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South Tama School Board sets 2018-19 budget hearing for April 9

No Change in Property Tax Asking

March 26, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

For the fifth straight year there will be no hike in local property tax askings if the proposed 2018-19 South Tama School District budget gains final approval. The rate has been the same at $16.13 per $1,000 taxable valuation, Mary Boege, district business manager, said during the regular meeting of the STC School Board Monday night, March 19.

Total expenditures in the new budget are $22,667,014 compared to the current $21,474,419.

The board set a public hearing for April 9 at 5:30 p.m. on the 2018-19 spending plan.

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South Tama Community School District Board members (l-r, seated) Jackie Dvorak and Ron Houghton. (Standing, l-r) Alan Kline, Penny Tyynismaa, president, and Mandy Lekin.
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Iowa schools will receive a one percent boost in per student aid to $6,731 per pupil under the plan approved by the Legislature and expected to be signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds.

South Tama's enrollment this year is 1,541 students resulting in an estimated total boost in state aid at about $103,250.


Resignations were accepted by the board Monday night from Stacy Stull, elementary school principal, Brett Karkosh, high school counselor and Heather Chamberlain, high school science teacher. The resignations are effective at the end of the current contract year.

Superintendent Jeff Berger said Stull has accepted a position with the Clear Creek-Amana School District, Karkosh at Mt. Vernon schools and Chamberlain at Iowa Falls schools.

Also resigning from additional duties were Heather Garrett, assistant individual speech coach, Lon Wilkerson, 9th grade basketball coach and Andrea Rutledge, 8th grade basketball coach.

Moises Fonseca was approved to be assistant boys soccer coach and creation positions of assistant coaches for middle school softball and baseball were approved.

School Calendar

The school calendar for the year 2018-19 was approved on a voice vote of the board with members Mandy Lekin, Ron Houghton, Jackie Dvorak and Penny Tyynismaa present. Member Alan Kline was absent.

The calendar includes 177 student in-classroom days or 1,118 hours. The calendar allows for 38 hours for weather-related delays or cancellations.

Classes will begin on Aug 23 and May 24 will be the last day of school for students.

Supt. Berger said a staff committee had met twice to make a recommendation concerning the calendar. As a result, three priorities emerged- start school on Aug 23 to be in compliance with Iowa law, end of 1st semester before Christmas break and end of 2nd semester before Memorial Day.

Berger said the perimeters did not allow "a lot of wiggle room" in making up the calendar.

In other business the school board:

adopted an update of the special Education service Delivery Plan which had last been modified in 2009 according to Kym Stein, director of Special Education. The plan sewts out the method of caseload monitoring for teachers, and organization of services and how they will be provided. South Tama administrators and teachers, parents and Central Rivers Area Education Agency staff made up the service delivery plan team.

continued discussion of a reduction of a special education position with a decision to possibly be made in May.

approved renewal of an agreement with Iowa Valley Community College District for concurrent enrollment for 2018-19. A decision on payment for textbooks by the district or shared by parents will be decided later.

discussion of replacement of student and staff computers continued with an eye toward replacing computers which can no loner be upgraded or are non-functional.

approved renewal of Area education Agency purchase agreement including for food, small wares and washing detergents.



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