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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: Nov. 9, 2020

This blog post in 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 Nov. 9, 2020.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for three New Palestine High School students. Will Au selection as a National Merit Semifinalist was honored. Kendall Mann and Natalle Russell were recognized for being named finalists for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship through the Hancock County Community Foundation.

National Merit Semifinalist Will Au (middle) with CSCSHC Board Member Laura Haeberle (left) and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz (right).
From Left: Lilly Endowment Scholarship finalist Natalee Russell, CSCSHC Board Member Laura Haeberle, Lilly Endowment Scholarship Finalist Kendall Mann, and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz.

Five donations were approved. Central Indiana Communications, Inc. donated $100 to Brandywine Elementary to be used for their student activity fund. Several donations totaling $940.82 to New Palestine Junior High were accepted. These donations will go towards the creation of a social emotional learning zen den at NPJH. These donations came from the following families:  Schneider family, Rickey family, Miller family, Kremer family, Emberton family, Cooper family, Bartusek family, Jen & Kane Myers family, Ransdell family, Kamp family, Dropsey family, Sloan family, Haeberle family, Todd family, Trebley family, Anderson family, and C. Myers family. The Riley Festival Association awarded a $500 grant to BWE music teacher Michelle Epple. Broken Arrow Outreach donated $250 to the NPHS gymnastics team. Paradigm Media Consultants, LLC donated $3,000 to NPHS gymnastics.

Eleven board policies received their second reading and were approved at Monday’s meeting. Policies are updating on a yearly basis due to changes in state or federal law or unforeseen circumstances, such as a global pandemic. Policies are required to have a first reading, which occured in October. After the second reading policies are subject to a vote of approval.

The master teacher contract for 2021 was approved. A public hearing regarding the details of this contact was held at the board’s last meeting in October. There are two important details related to the approval of this contract. First, the board approved an early dismissal from school on Wednesdays beginning in January 2021. The school day will be shortened at each building by 30 minutes. This time will be used to provide more preparation time for teachers. The district has had internal discussions about early dismissal for some time to allow teachers more time to meet and discuss data and curriculum. However, due to the complexities of education during a pandemic, this early dismissal time will be used for additional teacher prep. Second, all teachers will have a “hold harmless” regarding teacher evaluations. Each teacher is evaluated each school year. For this year, teachers will retain their evaluation score from 2019-20. Teachers will have the opportunity to be evaluated to improve their evaluation if they choose.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder provided an enrollment update to the board. As of the first count day in September, the district’s enrollment is down 61 students from the first count day in 2019-20.

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

Board Business: Oct. 26, 2020

This blog post in 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 Oct. 26, 2020.

Monday’s meeting contained only one agenda item. A public meeting regarding a tentative contract agreement between the corporation and the New Palestine Classroom Teachers Association was held. Per Indiana law, a public meeting discussing the terms of the tentative agreement must be held prior to the contract’s ratification.

An agenda item including a vote on the master teacher contract will be included in the board’s next meeting on Nov. 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: Oct. 5, 2020

This blog post in 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 Oct 5., 2020.

An agenda item related to teacher contract negotiations was tabled to a future meeting. Due to new laws passed during the recent legislative session earlier this year, public hearings are required to be held at certain points throughout the negotiation process. This agenda item will be held at a future meeting as the bargaining process continues.

Four donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. Mr. and Mrs. David Post donated $500 to the NPHS robotics team. Mrs. Rikki Goldstein also issued a $500 to NPHS robotics. The National Christian Foundation made a $1000 donation to the NPHS Teacher ECA Fund. Mr. Scott Fulkerson made a $1,300 donation to be evenly divided to the six CSCSHC schools for bullying prevention.

The 2021 board meeting calendar was approved. You can see the schedule of board meetings at this link.

Director of Student Services Katy Eastes received approval for a consultant contract with Dr. Marcia Piercy. Dr. Piercy retired from the school corporation earlier this year. Dr. Piercy will now serve as a consultant to Mrs. Eastes in the Student Services department.

Several routine items related to the 2021 budget were approved. The district’s 2020 budget was approved. 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 items 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. A resolution authorizing the transfer of money to the Rainy Day Fund was also approved.

Eleven policies were heard in a first reading. 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. All eleven policies will be heard again in a second reading at a future meeting before a vote to adopt is held.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: Sept. 21, 2020

This blog post in 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 Sept. 21, 2020.

Monday’s meeting started with three public hearings regarding the district’s 2021 budget. Pursuant to Indiana law, the board is required to advertise hold public hearings related to three specific school budget issues. The district is required to provide the public with estimates for the budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plans. After the hearing, the board approves resolutions adopting the capital projects and bus replacement plans. The full budget will be heard and voted on at the October meeting.

NPHS Principal Jim Voelz received approval for the Hancock County Honors Band to take a field trip to Hawaii. This field trip was previously approved by the board for the summer of 2020. The trip was postponed due to COVID-19. The board approved a rescheduling of the trip for June 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with three public hearings regarding the district’s 2021 budget. Pursuant to Indiana law, the board is required to advertise hold public hearings related to three specific school budget issues. The district is required to provide the public with estimates for the budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plans. After the hearing, the board approves resolutions adopting the capital projects and bus replacement plans. The full budget will be heard and voted on at the October meeting.

NPHS Principal Jim Voelz received approval for the Hancock County Honors Band to take a field trip to Hawaii. This field trip was previously approved by the board for the summer of 2020. The trip was postponed due to COVID-19. The board approved a rescheduling of the trip for June 2021.

Administrators from all six CSCSHC buildings presented their 2020-21 School Improvement Plans. These plans are required for all public schools in Indiana. They include a significant amount of data 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.

The board appointed Jon Hooker as the board’s legislative liason for the remainder of 2020. Dr. Craig Wagoner previously served as the legislative liason prior to his resignation. Mr. Hooker will hold this position until the board appoints new officers in January.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Brandywine Elementary School.

Board Business: Sept. 8, 2020

This blog post in 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 Sept. 8, 2020.

The board approved one donation at Monday’s meeting. Ron Collier, the President & CEO of Indiana Members Credit Union, donated $500 to the Sugar Creek Elementary extracurricular account for the Class of 2032.

A second reading of Policy 2431 – Interscholastic Athletics was heard. This policy is being updated to reflect a change in the high school’s schedule due to COVID-19. The policy previously stated that a student must be passing five classes. Due to the change to the block four schedule, the policy is being amended to state students must be passing three classes. After the second reading, the change to this policy was approved.

Three public hearings were approved. In accordance with state law, public hearings regarding the 2021 district budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plan must be held. These hearings will take place at the board’s next meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office. You can read the public notices regarding these hearings on the district’s legal notices page.

Board Business: August 17 and 18, 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 August 17 and 18, 2020, regarding interviews, deliberation, and appointment of a member to fill the board’s vacant District 3 seat.

On Monday, August 17, the Board of School Trustees conducted five interviews for the board seat vacated by Dr. Craig Wagoner, Sr., who resigned from the board last month.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board deliberated on the five candidates. The board approved the nomination of Jon Hooker to fill the vacant District 3 seat. Hooker will serve on the board for the remainder of the District 3 term, which ends on December 31, 2021.

New District 3 Board of School Trustees nominee Jon Hooker.

“I’m very excited to be selected,” Hooker said. “Having grown up here and chosen to raise my kids here, I have had a strong urge to serve our community and give back. Joining this fantastic school board for me is about working with a great group of leaders. We have a lot on our plates right now and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Hooker will be sworn in at the board’s next meeting on Monday, August 24.

Board Business: August 10, 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 August 10,, 2020.

Monday’s regular meeting with recognition of retired Board of School Trustees member Dr. Craig Wagoner, Sr. for his many years of service and dedication to Southern Hancock. Dr. Wagoner’s final meeting as a member of the board was in July of 2020.

Retiring CSCSHC Board of School Trustees member Dr. Craig Wagoner, Sr. (center) with the Board of School Trustees.

Two donations were approved at Monday night’s meeting. The American Legion donated $2,000 towards history scholarships . Steven J. Riddle donated $2,500 to the NPHS extracurricular fund for student fees.

A contract for the second phase of the New Palestine High School renovation project was approved. The contract was presented by Skillman Group, the corporation’s construction manager for the NPHS renovation project.

A first reading of changes to Policy 2431 – Interscholastic Athletics was heard. This policy must be amended due to the high school’s change to the block four schedule. The policy currently reads that students must be passing five classes to be eligible. Since the NPHS school day has been reduced to four periods, the policy will be amended to require students to passing three courses for athletic eligibility.

An amendment to the district’s student handbook was also heard and approved. The district’s guidelines for face coverings were added to the handbook’s section on student dress, which was originally approved earlier this spring.

A Letter of Agreement between the school district and the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was presented by Director of Student Services Katy Eastes. ISBVI will provide services to Southern Hancock students who are blind or visually impaired.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, an executive session meeting was held. This meeting was held to consider candidates to interview for Dr. Wagoner’s board seat. Interviews for the vacancy and an appointment of a new board member will take place in a public meeting next Monday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Carline Procedures for 2020-21

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.

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 8:30 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.

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 7:40 a.m. The morning bell at NPI rings at 8 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students will ring at 2:40 p.m.

New Palestine Junior High

The NPJH carline will dismiss students into the building at 7:25 a.m. The morning bell will ring at 7:55 a.m. The afternoon bell to dismiss students for the day will ring at 2:25 p.m.

New Palestine High School

The NPHS carline and parking procedures have changed significantly for 2020-21. This link will take you to a full explainer of the changes. Please see these photo diagrams and the video explainer below.

All student drivers and carline riders must stay in their cars until 7:45 a.m., when students will be permitted inside the building.

In the afternoon, a series of bells will ring to dismiss students beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. Bus riders will be dismissed first. Students who must go to the carline will be dismissed second. Finally, student drivers and all students staying after school will be dismissed.

All families should contact their school building will specific questions about their procedures.

Board Business July 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 Monday, July 13, 2020.

Monday’s meeting was held in compliance with all established guidelines and protocols related to COVID-19. Social distancing measures were in effect for all attendees of the meeting.

The only new business on Monday’s agenda was the approval of two contracts for student services. A contract between the school corporation and Hancock Health and Hancock County System of Care for some unified mental health resources was approved. A contract with Hearing Healthcare, LLC to provide audiology services to Southern Hancock students was also approved.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, board member Dr. Craig Wagoner announced his resignation from the board due to plans to move out of the district. The corporation will have information on the district website about the nomination process to find Dr. Wagoner’s replacement later this week.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2020 at the CSCSHC Administration Office.