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January 15, 2018 CAM Board Minutes

MINUTES

Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, January 15, 2018  6:30 p.m.

 

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on January 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Julie Williamson, and Todd McKee. Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich, and Larry Hunt, and Secretary Linda Edwards. Director Chuck Kinzie and Principal James Brauer were absent. Visitors in attendance were Jim Casey, Joni Ehm, Paul Upmeyer and Adam Warntjes.

 

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 Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2017 meeting, bills (with additions), and financial statements was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $80,900.82, PPEL Fund bills $63,653.22, Nutrition Fund bills $13,743.01, and Activity Fund bills $30,472.43.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich reported on the work of the TAP teams and thanked the board for approving the purchase of the sound system at the high school.  It has been put to use many times since its installation.  Driver education is currently underway with 18 students.  He discussed a request for a new acoustical sound shell for the high school.  Approximate cost is $6,710.

 

Principal Hunt presented pictures of the middle school bleachers renovation with the handrails and handicap section completed.  Some work still remains on the motorization of the bleachers.  Winter FAST testing will begin next week at South Elementary and sixth grade.  JH wrestling is in full swing and girls JH basketball will finish this week.  Principal Fogleman reported that the ACE Club has generously donated copies of the book Wonder to each student grades 3-5 at North Elementary.  The new third grade teacher, Cheyanne Boland, started January 3 and will hold an open house in her class room from 4-6 pm on Thursday.

 

Superintendent Berlau reported on radon testing recently completed at North Elementary.  Some areas located in the new gym and classrooms were slightly elevated. Plans are to retest.  He will attend an AEA superintendent meeting in Des Moines with legislators on January 30 and 31. We haven’t received a communication from the CAMEA negotiation team at this time.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  Information was presented on the upcoming IASB Day on the Hill January 30.

 

COMPUTER PURCHASE:  Jim Casey and Joni Ehm presented three quotes from Apple Inc. for computer purchase for the one-to-one laptop program.  Discussion was held on which size of laptops to purchase.  The capital projects committee will meet and discuss the options and bring their decision to the next board 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 Nick Kauffman, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE POLICY 407.3A:  The early retirement incentive policy was discussed and it was decided to keep it as it has been for the last three years, where a licensed employee can submit an application and resignation and receive $1,000 with their last paycheck for turning in their resignation by February 15, 2018, effective by the end of the school year. Revisions were made changing only the dates from the policy previously used.  Approval of revisions and accepting the policy was made on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

RESIGNATIONS:  A resignation from Haley Wollum, junior high girls’ basketball coach, effective at the end of the season, was accepted on a motion presented by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

EARLY RETIREMENT RESIGNATION:  An early retirement resignation was accepted with regrets from Gary Ruderman, high school science teacher, on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  He will submit an application for the retirement incentive next month.  An application for the early retirement incentive was accepted from Linda Edwards on a motion  by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Jodi Scholl as a south building cook on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A contract for Lindsay Jahde as board secretary/treasurer was approved on a motion by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Arrangements will be made with a neighboring district to share a school business official until Mrs. Jahde is able to complete the requirements of licensure.  She will begin duties February 5.

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS: Mr. Hunt is getting quotes on backstop and fencing for the softball field for next month’s meeting.

 

VEHICLE SALE:  Two bids were received for bus #A9 that had previously been advertised for sale.  Black Sheep Garage bid $600 and Mike Dorsey bid $800.  Dorsey’s bid of $800 was accepted on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

AUDIT PROPOSALS:  RFPs had been sent out for audit services.  Two firms responded and lower quote from Nolte, Cornman, & Johnson P.C. was accepted for three years audit services.  Motion to accept the proposal was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK:  The CAM Community School District Employee Handbook 2017-2018 was approved as presented on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD POLICY REVISIONS:  Board policies 408.1, 409.1, 409.2, 409.3 and 409.4 were revised and reviewed. Approval of reviewed policies was made on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD POLICIES REVIEWED: Board policies 409.5-412.4 were approved as reviewed on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD REPORTS:  It was decided to start the February 19 meeting at 5:30 and that the Board would dine at the Redwood afterwards in honor of Linda Edwards’ retirement.

 

ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 7:44 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee 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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