Quick Links

Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Main Navigation


Front Page > breadcrumbs: CAM District > breadcrumbs: School Board > breadcrumbs: Minutes >


Ajax Loading Image


November 20, 2017 CAM Board Meeting


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, November 20, 2017  6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on November 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla,   Nick Kauffman, Chuck Kinzie, Todd McKee, and Julie Williamson. Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich, and Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Principal James Brauer was absent. Visitor in attendance was Paul Upmeyer.


CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitor and called the meeting to order. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the October 16, 2017 meeting (with one change), bills, and financial statements was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $72,118.56, SILO Fund bills $2,446, PPEL Fund bills $39,223.20, Nutrition Fund bills $19,167.05, and Activity Fund bills $25,053.88.


ADMINISTRATION REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich reported that the variety show was very successful and was well attended.  The new sound system worked well and Mr. Upmeyer did a great job working the sound system and training a student to assist him. High school parent-teacher conferences were attended by 43% of parents. The teachers like the one-day format.  The new security cameras are in place.  He and Mr. Ruderman attended the third module of the “Next Generation Science Standards”. Curriculum and graduation requirements will need changes to meet these requirements.


Principal Hunt reported that 92% parent attendance at the South elementary and 62% at the Middle School.  The greenhouse is up and operating with plants growing.  Nate McLaren, C & M graduate, is currently with the DCI in the cyber crimes unit and is scheduled to speak to students at the different grade levels on cyber safety.  That evening, November 30, he will then host a parent information session at the high school.


Principal Fogleman shared his newsletter today with updates on activities at the North Elementary, including a Veterans’ Day program organized by the fifth graders, fourth grade science experiments, and introducing his employees’ of the month, Mrs. Paup, Miss Lexi and Miss Shaley. 


Dr.  Berlau reported that advertisements have been placed for the business manager/board secretary position and interviews will begin after the break.  We are still getting late open enrollment applications for the Academy.  Since the state cap has been reached, the only students who can be approved at this time are those with documented severe health needs or those who have siblings already enrolled.  The oven at the North Elementary kitchen has been in need of repairs. We are getting prices of replacement costs.  The special education count was taken at the end of October and numbers are very close to last year.


COMMUNICATIONS:  Information was presented on IASB’s Action Advocacy webinars.  Linda Edwards reported that, at their annual meeting, the 21st Century Coop manager thanked the school board for allowing them to put corn tubes on the practice field again.


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 Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 




CONTRACT:  A teaching contract for Cheyanne Boland as third grade teacher at North Elementary to begin second semester was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 vote.  She is currently student teaching and will graduate from Buena Vista in December.


VOLUNTEER COACHES:  On a motion by Chuck Kinzie and seconded by Julie Williamson, the board approved Kaitlyn Hodges and Bill Kragelund as volunteer girls’ basketball coaches.  The motion carried 5-0 on a voice vote.


SBRC REQUEST FOR MODIFIED SUPPLEMENT AMOUNT:  The SBRC application for increasing enrollment, open enrollment out and ELL requesting $57,069 for on-time funding MSA was approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


REQUEST FOR MSA FOR AT-RISK/DROPOUT PREVENTION:  A request for modified supplemental amount of $79,524 for at-risk/dropout prevention was approved on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and approved 5-0 voice vote.


EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK: A draft copy of the employee handbook was shared.  Dr. Berlau used the IASB sample handbook and used the sections that were comparable with the old master contract.  The first draft was sent to the school attorney for review, then Dr. Berlau made changes and sent the draft to the board and to the staff.  He will receive input and comments and present a final copy for approval.


CAPITAL PROJECTS: Dr. Berlau present several capital project and equipment requests.  First, the daycare at the elementary has applied for and will receive a grant of $1,500 for a sunshade at the playground.  Total cost of the sunshade is $3,000 and Anita Child Care is asking if the district will help pay for this.  This is also the area that our four-year-old preschool uses.  Dr. Berlau said that the area used by the four-year-old preschool in Massena also needs a sunshade since the trees surrounding it have been removed.  The board directed him to proceed with this project.


Athletic director Joe Wollum told Dr. Berlau that Riddell will recondition football helmets and install a chip that will send an alert when a player takes a significant hit to the helmet.  They are offering a price of $160 per helmet. Reconditioning a helmet is $40-$60.  There are 40 high school helmets.  The board directed him to proceed with this project.  Junior high helmets are not compatible with this process.


The backstops at the softball and baseball fields were discussed as well as the remaining fencing for the softball fields.  The board asked Mr. Hunt to get more information and additional quotes on these projects.


SALE OF VEHICLES:  Several vehicles will be advertised for sale:  bus #5, 2005 with 164,174 miles; bus #A9, 1999 with 154,576 miles, and a 2004 Taurus with 140,284 miles.  The board authorized Dr. Berlau to advertise these vehicles.


BOARD POLICIES 405.1 – 407.5:  Board policies 405.1, 405.2, 405.3, 405.5, 405.7, 405.8, 406.1, 406.2, 406.3, 406.4, 407.1, 407.2, 407.3, 407.4, 407.5 were reviewed and approved as read.  Board policies 405.4, 405.6, 405.9, 406.5, 406.6E1 will be revised and presented at the next board meeting.  Approval of reviewed policies was made on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


BOARD REPORTS:  Julie Williamson attended the IASB annual convention and reported on hearing several good speakers.  She shared a handout “The Ever Increasing Burden on America’s Public Schools” which listed all the additional requirements placed on our public schools since 1900 without adding additional time to the school calendar in the last six decades.


ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 7:30 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  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



  • RSS Icon
  • Facebook Icon
  • Twitter Icon
  • YouTube Icon
  • Vimeo Icon
  • SchoolTube Icon
  • MySpace Icon
  • Flickr Icon

CAM Community Schools1000 Victory Park RoadAnita, IA  50020

PH: 712-762-3238

Sign up for the News Update.

Back To Top