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STC schools facilties study is underway

On-Site Inspections At End of Month

January 14, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama's four school buildings will be inspected at the end of January as a district facilities study gets underway the STC School Board learned Monday night, Jan. 7, during a special meeting.

The board hired Estes Construction, with an office in Davenport, on Dec. 17 to evaluate the buildings. The firm submitted the low quote totaling $12,500 from the four companies from which costs were received.

Pete Perez, the Estes project executive, is scheduled to pick up a number of documents this week for review prior to the on-site visit, Superintendent Jared Smith told board members.

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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

Among items listed to be submitted are copies of previous facilities studies, current asbestos abatement reports, State Fire Marshal inspections, Department of Education inspections, roof maintenance schedule reports along any future district facility plans, strategies and direction.

The on-site inspection is expected to be conducted over a two-day period.

Smith said he expects the report to be available to the board in mid-March with a formal presentation later in that month or in early April.

The last recorded facilities study according to News-Herald files was authorized in 2010.

School Calendar

A committee working on a possible revision of the South Tama school calendar for the 2018-20 year was scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Supt. Smith said the committee will look at possibly including a week-long spring break period in the schedule. While saying he has no preference, Smith said there has been feedback the period between the first of January to Easter is a long period without a break.

Noting any proposal is still in the "draft stage," Smith said it is aimed to still begin school at the same time and end classes prior to Memorial Day.

In other business the school board:

agreed to meet with Supt. Smith in a closed session on Jan. 21 to evaluate his first six months in the position and to consider an extension of his contract to a second year.

approved a modified supplemental amount totaling $248,387 for the 2019-20 for the At-Risk Drop-Out Program.

accepted the resignation of Mariah Fritz as assistant high school softball coach.



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