October 17, 2011 Board Minutes
by Linda Edwards
CAM Board of Education
Monday October 17, 2011 7:00 p.m.
The regular meeting of the CAM Community School District Board of Education was called to order by President Gary Dinkla on October 17, 2011 at 7:08 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Chuck Kinzie, Todd McKee, and Julie Williamson (arrived at 7:17), Superintendent Steve Pelzer, Principal Dominic Giegerich, Principal Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Visitors in attendance were Sandy Booker, Brian Fogleman, and Staci Venteicher. No questions or objections to the agenda were presented.
CONSENT AGENDA: A motion to approve the agenda was made by McKee, seconded by Kinzie and carried 4-0. A motion to approve the minutes of September 19, bills and financial statements was made by Kauffman and seconded by McKee. General Fund bills were $49,174.95, PPEL Fund bills were $19,181.27, Management Fund bills $400, SILO Fund bills were $20,439.42, Nutrition Fund bills of $15,560.24, and Activity Fund bills of $18,151.08. Motion carried 4-0.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS: Mr. Giegerich reported that the National Bird Dog Circuit World Championships will be held this week at Hansen Outfitters near Anita. On Friday members of the choir will be singing the National Anthem and four students will be helping during the event. He also reported the Brian Fogleman, Chelsey Lee, and Joe Wollum presented at professional development today and worked with staff on Google calendar. Staff will be training on Google mail, apps and calendar and on the Promethean board. ITEDs will be held the first part of November.
Mr. Hunt told the group about the assembly held with two of the companies working with the wind farm project, Mortenson Construction and MidAmerican Energy. Each first through fifth grader received a book on wind energy. Mortenson Construction presented the district with a projector and iTunes gift cards to use for apps for the iPads and school supplies. After this assembly, Walmart honored our elementary teachers. Each classroom teacher received a gift card to use in the classroom and other teachers received bags filled with school supplies. Iowa Tests of Basic Skills will be given the first week of November.
Mr. Pelzer reported on the professional development day held recently. Middle school and high school teachers attended a one-to-one conference in Underwood. The elementary staff worked on curriculum. Mr. Pelzer and Mr. Casey will attend the ITEC conference tomorrow. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Stork, and Mr. and Mrs. Pelzer will be attending the Blue Ribbon School presentation in Washington DC in November. The district is paying for Mr. Hunt and Mrs. Stork to attend and the others will be traveling at their own expense. Early projections of the certified enrollment indicate a decrease of approximately 30 students. The 101% budget guarantee delays the financial hit for one year.
Mr. Pelzer discussed some projects going on. Volunteers worked on adding sod to the baseball infield over the weekend. Work will continue on the windbreak by the North Elementary after the ground is frozen. The South Elementary Preschool fencing project has been completed. It is now completely enclosed with new pea gravel. New surfacing will be added to the middle school practice track. New windows will be installed in the press box to increase visibility.
IASB ANNUAL CONVENTION: Those board members interested in attending the annual convention November 16 or 17 will contact Linda Edwards.
FITNESS EQUIPMENT: Sandy Booker, Brian Fogleman, and Staci Venteicher presented information on using fitness equipment to increase reading scores. They will submit a proposal for fitness equipment and heart monitors.
ENERGY AUDIT: Discussion was held on contracting with Energy Services Group to perform an energy audit. More discussion will be held and school districts that have worked with the company will be contacted.
OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS: An open enrollment application in for first grader Sjon Wambold from the Nodaway Valley school district was approved on a motion by McKee, seconded by Kinzie, and carried on a voice vote 5-0. An open enrollment application out to the Exira school district for JoAnna Camden was presented for information only.
VREP PRESENTATION: Mr. Giegerich presented information on the VREP program (Virtual Reality Engineering Pathways). The program is student driven and engages students in areas of their interest. Equipment needed includes a TV, computer, and 3D glasses at an approximate cost of $3,800. The software needed is free.
TIF: Mr. Dinkla, Mr. Kinzie, and Mr. Pelzer attended a recent Cass County Board of Supervisors meeting to talk about TIF (tax increment financing) for the wind farm project in our district, asking the supervisors about the uses, length and their thoughts on this matter. After discussion, Chuck Kinzie made a motion to adopt a resolution to recommend that no TIF district be created. Todd McKee seconded the motion which passed 5-0.
WORK SESSION: The Board set November 7th at 7 p.m. as the time and date of a work session to discuss capital projects and address and prioritize the major projects.
BLEACHER PROJECT: Discussion was held on replacing the bleachers at the football field/track area. Mr. Kauffman and Mr. Pelzer will meet with the bleacher rep to discuss the project.
WELLNESS CENTER: After discussion, the Board decided it would continue with the original 28E agreement at this point.
SCHOOL PROPERTY: Mr. Pelzer has discussed the little league field with Jim Mailander, Anita city attorney. Mr. Mailander has indicated the city would be willing to take over the field. Two people have expressed interest in purchasing the lots east of the North Elementary. Discussion was held on the tennis courts near the elementary and the possibility of the city exchanging that land for the ball field. No action was taken at this time.
WASHINGTON DC TRIP: Mr. Hunt presented a request to the Board for permission to travel to Washington DC and the Gettysburg area in April. 44 students and 8 adults have registered for the trip. A motion to grant permission for the trip was made by Williamson, seconded by Kinzie, and passed 5-0.
Laptop computers were handed out to the board members and they were given instructions on how to access their school gmail.
BOARD REPORTS: None.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:26 p.m. on a motion by McKee, seconded by Williamson. Motion carried unanimously 5-0.
Signed Gary Dinkla, Board President
Signed Linda Edwards, Board Secretary