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STC School Board seated with two new members

September 24, 2017
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Monday evening at the regular meeting of the South Tama School Board, Michelle Yuska, board president and Mark McFate, Vice president, of the board for several years said their "goodbyes".

New board members elected in the Sept. 12 election were Ronald Houghton, Toledo, District 1 and Mandy Lekin, Toledo. District 2, and Alan Kline, rural Toledo was reelected by write-in vote to his District 4 post.

Board Secretary Mary Boege administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected members.

Penny Tyynismaa, Tama, Director District 3 received a unanimous vote for president and long-time board member Jackie Dvorak Chelsea was elected vice president.

Hire Director of

Curriculum and Instruction

A contract was approved between STC Community Schools and Becky Durand, Urbandale, to serve as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for South Tama. She will provide 70 days of service in the capacity of director of curriculum and instruction at a rate of $500 per day. The contract will be effective starting in September through June 30, 2018.

Durand's compensation will also include a district email address, access to the district internet, use of a copy / fax machine, basic office supplies and some secretarial support as needed.

Durand agrees to perform duties of director of curriculum and instruction, provide her personal laptop for work and be responsible for paying all state and federal taxes directly to the IRS.


Contracts approved included Dixie Forcht as Supplemental Agreement for Assessment for 2017-18 starting September, 2017, Noah Schmelzer as Head Varsity Girls Soccer for March 2018 and Kym Stein as Special Education Director.

Derek Dixon will transfer from 8th Grade Boys Basketball to 7th Grade Boys Basketball.

Resignations were approved for Dustin Peska as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for 2018 effective immediately, also a resignation from Rosalie Ridout as Middle School Education Associate effective October 9, 2017.

Overnight Trips

Superintendent Berger presented a composite list of the 2017-2018 possible overnight trips the Activities Department can envision at the present time. These include the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis, State Cross Country in Ames, State Varsity Volleyball in Cedar Rapids, Thespian Festival and Football Playoffs, both in Cedar Falls, All State Musical Festival and ISU Honor Band both in Ames, State Wrestling tournament, Boys and Girls State Basketball Tournaments. FFA Leadership Conference and Boys and Girls State Track meet, all in Des Moines. Boys and Girls State Tennis, Boys and Girls State Golf, State Softball and State baseball, all to be determined, and Boys and Girls State Soccer to be in Des Moines.

There may be more added to this list but not yet determined.

In otehr busienss:

Penny Tyynismaa was approved for her name on bank cards for Lincoln Savings Bank and The State Bank of Toledo, also approval for Tyynismaa and Superintendent Berger to issue and approve special education contracts.

Throughout the year South Tama may have various special education contracts with other school districts pertaining to South Tama students.

Iowa Code provides an uniform procedure for investigating allegations of physical and sexual abuse of students by school employees. An annual appointment of persons includes Stacy Stull, Kris Collins, Melanie Kemper, Anita Townsley, Ben Adams, Scott Bolen, Leah Fonua, Roy Frakes, Brent Bagnall, Dan Lopez, and Brett Karkosh.

Ahlers and Cooney Law Firm or another designated source will serve at the Level I position. Superintendent Berger will serve as alternate.

An addendum to the Contract between Iowa Valley Community College District and South Tama School shows the South Tama School District will purchase on behalf of the students enrolled in each college course or require such students to purchase from the College the textbooks and other instructional materials designated by the College as required for each course.

Books for online courses will be loaned to the school as previous practice. Schools are responsible for distribution to students and return of books to the College in reasonable condition. Books not returned or returned damaged will be charged at replacement cost.

Center Associates has provided an agreement for service with South Tama County Schools for the current school year, starting September 2017 through June 2018.

The agreement is initiated for the purpose of school based mental health services to the South Tama District. The Center Associates will serve with some flexibility 6 to 8 hours each week for the middle school and elementary, and six-eight hours per week for the High School and Partnership Center.

A list of fund raisers planned by coaches and sponsors of the High School Activities Department for 2017-2018 include the Gamers Club, Volleyball, Student Council, NHS, Football Cheerleaders, FFA, Wrestling, Basketball and Wrestling Cheerleaders, Thespians, Speech , Prom, Girls Golf, Girls Track, FCA.

The next board meeting will be held on October 16th at the Meskwaki Council Chambers.

Berger asked board members what names should be on a plaque dedicating the High School Addition.

Berger said he did not feel his name should be on the plaque since he did not start with South Tama until July 1st, also what board member names should be used.



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