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The Next Meeting of the Cowan Community School Board will take place on Friday, June 25th at 9:00am.  



JUNE 16, 2021 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

 Pledge of Allegiance

 Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the June 16, 2021 board meeting was approved as presented.

 Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of June 2, 2021 were approved as presented.

 Opportunity for Public Comments

(No negative comments toward Corporation employees are permitted during the public meeting.  Alleged misconduct by a Corporation employee is to be addressed in an Executive session of the Board following meeting with appropriate members of the Administration.)

Mr. Lendon Schwartz introduced Jennifer Stacy and her husband Bob to the Board.  Jennifer is on the agenda later on for approval as Elementary Assistant Principal.

 Public Hearing on the Return to School Plan

Several parents and grandparents were in attendance to request parental choice for wearing masks for the 21-22 school year.  Jay Stillwagon encouraged the Board to seek out all information that they can get regarding students and wearing masks during school.  He also pointed out the psychological effects of wearing a mask all day.  Kim Campbell talked about a study conducted in Florida on students’ masks, presented 320 signatures in favor of mask choice, shared a list of districts that have already made the decision to go with mask choice, and read a statement from Kelci Wright, former teacher at Cowan.  Jeannie Jester spoke about information she received from parents and grandparents while gathering signatures at the baseball diamond for a petition for mask choice.  Ashlee Barnell and Beth Garringer both spoke to request mask choice and the removal of all COVID restrictions and asked the Board to make a decision soon.

 Reports: Superintendent – Mr. Timothy Brown

  1. Mr. Brown has been in contact with the Delaware County Health Department and the State Health Department in regards to making a return back to school plan for 21-22.All of the county superintendents and the local health department are planning to meet soon to review plans for the 21-22 school year. The current return to school plan with some yet to be determined elements is available on our website. An updated version should be available and ready for approval sometime in July. Paving repairs started on Tuesday and should be finished by the end of the week. Mr. Brown talked with the Board about having a special meeting to hire individuals before the next meeting since there are three weeks until the next meeting. This meeting will be advertised as required.
  2. Mr. Brown and the Board will plan to meet in an executive session after the July 21, 2021, board meeting around 6:30 p.m. to review Mr. Brown’s evaluation for the 20-21 school year.
  3. Mr. Brown presented Professional Leave Requests approved by the Superintendent as of Monday, June 14, 2021.

 Business Office Recommendations

 Rainy Day Fund Transfer

The Board approved the resolution to transfer $100,000 to from the Operations Fund to the Rainy Day Fund as presented in Appendix #2114.    

 Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #19883 to #19937 and the payroll of June 11, 2021 as listed in Appendix #2115 were approved for payment.    

 Personnel

Leave

The Board approved to extend the medical leave for Dwight Said from June 14th through July 18th

 Retirement

The Board accepted the retirement of Pamela Reed as an Elementary Teacher. 

 Resignations

The Board accepted the resignation of Madison Arrieta as an Elementary Teacher.

 The Board accepted the resignation of Mary Olivia Hamilton as an Elementary Title I Aide.

 The Board accepted the resignation of Angela Daly as a Library Aide.

 Employment

The Board approved Jennifer Stacy as the Elementary Assistant Principal for the 2021-22 school year.

 The Board approved Rebekah McGarvey as an Elementary Teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

 The Board approved Christina Ary as an Elementary Teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

 The Board approved Cassie Weaver as the Middle School Special Education teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

 The Board approved Steve Wickliffe as a Junior/Senior High School Business Teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

 The Board approved Amberly Riley as a Jr./Sr. High School Special Education Aide for the 2021-22 school year. 

 Field Trip

The Board approved the high school baseball team to stay overnight on June 11th in La Porte, Indiana to be prepared for the IHSAA Semi-State game on June 12th.   

 Textbook Rental

The Board approved the Elementary Textbook Rental for the 2021-22 school year as presented in Appendix #2116.

 The Board approved the Jr./Sr. High School Textbook Rental for the 2021-22 school year as presented in Appendix #2117.

 Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Mike Van Horn thanked all of the parents for coming to the meeting.  He is glad that they are coming to the meeting and wants them to keep coming back.

 Mr. Alan Wright expressed his appreciation to the administration for conducting all of the interviews to find great candidates.  Welcome to Jennifer Stacy as Elementary Assistant Principal.  Alan also thanked the parents for coming to the meeting and told them it is not easy to be a parent.  Alan also expressed his thanks to Mr. Brown and Janet for their work this summer. 

 Mr. Rick Jones thanked the parents for coming and said it is good to see them here at the meeting. 

 Mrs. Angie Johnson also told the parents it was good to see them at the meeting.  She appreciates their interest in the school as normally parents only come to complain about something.

 Adjournment

The June 16, 2021 regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:44 p.m.




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