Superintendent Update

TC passes Voted PPEL; thank you for your support of our district

posted Sep 14, 2017, 2:00 PM by TC Administrator

Thank you to the Families and Friends of Tri-Center for your support!  The PPEL passed by a resounding margin of 80%!  I feel very lucky to be living in a community that is so supportive of our school.  

This money will give us flexibility in the years to come to take care of infrastructure items without having to dip into the money that goes directly to the education of our kids.   

So, again, Thank You!  

#StrongCommunities #StrongSchool #TCStrong

Voted PPEL vote is September 12th; how does this affect your tax rate?

posted Aug 24, 2017, 11:21 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 11:59 AM ]

School finance is categorical in nature.  What this means is that different funds must be used for certain things.  Two special revenue funds that Tri-Center utilizes are the Management fund and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.
  • Management Fund: Must be used for things like employee insurance and early retirement packages
  • PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy): Can be used for things like building maintenance, technology, transportation needs
One of the questions I've received is: "If the proposed Voted PPEL levy rate increases, how is it possible for my taxes to not increase?"

This is a great question, so let me break it down below.  

Currently, the Tri-Center levy rates for 2017-18 are as follows:
Note that the current Voted PPEL rate is .67000 and the current Management rate is 1.25032.

If the proposed Voted PPEL issue is passed on September 12th, the 2018-19 Special Revenue levy rates are estimated as follows:
Notice the figures in red in the estimate above.  The Management rate is reduced to .41677 while the Voted PPEL increases to 1.34.

Based on the estimates above, there is overall decrease in levied funds and a decrease of the overall levy rate if the issue would pass on September 12th.  This is achieved by lowering the levy rate on the Management fund, which is what the Tri-Center School Board is committed to doing.  Tri-Center can better utilize the PPEL fund than the Management fund at this time and in the near future.

If you have questions, please feel free to call me at 712-485-2257 or email ahuseman@tctrojans.org

Thanks!
Dr. Angela Huseman
Superintendent, Tri-Center Community School District

Parent-Teacher Conferences Wednesday and Thursday; Book Fair in HS Library

posted Feb 20, 2017, 7:56 AM by TC Administrator

This is Superintendent Angie Huseman, and I wanted to take a minute to remind you about Parent-Teacher Conferences which will be taking place at Tri-Center this Wednesday and Thursday, February 22nd and 23rd from 4-8 p.m.  I urge you to come and visit with your child's teachers to find out all of the great things they have learned, as well as learn from your child's teacher(s) the ways you could be helping to support your child's learning. Additionally, the Book Fair will be going on next week in the HS Library, and no one wants to miss out on that!

School bus transportation reminder

posted Sep 19, 2016, 8:32 AM by TC Administrator

To Tri-Center parents whose kids ride the bus:  We have more and more kids that do not ride the same bus every morning/night. In order for us to keep track of where your child is going, we ask that you communicate with Mrs. Fischer in the Elementary (485-2271) and Mrs. Smith in the Middle School/High School office (485-2257) of any changes NO LESS THAN 2 HOURS before the end of the day.  (By 1:30 on a regular day, and by 11:30 on an early out day). We realize there will be times where something will come up at the last minute where you will need to call after that deadline; however, this should be the exception, rather than the rule.  Please communicate this expectation to your children, as well.  

Thank you for your help with this.  We have a lot of children riding busses, and we want to do everything we can to make sure every one of them gets home safely.  We cannot do that without your help.

Thanks,
Dr. Angie Huseman 
Superintendent

April Happenings

posted Apr 5, 2016, 6:08 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 6:12 AM ]

Tri-Center families, it is hard to believe Easter is over and spring weather is in full force.  I hope you all get the time to enjoy the changing weather and scenery of the season.  Here are a few important dates to remember for April

April 1 - Preschool Screening Day – Please call for an appointment.
April 1 - No PK today
April 5 - PK to IWCC for Health Fair
April 7 - Jump Rope for Heart
April 7 - 6th Grade Orientation at 7:30
April 7 - 9th Grade Orientation at 6:30
April 8 - Kindergarten Roundup Day (If your child did not attend Tri-Center Preschool, please call us @ 485-2271 for information.)
April 15 - 1:30 Dismissal for In-Service
April 16 - Prom
April 20 - No PK today
April 18 - Spring Music Program Grades K-1  2:00 and 7:00 PM
April 27 - Secretary’s Day
April 28 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Gifford’s Farm
April 29 - No School – InService Day

Snow day make up.  
With spring weather upon us you may have already forgotten, Tri-Center had four days of school canceled due to inclement weather and road conditions.  Tri-Center students will be making up two of these four snow days.  The last day of school for students will now be a 1:30 dismissal on Thursday, May 26th.   

Contacting elected officials.  
You may have noticed in the headlines an increase to State Supplemental Aid (SSA) of 2.25% is waiting for the Governors approval.  The timing of this increase is over a year past the legal deadline for notification and woefully inadequate when compared to the rising cost of expenses and the increases in state revenues.  Please consider contacting your elected officials and encourage them to support funding for Iowa’s public schools.  

As the spring weather continues to increase encourage the instinct for some is to spend less time studying and more time outside.  Encourage your students to combine these things and press hard through the end of the school year.  Please email, call or stop by any of the school offices with questions you may have.  

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Arrangements for Gage Williams; No school Tuesday, March 29th

posted Mar 25, 2016, 8:34 AM by TC Administrator

Tri-Center community, 

School will be cancelled Tuesday, March 29th, to accommodate funeral arrangements for the Williams family.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:00 am, at Tri-Center High School.  Visitation will be Monday at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Avoca.  Family will greet visitors from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.  Again, there will be no school Tuesday March 29th. 

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D. 
Superintendent 

Update on accident; grief resources

posted Mar 22, 2016, 11:29 AM by TC Administrator   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 11:29 AM ]

Dear Parents,

Today we were deeply saddened to notify all students of the death of one of their own.  Gage Williams died last night in a car accident.  He was a freshman at Tri-Center Schools.  Our school family is holding his family close in thought at this most difficult time.  We are unaware of funeral arrangements at this time but will pass any information we receive along as it becomes available.

We notified the students about his death and answered any questions that they had as well.  We have additional Green Hills AEA staff on site in order to support students and district staff as needed.  We suggest you talk with your child about this loss and respond to any questions that arise.   Here are some tips for talking with your student:
  • Be honest
  • Be concise and avoid figurative language (i.e., Say “died” instead of “passed away”)
  • Be reassuring
  • Expect many emotions and normalize his or her feelings
  • Listen to them 
It is important to remember that grief reactions vary greatly among individuals.  To aid in the support of your child/children, attached are resources that address helping children of all ages understand death, as well as a recommended website that includes guidance regarding grief and support for children and youth.


Please do not hesitate to contact the schools with questions or concerns.  We are committed to assisting our school community during this time of loss and appreciate your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Tony Weers
Superintendent

Conferences Wednesday and Thursday February 17th-18th

posted Feb 15, 2016, 2:28 PM by TC Administrator

Hello Tri-Center families.  We would like to remind everyone about Parent-Teacher Conferences this week.  School will be dismissed at 1:30 on Wednesday and Thursday for conferences.  Conferences will be from 4:00-8:00 Wednesday and Thursday evening.  Middle School and High School conferences will be held in the middle school gym, with elementary conferences being held in teacher classrooms.  Please stop by the book fair either evening to check out some great deals on new reading material.  There will be no school Friday February 19th, or Monday the 22nd.  Please email, call, or stop by one of the school offices with any questions you may have.  

Tony

Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Financial Update: SBRC Decision

posted Dec 18, 2015, 1:31 PM by TC Administrator

Good evening everyone.  You may have noticed an announcement about the SBRC decision in the Nonpareil yesterday.  Tuesday afternoon the SBRC committee approved the Tri-Center Corrective Action Plan (CAP) along with our request for Modified Supplemental Amount (MSA) of $99,232 to make up for the negative unspent balance in FY 15.  Below is an explanation of what this means for Tri-Center:
 

  1. The decision grants spending authority to make up for our negative unspent balance from last year.  This is not cash...rather the authority to spend the money we spent last year.
  2. The reductions made last year were/are still necessary to bring spending back under the state required limits this school year.  At the conclusion of this school year, Tri-Center will have a positive unspent balance for the first time in three fiscal years.
  3. The decision increases our anticipated positive unspent balance at the conclusion of this school year and will help Tri-Center recover more quickly from the financial situation we have been navigating.
  4. It will be very important for Tri-Center to continue tracking General Fund balance, and more importantly spending authority as the district moves forward.
Student enrollment and modified allowable growth are factors we will continue to watch closely as we move forward with short and long-term financial planning.  Please email, call, or stop by with any questions you may have about this decision and what it means for us.  Thank you...
 
Tony
 
Dr. Tony Weers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

2015 Community Meeting presentation

posted Dec 8, 2015, 1:29 PM by TC Administrator   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 1:33 PM ]

Tri-Center just concluded four Community Meetings in our communities.  The report linked below has Superintendent Tony Weers' presentation which contains useful information on the demographics, academic performance, and financial health of the district.

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