Board Business: December 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 Dec. 14, 2020.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for two New Palestine High School teachers. Mark Blachly and Lisa Hardin were recognized by the board for their selection as Indiana Co-Math Teachers of the Year by the Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program at the University of Notre Dame.

NPHS Teachers Lisa Hardin (left), Mark Blachly (right), with NPHS Principal Jim Voelz (middle).

Six donations were approved. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $500 to various organizations at Southern Hancock. $100 will go the NPHS renovation project, $200 to the NPHS robotics team, and $200 to the NPJH band. Forum Credit Union donated $2,335.10 to the Brandywine Elementary PTO. This donation will go towards the purchase of a SMART board for the BWE Essential Skills class. John Lytell donated $1,000 towards new gymnastics uniforms at NPHS. Phillip and Patricia Kaiser also donated $1,000 for NPHS gymnastics uniforms. Finally, the Capital Group Companies Chartible Foundation donated $300 to NPHS in honor of Jody O’Dell. This money is to be donated to the competitive cheer team. Pak-Rite Rental donated $2,200 to the NPHS athletics department for winter cheerleading uniforms.

As part of the board’s annual required renewals, an authorization was approved for designees from the administration to sign agreements for the placement of students in special or alternate services.

The board approved summer school and summer enrichment courses for the summer of 2021. At this time, the district plans to hold these camps in-person, however this may change due to any applicable COVID-19 restrictions at that time. Further information about summer school and summer enrichment will be shared at a later date.

The board approved a resolution for Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to transfer funds from various accounts. The district is required to finish the calendar year with all accounts having a positive balance. This resolution is passed annually and permits the district’s business department to transfer funds accordingly to align the district budget. 

A resolution authorizing the district to advertise for bids on a traffic improvement project at New Palestine High School was approved. As previously discussed during the NPHS renovation project, the district has planned to create a new entrance and exit to the NPHS campus from Co. Rd. S 450 W. This resolution allows the district to advertise the project for bid. The timeline for these improvements is dependent on the progress of the NPHS renovation project. At this time, the district is hopeful to have this project complete by the start of school in Aug. 2021.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m at the CSCSHC Administration Office.