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Al Exito request to wear stoles granted by STC School Board

May 16, 2019
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Another student group was before the South Tama County School Board at the April 23 meeting. Members of the Al Exito, a"Youth to Success" organization sought permission from the school board for their senior class members to wear a stole at the May 19 graduation ceremonies. The board promised a decision by last week's meeting which was held on Monday, May 6. Present for the meeting were School Board president Penny Tyynismaa, Jackie Dvorak, Alan Kline, Ron Houghton, Mandy Lekin and Superintendent Dr. Jared Smith.

While currently not an official school group, they shared with the school board their desire to be recognized as an official school organization. The group has a total of 42 members in grades 7-12 this year, having grown from 14 in 2018.

The school board had already granted permission for all students to decorate the mortar board of their graduation caps for the 2019 ceremony. That vote passed 4-1 on April 23 with Tyynismaa voting no to the request and the remainder of the board voting in favor. Native American students were granted permission to decorate their caps for cultural purposes for the 2018 graduation ceremonies.

Summer Food Service Program

The board voted unanimously to approve the summer food service program for this summer. According to Dr. Smith there is a strong push to get ELL students involved. The service is free for all children 3 to 18 years olds and will cost $4 for adults accompanying children. No registration or identification is required. The program will run from June 10 through June 28 and August 5 through August 9. Meals will be held at the STC Elementary and STC Partnership Buildings.

Revised Contract

An updated contract for the Juvenile Court Services Liaison/Juvenile Court Services (JCSL/JCS) was on the agenda.

"There has been a little bit of fuzziness as to what the position was supposed to be," said Superintendent Jared Smith.

The position is contracted through the State of Iowa and is currently being filled by Joe Tafta. The school pays roughly $5000 out of pocket and the remainder of the salary is paid through two different grants.

According to the revised contract the purpose of the position is to provide school based services for delinquent and at risk youth in the STC School District and the provision of tracking services for delinquent youth in Tama County.

"In the past it has not been well structured," said Smith.

Per the contract, hours of work for the contractor are broken into two parts. The first part of the job is 25 hours a week of direct services in the STC middle and high schools. Hours are as follows, 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the High school, and 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Middle School. The JCSL will travel to the Elementary and Partnership Center on an as needed basis.

Other duties for the contracted position will include being a resource for middle school and high school administration and counseling staff. The JCSL, administration and counseling departments will hold weekly meetings and provide awareness, education and skills pertaining to social and behavioral health to selected groups of students. The JCSL will also schedule assemblies twice a year using resources such as professional speakers from outside of the school to address dangers of at-risk behaviors. The JCSL shall also complete mediations with students, attend weekly critical care meetings, attend monthly meetings with administration from the middle and high schools and quarterly meetings with the superintendent. The JCSL will also be responsible for documenting all of the above requirements of the job and will track and report data as required by the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning. The JCSL will also attend the annual JCSL conference.

There is also a remainder of 15 hours a week that the JCSL will use for tracking purposes. The board voted unanimously to approve the new contract which was offered to Tafta.

In other school board business the board voted unanimously to

approve softball clinic fundraiser of June 14

Discussions were had about lunch prices and registration fees. According to Mary Boege the district is not making up what they are spending in food and prices will need to be raised. Current meal prices at the Elementary are $1.85 for breakfast and $2.70 for lunch. Prices at the middle school and high school are $1.85 for breakfast and $2.80 for lunch. The school has a tool provided by the State they are to follow for meal prices. It is estimated lunch prices will be raising .20 cents.



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