Board News


Pledge of Allegiance

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the December 6, 2017 board meeting was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of November 15, 2017 were approved as presented.

Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Dennis Chambers

  1. Mr. Chambers reported to the Board that the school part of the sewer project is on target for a December 15 connection.  A community meeting for residents about the sewer is scheduled for December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Station.   
  2. Mrs. Ami Brown, Mrs. Stacey Chester, Ms. Margie Chapel and Dr. Amy Conrad, English teachers at Cowan, presented information about the high school’s AR reading program to the Board and were in attendance to answer any questions from the Board. 
  3. Mr. Bloom was in attendance to explain to the Board the new Graduation Requirements that will apply to students currently enrolled in 7th grade during the 2017-18 school year.  The Indiana State Board of Education passed this requirement today at their board meeting.  Mr. Bloom attended the Indiana State Board of Education meeting.
  4. Mr. Chambers explained to the Board that the state underestimated the total number of K-12 students in Indiana for this school year.  Because of the low estimate used, the amount of money available for Tuition Support and the Teacher Appreciation Grant will be reduced in order for the State to not spend more than was appropriated.   
  5. Mr. Chambers had the first reading of Policies Volume 29-1.  These policies will be voted upon at the next board meeting.       
  6. Professional Leave requests approved by the Superintendent as of December 4, 2017 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.)

The following students were in attendance as participants for the P.I.G. (Participation in Government) class project for Mr. Groves’ Government class:  Morgan Miller, Maggie Burton, Maggie Coffman, Gracie Orebaugh, Katie Perry, Dillon Smith, Jack Mace, Julian Jones, Jaren Crabtree, Michael Neeley, Isabella Hughes. 

Business Office Recommendations

Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #14538 to #14632 and the payrolls of November 17 and December 1, 2017 as listed in Appendix #1841 were approved for payment.    



The Board approved the resignation of Roberta Snodgrass as cafeteria worker and special education bus aide effective December 20, 2017.


The Board approved Libby Glentzer as 6th Grade Girls Basketball Coach 

The Board approved Marissa Lugo as Jr./Sr. High Special Education Aide for Part Time in December and 7 hours per day beginning in January.

Seclusion and Restraint Plan

The Board approved the Seclusion and Restraint Plan as presented in Appendix #1842.

Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Mike Van Horn thanked the English teachers for coming and explaining the AR requirement.  He appreciates all that the English teachers are doing for the students.

Mr. Mike Downham congratulated the Elementary Spell Bowl Team on winning a state title. 

Mr. Vick Conway thanked Mr. Bloom for sharing the information about the new graduation requirements and he also thanked the seniors for all of their comments.

Mr. Alan Wright thanked Mr. Chambers for getting all of the policies completed.


The December 6, 2017 regular board meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.



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