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March 9, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, March 9, 2020 6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on March 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s office at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Chuck Kinzie, Mike Plagman, Nick Kauffman and Julie Williamson.  Also present were Superintendent Paul Croghan, Principals Dominic Giegerich, Larry Hunt, and Barry Bower, Board Secretary Lindsay Jahde, and Shared School Business Official Sarah Sheeder, Adam Warntjes, Daric O’Neal and Daniel Conway with Alley Poyner Macchietto and Emily Barrick with Boyd Jones.  Principal James Brauer was absent. 


President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement, welcomed the visitors and called the meeting to order. The agenda was approved. The consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the February 10, 2020 regular board meeting, bills, 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 inability to provide services, Tag fundraiser proposal, resignation of Cara Murphy, mentor teacher position, Shelly Miller, model teacher position, Beth Davenport, M.S. special education teacher effective at the end of the school year,  Jennifer Erickson, part-time cook-south building, was approved. General Fund bills were $60,894.15, PPEL Fund bills $15,137.78, Management Fund bills $35,662.00, Nutrition Fund bills $17,855.75, SILO Fund bills $340.52, and Activity Fund bills $13,315.63. 


High School Principal, Dominic Giegerich reported that the Iowa’s state wide testing window (ISASP) opens for the CAM CSD on March 16th.  The district has four weeks to complete testing in all of our buildings including Iowa Connections Academy. Grades 9-11 will take a Reading, Math and English/Writing test. The sophomore class will also take a Science test.  Mr. Miller and Mr. Warntjes worked with Mr. Casey and a technician to get the new plasma table up and running.  Students and staff are excited to get a firm grasp on using the table and to integrate it with our CTE programs.  There are visions of opportunity to create skills that students can develop to transfer directly into the workforce and/or into a technical school/community college programs. The Perkins program, which enhances and holds our CTE program accountable, is evolving from an equal distribution of funds model to a more needs basis.  


North Elementary Principal, Barry Bower shared that the elementary students celebrated positive behavior for the month of February.  Students selected received a special recognition for demonstrating the “Citizenship” character trait. CAM North Elementary TAG students worked with ISU Extension Office on a LEGO Robotic Challenge.  “Read Across America Day” was celebrated on February 28th.  Guests from the High School Speech team and Cass County Naturalist attended the event.  FAST results were celebrated with popcorn and a movie.  Iowa Assessment testing will begin March 24th.  Teacher meetings to focus on student learning and teaching quality will be held in house during the third and fourth quarter of the year to motivate towards a strong finish to the 19-20 school year.  Select students participated in the SWI Honor Choir on March 10th.  Students participated in the America Legion Post 210 essay contest in regard to “What the Flag Means to Me”.  One hundred twenty five students are currently attending CAM North Elementary. 


South Elementary and Middle School Principal, Larry Hunt, shared that the elementary students celebrated “Read Across America”.  CAM South Elementary and CAM Middle School students will begin taking the ISASP tests beginning March 24th.  Tests will be completed on the 31st with the 8th grade Science test. On March 27th fifth through eighth grade students will be packaging meals through the Meals for the Heartland program.  CAM South and North elementary students will be holding a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. The winning building will put a pie in the face of the losing principal.  Middle school Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled and students are preparing a portfolio of their activities to present to their parents along with their assigned teacher. In mid-April, students will complete a “Conditions of Learning Survey”.  The survey is collected annually from grades 3-12. 


Superintendent Paul Croghan advised the SSA will be at 2.3% which equates to $167,468 in new money.  He recommended that the board adopt the budget guarantee resolution routinely on an annual basis just in case it is needed.  He advised the 2020/2021 school calendar presentation will be very similar to last year with August 24th as the first day of school and the last day is anticipated to be May 26th.  He advised a flex resolution will allow the district to move restricted fund balances from professional development and home school assistance to the general fund. A bid in the amount of $16,697 to upgrade the 20 year old fob system which will integrate with the newly leased copier system was received.  Four mowing bids were received.  Comparisons regarding fees and services of a financial advisor is included in the packet.  The district will need to select an advisor to aid in the discussions of facility upgrades.   


Daric O’Neal and Daniel Conway with Alley Poyner presented results of the recent community engagement meetings as well as proposed a schedule for continued community meetings.  The recommended schedule of meetings was drafted with intent of a bond proposal for the election in September 2020.  The proposed schedule consists of 5-6 meetings with a couple in April and May and possibly one in June.  It was recommended that the board establish a project committee at the next board meeting.  Emily Barrick with Boyd Jones commented on the views received on the CAM school website in regard to the facility study and community meetings. 


The following resolution was adopted:  RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of CAM Community School District, will levy property tax for fiscal year 2020-20201 for the regular program budget adjustment as allowed under section 257.14, Code of Iowa.  We are not eligible for the budget guarantee this year but have made it a standard practice to pass this resolution each year.


The out of state field trip to Omaha for senior skip day was approved. April 13th  was set as the public hearing date to consider the proposed 2020-2021 school calendar, FY20/21 budget as well as to consider flex resolutions to transfer restricted fund balances from professional development and home school assistance programs and move general fund dollars to the activity fund to cover safety equipment purchase.   A bid from Walsh Door & Security was approved.  The mowing bid was awarded to Blackie’s Lawn Service.  The board will contact PFM Financial for financial advisor services in the facility update process. 


The board adjourned at 8:40 p.m and went into exempt session to discuss negotiations.  


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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