Board Business: October 28, 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 regular meeting on October 28th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for New Palestine Elementary teacher Stacy Bancroft and her husband Kip for the creation of Stacy’s Sharing Closet.

Stacy and Kip Bancroft with Board of School Trustees President Bill Niemier (middle).

The closet provides a boutique shopping experience for families in need in Hancock County and surrounding areas. The closet was created by Stacy and Kip after they recognized a need in our community.

Two donations were approved at the meeting. Sara and Philip Deering of Deering Cleaners issued a check for $500 to the New Palestine Junior High Band. The NPHS Class of 1969 issued a $500 check to NPHS Athletics to be used for students who cannot afford to pay athletic fees.

NPHS Boys Basketball Coach Trent Whitaker received permission from the board for an overnight trip to Bedford, Indiana on December 27th and 28th of this year for a holiday basketball tournament.

The board approved the 2019-2020 Master Teachers Contract at Monday’s meeting. A public hearing regarding the contract was held at the board’s last meeting earlier this month.

Three contracts regarding the NPHS renovation project were approved. A contract for the contractors who will build the NPHS fieldhouse was awarded. Contracts for SprinTurf to create a new turf field south of the current field’s location was also approved. Skillman Group was approved as the construction manager for the rest of the NPHS renovation project. With the board approving the contract to begin the first phase of the NPHS renovation project, construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks. You can read details about the first phase of the project on the NPHS renovation page.

Miles Hercamp and NPJH Assistant Principal Craig Moore, both of whom are members of the district’s safety team, provided the board with a school safety update. They reported on updates to the district’s security camera systems in all school buildings, partnerships with an increasing number of local, county, and state agencies, and the district’s plan for a reunification situation, where students would be evacuated from a building and taken to an alternate location to be picked up by parents or guardians.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.