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Board Minutes February 13, 2017

CAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

FEBRUARY 13, 2017

 

The CAL Board of Education met for its regular meeting on February 13, 2017 in the CAL District Office.  President Mitch Vanness called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Present were Board members Mitch Vanness, Austin Elling, Jacob McNutt, Rob Peil and Cathy Carlson.  Also present were Superintendent Todd Lettow, District Administrator Steve Lane, Curriculum Director Jen Koenen, and Secretary Amanda Heiden.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by McNutt, seconded by Carlson.  All ayes.

A motion to approve the consent agenda and the paying of the bills was made by Peil, seconded by Elling.  All ayes.

The Board recognized Ethan Stoetzer and Chris Lockwood as visitors.

The Board reviewed the facilities and transportation reports.  Jen Koenen gave her curriculum report, and Mr. Lane and Mr. Lane gave their administrative reports.

Discussion was held on the calendar for the 2017-2018 school calendar.  The Board emphasized having consistency between CAL and Hampton-Dumont.

Short discussion was also held on legislative updates.

Discussion was held on offering early retirement for the 2017-2018 school year.  Mr. Lettow proposed for the Board to offer an early retirement package that would give three years of single insurance for certified staff and $100 per day for every unused sick day for classified staff.  The Board considered the offer but made no decisions.  They asked that Mr. Lettow bring back to them the full potential cost of the offers for both groups at the next meeting.

A motion to approve a coaching contract for Micah McMorris as Head Boys’ Soccer Coach was made by McNutt, seconded by Carlson.  All ayes.   A motion to approve a coaching contract for Jessica Humpfer as Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach was made by Peil, seconded by Elling.  All ayes.

Discussion was held on snow make up days.  Mr. Lettow proposed two options to the Board regarding what to do with snow make up days.  Option one would be to add all three days to the end of the calendar (May 24th, 25th and 26th) with PD days on the 30th and 31st. This would still leave April 17th available for make-up if needed in the next couple of months.  Option two would be to use April 17th and May 24-25 as instructional days and push the PD days to May 26th and May 30th.  A motion to approve amending the calendar with option two was made by Carlson, seconded by McNutt.  All ayes. 

A motion to approve the three year service agreement with Timberline Billing Services was made by Elling, seconded by Peil.  All ayes.

A motion was made to approve the first and final readings to the following board policies: 200.1R1 Organizational Meeting Procedures; 210.2 Regular Meeting; 411.2 Classified Employee-Qualifications, Recruitment, Selection; 701.3 Financial Records.  The motion was made by McNutt, seconded by Peil.  All ayes.

A motion to approve an open enrollment application of one student into the district from the Alden Community School District was made by Carlson, seconded by Peil.  All ayes.

CAL Education Association members Sarah DeBour and Chris Lockwood presented their initial negotiation proposal to the Board.  Their proposal was a two year agreement with a 5% increase on salary the first year and a 3.35% increase on salary the second year.

Elling moved that the CAL Board of Education meet in a Strategy Session for Collective Bargaining under Chapter 20 of the Code of Iowa, which is exempt from the provisions of Chapter 21 of the Code; roll call vote was taken, Carlson: aye; Peil: aye; Vanness: aye; Elling: aye; and McNutt: aye.  The Board went into closed session at 8:47 p.m.  Elling, Vanness, Carlson, Peil, McNutt, Lettow, Lane and Heiden were present in the closed session.

Elling made a motion to come out of closed session and a roll call vote was taken, McNutt: aye; Elling: aye; Vanness: aye; Peil: aye; and Carlson: aye.  The Board left closed session at 9:43 p.m.

The Board gave its initial proposal to CAL Education, the Board’s proposal was a two year proposal of 3.9% increase on total package the first year and a 3.35% increase on salary the second year along with some language changes.  The proposal also added three additional work days to the teachers’ contracts for each year.

A motion to approve the tentative agreement between the Board and the CAL Education Association of 3.9% total package for the first year with three additional contract days and 3.35% on salary for the second year with three more additional contract days was made by Carlson, seconded by McNutt.  All ayes.  The motion was made at 10:05 p.m.

The Board set the next regular meeting for March 6th at 7:00 p.m. instead of the 13th.

A motion to adjourn was made by Peil, seconded by Elling.  All ayes.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:14 p.m.

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