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July 12, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

The CAM Community School District Board of Education held its regular meeting on July 12, 2021 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, Superintendent Paul Croghan, and Secretary Lindsay Jahde.  Principals, Barry Bower, Larry Hunt, Dominic Giegerich, and James Brauer were absent. Visitors in attendance were Katherine Becker, Gaylen Becker, Tasia Scott, and Cara Murphy.    


President Gary Dinkla called the meeting to order, read the mission statement and welcomed visitors.  The agenda was approved with no changes.  The consent agenda consisting of minutes of the June 14, 2021 board meeting, bills (with additions), resignations received from Abbie Brahms, South Elementary Cook, Ian Hunt, Assistant H.S. Basketball Coach, Contracts, Hannah Daniels, North Elementary Para, Autumn Crecelius, North Elementary Para, Trent Golz, MS At-Risk, 5-8 PE, Health, MS Athletic Director, David Spieker-Bus Driver, Brian Fogleman, JH Football, Dominic Giegerich, JH/HS Cross Country, Volunteers, Dennis Wahlert, Debate was approved.  General Fund bills were $181,237.84, Nutrition Fund bills $12,558.74, SILO Fund bills $23,222.22, PPEL Fund bills $53,746.95 and Activity Fund bills $4,722.66, Management Fund bills 171,561.77, Scholarship Fund bills 400.00.    


Superintendent Paul Croghan advised that Rick Franck, the District’s legal counsel has announced his retirement and transferring of clients to his partner George Blazek at Franck Sextro & Blazek Law Firm.  North Elementary Principal Barry Bower and South Elementary/MS Principal Larry Hunt submitted written reports that included reference to summer maintenance and open positions for cooks and para educators at both locations.  Cheri Chester has joined the North Elementary Family as an internal transfer from the South campus and will take over the responsibilities of retired secretary, Kay Hansen. Principal Dominic Giegerich submitted a written report advising that student and staff scheduling is in process for the 2021-2022 school year. Administrative staff and board member, Mike Plagman visited a school district in Marcus, Ia. to learn about their CTE program.  All principals submitted updates to handbooks that reflect changes in personnel and other supplementary needs.  Superintendent Paul Croghan reported on resignations, new hires and volunteers.  FY2020 audit review identified two activity accounts that are inactive.  Superintendent Croghan recommended and the Board approved the transferring of funds from those inactive accounts to the Class of 2021, Tackle Hunger and Golf accounts.  The combined dollar amount of the transfer is $271.00.  IASB legislative priorities are currently being discussed and each board is asked to list their top three or four.  Superintendent Croghan recommended and the Board approved the following as the top four:  Supplemental State Aid, Teacher Recruitment and Licensure, School Funding Policy, and Bond Issues in order as presented. The football team plans to attend camp at Wayne State College in Nebraska, July 20th-22nd pending post season baseball.  Transportation out of state was requested for that trip and approved by the Board.  Board policies, 500 series have been updated and approved by the Board as well as the Wellness Policy, 507.9 which needs to be reviewed every three years and will be included in the nutrition review this year.  Due to the pandemic, the activity fund suffered a revenue loss of near $10,000 due to limited or no spectators at events.  A recommendation of a transfer in the amount of $7,000 from the General Fund to the Activity Fund was approved by the Board.  The one time transfer will cover the cost of boys and girls track uniforms and Hudl fee for the up-coming year. A list of anticipated activity fundraisers for the up-coming school year was approved by the Board. A sealed bid process for the disposal of the black and green Suburban’s as well as the red Taurus, an agreement with the School Resource Officer, athletic training services by Peak Performance and sharing agreements with Nodaway Valley were all approved by the Board.  Sharing agreements include the renewal of the superintendent, human resources and maintenance positions. Handbook revisions were approved as presented. 


The next community meeting will be held on July 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Massena.  The financial focus group is scheduled to meet on July 14th at 6:30 p.m.  These meetings are driven by the community and attendance is crucial to moving forward. 


The board adjourned at 7:07 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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