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June 18, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on June 18, 2018, at 6:30 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.  Director Todd McKee was absent.  Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principal Larry Hunt and Secretary Lindsay Jahde. Principals James Brauer, Dominic Giegerich and Brian Fogleman were absent. Visitors in attendance were Mona Calhoun and Sandy Booker.   

 

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 Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Discussion was held regarding utility expenses for buildings in Anita in comparison to those in Massena.  A motion to approve the minutes of the special meeting held May 7, 2018 and the regular meeting held May 21, 2018, bills, and financial statements was made by Chuck Kinzie, and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0. General Fund bills were $60,003.30, PPEL Fund bills $438,432.39, SILO bills-$35,818.86, Nutrition Fund bills $8,530.85 and Activity Fund bills $12,366.99.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Hunt reported that secretaries are working on clearing out lunch accounts and finishing up on closing out the school year.  Custodians are working hard and doing a great job with everything that goes with the end of the school year projects.  We still are working on hiring a shared art teacher position.

 

Superintendent Berlau advised we will move forward with Rankin Communication Systems to install an upgraded intercom system at the Massena buildings. The high school gym is in the process of being painted.  We are waiting on another quote for new doors at the Massena building.  We will be getting quotes for new chairs for the commons area at the high school and tables/chairs at the elementary building.  Discussion was held regarding the communication systems at the North elementary building. Staff attended a presentation on the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) program at the end of the year that focused on traumatic events that students may face and how they react to them.  The program identifies ways that staff may help the student better deal with these situations. A curriculum review cycle is being developed.  The Iowa Assessment information will be tabled until all principals are available to report on the results.

 

PRINCIPALS AND SALARIED EMPLOYEES CONTRACTS:  A motion was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman to give the principals a 2.98% increase.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve contracts for Lindsay Jahde, business manager/board secretary, with a 2.98% increase, and Mona Calhoun, transportation director with a 2.98% increase.  Motion carries on a 4-0 voice vote.    

 

CASEY COMPUTER CONSULTING:  Julie Williamson moved, seconded by Nick Kauffman, to approve a 2.98% increase to the agreement with Casey Computer Consulting for technology maintenance services for the 2018-2019 school year.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0.

 

FNB ACH AGREEMENT:  Motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to approve the ACH Agreement with FNB as presented.  Motion carries on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

MATH CURRICULUM:  A committee was appointed to review math curriculums to determine the best fit for students and staff.  The committee spent time evaluating different curriculums and unanimously agreed to the Bridges for the K-5 students and CPM for the M.S. and H.S. The Bridges program is an interactive approach to learning and includes intervention.  The CPM program is a blended model that includes some text books as well as e-books. Staff feels the transition between the Bridges and the CPM will be slight and is very excited to introduce the curriculum to all students.  Cost of the Bridges curriculum is $29,000 and the CPM curriculum is $20,801.  Discussion on funding included professional development as well as the option of flexible spending of categorical funds as named by resolution.  Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve the Bridges math curriculum for the K-5 students and the CPM math curriculum for the M.S. and H.S. students.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

CONTRACTS:  The following contracts were approved for the 2018-2019 school year and all carried on a 4-0 voice vote:

        Jacob Farrell-6-12 Vocal Instructor, motion by Nick Kauffman/Julie Williamson

        Tyler West- Instrumental Music Instructor, motion by Julie Williamson/Chuck Kinzie

        Gary Miller-Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor, motion by Julie Williamson/Nick Kauffman

        Jennifer Weisenborn-.5 P.E. North Elementary P.E. Teacher, motion by Nick Kauffman/Chuck Kinzie

        Beverly Johnson and Samantha Rosenbeck, TLC Model Teachers, motion by Julie Williamson/Chuck Kinzie. 

        Shelly Namanny-Bus Driver, motion by Julie Williamson/Nick Kauffman

        Beth Rondeau- K-5 School Counselor, motion by Chuck Kinzie to approve contract pending approval of resignation of Amy Goldenstein.  Seconded by Nick Kauffman. 

        Ann Zaiger- Middle School Science Teacher, motion by Nick Kauffman/Julie Williamson

       

RESIGNATIONS: The following resignations were approved and all carried on a 4-0 voice vote:

        Janet Dwyer- M.S. Para-Educator, motion by Chuck Kinzie/Nick Kauffman

        Lexi Winther- N. Elementary Para-Educator, motion by Julie Williamson/Nick Kauffman

        Amy Goldenstein-K-5 School Counselor, motion by Julie Williamson/Chuck Kinzie

 

VOLUNTEER:  Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve Ian Hunt as a volunteer softball coach to help with the softball tournament.  Motion carries on a 4-0 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 Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

SUPERINTENDENT GOALS/INCENTIVE:  Motion by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to give a $2,500.00 stipend to Superintendent Berlau in accordance with progress met toward goals set throughout the year.  Motion carries on a 4-0 voice vote.

 

Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to adopt a revision to Board Policy 604.6 as rewritten by IASB in regard to post-secondary education and to approve Board Policies 504.3-505.8 as reviewed and revised.  Motion carries on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

MOVEMENT ON SALARY SCHEDULE:  Motion by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve the following lane changes and applicable movements on the salary scale for year 2018/2019: 

            Courtney Clark-BA to BA+12

            Jody Rudolph-BA+12 to BA+24

            Mary Schoning-BA+24 to Masters

 

 

FACILITY PROJECTS:  Two quotes were received and reviewed for replacement of the Middle School Boiler project.  One of the bids received qualified for a rebate through Black Hills Energy. The rebate amounted to $14,817.00.  After considering the bids and applying the rebate, a motion was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to award the contract to Smith Plumbing and Heating.  Motion carries on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

Discussion was held regarding the bid received from Western for maintenance to the brick at the south building.  It was the consensus of the board to research costs differences associated with relaying brick or applying other coverings versus the maintenance options. 

 

ACTION ITEMS:  Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve board policies 506.1-508.6 as reviewed with the exception of 507.2-507.3 to be brought back with revisions and all exhibits.  Motion carries on a 4-0 voice vote. 

 

BOARD REPORTS:  Director Julie Williamson reported that 14 students and 3 coaches helped work on a quilt to be donated to the Brooks Wollum Fundraiser.  Director Gary Dinkla announced that he would like to see the employee handbook be reviewed on an annual basis.  He would like to look at how the Masters Contract is written and see if there may be a better process regarding negotiations; one that may be better understood.  It was the consensus of the board to make this an agenda item in the next couple of months to give Dr. Berlau authority to appoint a committee to begin the review process. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 8:00 p.m. on a motion by Julie Williamson and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 4-0.

 

 

________________________                             ___________________________

Gary Dinkla, Board President                            Lindsay Jahde, Board Secretary

 

 

 

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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