Board Business: May 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 May 11, 2020.

The board held Monday’s meeting in compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines established by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appropriate social distancing measures were taken and fewer than 25 total people were in attendance.

Monday’s meeting began with the approval of five donations. Mohawk United Methodist Church donated $100 for school lunch debt. Four donations to the NPI Go Green Club were approved. Rae-Jean Reynolds, Stephen Jahrsdoefer, Steven Butler, and James Jahrsdoefer Art Foundation, Inc. each donated $100. Taloon Potts donated $20.

The board approved a request from Superintendent Dr. Lisa Lantrip to reschedule Commencement ceremonies for Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in-person at Kelso Stadium. Based on the Governor’s current plan for reopening our state, we will provide each family with four tickets to the ceremony to ensure proper social distancing measures are followed. Tickets will permit admittance to a specific section of the Kelso Stadium bleachers. Families will be required to sit in the section of the bleachers indicated on their ticket in order to maintain a safe distance from each other. Graduates will also sit six feet apart on the field during the ceremony in accordance with social distancing guidelines. A live stream of the ceremony will be provided for those unable to attend.

In the event of rain, a second attempt to hold Commencement will be made at 5 p.m. on the same day. If the weather does not permit a Saturday ceremony to occur, we will make a third attempt to hold the ceremony on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. If the ceremony cannot be held on Sunday due to weather or additional COVID-19 restrictions are implemented that would not allow an in-person ceremony to occur, a virtual Commencement will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. Additional information regarding Commencement will be sent to seniors and their families soon.

The board heard a reading of the Support Staff Handbook for 2020-2021. The handbook was approved.

The board heard the first reading of the District Student Handbook for 2020-2021. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp and New Palestine Junior High Assistant Principal Craig Moore presented a series of changes to the previous year’s handbook, including updating of dates and names of district personnel. Adjustments were made to the district’s attendance expectations regarding when parents are contacted. Some updates to language in the district’s use of tobacco or electronic smoking devices penalties were updated to align with policies and guidelines with other schools in Hancock County. The handbook will have a second reading and a vote for approval at the June board meeting.

Lunch prices for 2020-2021 were approved. Elementary breakfast will cost $1.85. Elementary and intermediate school lunches will cost $2.95. Junior high and high school lunches will cost $3.10.

The board approved a request from Dr. Lantrip to assign two new housing additions in our district to their future elementary schools. Grant’s Corner, located at the northwest corner of the intersection of US 40 and 700W will be assigned to Sugar Creek Elementary. Copperstone, located at southeast corner of the intersection of 500W and 200S, will be assigned to Brandywine Elementary.

The board’s next meeting will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.