Cowden-Herrick School Board Hires Boys Coach; Combines 5th Grade Classes

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Published on June 22 2012 2:40 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Cowden-Herrick school board members Thursday voted to combine their fifth grade classes.

Superintendent Gary Cadwell said fifth grade classes have been housed at both Cowden and Herrick, but the vote was to offer just one class for the coming year.  Cadwell said no decision was made on where the fifth grade class would be housed.

There will be 31 students in the class.  Cadwell said it's possible an aide could be hired to assist with the class.  He said the move is directly tied to a reduction in education funding from the State.

Also Thursday, the Cowden-Herrick Board hired Bruce Manola as high school varsity boys basketball coach.

Manola has coached for many years and has retired from teaching duties.  He coached girls basketball at Okaw Valley last season and also coached tennis at Shelbyville.  He will continue as Shelbyville tennis coach.

Manola succeeds Brett Boehm, who gave up his coaching duties after leading the Hornets to their first-ever regional championship this past season.  Board members also rehired existing coaches for other assignments.

The Cowden-Herrick board also accepted Seth Schuler's resignation as 5th and 6th grade basketball coach; approved a maternity leave for teacher and athletic director Jackie Mette for the first few weeks of the coming school year with Mette continuing her AD duties while on leave; and accepted the retirement of Mike Williams as custodian as of the end of June.  The Board also hired Jodi Boys as high school Special Education instructor and hired Julie Stuckemeyer as librarian at the high school and at Cowden Grade School.

Cowden-Herrick board members approved student fees for the coming school year, including a hike in workbook fees to $40, again due to a reduction in funding from the State.  The Board also retained K and K Insurance for student accident insurance coverage.

Thursday's meeting was the last one for Cadwell, who is retiring as of the end of the month.  He'll be succeeded by Darrell Gordon, who has been serving as principal at South Central High School.