Board Business: September 20, 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 meeting on September 20, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with three hearings related to the district’s 2022 budget. Pursuant to Indiana law, the board is required to advertise and hold public hearings related to three specific school budget issues. The district is required to provide the public with estimates for the budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plans. After these hearings occur, the board approves resolutions adopting the capital projects and bus replacement plans. The full budget will be heard and voted on at the October meeting.

Four donations were approved. Service Engineering donated $300 to the NPJH Robotics Fund. Estes Design and Manufacturing donated $250 to the NPJH Robotics Fund. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson (Roche Diagnostics) donated $500. $300 of their donation will be allocated to the NPJH Robotics Team. $200 will be allocated to the NPJH Band. Integrity Machine Systems Inc. donated $500. Half of the donation is for the NPI Robotics Fund. The other half will go to the NPJH Robotics Fund.

Eight policy changes were heard in a second reading. These changes include updating language due to changes in state or federal law or removing some sections of policies that may be redundant or contradictory with other policies. Three other policies were heard in a first reading last month, but did not receive a second reading Monday. These three policies required only technical changes, which do not require a second reading. The proposed changes to all eight policies heard in Monday’s second reading were approved.

School principals presented their School Improvement Plans. These plans are required for all public schools in Indiana. The improvement plans include data related to a number of factors including attendance, grades, standardized test scores, and an analysis of curriculum. Administrators then use the gathered data to establish goals and objectives for student growth and overall school improvement.

The board received reports on fundraising from all six schools. These reports are required to be shared with the board pursuant to board policy. No action was taken related to these reports.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business: September 7, 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 meeting on September 7, 2021.

Monday’s meeting began with consideration of a field trip for 8th-grade students at New Palestine Junior High. The annual trip to Cincinnati was approved. The trip will be on May 20, 2022.

Three donations were approved. The National Christian Foundation donated $1000 to the NPHS athletics department. David and Lisa Post and Rikki Goldstein donated $1000 to the NPHS robotics team. A second donation to the robotics team from Estes Design and Manufacturing in the amount of $500 was also approved.

The board approved three advertisements related to the 2022 budget. In accordance with state law, public hearings regarding the budget, capital projects plan, and bus replacement plan must be held. These hearings will take place at the board’s next meeting on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office. You can read the public notices regarding these hearings on the district’s legal notices page.

An amendment to the district’s student handbook was approved. Due to the district’s requirement for masks, language in the handbook was amended to reflect current COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Eleven policy changes were heard in a first reading. Many of these changes include updating language due to changes in state or federal law or removing some sections of policies that may be redundant or contradictory with other policies. All 11 policies will be heard again in a second reading at a future meeting before a vote to adopt is held.

The board’s next meeting will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.