Board Business: February 2019

This blog post is intended to keep you up to date on the happenings of the Board of School Trustees of the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s February 11th, 2019 regular meetings.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition of the 2018 Class 5A State Champion New Palestine High School Football Team.

Players and coaches from the 2018 Class 5A State Champion NPHS Football Team with NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper (right).

Head Coach Kyle Ralph, assistant coaches, and players were all recognized for their incredible undefeated season that resulted in the first 5A State Championship in school history. Seven players were also recognized for their selection as Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State Players.

All-State Selections QB Zach Neligh, OL Austin Keele, and LB Luke Ely.

Luke Ely, Maxen Hook, Aven Jones, Austin Keele, Kyle King, Zach Neligh, and Austin Keele were All-State Selections in 2018. Ely was also honored as the winner of the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award.

Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award Winner Luke Ely

Two donations totaling $3,650 from The American Legion Post #182 and The Sons of the American Legion Post #182 were approved. Both donations were made to the NPHS Choir Department for use on their upcoming field trip to Branson, Missouri.

The board canceled a number of outstanding checks, which is in alignment with guidelines from the State Board of Accounts. Checks that are outstanding for more than two years are canceled and those funds are receipted back to the Education Fund. A total of approximately $200 in checks will return to the district.

The board approved a new agreement with the Walker Career Center Technical Education Program for 2019-2020. CSCSHC uses the Walker Career Center for Career and Technical Education for any NPHS students interested in such fields.

The board conducted the first reading of amended policies. This is the first step each year in changing or updating district policies in accordance with changes in law or state guidelines.

The board heard from representatives of the Hancock County Library, including NPJH teacher Fred Fox, who serves as the district’s liaison for the library. The board heard details about the new Sugar Creek Library branch, which opened Monday in its new location on US 52.

CSCSHC Strategic Learning Coordinator Chris Young and Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie updated the board on a number of innovation initiatives underway across the district. Mr. Young told the board that 65% of students entering grade school will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist. The district works to prepare students for that world with cutting-edge innovation programs and maker space areas in our school buildings. The board was able to experience cutting-edge augmented reality technology. Through the use of viewfinders or headsets, students can explore other parts of the world while sitting in a chair in their classroom. These unique learning opportunities help students connect with the world around them.

The board also heard from representatives of the district’s construction team regarding their collection of feedback over the past few weeks regarding a potential future renovation project at New Palestine High School. Representatives from The Skillman Group, the district’s construction management company, and Barton-Coe-Vilamaa, the district’s architecture firm, told the board about feedback gathered from speaking with NPHS students, NPHS staff, and community members. Our team received more than 230 suggestions to be included in a school. Using some of this feedback, the construction team has been charged with creating a general concept drawing to help illustrate the potential scope of a project at NPHS. This drawing will be presented at a future board meeting. You can learn more about this on the district’s NPHS Renovations page here.

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