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Hearing set April 8 for $23.4 million South Tama County Schools budget

Drop In Property Tax Asking

March 22, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

With a proposed $23,429,880 total spending for the 2019-20 fiscal year, a spending increase of 7.13 percent over the current year re-estimated budget is seen for the South Tama School District. While the budget figure is $1,588,577 more, property taxpayers will actually pay 78 cents less per $1,000 valuation if the budget is adopted by the STC School Board

Members voted 5-0 by voice vote Monday to set a public hearing on the proposed budget for Monday, April 8. Voting in favor were members Mandy Lekin, Ron Houghton, Alan Kline, Jackie Dvorak and Penny Tyynismaa.

Mary Boege, district business manager, said Monday night, finances for the district have improved over the last several years making the tax asking less.

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The budget breakdown with the current year spending in parenthesis is: student supportservices-$12,697,239 ($12,092,609); instructional staff support services $915,677 ($820,645); general administration $675,025 ($669,890); school / building administration $1,561,950 ($1,185,762); business and central administration $532,407 ($507,054); plant operation and maintenance $1,683,915 ($1,604,414); student transportation $927,525 ($878,300); noninstructional programs $840,750 ($790,500); facilities acquisition and construction $1,090,000 ($930,000); debt service $958,083 ($974,433) AEA support direct to AEA $785,059 ($717,169).

Administrators, Classified Raises

Also approved Monday were 2.17 percent salary hikes for administrators and classified (support) staff for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Superintendent Jared Smith said these increases followed past guidelines matching the increase which certified staff (teachers) received.

Smith called for the board to consider changing the benefit package for administrators to an improved program requiring more health insurance coverage in the benefits offered.

He said this action would improve retaining current administrative staff as well as "attracting new ones down the road."

Personnel

Resignations were accepted by the board Monday with the effective dates from: Allison Streck, middle school 6th grade math, Patricia Fairbanks, elementary English language learner and Debra Wicher, middle school food service, all at end of 2018-19 school year; Eugenia Castanon elementary special education paraeducator, March 22; Teresa Manfull, middle school food service, May 24; Marissa Green, 7th grade volleyball coach, March 13; Andrea Rutledge, 7th / 8th grade girls asst. basketball coach, March 5; David Hatch, assistant high school girls soccer coach (2019 season), March 1.

Contracts were approved for Jessicia Wilkerson, middle school nurse, 2019-20 school year; Morgan McFate, assistant high school girls soccer for 2019 season; Jeff DeBondt, assistant middle school boys track - new position based upon student numbers; andAndrea Rutledge, 7th grade girls basketball.

A contract was also approved for Katie Haughey, middle school paraeducator, who is transferring to the middle school principal's secretary position for the 2019-20 school year.

Renew Iowa Valley Contract

And, also approved Monday was a renewal of the contract with the Iowa Valley Community college District which provides for offering concurrent dual enrollment.

It provides South Tama will pay 85 percent of the in-state tuition rate per credit hour and to purchase text books and related course material.

 
 
 

 

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