Board Business: August 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 two meetings on August 12th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with special recognition for New Palestine Intermediate School teacher Deb Weiler. She was named an Edmentum Inspiring Educator for 2019. Nearly 300 teachers were nominated nationwide. Mrs. Weiler was one of four to receive the award. You can read more about her recognition on Edmentum’s website here.

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Mrs. Weiler with CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier.

Two field trips were approved during the meeting. NPHS teacher Gregg Greene received approval for the Red Dragon Military Field Trip to Camp Atterbury. This marks the 25th year for Mr. Greene to lead that field trip. NPJH Principal Jim Voelz and teacher Doug Darley received approval for the 8th-grade field trip to Cincinnati to take place at the end of this school year.

Student Services Director Dr. Marcia Piercy received approval for a contract agreement with ClaimAid. The district will work with ClaimAid for billing and reimbursement of certain school-based services eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder received approval for two Rainy Day Fund deposits. As the district has paid off bonds issued a number of years ago related to the construction of the building now known as New Palestine Intermediate School, some additional funds remained. These funds will now be able to be used for future projects.

A number of important initial steps in the upcoming high school renovation project were approved in the form of resolutions. A Resolution Determining Need was approved. This resolution acknowledges that the district has a need to renovate the high school and surrounding site. A Resolution Approving Formation of a Building Corporation was also approved. Due to specifics within school finance law, the district must create a separate holding corporation to manage the bonds issued in conjunction with this project. A Resolution Approving Plans Form of Lease and Authorizing Publication of Notice of a Lease Hearing was also approved. Because the holding corporation will issue the bonds, a lease from the holding corporation to the school corporation must be established. A public hearing on this lease will be conducted on September 9th at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

The next step in the high school project will be to issue bids for the multi-purpose room structure to be erected on the southeastern corner of the building. This building must be completed and ready to house temporary classrooms before renovation work on the high school can begin. The administration and the construction team continue work on finalizing potential designs for the renovations. Future board meeting recaps will have additional information about the process as it advances. In the meantime, you can learn more about the project on the district’s NPHS Renovations page.

The board approved reinstatement of the district’s 403b retirement plan. The IRS requires the 403b plan to be reviewed and reapproved every six years. The board also approved the creation of a 457b retirement plan for the district’s employees.

Dr. Marcia Piercy received approval for a contract agreement with Mt. Vernon Schools for certain Special Education and Alternative Education Program Services.

At Monday’s second meeting, the board heard from Mr. Yoder regarding the budget for the upcoming 2020 calendar year. This review session is held to help the board understand what the budget will look like. The next step in the budget process will happen in September when the board will be asked to approve advertisement for the budget.