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South Tama school calendar to make up for snow days

March 4, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"My goal is for students to be done with school on Friday, May 31," South Tama schools Superintendent Jared Smith has written to district parents he told The News-Herald. His message was sent last Friday following the Feb. 18 regular meeting of the STC School Board. He notes weather closing could mean more make up days will be required.

"In the event that more days are missed, we may have to get creative without 4th quarter schedule," Smith wrote.

Because our students are required to be in class a total of 1,080 hours, Smith explained six days must be added to the class schedule at this time to make up for days missed.

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South Tama Superintendent of Schools
Jared Smith

Make up days will be: April 18 and May 28, 29, 30 and 31.

The Thursday, April 18, date had been designated as part of an Easter weekend break in the original school calendar the school board was told.

There has a bill introduced in the Iowa Legislature to forgive the days missed. Governor Kim Reynolds is reported to not have the authroity to forgive hte days misse.d

Calendar For 2019-20 Approved

Board members approved the 2019-20 school year calendar as presented on a 5-0 voice vote at the Feb. 198 meeting.

A week-long spring break had been considered to be added to the schedule next year, but a decision to propose a more traditional calendar was decided upon. A holiday break for April 10 and 13 with no school is included.

At Christmas, there will be no school beginning Dec. 23- Jan. 3.

The early out days for staff professional development are again built into the calendar for Wednesdays.

Also before the school board on Feb. 18:

the first reading of a revision of board of directors statement of guiding principles was approved with two portions subject to further review. Director Ron Houghton sought clarification of a provision concerning the hiring of school personnel and their relation to school board members. And the section setting the election date for directors requires change from September to November to conform with state law which combined school and city elections in odd number years.

approved Joe Tafta as assistant baseball coach for summer 2019.

heard preliminary plans for the STC Dance Club to perform at Disney World in Florida in 2020.



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