Four things to know from North Tama school board

1. At their meeting on Feb. 22 the North Tama Board of Education set public hearing dates for a pair of measures related to the upcoming school year. The board will hold a hearing for the fiscal year 2022 budget on Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

A hearing for the 2021-22 school calendar will be conducted at the March board meeting. The date of the March meeting was rescheduled to Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m., rather than the usual third Monday of the month schedule.

The proposed school calendar will look very similar to the 2020-21 calendar with the exception of some professional development days that will be realigned to allow for longer breaks around the Thanksgiving and Easter holidays.

2. Two North Tama secretaries submitted resignations that were accepted by the board at the Feb. 22 meeting. Suzanne Earley, Superintendent’s Secretary, has been with the district for close to 10 years with the last four years serving as the Superintendent’s Secretary. Earley’s resignation will be effective at the end of June.

Sandy Dengler is in her third year with the district and serves as the Elementary, Lunch and Transportation Secretary. Dengler will depart her secretary post at the end of October.

Superintendent David Hill and the board expressed their gratitude to Dengler and Earley for their years of service to the district.

Other personnel items accepted at the February meeting included resignations from Tammy Sebetka, Food Service and Becky Adams, Dance Team Coach; and the appointments of principals Andrew Meister and Susan Johnson as COVID-19 Contract Tracers and Amy Lidgett as a TLC Learning Leader.

3. The North Tama Student Council will soon have a seat the table with the board of education.

At the Feb. 22 meeting the board approved a proposal to allow the student council to appoint a student member to join the board of education beginning in March.

The student board member will be a non-voting member but will be allowed to participate freely in discussion with the same privileges as other board members.

4. During his monthly report, Superintendent Hill said he was working with Transportation Director Joel Larson on plans to propose a bus purchase for the 2021-22 school year.

Hill said the board may consider a new bus or a low-mileage used bus. The district has an outstanding grant application with the Iowa Department of Transportation in hopes of securing funds to aid in the purchase of the new bus.