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December 19, 2016 CAM Board of Education regular meeting


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, December 19, 2016  6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on December 19, 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.  Five visitors were present.   President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement and called the regular meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.


CONSENT AGENDA:  Motion to approve the agenda was made by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Nick Kauffman arrived.  A motion to approve the minutes of the November 21 meeting, bills, and financial statements was made by Chuck Kinzie, and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0. General Fund bills were $58,238.61, PPEL Fund bills $10,525.01, Management Fund bills $16,928.25, Nutrition Fund bills $27,853.58, and Activity Fund bills $12,425.80.


COMMUNICATIONS:  A letter was read from Ksenia Zhbanova, thanking the Board for allowing her to resign mid-year, and for the opportunity to work at the CAM Schools.  S.C.O.R.E. made a generous donation to fund a cutout in the bleachers at the CAM High School to provide more accessibility.  Maribel Manjavacas, high school Spanish teacher, made a presentation to the Board reflecting on her life in Spain and some of the activities that her classes are doing at CAM. A letter to initiate bargaining toward the 2017-2018 Master Contract was presented by the CAMEA.


MASSENA ADDITION:  Tim Teig, Synder and Associates, Inc., presented the pre-final plans and specifications for the addition to the South Elementary building.  Preliminary cost estimate is $740,000.  At the January 16 board meeting, final plans and specifications will be presented, bids will be authorized, and bid dates and public hearing times will be set. 


SOIL BORING SERVICES:  A change order for additional services for the additional classroom space, soil boring to perform geotechnical exploration, with a lump sum fee of $2,400 was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


GREENHOUSE PROJECT:  Discussion was held on the possible construction of a year-round greenhouse building in Massena.  Proposed building dimensions are 20 by 24 feet. The building would need plumbing, electrical, and natural gas connections.  More information will be obtained.


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 Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.






EARLY RETIREMENT:  Discussion was held on an early resignation incentive to be offered to teachers once again.  An updated policy will be presented at the January board meeting.


SEMESTER GRADUATES:  Two CAM High School students and five Academy students have indicated intent to graduate at semester.  A motion to approve the graduation requests upon completion of necessary requirements was presented by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

SBRC REQUESTS FOR MODIFIED SUPPLEMENTAL AMOUNT FOR DROPOUT PREVENTION:  Motion was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, to authorize the district’s administration to submit a request to the School Budget Review Committee in the amount of $69,653 for modified supplemental amount for the purpose of the district’s dropout prevention program.  The motion carried on a voice vote of 5-0.


WASHINGTON DC TRIP:  A request for out of state travel to Washington DC in March of 2018 was submitted by Larry Hunt, trip sponsor.  He reported that a full year is needed to prepare and schedule this activity.  On a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, the Board voted to approve the travel.  Motion carried 5-0 on a voice vote.


AFTER PROM TRAVEL:  A request was submitted by Kaleb Venteicher, Junior Class Secretary, to travel to SkateDaze in Omaha, Nebraska for after prom.  Prom will be held on April 29, 2017.  Motion to approve the travel was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS:  Larry Hunt presented information on Smarter Balanced Assessments, the new assessments required for Iowa schools beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  This will replace the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development assessments currently used by our district. The Smarter Balanced Assessments two main areas will be reading and mathematics.  Testing consists of an end-of-year assessment customized to meet individual student needs; high-quality interim tests to provide teachers a consistent check of student progress throughout the school year; and an online library of classroom resources available to all K-12 students in public schools.  The tests are online and computer adaptive.  This means the computer program adjusts the difficulty of questions based on a student’s answers.  By adapting to each student, these assessments present an individually tailored set of questions to each student and can quickly identify which skills students have mastered.  The tests are designed to determine a student’s proficiency in the Iowa Core. 


ADMININSTRATIVE REPORTS:  Dominic Giegerich reported that there will be a concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic on Thursday night for Rett’s Syndrome Research with a free will donation.  The principals will be interviewing candidates for the long term substitute position for the TAG program.  Our new counselor, Sheri Blair, has been hard at work getting set up, working on Career Pathways and working with Cheryl McCaskey to finish up some projects.  Wednesday PD this week was an Escape Room facilitated by Judy Griffin, Green Hills AEA.


Jim Brauer has been interviewing teachers for the special education vacancy and finalizing mid-year evaluations.  The Academy will start their mailings and information session for the 2017-2018 school year.  Inductions will soon be held for nine new National Honor Society students.


Larry Hunt reported that the concerts were well attended with great performances, which is a credit to all the work that goes into this.  There has been great community support for all our activities.  He said that more and more they are seeing increased needs of some of our families and that people are great about stepping in and helping out.


Casey Berlau stated that the attendance center rankings by the state for every school in the state won’t be out until after the first of the year.  Students last day before break is Thursday with teachers back on January 3 for professional development and students back on the 4th.  Discussion was held on providing cell phones or a stipend to individuals.


BOARD REPORTS:  All the performances by the schools have been great.  Winter sports are progressing well.


ADJOURNMENT:   The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Chuck Kinzie.  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



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