Board News


Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the March 20, 2019 board meeting was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of March 6, 2019 were approved as presented.

Reports:   Superintendent – Mr. Dennis Chambers  

  1. Mr. Chambers let the Board know that kindergarten enrollment 2019-2020 will be Thursday, April 11, 2019.  If any families are planning to send a Kindergarten student to Cowan next fall, they need to contact Cowan Elementary as soon as possible.

  2. Mr. Tim Brown, Elementary Principal, introduced student teachers for the second semester:  Alyssa McClure with Mrs. Crabtree in kindergarten; Courtney Rager with Mrs. Hill in kindergarten, Devin Nannie with Mrs. King in kindergarten; Megan Chalfant with Mrs. Rumfelt in first grade; Maddie Platt with Mrs. Meekin in second grade; Caitlyn Dietz with Miss Shepler in second grade; Raelynn Mills with Mrs. Montgomery in third grade; Tenasha Stephens with Mrs. Ashton in fourth grade; Jerika Schultz with Mrs. Glentzer in fourth grade; and Maddie Kupiainen with Mrs. Whitehair in fourth grade.  Also Dr. Jackie Sydnor, our PDS Liaison with Ball State, was in attendance.

  3. Mr. Chambers informed the Board that the DOE has reviewed and approved Cowan’s paperwork in order to request proposals for a food management company.  Permission to advertise for proposals is later on in the agenda.

  4. Mr. Chambers told the Board that construction bids will be opened on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.  Board members are invited to attend.  Gibraltar will take all of the bids and have a recommendation for the next board meeting on April 3, 2019.  Five general contractors and five sub-contractors attended the pre-bid meeting held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

  5. Mr. Chambers and the Board discussed the results of the E-learning surveys for both students (grades 3-12) and teachers.

  6. Mr. Chambers let the Board know that a new piece of playground equipment will be installed during spring break (weather permitting).              

  7. Professional Leave Requests approved by the Superintendent as of March 15, 2019 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.)

Jake Turley reminded the Board that the PTO Carnival will be held Friday, April 12.  

Mrs. Laura Gregory (leader of Girl Scout Troop #3885) and five of her 5th grade Jr. Girl Scouts, along with a few parents, were in attendance to see how a board meeting was conducted.

Business Office Recommendations

Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #16638 to #16726 and the payroll of March 8, 2019 as listed in Appendix #1940 were approved for payment.    

The Board granted permission to advertise the Request for Proposals for a Food Service Management Company as presented in Appendix #1941.



The Board approved the resignation of Anthony Williams as custodian effective May 31, 2019.


The Board approved Bruce Qualls as Groundskeeper from April 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 as assigned by the Maintenance Director.

The Board approved IREAD3 Remediation as assigned by the elementary principal.

The Board approved Lee Ingles as Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the 2019-20 school year. 

The Board approved James Byrd as Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the 2019-20 school year.

The Board denied John Skinner as Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for the 2019-20 school year.

The Board approved Lyndsay Gadbury as Volunteer Softball Coach for the 2018-19 school year.

The Board approved Whitnee Mills as Instructional Aide/Latchkey Assistant for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year.

Overnight Stay

The Board approved to allow the softball team to have an overnight stay at the high school on March 27th.

Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Alan Wright thanked the PTO for donating money towards the purchase of a new piece of playground equipment for the elementary.  

Mr. Vick Conway also thanked the PTO for their contribution.

Mr. Mike Van Horn thanked all of the student teachers for attending the board meeting.  He expressed his appreciation for all they are doing to help Cowan students and wished them good luck in the future.


The March 20, 2019 regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.


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