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August 21, 2017 CAM School Board Minutes

MINUTES

Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, August 21, 2017  6:30 p.m.

 

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on August 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the commons area at the CAM Middle School in Massena. Preceding the meeting, they toured the new building addition.  Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Chuck Kinzie, Todd McKee, and Julie Williamson. Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Dominic Giegerich, Larry Hunt, and Brian Fogleman, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Principal James Brauer was absent. Visitors in attendance were Deb Brown, Adam Warntjes, and Paul Upmeyer.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order.  Motion to approve the agenda was made by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the July 17, 2017 meeting, bills (with additions), and financial statements was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. General Fund bills were $1,560,233.97, Management Fund $16,715, SILO Fund bills $108,978.78, PPEL Fund bills $77,190.26, Nutrition Fund bills $2,349.75, Scholarship Fund $4,300, and Activity Fund bills $9,895.72.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  Information was presented on the IASB convention in November and the donation from Party Poopers for the Athletic fund.  The School Resource Officer Corey Larsen reported to the Board on activities from last year.  ALICE training for the staff was held at the end of the school year.  It was recorded and a video is being prepared for new staff and student training.  He reported that there were some bus issues at North Elementary with cars going through the buses’ stop arm and flashing lights.  There have been some changes made to the buses’ arrival to help alleviate this.  Deputy Larsen had two student interns ride with him last year.  There are no schedule changes for this year.

 

MASSENA ADDITION UPDATE:  The building will be ready for the first day for students on Wednesday.  Preschool students won’t start until the 29th.  The final walk-through will be tomorrow.  The fire marshal has been here and approved the building.  Change order #2 (change doors from red oak to white maple veneer, increase length of fire wall, remove & salvage door and reinstall, vestibule roof framing changes, deduct for north building footing change) for $1,898 was approved on  motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

HOMECOMING FUN RUN:  Deb Brown, MS cross country coach, presented a proposal and a proposed safety plan for the MS and HS cross country teams to run the game ball from Massena to Anita during Homecoming Week.  Homecoming is September 29.  She has contacted the Cass County Sheriff to arrange an escort car and will line up adult volunteers to run with school runners.  Chuck Kinzie asked that all runners have signed permission slips and made a motion to approve the fun run.  Nick Kauffman seconded the motion which carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

USE OF FACILITIES AGREEMENT:  Dr. Berlau had prepared a Use of Facilities Agreement for entities that want to use the facilities on a long-term basis.  It is a yearly agreement.  Proof of commercial general liability insurance will be required.  The agreement sets out the district’s responsibilities and those of the Tenant.  Chuck Kinzie introduced a motion that the district enter into an agreement with Anita Child Care dated from today to the end of the fiscal year, with $0 per month rent for this year and required them to provide proof of commercial general liability insurance at $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 annual aggregate per location.  This policy shall be endorsed to include the Landlord as additional insured. Nick Kauffman seconded the motion which carried on a 5-0 voice vote.    A motion was presented by Chuck Kinzie that the district enter into an agreement with Lollipop Preschool dated from today to the end of the fiscal year, with $0 per month rent for this year and required them to provide proof of commercial general liability insurance at $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 annual aggregate per location.  This policy shall be endorsed to include the Landlord as additional insured. Nick Kauffman seconded the motion which 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.  The same motion also approved applications for Kydie Woolsey to return to the CAM district after a move to Atlantic, invoking the JR/SR rule, Hunter Miller (K) to attend at CAM South, and for Alexandria and Hunter Fousek to return to the district after a move to the Griswold District.  Applications were presented for information only for Elizabeth Martin (K) to attend Lenox CSD home-school with assistance program, and for Makala Bowlby and Katilyn Bowlby to return to the Atlantic district after a move to CAM, and for Lexi Leyh (K) to attend school in the Atlantic district.

 

RESIGNATIONS:  A resignation from Corey Stephenson as junior high wrestling co-coach was accepted with regrets on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

CONTRACTS:  Contracts for Julie Williams--Massena custodian, Leslie James--para-educator, Adam Warntjes—junior high football coach, Shelly Miller—co-head speech coach, and Melinda Brahms—TK preschool driver were approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

       

FACILITY PROJECTS:  Dr. Berlau presented projected revenues and expenses in the PPEL and SILO funds and discussion was held.  Paul Upmeyer presented a quote on a sound system for the commons, stage, and gymnasium at the high school and discussed the setup.  Total cost including labor is $21,423.97.  Chunk Kinzie moved to accept the quote for the sound system, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  New volleyball standards and landscaping for the Massena building were approved and quotes will be requested for softball fence at the high school and roof replacement on the pressbox.

 

ADDENDUM TO SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT:  CAM has created a “performance bonus” opportunity for Dr. Berlau.  Nodaway Valley Schools holds his contract so we will notify them when the conditions are met.  The Nodaway Valley district will pay him the additional stipend and the CAM district will reimburse them.  The specifics of the bonus will be set by the CAM board of education.  Approval of the addendum was given on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

VOLUNTEER COACHES:  Todd McKee presented a motion to approve Sheri Karns and Kim Wendt (dance team) and Nick Kauffman, Barry Bower, and Matthew Williamson (football) as volunteer coaches.   Chuck Kinzie seconded the motion which carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

HANDBOOKS:  There were no significant changes to the middle school and high school handbooks.  Elementary handbooks included changes to the attendance policy.  All handbooks had dates, times, and personnel changes.  Motion to accept the handbooks as presented was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

RESOLUTION 18:01 BUS LEASE:  A resolution authorizing execution and delivery of a lease purchase agreement with respect to the acquisition, financing and leasing with Wells Fargo Bank of two Blue Bird school buses was adopted on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION DEFICIT:  The special education program will generate a negative balance again in fiscal year 2017.  Modified allowable growth and supplemental aid can be requested for this.  Todd McKee moved, seconded by Julie Williamson, to ask the SBRC for modified allowable growth and supplemental aid for the negative balance to be determined.   Motion carried 5-0 on a voice vote.

 

FUNDRAISERS:  A list of fundraisers for the 2017-2018 school year was presented to the Board for approval.  Chuck Kinzie made a motion to approve the list which was seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  Any fundraiser not included will need to be submitted to the Board for approval.

 

HEADSTART AGREEMENT:  The staffing of the Headstart/4-year old preschool room will be different this year.   Previously WCCA provided an associate teacher and a para-educator but this year, they are only providing a para-educator.  An agreement with West Central Community Action/Headstart for the 2017-2018 school year was approved on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD POLICIES 400-401.6:  It is time to review the 400 board policy series.  Policies presented for review were 400-401.6.  Policy 401.2 and 401.4 need to be revised due to the collective bargaining changes.  The other policies listed were approved as presented on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

 

CCEOC LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING:  A letter of understanding with the Atlantic Community School District for the Cass County Educational Opportunity Center was presented.  Students are enrolled per session at a cost of $666.80 per pupil per session.  There are ten sessions held each year.  A motion to approve the agreement was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:   Principal Giegerich reported that tentative count for high school students is 143.  Principal Fogleman reported that initial count for North Elementary is 136.  He shared a website where he plans to highlight staff members each month.  This month’s employees were Kay Hansen, building secretary, who has been with the district since 1991, Shawna Bohnsack, cook, who is taking on more responsibilities this semester, and Rusty Williamson, building custodian, who always has a smile and greeting for the students.

 

Principal Hunt reported that his buildings’ count is at 241.  Peg Hensley has been in helping make the transition smooth in the middle school office.  The custodians have been busy getting everything in the rooms.  Six rooms have been moved twice.  Rusty and Travis came down to help.  His comment was that our support staff does an amazing job! 

 

Dr. Berlau reported that he has been working on a more comprehensive teacher handbook, a longer process than expected.  He is going to a meeting on the collective bargaining legislation on Wednesday.

 

BOARD REPORTS:  The directors had requested information on how much we spend on break milk.  The secretary had left that information in Anita but will email it out.  The football team had a great week zero game with great crowd support.  The volleyball team has a round robin match tomorrow night.  Cross country will compete on Thursday.  Team members who have been interviewed lately all mention the teamwork aspect rather than just the individual. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 8:23 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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