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May 18, 2020 Board Meeting/Budget Public Hearing Minutes


Regular Meeting

CAM Board of Education

Monday, May 18, 2020 6:30 p.m.


The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting and public hearing on May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s office at the CAM High School in Anita. Present were Directors Gary Dinkla, Nick Kauffman, Julie Williamson, and Mike Plagman, Superintendent Paul Croghan and Secretary Lindsay Jahde.  Director Chuck Kinzie and Principals, Larry Hunt, Barry Bower, Dominic Giegerich and James Brauer were absent.   


President Gary Dinkla read the mission statement and opened the public hearing regarding the FY20/21 Certified Budget at 6:30 p.m.  Hearing no comments and receiving no written correspondence, the hearing was closed.  


President Gary Dinkla opened the regular meeting. The agenda was approved with no changes. The consent agenda consisting of the minutes of the April 8, 2020 special board meeting and the April 13, 2020 regular board meeting, bills, resignations received from Cara Murphy, High School Special Education Teacher, Jeni Follman, Jr. High Girls Track Coach, Alvina Thielen, CAM North Para Educator, new contracts for Hillary Zimmerline, Fifth Grade CAM South Elementary Teacher, Sandy Booker, Middle School Model Teacher, Barry Bower, Head Football Coach, Open Enrollments into CAM CSD from ACGC and Southwest Valley, 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, was approved.   General Fund bills were $1,632,413.83, PPEL Fund bills $10,466.00, Nutrition Fund bills $25,407.41, SILO Fund bills $2,049.98 and Activity Fund bills $1241.14.    


Board members were presented with certificates from the Iowa Association of School Boards recognizing their service and dedication to Iowa public schools.  The principals shared written reports. Computers have been distributed to grades 3-5th at CAM North Elementary which has made the learning process a little easier for both teachers and students during these difficult times. Administration and staff are holding zoom meetings weekly to get updates on the school year as well as develop ideas for future learning, constantly brainstorming ideas for the opening next fall and to put in a plan that is safe and a flexible environment to meet every student’s needs.  Pre-School sign up has been communicated through email, website, social media and local media outlets for the next school year.  New teachers have been hired at the North Elementary and South Elementary buildings to replace those that resigned.  Mr. Giegerich has been working on developing a virtual graduation to honor the senior class of 2020 and continues to work with staff and students on continuous learning.   


Superintendent Paul Croghan requested the board consider moving the June meeting back a week to June 15th to accommodate the vacation requested of Lindsay Jahde.  This would help with additional time to prepare bills.  Much time has been spent watching webinars on “Return to Learn” and “safely reopening” school.  Plans are to be submitted by July 1st with the ability to adjust after the plans have been submitted. The public hearing for the 2020-2021 certified budget was re-published due to the published budget not appearing as submitted due to technology altered figures. Requests to move on the pay school were received from Haley Wollum and Beth Rondeau. It was recommended these be approved by the board with the stipulation that the proper paperwork has been received. Lunch prices/fee schedule will remain the same with the exception of the adult lunch price being increased from $3.75 to $3.85 to meet mandated minimum.   


The 2020-2021 Certified Budget as presented per the May 7th publication was approved.  Requests received from Haley Wollum to move from BA step 5 to MA step 5 and Beth Rondeau to move from MA step 2 to MA+12 step 2 was approved based on all transcripts and paperwork being filed. The fee schedule as presented, increasing only the adult lunch price from $3.75 to $3.85 was approved.  Board policies in the 200 series were reviewed and changes were approved.  An updated list of the 2020 ICA graduates was approved. The health report was approved as submitted.    


Board members agreed graduation was very well done and noted the students had a little give and take, missing out on some traditional things but receiving some extra recognitions through the virtual ceremony.  The board adjourned at 7:30 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 www.CAMCougars.org


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