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South Tama Supt. Berger seeks school board input

August 3, 2017
By Joyce Wiese - Chronicle Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

New South Tama Schools Superintendent Jeff Berger, had several questions for the school board at their regular meeting on Monday, July 24.

Berger asked if Board members had any issues they would like discussed in the Iowa Legislature. Berger said it was important to stay in touch with the legislature letting them know first hand the needs of the Iowa schools.

Berger also handed out papers to the board members, asking them each to write down two strengths they see in the South Tama system, two challenges they felt were present, and three things each member would like to see happen this next year.

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STC Supt. Jeff Berger

Berger also asked what data points were used to show the degree of success .

Berger began duties on July 1. He most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Education where he held various positions over 19-years.


Mary Boege, STC business manager, was reappointed to the position of board secretary and treasurer for the 2017 -2018 term.

Contracts were approved for Noah Schmelzer, high school social studies, effective Aug. 14; Jennifer Brown, high school cook and Katherine Murphy high school model teacher, both effective Aug. 23; and an Internal transfer for Christy Hammond from her current position of high school teacher at the Partnership Center to middle school STEM teacher.

Board Policies

The final readings were conducted and then approved for polices for Licensed Employees--Recruitment and Selection; Licensed Employee Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection; and License Employee Qualification Salary Schedule and approved.

Also approved:

Personnel Hiring Manual for Classified Staff was approved. This gives clear and concise guidelines for each and every person participating in the hiring of employees to work at the South Tama County School District. Guidelines area given to follow in order to comply with all applicable laws pertaining to the recruitment and hiring of employees. This guides each and every person participating in the hiring of employees to follow consistent practices, eliminating possibilities of discrimination in the process. It will simplify the hiring process to enable the search committees and administration to hire the most qualified persons in an expeditious manner. There are guidelines for management personnel to ensure procedures are followed in filling vacancies or creating new positions.

The Anti-Bully/Anti-Harassment, Hazing and Discrimination Hand Book was discussed and approved. This covers equal education and employment opportunities, the prohibition of discriminatory harassment, investigation procedures for discriminatory harassment, Witness Disclosure forms, and discrimination grievance procedures for students, patrons, parents, staff and applicants for employment.

In other business:

Approval of the Open Enrollment Application for CAM Academy (RB) was made. This is an entirely online program.

There were no bids for the bread supply for the 2017-2018 year. Consequently they Bimbo Baker extended their bid from last year at the same price as last year.

Two milk bids were mailed to Anderson Erickson and Hiland Dairy Foods. Both responded with basically the same price. Anderson Erickson has been supplying the milk previously, so the board voted to continue with them. The main concern was service.

Approval was given to submit the Food Service Application to the Department of Education for approval. This is done each year. The school now has "Offer versus Serve" in all South Tama buildings.

In the 2015-2016 school year the total reimbursement rate determination shows 95,965 free lunches, 19,036 reduced price lunches, with a total of lunches at 176,811.



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