2014-08-19 / Front Page

Cloverdale School Board Holds First Meeting Of 2014-2015 School Year

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Cloverdale School Board met August 11th for its first meeting of the new school year.

Following the approval of meeting minutes and claims and financial reports, the board moved on to the communications portion of the agenda, hearing a phase II update from project manager Dan Sulkoske.

“All the work is done. The basin work is 100 percent, storm sewer work 100 percent, north end storm subgrade and asphalt work is 100 percent and fence work is 100 percent,” Sulkoske explained. “Everything was substantially complete by the end of July like we said we were going to be. We just have project punch and closeout left and that should be done yet this month.”

The board then moved on to hear from Kathleen Glaser, who provided an ISTEP update.

“I think ISTEP scores look pretty good,” Glaser noted. She then proceeded to share passing percentages with the board for each grade tested.

The board next heard a grounds and physical plant update from Jeff Underwood, who noted that his crew had a very good and productive summer with repairs.

The board noted that they will now consider applications for the open Owen County Public Library Board vacancy for the Cloverdale School System due to the recent passing of Mr. Reese Nichols. The board meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Terms are for four years, but Mr. Nichols’ term is set to expire on June 26, 2017.

The board voted to approved for publication the proposed 2015 budgets, capital projects plan and school bus replacement plan.

Moving on, professional leave requests were granted for the following:

•Cathy Ames, Five- Star conference, September 15.

•Amanda Gibboney, Five-Star conference, September 15.

•Katie Mosley, Five- Star conference, September 15.

•Susan Smith, Five- Star conference, September 15.

•Mark Wheeler, Five- Star conference, September 15.

•Sonny Stoltz, School Safety, September 29-30.

Two field trip requests were also approved including a seventh grade field trip on September 16 for Mr. Dave Walton and another for Kathleen Glaser for the eighth grade, with that date yet to be announced.

There were four facility use requests brought before the board and approved including:

•J.J. Wade/Youth Football, organizational meeting, CHS gym, August 7.

•Tracy Scott/Wellness, power hour, CHS auxiliary gym, August-December.

•Jenna Lewis/Lions Club, 5K fundraiser, track and football parking lot, September 6.

•Lisa Baker, Nazarene Church, appreciation meal, CES/CMS cafetorium, September 9.

The final item of the night was the approval of personnel matters, with the following receiving board approval:


•Mark Couch, bus driver.

Maternity Leave

•Tiffany Douglas, CHS Ag teacher.


•Joel Kennelly, Transportation Coordinator.


•Jared Briles, CES physical education teacher.

•David Petty, CMS sixth grade teacher.

•Jennifer Segner, CHS special education teacher.

•Leslie Pennington, CHS instructional assistant.

Coaching Resignation

•Brian Knapp, CHS varsity softball coach.


•Jarrod Duff, CHS varsity baseball coach.

•Jim Spencer, CHS varsity softball coach.

•Andy Tyler, CHS after school weight room (Monday and Wednesday.)

•Greg Thomas, CHS after-school weight room (Tuesday and Thursday.)

•Jarrod Duff, CHS after-school weight room (winter months.)

•Taulbee Jackson, CMS volunteer assistant football coach.

•Kirk Kyle, CMS eighth grade football coach.

•Tim Wilkes, CMS volunteer assistant football coach.

•Natasha Archer, parttime CMS cafeteria.

The Cloverdale School Board will meet again on Monday, September 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Arthur L. Johnson Administration Center, located on East Logan Street in Cloverdale.

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