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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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Business: April 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 April 13, 2020.

The board held it’s regular meeting on April 13, 2020, in compliance with all guidelines established by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appropriate social distancing measures were taken and less than ten total people were in attendance.

Monday’s meeting was abbreviated due to COVID-19 concerns. The agenda was comprised of items deemed as essential school business only. The board plans to hold meetings only pertaining to essential school business until restrictions on the size of gatherings are lifted.

Six donations were approved. Jennifer & Matthew Dugan donated $50 to be used for Brandywine Elementary lunch accounts. Rebecca Elkins donated $50 for the Sugar Creek Elementary robotics program. Tessa Wolsiffer donated $100 for the SCE robotics program. Jamie Kehn donated $200 to the SCE robotics program. Crossroads Environmental Consulting, LLC donated $100 to the SCE robotics program. The board also approved donations of over $11,200 in dresses, accessories, and silent auction basket bids for the NPJH Dress Sale, which was held in February.

The board approved a resolution permitting the administration to provide pay to full-time employees who may not be working their normal hours during the school closure. This resolution will be retroactive to March 17, 2020. The board ratified a resolution at the March meeting provided paid emergency leave to employees who were either diagnosed with COVID-19 or ordered by a medical professional to quarantine due to a potential COVID-19 diagnosis. The resolution ratified on Monday permits all full-time employees to receive compensation during the school shutdown.

The board’s next meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Board Business: March 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 March 9, 2020.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition of five CSCSHC students for their selections as National Honor Roll award winners for the Noetic Math Contest. All elementary students in the district’s high ability program participate in this contest each year, which aims to encourage students’ interest in math, develop problem-solving skills, and to inspire students to excel in math.

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Noetic Math Contest National Honor Roll selections (from left to right) Sam Hirschy, Brentin Amos, Betsy Strong, Laya Ratliff, and Andrew Maple.

Students who finish in the top ten percent nationally are named National Honor Roll selections. The five students recognized with this award are Brentin Amos, Layla Ratliff, Betsy Strong, Sam Hirschy, and Andrew Maple.

The board approved three donations. Mozzi’s Pizza donated $100 to the intramural basketball program. Kimball Electronics donated $500 for the NPJH robotics program. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $400. Half of this donation is for the NPHS renovation project. The other half will be allocated to the NPHS robotics program.

Three field trips were approved. The NPHS cheerleading team will be traveling to Ball State University on July 21-24, 2020 for the UCA Cheer Camp. The NPHS band and choir will both travel to Kings Island on May 29, 2020.

The board approved the commencement date for the class of 2020. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the NPHS gymnasium. Information for senior parents regarding tickets for graduation will be sent soon.

The board approved new curricular materials for K-6 English and Language Arts. Many parents may know this as a process called textbook adoption. The district created a committee comprised of administrators, teachers, and parents from all four schools where these textbooks would be used. This committee evaluated a number of potential curricular offerings and, as a group, recommended to use Benchmark Advance for K-6 ELA texts starting in 2020-2021. The board approved this recommendation.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp presented the board with the 2020-2021 student instructional fees. This information will be available on the district website soon. The board approved the fees for next school year.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip requested the board to approve a resolution establishing a paid emergency leave option for staff in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. While the district has not had to use this to this point, district administrators feel it is important to have plans in place if an outbreak were to occur in our area. The board approved this resolution.

Dave Gray from the Hancock County Public Library provided an update to the board. Mr. Gray was joined by HCPL board member and NPHJ teacher Fred Fox. The report included information on free library cards for every Hancock County school student. Information on the library’s partnership with Hancock County Community Foundation for the imagination Library program was also presented. Imagination Library provides one free book per month to all children in the county from birth to their fifth birthday. You can learn more about Imagination Library here. 

YMCA Regional Director Rick Ward presented an update on the YMCA’s partnership with the school district to the board. This presentation included data on the before and after school care programs and specific projects students enrolled in the program have recently completed.

Members of the district’s construction team provided an update on the NPHS renovation project to the board. Phase one of this project is already underway, including the construction of a new fieldhouse, additional parking, and a relocation of the varsity softball field. The construction team presented an update on phase two of the project, which contains the renovation of the NPHS structure. Please visit the NPHS Renovations page on our website to learn more about this update on the project.

Finally, Mr. Hercamp presented the board on steps the district is taking to prepare for COVID-19 (coronavirus) at CSCSHC. You can see these steps at this link on the district’s website.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for April 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: February 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 a celebration of the 2019 IHSAA Class 5A state champion NPHS football team.

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The 2019 IHSAA Class 5A football state champion New Palestine Dragons with CSCSHC Board President Brian McKinney (top left) and NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper (bottom right).

Special recognition was also given to running back Charlie Spegal on his selection as IndyStar Mr. Football. Matt Brown, Maxen Hook, Aven Jones, Kyle King, and Brody Luker were also recognized for being selected as an Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State selections.

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All-State selections (from left) Aven Jones, Charlie Spegal, Matt Brown, and Brody Luker with NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper. Not pictured: Maxen Hook and Kyle King.

Head coach Kyle Ralph was also given a celebratory letter by the board for his selection as the Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Year and a finalist for the NFL’s Don Shula Coach of the Year award.

Five donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church donated $1,050.31 to be used for outstanding lunch debt at Brandywine Elementary. Brandee Glass made a $120 donation to the NPHS wrestling program. Tammy Tuley donated $500 to the NPI Innovations Archery Club. Hurt Trucking issued a check for $250 to the NPHS Future Starts Athletic fund. Hancock Regional Hospital donated $5,113.69 for the NPHS Academic “A” banquet.

In line with guidelines from the Indiana State Board of Accounts, Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder requested the board cancel any issued checks that have been outstanding for longer than two years. This was approved by the board.

A contract with the Walker Career Center at Warren Central for the 2020-2021 school year was also approved. Walker Career Center provides Career and Technical Education programs for junior and senior students at New Palestine High School.

At the conclusion of Monday’s regular meeting, the board held an executive session. This session was held in order to provide additional training for the members of the board by an outside consultant.

The board’s next meeting will be held on March 9, 2020, at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 4711 S. Co Rd. 500 W in New Palestine at 6:30 p.m.

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.