Board Business: Nov. 9, 2020

This blog post in 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 meeting on Nov. 9, 2020.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for three New Palestine High School students. Will Au selection as a National Merit Semifinalist was honored. Kendall Mann and Natalle Russell were recognized for being named finalists for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship through the Hancock County Community Foundation.

National Merit Semifinalist Will Au (middle) with CSCSHC Board Member Laura Haeberle (left) and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz (right).
From Left: Lilly Endowment Scholarship finalist Natalee Russell, CSCSHC Board Member Laura Haeberle, Lilly Endowment Scholarship Finalist Kendall Mann, and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz.

Five donations were approved. Central Indiana Communications, Inc. donated $100 to Brandywine Elementary to be used for their student activity fund. Several donations totaling $940.82 to New Palestine Junior High were accepted. These donations will go towards the creation of a social emotional learning zen den at NPJH. These donations came from the following families:  Schneider family, Rickey family, Miller family, Kremer family, Emberton family, Cooper family, Bartusek family, Jen & Kane Myers family, Ransdell family, Kamp family, Dropsey family, Sloan family, Haeberle family, Todd family, Trebley family, Anderson family, and C. Myers family. The Riley Festival Association awarded a $500 grant to BWE music teacher Michelle Epple. Broken Arrow Outreach donated $250 to the NPHS gymnastics team. Paradigm Media Consultants, LLC donated $3,000 to NPHS gymnastics.

Eleven board policies received their second reading and were approved at Monday’s meeting. Policies are updating on a yearly basis due to changes in state or federal law or unforeseen circumstances, such as a global pandemic. Policies are required to have a first reading, which occured in October. After the second reading policies are subject to a vote of approval.

The master teacher contract for 2021 was approved. A public hearing regarding the details of this contact was held at the board’s last meeting in October. There are two important details related to the approval of this contract. First, the board approved an early dismissal from school on Wednesdays beginning in January 2021. The school day will be shortened at each building by 30 minutes. This time will be used to provide more preparation time for teachers. The district has had internal discussions about early dismissal for some time to allow teachers more time to meet and discuss data and curriculum. However, due to the complexities of education during a pandemic, this early dismissal time will be used for additional teacher prep. Second, all teachers will have a “hold harmless” regarding teacher evaluations. Each teacher is evaluated each school year. For this year, teachers will retain their evaluation score from 2019-20. Teachers will have the opportunity to be evaluated to improve their evaluation if they choose.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder provided an enrollment update to the board. As of the first count day in September, the district’s enrollment is down 61 students from the first count day in 2019-20.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.