Quick Links

Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Main Navigation

Top

Front Page > breadcrumbs: CAM District > breadcrumbs: School Board > breadcrumbs: Minutes >

Working...

Ajax Loading Image

 

November 21, 2016 CAM Regular Board Meeting

MINUTES

Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, November 21, 2016  6:30 p.m.

 

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on November 21, 2016 in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Chuck Kinzie, Julie Williamson, and Todd McKee, Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Jim Brauer, Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich and Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards.  Six  visitors were present.   President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement and called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:  Motion to approve the agenda was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the October 17 meeting, bills (with one change), and financial statements was made by Nick Kauffman and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0. General Fund bills were $56,776.72, PPEL Fund bills $37,479.73, Management Fund bills $248, Nutrition Fund bills $17,551.07, and Activity Fund bills $13,957.11.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  Kay Stork and Jordan Aggen, district Title I teachers, spoke to the Board regarding literacy instruction and assessment.  They discussed the FAST testing and TIER assessments. All students get the same testing.  The results are used to identify students who are on track and those who fall below benchmarks.  The district must be at 60% or higher, or class-wide interventions must be implemented.  The state wants to see districts at 80% or higher proficient.  If individual students are below 60%, they must receive individual or small group intervention and weekly progress monitoring.  Third grade retention will be required by the state for students not at benchmark.  Summer school will be required by those below benchmark beginning in 2017, and will become longer and more intensified, possibly 8-12 weeks with more required hours per day.  Guidelines are not available yet.  Math literacy should begin in 2017-2018 and high school literacy testing begins for pilot programs in 2016-2017.

 

Joni Ehm and Grace Kopp, district instructional coaches, presented information to the Board on the progress of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program.  We are using the TAP format—Teacher Achievement Program.  They shared the quote “Teachers are the most important school related factor for student achievement gains” (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching).  The teacher roles are master or instructional coach, model, and mentor.  26 indicators are used with research-based goals, using an instructional rubric.  They showed the CAM TAP link on the district website, including a link to “Great things happening at CAM.”

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  Applications to Iowa Connections Academy received after the deadline, without good cause, or those denied because of lack of classroom space, were denied on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

RESIGNATION:  Ksenia Zhbanova, district gifted and talented teacher, presented a request to be released from her contract January 1, 2017.  She has recently married and her husband has accepted a job in another state.  Dr. Berlau stated that we want to make sure we have someone for the rest of the school year.  We will advertise to find a certified TAG teacher but could fill the position with a long-term substitute.  Todd McKee moved to accept the resignation with regrets, was seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried with a 5-0 voice vote.  The Board thanked Mrs. Ksenia for her time spent in the district.

         

CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Chelsey Vais, para-educator at South Elementary, on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A contract was approved for Todd Russell as high school boys track coach on a motion by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A contract for Sheri Blair as district guidance counselor was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  Her first day will be November 28 and her contract was pro-rated for the rest of the year.

 

SBRC REQUESTS FOR MODIFIED SUPPLEMENTAL AMOUNTS:  Motion was made by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, to authorize the district’s administration to submit a request to the School Budget Review Committee in the amount of $128,835 for modified supplemental amount for the purpose of on-time funding for an increasing enrollment.  The motion carried by a voice vote of 5-0.

 

Motion was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, to authorize the district’s administration to submit a request to the School Budget Review Committee in the amount of $12,247 for modified supplemental amount for the purpose of on-time funding for open enrollment out students on Fall 2016 Certified Enrollment but not on the Fall 2015 Certified Enrollment.  The motion carried by a voice vote of 5-0.

 

MASSENA BUS LANE PROJECT:  Resolution #17:03 Accepting the Work on the bus access drive reconstruction in Massena by Precision Concrete Services, Inc. as determined by the Engineer’s Certificate of Completion dated November 21, 2016 was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

Application for final payment to Precision Concrete Services, Inc. in the amount of $15,817.09 was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

SALE OF BUSES:  Two buses that are not being used, a 1996 Bluebird and a 2000 Bluebird, both 53-passenger buses, will be advertised for sale.  Motion to approve advertising the buses was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

PHONE SYSTEM BIDS:  The phone systems at the High School and North Elementary have both been down since the start of school.  The company servicing them was unable to find parts so bids were requested from several companies.  The Massena Telephone Company and the Cumberland Telephone Company submitted bids.  MTC’s bid was $19,834.67 and CTC’s bid was $19,305.12.  After discussion and comparison, the Board voted to accept the bid from the Massena Telephone Company, citing satisfaction with the phone system that was recently installed in the Massena buildings.  Motion to accept the Massena Telephone Company bid for the phone system was made by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

FUNDRAISER REQUEST:  Amanda Wahlert, Dance Team coach, submitted a request for the CAM Dance Team to hold a fundraiser for uniforms and costume supplies.  The fundraiser will be a 50/50 raffle at basketball games.  A motion to approve the fundraiser was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

ADMININSTRATIVE REPORTS: Dominic Giegerich reported on attending the Atlantic/CAM Wrestling Hall of Fame induction of Rex Mehrhoff held last week.  It was a very nice ceremony well attended.  He got to meet the new coaches.  The first match will be here at the CAM High School on December 1st.  December 2nd the Pink Out/Purple Out games will be held.  The winter sports teams have begun practice and are ready to perform.  His comment on the TAP program was that there is great teacher buy-in and it is gaining momentum.  He asked everyone to let him know if there were calendar issues.  Julie Williams told him the wrestling schedule is not on the calendar.  There was an issue with rSchool capabilities and they are working on it. 

 

Larry Hunt reported that the first year of one day parent teacher conferences went well.  The Middle School had a 67% attendance rate, South Elementary had 96%, High School 50%.  Comments included that it was hard to get to all places.  The teachers liked the new format.  Students in 6th, 8th, and 11th recently completed the Iowa Youth Survey online.  Mr. Hunt will be attending a meeting at the AEA on Smarter Balance.  This is the last year to take the Iowa Assessments.  Smarter Balance assessments are more interactive.  He will provide more information at the December or January meeting.  Third through 11th grades will take these tests during the last 12 weeks of school.

 

Brian Fogleman reported that Jenna Hucka, AEA literacy consultant, met with each teacher at CAM North Elementary in their classrooms and then will all the teachers as a group.  Literacy is a huge part of what goes on in the classroom. Wednesday is Reading is Fun day at North with many community volunteers.

 

Jim Brauer reported that so far this has been the most successful year for students in their pass/fail rates, with a 10-15% gain.  Parent-teacher contacts were very successful.  The Academy had a resignation for a special education position.  All Connections Academy administrative offices will migrate to cloud-based VoIP solutions on February 1, 2017.  Benefits include unlimited local/long-distance usage, mobile phone accessibility, phone call monitoring/recording, voicemail to email communication.  2017-2018 course selection and review is currently being done.  

 

Casey Berlau discussed the change to overtime rules for salaried personnel that takes place December 1, 2016.  Employees earning under $47,476 will be eligible for overtime pay on hours over 40 per week.  This affects our transportation director who will start clocking in and out on December 1.  He presented a list of safety and uniform needs for the junior high football team, including helmets, padded pants, and jerseys.  The 21st Century Cooperative and the CAM Gridiron Club are giving generous donations to help fund this.  He presented a progress schedule for the Massena addition, with pre-final plans and specifications to be presented at the December 19th board meeting. 

 

BOARD REPORTS:  The Sound of Music was excellent with a terrific attendance!  Julie Williamson attended the IASB School Board convention last week and felt it was the best one she has attended.  She reported on the different breakout sessions she attended.  Gary Dinkla presented revenue and expenditure estimates through June 30, 2018 to help with facilities planning.  Conference vocal festival was held at the CAM High School last week.  It was felt that it was poorly attended by the other conference schools.  The fall sports banquet was also held last week.

 

ADJOURNMENT:   The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m. on a motion Todd McKee by and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 5-0.

 

 

These minutes are as recorded by the board secretary and subject to approval at the next regular board meeting.   The action items carried and the full text of the motions, policies and discussion are on file in the board secretary's office or on the district website www.CAMCougars.org

 

 

  • RSS Icon
  • Facebook Icon
  • Twitter Icon
  • YouTube Icon
  • Vimeo Icon
  • SchoolTube Icon
  • MySpace Icon
  • Flickr Icon

CAM Community Schools1000 Victory Park RoadAnita, IA  50020

PH: 712-762-3238

Sign up for the News Update.

Back To Top