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AUGUST 3, 2022 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

 Pledge of Allegiance

 Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the August 3, 2022 board meeting was approved as presented.

 Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of July 20, 2022 were approved as presented.

 The minutes of the Executive Session Board meeting of July 20, 2022 were approved as presented.

 Reports:   Superintendent – Mr. Timothy Brown

1.  Mr. Brown let the Board know that we had a great start to the school year starting with our two staff days that led into the first student day today.  Mr. Brown summarized the two goals he shared with the entire staff on Monday:  1) be a more trauma informed and responsive district and 2) improve ILEARN assessment scores.  The theme for this school year is to BE THE DIFFERENCE in the lives of our students.  Later in the agenda is a motion to approve staff lunch prices for the school year.  This price is determined by a formula provided by the State.  Mr. Brown showed pictures of some of the major summer work that had been completed.  This included the new junior high special education room, the updated elementary conference room, the extended sidewalk at the elementary pickup/drop off area, and the new high school serving line. 

2.  Mr. Brown showed the Board the Annual Financial Report Summary which was printed in the Muncie Star Press today.  He also gave the Board a copy of the full report which is on Cowan’s website.    

3.  Mr. Brown presented three comparisons to the Board of the ILEARN Test Results for 21-22.  This information compared Cowan’s results to the state averages, a summary of the state averages over the last 7 years, and a comparison to other Delaware County schools.  Mr. Brown shared that the ILEARN exams are just one of many tools that the district uses to monitor the academic progress of students.  The results do share some opportunities for continued growth in some areas.         

4.  Mr. Brown reported to the Board the annual summary of certified staff evaluations for the 2021-2022 school year.   This includes all certified teachers and administrators.  Mr. Brown also met with Erin Goney, CTA President, to review these ratings. 

5.  Mr. Brown let the Board know that we need to renew Cowan’s Teacher Appreciation Grant Policy.  This will be up for approval later in the agenda.  This is required annually in order to receive teacher appreciation money from the DOE.  This was also discussed with Erin Goney, CTA President.  

6.  Mr. Brown informed the Board that the ISBA Annual Meeting will be held on October 3-4th.  The early bird reservations are through August 15th.  Mr. Brown shared that if Board Members wanted to attend after looking at the agenda, please let him know. 

7.  Professional leave requests approved by the Superintendent as of Monday, August 1, 2022 were 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.)

None

 Business Office Recommendations

 Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #21474 to #21530 and the payroll of July 22, 2022 as listed in Appendix #2200 were approved for payment.    

 The Board continued to readopt Policy 3220.01 and distribute Teacher Appreciation Grants as outlined in Appendix #2201.

 Bonding for Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer and Blanket Bond

The Board approved bonding of the treasurer and deputy treasurer for the 2022-2023 fiscal year as listed:

            Janet McIntosh, Corporation Treasurer                                  $50,000

            Sheryl Marshall, Corporation Deputy Treasurer                     $50,000

In addition, the Board approved that other employees handling money on a regular basis (Administrative Asst., ECA treasurers, principals, athletic director, latchkey director, cafeteria cashiers) are covered under a “blanket” bond.

 Donation

The Board accepted a donation from the non-profit group H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Out Every day) of approximately $800 worth of school supplies for Cowan Elementary.  

 2022-2023 Adult Meal Prices

The Board approved the 2022-23 adult meal prices effective August 4, 2022 as outlined in Appendix #2202.

 Personnel

Resignations

The Board accepted the resignation of Amanda Howell as an Elementary Computer Lab Instructor/Title I Aide.

 The Board accepted the resignation of Alyssa Peters as an Elementary Instructional Aide.

 The Board accepted the resignation of Stacey Chester as a Student Council Co-Sponsor for the 2022-23 school year. 

 Employment

The Board approved Stacy Barton as a Junior/Senior High School Assistant Secretary.   

 The Board approved Mackenzie Eicher for up to 18 hours of planning time to help with Spanish lesson plans as assigned by the building principal. 

 The Board approved Abigail Park as an Elementary Computer Instructor/Title I Aide.

 The Board approved Christy Goad as a Custodian.

 Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Vick Conway thanked all staff for a good first day of school.  

 Mrs. Angie Johnson wished good luck and a successful school year to all staff.  She looks forward to continued growth on future ILEARN tests.

 Mr. Alan Wright commented that Mr. Brown did a great job on opening day.  The principals did an excellent job introducing everyone.  Everyone seemed very positive about the new school year.  There is always a good feeling that comes when everyone pulls together.

 Mr. Mike Van Horn and Mr. Tim Brown talked about looking at school safety and what updates/changes have been made.  Mr. Brown reported that our SRO, Jordan King, attended a week of training this summer and will be working with the leadership team on additional considerations.   

 Adjournment

The August 3, 2022 regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:32 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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