Board Business: Jan. 11, 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 three meetings on Jan. 11, 2020.

The board held a special session Monday evening to tour the new construction at New Palestine High School. At the conclusion of the tour, the board’s regularly scheduled meeting began.

Monday’s meeting began with the oath of office for the three board members who were reelected in November. Following the oath, a reorganization of the board was completed, as required by corporation bylaws. Brian McKinney will remain president, Dan Walker will remain as vice president, and Dr. Matt Ackerman will remain as secretary. Mr. McKinney and Mr. Walker were appointed the board’s policy liaisons. Jon Hooker was appointed as the board’s legislative liaison.

Three donations were approved. A $500 scholarship donation from John and Connie Kottlowski was approved. Two donations to go towards outstanding lunch debt were also aproved. $120 was donated from an anonymous donor. Mt. Lebanon UMC donated $125.

Two new courses for the New Palestine High School curriculum were approved. Kyle Ralph’s Advanced Physical Education Course will be split into two sections, an introductory course and an advanced course. These courses will be included in the NPHS curriculum in 2021-22.

Bob Yoder was re-appointed as the district’s treasurer. Ashlie Worth was re-appointed as the district’s deputy treasurer. These re-appointments are required to take place in January of each year.

The board approved a Fund Transfer Resolution for 2021. The district is required by law to end the calendar year with a positive balance in all accounts. This resolution will allow the treasurer to move unspent dollars in certain accounts to zero out accounts with a negative balance.

The Out of District Transfer Packet for 2021-2022 was approved. Information for enrolling at Southern Hancock for the 2021-22 school year will be posted on the district’s website later this winter.

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the board. School will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 and will end on Friday, May 26, 2023.

Following the conclusion of the regular meeting, a special session meeting was held for the Board of Finance. This board is required to convene once per year to review the district’s finances. This includes an update on the district’s investments and fiscal indicators. These indicators are determined by the state of Indiana and include enrollment, revenue, balances in specific district funds, annual deficits or surpluses, and salaries and benefits.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2021 at Sugar Creek Elementary at 6:30 p.m.