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School hirings, contracts before South Tama School Board

Smith to officially take superintendent reins

April 27, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The contract and appointment for new South Tama Schools Superintendent Jared Smith was made official and other staff positions and personnel assignments were approved by the South Tama School Board Monday night, April 23 on 5-0 votes. Board members Mandy Lekin, Jackie Dvorak, Alan Kline, Penny Tyynismaa and Ron Houghton.

Smith, who was present for the meeting held in the Little Theatre at the high school, accepted a two-year contract paying $150,000 annually. He will replace interim Superintendent Jeff Berger who withdrew from consideration for the post in January.

Smith was chosen for the job by the board following a recruitment process on April 11. He is currently the high school principal at Muscatine.

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Soon-to-be- South Tama Schools Superintendent Jared Smith (foreground) takes notes during a presentation on student goals by high school teacher Emily Chyma at the STC?Board meeting on Monday, April 23 at the high school Little Theatre. High School Principal Roy Frakes and Assistant Principal Brett Bagnall are in the background.
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In addition, per diem pay for Smith was approved prior to the starting date. He will be involved with interviewing and hiring a new elementary principal to replace Stacy Stull who has resigned at the end of the current school year. She has accepted a position in the Clear Creek Amana schools.

Contracts were also approved for administrators with a 2.49 percent pay hike. This is the same pay boost received by STC teachers.

Administrators include: high school principal- Roy Frakes; high School Assistant principal / activities director Brent Bagnall; middle school principal Benjamin Adams; middle school assistant principal- Scott Bolen; elementary assistant principal - Kristin Collins; and business manager/ board secretary Mary Boege.

Also raised was pay for substitute teachers from $110 to $115 per day for the first 10 days of an assignment.

Other contracts approved were Hannah Klaver, kindergarten; Alyson Kokjohn, 6th grade social studies; Sarah Wright, 6th grade literacy; and Miranda Nelson, high school biology / life science.

Coaching assignments include Andrea Rutledge, middle school assistant softball, Matt Kesl, middle school assistant baseball; and Lon Wilkerson head 8th grade boys basketball.

Annie Lucas was approved for a new assignment from the print shop to payroll - benefits effective April 24.

Resignations were accepted from Angie Knowles, kindergarten; Shannon Feisel, elementary para-educator effective April 16; and Darcy Lamb, color guard coach effective immediately.

The board also heard a report from high school principal Roy Frakes, Assistant Principal Brent Bagnall, Emily Chyma, high school, leadership and social studies teacher and student government sponsor, Dan Lopez, guidance counselor and Hailee Weiss, home school coordinator.

They outlined improvement in student educational areas and student goal setting.

In other business Monday the school board approved:

a summer food service contract to be offered June 4 to June 29.

girl's golf overnight trip to Dubuque for the WaMaC Super Meet on May 7 for six varsity girls.

a three-year contract with Select Physical Therapy Sports Medicine, with a Toledo office, at a total cost of $29,000 to provide athletic training services.

approved the proposal of Cory Hall Photography, Grinnell, to provide student event photos for athletic team events.




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