Board Business: August 17 and 18, 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 two meetings on August 17 and 18, 2020, regarding interviews, deliberation, and appointment of a member to fill the board’s vacant District 3 seat.

On Monday, August 17, the Board of School Trustees conducted five interviews for the board seat vacated by Dr. Craig Wagoner, Sr., who resigned from the board last month.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board deliberated on the five candidates. The board approved the nomination of Jon Hooker to fill the vacant District 3 seat. Hooker will serve on the board for the remainder of the District 3 term, which ends on December 31, 2021.

New District 3 Board of School Trustees nominee Jon Hooker.

“I’m very excited to be selected,” Hooker said. “Having grown up here and chosen to raise my kids here, I have had a strong urge to serve our community and give back. Joining this fantastic school board for me is about working with a great group of leaders. We have a lot on our plates right now and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Hooker will be sworn in at the board’s next meeting on Monday, August 24.

Board Business: August 10, 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 two meetings on August 10,, 2020.

Monday’s regular meeting with recognition of retired Board of School Trustees member Dr. Craig Wagoner, Sr. for his many years of service and dedication to Southern Hancock. Dr. Wagoner’s final meeting as a member of the board was in July of 2020.

Retiring CSCSHC Board of School Trustees member Dr. Craig Wagoner, Sr. (center) with the Board of School Trustees.

Two donations were approved at Monday night’s meeting. The American Legion donated $2,000 towards history scholarships . Steven J. Riddle donated $2,500 to the NPHS extracurricular fund for student fees.

A contract for the second phase of the New Palestine High School renovation project was approved. The contract was presented by Skillman Group, the corporation’s construction manager for the NPHS renovation project.

A first reading of changes to Policy 2431 – Interscholastic Athletics was heard. This policy must be amended due to the high school’s change to the block four schedule. The policy currently reads that students must be passing five classes to be eligible. Since the NPHS school day has been reduced to four periods, the policy will be amended to require students to passing three courses for athletic eligibility.

An amendment to the district’s student handbook was also heard and approved. The district’s guidelines for face coverings were added to the handbook’s section on student dress, which was originally approved earlier this spring.

A Letter of Agreement between the school district and the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was presented by Director of Student Services Katy Eastes. ISBVI will provide services to Southern Hancock students who are blind or visually impaired.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, an executive session meeting was held. This meeting was held to consider candidates to interview for Dr. Wagoner’s board seat. Interviews for the vacancy and an appointment of a new board member will take place in a public meeting next Monday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.