By Tracey Hamilton
The North Tama School board held their monthly meeting on Monday, October 18. Calling the meeting to order was Vice President, Robert Young at 7 pm. Also present were Richard Arp, John Hayek, Judy Robb and Trisha Kennedy, Gretchen Pargeon arrived at 8:40 pm. Arp made the motion to approve the agenda with Hayek seconding that motion. Superintendent, Gary Janssen gave the board the construction update and stated that several subcontractors worked in the previous week completing most of the minor items left to be done on the new addition. After a discussion about the appearance of an old wall that exists in a newly remodeled room, the board requested that Janssen look into a couple of bids from local contractors to give the wall a "new look." Janssen also discussed with the board that the gutters on the south side of the MPR were torn off last winter due to heavy accumulation of snow and ice. He explained that future damage can be prevented by placing snow guards on the roof but that the cost of instillation was excessive compared to the cost of repair costs to the existing ones. The area will be watched closely and will be determined at a later date if the investment to replace will be necessary. Places that also might be a concern for snow and ice accumulation are the valleys on the new structure, especially over the athletic hallway door exit.
John Hayek made the motion to approve the purchase of a new oven for the school kitchen which will be at the cost of $7,885 and will be purchased from Wilson Restaurant Supply. This price does include the installation of the unit and the removal of the old one.
For the 2010-2011 enrollment report, Janssen shared data of the North Tama's certified budget enrollment and it stated that this year's enrollment is 524.7, which is 16 students less then last year. The lower student count will result in approximately $96,675 less of "new money" next year. The financial experts at the state level are expecting schools to receive 2 percent allowable growth which is only half of the normal 4 percent that is typical for an upcoming year. Between both of those stated and the trend of the gradual decline of enrollment North Tama could be under funded as much as $158,415 for FY12. Janssen did remind the board that North Tama has been very proactive with making the budget reductions the last few years to prepared for such an upcoming tough fiscal year.
New hire of staff was made with a motion by Stuart and seconded by Robb. New employees for North Tama are Derrick Dengler as Junior High boys basketball coach; Chris Hoes as the new Junior High and Assistant High School baseball coach; Kayla Carson as play director and Karla Koch as assistant play director.
North Tama will start their girls basketball season on November 8 and the boys will start November 15. The next monthly meeting for the North Tama school board is scheduled for November 15 in the ICN room at 7 pm.