Board News


 Pledge of Allegiance

 Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the October 21, 2020 board meeting was approved as presented.

 Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of October 7, 2020 were approved as presented.

 Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Timothy Brown

  1. Mr. Brown wanted to start this school update to recognize the quality of staff, students and community we have here at Cowan! There has been an overflow of support shown during this time of grieving for Mr. Ingles. The high school day went well today. The teachers and students have done a tremendous job. The high school administration will be hosting a memorial for Mr. Ingles and a parade. All of the staff have been outstanding in getting this all set up. Cowan is honored and ready to honor a great teacher and a great coach. The high school will receive a waiver for both Tuesday and Thursday this week so those days will not have to be made up. The elementary will go to school on Thursday. All students will report to school on Friday. Two positive COVID cases have been reported at the high school this week. Cowan is still operating as normal at this time.
  2. Mr. Brown commented that the 2021 budget is ready for approval later in the agenda. Mr. Brown is also recommending permission to be given to make adjustments as needed for approval of the 2021 budget. The adjustments could be for either the 2020 or the 2021 budgets.
  3. Mr. Brown went over the tentative teacher agreement that is ready for ratification later in the agenda. All returning teachers will receive an increase with a possible stipend paid in March based on enrollment. Mr. Brown commented that there was excellent collaboration with teachers in working on this agreement. Mr. Brown also thanked board members, Paul Hansard and Mike Van Horn for their work on this agreement.
  4. Mr. Brown has updated the Administrator Compensation and Benefit Package and is recommending approval later in the agenda. Mr. Brown recognized and commented that the administrators have been working very hard this school year!
  5. The ISBA Fall Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All board members have been signed up for this meeting and should have received an email invitation.
  6. Professional leave requests approved by the Superintendent as of Monday, October 19, 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.)

Rick Jones gave an update on the 2020-2021 wrestling team.  The team has qualified for the wrestling coaches’ tournament in 1A.  Approximately 31 students have signed up for 20-21 wrestling season. There are exciting things going on with wrestling.   

Business Office Recommendations

 Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #18997 to #19049 and the payroll of October 16, 2020 as listed in Appendix #2060 were approved for payment.    

 Adoption of 2021 Budgets, Bus Replacement Plan and Capital Projects Plan

The Board adopted the 2021 budgets as presented in Appendix #2061.

 The Board approved the Resolution to Adopt the 2021 Capital Projects Plan as submitted in Appendix #2062.

 The Board approved the Resolution to Adopt the 2021 Bus Replacement Plan as submitted in Appendix #2063.

 The Board approved to grant permission to the Superintendent to make the necessary adjustments to the 2020 and 2021 budgets during the budget process with the Department of Local Government Finance as submitted in Appendix #2064.

 Teacher Agreement

The Board approved the new Agreement between The Board of Trustees of the Cowan Community School Corporation and the Cowan Community Classroom Teachers Association effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 as found in Appendix #2065.

 Updates to Administrator Compensation and Benefit Package

The Board approved to update the Administrator Compensation and Benefit Package as outlined in Appendix #2066.



The Board approved Rick Jones as a Junior/Senior High School Wrestling volunteer.

 The Board approved Jay Tharp as a Varsity Girls Basketball volunteer. 

 The Board approved Jon Gill as a Junior High Girls Basketball volunteer. 

 Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Vick Conway thanked Melissa-Paul Gardner and the girls’ varsity volleyball team for winning their fourth straight sectional title!  Good luck to all of them at regional this weekend!

 Mrs. Angie Johnson talked about memorializing Mr. Ingles.  Mr. Brown commented that there have been several ideas brought up and we will take a look at those ideas sometime after tomorrow.  Mrs. Johnson also wanted to thank Connor Walsh for his words and the students who put the candlelight vigil together for Mr. Ingles.

 Mr. Paul Hansard commented that Cowan lost a great one in Mr. Ingles.  Mr. Ingles always had a smile.  He will truly be missed!

 Mr. Alan Wright echoed the same sentiments as Mr. Hansard.  When Mr. Ingles came to Cowan he instantly changed things for the better with the community and the basketball team.  He will be missed!      


The October 21, 2020 regular board meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m.




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