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Welcome to the corporation’s new blog site. Follow this page and be “In the Know” and up-to-date with accurate school information. Contact Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us with any questions you would like to ask that would also be beneficial information for others to know. Thank you for your interest and support of Southern Hancock Schools.

Board Business: January 13, 2020

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s two meetings on January 13th, 2020.

Monday’s meeting began with the swearing-in of new board member Laura Haeberle. Mrs. Haeberle was appointed in a public hearing held on January 6th.

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CSCSHC Board Member Laura Haeberle taking the oath of office from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder.

As required by corporation bylaws, the board also completed its yearly reorganization. The board selected Brian McKinney at the Board President, Dr. Matt Ackerman as the Board Vice President, and Dan Walker as the Board Secretary. Mr. McKinney and Mr. Walker were appointed the board’s policy liaisons. Dr. Wagoner was appointed as the board’s legislative liaison.

Three groups were recognized during the board’s Accentuate the Positive portion of the meeting. All six CSCSHC principals and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip were recognized for all six CSCSHC buildings and the district as a whole being named a Riley Hospital Red Wagon Corporation. Red Wagon status is given to any school that donates $1 to Riley Hospital for Children for each student enrolled in their building. A school corporation becomes a Red Wagon Corporation if all its school buildings are Red Wagon Schools. This is the eighth consecutive year CSCSHC has been named a Red Wagon Corporation. The district has raised more than $70,000 for Riley Hospital over the last 13 years.

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Administrators from all six CSCSHC buildings, Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip (left), and a representative from Riley Hospital for Children.

 

Fifteen current and former NPHS students were also recognized for their outstanding performance in the district’s Advanced Placement programs.

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NPHS students recognized for being named AP Scholars with Distinction.

Fourteen students were congratulated for being named AP Scholars with Distinction. This award is given to students who take at least five AP exams with an average score of 3.5 on all tests and a score of at least 3 on all tests. Benjamin Blachly, Jessica Buchanan, Adam Clay, Nolan Ellis, Carson Gavin, Mary Gunn, Mary Harrison, Ethan Howard, Matthew Kelley, Peyton Miller, Cameron Rooks, Evan Shaw, and Dylan Strubbe were all recognized.

NPHS Class of 2019 graduate Kyrstin Kauchak was recognized for being named a National Advanced Placement Scholar. AP Scholars must take at least eight AP tests with an average score of 4 and no score lower than 4.

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NPHS graduate Kyrstin Kauchak with NPHS Associate Principal Amy Dawson.

 

Congratulations to our 15 award-winners for this incredible academic achievement.

Finally, former CSCSHC board member Bill Niemier was recognized for his 13 years of service on the CSCSHC board. Niemier resigned from the board after he was elected to the New Palestine Town Council.

 

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Retired Board of School Trustees member Bill Niemier (right) with Board President Brian McKinney.

Four donations were approved. The New Palestine United Methodist Women donated $200 to the SCE Visions Music program. An anonymous donation in the amount of $703.54 was approved to cover any outstanding balances in elementary school lunch accounts. NineStar donated $1,000 to the NPI Robotics Program. The NPHS Class of 1979 donated $1,836 for the creation and installation of a bench to honor their classmate Lisa Moore.

The board held a second reading on changes to 14 policies. Many of these changes are made to be compliant with changes in state and federal law or to adjust names and dates. All 14 policies were approved.

Bob Yoder was re-appointed as the district’s treasurer. Ashlie Worth was re-appointed as the district’s deputy treasurer. These re-appointments are required to take place in January of each year.

The board approved a Fund Transfer Resolution for 2020. The district is required by law to end the calendar year with a positive balance in all accounts. This resolution will allow the treasurer to move unspent dollars in certain accounts to zero out accounts with a negative balance.

The Out of District Transfer Packet for 2020-2021 was approved. Information for enrolling at Southern Hancock for the 2020-21 school year will be posted on the district’s website later this winter.

Following the conclusion of the regular meeting, a special session meeting was held for the Board of Finance. This board is required to convene once per year to review the district’s finances. This includes an update on the district’s investments and fiscal indicators. These indicators are determined by the state of Indiana and include enrollment, revenue, balances in specific district funds, annual deficits or surpluses, and salaries and benefits.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for February 10th at 6:30 p.m. at New Palestine Junior High School.

 

 

Board Business January 6, 2020

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on January 6th, 2020.

Monday’s meeting was held as a public hearing to interview and appoint a new board member to replace Bill Niemier, who has taken a seat on the New Palestine Town Council.

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Newly-appointed CSCSHC Board of School Trustees member Laura Haeberle.

The board interviewed four candidates at Monday’s meeting. They have chosen to appoint Laura Haeberle. She will serve the remaining one year on Mr. Niemier’s term.

Mrs. Haeberle has lived in the district for 16 years. She formerly worked as the Media Center Assistant at New Palestine Elementary and as a substitute teacher in the district. Laura and her husband Ben have two children, a freshman and a junior at New Palestine High School.

Mrs. Haeberle will be sworn-in at the board’s next meeting on January 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

 

 

 

Board Business: December 2019

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on December 16th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting was scheduled to begin with a recognition of a number of New Palestine High School students and CSCSHC administrators. Due to the inclement weather, students were encouraged to stay home. These recognitions were tabled until a future meeting.

Four donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. New Palestine Intermediate teacher April Manning received a $549 grant for professional development from Hancock Regional Hospital. New Palestine High School teacher Tina Boehm received a $350 donation from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for professional development. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $1,000 towards the NPHS renovation project. David and Lisa Post donated $500 to the NPHS Business Management class Riley fund.

One field trip was approved by the board. The NPHS gymnastics team will travel to Valparaiso on January 17th,  2020 to participate in the Valparaiso Gymnastics Invitational Meet.

The board heard a second reading of policy #2431. This policy references the district’s athletics programs. The policy is being updated to remove references to old school names and change the names of some forms required for participation. An exact reference to vaping as an offense of the code of conduct was also added. These changes to the policy were approved by the board.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp received approval for four additions to the NPHS curriculum. Personal Financial Responsibility, Analytical Algebra II, Building Trades I, and History of World War II will all come to NPHS in the 2020-2021 school year.

Two financial matters were approved by the board. A Fund Transfer Resolution was passed. The district is required to finish the calendar year with all accounts having a positive balance. This resolution permits the district’s business department to transfer funds accordingly.  A Resolution to Transfer Funds to the Rainy Day Fund was also approved. Any funds left in certain budget lines at the end of a calendar year may be transferred to the Rainy Day Fund for future use.

The board approved the district’s Summer Enrichment curriculum for 2020. Ten camps were approved for Southern Hancock families in the months of June and July. The board also approved the district’s summer school courses for 2020.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented a contract with Soliant Health Inc. for an agreement to provide a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant to Southern Hancock. This occupational therapist will be available on an as-needed basis for CSCSHC.

The board heard a first reading of changes to 24 policies. Many of these changes include updating language due to changes in state or federal law or removing some sections of policies that may be redundant or contradictory with other policies.

The 2021-22 School Master Calendar was approved by the board. The school year will begin for students on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021. The last student day is scheduled for Friday, May 27th, 2021.

The board heard one informal citizen comment at Monday’s meeting. This informal comment related to the district’s procedures regarding foreign exchange students. The district uses only one company for the placement of foreign exchange students. The informal comment requested the district open the ability to receive and enroll exchange students to multiple companies. The board will evaluate this request, as they do all public concerns, and take this issue under further consideration.

 

Board Business November 2019

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on November 11th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with the recognition of two CSCSHC students and two CSCHSC teachers. Hancock County Lilly Scholarship finalists Ben Blachly and Emma Nobbe were recognized by the board.

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NPHS Seniors Ben Blachly (right) and Emma Nobbe with NPHS Principal Keith Fessler (middle), Hancock County Community Foundation representative Kevin Harvey, and CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier (left).
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NPHS teachers Dr. Mark Blachly (right), Darlene Seifert, NPHS Principal Keith Fessler, and CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier (left).

CSCSHC teachers Darlene Seifert and Mark Blachly were recognized for their selection as the AP TIP-IN Science Teacher of the Year and Math Teacher of the Year awards.

Seven donations and grants were approved at Monday’s meeting. CSCSHC was awarded the Health Recovery Navigator Grant in the amount of $2,500. This grant money will be used for support and education of mental health and substance use. Michelle Epple at BWE was awarded a $500 music grant from the Riley Festival Association. Melanie Nobbe at NPJH was awarded a $360 Forum Foundation Educator Grant. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $100 to the NPJH Band. Chris and Michelle Bloomer also donated $100 to the NPJH Band. Brian and Jenny Thorpe donated $150 to also to go the NPJH Band.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented the district’s 2020 Expenditure Goals, which were approved the board. The board is required by law to approve these goals, which include a goal of maintaining or improving Education Fund expenditures, lowering the percentage of money transferred from the Education Fund to the Operations Fund, and assuring that revenue exceeds expenditures.

The board held a first reading of an update to Board Policy 2431. This policy references the district’s athletics programs. This policy is being updated to remove references to old school names and change the names of some forms required for participation. An exact reference to vaping as an offense of the code of conduct is also being added.

The board approved a resolution for the reduction of excess special education costs. This resolution allows district administrators to enter into agreements for alternative and private residential school placements. Previously, these agreements were required to be entered into by the board.

A contract for architect services for the upcoming NPHS renovation project was approved. Barton Coe Vilamaa was awarded a contract for the second phase of the NPHS project. Barton Coe Vilamaa was previously approved as the architecture firm for the first phase of this project, including the new fieldhouse structure. This structure will house temporary classrooms during the second phase of the project. You can learn more about phase one of the project on the NPHS Renovations page.

Technology Integration Specialist Chris Young presented to the board on a number of technology initiatives going on around the district. Mr. Young was joined by NPE teacher Rebecca Crull to talk about some of the innovative and hands-on apps being used in CSCSHC classrooms, such as FlipGrid and Square, Jr. You can check out more of these tools on Mrs. Crull’s twitter feed.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for December 16th at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.

 

Board Business: October 28, 2019

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on October 28th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for New Palestine Elementary teacher Stacy Bancroft and her husband Kip for the creation of Stacy’s Sharing Closet.

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Stacy and Kip Bancroft with Board of School Trustees President Bill Niemier (middle).

The closet provides a boutique shopping experience for families in need in Hancock County and surrounding areas. The closet was created by Stacy and Kip after they recognized a need in our community.

Two donations were approved at the meeting. Sara and Philip Deering of Deering Cleaners issued a check for $500 to the New Palestine Junior High Band. The NPHS Class of 1969 issued a $500 check to NPHS Athletics to be used for students who cannot afford to pay athletic fees.

NPHS Boys Basketball Coach Trent Whitaker received permission from the board for an overnight trip to Bedford, Indiana on December 27th and 28th of this year for a holiday basketball tournament.

The board approved the 2019-2020 Master Teachers Contract at Monday’s meeting. A public hearing regarding the contract was held at the board’s last meeting earlier this month.

Three contracts regarding the NPHS renovation project were approved. A contract for the contractors who will build the NPHS fieldhouse was awarded. Contracts for SprinTurf to create a new turf field south of the current field’s location was also approved. Skillman Group was approved as the construction manager for the rest of the NPHS renovation project. With the board approving the contract to begin the first phase of the NPHS renovation project, construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks. You can read details about the first phase of the project on the NPHS renovation page.

Miles Hercamp and NPJH Assistant Principal Craig Moore, both of whom are members of the district’s safety team, provided the board with a school safety update. They reported on updates to the district’s security camera systems in all school buildings, partnerships with an increasing number of local, county, and state agencies, and the district’s plan for a reunification situation, where students would be evacuated from a building and taken to an alternate location to be picked up by parents or guardians.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

 

 

 

Board Business: October 14, 2019

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on October 14th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with a public hearing regarding the 2019-2020 Master Teacher Contract. Due to new legislation passed earlier this year, a hearing is now required to be held before the contract is board approved. This contract will be approved at a future meeting.

Several donations were approved. Precision Propeller Industries donated $1,000 to the NPHS Robotics teams. Integrity Machine Systems made a donation of $500 to the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams. Christy Snyder donated $20 to the Sugar Creek Elementary extra-curricular fund for the Class of 2029. Amy Schwarb donated $50 to the Sugar Creek Elementary extra-curricular fund for the Class of 2031. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $500 to be used for the upcoming NPHS renovation project. A $250 grant from the Indiana Association of School Principals will be used for Mr. Large’s service learning projects at NPHS.

The board approved this year’s sixth-grade field trip to Dayton, Ohio to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This field trip is scheduled for May 15, 2020.

The board approved its meeting calendar for 2020. Next year’s calendar is located on the district’s school board page.

The district’s 2020 budget was approved at Monday’s meeting. The budget was previously advertised in accordance with state guidelines and a public hearing was held at one of the board’s October meetings.

A number of other resolutions regarding the 2020 budget were approved, including a resolution to distribute the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT), a resolution that allows a reduction in appropriations as necessary, and a resolution permitting the transfer of funds between the district’s Education and Operations funds. These resolutions permit the district to balance the budget as the district’s budget year comes to a close.

The next Board of School Trustees meeting will be held on October 28th, 2019 at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.

 

Board Business: September 23, 2019

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s two meetings on September 23rd, 2019.

Monday’s first meeting was a work session to allow our board members to take a deeper dive into the district’s curriculum. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp, Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie, and other members of the district’s curriculum team presented to the board about test scores, instructional techniques, and curriculum construction.

The board also heard from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder regarding the upcoming New Palestine High School renovation project. The project will be completed in two main phases. The first phase of the project is the construction of a multi-purpose room on the south end of the building. Initially, this building will house temporary classrooms while construction on the remainder of the structure is completed. The first phase of the project was opened for bids by contractors last week. The board will approve a bid at one of the October meetings. Construction on the multi-purpose room should begin shortly after. You can read more on the NPHS Renovations page.

Monday’s regular meeting began with three public hearings. As required by law, the district held hearings regarding the budget for 2020, the 2020 bus replacement fund, and the 2020 bus replacement fund. The state requires these hearings to take place for transparency purposes. All this information is available on the district’s Legal Notices page.

A number of donations were accepted at Monday’s meeting. Rikki Goldstein donated $500 for NPHS Robotics & Industrial Tech. An anonymous donation for $1,000 towards the NPHS teacher ECA fund was received. Elizabeth Kremer donated $75 to be split between Sugar Creek’s Class of 2030 and Class of 2032. Ron Collier issued a $500 check to be used for the same funds. Elizabeth Carroll also donated $50 to the SCE ECA fund. Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation issued a $300 check to be used for the NPHS Competition Cheer team. Service Engineering donated $300 to be split between the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams. Planet Fitness and Cooper Real Estate both donated $500 checks to be split between the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams.

Administrators from all six CSCSHC buildings presented their 2019-20 School Improvement Plans. These plans are required for all public schools in Indiana. They include a significant amount of data research about a number of factors including attendance, grades, standardized test scores, and an analysis of curriculum. Administrators then use the gathered data to establish goals and objectives for student growth and overall school improvement.

Resolutions regarding the district’s bus replacement and capital project plans were approved at Monday’s meeting.

The board held a second reading on a number of amended policies. Many of these policies had unnecessary language removed or amended. One new policy that establishes rules for crowdfunding by district employees was also heard.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder provided an enrollment update to the board. As of the state’s first count date earlier this month, the district has exactly 3,700 enrolled students. This is a slight increase over the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided the board with a report on the district’s ILEARN test scores. You can read more about the district’s scores in this article from the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for October 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.