Board Business: September 23, 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 September 23rd, 2019.

Monday’s first meeting was a work session to allow our board members to take a deeper dive into the district’s curriculum. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp, Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie, and other members of the district’s curriculum team presented to the board about test scores, instructional techniques, and curriculum construction.

The board also heard from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder regarding the upcoming New Palestine High School renovation project. The project will be completed in two main phases. The first phase of the project is the construction of a multi-purpose room on the south end of the building. Initially, this building will house temporary classrooms while construction on the remainder of the structure is completed. The first phase of the project was opened for bids by contractors last week. The board will approve a bid at one of the October meetings. Construction on the multi-purpose room should begin shortly after. You can read more on the NPHS Renovations page.

Monday’s regular meeting began with three public hearings. As required by law, the district held hearings regarding the budget for 2020, the 2020 bus replacement fund, and the 2020 bus replacement fund. The state requires these hearings to take place for transparency purposes. All this information is available on the district’s Legal Notices page.

A number of donations were accepted at Monday’s meeting. Rikki Goldstein donated $500 for NPHS Robotics & Industrial Tech. An anonymous donation for $1,000 towards the NPHS teacher ECA fund was received. Elizabeth Kremer donated $75 to be split between Sugar Creek’s Class of 2030 and Class of 2032. Ron Collier issued a $500 check to be used for the same funds. Elizabeth Carroll also donated $50 to the SCE ECA fund. Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation issued a $300 check to be used for the NPHS Competition Cheer team. Service Engineering donated $300 to be split between the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams. Planet Fitness and Cooper Real Estate both donated $500 checks to be split between the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams.

Administrators from all six CSCSHC buildings presented their 2019-20 School Improvement Plans. These plans are required for all public schools in Indiana. They include a significant amount of data research about a number of factors including attendance, grades, standardized test scores, and an analysis of curriculum. Administrators then use the gathered data to establish goals and objectives for student growth and overall school improvement.

Resolutions regarding the district’s bus replacement and capital project plans were approved at Monday’s meeting.

The board held a second reading on a number of amended policies. Many of these policies had unnecessary language removed or amended. One new policy that establishes rules for crowdfunding by district employees was also heard.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder provided an enrollment update to the board. As of the state’s first count date earlier this month, the district has exactly 3,700 enrolled students. This is a slight increase over the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided the board with a report on the district’s ILEARN test scores. You can read more about the district’s scores in this article from the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for October 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business September 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 September 9th, 2019.

Two public hearings pertaining to the upcoming New Palestine High School renovation project were held to start Monday’s meeting. The first hearing was on a potential Lease Rental Agreement. The lease is the agreement whereby the district will levy the required property tax to pay the lease payments for the project. You can read more about that on the NPHS Renovations page.  The second hearing was regarding an additional appropriation. As you may recall, earlier this year, the district was granted an increase to the debt service tax rate in order to pay for this project. While this increase has been granted, it was not in the original 2019 budget, so a hearing is required to be held regarding this additional appropriation to the 2019 budget.

Three donations were approved. Allegiant donated $5,000 to the NPHS robotics program. Estes Design and Manufacturing and Automatic Door and Window LLC each donated $250 to the NPI and NPJH robotics programs.

The district’s three elementary school principals received approval for the 4th-grade field trip to Southern Indiana. Brandywine’s trip will be held on Thursday, May 14th and Friday. May 15th. NPE’s trip will begin on Wednesday, May 13th, and end on Thursday, May 14th. SCE’s trip will happen on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, 2020.

The board passed a number of resolutions related to the upcoming NPHS renovation project at Monday’s meeting. Two resolutions related to the earlier public hearings were passed. The board passed a resolution authorizing the execution of the lease and a resolution authorizing the additional appropriation as described above.

A resolution that will award contracts and assign bids to the Building Corporation was passed. The creation of the Building Corporation was approved at the August meeting. The Building Corporation will issue tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the school corporation. Because of this, the Building Corporation will be assigned bids and award contracts for the upcoming project.

A resolution approving Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to do the necessary reporting regarding these bonds to the Security Exchange Commission (as required) was passed. One additional resolution approving amended and restarted post-issuance compliance procedures was approved. The district issued a number of bonds in 2015. Due to the new issuance of bonds for the NPHS project, these previous bonds must be amended and restated.

An additional resolution not related to the NPHS project was approved. House Enrolled Act 1001, passed earlier this year by the Indiana Legislature, reduced the amount a school corporation contributes to the Teacher Retirement Fund each year. The district is required to pass a resolution stating how much money the district saves and what the district intends to do with this money. The district will use those additional funds to supplement wages and/or benefits of certificated employees.

The board approved advertisement of the 2020 budget. A public hearing regarding this budget will be held on September 23rd. The board will then consider approval of the budget at its October meeting.

The board also approved advertisement of the 2020 Capital Project Plan and Bus Replacement Plan. These three-year plans are reviewed and updated each year in alignment with the needs of the district.

A number of amended policies were considered during a first reading at Monday’s meeting. Many of these policies had unnecessary language removed or amended. One new policy that establishes rules for crowdfunding by district employees was also heard.

Finally, each school building presented their fundraiser reports to the board.

The board’s next meeting is September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCHSC Administration Office.