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August 20, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, August 20, 2018 6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on August 20, 2018 in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita.  Present for opening were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Todd McKee, and Julie Williamson,  Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Larry Hunt, Brian Fogleman, Dominic Giegerich and James Brauer, and Secretary Lindsay Jahde.  Director Chuck Kinzie was absent.  Visitors in attendance were Joe Wollum, Tyler West, Linda Havens, Adam Wartnjes, and Deb Brown.   


CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order.  Motion to approve the agenda, minutes of the July 16th and 31st meetings, bills, and financial statements was made by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $45,241.18, Management Fund bills $2500.00, PPEL Fund bills $33,273.69, Nutrition Fund bills $168.00, SILO Fund bills $7456.15, Scholarship Fund bills $2500.00 and Activity Fund bills $4,081.82. 


COMMUNICATIONS:  Information was presented on the IASB convention in November.  


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:   Principal Giegerich reported that Shelly Miller and the media class has been utilizing digital media, partnering with businesses, and have had the opportunity to do some livestreaming activities.  He will be working on an application for the STEM Best grant.


Principal Fogleman is working to promote a positive atmosphere at the North Elementary. He gave a presentation on a T.V. that will be placed outside of the secretary’s office. Pictures of students’ and their achievements can be downloaded and viewed as well as a calendar of events, schedules, news apps, and music. Weather apps will be available for teachers to view when accessing the weather for recess.


Principal Hunt advised the south building has some new updates including five new doors, a new intercom system and a project is in the works to update the boiler system.  Teachers have been involved with professional development workshops in reviewing the new math curriculum. 


Principal Bauer advised six new experienced teachers have been hired for this school year.  He is planning to hold meetings with teachers at the Anita building. There are currently 580 students enrolled in the online academy with expectations of close to 625 students by start date.  He will be conducting quarterly reviews to help with credit deficient challenges. 


Superintendent Berlau advised the annual audit was held at the beginning of the month and went well.  He advised new legislation requires an alternative meal be available to everyone or the regular meal will be served regardless of the lunch balance.  Staff will continue to take appropriate steps to collect negative lunch balances.  Written notification was received from Head Start indicating they will no longer be able to provide services at CAM.  Discussion of items looking forward include cameras at the middle school as well as steps to enhance safety awareness throughout the district. 




HANDBOOKS:  Proposed changes include schedule changes as a result of graduation requirements, attendance guidelines in regard to absences, and clarification to major and minor referrals as well as some language changes in the IACA portion of the handbook.  Motion was made by Todd McKee to approve proposed changes to the handbook, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 


FUNDRAISERS:  A list of fundraisers for the 2018-2019 school year was presented to the Board for approval.  Todd McKee made a motion to approve the list which was seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  Any fundraiser not included will need to be submitted to the Board for approval.


AGREEMENT FOR ATHLETIC TRAINER SERVICES:  Discussion was held regarding services provided by Peak Performance.  Coach Joe Wollum presented a request to amend the contract to extend coverage for the Jr. High and JV football players at both home and away games.  He also gave a presentation on how sensors in the new helmets trigger a signal to a hand-held remote when a player experiences a hard hit. The trainer has the remote in her possession during the games to monitor all activity. Motion by Todd McKee to approve the amended contract to include services for the Jr. High and JV players, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 4-0 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.  She has contacted the Cass County Sheriff to arrange an escort car and will line up adult volunteers to run with school runners. All runners will be required to have permission slips signed.  Julie Williamson made a motion to approve the fun run, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:  The committee will be talking to teachers about how important communication is throughout the year. 


ACTIVITY ACCOUNT REALLOCATION OF FUNDS:  It was recommended by the auditors that the inactive accounts in the activity fund be closed and monies disbursed to other active accounts.  Motion by Todd McKee to transfer funds of the inactive accounts totaling $393.65 to the Music Fund, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  It was also recommended that interest be disbursed per the discretion of the Board.  Motion by Nick Kauffman to transfer the interest totaling $765.89 to the CAM Sports Fund, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 


BOARD POLICIES:  Motion by Todd McKee to accept policy revisions to board policies 213, 402.5, 606.3, 705.1, and 710.1 as recommended by the Iowa School Board Association, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion was made by Nick Kauffman to adopt policies 105 and 213.1 as presented, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried 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 Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  The same motion also approved applications for in and out of the CAM district.



CONTRACTS:  Contracts for Ashley Bauer (giving credit as previous employee), and KC Calhoun as para-educators at North Elementary and Tiffany Mills as H.S. Cook were approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


VOLUNTEER COACHES:  Julie Williamson presented a motion to approve Nick Kauffman, Brian Fogleman, and Rex Mehrhoff as volunteer football coaches. Todd Mckee seconded the motion which carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 




ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned at 7:43 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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