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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: 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.

Board Business: June 30, 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, June 30, 2020.

Tuesday’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 meeting began with a public hearing regarding a potential amendment to the Lease between the School Corporation and the New Palestine Multi-School Building Corporation, which is a holding corporation responsible for the renovation project at New Palestine High School. The board held a previous hearing in 2019 to approve the bond sales related to the renovation project. Due to a misprint regarding a date on the original agreement, a hearing for an amendment must be held and a new agreement must be approved by the board.

Four donations were approved at Tuesday’s meeting. $7,500 from the Southern Hancock Education Foundation was approved to go towards professional development at all six CSCSHC schools. $200 from Dorothy Miano was approved to be applied to lunch money debts at NPHS. $500 was donated from Katie Arthur to go towards intervention materials at BWE. Finally, Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $500 for the NPHS renovation project.

Changes to three district policies received their second reading and were approved.  In many cases, policies are updated to comply with changes in the Indiana code. Policy 3131 – Reduction in Force (RIF) in Certificated Staff, Policy 4162 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of CDL License Holders and Other Employees Who Perform Safety-Sensitive Functions, and Policy 5200 – Attendance were all heard for the second time and approved at Tuesday ’s meeting.

A contact extension for Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip was approved. A public hearing regarding this contract extension was held at the board’s meeting on June 15.

A resolution approving the previously mentioned lease amendment between the school and the holding corporation was voted on and approved.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2020 at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: June 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 June 15, 2020.

The board held Monday’s meeting in compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines established by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appropriate social distancing measures were taken and fewer than 250 total people were in attendance.

Monday’s regular meeting began with a public hearing on the superintendent’s contract. This public hearing is required by Indiana law. Monday’s hearing was held regarding a five year extension to the contract between the Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip. The board will vote on this contract at their next meeting on June 30. Information about the contract is available on the district’s Legal Notices page.

Three new administrative appointments were approved. Katy Eastes was named the new Director of Student Services. Eastes will replace Dr. Marcia Piercy, who is retiring at the end of June. Kayleigh Fosnow has been promoted from Assistant Principal to Principal at NPE. Nik Giant, a Kindergarten teacher at NPE, has been named to replace Mrs. Fosnow as the Assistant Principal at NPE.

A new contract with Aramark as the district’s food service provider was approved. A one year contract with Aramark is approved each summer. Aramark will continue as the district’s food service vendor for 2020-21.

A number of special education contracts were renewed at Monday’s meeting. Contracts with Northwestern Shelby Schools for deaf and hard of hearing services, with Mt. Vernon for alternative placement services, with First Steps for early childhood programming, with Curtis & Livers Consulting for assisting with creation and management of a number of state reporting requirements, and with Margo Strodtman as a Blind and Low-Vision Consultant.

Three policies were heard on a first reading at Monday’s meeting. In many cases, policies are updated to comply with changes in the Indiana code. Policy 3131 – Reduction in Force (RIF) in Certificated Staff, Policy 4162 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of CDL License Holders and Other Employees Who Perform Safety-Sensitive Functions, and Policy 5200 – Attendance were all heard at Monday’s meeting. The policies will have a second reading at the board’s next meeting before being voted on for adoption.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp presented a second reading of the district’s Student Handbook. The handbook is updated each year based on a number of changes in district policy or guidelines. The handbook was approved after the second reading and will be available on the district website later this week.

At the conclusion of Monday’s regular meeting, a special session was held for the board to receive a status update on the district’s 2020-21 reentry task force. As you have likely read in our weekly email updates, the task force is beginning to make final decisions about what 2020-21 will look like. District officials will meet with the Hancock County Health Department later this week to discuss the blueprint for reopening. The district plans to submit the blueprint plan to the community on July 1.

The board’s next meeting is June 30, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Corporation Office.

Board Business: May 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 regular meeting on May 11, 2020.

The board held Monday’s meeting in compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines established by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appropriate social distancing measures were taken and fewer than 25 total people were in attendance.

Monday’s meeting began with the approval of five donations. Mohawk United Methodist Church donated $100 for school lunch debt. Four donations to the NPI Go Green Club were approved. Rae-Jean Reynolds, Stephen Jahrsdoefer, Steven Butler, and James Jahrsdoefer Art Foundation, Inc. each donated $100. Taloon Potts donated $20.

The board approved a request from Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip to reschedule Commencement ceremonies for Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in-person at Kelso Stadium. Based on the Governor’s current plan for reopening our state, we will provide each family with four tickets to the ceremony to ensure proper social distancing measures are followed. Tickets will permit admittance to a specific section of the Kelso Stadium bleachers. Families will be required to sit in the section of the bleachers indicated on their ticket in order to maintain a safe distance from each other. Graduates will also sit six feet apart on the field during the ceremony in accordance with social distancing guidelines. A live stream of the ceremony will be provided for those unable to attend.

In the event of rain, a second attempt to hold Commencement will be made at 5 p.m. on the same day. If the weather does not permit a Saturday ceremony to occur, we will make a third attempt to hold the ceremony on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. If the ceremony cannot be held on Sunday due to weather or additional COVID-19 restrictions are implemented that would not allow an in-person ceremony to occur, a virtual Commencement will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. Additional information regarding Commencement will be sent to seniors and their families soon.

The board heard a reading of the Support Staff Handbook for 2020-2021. The handbook was approved.

The board heard the first reading of the District Student Handbook for 2020-2021. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp and New Palestine Junior High Assistant Principal Craig Moore presented a series of changes to the previous year’s handbook, including updating of dates and names of district personnel. Adjustments were made to the district’s attendance expectations regarding when parents are contacted. Some updates to language in the district’s use of tobacco or electronic smoking devices penalties were updated to align with policies and guidelines with other schools in Hancock County. The handbook will have a second reading and a vote for approval at the June board meeting.

Lunch prices for 2020-2021 were approved. Elementary breakfast will cost $1.85. Elementary and intermediate school lunches will cost $2.95. Junior high and high school lunches will cost $3.10.

The board approved a request from Dr. Lantrip to assign two new housing additions in our district to their future elementary schools. Grant’s Corner, located at the northwest corner of the intersection of US 40 and 700W will be assigned to Sugar Creek Elementary. Copperstone, located at southeast corner of the intersection of 500W and 200S, will be assigned to Brandywine Elementary.

The board’s next meeting will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.