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March 20, 2017 CAM Board Meeting Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, March 20, 2017  6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on March 20, 2017 in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Todd McKee, and Julie Williamson, Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principal Dominic Giegerich and Secretary Linda Edwards. Director Chuck Kinzie, Principals Larry Hunt, Jim Brauer, and Brian Fogleman were absent. Visitors Gary Ruderman, Shelly Miller, Sandy Booker, Tasia Becker, Randy Aggen, Jordan Aggen, Gary Miller, Adam Warntjes, Trish McCurdy, Peg Wheatley and Mona Calhoun were present.   President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.


CONSENT AGENDA:  Motion to approve the regular meeting agenda was made by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the February 20, 2017 meeting, bills, and financial statements was made by Todd McKee, and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0. General Fund bills were $1,482,363.07, PPEL Fund bills $10,295.38, Management Fund bills $16,728.25, Nutrition Fund bills $13,718.04, and Activity Fund bills $10,543.77.




CONTRACTS AND BONDS: The Board reviewed the contracts and bonds for the Massena PK/Music addition to be constructed by Jensen Builders, Ltd. of Fort Dodge.  A preconstruction meeting will be held Thursday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m. in Massena to set timelines.


RESOLUTION 17:07 APPROVING CONTRACTS AND BONDS:  Be it resolved by the School Board of the CAM Community School District of Anita, Iowa:  That the contract and  bonds executed by Jensen Builders, Ltd. of Fort Dodge, Iowa on the 21st day of February, 2017, for the construction of the “CAM South Elementary School Music/Pre-school Addition – Massena, Iowa” and such other work as may be incidental thereto, within the City of Massena, Iowa, as described in the plans and specification, and which have been signed by the School Board President of CAM Community School District be and the same are approved.  This resolution was presented for approval on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 


CAMEA INITIAL PROPOSAL:  Gary Ruderman, CAMEA representative, presented the Association’s initial proposal for the 2017-2018 school year.  The process had to be started again due to the legislature’s changes to the Chapter 20 rules.  The Association is proposing the establishment of a joint Labor Management Committee, the purpose of which is to give us a place to problem-solve and a forum to discuss issues outside of the bargaining process. The Association proposes a yearly salary increase of 6% on the 2016-2017 schedule and asks that the Agreement shall be effective from July 1, 2017 and continue until June 30, 2022 and that the contract may be reopened after year 2 on language and in years 3, 4, and 5 to renegotiate salaries.


GREENHOUSE PROJECT:  Todd McKee moved that the District construct a 18’ x 24’ greenhouse at the Massena location with a cost up to $25,000.  Julie Williamson seconded the motion which carried 4-0 on a voice vote.


OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  Applications were approved for Tyson Grubbs, Irelyn Gundy, Ella Gundy, and Hogan Grubb from Adair-Casey schools, and Tyler McVay from Nodaway Valley schools, and Dreanna Bell from Atlantic schools to attend in the CAM district next year.  Also for Gabbriella Porter and William Johnson to continue at CAM Schools following a move to the Atlantic district.  The applications were approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote, pending administrative approval.   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 Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.




CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Barry Bower as the K-12 TAG teacher for the 2017-2018 school year on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. A contract was approved for Nick Hodges as high school assistant golf coach on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 


SPECIAL EDUCATION DELIVERY PLAN:  The public had been informed through advertisements to review the District Developed Special Education Service Delivery Plan that was accessible on the District’s webpage. Districts must make the plan available for public comment.  No comments were received.  Nick Kauffman made a motion to accept the revisions to the Plan, with a second by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried 4-0 on a voice vote.


SET TIME AND DATE FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR HEARING:  April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. was the date and time set for a hearing on the proposed calendar for the 2017-2018 school year on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  The proposed calendar was reviewed with a start date of August 23 for students and last day scheduled for May 21, 2018.


SET TIME AND DATE FOR 2017-2018 CERTIFIED BUDGET HEARING:  The hearing on the proposed budget for 2017-2018 was set to follow the calendar hearing on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

BUDGET GUARANTEE RESOLUTION:  The following resolution was adopted on a motion by Julie Williamson:  RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of CAM Community School District, will levy property tax for fiscal year 2017-2018 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa.  Motion was seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  We are not eligible for the budget guarantee this year but have made it a standard practice to pass this resolution each year.


SCHOOL VEHICLES REVIEW:  We received purchasing bids from Bluebird and Thomas Bus Sales but had not asked for lease quotes.  This will be done for the next board meeting.  Small vehicle quotes received from the state purchasing system were for a 2017 Malibu for $18,861, Taurus for $20,202, and a Charger for $22,171.  Todd McKee moved to purchase a 2017 Malibu.  Motion seconded by Nick Kauffmann, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


OUT OF STATE TRAVEL:  The senior class requested permission to travel to Papio Fun Park for their senior skip day.  Motion to approve the out of state travel was presented by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Mr. Giegerich reported that our Master and Mentor teachers plan to return in these positions next year.  The Model teacher responsibilities are being revised to better utilize their capabilities.  The computers and interactive white boards are being used in a variety of ways to provide engaging content and instructional material.  There will be an induction ceremony for new NHS member Thursday evening, with featured speaker Dan Crozier.  The 6th annual HWC Alumni Tournament was held this past weekend and was well attended.


Mr. Hunt had prepared a written report. He was attending the middle school music program in Massena tonight. Assessments have been completed with just a handful of students left to finish make-up tests.  EMC Insurance was in the District today to inspect the buildings for hail damage from the storm in February.  Possible damage to screens and vent covers but no apparent roof damage.  Zion Recovery will be talking to our sixth through eighth grades about substance abuse and suicide prevention.  Junior high track has started with full squads and should have a fun season.  The Washington DC trip scheduled for next year currently has over 50 students signed up. The problem they encounter is finding a bus big enough. It is possible that it will be limited to grades 10 and 11 with trips every other year.


 Dr. Berlau reported that we finally received a draft of our FY2016 audit. It will be on the agenda for approval next month.  The high school math position has been posted.  There was a power outage in Massena that caused damage to the plants in the greenhouse.  Jack Boes is working on a solution so that it doesn’t happen again.  The facilities committee met and came up with a list of projects.  Now Dr. Berlau is gathering cost information on upgrading things.


Our operational sharing agreement with Nodaway Valley schools ends this year.  The Nodaway Valley School Board wants to continue these arrangements.  This will be an action item next month.  Dr. Berlau informed the Board that there will need to be a special meeting within ten days to respond to the initial offer from the CAMEA.  


BOARD REPORTS:  Comments regarding the CAM Speech department included that they were doing great and that we are lucky to have the speech department we have, both staff and participants.


ADJOURNMENT:   The Board returned to open session and adjourned at 7:45 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 4-0.




EXEMPT SESSION:  The Board went into exempt session to discuss negotiations following adjournment.




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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