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South Tama School Board approves middle-high school community liaison

New Venue Coming for After Prom

November 12, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama School Board approved on a 5-0 voice vote creating a new middle school - high school community liaison position. It is designed to "assure families get what they need" Superintendent Jared Smith said. The board met in special session on Monday night, Nov. 5.

A qualification for the job will be to be bilingual. It will cover grades 5-12.

Funding totaling $57,000 will come primarily from Title I migrant funds. The division of the program was aimed at agriculture by has been expanded to include packing houses, Mary Boege, STC business manager said.

Iowa Premium at Tama has a number of employees who may be able to use this resource it is believed.

"I'm really excited by what the program may bring," Smith said.

"It's overdue for something like that," board member Ron Houghton said.

The district has had an elementary school community liaison on staff.

Staff transfers for two positions were approved.

The changes include Traci Glockl moving from elementary special education paraeducator to high school special education paraeducator to fill a vacancy. Jennifer Clemann, the elementary family school liaison, will fill Glockl's position as elementary special education paraeducator. Clemann's former position is open Superintendent Jared Smith said.

After Prom

School buses will be provided to transport students to Marshalltown for After Prom events. The board approved allowing buses to be sued on a 5-0 voice vote.

A letter to the board from Darla Thiessen, 2019 After Prom co-chair, explained the buses would be used to provide safe transportation to the YMCA.

STC juniors, seniors their prom dates and sophomore prom servers will be included to ride the buses. Thiessen wrote she was unsure of how many buses would be need until closer to the event scheduled for April 13, 2019.

Board discussion indicated only students who ride the bussess will be allowed to attend the event in Marshalltown.

In other business the school board:

heard reports from building principals and assistant principals outlining student achievement and other student, staff , parent and community assessments through the use of data which was collected through surveys and records.

selected board member Ron Houghton as the district's Iowa Association of School Board legislative delegate.



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