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AUGUST 5, 2020 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

 Pledge of Allegiance

 Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the August 5, 2020 board meeting was approved as presented.

 Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Executive Session Board meeting of July 21, 2020 were approved as presented.

 The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of July 22, 2020 were approved as presented.

 Reports:

Superintendent – Mr. Timothy Brown

  1. Mr. Brown let the Board know that we had two good teacher days with lots of excitement and energy from our teachers.All of our new hires were in attendance thanks to the hard work of our administrators.A virtual learning expert provided training to teachers on the second day that will be very valuable for this school year.We did receive news of a positive COVID test on Tuesday in our transportation department and reacted appropriately.There is no known connection to any students or teachers.We will have two drivers from another school district to help with transportation next week while some drivers are in quarantine.The most important element moving forward is for all students and staff to self-screen each day.We now have 23 students in each building that will start out the school year virtually.We are still waiting on around 50 students that still need to register online.
  2. Mr. Brown let the Board know that the state will allow the incoming 4th grade students the opportunity to take the IREAD-3 that was missed last year when they were 3rd grade students.This option is available in November.Cowan is going to pass on this testing since it does not have any ramifications for the students and there is no need to put the students through the stress of the testing.
  3. Mr. Brown went over the 2021 Budget calendar with the Board.He will begin working on the budget at the end of this week or the first of next week.
  4. Mr. Brown and the Board reviewed the updates to the teacher evaluation for this school year.The teachers gave 100% support to the changes made to the evaluation process.Mr. Brown was happy to share this news with the board and so impressed with all of the great collaboration from the teachers and administrators!
  5. Professional Leaves approved by the Superintendent as of Monday, August 3, 2020, 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 #18646 to #18705 and the payroll of July 24, 2020 as listed in Appendix #2047 were approved for payment.    

 Donation

The Board approved to accept a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County to support hardware for the implementation of our district’s 1:1 initiative.

 The Board approved to accept the donation of 450 school Yoobi Classroom Packs for our elementary students from the Back-to-School Teachers Store.

 Personnel

 Retirement

The Board approved the retirement of Dianne Love as an Elementary Teacher effective August 1, 2020.

 Resignations

The Board approved the resignation of Sarah Hill as an Elementary Teacher effective August 1, 2020.

 The Board approved the resignation of Holly Wilk as the High School Academic Team Coordinator effective July 28, 2020.

 The Board approved the resignation of Tom Terrell as the 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach effective July 28, 2020.

 Employment

The Board approved Hillary Rhodes as an elementary teacher for the 2020-2021 school year effective August 3, 2020.

 The Board approved Madison Arrieta as an elementary teacher for the 2020-2021 school year effective August 3, 2020.

 The Board approved Katherine Collins as an elementary teacher for the 2020-2021 school year effective August 3, 2020.

 The Board approved Alisa Glaze as the Latchkey Director and Kindergarten Aide for the 2020-2021 school year effective August 3, 2020.

 The Board approved Erin Goney as the High School Academic Team Coordinator for the 2020-21 school year pending academic teams are possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

 The Board approved Marilee Creech as a long-term sub for our Junior/Senior High School Special Education Services if needed.

 Textbook Rental

The Board approved the Elementary Textbook Rental for Virtual Students for the 2020-2021 school year as presented in Appendix #2048.

 The Board approved the Jr./Sr. High Textbook Rental for Virtual Students for the 2020-2021 school year as presented in Appendix #2049.

 Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Alan Wright thought the meetings went well and was the best we have ever had for Teacher Opening Day!  Mr. Brown gave the information that was needed.  The staff asked good questions.  Mr. Brown stressed two to three times, don’t come to work sick.  You did a very good job, Mr. Brown!

 Mr. Paul Hansard thanked all of the teachers for coming to school!  What a great group of teachers we have on staff!

 Mr. Vick Conway thanked all of the community for their help and support and the respect they have for each other in making all of this work!

 Mrs. Angie Johnson encouraged everyone to self-screen.  She also shared that they are still doing free COVID tests at Open Door and the Armory.

 Adjournment

The August 5, 2020 regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:54 p.m.

 

  

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