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November 11, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on November 11, 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, and Julie Williamson.  Director Chuck Kinzie was absent.  Also present were Superintendent Paul Croghan, Principals Dominic Giegerich, Barry Bower and Larry Hunt, and board secretary, Lindsay Jahde.  Principal James Brauer was absent.  Visitors in attendance were Tami Williamson, Joe Wollum, Mike Plagman, Beverly Johnson and Daric O’Neal with APMA. 


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 Todd McKee and seconded by Nick Kauffman and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.  A motion to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2019 regular board meeting and bills was made by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. General Fund bills were $56,191.85, PPEL Fund bills $56,397.49, Nutrition Fund bills $2,698.51, and Activity Fund bills $6,089.02.



CORRESPONDENCE:  Beverly Johnson gave a presentation on her visit to the St. Philip’s School in Kenya, showing slides of students at their school utilizing the computers that CAM CSD donated. 


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:  High School Principal, Dominic Giegerich shared that 56% of high school students were represented at conferences. Teachers have been working on growth plans, meeting in Professional Learning Communities involving one week of instruction from the instructional coach, a data week; a week of collaborative time between instructors and a week of work time on a professional growth plan.  “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is the title of this year’s school musical.  Performances are November 15th and 16th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.  The north elementary school and high school collaboratively held a Veteran’s Day program in the high school gym.  The north elementary staff and students visited the high school on Halloween, dressed in their costumes.  Mr. Giegerich recognized coaches and athletes of all the fall sports, proud of the success and message that the district displays.


North Elementary Principal, Barry Bower shared that the elementary students celebrated Halloween, showing off their costumes at the CAM High School and Caring Acres Nursing Home.  CAM North Elementary celebrated positive student behavior during the month of October with games, songs, and snacks.  CAM North Elementary Student Council supported Red Ribbon Drug Free week by tying red ribbons around the school to show that we are a Drug Free School. Cass County Officer, Corey Larsen explained Internet Safety to the students.  Select fifth grade girls sang at the Legion Hall for a Veteran’s Day program. Teacher observations continue with Mr. Bower’s goal to have all completed by Christmas break.  The second Fire and Tornado Drills were conducted with very prompt response from students and staff.  One hundred percent of students were represented at conferences.    


South Elementary and Middle School Principal, Larry Hunt advised that overall the scheduled conference system worked well with 64% of parents scheduling conferences and 61% attending.  CAM Middle School and South Elementary held a Veteran’s Day program in the middle school gym.  Eighth grade Tag students will be participating in the ISU investigation series conference on November 14th.  There are roughly 16 girls and 22 boys signed up for junior high basketball and five boys signed up for wrestling. 


Superintendent Paul Croghan advised he has been working with Lindsay and Sarah on finances, including unspent budget authority and spending trends. Projections for the district moving forward are being reviewed considering financial status on how we are today, without ICA or without operational sharing and without both ICA and operational sharing.  Administration is looking to absorb the transportation director position. The annual/organizational meeting will be held in December.   


FACILITY STUDY: Daric O’Neal with APoyner Macchietto Architecture presented feedback from the faculty committee with some of the main focuses being student/staff safety and classrooms design to ensure students receive the best opportunity for learning.  Mr. O’Neal also shared optimal square footage space for the number of students in the district.  This was broken down by building.  A visual scenario of reorganizing based on the optimal square footage was presented to open discussions.  Mr. O’Neal indicated the next step in the process will be to present a budget on the existing maintenance as well as the cost per square foot for new construction.  Forward looking will include conversations with financial counsel to determine the districts bonding authority and spending as well as the possibility of a meeting with the community to capture their input/support. 


RESIGNATIONS:  Resignations from Mary Schoning, JH Volleyball coach, Misty Rhodes, north elementary para educator, Skye Vacek, north elementary para educator, and Regina Stark, north elementary para educator were accepted with regrets on a motion by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


CONTRACTS:  Contracts were approved for the following on a motion received by Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote:


                                    Sarah Olson-North Elementary Para Educator

                                    Kody Havens-H.S. Wrestling Coach

                                    Sarah Bartlett-North Elementary Para Educator

                                    Oran Perkins-J.H. Wrestling Coach

                                    Ian Hunt-Assistant H.S. Boys’ Basketball Coach

                                    Adam Warntjes-J.H. Assistant Coach (extra duty one-time payment)


GREEN HILLS AEA BOARD BALLOT:  Todd McKee moved, seconded by Julie Williamson to cast the district’s ballot for the AEA Board election in District 3 for Karen Thomsen.  Motion carried unanimously 4-0 on a voice vote.


PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY:  A motion was received by Julie Williamson, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve the Parent & Family Engagement policy as presented.  Motion 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; as well as those denied due to inability to provide services were denied on a motion by Nick Kauffman, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 


FUNDRAISERS:  A motion to approve the requests from CAM Sports and the Dance Team for fundraisers was received by Todd McKee, seconded by Julie Williamson, and carried on a 4-0 voice vote.


BOARD POLICY REVISIONS:  A motion from Todd McKee, seconded by Nick Kauffman to approve revisions, as presented, to board policy 405.2, 408.1, 804.1, 804.2, 804.3, 804.4, and 804.5.  Motion carried on a 4-0 voice vote. 


BOARD REPORTS:  Director Gary Dinkla thanked Director Todd McKee for his service and advised of his appreciation of all the work done while on both the C&M board and CAM board, indicating he has been a great representative for the districts. 


ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Todd McKee and seconded by Julie Williamson.  Motion carried unanimously 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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