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North Tama approves change in athletic advertising revenue |  News, sports, jobs

North Tama approves change in athletic advertising revenue |  News, sports, jobs

The North Tama County Community School District, located at 605 Walnut Street in Traer, Iowa. TAMA-GRUNDY PUBLISHING FILE PHOTO

TRAER – The North Tama Athletic Booster Club will have to reconsider how the organization raises money following action by the school board.

At the regular meeting of the North Tama Board of Education on Monday, May 20, a resolution was approved, 5-0 (David Boldt and Cheryl Popelka were absent), authorizing all revenue from athletic and student activities to be deposited into the student administration. Activities fund that is part of the district’s general fund.

Previously, such funds – including advertising revenue from the sale of athletic signage and scoreboard/livestream/tied advertising – were collected by and/or directed to the Booster Club.

As part of a presentation on the resolution, activities director Andrew Knaack and school affairs officer Sara Forrester explained that the district failed to comply with the Iowa Code by allowing the Booster Club to collect these funds.

Prior to the board vote, there was discussion about how the Booster Club would raise money in the future; advertising revenue currently makes up the majority of the club’s fundraising. The club also sells memberships to both individuals and companies.

“You can still arrange the item all – their memberships will not be affected,” Knaack explained. “We can still bring it all together. Taking our big step together and still getting their memberships out that way. So instead of (Booster Club) doing all the work, we take on the work because by law it has to go to the general fund. So we’ll take over.”

After much back-and-forth between Knaack, Forrester and several board members, including Jenny Sniffin, who has held leadership positions at the Booster Club, Superintendent David Hill made it clear that the issue going forward was for the district to divert sports advertising revenue into the general fund according to the Iowa Code. The resolution on the table would allow this money to be funneled into the student activities account.

As part of the board’s final adoption of the resolution, the section regarding restrictions on the use of the funds was moved to the June board meeting. As written, the resolution states that sports advertising revenues can be used to pay for the following expenses: “officials, entrance fees for junior high activities, all required safety equipment and equipment needed to live stream athletic events.”

Ridouts resigns

As part of the meeting’s consent agenda, several resignations and appointments were approved, including the resignations of both Laura Ridout and Ryan Ridout.

Ms. Ridout was hired last winter as a vocal music teacher; she also served as the junior high track coach and assistant boys basketball coach. Her husband, Coach Ridout, was in his first year as the high school boys basketball coach.

As part of her resignation letter, dated May 9, Ms. Ridout thanked the district for the opportunity to teach K-8 vocal music.

“It was a great experience,” Mrs. Ridout wrote. “I learned a lot and really enjoyed the children, staff and teachers at the primary level. Unable to meet the criteria for music approval, I decided to pursue a position in my original special education degree in another school district.

Before Ms. Ridout was hired, retired North Tama kindergarten teacher/piano instructor Sharon Owens was the elementary music teacher as a long-term substitute. The district was left without a permanent vocal music teacher after being unable to find a suitable position following the retirement of the late Terry Shay at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Although Ms. Ridout did not have a music degree/endorsement, she was issued a temporary, non-renewable Executive Director Decision license from the Iowa BOEE on December 21, 2023, with music endorsements in K-8 and 5-12. In an interview with the newspaper last January, Ridout said that after completing additional courses, she planned to apply for a two-year conditional license while she worked on her music recommendations.

In his own resignation letter, Coach Ridout wrote: “It has truly been a pleasure to serve in this role and I have enjoyed my time coaching this program. I certainly appreciated all the support throughout the season as the new head coach.”

This past season, Coach Ridout was named Iowa Star South Coach of the Year.

The meeting also approved the resignations of second-grade teacher Makenzie Pahnisch and elementary special education teacher Laura Weber, while middle school English/language arts teacher Rachel Donaldson was hired to teach Family & Consumer Science/FCCLA.

Report of the Chief Inspector

As part of his report, Superintendent Hill said he consulted with incoming shared Superintendent John Cain about summer office hours. North Tama’s head office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is not open to the public on Fridays.

Hill also shared that the South Tama County Board has agreed to change the dates of their board meetings so that North Tama can continue meeting on the third Monday of (most) months from 7:00 p.m.; however, a decision has yet to be made regarding graduation – Supt. Cain would like the opportunity to attend both North Tama and STC ceremonies, which typically take place at the same date and time.

Deportation hearing

The board went into closed session at 8:37 p.m. to hold a hearing on Supt. Hill’s recommendation to expel a student from school. After returning to open session, the board approved 5-0 the expulsion of the student in question for a calendar year beginning May 21, 2024, with the possibility of early readmission at the beginning of the second semester 2024-2025.

To be readmitted, the student must do the following: meet all requirements of the legal system; provide written documentation from a mental health professional stating that in their opinion the student does not pose an increased threat to other students; request a hearing before the board at its December 2024 meeting to explain why they should be readmitted early; pass all classes at the time of the hearing.

The expulsion includes a ban on all school property and school activities.

Other cases

The following quotes/bids were approved: $33,920 contract with Advanced Environmental for asbestos removal at the three district-owned homes; Quote of $11,672 from WBC Mechanical to repair the 1917 building’s boiler (Hill told the board that once the new high school expansion opens, the boiler’s load will be reduced); $66,216.22 to pre-purchase electrical switchgear from Graybar Electrical to prevent future supply chain issues; and a bid of $12,904.35 from Arctic Refrigeration to repair the outdoor walk-in cooler.

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