Board Business: March 2022

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 March 14, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for New Palestine High School journalism teacher Andrew Smith. Mr. Smith was recognized for his selection as Sportscaster of the Year by the Indiana Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

From left: NPHS Athletic Director Al Cooper, CSCSHC board member Dr. Matt Ackerman, NPHS teacher Andrew Smith, and NPHS Principal Jim Voelz

The board also recognized the district’s counselors, social workers, and student services specialists for the service to the students of the corporation.

CSCSHC counselors, social workers, and student services specialists with Director of Student Services Katy Eastes (left) and CSCSHC board member Jon Hooker (second from left).

Six donations were approved. Jason Greulich donated $500 to the NPJH robotics teams. A donation of $250 from Arlington Dental Group was also made to the NPJH robotics teams. The NineStar Community Trust donated $600 to the NPI robotics program. An anonymous donation of $10 was received for the corporation’s education fund. A recurring donation from Sandra Knox in the amount of $19.42 to Sugar Creek Elementary. Hancock County Farm Bureau donated $250 to the Family and Consumer Sciences program at NPHS.

A date for Commencement for the Class of 2022 was approved by the board. Graduation ceremonies will be held at Kelso Stadium on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7 p.m. Three rain dates were also approved: Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. All rain date ceremonies will be held at Kelso Stadium.

Five new art classes at New Palestine High School were approved. Introduction to Ceramics, Introduction to Digital Design, Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Painting, and 4060 Drawing will all be added to the high school curriculum for 2022-23.

The board approved new curricular materials for math in the district. McGraw Hill’s Reveal Math will be the main resource used by the corporation’s teachers beginning in 2022-23.

Instructional fees for the 2022-2023 school year were approved. This information will be available on the district’s website later this year.

The board tabled a resolution to permit the corporation to use a new kind of development protocol called Build-Operate-Transfer. This resolution would allow the district to use a new method of financing and building capital projects. While there are currently no projects to be approved, this resolution would allow the corporation to pursue Build-Operate-Transfer for any future projects. The resolution will be heard again at a future meeting.

The board approved a resolution declaring old furniture at New Palestine High School as worthless, permitting the corporation to dispose of it. Under Indiana code, public organizations may not discard property with value. Prior to disposal of any property, the board must approve a resolution of this kind.

The board approved the support staff handbook for 2022-23.

Twenty-one policy changes were heard by the board in a first reading. Changes to existing policies or new policies require two readings prior to a vote for approval. In most cases, these changes are slight adjustments to language or changes made due to new federal, state, or local laws. All 21 policy changes will be heard in a second reading at the board’s April meeting.

The board heard a report from the district’s three elementary literacy specialists, Cathy Purciful, Teresa LeBeau, and Melissa Branch. This group has worked to combat learning loss during COVID-19, create interventions to help students, and coach teachers on cutting-edge literacy teaching techniques.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2022, at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.