Board Business: June 2021

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. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on June 7, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with a public hearing regarding a general obligation bond for $1.8M. A public hearing is required by Indiana law prior to the adoption of a resolution approving the bond sale. This bond sale will be used to purchase additional buses, facility upgrades at Sugar Creek Elementary and New Palestine Junior High, and the purchase of additional technology equipment for teachers and students. The board also approved a reimbursement resolution for the bond.

One donation was approved by the board. A $1,000 check was received from an anonymous donor to be used for teacher appreciation at New Palestine High School.

The 2021-22 district student handbook was approved. The handbook will be available for students and parents on the district’s website soon.

A number of contracts related to special education were renewed at Monday’s meeting. An agreement to provide services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County was approved. An agreement with Curtis & Livers Consulting to assist the corporation with data reporting was approved. An agreement for the district to utilize services from the Indiana School of the Blind and Visually Impaired was also approved. Finally, an agreement with Soliant Health to provide the district with any emergency staffing assistance was also approved.

The board also approved the deposit of the 2021 Supplemental Local Income TAP Distribution into the Rainy Day Fund. This money comes from income taxes in addition to what the district is budgeted to receive in estimated tax revenue. Each year, any supplemental distributions provided to the district are typically placed in the Rainy Day Fund.

The board passed a number of required resolutions related to final approval of the general obligation bond mentioned above. Now the bond is approved, the corporation can begin selling bonds to raise the revenue to complete the projects as described above.

Finally, the board approved food service prices for the 2021-22 school year. While breakfast and lunch will remain free for all students for the upcoming year, the district must still set these prices for reimbursement purposes. Student breakfast and lunch prices will remain unchanged for the upcoming year.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.