Board Business: June 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. 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.

2017-2018 CSCSHC Community Leadership Academy with School Board President Brian McKinney (left).

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.





New to New Palestine? Here’s how to enroll at Southern Hancock

This information is ONLY for families that have recently moved into our district and need to register their students at Southern Hancock. For any other students, please visit our enrollment page. Registration information for our returning students will be available in July.

For those families that are new to our district and live within our district boundaries, please use the map below to determine which of our three elementary schools your child will attend.

District Map

All 5th and 6th-grade students will attend New Palestine Intermediate School. All 7th and 8th-grade students will attend New Palestine Junior High. All 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students will attend New Palestine High School.

Be sure to withdraw from your previous school prior to registration.

2018-19 New Student Registration:

New move-in parents should download this form for registration for 2018-19.

When completed, parents may either send this form via email to Amber Rush at, drop off at the Administration Office at 4711 County Rd 500 West in New Palestine, or come to your child’s future school on one of our walk-in registration dates.

Please also attach or bring the following for registration:

  • A copy of your student’s transcript (if available)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of residency (this must be a driver’s license, bill, anything that is official from your home purchase or rental agreement.)

Additional Documentation as it pertains to your student:

  • IEP or 504 Plan for students who are enrolled in Special Education or have a 504 Plan.
  • Health Plans from the previous school for any medical conditions that we will need to be aware of and plan for.

Walk-in registration for students NEW to Southern Hancock Schools for 2018-19 will be held on three dates: Tuesday, July 10, Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

  • All CSCSHC schools are open for walk-in registration on Tuesday, July 10th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. NOTE: High School students will not receive a class schedule on this date. Instead, they will receive a time to meet with a counselor to set up a schedule.
  • Brandywine Elementary, New Palestine Elementary, Sugar Creek Elementary, New Palestine Intermediate: Tuesday, July 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • New Palestine Junior High and New Palestine High: Tuesday, July 24 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. AND  Wednesday, July 25 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you are a new move-in family and have questions about enrollment, please contact Amber Rush at