Board News


Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the October 2, 2019 board meeting was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of September 18, 2019 were approved as presented.

Public Hearing

There was a public hearing on the 2020 Budgets, Bus Replacement Plan and Capital Projects Plan.  Mr. Chambers presented a power point on the 2020 budgets, bus replacement plan and capital projects plan.  There were no public comments on the 2020 budgets, bus replacement plan or capital projects plan. 

Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Dennis Chambers

  1. Mr. Brown informed the Board that we did meet with Chartwells and received our first monthly bill.  This bill was higher that we had projected but there were a few things that need correcting and we will receive a credit on the next billing.  The bills for the next couple of months should continue to go down and then level out. 

  2. Mr. Chambers showed the Board a picture of the cement poured for the stage.  Windows and brick are almost completed.  More cement will be poured at the end of the week.  The roof will be installed after the cement has cured.  The high school cafeteria project is moving along.

  3. Mr. Chambers let the Board know that he met with J.D. Prescott, District 33 Representative from Winchester.  Mr. Prescott spoke with one of Aaron Groves’ government classes and teachers in the 5th/6th grade wing.  Mr. Prescott’s take away from his visit at Cowan was that we are not wasting money.  Our facilities and staff are adequate but not frivolous.  It was good to have him visit with our schools.   

  4. Mr. Chambers reported to the Board that Access Controls for the front doors at both buildings have been replaced with new controls and paid from Rainy Day Fund.

  5. Mr. Chambers summarized the tentative agreement for the 19-20 teacher contract.  This will be up for approval at the next board meeting.  Mr. Chambers went over the following points:

         medical/dental and life insurance amounts for 2020;

         one percent increase for E.C.A. schedule;

         dual Credit/AP Stipend is $250 per period;

         early retiree must have worked at Cowan for ten years to remain on insurance;

         teacher start pay for 19-20 is $36,500 and for 20-21 will be $37,000; 

         $700 per year up to 21 years for years of experience for new hires for 2020-21

         how to figure substitute pay for Cowan retired teachers

         $63,214 was the amount used for teacher salaries

         $18,500 will be used for March stipend based on February count day

         Inequity set at $500 per teacher or amount of inequity if less than $500

  6. Professional Leave Requests approved by the Superintendent as of September 30, 2019 were approved as 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.)

  1. Mrs. Sarah Hill asked about how pay was figured if you left the corporation and returned back to work at Cowan.  Mr. Chambers responded if you resigned from your position and were hired back again at a later time, you would be considered a new hire and your pay would be figured as a new hire.

    Mrs. Chelsie King asked if the amount to be paid by the employee for medical insurance for next year has been figured.  Mr. Chambers responded that the amount varies for single or family and by the plan selection. 

    Mrs. Amy Meekin asked if the pay for the Teacher Appreciation Grant included a 25% difference between the pay for highly effective and effective.  Mr. Chambers responded that our calculation does include this factor.  The formula has been presented to the DOE.    




Business Office Recommendations

Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #17517 to #17577 and the payroll of September 20, 2019 as listed in Appendix #1980 were approved for payment.    




The Board approved the retirement for Yvonne Denise Mooneyhan as cafeteria worker with a last day of September 27, 2019.


The Board approved Aimee Jones as High School English Academic Coach.

The Board approved Richard Hardiman as custodian beginning September 27, 2019.

The Board approved Austin Carnes to return as Assistant Baseball Coach for the 2019-20 school year.

Superintendent Goals 2019-2020

A motion was made to approve the Superintendent Goals for the 2019-2020 school year as presented in Appendix #1981.

Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Alan Wright thanked Mr. Chambers, Mr. Brown, and Janet McIntosh for all of their work on the 2020 budget.  He appreciates all of your hard work.

Mr. Vick Conway wanted to give a shout out to Mrs. Suzanne Crump for all of her work on the Junior High MEC Volleyball meet last Saturday.  Things went very smoothly and other Cowan athletes were working.  Good job everyone!


The October 2, 2019 regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:31 p.m.





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Highlights of September 18, 2019

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Highlights of August 21, 2019

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