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May 15, 2017 CAM Board Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, May 15, 2017  6:30 p.m.


Following an exempt session for negotiations at 6:15 p.m., the CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on May 15, 2017, at 6:36 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Chuck Kinzie, Todd McKee, Julie Williamson, and Nick Kauffman, who arrived at 7:10.  Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich, and Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Principal Jim Brauer was absent. Visitors in attendance were Adam Warntjes, Paul Upmeyer, Kyle and Megan Irlmeier, Shannon Paup, Matt and Carrie Ohms, Brandon and Cara Murphy, and Tami Williamson.  


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 April 11, 2017 meeting, bills, and financial statements was made by Chuck Kinzie, and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0. General Fund bills were $74,162.74, SILO Fund bills $87,375.82, PPEL Fund bills $10,040.93, Management Fund bills $100, Nutrition Fund bills $21,755.93, and Activity Fund bills $16,590.71.


COMMUNICATIONS:  Secretary Edwards handed out certificates of appreciation to the Board members and thanked them for their service to the district.  May is School Board Recognition month.  A thank you card for their service from Linda Havens was read.  Gary Dinkla had talked to an IACA graduate’s dad who was very thankful for the program.


MASSENA ADDITION:  A pictorial update was given on the progress of the addition.  Jensen Builders will be getting a quote on concrete, and water and gas service lines for the greenhouse building.  The project is still on schedule for occupancy before the beginning of the school year. 


FOUR-YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL:  Nick Kauffman arrived at this time. The anticipated enrollment for the four-year old preschool is near the maximum number we are allowed to have.  A preschool classroom can only have 20 students.  There are 24 students registered in Anita, with 22 students who are residents of the CAM district. Twenty are from Anita, two are from Massena and two are from neighboring district.  15-16 students have registered in Massena, with two from a neighboring district. Massena students will need to attend preschool in the Massena building.  If students need to be transported between towns, transportation will be provided. 


CAMEA CONTRACT AGREEMENT:  The Board and the CAMEA agreed to a step increase of $925 and an additional $400 amount for a total raise of $1,325 per FTE for the 2017-2018 school year.  This will be a two-year agreement but will open annually for salary negotiations.  This equates to a 3.14% increase.  A motion to approve the contract agreement was presented by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


CLASSIFIED STAFF SALARIES:  A 30 cent per hour increase was proposed for support staff employees for the 2017-2018 school, with an increase of $1.00 for head custodial staff.  A motion to accept the wage increases was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


SCHEDULE B CONTRACTS:  Since there was no change to the base salary amount, coaches and activity sponsors were to move a step in conjunction with their experience.  A motion to approve the increase was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


BUS BIDS:  Several bus bids were received for the two buses the District is selling.  Bids received for bus 01-1 were $1,000 from Steve Scar and $873 from BC Murphy Enterprises and for bus #7 $1,100 from Black Sheep Garage and $833 from BC Murphy Enterprises.  High bids were accepted on each bus on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


IWCC MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING:   A memorandum of understanding with Iowa Western Community College on Secondary Programs/Concurrent Enrollment Courses for the 2017-2018 school year was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 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 5-0 voice vote.  An application for Ryan Cook to attend school in the Adair-Casey district following a move to the CAM district was presented for information only.


RESIGNATIONS: Resignations from Hollie Reilly--MS/HS art teacher, Jeremy Blake--MS special education teacher, Maribel Manjavacas--HS Spanish teacher, Heidi Myer--North Elementary special education teacher, and Lori Erickson--co-head speech coach, were accepted with regrets on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Maria Marta Estepa as high school Spanish teacher for the 2017-2018 school year on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


MOVEMENT ON THE PAY SCALE:  Several teachers have complete necessary graduate coursework to move on the pay scale.  Kelsie Kralik and Shelly Miller moved from BA to BA+12 and Haley Groves moved from BA to BA+24 for the 2017-2018 school year.  Approval for the moves was made on a motion by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


GRADUATING SENIORS:  Lists of graduating seniors of both the CAM High School and the Iowa Connections Academy High School were presented to the Board for approval.  There are 29 graduating from CAM HS and 55 IACA seniors.  A motion to approve the list of graduates, pending successful completion of all requirements, was presented by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


BOARD POLICY REVISIONS:  Board policies 209, 506, 710.1, and 710.2 were revised to reflect the changes to No Child Left Behind.  Motion to approve the revisions was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


BOARD POLICY ADOPTION: Board policy 710.4 – Meal Charges was a required addition to the Board Policy Book.  This policy sets limits to the amount a student can charge and the steps to be taken when accounts are negative.  The Board changed the negative amount from -$25 to -$50.  Motion to adopt the new policy was presented by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.



ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich reported that Mrs. Nichols, Mrs. Blair, students Daniel Kopp, Sage Erickson, and Chris Bauer, and he attended the Learning Supports Conference and presented along with Jeff Hoover (sub) and Dick Nichols.  They were demonstrating how we utilize the adults as mentors and how we give support to students through PBIS Tier II services. He reported that students are ready for graduation as they rehearsed this morning and did a Graduate Walk through all the building.


Principal Fogleman shared some pictures of the last month and commented that the North Elementary has been very busy with the track and field day and the petting zoo.  The two elementary buildings were together for these events.  They also attended the release of the trumpeter swans at Lake Anita.  AMU employee Leon Vogl talked to each class about construction safety.  The Preschool Olympics was held and the high school students did a great job with this.  They are waiting on the last FAST test results.  The North Elementary students enjoyed the senior walk through the hallways.


Principal Hunt wanted to commend Mr. Fogleman and Mrs. Wollum for a very well organized track and field day and petting zoo.  His students enjoyed the swan release at Lake Anita also.  Teachers in the South Elementary are looking at FAST testing results.  Students in the Man and his Environment class partnered with the preschool to go out to the Outdoor Classroom.  They planted lots of trees in perfect weather with a great turnout of grandparents and parents.  He commented that it is impressive to watch our elementary kids interact with the middle school and high school students.


Principal Brauer submitted a written report.  Open enrollment application reviews for students eligible for special education services have been completed.  There are several staff vacancies.  IACA commencement will be Saturday, May 20 at the West Des Moines Marriott at 11 am. He included charts of proficiency by grade level and subject, enrollment data, and Parent Satisfaction Survey results.


Superintendent Berlau reported that the companies have been contacted about the summer facilities projects and they are on schedule to be completed on time.  This includes the wall restoration at the High School and North Elementary buildings and removing some of the trees on the west side of the Massena building.  The daycare in Anita has submitted a request to use the school’s suburbans for various field trips this summer.  Dr. Berlau’s recommendation is not to allow this.


With the changes to laws regarding the master contract, an employee handbook will be developed to reflect this.  Dr. Berlau will share a draft of this with the CAMEA rep Gary Ruderman and the teachers and will bring the handbook to the Board to consider. 


BOARD REPORTS:  We have two events participating in boys’ state track this week.  The golf teams both qualified for districts. The awards concert was well done with many art exhibits on display.  It was requested that the 3-year old preschool be a topic of discussion next month.  Concern was expressed that the grounds are not being taken care of like we had contracted. 


ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 8:12 p.m. on a motion by Chuck Kinzie and seconded by Todd McKee.  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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