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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: 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.

Board Business: February 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 February 7, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for the district’s six clinic assistants and Corporation Nurse Heather Barnett. The board thanked them for their dedicated service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSCSHC clinic assistants with Board of School Trustees President Dan Walker (left), Corporation Nurse Heather Barnett (second from left), and Director of Student Services Katy Eastes (right).

Four donations were approved.  Mike and Sarah Gizzi donated $5,200 to the New Palestine High School athletic department for the purchase of a Dr. Dish Shooting Machine. A recurring donation in the amount of $9.71 for Sugar Creek Elementary from Sandra Knox was also approved. Shannyn Walker donated $144.16 to the New Palestine Junior High band. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $1,500 to be split between the NPHS robotics team, NPHS renovation project, and NPHS science, math, business, and foreign language department.

The calendar for the 2023-2024 school year was approved. You can see the calendar on the Parents tab of the district’s website.

The board approved the cancelation of any outstanding checks issued more than two years ago. This is completed in accordance with procedures set by the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

The board approved a renewal of a contract with Walker Career Center to provide Career and Technical Education courses for students at New Palestine High School.

Renewals of contracts with the community’s youth leagues to use CSCSHC facilities were approved.

Director of School and Community Relations Wes Anderson reported to the board on the district’s switch from SchoolMessenger to ParentSquare for school communications. ParentSquare will be the district’s primary messaging tool beginning in 2022-2023.

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

Board Business: January 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 three meetings on January 10, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with the annual reorganization of the board. This is required by corporation bylaws. For 2022, Dan Walker will be board president, Laura Haeberle will be the vice president and Dr. Matt Ackerman will be the secretary. Jon Hooker was selected as the board’s legislative liaison. Hooker and Haeberle were named policy liaisons.

Two groups were recognized at the meeting. All building principals and Superintendent Lisa Lantrip were honored for the district’s designation as Red Wagon Schools by Riley Hospital for Children. Schools are designated as Red Wagon Schools if the building raises $1 for each enrolled student. Corporations are designated as Red Wagon Corporations if each school is designated a Red Wagon School. Southern Hancock has raised more than $109,000 for Riley Hospital in the last 20 years.

The board also recognized the Hancock Physician Network for providing much-needed COVID-19 testing for Southern Hancock students and staff during the pandemic.

Two donations were approved at the meeting. Sandra Knox has set up a recurring donation of $19.42 to be used at Sugar Creek Elementary. Multiple donations totaling $1,000 were accepted from Brandon and Jennifer Wilson for the robotics teams at NPI, NPJH, and NPHS and the NPJH band were also approved.

The board heard its second reading of four policies. 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. These policies were heard in a first reading in December. All four policies were approved for adoption.

In accordance with Indiana law, the board must designate a corporation treasurer and deputy treasurer each year. The board re-approved Bob Yoder as treasurer and Ashlie Worth as deputy treasurer.

The board also approved a Transfer of Funds Resolution.  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 board approved the 2022-23 out of district transfer packet. Families who live outside the district’s boundaries who wish to apply for acceptance to Southern Hancock may complete the application on the district’s website beginning in February.

Mr. Yoder was authorized to advertise for bids on a new maintenance building and upgrades to the bus garage. These projects are part of the New Palestine High School renovation project.

Director of Student Services Katy Eastes and Corporation Nurse Heather Barnett updated the board on the district’s nursing services and response to COVID-19.

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. Assistant Business Manager Sarah Gizzi updated the board 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.

Following the conclusion of the special session, the board held an executive session for board training and the evaluation of an employee. The board’s next meeting is Monday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. at New Palestine Junior High School.

Board Business: December 2021

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 December 13, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for three different groups. Three students were recognized as National Honor Roll selections in the Noetic Math Contest. Erickson Barrett, Samuel Hirschy, and Evan Stickford were all recognized for their selections.

New Palestine High School student Zach Au was recognized for being selected as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship.

New Palestine High School art teacher Clyde Gaw was recognized for being named a Distinguished Fellow by the Art Education Association of Indiana. You can read more about this award here.

One donation was approved. Bell Mortuary donated $150 to Mr. Large’s Service Learning class at New Palestine High School to be used for that class’s project benefitting the Hope Center.

Two overnight field trips were approved for the NPHS guard for contests on December 21, 2021, and April 7, 2022.

The board approved the schedule of summer school classes and summer enrichment camps and fees for 2022. Information on summer school and our summer enrichment program will be available after Christmas break.

The board approved a resolution for Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to transfer funds from various accounts. The district is required to finish the calendar year with all accounts having a positive balance. This resolution is passed annually and permits the district’s business department to transfer funds accordingly to align the district budget. 

The board heard four policies 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. The board heard slight amendments to two existing policies and two new policies. All four policy changes will be heard in a second reading at the board’s January meeting.

Three community members provided remarks during the informal comment portion of the meeting. Nathan Brooks, Jill Jones, and Allison Crispin addressed the board.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: November 8, 2021

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 two meetings on November 8, 2021.

The board held a work session to begin Monday’s schedule. The board holds work sessions to hear from administrators on a number of topics in a longer format than a normal meeting might provide. The board received reports on special education, Graduation Pathways, career and technical education options, math curriculum, new technology options in the district, and potential updates to policies from the corporation’s attorney.

Monday night’s regular meeting began with recognition for two New Palestine High School students. Seniors Olivia Eastes and Emma Mann were celebrated as finalists for the Hancock County Community Foundation’s Lilly Scholarship.

From L-R: Board of School Trustees President Brian McKinney, Lilly Scholarship Finalist Emma Mann, Lilly Scholarship Finalist Olivia Eastes, Hancock County Community Foundation representative Katie Molinder, and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz.

One donation was approved at Monday’s meeting. The Riley Festival donated $450 to NPHS art teacher Clyde Gaw.

The board approved the Master Teacher Contract for 2021-2022. A number of public hearings were held during the bargaining process. The board’s ratification of the contract is the final step in the contract process. Visit the Greenfield Daily Reporter for more details on the contract.

Eight courses related to Career and Technical Education were approved to be added to the New Palestine High School curriculum. Strategic Marketing, Principles of Manufacturing, Introduction to Robotics, Construction Trades 2, Principles of Construction Trades, Construction Trades: General Carpentry, Principles of Culinary and Hospitality, and Nutrition will be available to students beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

Finally, the board heard an enrollment update from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder. The district’s enrollment is currently 3,651, which is an increase of 13 kids from last year.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13 at  6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: October 4, 2021

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 October 4, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with the approval of the board’s 2022 board meeting dates. The date, time, and location for each month’s regular meeting in 2022 can be found here. Additional meetings may be scheduled on an as-needed basis throughout the year.

The board approved the 2022 budget. The budget was previously advertised in accordance with state guidelines and a public hearing regarding the budget was held at the board’s previous October meeting.

Three other financial items were approved related to the 2022 budget. A resolution permitting the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT) to be distributed to the district’s Operations Fund. was approved. A resolution permitting Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to reduce the 2022 budget appropriations as necessary was approved. Finally, a resolution authorizing Mr. Yoder to transfer funds from the district’s Education Fund to the Operations Fund as needed was also approved. These resolutions are approved annually to permit Mr. Yoder to balance the budget throughout the year.

Director of Student Services Katy Eastes received approval to renew the district’s consultant contract with Dr. Marcia Piercy. Dr. Piercy retired from the school corporation in 2019. Dr. Piercy will be used as a consultant to Mrs. Eastes in the Student Services department on an as-needed basis.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: September 20, 2021

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 20, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with three hearings related to the district’s 2022 budget. Pursuant to Indiana law, the board is required to advertise and 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 these hearings occur, 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.

Four donations were approved. Service Engineering donated $300 to the NPJH Robotics Fund. Estes Design and Manufacturing donated $250 to the NPJH Robotics Fund. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson (Roche Diagnostics) donated $500. $300 of their donation will be allocated to the NPJH Robotics Team. $200 will be allocated to the NPJH Band. Integrity Machine Systems Inc. donated $500. Half of the donation is for the NPI Robotics Fund. The other half will go to the NPJH Robotics Fund.

Eight policy changes were heard in a second reading. 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. Three other policies were heard in a first reading last month, but did not receive a second reading Monday. These three policies required only technical changes, which do not require a second reading. The proposed changes to all eight policies heard in Monday’s second reading were approved.

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.

The board received reports on fundraising from all six schools. These reports are required to be shared with the board pursuant to board policy. No action was taken related to these reports.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.