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South Tama Schools: Superintendent Berger's Comments

October 12, 2017
By Supt. Jeff Berger - South Tama County Community School District , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Fall is here and we are finally settling in to our routines.

Thanks to everyone for making Homecoming week a nice event. We have many people to thank, but I was impressed with how the whole community came together to make the week a memorable one for our students. I've been in communities where homecoming is a negative and sometimes destructive event and was happy to see that was not the case here. With just a few minor exceptions, everyone behaved in a way should make us proud to be an STC Trojan.

Congratulations to new STC Board of Education members Mandy Lekin and Ronald Houghton for winning elections to the board and to Alan Kline for winning re-election to the board. I also want to thank outgoing board members Michelle Yuska and Mark McFate for their years of good service to the kids, schools, and community. Being a Board Member is a large commitment and often thankless work, so I wanted to publicly say "thank you" to them for being dedicated public servants.

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Superintendent Jeff Berger

It isn't too early for parents / guardians to mark down Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9 from 3 - 8 p.m. for Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences in each building. With the advance of on-line resources, parents/guardians have more access than ever to information on student progress. I am still old-school enough to know, however, that there isn't a substitute for personal contact.

I strongly encourage all of you to attend your student's conferences and to meet your student's teachers directly. This goes a long way to creating the type of professional relationship that will benefit your child or children moving forward. More details will be available in the near future from each building.

We are getting into the part of the year where we begin giving students a variety of assessments. There are always concerns about the amount of "testing" done. When people used to hear the word "test", a picture that comes to mind is the bubble-sheet Iowa Tests given once a year whether you liked them or not. I would pose to you, however, that you want us to be able to talk about how students are doing against the expectations we've developed.

A good assessment IS good instruction teachers must periodically measure where students are in an effort to ensure they are learning and progressing. And this also allows teachers to step in if a student isn't showing progress to learning. More and more, teachers are measuring student progress using tools that give instant feedback and are closely tied to the content and instruction occurring in the class. This is essential information if we are to ensure that each student is successful.

Never hesitate to ask about your student's assessment data you need to be confident that we are doing what we can to ensure your student's success.

School district property is taxpayer property. School districts are required to be open and transparent about how we liquidate old assets that were purchased with public money. The school district has quite a bit of what we consider unusable surplus old desks, chairs, tables, equipment, etc. We are going to start using a web site designed for the purpose of liquidating unwanted assets called GovDeals (

We will still post notice of assets set for sale in the paper twice before the asset is available but then simply go to the GovDeals web site, type in South Tama County in the search bar, and you will see what we are selling. The site is similar to eBay, where you bid for purchase for a period of time until someone finally wins the bid.

Our first item for sale will be posted the week of Oct. 23, so this is notice one of the pending sale.

And thanks to all of you who provided feedback to us through the districtwide needs assessment on our web site. Results from that survey will be discussed in future meetings and posted publicly.

As always, let me know if you have any comments or concerns. My email is and my phone is 641-484-4811.

Again, thanks for your continued support of STC schools!



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