Board News


Pledge of Allegiance 

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda of the April 19, 2017 board meeting was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Board meeting of April 5, 2017 were approved as presented.

Kindergarten Lottery

A lottery was held.  Twelve students were approved, and sixteen students were put on a waiting list.

Reports:  Superintendent – Mr. Dennis Chambers

  1. Mr. Chambers presented to the Board an article in the Muncie Newspaper today regarding the School Takeover Bill.  This bill has language in the bill allowing the state to change school district boundaries.  Mr. Chambers showed the board the boundaries for all school corporations in Delaware County.   
  2. The ISBA Regional Meeting is going to be held on May 10, 2017, at Willie and Reds in Hagerstown. 
  3. Mr. Chambers gave the Board information from Umbaugh about a reduction in the farm ground tax valuation. It was lower for 2017 and will be lowered again for 2018. 
  4. Professional Leave requests approved by the Superintendent as of April 17, 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.)

Bristol Goad and Conner Hossem’s mothers were in attendance for the lottery.  Mrs. Chelsie King, Kindergarten Teacher, was also in attendance because of the lottery. 

Business Office Recommendations

Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Claim Docket

The claims #13520 to #13591 and the payroll for April 7, 2017 as listed in Appendix #1794 were approved for payment.    



The Board approved the resignation of Sarah Miller effective 4-5-2017.


The Board approved Mallory Bruner as a Volunteer Softball Coach.

The Board approved Angela Daly as Media Center Aide for the 2017-18 school year.

The Board increased the I-Read 3 Remediation hours from 12 hours to 14 hours as assigned by the principal.

The Board approved Bruce Qualls as Groundskeeper as a seasonal employee.

New Course

The Board approved Math 10 as a new course at Cowan High School beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Textbook Adoption

The Board approved the McGraw Hill – My Math Series for grades K-6 as presented in Appendix #1795.

Opportunity for Board Communication:

Mr. Mike Downham let Mr. Chambers know that he cannot get any free flags the size that we are using.    

Mr. Mike Van Horn thanked the parents for attending the board meeting and for their interest in Cowan Schools.            


The April 19, 2017 regular board meeting was adjourned at 7:03 p.m.


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Highlights of April 5, 2017

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