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School board votes to improve outdated computer network

July 26, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama County Community School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The meeting was a light one as Richard Arp, Tiffany Fiesel, Judy Robb and Trisha Kennedy were the only board members in attendance. President Bob Young, Cheryl Popelka and Dave Stuart were absent.

The council quickly approved the agenda and bills from the previous month, and moved on to discuss the purchase of a new Ford van. The school has two vans which have accumulated a lot of miles, and the plan is to continue to run them until the end of their useable life. The resale value of these vans nowadays makes it more sensible to keep them. The council approved the purchase of the new van at a cost of $24,352.

Josh Youel gave the elementary report, and updated the board on the completion of summer school. 23 of 45 who were recommended for summer school completed the program. There will be more discussion at the next meeting after teachers have a chance to touch base with Youel.

There will also be two time-out rooms in the elementary office starting this year to allow for a better way to calm kids down in stressful situations.

The school also plans to have the buses line up on the east side of the road on the gravel in the afternoons to allow for a better flow of traffic.

Paul Rea updated the board on his meetings with staff and coaches, and will be attending a new administrators' conference.

The board discussed and approved the hiring of several new coaches. Channing Merchant was hired as assistant girls basketball coach with a salary of $776. Rick Samuelson was approved as head junior high football coach at $1975.

Shane Wetzel will be the new assistant junior high football coach, earning $846 for the position. Angie Beenken will become the assistant high school girls volleyball coach at a salary of $987.

The board also voted to approve the update of the network at a cost of $49,242. This includes a cost for network switches at $29,492 and the fiber backbone at $19,750. This will allow the school to remain competitive when keeping up with new technology. The current network is 17 years old, which is far beyond the usable life of most networks. This will also be necessary if the 1-to-1 program is pursued.

The elementary attendance policy discussed at last month's meeting was also approved. The board also approved the new milk and bread bids.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the North Tama County Community School Board will be on Tuesday, August 21, at 7 p.m.



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