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January 16, 2017 Board Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, January 16, 2017  6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on January 16, 2017 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 Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich and Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Principal James Brauer was absent. Visitor Tim Teig, Snyder and Associates, was 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 Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2016 meeting, bills, and financial statements was made by Chuck Kinzie, and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0. General Fund bills were $249,489.80, PPEL Fund bills $47,732.01, SILO Fund $146,833.21, Management Fund bills $100, Scholarship Fund $400, Nutrition Fund bills $12,062.57, and Activity Fund bills $3,745.68.


COMMUNICATIONS:  Information on IASB’s webinars on the budget was presented.


MASSENA ADDITION:  Tim Teig, Synder and Associates, Inc., reported they are doing final changes to the plans and specifications for the addition to the South Elementary building and will be sending them to the printer this week and out to the contractors.  Bid letting will be February 14 with a public hearing on the 20th to award the contract.  Preliminary cost estimate is $775,000. They are still working on ADA access on the west side which could bump the price up some.  Principal Hunt reported on possible room assignments for next year.


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING BIDS:  Resolution 17:04 was adopted authorizing bids on the addition, setting the bid dates, and the date of the public hearing.  Nick Kauffman presented the resolution, seconded by Todd McKee, and resolution was adopted on a 5-0 voice vote.


GREENHOUSE PROJECT:  Specifications for a possible greenhouse building were presented. Proposal dimensions are 18 by 24 feet. Cost of the structure itself is $10,900.  This doesn’t include the shade cover, concrete, plumbing, electrical, and natural gas connections.  The Board asked if any grants would be available to help cover costs.  Discussion will continue on this to see where it fits into the PPEL/SILO projects schedule.


OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  An application for Sawyer Clinton to attend kindergarten next year at CAM from the Corning District was approved and 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.


RESIGNATIONS:  Resignations were received from Abbie Brahms and Andrea Kinzie, paraprofessionals at North Elementary and were accepted with regrets on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried 4-0, with Chuck Kinzie abstaining.




EARLY RETIREMENT/RESIGNATION:  Board Policy 407.3A—Licensed Employee Voluntary Early Retirement Program 2016-2017—was amended and adopted on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a voice vote 5-0.  The changes were to the dates for this school year.  Licensed employees submitting resignations by February 15, 2017 and retiring by June 30, 2017 shall received the sum of $1,000 payable with employee’s last paycheck.


CAMEA INITIATION OF BARGAINING:  The CAMEA presented their initial bargaining proposal to the Board requesting a 6 percent increase in salary with all benefits staying the same and a change in the sick day policy to reimburse members $50 per sick day at retirement.  The Board will hold a special meeting ti respond to the proposal within ten days.


MOWING POSITIONS:  Discussion was held on how the district would handle the mowing this year.  Wheatley Mowing has indicated they will not be mowing this summer.  It was decided to place an ad in the paper requesting bids per time for both locations.  The athletic fields in Anita will be bid separately per time.


PROMISE IOWA RESOLUTION:  The Board adopted the Resolution of Support: Promise of Iowa Public Education Campaign which pledges to join and support the efforts of “The Promise of Iowa” campaign to ensure that Iowa lawmakers continue to prioritize investments to improve the community schools that create opportunities for more than 480,000 public school Iowa students.  The resolution was presented by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


ADMININSTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich and Gary Ruderman attended Next Generation Science Standards module two training which is about going to a similar set of standards that are applied in a consistent approach K-12.  Requests are being made for donations of used smart phones to use with the virtual reality glasses to connect to apps that allow the students to connect to virtual reality content.  The newspaper class is learning how to layout their own Spy page.


Principal Hunt reported that the middle school students will be participating in NATE testing for eighth grade math and literacy along with other schools nationwide.  South Elementary will start the second round of FAST testing the week of January 23.  Middle school girls’ basketball finished up this week.  There are seven junior high wrestlers out.  Smarter Balance testing has been put on hold.


Principal Fogleman reported that FAST testing will take place at North Elementary.  He thanked Jim Casey, Kay Stork, and Jordan Aggen who get the equipment ready to go.  He spent the day at Nodaway Valley Schools to learn more about how to use the data from winter testing to drive decisions.  CAM North is working to get on the same page as CAM South with PBIS.


Superintendent Berlau announced that the statewide school report card has been released.  Emphasis is on proficiency, growth, and college and career readiness.  There are more at-risk students enrolled in the Iowa Connections Academy that when it was first started.  The facility committee will meet soon to get a summer projects work schedule set up.  No school today and again tomorrow because of the ice storm that rolled through. 


BOARD REPORTS:  Mention was made of the Des Moines school that had accounts set up not controlled by the district.


EXEMPT SESSION:  The Board went into exempt session to discuss negotiations at 7:35 p.m.


ADJOURNMENT:   The Board returned to open session and adjourned at 7:43 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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