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South Tama schools proposed budget: $28.2 million spending
March 17, 2017

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South Tama County School Board members on Monday night, March 6, approved the authorization for Board Secretary Mary Boege to publish the fiscal year 2018 budget estimate, showing a total budget of $28,281,707, and a total property tax levy of $16.13242 per $1,000 valuation. This is the same as the same as the current levy.

Voting to approve the authorization were members Mark McFate, Penny Tyynismaa, Jackie Dvorak and Alan Kline. Member Michelle Yuska was absent.

The Public Hearing for the budget will be on Monday, April 3.

This will be at a regular meeting held at the South Tama County Professional Learning Room in the Partnership Center, 215 West Ninth St., Tama beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Make up Day

During public comments, it was suggested make-up time for teachers due to bad weather days, could be on Saturdays or adding an extra hour a day to the class time for a couple of weeks. This would allow school to close the day after Memorial Day.

This will be discussed and the board asked for more information from the teachers.

Promise of "Iowa Public Education Campaign"

The Iowa Association of School Boards sent a resolution for "The Promise of Iowa Public Education Campaign" asking for board approval.

The resolution states: "The state's children constitute "The Promise of Iowa" through their potential as our future leaders, citizens, innovators and caretakers of their generation. We believe funding a strong system of public education is the best investment Iowans can make to strengthen our economy, create thriving communities and improve the quality of life for every Iowan.

"Our students face new challenges and opportunities in a changing world, and their public schools are evolving to help students prepare for their future. We must continue to find ways to close achievement gaps so that Iowa public schools fulfill the ideal of equity and opportunity for all. We must keep pace with improvements in other states, to ensure our public schools provide our students and state with an advantage.

State policy makers, locally elected school board members, educators and the business community all made a shared commitment in 2013 landmark legislation to ensure the next generation of Iowa students receive a world class education.

"The Legislature has made progress in investing in public education, but in this era of competing priorities and limited resources, state funding has fallen short in meeting the real needs of our students.

"The case must be made to the Legislature that Iowa taxpayers and voters support greater investments in our public schools and are willing to commit public resources to ensure every student in our state, modern school facilities in each community. As locally elected citizens entrusted with public education, Iowa school boards must take on the responsibility to tell the story and rally public support and understanding for continued investments in public education that move our state forward.

"Now, therefore, Be It Resolves, the Community School District of South Tama County Board of Education pledges to join and support the efforts of The Promise of Iowa campaign to ensure that Iowa lawmakers continue to prioritize investments to improve the community schools that create opportunities for more than 480,000 public school Iowa students.

Board members voted 4-0 to approve the resolution.

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