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 regular meeting on April 10, 2023.
Monday’s meeting opened with an additional public appropriation hearing presented by Mrs. Gizzi on the General Obligation Bond. This bond is not expected to have an impact on the district’s tax levy or property tax bills.
The board approved the agenda for April 10, 2023. An additional item was added for the world championship competition that our robotics teams qualified for over break. Minutes from the March 9, 2023, Regular and Special Sessions and March 13, 2023, Regular Meeting were approved. They also approved their claims, finances, and personnel report.
Seven donations were approved. NPHS Riley Dance Marathon received donations from David and Lisa Post ($1,000), KK Party Supply and the CakeHole, LLC. ($150), and 1871 Apparel, LLC., Wooton Hoy, LLC., TEC Pro, LLC., Shelby Fiandt Insurance Agency, Inc., and Fire Systems Services, Inc. ($150 each). Bastian Solutions ($1,000) and Brandon and Jennifer Wilson ($14.28) donated toward the NPHS Robotics Fund. Psi Iota Xi, a philanthropic sorority, Upsilon Chapter issued $125 towards the SCE Extra Curricular Account. NPHS Library was awarded a grant in the amount of $1,050 from the Community Foundation of Hancock County’s Elbert and Flo Griffith Library Endowment Fund.
New Palestine High School principal Jim Voelz and athletic director Al Cooper were approved for the boys’ soccer team to attend an overnight camp at the University of Indianapolis. This camp will take place July 17-19, 2023.
Principals Jan Kerht (SCE), Vincent Meo (NPI), and Craig Moore (NPJH) received approval for their robotics teams to attend the VX Robotics World Championship competition in Dallas Texas.
The board continued their work on policy curation, revision, and management. They heard a second reading on 4 new policies. The 4 new policies were approved. They also approved the deletion of one policy based on its repetitive nature and being clearly defined in other policy.
In new business the board heard first reading on 7 policies. No action was required. This was a continuation of the ongoing process to review and revise policy.
Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp received approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between CSCSH and J Everett Light Career Center. This will allow for our students to continue to access career training and meet the needs of all CSCSH students.
Assistant Business Manager Sarah Gizzi gained board approval of Additional Appropriation Resolution Bond, Final Bond Resolution, and Final Certificate for the 2023 General Obligation Bonds. She also gained approval for the artificial turf proposal for the NPHS baseball field.
Executive Director of Hancock County Public Library, Dave Gray and Hancock County Public Library Board Member Fred Fox presented the Hancock County Public Library Annual Update to the board. The presentation included their successes, current focus areas, and future goals.
Brandywine Elementary principal Austin Theobald and Essential Skills teachers Kate Graham and Mike Agnew reported out on their successful Bulldog Buddies program. This program started in 2015 and has an average yearly impact of over 75 students in grades 3 and 4.
Board reviewed professional meetings. No action was required.
Mr. Jon Evans and Mrs. Nancy Stainbrook spoke during informal comments to provide their input on enhancing school security. They shared their ideas and the board shared that they would review their input and discuss. Mr. Walker thanked them and shared that he and many of his board colleagues visited session on school security during their recent attendance at a school board conference.
The board ended with many thanks to presenters and shared their appreciation for our wonderful community.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.