Board Business: April 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 April 11, 2022.

Monday’s meeting began with Accentuate the Positive, where various students, staff members, groups, or community members are recognized for their successes or contributions to the betterment of our school community. Two groups were celebrated at the meeting. Four New Palestine Intermediate students were recently selected as finalists in the Indiana Letters About Literature contest. Callum Green was selected as a First Place Winner for his essay. Congratulations to these four students!

NPI students (from left) and Hibah Mussa, Callum Green, Joe Barada, and Eli Schultz with CSCSHC Board President Dan Walker (left), NPI Principal Vincent Meo (back middle), and NPI teacher Trent Farmer (back right).

The board recognized the corporation’s Helping One Student to Succeed (H.O.S.TS.) reading tutoring program coordinators Trisha Ennis, Kendra Olin, and Toni Powers. H.O.S.T.S. is a reading remediation program for students in the second and third grades. Volunteers spend one hour per week with two students to help with reading comprehension. The H.O.S.T.S. coordinators set curriculum and manage each school’s roster of volunteers.

Brandywine Elementary H.O.S.T.S. Coordinator Trisha Ennis (left), Sugar Creek Elementary H.O.S.T.S. Coordinator Toni Powers (right), and CSCSHC Board Vice President Laura Haeberle (middle).

One donation was approved at the meeting. I AM LONA donated $150 to the body safety program at New Palestine Junior High School.

Seven field trips were approved. The NPHS football team will travel to Evansville in July for a competitive scrimmage and a trip to Holiday World. The NPHS girls soccer team will travel to Purdue in July for a soccer camp. The NPHS cheer team will travel to pursue in June for a UCA camp. The NPHS wrestling team will travel to Manchester University in June. Two robotics teams from NPI and three teams from NPJH will travel to Dallas in May for the VEX Robotics World Championships. The NJPH music department will travel to Kings Island in June.

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

The board heard two reports at the meeting. The Hancock County Public Library provided its annual update to the board. 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.

New Palestine High School’s VOICE program presented to the board. VOICE is a student-led initiative to educate students on the dangers of tobacco use by children and reduce tobacco usage in our schools.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022, at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.