Board Business: April 2018

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County Board of Education meetings.

The School Board held a public hearing concerning a new lease that the district will use to execute bids, contracts, and work for general maintenance in many of the district’s buildings. This lease will be used to pay for necessary upgrades to building systems across CSCSHC. The board also approved Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to seek bids for the work that the lease will pay for.

The board approved two new assistant principals for the school district. Ginger Jimenez was named Assistant Principal at New Palestine Intermediate School.

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New Palestine Intermediate Assistant Principal Ginger Jimenez

Jimenez will join Principal Vincent Meo at NPI starting in 2018-19. Jimenez comes to Southern Hancock from Noblesville Schools, where she served as an elementary teacher and learning specialist. She lives in Noblesville with her husband Danny and three sons, Dylan, Cameron, and Elijah.

Kayleigh Fosnow was approved as the new assistant principal at New Palestine Elementary. She will replace Mr. Meo, who left the position after being named principal at NPI.

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New Palestine Elementary Assistant Principal Kayleigh Fosnow

Fosnow comes to Southern Hancock from Indianapolis Public Schools. She has experience teaching Kindergarten, second, and third grades. She has also served as an Assistant Principal at IPS.

The board approved a number of field trips across the district, including a New Palestine High School Boys Basketball trip to Mishawaka and an NPHS Girls Soccer trip to Anderson University. Several robotics teams had trips approved to the Vex Robotics World Championships in Louisville later this month. Doe Creek Middle School and Sugar Creek Elementary will both send teams to compete. The NPHS Robotics team will also travel to Louisville for the competition as spectators.

Director of Safety and Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided an update on safety and security in the school district. Included in this report were updates on new safety programming offered to staff, training practices that have been implemented, and an update on the status of the district’s safety plans. As of this spring, the district now has individualized safety and security plans for each of the district’s buildings and for the corporation as a whole.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip updated the board on enrollment numbers at New Palestine High School and how that may affect out-of-district transfers. Due to the number of teachers, class sizes, and the number of available classrooms at NPHS, the district has limited space to accept transfers from out of the district. Depending on the number of applications received, Dr. Lantrip may choose to close some or all grades at NPHS to out-of-district transfers before the July 20 deadline.

Mr. Hercamp also unveiled a new Learning Model for the school district:

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CSCSHC’s new Learning Model. Implementation will begin in 2018-19.

This learning model has been created by the district’s administrators and curriculum team. Implementation will begin in the 2018-19 school year. Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie says the model is a unifier that allows the district to filter how resources are allocated, instructional strategies, or even programming decisions.

“Southern Hancock Schools are committed to an innovative, authentic, and connected learning experience for each of our learners,” Dinwiddie said. “Our learning model will help to provide us the direction we need to move forward each and every day.”

We’ll have more about the new Learning Model in the weeks and months to come, including how this will affect your students in the classroom.

Questions or concerns about the board meeting? Contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at wanderson@newpal.k12.in.us.

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