Board Business: November 8, 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 two meetings on November 8, 2021.

The board held a work session to begin Monday’s schedule. The board holds work sessions to hear from administrators on a number of topics in a longer format than a normal meeting might provide. The board received reports on special education, Graduation Pathways, career and technical education options, math curriculum, new technology options in the district, and potential updates to policies from the corporation’s attorney.

Monday night’s regular meeting began with recognition for two New Palestine High School students. Seniors Olivia Eastes and Emma Mann were celebrated as finalists for the Hancock County Community Foundation’s Lilly Scholarship.

From L-R: Board of School Trustees President Brian McKinney, Lilly Scholarship Finalist Emma Mann, Lilly Scholarship Finalist Olivia Eastes, Hancock County Community Foundation representative Katie Molinder, and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz.

One donation was approved at Monday’s meeting. The Riley Festival donated $450 to NPHS art teacher Clyde Gaw.

The board approved the Master Teacher Contract for 2021-2022. A number of public hearings were held during the bargaining process. The board’s ratification of the contract is the final step in the contract process. Visit the Greenfield Daily Reporter for more details on the contract.

Eight courses related to Career and Technical Education were approved to be added to the New Palestine High School curriculum. Strategic Marketing, Principles of Manufacturing, Introduction to Robotics, Construction Trades 2, Principles of Construction Trades, Construction Trades: General Carpentry, Principles of Culinary and Hospitality, and Nutrition will be available to students beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

Finally, the board heard an enrollment update from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder. The district’s enrollment is currently 3,651, which is an increase of 13 kids from last year.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13 at  6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.