Board Business: December 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 December 16th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting was scheduled to begin with a recognition of a number of New Palestine High School students and CSCSHC administrators. Due to the inclement weather, students were encouraged to stay home. These recognitions were tabled until a future meeting.

Four donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. New Palestine Intermediate teacher April Manning received a $549 grant for professional development from Hancock Regional Hospital. New Palestine High School teacher Tina Boehm received a $350 donation from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for professional development. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $1,000 towards the NPHS renovation project. David and Lisa Post donated $500 to the NPHS Business Management class Riley fund.

One field trip was approved by the board. The NPHS gymnastics team will travel to Valparaiso on January 17th,  2020 to participate in the Valparaiso Gymnastics Invitational Meet.

The board heard a second reading of policy #2431. This policy references the district’s athletics programs. The 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 was also added. These changes to the policy were approved by the board.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp received approval for four additions to the NPHS curriculum. Personal Financial Responsibility, Analytical Algebra II, Building Trades I, and History of World War II will all come to NPHS in the 2020-2021 school year.

Two financial matters were approved by the board. A Fund Transfer Resolution was passed. The district is required to finish the calendar year with all accounts having a positive balance. This resolution permits the district’s business department to transfer funds accordingly.  A Resolution to Transfer Funds to the Rainy Day Fund was also approved. Any funds left in certain budget lines at the end of a calendar year may be transferred to the Rainy Day Fund for future use.

The board approved the district’s Summer Enrichment curriculum for 2020. Ten camps were approved for Southern Hancock families in the months of June and July. The board also approved the district’s summer school courses for 2020.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented a contract with Soliant Health Inc. for an agreement to provide a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant to Southern Hancock. This occupational therapist will be available on an as-needed basis for CSCSHC.

The board heard a first reading of changes to 24 policies. Many of these changes include updating language due to changes in state or federal law or removing some sections of policies that may be redundant or contradictory with other policies.

The 2021-22 School Master Calendar was approved by the board. The school year will begin for students on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021. The last student day is scheduled for Friday, May 27th, 2021.

The board heard one informal citizen comment at Monday’s meeting. This informal comment related to the district’s procedures regarding foreign exchange students. The district uses only one company for the placement of foreign exchange students. The informal comment requested the district open the ability to receive and enroll exchange students to multiple companies. The board will evaluate this request, as they do all public concerns, and take this issue under further consideration.