smith made a pitch for current graduating seniors along with others in education with ties to the community to consider a career with South Tama.

He recognized three of the seniors who graduated Sunday and said a total of 10 or more who have indicated education majors in college will receive a letter "to assure them of an interview by us" when they finish school.

He pointed to the advantages of hiring teachers who "know the community."

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South Tama Superintendent Jared Smith

Board member Ron Houghton heard agreement from the three graduates present to his suggestion of offering a scholarship for education majors in college who would return to the district and teach for a guaranteed period of at least four to five years.

Personnel for which contracts were approved Monday night included Blake Wedeking, middle school counselor, Jennifer Anderson, kindergarten, Brian Trester, grades 7-12, Partnership Center special education, and Rachel Russell, grades K-6 Partnership Center special education.

Also hired were Stephanie Panosh and Elinor Rutledge for elementary food service and Dawn Steuhm for middle school food service.

Levi Klopping was approved as assistant basketball coach for middle school girls and Serena Lowe for assistant middle school softball coach. Dave Wiese was approved as a volunteer middle school baseball coach for the summer.

The resignation of Marla Behounek as musical / play costumer effective June 30 was accepted.

TLC lead teachers named for 2019-20 are Elementary School- Maggie Jesina, preschool Lynne Clancey, kindergarten, Mel Cole, 1st grade, Missy Jesina, 2nd grade, Amy Forgie, 3rd grade, Amy Parizek, 4th grade, Marilyn Rippy, music and band, Megan Rosenberger, elementary specialist, Lon Wilkerson PE and health, Heather Garret, library and Laurie Baack, elementary special education.

And, middle school- Ashley Raue, Ashley Steven, math, Paula Miller, science, George Kuhter, social studies, Liz Weitzell, English language learner, Jeanette Stacy, special education, and Stephanie Lane specialist.

For high school- Dustin Peska, PHS, Robert Tyynismaa, math, Dan Mayo, science, Chelsea Ahrens, social studies, Nancy Dostal, English language learner, Ellen Moran, special education, Dixie Forcht, talented and gifted, Jeff Funk, CTE, Nate Doran, visual arts, Victoria Hamilton, world language and Dan Lopez, counselor.

Lunch Price, Book Fee,

Activity Ticket Hikes

School lunch prices and book fees will raise this fall for South Tama school students which the board approved on 5-0 voice votes Monday. Schools are required to use what is termed a "Paid Lunch Equity Tool" to determine prices and be in compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements.

It was calculated the price should be three dollars for STC schools.

Sandy Jantzen, food service director recommended a 20 cents hike to comply. The board approved a charge of $3 for secondary students and $2.90 for elementary.

The student books fee hasn't been raised for two years board members said.

Business manager Mary Boege was reported to have checked other conference and area schools book and other student fees.

She recommended, and the board approved, book fees as follows: elementary $50; grades 5-8 $60; grades 9-12 $70. Cleaning prices for band uniforms and choir robe cleaning will be $25 and student activity tickets will cost $50.

Social Studies Update

Shauna Smith, curriculum director presented a study group recommendation for the social studies program reaching from kindergarten through 12th grade. It was noted the last adaptation of a social studies program for South Tama schools was 17 years ago.

It was reported a team made up of Steve Bearden, Sarah Dostal, Nicole Walker, George Kuhter, Chelsea Ahrens, Seth Koch, Jon Huebner and Smith met monthly over the past school year "to review Iowa's new Social Studies Standards, score the quality of curriculum available and pilot lessons in their classrooms.

Their recommendations were for program entitled Pearson adoption of kindergarten and 1st grade and McGraw-Hill for grades 2-12.

The board approved the new social studies curriculum which is estimated to cost $100,000.



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