Board Business: May 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 four meetings on May 9, 2022.

Monday’s first meeting was a work session focused on growth in the area and facility plans. The board heard from Community Relations Director Wes Anderson with an update about housing starts in the district. Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented to the board about the district’s current facility plans. During a work session, no board action is taken.

The board’s regularly scheduled meeting began with two recognitions under the Accentuative the Positive agenda item. Tom Tucker, a former Board of School Trustees member and 1973 graduate of New Palestine High School graduate, was celebrated for his selection as the New Palestine Education Foundation’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

New Palestine Education Foundation President Gary Halliburton, Distinguished Alumni Award winner Tom Tucker, and Board of School Trustees President Dan Walker.

The New Palestine High School Early College Program was recognized for being named an endorsed Early College program by the Center of Excellence and Leadership in Learning at the University of Indianapolis.

Teachers and administrators from New Palestine High School’s Early College Program with Board of School Trustees member Brian McKinney (left).

Four donations were approved. An anonymous donor submitted a check for $100 to the NPE robotics program. Service Engineering, Inc. donated $500 to NPJH for the robotics team’s travel to the Vex Robotics World Championships in Dallas. Dean and Debra Folkening issued a check for $1000 and Kelle Construction donated $2000. Both donations are earmarked for the NPHS athletics department for a golf simulator for the NPHS golf teams.

Director of Student Services Katy Eastes received approval for the renewal of three contracts related to special education services. A Memorandum of Agreement between the corporation and Northwest Consolidated School District of Shelby County for shared deaf and hard of hearing services was approved. The board’s contract with the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was approved. Finally, an authorization for Superintendent Lisa Lantrip to sign agreements for alternative services and private residential school placements was also approved.

The board approved a deposit into the district’s Rainy Day Fund as requested by Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder. Mr. Yoder also received approval for a renewal of the district’s contract with Aramark for food service management services.

The board heard a first reading of the 2022-23 District Student Handbook. The board will have a second reading of the handbook in June and will vote on its approval.

The board heard one report from New Palestine High School Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jeremy Large, Community Relations Director Wes Anderson, and Work-Based Learning student Cassandra Almond. Mr. Large presented on the opportunities available to the students in the program. Mr. Anderson shared how being a part of Work-Based Learning can benefit employers. Miss Almond shared how Work-Based Learning helps prepare students for post-graduation outcomes, including college or the workforce.

The board also held two executive sessions on Monday. The first executive session was for board training. The second executive session was for the job performance evaluation of a corporation employee.

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