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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: September 26, 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on September 26, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with three public hearings related to the corporation’s 2023 budget. Hearings for the full budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plan were all held. These public hearings are required by law as part of the budget approval process.

Two donations were approved. Inline Painting donated $500 to Mr. Large’s Service Learning class at New Palestine High School. Estes Design & Manufacturing donated $500 to the NPHS robotics club.

Two field trips were approved. NPI students will travel to Dayton, OH to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force on May 19, 2023. The NPHS varsity winter guard will travel to Dayton in April for the WGI World Championships.

The board adopted resolutions regarding the capital projects and bus replacement plans.

The board reviewed fundraising reports from all six schools. These reports do not require board action.

The board’s next meeting is Monday, October 3, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at Brandywine Elementary.

Board Business: September 12, 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on September 12, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition of the 2021-2022 Classroom Teachers Association Teachers of the Year in the district. These teachers were selected by their peers in the spring and honored by their colleagues at a celebration prior to the end of last school year.

Three donations were approved. John Lytell donated $600 to New Palestine High School to be used for the purchase of additional footballs. David and Lisa Post donated $1,000 to the NPHS Robotics club. Rikki Goldstein donated $500 to the NPHS Robotics club.

One field trip was approved. The NPHS show choirs will travel to Branson, MO on April 13-16, 2023, to participate in workshops and perform.

The board heard a second reading of 10 new policies. As mentioned in June’s board recap, the board is transitioning from NEOLA to Church, Church, Hittle, and Antrim for policy curation and management. As a part of this process, new policies must be adopted and old policies must be deleted. The 10 new policies were approved. Fifteen additional new policies were heard in a first reading. These policies will return for a second reading in October prior to a vote for approval.

School principals presented their School Improvement Plans. These plans are required for all public schools in Indiana. The improvement plans include data related to 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 for the remainder of the school year.

The board approved a request from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to advertise the 2023 budget, 2023 capital improvement plan, and 2023 bus replacement plan. A public hearing regarding the budget has been scheduled for the board’s next meeting on September 26. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: August 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on August 15, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with the approval of the annual New Palestine Junior High field trip to Cincinnati, OH on May 19, 2023.

The board heard a second reading of 15 new policies. As mentioned in June’s board recap, the board is transitioning from NEOLA to Church, Church, Hittle, and Antrim for policy curation and management. As a part of this process, new policies must be adopted and old policies must be deleted. The 15 new policies were approved. Ten additional new policies were heard in a first reading. These policies will return for a second reading in September prior to a vote for approval.

The board approved a construction project for a new maintenance building near the Bittner Rd. entrance to New Palestine High School. The project also includes an expansion to the CSCSHC Bus Garage.

The board heard three reports Monday night. Assistant Superintendent Katy Eastes and NPHS Assistant Principal presented about the corporation’s Grow Your Own teacher recruitment program. The corporation has created a pathway through Indiana University for students to complete some college coursework prior to graduation, which will allow them to return to our corporation as licensed teachers sooner.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp and Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie presented to the board about the district’s ILEARN and IREAD scores from the previous school year.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder and Assistant Business Manager Sarah Gizzi presented to the board about the district’s 2023 budget. This report is provided to help the board understand what the budget will look like for next year. This budget review is the first step in a process related to the board’s approval of the budget later this year.

The board’s next meeting is Monday, September 12 at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.

CSCSHC Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures for 2022-2023

Each CSCSHC school building’s car line procedures and times are listed below. Please be familiar with our building procedures before arriving on the first day of school on August 2.

Brandywine Elementary

BWE’s carline will dismiss students into the building at 8:35 a.m. each morning. The morning bell will ring at 8:55 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 3:35 p.m.

New Palestine Elementary

NPE’s carline will dismiss students into the building at 8:30 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 8:50 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 3:30 p.m.

Sugar Creek Elementary

SCE’s carline will dismiss students into the building at 8:25 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 8:45 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 3:30 p.m.

New Palestine Intermediate

The procedures for NPI are different in the morning and afternoon. This map describes the morning procedure:

This map describes the afternoon carline procedure:

NPI’s carline will dismiss at 7:35 a.m. The morning bell at NPI rings at 7:50 a.m. 

The afternoon bell to dismiss students will ring at 2:40 p.m. In the afternoon, each car picking up students should pull up to the next available cone in the line to help NPI staff coordinate getting your student to your car. Please see this video from last year for more instructions on how this will work:

New Palestine Junior High

The NPJH carline will dismiss students into the building at 7:15 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 7:40 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 2:30 p.m.

New Palestine High School

The New Palestine High School carline and parking procedures will remain unchanged for the 2022-2023 school year. Please see these photo diagrams from last year and the video explainer below.

The morning bell rings at 7:30 a.m. The NPHS car line will be dismissed at 7:05 a.m.

In the afternoon, the bell will ring at 2:20 p.m. 

Board Business: July 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on July 11, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with the approval of one new administrator in the district. Craig Moore has been named as the new assistant principal at New Palestine High School, replacing Amy Dawson. Mrs. Dawson was recently named the new principal at Shelbyville High School.

New NPHS Assistant Principal Craig Moore.

An agreement with the YMCA to continue the district’s before and after-school care programs was approved. A resolution adjusting teacher pay for those faculty members with a Master’s Degree and those faculty members with additional credits above a Master’s Degree was approved.

Breakfast and lunch prices for the upcoming school year were approved:

Student Breakfast: $1.85
Adult Breakfast: $2.45
K-6 Lunch: $3.05
7-12 Lunch: $3.20
Adult Lunch: $4.60

Contracts for construction projects on a new maintenance building and renovations at the bus garage were both tabled to a future meeting.

The board heard 15 new policies in a first reading. As mentioned last month, the board is transitioning from NEOLA to Church, Church, Hittle, and Antrim for policy curation and management. As a part of this process, new policies must be adopted and old policies must be deleted. These 15 policies will be heard in a second reading in August.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: June 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on June 6, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with the approval of two donations from the New Palestine Education Foundation. Each CSCSHC school received $500 at last month’s Gala fundraiser. Brandywine Elementary received an extra $100 for having the highest percentage of staff in attendance. NPEF also donated $7,000 to the corporation to be used for teacher development.

The board approved the 2022-2023 district student handbook in a second reading. It will be available on the district’s website soon.

The board reappointed New Palestine Junior High School teacher Fred Fox as the district’s representative on the Hancock County Public Library Board. Mr. Fox will enter his second term on the library board.

The board also approved the deposit of the 2022 Supplemental Local Income TAP Distribution into the Rainy Day Fund. This money comes from income taxes collected by the state that are in addition to what the district is budgeted to receive in estimated tax revenue. Each year, any supplemental distributions provided to the district are typically placed in the Rainy Day Fund.

Three special education contracts were approved. The district will once again partner with Square 1, LLC for mental health services. A renewal of an agreement with First Steps to help transition 3-year-olds out of First Steps and into the Little Dragons Early Learning Program was also approved. Finally, the board approved an agreement with Educational Audiology Resource Solutions for audiology services.

A revision to policy #167.3 was approved. This policy was updated in accordance with changes made by the Indiana legislature that go into effect on July 1, 2022.

The board approved a resolution and an engagement letter to transition policy curation and management to Church, Church, Hittle, & Antrim Attorneys at Law.

A resolution requested by Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to approve a new PERF position was passed. PERF benefits come to most state employees. However, with the creation of a new School Resource Officer position within the district, this resolution was necessary to make those benefits available to the new employee.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: May 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s four meetings on May 9, 2022.

Monday’s first meeting was a work session focused on growth in the area and facility plans. The board heard from Community Relations Director Wes Anderson with an update about housing starts in the district. Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented to the board about the district’s current facility plans. During a work session, no board action is taken.

The board’s regularly scheduled meeting began with two recognitions under the Accentuative the Positive agenda item. Tom Tucker, a former Board of School Trustees member and 1973 graduate of New Palestine High School graduate, was celebrated for his selection as the New Palestine Education Foundation’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

New Palestine Education Foundation President Gary Halliburton, Distinguished Alumni Award winner Tom Tucker, and Board of School Trustees President Dan Walker.

The New Palestine High School Early College Program was recognized for being named an endorsed Early College program by the Center of Excellence and Leadership in Learning at the University of Indianapolis.

Teachers and administrators from New Palestine High School’s Early College Program with Board of School Trustees member Brian McKinney (left).

Four donations were approved. An anonymous donor submitted a check for $100 to the NPE robotics program. Service Engineering, Inc. donated $500 to NPJH for the robotics team’s travel to the Vex Robotics World Championships in Dallas. Dean and Debra Folkening issued a check for $1000 and Kelle Construction donated $2000. Both donations are earmarked for the NPHS athletics department for a golf simulator for the NPHS golf teams.

Director of Student Services Katy Eastes received approval for the renewal of three contracts related to special education services. A Memorandum of Agreement between the corporation and Northwest Consolidated School District of Shelby County for shared deaf and hard of hearing services was approved. The board’s contract with the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was approved. Finally, an authorization for Superintendent Lisa Lantrip to sign agreements for alternative services and private residential school placements was also approved.

The board approved a deposit into the district’s Rainy Day Fund as requested by Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder. Mr. Yoder also received approval for a renewal of the district’s contract with Aramark for food service management services.

The board heard a first reading of the 2022-23 District Student Handbook. The board will have a second reading of the handbook in June and will vote on its approval.

The board heard one report from New Palestine High School Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jeremy Large, Community Relations Director Wes Anderson, and Work-Based Learning student Cassandra Almond. Mr. Large presented on the opportunities available to the students in the program. Mr. Anderson shared how being a part of Work-Based Learning can benefit employers. Miss Almond shared how Work-Based Learning helps prepare students for post-graduation outcomes, including college or the workforce.

The board also held two executive sessions on Monday. The first executive session was for board training. The second executive session was for the job performance evaluation of a corporation employee.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: April 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on April 11, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with Accentuate the Positive, where various students, staff members, groups, or community members are recognized for their successes or contributions to the betterment of our school community. Two groups were celebrated at the meeting. Four New Palestine Intermediate students were recently selected as finalists in the Indiana Letters About Literature contest. Callum Green was selected as a First Place Winner for his essay. Congratulations to these four students!

NPI students (from left) and Hibah Mussa, Callum Green, Joe Barada, and Eli Schultz with CSCSHC Board President Dan Walker (left), NPI Principal Vincent Meo (back middle), and NPI teacher Trent Farmer (back right).

The board recognized the corporation’s Helping One Student to Succeed (H.O.S.TS.) reading tutoring program coordinators Trisha Ennis, Kendra Olin, and Toni Powers. H.O.S.T.S. is a reading remediation program for students in the second and third grades. Volunteers spend one hour per week with two students to help with reading comprehension. The H.O.S.T.S. coordinators set curriculum and manage each school’s roster of volunteers.

Brandywine Elementary H.O.S.T.S. Coordinator Trisha Ennis (left), Sugar Creek Elementary H.O.S.T.S. Coordinator Toni Powers (right), and CSCSHC Board Vice President Laura Haeberle (middle).

One donation was approved at the meeting. I AM LONA donated $150 to the body safety program at New Palestine Junior High School.

Seven field trips were approved. The NPHS football team will travel to Evansville in July for a competitive scrimmage and a trip to Holiday World. The NPHS girls soccer team will travel to Purdue in July for a soccer camp. The NPHS cheer team will travel to pursue in June for a UCA camp. The NPHS wrestling team will travel to Manchester University in June. Two robotics teams from NPI and three teams from NPJH will travel to Dallas in May for the VEX Robotics World Championships. The NJPH music department will travel to Kings Island in June.

Twenty-one policy changes were heard by the board in a second reading. Changes to existing policies or new policies require two readings prior to a vote for approval. These policies were first heard at the board’s March meeting. In most cases, these are slight adjustments to language or changes made due to new federal, state, or local laws. All 21 policy changes were approved by the board.

The board heard two reports at the meeting. The Hancock County Public Library provided its annual update to the board. The school corporation is proud to have a great partnership with the library and is grateful for the opportunity to provide every Southern Hancock student with a library card to be used at any county library location.

New Palestine High School’s VOICE program presented to the board. VOICE is a student-led initiative to educate students on the dangers of tobacco use by children and reduce tobacco usage in our schools.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022, at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.

Board Business: March 2022

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s meeting on March 14, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for New Palestine High School journalism teacher Andrew Smith. Mr. Smith was recognized for his selection as Sportscaster of the Year by the Indiana Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

From left: NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper, CSCSHC board member Dr. Matt Ackerman, NPHS teacher Andrew Smith, and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz

The board also recognized the district’s counselors, social workers, and student services specialists for the service to the students of the corporation.

CSCSHC counselors, social workers, and student services specialists with Director of Student Services Katy Eastes (left) and CSCSHC board member Jon Hooker (second from left).

Six donations were approved. Jason Greulich donated $500 to the NPJH robotics teams. A donation of $250 from Arlington Dental Group was also made to the NPJH robotics teams. The NineStar Community Trust donated $600 to the NPI robotics program. An anonymous donation of $10 was received for the corporation’s education fund. A recurring donation from Sandra Knox in the amount of $19.42 to Sugar Creek Elementary. Hancock County Farm Bureau donated $250 to the Family and Consumer Sciences program at NPHS.

A date for Commencement for the Class of 2022 was approved by the board. Graduation ceremonies will be held at Kelso Stadium on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7 p.m. Three rain dates were also approved: Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. All rain date ceremonies will be held at Kelso Stadium.

Five new art classes at New Palestine High School were approved. Introduction to Ceramics, Introduction to Digital Design, Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Painting, and 4060 Drawing will all be added to the high school curriculum for 2022-23.

The board approved new curricular materials for math in the district. McGraw Hill’s Reveal Math will be the main resource used by the corporation’s teachers beginning in 2022-23.

Instructional fees for the 2022-2023 school year were approved. This information will be available on the district’s website later this year.

The board tabled a resolution to permit the corporation to use a new kind of development protocol called Build-Operate-Transfer. This resolution would allow the district to use a new method of financing and building capital projects. While there are currently no projects to be approved, this resolution would allow the corporation to pursue Build-Operate-Transfer for any future projects. The resolution will be heard again at a future meeting.

The board approved a resolution declaring old furniture at New Palestine High School as worthless, permitting the corporation to dispose of it. Under Indiana code, public organizations may not discard property with value. Prior to disposal of any property, the board must approve a resolution of this kind.

The board approved the support staff handbook for 2022-23.

Twenty-one policy changes were heard by the board in a first reading. Changes to existing policies or new policies require two readings prior to a vote for approval. In most cases, these changes are slight adjustments to language or changes made due to new federal, state, or local laws. All 21 policy changes will be heard in a second reading at the board’s April meeting.

The board heard a report from the district’s three elementary literacy specialists, Cathy Purciful, Teresa LeBeau, and Melissa Branch. This group has worked to combat learning loss during COVID-19, create interventions to help students, and coach teachers on cutting-edge literacy teaching techniques.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2022, at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.