Board Business: March, 8, 2021

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 regular meeting on March 8, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with a public comment from Southern Hancock parent and community member Jill Jones. Mrs. Jones presented a statement requesting the district reevaluate the COVID-19 requirement for students to wear masks at school. After the statement concluded, the board thanked Mrs. Jones for her statement and informed her the mask requirement in our schools comes from Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-48 requiring all Indiana students in grades 3-12 to wear masks while at school.

One donation was approved at the meeting. Kelly’s Quality Painting donated $375 to be used for unpaid lunch debt at New Palestine High School.

Two field trips were approved. The NPHS cheerleaders will travel to the Purdue University Cheer Camp in June. The NPHS baseball team will travel to Jasper for a tournament in May.

The board approved a date for Commencement for the Class of 2021. Graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at Kelso Stadium. Ticket information and rain dates will be shared with seniors and senior parents in the weeks to come.

New curricular resources for Language Arts and additional course offerings from Unified Arts were adopted for New Palestine Junior High School for the 2022-22 school year. Beginning next year, Language Arts programs will use McGraw Hill Study Sync for curricular resources. Nine new Unified Arts programs will be offered at NPJH. Advanced Art, App Developers, Art History, Exploring Music, Exploring World Cultures, Green Architecture, Automatic and Robotics, TV News and Podcasting, and Wellness will all be available to students for 2021-22.

Instructional fees for the 2021-2022 school year were approved by the board. This information will be available on the district website later this spring. 

The board approved a bid for the traffic improvement project at New Palestine High School to create a new entrance and exit from campus to Co. Rd. 450 W. Construction on the new drive is expected to begin in a few weeks.

Finally, the board received its annual update from the Hancock County Public Library. The school corporation is proud to have a great partnership with the library and is grateful for the opportunity to provide every Southern Hancock student with a library card to be used at any county library location.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.