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South Tama schools $22.7 million budget approved
April 16, 2018

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On a 4-0 vote the South Tama School District 2018-19 budget totaling $22,667,014 was approved during a special meeting Monday night, April 9. Voting in favor were members Penny Tyynismaa, Jackie Dvorak, Ron Houghton and Mandy Lekin. Member Alan Kline as absent.

The spending for the next fiscal year represents about a 5.5 percent hike over the current year which totals $21,474,419.

The action came following a public hearing during which no comments were heard.

Property taxes per $1,000 valuation remain at $16.13

"(There is ) no raise in the tax rate for five years running," Board President Tyynismaa said.

Total property tax revenues for the coming fiscal year are set at $5,615,431 compared to the current $5,436,388.

State foundation aid is down from $11,896,626 to $11,722,207. This is the amount received on a per pupil basis from the State of Iowa. Although the legislature approved a one percent increase in the amount of support for 2018-19, the budgeted amount is less for next year due to a projection of less South Tama students according to. Mary Boege, district business manager.

Budget figures show district spending for instruction totals $12,636,548 compared to $12,049,093 for the current year; (current year in parenthesis) student support services- $663,660 ($632,057); instructional staff support services $862,350 ($645,809); school / building administration $1,237,599 ($1,178,666); general administration $674,741 ($603,651); plant operation and maintenance $1,529,052 ($1,457,690).

Personnel

Board members approved contracts for the 2018-19 school year for: Jon Huebner, presently 5th grade teacher who will replace the Doloris Ryan who is retiring as Teacher Leadership and Compensation instructional coach facilitator; Abbi Rust, 3rd grade teacher; Sandra Tracy, high school English as second language teacher; and Dina Keahna, high school and middle school guidance counselor.

Resignations were accepted from: Jodi Wacha, human resources . benefits / payroll effective April 6; Cally Thompson, middles school strategist I: Special education; Abby L. Gard, 8th grade science; and Christy Hammond, middle school STEM.

Graduation

Seniors graduating in 2019 will have a Sunday, May 19 graduation date. Some discussion concerned conflicts with state track scheduling but Superintendent Jeff Berger noted in his board packet remarks "There are conflicts regardless of the weekend."

The date is recommended by the calendar committee and the board approved the choice.

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