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July 17, 2017 CAM Board Meeting minutes

MINUTES

Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, July 17, 2017  6:30 p.m.

 

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on July 17, 2017, at 6:32 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Chuck Kinzie, Julie Williamson, and Nick Kauffman. Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Dominic Giegerich, Larry Hunt, and Jim Brauer, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Director Todd McKee and Principal Brian Fogleman were absent. Visitors in attendance were Aaron and Trish McCurdy, Tim Teig of Snyder and Associates, and Jim Casey.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order. The agenda was amended to add 5.15 Approve SRO Agreement.  Motion to approve the amended agenda was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the June 19, 2017 meeting, bills (with additions), and financial statements was made by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $140,270.45, Management Fund bills $91,109, SILO Fund bills $692543.62, PPEL Fund bills $174,561.23, Nutrition Fund bills $1,341.01, and Activity Fund bills $6,034.32.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  Information was presented on the IASB convention in November and the upcoming school board election.

 

MASSENA ADDITION UPDATE:  Tim Teig of Snyder and Associates presented an update on the progress of the addition in Massena.  All drywall is installed, primed and one coat of paint has been applied.  The concrete on the east side is finished and forms on the west side are being constructed with concrete to be poured on Wednesday.  The acoustical ceiling is being installed, window sills and cabinets are in, exterior walk doors will be installed tomorrow, band room cabinets on Wednesday, and flooring on the 20th. It is expected that by August 1st most work will be completed.  Interior wood doors won’t arrive until July 29 and handrails can’t be fabricated until after the concrete has been poured for accurate measurements.  There is a scheduled walk-through for August 7th.  The August 21 board meeting will be held in Massena with the Board meeting early for a tour of the new facility. 

 

An estimate of costs for concrete for the middle school greenhouse site was received at $25,000.  The Board originally approved the greenhouse with a top amount of $25,000.  With the cement, this cost will be approximately $17,000 over that. 

 

WELLNESS CENTER REQUEST:  No one appeared with information for this item.

 

USE OF FACILITIES:  Dr. Berlau will prepare drafts of agreements with the 3-year old preschool and the daycare at the North Elementary for next month’s meeting.

 

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 Dan Riker as junior high wrestling co-coach was accepted with regrets on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A resignation from Luke Symonds as junior high girls track coach 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 Patricia McCurdy as Massena custodian effective August 22 was accepted with regrets on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

CONTRACTS:  A contract for Luke Symonds as high school girls’ track coach was approved on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Contracts were approved for a shared position for a strength/conditioning coach.  Nick introduced a motion to approve a contract for Barry Bower for this shared position which was seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve Matthew Williamson for this shared position was presented by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on 3-0 voice vote with Julie Williamson abstaining.   A contract to Courtney Clark as North Elementary special education teacher was approved on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

       

FACILITY PROJECTS:  Several projects were presented for consideration for approval:

 

Jim Casey presented information on a camera security system for the high school interior and parking lot areas.  A quote was received from Walsh Electronic Security for a complete replacement system with server to replace the outdated system currently in place.  The system will be digital with great resolution and thirty day of storage.  The existing cameras in the parking lot could be turned to the football field.  The system will be incorporated with the system at North Elementary.  Bid amount was $38,985.  A motion to accept the bid from Walsh for the camera system was presented by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

 No one appeared to present information for a sound system at the high school.  After discussing the additional cost for the greenhouse, Chuck Kinzie moved to approve the concrete/retaining wall for the greenhouse project at approximately $25,000 plus the purchase of the greenhouse.  Julie Williamson seconded the motion which passed 3-1 with Gary Dinkla voting nay.

 

SCHOOL AND SUPERINTENDENT GOALS:  Dr. Berlau had researched superintendent goals that could be incentive-based performance goals.  Some were based on student achievement, dropout rates, etc.  He reported that some of his goals for this year include doing a visit with each principal each month and visiting classrooms, increase college/career readiness to be implemented this year or the start of next year, and improvement on financial situation using the seven financial indicators used by IASB.  These goals would be an addendum of his contract.

 

IASB LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES:  Dr. Berlau presented his recommendations of priorities.  He feels that education funding is the biggest challenge to districts.  Priorities to be submitted are ones that supports setting supplemental state timely and uses a formula drive method of establishing the supplemental state aid growth rate if it is not set within the statutory requirements; supports the repeal of the December 31, 2029 sunset on the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure and supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure including the tax equity provisions; supports a school foundation formula that provides sufficient and timely funding to meet education goals, equalizes per pupil funding, provides transportation cost relief, incorporates categorical funding in the formula within three years, and includes a mix of property taxes, and state aid; and supports continuation of sufficient sharing incentives and assistance to encourage sharing or reorganization between schools.  Motion to adopt these legislative priorities was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICES:  A consortium agreement with Heartland Family Services, to provide services to students we are unable to serve, was approved on a motion by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

MILK/BREAD BIDS:  Milk bids were received from Anderson-Erickson Dairy and Highland Dairy with A-E submitting low bid for all products.  Bimbo Bakeries submitted the only bread bid.  Nick Kauffman moved to accept the bids from A-E and Bimbo Bakeries.  This was seconded by Chuck Kinzie and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

LUNCH PRICES/BOOK FEES:  We are required to raise the prices of our student lunches by ten cents each and adult lunches have to be at least $3.54.  Chuck Kinzie moved to raise student lunches by ten cents, reduce extra milk price to twenty-five cents, and increase adult staff lunches to $3.55.  Book fees will remain the same.  Nick Kauffman seconded the motion which carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

SHARED ART TEACHER AGREEMENT:  The Griswold school district and the CAM district have shared an art teacher for a number of years.  The agreement sets out that arrangement with costs shared 50/50.  A motion to approve the agreement was made by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD POLICIES: A number of board policies were revised based on the changes to the collective bargaining law.  They include policies 400, 401.4, 403.1, 405.2, 405.5, 405.6, 405.7, 405.8, 406.1, 406.2, 406.3, 406.4, 406.6, 407.5, 408.1, 409.1, 409.2, 409.3, 409.4, 409.8, 411.1, 411.4, 412.4, 414.4, 700, 706.1, 706.2.  Some policies were temporarily removed.  A motion to accept the revisions/removals was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried 4-0 by voice vote.

 

SRO AGREEMENT:  An agreement with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office to provide School Resource Officers’ services was approved on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:   Principal Giegerich reported that students who are in high school vocal and band will be meeting each day, sharing Blocks 1 and 5.  Vocal will run from 8:30 to 9:09 and Band from 9:13 to 9:52.  The administrative team participated in CatchLife for a 24 week study monitoring sleep, inactivity, steps, training time, and training intensity.  A similar program might be developed for those who want to participate this school year.  He reported information on summer programs and that aisles have been cut in each side of the gym bleachers and an accessible area was cut on the visitors’ side.  Carpet has been installed in several high school rooms.

 

Principal Hunt commended the custodians for a great job.  They are on a good paced to get everything done before school starts.  The fire alarm at the Massena building was pulled by a construction worker the other day.  Principal Brauer reported that enrollment count currently is at 451 students with 90 more preapproved.  He estimates 500-525 students for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Academy teachers report August 9.  The manager of student services vacancy has been filled.  The graduation rate for school year 2015-16 showed a significant increase over previous years.

 

Dr. Berlau reported that the carpet has been installed at the high school and that trees have been removed from the west side of the Massena building.  They are beginning work on the exterior wall at the high school.  Coaching positions open are junior high basketball, JH track, JH wrestling, and JH football.  Registration is set for August 8.  Administrators will be attending the SAI conference on August 2 and 3. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 9:06 p.m. on a motion by Chuck Kinzie and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 4-0.

 

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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