The North Tama County Community School Board met in regular session on Monday, August 20.
The public forum was open to the After Prom Committee, which requested the board's approval to sell North Tama blankets at home football games to benefit after-prom activities. The blankets will be $13 each and are available in either red or black. The board gave its full support.
Josh Youel gave the elementary report, and thanked the staff for helping with scheduling during the early portion of the school year. Youel also thanked the families who donated their time to help with the light bulb replacement at the school.
The elementary school will no longer be distributing paper copies of the handbook to save paper, and due to feedback from the public. Paper copies are still available upon request, but parents can access electronic copies much easier at the school's website.
Paul Rea was on hand to give the secondary report, and thanked the staff for making his transition to principal in his first year easier. Rea also stressed his desire to increase reading scores for secondary students this year.
Superintendant Bob Cue gave his report, which included mention of the school receiving a $300 grant from Richard Arp of behalf of his late wife, for which the board thanked him.
Cue also discussed the need for possible repair to the retaining wall near the football field, and seconded Rea's emphasis on increasing reading scores this year.
Steve Foster will be back in Traer next month to visit North Tama from Rome, Italy, where he is now a principal.
The board approved three new hires at the meeting, including that of Suzanne Earley as cheerleading coach. Tina Schlichting left the position due to scheduling conflicts and Earley has already begun in her new position. Mary Brandt and Stacey Vogeler were hired as food service employees to help out the understaffed cafeteria, for which the school may consider hiring another person in the coming months.
Due to the increase in federal government standards for school lunches, the board was forced to vote to increase the price of lunch this year. Student lunch will now be $1.90, with breakfast set at $1.20. Adult lunches will increase to $2.50, with breakfast costing $1.65.
Enrollment this year is currently at 510 students, with an expected increase during the year. There are 33 new students at North Tama this year.
There will be a reception for new employees at 6:30 p.m. prior to the next school board meeting in September.