Board Business: March 2020

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 March 9, 2020.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition of five CSCSHC students for their selections as National Honor Roll award winners for the Noetic Math Contest. All elementary students in the district’s high ability program participate in this contest each year, which aims to encourage students’ interest in math, develop problem-solving skills, and to inspire students to excel in math.

Noetic Math Contest National Honor Roll selections (from left to right) Sam Hirschy, Brentin Amos, Betsy Strong, Laya Ratliff, and Andrew Maple.

Students who finish in the top ten percent nationally are named National Honor Roll selections. The five students recognized with this award are Brentin Amos, Layla Ratliff, Betsy Strong, Sam Hirschy, and Andrew Maple.

The board approved three donations. Mozzi’s Pizza donated $100 to the intramural basketball program. Kimball Electronics donated $500 for the NPJH robotics program. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $400. Half of this donation is for the NPHS renovation project. The other half will be allocated to the NPHS robotics program.

Three field trips were approved. The NPHS cheerleading team will be traveling to Ball State University on July 21-24, 2020 for the UCA Cheer Camp. The NPHS band and choir will both travel to Kings Island on May 29, 2020.

The board approved the commencement date for the class of 2020. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the NPHS gymnasium. Information for senior parents regarding tickets for graduation will be sent soon.

The board approved new curricular materials for K-6 English and Language Arts. Many parents may know this as a process called textbook adoption. The district created a committee comprised of administrators, teachers, and parents from all four schools where these textbooks would be used. This committee evaluated a number of potential curricular offerings and, as a group, recommended to use Benchmark Advance for K-6 ELA texts starting in 2020-2021. The board approved this recommendation.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp presented the board with the 2020-2021 student instructional fees. This information will be available on the district website soon. The board approved the fees for next school year.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip requested the board to approve a resolution establishing a paid emergency leave option for staff in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. While the district has not had to use this to this point, district administrators feel it is important to have plans in place if an outbreak were to occur in our area. The board approved this resolution.

Dave Gray from the Hancock County Public Library provided an update to the board. Mr. Gray was joined by HCPL board member and NPHJ teacher Fred Fox. The report included information on free library cards for every Hancock County school student. Information on the library’s partnership with Hancock County Community Foundation for the imagination Library program was also presented. Imagination Library provides one free book per month to all children in the county from birth to their fifth birthday. You can learn more about Imagination Library here. 

YMCA Regional Director Rick Ward presented an update on the YMCA’s partnership with the school district to the board. This presentation included data on the before and after school care programs and specific projects students enrolled in the program have recently completed.

Members of the district’s construction team provided an update on the NPHS renovation project to the board. Phase one of this project is already underway, including the construction of a new fieldhouse, additional parking, and a relocation of the varsity softball field. The construction team presented an update on phase two of the project, which contains the renovation of the NPHS structure. Please visit the NPHS Renovations page on our website to learn more about this update on the project.

Finally, Mr. Hercamp presented the board on steps the district is taking to prepare for COVID-19 (coronavirus) at CSCSHC. You can see these steps at this link on the district’s website.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for April 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.