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NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD WORK SESSION

A work session will take place for the Cowan Community School Corporation on Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:00pm in the Central Office Boardroom to review the current School Board Goals.


FEBRUARY 17, 2021 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

 Pledge of Allegiance

 Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the February 17, 2021 board meeting was approved as presented.

 Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of February 3, 2021 were approved as presented.

 Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Timothy Brown

  1. Mr. Brown went over the COVID-19 current active cases and close contacts with the Board. This information is on our website. We should receive our COVID rapid tests, more masks, and hand sanitizer from the state tomorrow. These tests will be used for symptomatic students and staff. No test will be given without parent permission first. If the results are positive, then a protocol will be followed. If the results are negative, the student or staff member will need to get a PCR test in order to return back to school or work. The rapid tests can also be used for an asymptomatic close contact with no symptoms on Day 8 or later and if the results are negative, the student would be allowed to return back to school. Mr. Brown let the Board know that our next makeup day is Friday, April 2, 2021, which is Good Friday. We have four snow days to makeup at this time. Currently grades K-4 are not quite ready to go to eLearning due to the delay in receiving their devices. Grades K-1 have their Chromebooks available to use in their classrooms and should be able to take them home around spring break. To make eLearning effective, we need everyone to have access to a Chromebook at home. Cowan takes pride in doing eLearning and doing it right! Our tentative plan is to have a couple of potential scheduled eLearning days for two of the makeup days and then add a couple of days onto the end of the school year. Mr. Brown informed the Board that Cowan has applied for a $10,000 Ball Brothers grant. This grant would be used to create a sensory room in the elementary building if it is approved. Later in the agenda is a recommendation for board approval to provide a tutoring option for our virtual students. There has been an increase in the failure rate for some virtual students and we want to help the students be successful. This will cost approximately $500.
  2. Mr. Brown informed the Board that the high school PA system needs to be replaced. The PA system was installed in 2008 and continues to have struggles. The best quote to purchase this is just under $15,000. Mr. Brown is recommending using the Rainy Day fund for this purchase. June would be the target date for the replacement.
  3. Mr. Brown reminded the Board that a virtual meeting with Mike Adamson, from ISBA, to discuss and go over the board goals has been set up for Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. Mr. Brown will provide some refreshments. Mr. Patrick Bloom and Mr. Lendon Schwartz will be in attendance as well. This meeting will end before the regular board meeting at 6:00 p.m. that evening.
  4. Mr. Brown made the Board aware that Kindergarten Enrollment for 2021-2022 will be held on April 15, 2021.Forms are available at the elementary school.
  5. Professional Leave Requests approved by the Superintendent as of Monday, February 15, 2021 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 #19431 to #19490 and the payroll of February 5, 2021 as listed in Appendix #2091 were approved for payment.    

 Personnel

 Resignation

The Board accepted the resignation of Jimmy Byrd as the Varsity Boys Golf Coach effective February 10, 2021.

 Retirement

The Board accepted the retirement of Michael Estep as a Junior/Senior High School Teacher at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.

 Employment

The Board approved up to 14 hours for after school Plato Lab time for Meredith Lynn as assigned by the building principal.

 The Board approved up to 20 hours for Virtual Learning Support for our Junior/Senior High School as assigned by the building principal.

 Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Alan Wright thanked Mike Estep for his 24 years at Cowan.  Mr. Vick Conway acknowledged a thank you to Mike Estep as well.  Mr. Alan Wright also congratulated the wrestlers on a great season.

 Mr. Rick Jones let the Board know that Toby Abbott will be heading to the state wrestling finals on Friday.  There will be a final practice and pep rally in the gym tomorrow night to support the wrestlers.  Tony Abbott is a great wrestling coach and is in the Indiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  Tony has coached several wrestlers that have gone on to the state finals.  Mike Estep has worked out great as a wrestling coach!  Mr. Jones also wanted to let the staff know that the parking lot and sidewalks look great!  Thank you for all of your hard work!

 Mrs. Angie Johnson commented that she hoped Mike Estep would be back to being the commentator for the basketball games.  She expressed that the Delaware County Highway Department has done a great job in cleaning off the roads.    

 Adjournment

The February 17, 2021 regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:27 p.m.


 

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