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Will third time be “a charm” for South Tama PPEL vote?

Failied in 2013 & '14

August 12, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) vote may again be on the ballot for south Tama School District voters.

The STC School Board discussed at their regular meeting on Monday night, Aug. 5, the placement of the question on the Nov. 5 school election ballot - the third time renewal of the levy question would be before voters. The board agreed to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the vote at their regular meeting on Aug. 19.

May Boege, district business manager, said the levy would be for $1.30 per $1,000 valuation over a 10-year period. She estimates it would generate about $600,000 annually for the district. PPEL funds are designated for spending only on property, buildings or equipment.

In a vote in September, 2013, the issue failed 150 NO - 149 YES. In February, 2014 it was again before voters who rejected it by a vote of 435 NO - 303 YES.


On Monday the board approved Deb Hoskey as a middle school special education para-professional and Joe Tafta as a district-wide video production specialist. Tafta, who has produced videos district at no charge for the past two years will be compensated $1,500 annually.

The resignation of Krystal Peshel as a middle school special education para-professional was accepted.


Board members voted 4-0 with member Alan Kline absent, to accept the low bid of Hogland Bus Co, for a new school bus at a cost of $92,996.

The bus, if in production before October 1 will not have to meet the new seat belt requirement which goes into effect on that date, Chad Woosely, the district transportation manager told board members. He estimates future bus purchases will have $10,000 added to the costs as a result of the seat belt requirement.

Other bis for the bus were Thomas Bus Co. $99,278 and Blue Bird $102,288.

Accepted the food service supply bids of Anderson-Erickson for milk and Pan-O-Gold for bread.

Also approved Monday by the board were the Certified Employee Handbook and first reading of board policy 500, a wide-ranging policy group covering students.



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