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October 14, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes


Public Hearing/Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, October 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on October 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s office at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Todd McKee, Nick Kauffman, Chuck Kinze and Julie Williamson.  Also present were Superintendent Paul Croghan, Principals Dominic Giegerich, Barry Bower and Larry Hunt, and board secretary, Lindsay Jahde. Principal James Brauer was absent.  Tami Williamson was also present.   


PUBLIC HEARING:  President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors, and then opened the public hearing to hear comments, if any, on the proposed instructional support levy.  Director Gary Dinkla asked if there were any oral or written comments, hearing none he asked for a motion to close the hearing.  A motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman to close the hearing at 6:31 p.m.  Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


CONSENT AGENDA:  Director Gary Dinkla called the regular meeting to order.  Motion by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson to approve the agenda.  Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  Minutes, bills and financial reports were approved on a motion from Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.  General Fund bills were $70,363.80, Management Fund bills $1,133.00, PPEL Fund bills $27,490.78, Nutrition Fund bills $30,319.57, Scholarship Fund bills $250.00, and Activity Fund bills $9,943.66.


COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC INPUT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS:  A written thank you was received from Diocese of Meru St. Philip Day & Boarding Primary School, Giaki, Kenya for the donated computers.


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  High School Principal, Dominic Giegerich advised of upcoming football and volleyball playoffs.  Select students attended the Future Ready Iowa Conference meeting in Greenfield, discussing their drone project and the live streaming service and advertising.  A team of individuals representing CAM High School attended the Universal Tier Tools Pilot in Des Moines recently.  Universal Tier Instruction involves teaching core content to all students in the high school Math, English Language Arts, and Social, Emotional Behavioral Health, working on a plan to improve instruction in all areas as well as screening tools for the state in preparation for a roll out to the entire state in November.  The team focused on collaborative partnerships, starting with parents and assessment for learning. Middle School and South Elementary Principal Larry Hunt advised he and North Elementary Principal Barry Bower attended a workshop focusing on improving literacy scores.  Teachers will be attending some trainings, including an in-house training from representatives with the AEA regarding kids on the autism spectrum.  Fall sports are winding down, all having successful seasons.  Teachers and students have been working to create a student led program portfolio for parent teacher conferences. North Elementary Principal Barry Bower advised that teachers are continuing to work on the PBIS system at the North Elementary building.  The first CAM North Stars Assembly was held on September 30.  Certificates were handed out to students of the month and students were served ice cream.  Mr. Bower has conducted walk-through observations and is setting up pre-observation conference with teachers toward the yearly observations.  Diabetes trainings have been done with paras, teachers, and some transportation drivers. Trainings attended include SDI and MTSS Data Systems.  The first Fire and Tornado drills of the 2019/2020 school year were conducted.

Superintendent Paul Croghan commented on action items to be discussed on the agenda and advised we are waiting on the auditors to help reconcile bank accounts balances from adjustments made last spring to reduce the number of accounts.  He advised next month the board will review several board policies from the 800 series. He shared a copy of the Boyd Jones Facility findings from the September 30th presentation and advised Boyd Jones representatives will meet with certified staff on the 23rd of October to discuss information and share ideas. He advised that bus inspections were done this week. We have a couple buses with minor issues that are being fixed and one bus that requires more extensive repairs that will most likely not be cost effective to fix.  He mentioned the upcoming IASB Convention and encouraged board members and candidates to attend.  He thanked Todd McKee for his many years of service on the board. 


BOYD JONES FACILITY FINDINGS:  Superintendent Croghan advised an immediate concern from the facility findings included the poor condition of the roof on the north elementary building.  Many of the findings indicated our buildings do not meet current building code, this doesn’t mean our buildings are of immediate concern maintenance wise, it just means if we were to remodel extensively or build new we would have to meet the new codes.  Many of the initial findings included mention of what we already were aware of such as the brick at the south building.  The next step in the process includes a meeting with CAM staff and Boyd Jones representatives to discuss the focus group’s priorities.  Mr. Croghan advised that Red Oak CSD recently went through a remodel and addition of a 7th-12th grade building that we could reach out to for guidance and or ideas moving forward. 


RESIGNATION:  A motion to accept with regrets, the resignation of Mona Calhoun, transportation director, effective December 31, 2019 was received from Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


CONTRACT:  A contract for Bridget Wetrich, north elementary para educator was approved on motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


RESOLUTION OF CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM:  A motion was received from Todd McKee approve continued participation in the instructional support program, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a roll call vote as follows:  AYES:  Julie Williamson, Todd McKee, Chuck Kinze, Gary Dinkla, and Nick Kauffman.


OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS:  Applications to the Iowa Connections Academy received after the deadline, without good cause, or those denied because of lack of classroom space; as well as those denied due to the inability to provide services were denied on a motion by Chuck Kinzie and seconded by Todd McKee, and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


SNOW REMOVAL BIDS:  Bids were received from Brian Bower for snow removal service of the south buildings and Collin Kelloway for snow removal services at all north facilities.  A motion was received from Todd McKee and seconded by Chuck Kinzie to accept the bids as presented from Brian Bower and Collin Kelloway.  Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


DAYCARE CONTRACT:  Discussion was held regarding an update to contract language extending to 90 days of notice instead of 30 days, confirmation of 1,000,000/occurrence, 2,000,000 aggregate insurance limits as well as the request to be a certificate holder on the insurance policy.  A motion to approve the contract with confirmation and noted changes as discussed was approved on motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


FUNDRAISER- Motion from Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Todd McKee to approve the extension of the pie fundraiser to include an additional event in the spring. Motion carried on a 5-0 voice vote.    


SBRC MODIFIED SUPPLEMENTAL AMOUNT APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL AID FOR THE 2018-2019 SPECIAL EDUCATION PRGRAM DEFICIT:  A motion to approve the request to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for Modified Supplemental Amount & Supplemental Aid for the 2018-2019 Special Education Program deficit of $350,124.37 or as determined by the Iowa Department of Education following DE audit review was made by Chuck Kinzie, seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 5-0 voice vote. 


IASB CONVENTION:  Julie Williamson will be attending the second day of the convention.  Julie suggests that CAM CSD Media Class get on the IASB agenda to do a student presentation.  There will be no one named as the voting delegate from CAM CSD. 


BOARD REPORTS:  Gary Dinkla and Superintendent Croghan attended and Atlantic school board meeting regarding alternative salary schedules.  School board members and representatives from Forest City and Glenwood presented on their salary schedule practice and procedures.   Congratulations was extended to long term board member Todd McKee for fifteen plus years of service on the board.


ADJOURN:  A motion to adjourn was received by Todd McKee, seconded by Chuck Kinzie and carried on a 5-0 voice vote.


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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