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South Tama School Board “wrestles” with wrestling trip

October 9, 2017
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama varsity wrestling team had previously requested South Tama School Board permission for an overnight stay for a two-day tournament at Independence they will be competing in. At the last board meeting South Tama Superintendent Jeff Berger suggested they table the request until the next meeting since the tournament will not take place until the end of November.

The Friday night portion of this event may not finish until 10:30 p.m. If the bus carrying the team should come back to South Tama after that evening's wrestling it would be after midnight. The team would have to be back to the School to depart for weigh-ins at 6 A.M., Saturday morning.

The coaches felt this would not allow the team much chance at success as they would not be getting adequate sleep.

They had figured the cost for meals and motel rooms would come to $728.

At the Monday night, Oct. 2 board meeting, Berger introduced Option 2 which would be motel accommodations at $448, using two suburbans versus one bus with the coaches driving, eliminating the use of the bus and the expense of $264 for a bus driver.

The team would be responsible for their meals.

This arrangement met with board approval.

Insurance update

Five years ago five schools got together to join the Iowa Public School Insurance Program (IPSIP). There are now 25 schools in the group. Each year the IPSIP administration team takes feedback from the IPSIP membership, the local agents and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.'s national K-12 resources in order to procure the most competitive program improvements available in the insurance marketplace.

Matt Zmolek, independent insurance representative, Toledo, was present to give a report on the last three years, explaining benefits of the program.

Board members had some questions and were satisfied with all the results of the IPSIP plan.

STC Wellness Policy Revisions

The Wellness Policy has several revisions and the first reading was then approval. The revisions included the addition under Nutrition Education of: "When feasible, the District will offer on an annual basis professional learning opportunities and resources for staff to increase knowledge and skills about promoting healthy behaviors in the classroom and school. Under Physical Activity an addition "Physical activity during the school day (including but not limited to recess, physical activity breaks or physical education) will not be withheld as punishment for any reason."

Under Sales & Marketing an addition of "The District will only allow marketing and advertising of foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks nutritional standards on campus. Menus will be posted on the website. To promote hydration, fee, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students throughout the school day on the school campus. The District will make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes.

Under Nutritional content standards under the heading of Sodium, "Snack items and side dishes sold a la carte, must be under 200mg sodium per item as served, including any added accompaniments. There will be 0 grams per portion of trans fat.

Under Fund Raisers an addition to the Fund-raisers involving foods that do not meet state guidelines will not be permitted from "midnight to 30 minutes after the last bell.

Under Classrooms an addition was made to the sentence "Any food or beverages used as awards, rewards , or incentives must meet the guidelines set out above. (Contact STC Food Service Director or see the District's web site "Student handbook" for a list of approved foods.) Foods and beverages will not be used as a rewards or withheld as punishment for any reason, such as for performance or behavior.

Under Assessment, the first paragraph will read Wellness committee comprised of a parent representative/general public,, a student representative, Director of Food Service, a teacher, a school nurse, physical education teacher, school board member and an administrator will monitor and evaluate the implementation of this policy. Administration (superintendent) will appoint the chair of the Wellness Committee.

The Wellness committee will present a written report to the Board of Education The report will be posted on the website.Tthe school district informs and updates the public per the website of the content and implementation of the wellness policy including progress made in attaining the goals of the policy and include The extent to which schools under the jurisdiction of the District are in compliance with the wellness policy.

The extent to which the District's wellness policy compares to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's model wellness policy; and

A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the District's wellness policy. The position/person responsible for managing the triennial assessment and contact information is chosen.

Superintendent Berger told board members he would like to see some long-range planning, a board mission, vision goals and plans.

The next school board meeting will be held Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Meskwaki Tribal Center.



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