Board News


Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the August 7, 2019 board meeting was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of July 17, 2019 were approved as presented.

Reports: Superintendent – Mr. Dennis Chambers

  1. Mr. Chambers updated the Board on the high school cafeteria construction project. The gas line has been moved and they are getting ready to cut in footers.  The construction company put in new ceiling tile above the serving line and they really helped us get things ready for the first day of school.

  2. Mr. Brown reported that Chartwells did a great job for the first day of serving lunch and they are bringing in a lot of extra help for the first few days.  All of the choices available to the students were exciting and especially the fruits and veggies offered at the end of the serving line.  There was the typical delay in getting back into the routine and getting lunch served for the first day of school.         

  3. Mr. Chambers presented the 2020 Budget Calendar.  The hearing for the 2020 Budget will be on October 2 and the adoption of the 2020 budget will be on October 16, 2019, which are regular board meeting dates.    

  4. Mr. Chambers asked the Board members to look over the conference agenda for the ISBA Fall Conference which will be held on September 30-October 1, 2019.  A decision will be made at the next board meeting, August 21, 2019, about attending this conference. 

  5. Mr. Brown let the Board know that the school has applied for the 2019-2020 School Safety Grant.  The grant includes funds for the wages for the SRO position, access control upgrades for both buildings and installation at the central office, an app called Crisis Go and replacement for an exterior door at the high school.  The grant will be effective September 1.  We do have to receive approval for the grant before monies can be spent.

  6. Professional leave request approved by the Superintendent as of August 2, 2019, was 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.)

    Alexis Quirk and Simon Underwood were in attendance to participate in Mr. Groves’ government class P.I.G. (Participation in Government) class project.  

Business Office Recommendations

Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #17240 to #17303 and the payroll of July 25, 2019 as listed in Appendix #1969 were approved for payment.    

Wellness Coordinator Resolution

The Board approved the Resolution in Appendix #1970 appointing Kayleigh Cooper to replace Tim Brown as the Cowan Faculty Wellness Coordinator for the East Central Insurance School Trust.


The Board approved a donation of approximately $130 of school supplies from Courtney and Chris Hill to Cowan Elementary School.



The Board approved the retirement of Rodney Overla as Art Teacher effective July 23, 2019.


The Board approved the resignation of Amy Conrad as Drama Club Sponsor.


The Board approved Paula Gustin “Petsel” as Art Teacher and ECA Yearbook Sponsor effective August 5, 2019.

The Board approved Abby Thurston as Elementary Teacher effective August 5, 2019.

The Board approved Cassandra Weaver as JH Girls Basketball Coach for the 2019-20 School Year.

The Board approved Alyssa Peters as 7th Grade Volleyball Coach for the 2019-20 School Year.

The Board approved Brynn Teague as 6th Grade Volleyball Coach for the 2019-20 School Year.

Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mrs. Angie Johnson asked about eLearning days for Cowan.  Mr. Brown let the Board know that a small committee will be selected to develop a roll out plan and we will be working on getting approval from the DOE.   Angie also asked about a school calendar for more than one school year at a time.  Mr. Chambers responded that at this time we just have the current school year calendar and that we need testing dates from the DOE before we create another calendar.   

Mr. Alan Wright enjoyed the opening day breakfast and the reception that the staff gave Mrs. Suzanne Crump.  He also thought Mr. Chambers did a great job at the orientation day meeting. 

Mr. Paul Hansard asked when bargaining would begin.  Mr. Chambers said that bargaining can begin after September 15.  A public hearing will be held before we start bargaining.  This meeting will probably be right after school and does not have to be a board meeting.     


The August 7, 2019 regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:03 p.m.



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