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April 11, 2017 Board Hearings/Regular Meeting


Hearings/Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, April 11, 2017  6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held hearings and its regular meeting on April 11, 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 who arrived at 7:00.  Also present Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich, and Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Principal Jim Brauer was absent. Visitors in attendance were Jordan Aggen,  Trish McCurdy, Paul Upmeyer, Adam Warntjes, Michelle Stokley, Tim Teig (Snyder and Associates), and Mona Calhoun.  


HEARINGS:  At 6:31 p.m. President Dinkla opened the hearings for the 2017-2018 School Calendar and the 2017-2018 Certified Budget. No one spoke for or against either item.  President Dinkla closed the hearings.


CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order. Motion to approve the regular meeting agenda was made by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the March 20 and 28, 2017 meetings, bills, and financial statements was made by Nick Kauffman, and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0. General Fund bills were $55,444.28, SILO Fund bills $25,567.28, PPEL Fund bills $12,057.16, Management Fund bills $100, Nutrition Fund bills $19,115.35, Agency Fund bill $1,200, and Activity Fund bills $6,746.95.


COMMUNICATIONS:  Jordan Aggen read his letter to the Board regarding negotiations.  Information on the IASB collective bargaining conference was shared.


MASSENA ADDITION:  Tim Teig, Snyder & Associates informed the Board that water and sewer lines were not close to where the designers of the plans thought they were.  The lines will have to be rerouted around to connect to the middle school service lines.  There will be a change order presented next month for $11,835 for this.  Egress has to be maintained from the South Elementary building while school is in session which will necessitate a change in how the footings will be done.  They will have to be trenched in.  Also the fire rating for the vestibule will have to have some extra protection to maintain the correct R-rating.  The door to the art room will have to be relocated.  No prices on these changes were available yet.  The roof drains to the storm sewer on the elementary building will need some changes also.  A motion was presented by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to approve the change order to move the water and sewer lines at a cost of $11,835.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


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 4-0 voice vote.


RESIGNATIONS: A resignation from Katherine Jensen, North Elementary paraeducator, was accepted with regrets on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A resignation from Trisha McCunn, South PK paraeducator, was accepted with regrets on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Todd McKee arrived at this time.  A resignation from Peg Hensley, middle school secretary, was accepted with regrets on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on 5-0 voice vote.


CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Matthew Williamson as high school math teacher for the 2017-2018 school year on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote, with Julie Williamson abstaining.


SCHOOL CALENDAR:  The 2017-2018 school calendar was adopted on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  Start day for students will be August 23, 2017 and last day is scheduled for May 21, 2018.


2017-2018 CERTIFIED BUDGET:  Discussion was held on the proposed budget. The proposed budget for 2017-2018 is $13,727,430 with a tax rate of $10.83864 per thousand dollars valuation.   This is an increase of $.01168 per thousand from last year.  A resolution to adopt the proposed budget for 2017-2018 was presented by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


BUS LEASE:  Discussion was held on the bids received for purchasing new buses.  After review, it was decided to lease/purchase two 72-passenger gasoline buses with air conditioning from Blue Bird with leasing through Wells Fargo Equipment Financing at a base cost at $98,641 each.  Motion to approve the lease/purchase was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


OPERATIONAL SHARING:  The Nodaway Valley school district is interested in continuing to share the services of the superintendent (50/50%), the maintenance director (80/20%-CAM’s share) and the human resource director (80/20%-CAM’s share) with no changes to the current percentages.  Travel costs for the superintendent will continue to be shared 50/50.  This will again be a three-year arrangement with either district being allowed to get out with appropriate notice.  Motion to accept the draft proposal was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


2015-2016 AUDIT REPORT:  The audit for the 2015-2016 school year has been received.  Discussion was held on the findings by Nolte, Cornman, & Johnson, PC.  After discussion, Chuck Kinzie moved, seconded by Julie Williamson, to accept the 2015-2016 audit report, and the motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


AEA PURCHASING AGREEMENT:  The purchasing agreement for the 2017-2018 school year was presented and discussed.  The agreement allows us to purchase through vendors who have quoted prices for food products for the Nutrition department and other products and services available.  Motion to approve the agreement was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich reported that teachers in every building will have been observed by three different staff members at year end.  He discussed some of the activities going on at the high school building.  A college/career fair will be held on April 21.  Graduation is May 21 at 1 p.m., awards night is May 17 at 7 p.m. and local ministers are hosting Baccalaureate at the high school at 6:30 on May 17.  A cement seating area outside the entryway was donated by the Class of 2016.


Principal Hunt reported that Grandparents Day was held Monday at the South Elementary with a PK-5 concert held that evening. Both were very well attended.  Parent-teacher conferences were also well attended. The possible room for the 3-year old preschool has been approved by DHS.  This topic will be a discussion item at the May board meeting.  Principal Fogleman reported that Read Across America day went well with a variety of animals from the Henry Doorly Zoo.  100% of North Elementary parents attended conferences. 

Superintendent Berlau reported that the District is required to have a policy in effect for unpaid lunch balances and he is currently working on that.  The Academy is reviewing 2017-2018 applications for students with IEPs to see if we will be able to meet their needs.  Graduation rates for 2016 were released today by the Department of Education.  The CAM district’s rate was 80.22%, below the state average of

91.3%.  Our dropout rate was 28% compared to the state average of 11.05%.  There were no dropouts in the brick and mortar high school but the Academy did have a higher percentage of students leaving.  We have received a state grant for a convection oven at the high school.  Tami Williamson had submitted this grant last year.  Chuck, Todd, Jack Boes, and Casey met and identified summer projects as priorities.  Dr. Berlau got quotes back for these projects:  $19,585 for an exterior wall at North Elementary, $26,125 for an underground wall restoration at the high school, $37,250 for carpeting 15 rooms at the high school (possibly spaced out over two years), and $3,200 for removing trees on the west bank at the middle school.    




ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 8:10 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Chuck Kinzie.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 5-0.


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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