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.