Board News


Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the June 5, 2019 board meeting was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of May 15, 2019 were approved as presented.

Transfer Lottery

Cowan advertised the number of openings available in each grade level.  Based upon applications that have been properly filed by 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, a lottery draw was not needed for grades 1-12.

Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Dennis Chambers

  1. Mr. Chambers reported to the Board that things are working well with all of the new sewer updates made last year.         

  2. Mr. Chambers updated the Board on the high school cafeteria construction project.  The sidewalks have been removed along with establishing a new gravel road to get to the transportation building. The next step is to have Vectren relocate the gas line.

  3. Mr. Chambers shared some of the feedback received from the Parent Survey regarding 1:1 and eLearning

  4. Mr. Chambers has scheduled an Executive Session to following this meeting beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m.

  5. Mr. Chambers reminded the Board to take a look at their schedule in order to set up a timeline for the Superintendent’s evaluation.

  6. Mr. Chambers informed the Board that the office staff along with the custodians will be working on July 4 and will take the holiday on Friday, July 5, in order to have a long-weekend.                   

  7. Professional Leave Requests were presented as approved by the Superintendent as of June 3, 2019.    

    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.)

    Mrs. Marcy Minton was in attendance to give some thoughts to take into consideration regarding eLearning days for students and for parents that may be dealing with financial barriers.  She also commented about services that the Trustees office has in place such as:

    Summer Library is open on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am and on Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm. Diaper Bank is available free of charge and has sizes 1 to 6.  The township is in the process of approving a loan to purchase a fire truck.  The house and property at the end of Nottingham Street has been cleaned up.  In her work at the Community Foundation, they will be looking at ways to help with the Graduation Pathways.  She also commented that the Athletic Boosters appreciated the work done by Mr. Kyle.  They are looking forward to working with his replacement.

Business Office Recommendations

Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #16984 to #17074 and the payrolls of May 17, 2019 and May 31, 2019 as listed in Appendix #1958 were approved for payment.    


The Board approved the donation of 8 ViewSonic computer monitors from Prime Trust Federal Credit Union.    

The Board granted permission for the Superintendent to apply for any and all grants for which the district is eligible.


Intent to Employ

The Board gave the Superintendent the authority to issue an Intent to Employ when necessary for the 2019-2020 school year.


The Board approved the resignation of Randy O’Conner as Varsity Softball Coach.

The Board approved the resignation of Ami Brown as English Academic Team Coach.

The Board approved the resignation of Ryan Conwell as Varsity Baseball Coach.


The Board approved Suzanne Crump as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director beginning July 1, 2019.

The Board approved Jessica Miskinis as Elementary Math Bowl Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Laura May as Elementary Spell Bowl Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Janet Jenkins as Elementary Skill Bowl Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Mariah Bohl as Elementary Choir Sponsor for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Shelby Boles as Young Historians Sponsor for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Kent Hanser as Head Cross Country Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Chris Rodgers as 6th Grade Boys Basketball Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved Tony Abbott as High School Wrestling Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board approved the High School Extra Curricular sponsors for the 2019-2020 school year as listed in Appendix #1959.

Textbook Adoption

The Board approved the high school textbook adoption recommendation for Foundations of Business as presented in Appendix #1960.

Elementary Handbook Updates

The Board approved the updates to the elementary handbook as presented in Appendix #1961.

Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Alan Wright appreciated the parking signs that were up at graduation.  Maybe next year we can have an easier way to enter the building instead of walking around the building.

Mrs. Angie Johnson commented that graduation was very good and that everyone did a good job.  Some people at graduation commented to Angie that they could not hear clearly.

Mr. Mike Van Horn had Angie Johnson read a letter from Rayne Priest, a third grader at Cowan.  Rayne requested more recess time during the day for students at Cowan Elementary.


The June 5, 2019 regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.




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Highlights of May 15, 2019

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Highlights of April 17, 2019

Highlights of April 3, 2019