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May 20, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, May 20, 2019 6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on May 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Todd McKee, Julie Williamson, Nick Kauffman, and Chuck Kinzie.  Also present were Superintendent Casey Berlau, Principals Dominic Giegerich and Brian Fogleman, and Secretary Linday Jahde.  Principals Larry Hunt and James Brauer were absent. Multiple visitors were in attendance. 


CONSENT AGENDA:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order. Motion to approve the regular meeting agenda was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2019 regular meeting, April 30th special board meeting as well as the April 30th joint meeting with Nodaway Valley, and bills and financial reports was made by Todd McKee and seconded by Chuck Kinzie.  Motion carried unanimously 5-0. General Fund bills were $195,002.01, SILO Fund bills $800.00, PPEL Fund bills $25,297.87, Nutrition Fund bills $18,997.62, Agency Fund bills $1,360.29 and Activity Fund bills $13,028.34.


COMMUNICATIONS:  Superintendent Berlau handed out certificates of appreciation to the Board members and thanked them for their service to the district.  May is School Board Recognition month.  The CAM Student Council shared cookies with the Board as appreciation on behalf of the CAM students and staff. 


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  Principal Giegerich reported that a memorial fundraising effort led by the Anita Lions Club towards a fund to build a new baseball/softball concessions stand, bathroom, and crowsnest structure in memory of Rex Mehrhoff and Brooks Wollum will take place this summer. The group plans to combine efforts with the CAM CSD to raise $25,000 for the project. Principal Giegerich advised Sheri Blair, Lindsay Jahde and himself have been conducting interviews for the High School Secretary position. He mentioned that the district has been approached by the Western Iowa Conference. Administrative staff are interested in further discussion with the conference officials.  He reported that students are ready for graduation as they rehearsed this morning and did a Graduate Walk through all the building.


Principal Fogleman advised that Chad Thomas has been selected to fill the building and grounds position.  Lana Wessling stepped in and covered during the time between Rusty’s last day and the hiring of Chad.  He shared that the Senior Walk through their building brought a high level of school pride and it means a lot to the elementary students. 


Principal Brauer submitted a written report to include enrollment updates, current vacancies, recently filled positions as well as information on the recent graduates. 


Superintendent Berlau reported that after a couple of conversations with Smiley’s Lawn Service a resignation was received for the mowing contract.  Due to the lack of time to go through another bid process, the district hired Blackie’s Lawn Service, who held the contract last year, to finish out the mowing season.  The districts emergency plan is in the works and will be presented at the June meeting for approval.  A potluck will be held on May 31st at 12:30 p.m. in the high school commons to honor the retirees.  Thirteen applications have been received for the elementary principal position.  The process will include screening of applications, selection of candidates and then a team made up of teachers, classified staff, and administrative staff and board member(s) will conduct the interviews.  The interview team will then bring the recommendation to the board.  Todd McKee volunteered to represent the board on the team and Julie Williamson or Chuck Kinzie will be available as a back-up.       


CLASSIFIED STAFF SALARIES:  Superintendent Berlau recommended the following raises for classified staff:  Bus Drivers-$2.00/hour increase with a $500 bonus for those drivers that begin and finish the year, Para Educators- 45 cent per hour increase with an additional 30 cents per hour for those holding the CPI certification, Secretaries- $1.00/hour increase, Cooks-.45 cent per hour increase, Custodians-.45 cent per hour increase, Summer Custodial- $1.00/hour increase, A 30 cent per hour increase was proposed for support staff employees for the 2017-2018 school, with an increase of $1.00 for head custodial staff. These recommendations were made in part based on a study of wages of neighboring districts.   A motion to accept the wage increases as presented with the exception of a $1.00 increase per hour for Para Educators with a .50 cent increase for the CPI endorsement, with the same base wage increase for all applicable substitutes, was made by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


FACILITY STUDY:  Superintendent Berlau advised that he has met with two companies and asked then to submit a bid for a comprehensive look at all buildings.  A motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie to authorize Superintendent Berlau to clarify information presented by each company and move forward with the selection of one of the firms to conduct the study for an amount not to exceed $10,000.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote. 


SBO SHARING AGREEMENT:  A motion from Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve the SBO Sharing Agreement with Sarah Sheeder/Atlantic Community School District.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote. 


PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS:  Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve a 3.5% increase to the 2019-2020 principal contracts.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote. 


SALARIED EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS:  Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve a 4% increase to the 2019-2020 salaried employee contracts.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote.


PROTECTIVE SAFETY EQUIPMENT RESOLUTION:  A motion was received from Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman to adopt the RESOLUTION to transfer funds in the amount of $2320.00 from the general fund to the activity fund to cover the costs of protective and safety gear.  A roll call vote was taken and AYES were received by Williamson, Kauffman, Dinkla, McKee and Kinzie.  Motion carries. 


SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH:  The board will meet on May 23, 2019 with the Nodaway Valley board to screen candidates. Approximately two-hundred fifty survey responses were received from the combined districts.   There will be three committees made up members from mixed categories of representation from the CAM CSD and the Nodaway Valley CSD to be involved with the interview process.  President Dinkla asked the board members to think of potential candidates for the interview teams. 


FACILITY PROJECTS:  Superintendent Berlau met with Jack Boes regarding projects to include updates to the bathroom sinks in the Massena building, replacement of carpet in the Massena building, hoods over welders in the Ag room, additional lighting behind the high school building, small roof repair at the high school, cement work in Anita and Massena, a quote for sidewalk extension to the baseball/softball field, as well as the position of the goal post on the football field.  Replacement of stage curtains at both buildings was also discussed.  A motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Chuck Kinzie to approve up to $27,500, based on quotes received, to replace in inner and outer layer of stage curtains at both the Anita and Massena buildings.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote.  Quotes for back stops for both the baseball and softball fields will be presented at the next meeting. 


IWCC MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING:   No action was taken was needed at this time.


FUNDRAISER REQUESTS:  Fundraiser requests to hold events during Ragbrai were received from the Strength and Conditioning team, Speech and Dance teams.  Motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve the fundraiser requests as presented.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote. 


MOVEMENT ON THE PAY SCALE:  A motion was received by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve the request from Haley Gethmann to move on the salary scale from a BA+24 to a MA.  Motion carries on a 5-0 voice vote. 


OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  Open enrollments into the CAM District and those 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 5-0 voice vote. 


RESIGNATIONS: Resignations from James Namanny- bus driver, Ann Zaiger-6-12 science teacher, Dawn Daily-M.S. SPED, Kaitlin Hodges-assistant high school girls basketball, Brian Sexton-mentor teacher, and Rusty Williamson-janitor were accepted with regrets on a motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  A motion to accept Barry Bower’s resignation as Jr. High track was accepted with regrets by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


CONTRACTS:  Contracts were approved for Jenna Maiers-head high school volleyball coach, Cara Murphy- high school mentor teacher, Shelly Miller- high school model teacher, Mikayla Christensen-third grade teacher at south elementary, Bridgett Wetrich-para educator at north elementary, Chad Thomas-custodian at north elementary, Sadie Fredricksen-eight hour cook at south elementary, Tasia Scott-mentor teacher at south elementary, and Jordan Aggen-mentor teacher at south elementary for the 2019-2020 school year on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


VOLUNTEERS:  No action was need as there were no volunteers to approve. 


DISPOSAL OF SCHOOL BUS:  A motion was received from Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman to dispose of bus number 3 (2003 International) due to the need of extensive repairs.  Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  Bids will be accepted for the junked-out value of the bus. 


BOARD REPORTS:  Congratulations were extended to the state track and golf qualifiers.  President Gary Dinkla advised he attended the IACA graduation ceremony at the West Des Moines Marriott.  Forty graduates were in attendance.  President Dinkla advised he heard from parents at the ceremony that were very appreciative of the IACA online school.  Congratulations was extended to all the CAM and IACA graduates. 


ADJOURNMENT:   The Board adjourned on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Nick Kauffman.  Motion carried unanimously on a voice vote 5-0.




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