Board Business November 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 November 11th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with the recognition of two CSCSHC students and two CSCHSC teachers. Hancock County Lilly Scholarship finalists Ben Blachly and Emma Nobbe were recognized by the board.

NPHS Seniors Ben Blachly (right) and Emma Nobbe with NPHS Principal Keith Fessler (middle), Hancock County Community Foundation representative Kevin Harvey, and CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier (left).
NPHS teachers Dr. Mark Blachly (right), Darlene Seifert, NPHS Principal Keith Fessler, and CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier (left).

CSCSHC teachers Darlene Seifert and Mark Blachly were recognized for their selection as the AP TIP-IN Science Teacher of the Year and Math Teacher of the Year awards.

Seven donations and grants were approved at Monday’s meeting. CSCSHC was awarded the Health Recovery Navigator Grant in the amount of $2,500. This grant money will be used for support and education of mental health and substance use. Michelle Epple at BWE was awarded a $500 music grant from the Riley Festival Association. Melanie Nobbe at NPJH was awarded a $360 Forum Foundation Educator Grant. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $100 to the NPJH Band. Chris and Michelle Bloomer also donated $100 to the NPJH Band. Brian and Jenny Thorpe donated $150 to also to go the NPJH Band.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented the district’s 2020 Expenditure Goals, which were approved the board. The board is required by law to approve these goals, which include a goal of maintaining or improving Education Fund expenditures, lowering the percentage of money transferred from the Education Fund to the Operations Fund, and assuring that revenue exceeds expenditures.

The board held a first reading of an update to Board Policy 2431. This policy references the district’s athletics programs. This policy is being updated to remove references to old school names and change the names of some forms required for participation. An exact reference to vaping as an offense of the code of conduct is also being added.

The board approved a resolution for the reduction of excess special education costs. This resolution allows district administrators to enter into agreements for alternative and private residential school placements. Previously, these agreements were required to be entered into by the board.

A contract for architect services for the upcoming NPHS renovation project was approved. Barton Coe Vilamaa was awarded a contract for the second phase of the NPHS project. Barton Coe Vilamaa was previously approved as the architecture firm for the first phase of this project, including the new fieldhouse structure. This structure will house temporary classrooms during the second phase of the project. You can learn more about phase one of the project on the NPHS Renovations page.

Technology Integration Specialist Chris Young presented to the board on a number of technology initiatives going on around the district. Mr. Young was joined by NPE teacher Rebecca Crull to talk about some of the innovative and hands-on apps being used in CSCSHC classrooms, such as FlipGrid and Square, Jr. You can check out more of these tools on Mrs. Crull’s twitter feed.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for December 16th at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.