Board Business – August 27, 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 August 28th meeting.

The CSCSHC school board’s second meeting of August was a brief one focused mainly on the 2019 budget.

At the start of Monday’s meeting, a public hearing was held regarding the school’s advertised 5-year Bus Replacement and 3-year Capital Project plans. There were no public comments during the hearing. Both plans were approved by the board and will go into effect next year. Additional information details of the 2019 budget will be discussed in future board meetings later this fall.

Additionally, the board approved a $1,000 donation to the New Palestine High School Robotics program.

The next meeting for the CSCSHC Board of Education is September 10.

Hancock Regional Hospital hosting conversation on vaping Tuesday night

We would like to let all parents know about an important event put on by Hancock Regional Hospital Tuesday night in New Palestine.

HRH’s Tobacco Initiative Coordinator Brandee Bastin will offer a presentation on e-cigarettes, vaping, and marketing tactics targeting the youth of our community.

This event will be held at Cross of Grace Lutheran Church at 3519 S. 600 W., New Palestine on Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information on this event, please see this flyer: VapingFlyer

Board Business August 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 August 13, 2018 regular meeting.

The board recognized New Palestine High School Head Baseball Coach Shawn Lyons for accolades received after an excellent 2017-18 season for the Dragons. Coach Lyons was selected as a coach for the North/South All-Star Game this summer and was also named HHC Coach of the Year.

NPHS baseball coach Shawn Lyons (left) and NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper.

Donations were accepted for the district’s Apple Mania professional development conference that was held in June. Donations for the NPHS Cheer Competition team and the NPHS Robotics Club were also approved.

Three field trips were approved. NPHS Principal Keither Fessler and Mr. Greene received approval to take NPHS students interested in future military service to the Hoosier National Forest, where they will learn more about day-to-day life in the military.

New Palestine Junior High Assistant Principal Craig Moore and Mr. Darley presented this year’s 8th-grade field trip to Cincinnati in May of 2019. Students will visit the Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds. This field trip was approved.

Sugar Creek Elementary Principal Kari Shelton and Brandywine Elementary Principal Dr. Rhonda Peterson received approval for the annual district-wide 4th-grade field trip to southern Indiana in May of 2019. Students from all three elementary schools will visit the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, Corydon, and Marengo Caves.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder received approval from the board to advertise the district’s 2019 Budget, Capital Project Plan, and Bus Replacement Plan. More on these items can be found on the district website in the days to come.

Safety Director Miles Hercamp and Community Relations Director Wes Anderson updated the board on new district safety initiatives, including changes in student drop-off and pick-up, changes in visitor procedures, changes in fire drill procedures, and guidelines for the new handheld metal detectors offered by the state of Indiana. Due to the requirement that the district’s safety plan remains private, many details of these procedures were not discussed at the meeting. You can learn more in this interview Mr. Anderson conducted with Mr. Hercamp from earlier this month:

Transportation Director Mr. Martin presented about bus route times through the first week of 2018-19.

Mr. Martin’s data showed that nearly 75% of 1908 total students in grades 5-12 ride the bus less than 30 minutes from home to NPHS in the morning or from NPI to home in the afternoon. 2018-19 bus routes for grades 5-12 are running roughly equivalent to both the first week of school in 2017-18 and the first week of May of 2018-19. Elementary routes are running approximately four minutes quicker in the morning and ten minutes quicker in the afternoon.


Questions About Bus Stop Information

We know many of you have questions regarding our Infofinder bus stop routing software.

Community Relations Director Wes Anderson sat down with Transportation Director Bob Martin to get your questions answered.

If you login to Infofinder and still do not have:

  • A stop listed for your student
  • A stop for one of your children, but not others
  • A pickup time, but no dropoff time (or vice versa)

Please use the “Contact Us” form on the top left of the Infofinder page:


Additionally, transportation staff will be at Meet the Teacher events in all schools on Friday night. Please visit their table if you have questions. Additionally, please continue to check your information between now and Saturday evening.

If on Sunday, you still do not see full or correct information, please contact us after 12 p.m. at the bus garage at 317.861.4654

Transportation Procedures for 2018-2019

As we begin the 2018-19 school year, we want you to be aware of some changes in transportation procedures in our district.

RouteFinder Software

Newly available for this year is a website that allows you to get information about your school bus route, pickup times, and dropoff times with just the click of a button. Please visit this link and then enter your address. You may access this link on the district website in either of these locations:Untitled-2

This link is also available on the “Parents” tab at the top of the screen and on the Transportation page, found under the “Departments” menu in the red bar.

Once on this page, enter your address and you will receive stop information for your home for each school building where you have a student. We encourage ALL parents to check this information prior to the start of school if they intend to have their student ride the bus. In the morning, all NPI, NPJH, and NPHS students will be listed under “New Palestine High School” as that is where all three routes technically end. NPI & NPJH students will be shuttled from NPHS in the morning. Information for our three elementary schools will be listed separately.

If the information for your stop is different on the site than the postcard you received in the mail, please know that the information on the site is the most current and accurate information we have. In the event of a discrepancy, please use the information on the site instead of your card.

In the event you have an issue with incorrect information or no stop is listed for your address, please use the “Contact Us” form indicated below. Our Transportation Department will be happy to address that issue promptly.


Bus Food & Drink Rules

In the interest of safety for all Southern Hancock students, including those with food allergies, we request that students do not eat food while on our buses. Water will be permitted, but we also request that any other drinks (soda, juice, sports drinks) be kept inside our students’ lunchboxes until they arrive at school. Thank you for cooperating with this request.

Transportation Change Form

Also new in 2018-19 is a procedure for having your child transported to or from a different address than your home address. In the interest of student safety, we now require a Transportation Change Form to be on file for each additional in-district address you would like your student to bused to.

This form MUST be signed by a parent or guardian and delivered in person to your child’s school office. Please allow our Transportation Department 48 hours to process this change. Once a Transportation Change Form is on file for your child, we are happy to accommodate same day bus changes to the address listed on the form.

Please check with your school’s office about a potential cutoff time when those same day changes will not be accepted. To guarantee that each child is put on the correct bus, our staff may not be able to grant a last minute request.

If a Transportation Change Form is not on file, we cannot make a bus change on the same day and/or over the phone.

You need a Transportation Change Form if:

  • Your child will be bused to or from an in-district daycare.
  • You would like your child to be bused to an in-district family member or friend’s house.

You Do NOT Need a Transportation Change Form if:

  • You are coming to pick up your child
  • Your child will not be riding the bus to or from school
  • Your child is involved in an extra-curricular activity before or after school

Our number one priority is to make sure that all children are taken to the proper address in a timely and safe fashion. Thank you for your cooperation with these new policies.

As always, if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson.