By Tracey Peters
The North Tama School Board held their monthly meeting on May 18. After approval of the April 28 board meeting minutes, Judy Robb brought up to the boards attention, a letter that she had received in the mail recently. The letter, from a past student of hers from years ago that was wanting to let her know how Robb had impacted their life by being this persons teacher. In fact, the student had chosen a career in teaching because of the impact.
Kayla Carlson was present to share her recommendations of the upcoming 2010 band trip to New York which will also include visits to Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Ellis Park and the Statue of Liberty, just to name a few.
Al Varney from the Adment Company was also present to ask for approval of a change- order for the sewer line. Varney explained that the existing storm sewer line that runs to the outside of the building runs directly under the MPR ( multi- purpose room) , and is made of the old clay style tile and Varney does not think it would be a good idea to run more water through it. Varney asked for approval to run a new 15" line to the street west of the existing building. The amount of this change order is $58,587, to be taken out of the $ 86,400 contingency fund. This was motioned for approval by John Hayek and seconded by Robert Young.
The board then discussed the needed approval for funding for the alternate student from the Academic Decathlon team, Brooke Johnson, to travel with Lucille Howard and Mr. Darrow to Florida for the Competition. The board discussed the small amount needed to fund this student and then asked for approval. Richard Arp voiced his concern that he did not feel that an approval for the funding of this student was justified when the approval for the alternate student to even participate to go had not be approved. After the board had looked at passed board minutes and found that it indeed had not been approved the other board members looked at this as a small issue that could and should be dealt with and approved during the current meeting due to the fact that by the date of the next scheduled meeting it would be to late to ask for approval. Arp stated that since this issue of approving the alternate to travel was not on the agenda, it should not be approved at that time. Superintendent, Gary Janssen and Board President, Dave Stuart did let the board know that if need be, a special meeting would be scheduled to approve this issue in time for the trip. Arp stated for personal reasons he did not want to add his approval.
A letter from Rudy Papakee was received by the school expressing the highlight of a staff member that needed to be recognized. Juliana Reisner had worked with Papakee in programs regarding tobacco prevention. Papakee stated in the letter that Riesner, " has gone above and beyond with her commitment in regards to tobacco prevention and education" Papakee also mention that with all of Riesners commitments to student at North Tama, he wanted to applaud her ability to manage time for everything he does.