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JANUARY 19, 2022 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

 Pledge of Allegiance

 Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the January 19, 2022 board meeting was approved as presented.

 Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of January 5, 2022 were approved as presented.

 Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Timothy Brown

1.  Mr. Brown emphasized the amazing effort of staff helping out where we are short-handed.  Many teachers are working helping another teachers’ classes during their prep period, instructional assistants filling in as substitute teachers, bus driver subs and the transportation director filling in for bus drivers.  He expressed his appreciation to all of the staff for their efforts in making this work. 

2.  Mr. Brown provided a presentation on the current COVID situation within our schools.  The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting Delaware County in red status along with every other county in Indiana and the CDC defines it as high transmission.  As of today, our nursing staff has given 602 rapid tests (137 tests in January alone) which is an average of 6.2 tests per day.  Many families have appreciated our effort with the rapid test, however, we are out of tests and have ordered more but do not think we will get them in the near future.  Mr. Brown went over the COVID dashboard showing the numbers since the beginning of the school year.  Mr. Brown is strongly recommending the mask order stay in place through Friday, February 4, 2022.             

3.  Mr. Brown let the Board know that we have received our 2022 budget order from the DLGF.  Mr. Brown went over the comparison between the best guess and the actual 2022 budget details.  The tax rate is 1.0526, which is a drop from 2021.   

4.  Mr. Brown let the Board know that the Cowan ECA received a clean audit for the period July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020.  Thanks to Sheryl Marshall and her team for all of their hard work in making this happen!!  

5.  Mr. Brown presented the ECA financial report for the period July 1, through December 31, 2021. Sheryl Marshall prepares this report each six months as per board policy to present to the School Board.             

6. Mr. Brown went over the second reading of policy updates for Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment with the School Board.  These policies are up for approval later in the agenda. 

7.  Mr. Brown went over the second reading of policy updates for Volume 34, Number 1 with the School Board.  These policies are up for approval later in the agenda.  

8.  Mr. Brown went over the first reading of policy update for 5722 School-Sponsored Publications with the Board.  Approval for this policy will be at the next board meeting on February 2, 2022. 

9.  Mr. Brown went over the first reading of the policy update for Bylaw 0144.1.  This policy will be up for approval at the next board meeting on February 2, 2022.

10.  Mr. Brown presented all professional leave requests that have been approved as of Monday, January 17, 2022.

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.)

A few families were in attendance and expressed information regarding rapid tests, COVID policy updates, close contacts, and the mask mandate.  These parents advocated for the mask requirement to be removed.       

 Business Office Recommendations

 Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #20737 to #20783 and the payroll of January 7, 2022 as listed in Appendix #2162 were approved for payment.    

 Donation

The Board approved the donation of $2,000 from the Navient Community Fund for high school student extracurricular activities.

 Personnel

 Resignation

The Board accepted the resignation of Madyson Watson as Elementary Special Education Aide effective March 17, 2022 and Assistant Varsity Softball Coach effective January 14, 2022. 

 Leave

The Board extended the medical leave of absence for Stacey Chester from approximately January 3 to March 4, 2022 while staying a part of the teacher evaluation process for 2021-22.

 Employment

The Board approved Kimberly Dax as the Art Club Sponsor at the Junior/Senior High School for the 2021-22 school year. 

 The Board approved all the returning spring sports coaches as listed in Appendix #2163 for the 2021-22 school year.

 The Board approved Chris Rodgers as the Varsity Boys Golf Coach for the 2021-22 school year. 

 The Board approved Cassie Weaver as a Varsity Assistant Track Coach for the 2021-22 school year. 

 Volunteer

The Board approved Megan Wright as a volunteer 5th and 6th grade girls basketball coach for the 2021-22 school year.

 Return to School Plan

The Board maintained the Return to School Plan face covering requirements for COVID-19 through February 4, 2022.

 Approval of Board Policy Updates

The Board approved the updates to Board Policies for Vol. 34 #1 as presented in Appendix #2164.

 The Board approved the updates to Board Policies for Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment as presented in Appendix #2165.

 Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr.  Alan Wright expressed his appreciation for the parent’s input on the COVID situation.  He understands that common sense should be applied.  He suggested that maybe homecoming added to this breakout for the school.  He also expressed his appreciation to the school board for answering their phone when he called to talk with them this week.   

 Adjournment

The January 19, 2022 regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:41 p.m.

 


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Highlights for January 5, 2022

Highlights for December 15, 2021

Highlights for December 1, 2021

Highlights for November 17, 2021