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 January 13th, 2020.
Monday’s meeting began with the swearing-in of new board member Laura Haeberle. Mrs. Haeberle was appointed in a public hearing held on January 6th.
As required by corporation bylaws, the board also completed its yearly reorganization. The board selected Brian McKinney at the Board President, Dr. Matt Ackerman as the Board Vice President, and Dan Walker as the Board Secretary. Mr. McKinney and Mr. Walker were appointed the board’s policy liaisons. Dr. Wagoner was appointed as the board’s legislative liaison.
Three groups were recognized during the board’s Accentuate the Positive portion of the meeting. All six CSCSHC principals and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip were recognized for all six CSCSHC buildings and the district as a whole being named a Riley Hospital Red Wagon Corporation. Red Wagon status is given to any school that donates $1 to Riley Hospital for Children for each student enrolled in their building. A school corporation becomes a Red Wagon Corporation if all its school buildings are Red Wagon Schools. This is the eighth consecutive year CSCSHC has been named a Red Wagon Corporation. The district has raised more than $70,000 for Riley Hospital over the last 13 years.
Fifteen current and former NPHS students were also recognized for their outstanding performance in the district’s Advanced Placement programs.
Fourteen students were congratulated for being named AP Scholars with Distinction. This award is given to students who take at least five AP exams with an average score of 3.5 on all tests and a score of at least 3 on all tests. Benjamin Blachly, Jessica Buchanan, Adam Clay, Nolan Ellis, Carson Gavin, Mary Gunn, Mary Harrison, Ethan Howard, Matthew Kelley, Peyton Miller, Cameron Rooks, Evan Shaw, and Dylan Strubbe were all recognized.
NPHS Class of 2019 graduate Kyrstin Kauchak was recognized for being named a National Advanced Placement Scholar. AP Scholars must take at least eight AP tests with an average score of 4 and no score lower than 4.
Congratulations to our 15 award-winners for this incredible academic achievement.
Finally, former CSCSHC board member Bill Niemier was recognized for his 13 years of service on the CSCSHC board. Niemier resigned from the board after he was elected to the New Palestine Town Council.
Four donations were approved. The New Palestine United Methodist Women donated $200 to the SCE Visions Music program. An anonymous donation in the amount of $703.54 was approved to cover any outstanding balances in elementary school lunch accounts. NineStar donated $1,000 to the NPI Robotics Program. The NPHS Class of 1979 donated $1,836 for the creation and installation of a bench to honor their classmate Lisa Moore.
The board held a second reading on changes to 14 policies. Many of these changes are made to be compliant with changes in state and federal law or to adjust names and dates. All 14 policies were approved.
Bob Yoder was re-appointed as the district’s treasurer. Ashlie Worth was re-appointed as the district’s deputy treasurer. These re-appointments are required to take place in January of each year.
The board approved a Fund Transfer Resolution for 2020. The district is required by law to end the calendar year with a positive balance in all accounts. This resolution will allow the treasurer to move unspent dollars in certain accounts to zero out accounts with a negative balance.
The Out of District Transfer Packet for 2020-2021 was approved. Information for enrolling at Southern Hancock for the 2020-21 school year will be posted on the district’s website later this winter.
Following the conclusion of the regular meeting, a special session meeting was held for the Board of Finance. This board is required to convene once per year to review the district’s finances. This includes an update on the district’s investments and fiscal indicators. These indicators are determined by the state of Indiana and include enrollment, revenue, balances in specific district funds, annual deficits or surpluses, and salaries and benefits.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for February 10th at 6:30 p.m. at New Palestine Junior High School.