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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s May 14, 2018 regular meeting:
The board has approved school start times for 2018-19. Below is a chart showing each building’s bell schedule for next year.
Building AM Bell PM Bell
New Palestine High School 7:30 a.m. 2:20 p.m.
New Palestine Junior High 7:45 a.m. 2:35 p.m.
New Palestine Intermediate 7:50 a.m. 2:40 p.m.
Brandywine Elementary 8:50 a.m. 3:35 p.m.
New Palestine Elementary 8:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Sugar Creek Elementary 8:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
New Palestine Intermediate students will operate on a schedule similar to that of NPHS and NPJH.
The district considered two main transportation options:
- The first option would have NPI students operating on the same transportation schedule with NPHS and NPI students. This option was approved by the board Monday night.
- The second option would have allowed NPI students to operate on a similar schedule to the elementary schools. However, the transportation logistics required to make this option viable would have forced NPI to operate on a bell schedule 45 minutes shorter than any of the district’s other buildings. Additionally, in this option, NPI students would have spent more than 30 minutes longer on the bus each day under this proposed option. In the interest of maximizing instruction time for our students and minimizing time on the bus, the district recommended and the board approved placing NPI students on a similar schedule to New Palestine High School and New Palestine Junior High.
For more information about how this decision was reached, please watch this video with CSCSHC Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip, Transportation Director Bob Martin, and Community Relations Director Wes Anderson:
In other news, the board recognized students Ethan Fairbanks and Alex Mohr along with New Palestine High School teacher Mr. Large for their work in creating and organizing the Hancock County Meets the Candidates Forum earlier this month. Ethan and Alex gave a brief presentation about how the forum related to their Advanced Business Management class taught by Mr. Large.
New Palestine Elementary Principal Katy Eastes was recognized for receiving the IASP District 10 Elementary School Principal of the Year. Sugar Creek Elementary teacher Jamie Inskeep was also applauded for her selection as an Indiana University Armstrong Teacher Educator.
Donations to various programs within the district were approved. A $50 donation to New Palestine Elementary in memory of Marietta Taylor was approved. The Doe Creek Middle School STEM team received a $1,000 grant from the Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2018 through a partnership with Conexus. Additionally, a number of private donations were approved to the Doe Creek Middle School band.
Two field trips requested by NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper were approved by the board. The NPHS Cross Country teams will attend a Cross Country Camp held at McCormick’s Creek State Park on July 23rd, 24th, and 25th. The NPHS Cheerleading team has received permission to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championships, which will take place from February 7-11 in Orlando, Florida.
NPHS Assistant Principal Adam Barton presented the district’s 2018-19 student handbook, which was approved by the board. The handbook will be available to parents at registration time.
The board approved a new rubric for teacher evaluation. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp told the board that the district’s curriculum team worked with teachers to create a new rubric that will be more focused more on goal-setting and growth for teachers and students. Teachers will set personal goals for themselves as instructors while also focusing on goals determined by student data and student growth.
Construction of a new restroom and concession stand facility at the NPHS football field has been approved. This building will be larger in size than the previous structure and better designed to handle high traffic flow during Dragon football games. The plans include an estimated 400% increase in the number of restrooms than the current building. Construction on the turf field project is expected to begin this week. Part of that construction work will include new concrete in the south end zone. Once that concrete work is completed, construction on the new building can begin. Both the field and the newly-approved restroom and concession stand facility will be completed by the start of football season.
The board approved all student instructional fees for the 2018-2019 school year. More information on that will be available at registration.
An update on the district’s Early Childhood Programs, including Little Dragons Pre-Kindergarten, was provided by Special Education Director Marcia Piercy, New Palestine Elementary Principal Katy Eastes, and Special Education Coordinator Joanna Mulligan. They shared details about our Pre-K curriculum, preschool, and special education programs in our early childhood programs.
Mr. Hercamp and Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie updated the board on district’s progress in implementing additional programming regarding innovation and STEM into the district’s curriculum. Mr. Hercamp showed a recently produced video about the district’s three elementary schools’ selection as beta test schools for Google Expeditions AR:
Mr. Cooper presented a report outlining the district’s new guidelines for heat exposure. Recently, the school district partnered with Community Health Network to craft new guidelines based on new laws passed by the Indiana legislature. The district’s new guidelines have been slightly adjusted to comply with that legislation. These guidelines help athletic trainers make educated, informed decisions about the best interest of athletes and other extra-curricular participants on hot days. Additionally, the state now requires that all athletic coaches receive training on heat exposure.