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March 18, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES

Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

 

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on March 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Todd McKee, Chuck Kinzie, Julie Williamson, and Nick Kauffman.  Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Dominic Giegerich, Brian Fogleman, Larry Hunt, and James Brauer, and Secretary, Lindsay Jahde.  Multiple visitors were in attendance. 

 

HEARINGS:  At 6:30 p.m. President Gary Dinkla opened the hearing for the 2019-2020 School Calendar.  No oral or written comments were received.  A motion to close the hearing was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  

 

CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors, and called the meeting to order. A motion to amend the agenda to include consideration of a volunteer Jr. High Track position was made by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Chuck Kinzie and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the amended agenda was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the February 25, 2019 meeting, bills (with additions), and financial statements was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $72,062.35, PPEL Fund bills $22,004.11, Nutrition Fund bills $9,644.50, Management Fund bills $15,208.00 and Activity Fund bills $7,461.30.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  Superintendent Berlau shared information about the upcoming IASBO Policy Leadership Conference and invited board members to attend. 

 

PRESENTATION ON WINTER FAST TESTING:  Kelsie Kralik gave a presentation on winter FAST testing.  A great increase in overall scores from the fall testing shows that progress is being made. Staff including Title and Tag teachers, Para Educators, and Librarians are playing a big part in the interventions that are helping students meet the identified bench marks. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Hunt reported that the Iowa Statewide Assessments are wrapping up with approximately 80% of the students completing the testing.  Jr. High track has started and there are twenty-two boys and seventeen girls participating.  New smoke detectors are being installed in the gym, stage area and shop this week.  

 

Principal Giegerich reported on the winter sports wrap-up with the celebration of the Winter Sports banquet on March 14th.  The high school students had four days of Iowa Statewide Assessment last week covering Reading, Science and Math.  The tests are 100% online.  Positions for At-Risk, Family & Consumer Science and Mentor Teaching have been posted internally and other potential prospects are being pursued.

 

Principal Fogleman reported that the north elementary students will be taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment later this week.  An organization called Sports 4 Supports, made up of ten high school students was recently developed to build a positive support system with the elementary students at the north elementary building.  The high schoolers spend time with the students at recess, building relationships and interacting through games and activities.   

 

Superintendent Berlau advised that the district has been learning about a summer lunch program.  Tami Williamson has participated in a webinar to learn more about the program.  A meeting to gather more information about the program has been scheduled.  A report from a construction consultant regarding the exterior walls of the Middle school was shared.   

 

Principal Brauer reported that about two thirds of students have completed assessment testing.  Regional advance accreditation renewal will take place on April 8th and 9th and Superintendent Berlau has been invited to participate.  Approximately 250 new open enrollments were received.  Additional staffing needs include a manager of counseling as well as three instructional positions.

 

CAMEA INITIATION OF BARGAINING:  Comments were heard from Jordan Aggen on behalf of the bargaining toward salaries of the 2019-2020 Master Contract. Initial proposal was 4% increase on salary with a one year contract.  The initial proposal also included a request to keep the employee handbook language the same as it is currently.  The CAM school board advised they will hold a meeting within ten days to present a response. 

 

2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR:  A motion to approve the proposed 2019-2020 School Calendar was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

MOWING BIDS:  Discussion was held regarding bids submitted.  Motion by Chuck Kinzie to accept Smiley Lawn Service bid at $850 per time, to include both the Anita and Massena grounds, (athletic fields in Anita will be mowed by the CAM CSD custodial staff). Nick Kauffman seconded the motion and it carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

FACILITIES:  A motion to approve a bid from Elevate Roofing in the amount of $12,600 to replace the gutters on the building in Massena was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

VEHICLE BIDS:  There were no bids for school vehicles presented.  Plans are to secure bids for the April meeting. 

 

SHARING AGREEMENTS WITH NODAWAY VALLEY:  It was the consensus of the board to continue the shared positions of Maintenance Director, Superintendent, and Human Resource Director with Nodaway Valley.    

 

2019-2020 CAM DISTRICT BUDGET:  The 2019-2020 school budget was presented showing the proposed revenues and expenditures as well as the property tax rate of $10.00 per $1,000 of valuation.  A motion to hold a public hearing on April 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the High School Media Center was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

OUT OF STATE FIELD TRIP:  A motion was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve the field trip request from CAM North Elementary to the Joselyn Art Museum and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

DISTRICT FACILITY STUDY:  Discussion was held regarding potential projects at the district’s individual buildings.  It was the consensus of the board to support Superintendent Berlau’s recommendation in seeking bids from architects/engineering firms to conduct a facility study. 

 

OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  Applications in to CAM School District from ACGC School District were approved on motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  Applications out of the CAM School District into the Atlantic School District were approved on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  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 Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

RESIGNATIONS:  A motion to accept the resignation of Craig Fredin, H.S. Volleyball Coach, was made with regrets by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.    

 

CONTRACTS:  A contract was approved for Barry Bower as Jr-High School Track Coach and Lindsay Pruitt as M.S. Special Education Aide on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A contract for volunteer Jr. High girls Track Coach was approved for Jeni Follman (pending securing coaching authorization) was approved on motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman to adjourn at 7:45 p.m. Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 

 

EXEMPT SESSION:  The board went into exempt session to continue discussion on negotiations and adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

 

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

 

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