Board Business May 20, 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 May 20th, 2019 regular meeting.

The board held the second of two Preliminary Determination Hearings regarding the New Palestine High School renovation project. An identical hearing was held last week. These hearings included a new, more detailed design of the future project, financial information about the project, and the potential tax impact of the project. You can learn more about what was discussed at the hearing on the NPHS Renovations page.

At the conclusion of the public hearing, the board approved three resolutions. These resolutions establish an estimated cost for the project, set forth the maximum provisions for the district to pay for the project, and also allow the district to reimburse any costs incurred before the bonds are sold to be reimbursed from the bond proceeds raised for the project.

Additional steps for the project will be taken at future board meetings. Please check back on the In The Know Blog for more information as the board and district proceed with the project.

Board Business: May 13, 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 May 13th, 2019 regular meeting.

Monday’s meeting began with a presentation from Hancock County Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA). Five NPHS students participate in the NASA program. They presented to the board about their work with the program to make NPHS drug free.

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Students from the NPHS Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse program present to the CSCSHC board along with NPHS Principal Keith Fessler (right).

Sugar Creek Elementary Art Teacher Clark Fralick was recognized by the board for his selection as the first-ever recipient of the Edward Maxedon Award for Excellence, Creativity, and Innovation in Art Education. You can read more about that recognition here.

The board held the first of two Preliminary Determination Hearings regarding the New Palestine High School renovation project. This hearing included a new, more detailed design of the future project, financial information about the project, and the potential tax impact of the project. You can learn more about what was discussed at the hearing on the NPHS Renovations page. A second Preliminary Determination Hearing will be held on May 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

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New Sugar Creek Elementary Principal Jan Kehrt

The board approved two new administrators at Monday’s meeting. Jan Kehrt was approved as the new principal at Sugar Creek Elementary. Jan comes to CSCSHC from Greenfield-Central, where she served as the principal at Harris Elementary for the last twelve years. All parents and community members are invited to meet Mrs. Kehrt at an open house on June 5th at Sugar Creek Elementary from 6 p.m until 7:30 p.m.

The board also approved Amy Dawson as the new Associate Principal at New Palestine High School. Amy comes to CSCSHC from Rush County Schools, where she served as an assistant principal at both the middle and high schools. Amy and her husband Scott live in the district.

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New NPHS Associate Principal Amy Dawson

Three donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. A $15,000 grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation for new boundary signs welcoming travelers to CSCSHC was approved. $7,000 in donations to all six CSCSHC schools from the Southern Hancock Education Foundation was approved. Each school building received between $1,000 and $1,500 to be used for teacher development. Finally, a $50 donation to the NPHS library in memory of Mary Dennemann was also approved.

Two field trips were approved. The NPHS Cross Country teams will travel to an overnight camp at McCormick’s Creek in Owen County at the end of July. The NPHS Girls’ Soccer Team will attend an overnight camp at Purdue in early July.

The board conducted the second reading of the district handbook. The handbook for 2019-2020 is now approved and will available for parents on the district website after the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year.

A contract agreement for counseling services with Hancock Regional Hospital was approved. This 3-year agreement will allow the district and hospital to provide a dedicated Mental Health Therapist for Southern Hancock Schools, students, and families.

The board also approved Instructional Fees for 2019-2020. This information will be available on the district website and during the enrollment period this summer.

A new contract agreement with Aramark Food Services was approved, including lunch prices for 2019-2020. Elementary and intermediate lunches will cost $2.90. Junior High and High School lunches will cost $3.05.

Rick Ward from the YMCA provided the board with an enrollment update in the YMCA Before & After School Care program and information about the upcoming Summer Day Camp program at New Palestine Intermediate. If you are interested in using the YMCA for Before/After Care at one of our K-6 buildings or the Summer Day Camp program at NPI, visit the YMCA page on our website.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp reported to the board on the test results from this year’s IREAD3 testing and measures the district is taking to continue to improve on scores that are already above state averages. This includes our Helping One Student to Succeed (H.O.S.T.S.) volunteer reading tutoring program. Every third-grade student that went through our H.O.S.T.S. program passed the IREAD-3 test. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our H.O.S.T.S. volunteers for helping us make a difference!