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New staff hired for South Tama schools

June 21, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Contracts for three teachers at the South Tama Middle School in Toledo were approved by the STC School Board meeting in regular session on Monday night, June 11. Board members Mandy Lekin, Alan Kline, Penny Tyynismaa, Jackie Dvorak and Ron Houghton approved the hirings.

Kelly Johannsen and Kristine Dixon will be special education teachers and Allison Streck will teach math.

Superintendent Jeff Berger said only a vacancy for English as a Second Language position remains to be filled at the middle school.

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South Tama School Board (seated- Jackie Dvorak and Ron Houghton. Standing, l-r) Alan Kline, Penny Tyynismaa and Mandy Lekin.
Chronicle/News-Herald file

In addition, Levi Hunderdosse was named assistant middle school / high school activities director in a one-half time position. He will assist activities directors Brett Bagnall at the high school and Scott Bolen at the middle school. He resigned as fall event coordinator. Hunderdosse teaches health at South Tama High School in Tama.

Other resignations accepted were Mike Stein, assistant varsity football coach and Marissa Green, 7th grade girls track head coach.

In other business the school board:

began a review of Preschool Program, Elementary, Middle and High School, and Faculty handbooks. The comprehensive guides detail school policy on education goals, attendance, dress codes, health and safety. The faculty guide gives direction to professional expectations, staff cooperation, discipline, attendance and attire. While the handbooks were described as having minor changes the board chose to take more time to consider the content and is expected to make any changes and give approval at a future meeting.

approved the fiscal year 2017 audit report. Details of the audit conducted by Comman and Johnson P.C. earlier included:

-The District's revenues totaled $21,766,724 for the year ended June 30, 2017, a increase of 6.77 percent from the prior year. Revenues included property tax of $5,555,208, income surtax of $522,410, statewide sales, services and use tax of $1,477,549, charges for service of $845,284, operating grants, contributions and restricted interest of $2,389,014, unrestricted state grants of $10,668,067, nonspecific federal grants of $175,992, unrestricted interest earnings of S51,168 and other general revenues of $82,032.

-Expenses for District operations for the year ended June 30, 2017, totaled $20,533,69 1, a 7.66 percent increase from the prior year. Expenses included $6,840,858 for regular instruction, $3,067,359 for special instruction, and $2,417,857 for other instruction.

discussed possible funding changes to the Johnson-O'Malley supplementing Native American education.



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