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February 19, 2018 Board Meeting minutes

MINUTES

Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, February 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

 

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on February 19, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Chuck Kinzie, Julie Williamson, and Todd McKee. Also present were

Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Dominic Giegerich, and Larry Hunt, Secretary Linda Edwards and newly appointed Secretary Lindsay Jahde. Board member Nick Kauffman and Principals James Brauer and Brian Fogleman were absent. Visitors in attendance were Jim Casey, Heather Scar, 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 Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2018 meeting, bills (with additions & corrections), and financial statements was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $261,364.08, PPEL Fund bills $14,987.27, Nutrition Fund bills $21,651.01, Management Fund bills $711.18, Trust Fund bills $300.00 and Activity Fund bills $40,603.81.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich reported that beginning March 5th CAM students will begin Iowa Assessments.  A letter will go out to parents reinforcing the importance of the tests and encouraging students to do their very best.

 

Principal Hunt reported that he met with Tyler Carney regarding work to be done to the practice field in Massena.  The ground preparation and seeding will start as soon as the weather permits, therefore Junior High Track practices will most likely be held at the High School. Quotes for outfield fencing as well as backstop and netting for the softball field have been received. Sixty- five people will be going on the Washington D.C. trip.  They will leave March 27th with New York City being the first destination and then on to Washington D.C. FAST testing went smooth.  Read-Across America will begin March 2nd.     

 

Superintendent Berlau advised the Board that Mr. Ryan Wise, with the Iowa Department of Education will be visiting the CAM schools on the morning of March 2nd.  Mr. Berlau, Linda Edwards and Lindsay Jahde attended a budget workshop on February 13th.  A draft of the budget will be presented at the March board meeting with publications as required following.  The board will need to meet at an earlier date in April to hold the public hearing and final consideration of the budget prior to the April 16th deadline. A meeting will be held with Head Start representatives to review arrangements. Staffing levels in the following areas will be reviewed to determine if adjustments are needed: TLC Reading Specialist; is 1.0 FTE Guidance Counselor meeting our needs, School Nurse as well as a review of the 60/40 Principal/Teacher position of Principal Brian Fogelman.  A site visit of the hot lunch program was completed the first week of February with overall positive results.  Areas requiring corrective responses included the need to obtain SS# on all free and reduced applications, Wellness Policy updates, as well as production sheets corrections.  Legislature updates include the extension of the SAVE Fund, positive communication on the cost per pupil in regard to transportation.  The voucher bill failed to advance.     

  

COMMUNICATIONS:  A thank-you from Peg Hensley was received and shared. There was no representation from the Anita Child Care Center due to the weather.  This item will be tabled to a later date.

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD SECRETARY/TREASURER:  Motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie appointing Lindsay Jahde to fulfill duties of board secretary and other duties as assigned as well as the authorization of check signing and credit card use.  Vote was carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Oath of Office was taken by Lindsay Jahde. 

 

COMPUTER PURCHASE:  Additional discussion was held regarding three quotes from Apple Inc. for computer purchase of the one-to-one laptop program.  Motion made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee to move forward with option 3 to include a buy-back of current computers with an approximate value of $80,000 for an estimated net cost of $350,000. Motion was carried on a 4-0 voice vote.   Dr. Berlau will contact the bank to check on financing and Mr. Casey will contact charities regarding the disposal of old computers. Prior financing included an interest rate of 2%.   This will be a PPEL/SAVE expense item and will not impact the General Fund. 

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  Applications in and out of the CAM School District were approved and applications to Iowa Connections Academy received after the deadline, without good cause, or those denied because of lack of classroom space, were denied on motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

EARLY RETIREMENT RESIGNATION INCENTIVE:  Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to accept and approve the early retirement incentive for Gary Ruderman.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

RESIGNATIONS:  The following resignations were received and approved as follows:

        Ranaye Siggins-H.S. Student Council on motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

        Mary Schoning M.S. Student Council and TLC position on motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

        Brian Sexton-Jr. High Football coach on motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

        Sarah Wright-CAM South 4th Grade Teacher on motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

        Roger Finley-Special Ed Instructoron motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

        Dana Finley-Special Ed Instructor on motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Abby Crawley as a North elementary cook on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A contract for Leih Weitl as a Para at North Elementary, on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A contract for Debora McCann as High School Student Council for the remainder of the 2017/18 school year on a motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS: Mr. Hunt received a quote from Sunds Custom Fencing in the amount of $12,437 for a 6’ black galvanized fence for the softball outfield as well as quotes from Beacon Sports for backstop and netting.  Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to approve the purchase of the fence as long as no rust concerns, and to wait on the purchase of the backstop and netting.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Dr. Berlau presented a quote in the amount of $5,262 from Corner Stone Landscaping for the ground preparation and reseeding of the middle school practice field.  Gary Dinkla will visit with the Massena Coop regarding the quote. A firm bid for the boiler at the middle school as well as for replacement of doors on the north and west side at the middle school will be presented at the next meeting.  Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve the bid received to paint the H.S. gym.  The bid takes into consideration of time spent to paint around the graphic artwork as well as an epoxy coating.     

 

2016-2017 AUDIT REPORT:  The press release was read by Secretary Linda Edwards.  Discussion was held regarding audit comments and findings.  Motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Todd McKee to accept the audit report and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

CAMEA INITIATION OF BARGAINING:  Comments were heard from Paul Upmeyer on behalf of the bargaining toward salaries of the 2018-2019 Master Contract.    Initial proposal was 8% increase on salary.

 

CTE PLAN:  Discussion included the intent to better embed career-based thinking into the entire curriculum to educate students on the importance of career readiness.  Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee to approve the district’s CTE Plan and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

It was the consensus of the board to advertise for mowing bids and then explore options.

 

Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to approve the out-of-state field trip for the Connections Academy and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to approve the CAM4KIDS fundraiser at the middle school and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD POLICIES REVIEWED: Board policies 413.1-414.9 were approved as reviewed on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

BOARD REPORTS:  Chuck Kinzie would like to see safety drills performed regularly.  Additional discussion was held regarding school safety. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 7:23 p.m. on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 4-0.

 

EXEMPT SESSION:  Discussion included comparisons of support staff. 

 

 

 

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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