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 June 11, 2018 regular meeting:
The board recognized the 2017-18 Community Leadership Academy, which completed the academy course last month. The CLA is offered during the school year by district administrators to help parents and community leaders understand the intricacies of school administration and forming curriculum.
The school board approved a request by Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip to enter into an agreement with the town of New Palestine to share the cost of an additional School Resource Officer for the school district. This officer will work jointly for the district and for the town but will be on campus at CSCSHC school buildings at all times while school is in session. The district is grateful to the town of New Palestine for helping us with this upgrade to our security force. Student safety is always our number one priority and this agreement will help the district increase our ability to protect all students in our school buildings.
New Palestine Junior High School teacher Fred Fox was appointed as the school district’s representative on the Hancock County Library board.
Dr. Lantrip requested to be the district’s appointee to the Town of New Palestine’s Redevelopment Board. That request was approved.
The board approved a donation of a flute to the New Palestine Junior High band department. The board also approved a field trip for the New Palestine High School band to Yellowstone, Montana in June of 2019.
The board approved school breakfast and lunch prices for 2018-19. Student breakfast will cost $1.80. Elementary and Intermediate lunch will cost $2.85. Middle and High School lunch will cost $3.50.
Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp updated the board on a number of grants the district has applied for and received to help boost our curricular and technological offerings for students. These grants are critical to providing your student with a connected, innovative, and authentic education at Southern Hancock. In all, the district received over $750,000 in grant money for educational purposes in 2017-2018. Included in the grant presentation was a discussion about the Department of Homeland Security’s Safe Schools Grant, which provides $50,000 to Indiana school districts for improving technology in school buildings or hiring School Resource Officers. CSCSHC uses this grant money to pay a portion of one School Resource Officer’s salary. All additional money for School Resource Officers and security comes from the district’s budget.
Community Relations Director Wes Anderson updated the board on the district’s Communications Plan. Mr. Anderson showed the board how the school district communicates with parents, students, staff, and other constituents living within our district boundaries. Mr. Anderson also showed the board the district’s plan for new branding and logos, which will debut to the public next month.