Board Business: August 2019

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’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s two meetings on August 12th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with special recognition for New Palestine Intermediate School teacher Deb Weiler. She was named an Edmentum Inspiring Educator for 2019. Nearly 300 teachers were nominated nationwide. Mrs. Weiler was one of four to receive the award. You can read more about her recognition on Edmentum’s website here.

Mrs. Weiler with CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier.

Two field trips were approved during the meeting. NPHS teacher Gregg Greene received approval for the Red Dragon Military Field Trip to Camp Atterbury. This marks the 25th year for Mr. Greene to lead that field trip. NPJH Principal Jim Voelz and teacher Doug Darley received approval for the 8th-grade field trip to Cincinnati to take place at the end of this school year.

Student Services Director Dr. Marcia Piercy received approval for a contract agreement with ClaimAid. The district will work with ClaimAid for billing and reimbursement of certain school-based services eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder received approval for two Rainy Day Fund deposits. As the district has paid off bonds issued a number of years ago related to the construction of the building now known as New Palestine Intermediate School, some additional funds remained. These funds will now be able to be used for future projects.

A number of important initial steps in the upcoming high school renovation project were approved in the form of resolutions. A Resolution Determining Need was approved. This resolution acknowledges that the district has a need to renovate the high school and surrounding site. A Resolution Approving Formation of a Building Corporation was also approved. Due to specifics within school finance law, the district must create a separate holding corporation to manage the bonds issued in conjunction with this project. A Resolution Approving Plans Form of Lease and Authorizing Publication of Notice of a Lease Hearing was also approved. Because the holding corporation will issue the bonds, a lease from the holding corporation to the school corporation must be established. A public hearing on this lease will be conducted on September 9th at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

The next step in the high school project will be to issue bids for the multi-purpose room structure to be erected on the southeastern corner of the building. This building must be completed and ready to house temporary classrooms before renovation work on the high school can begin. The administration and the construction team continue work on finalizing potential designs for the renovations. Future board meeting recaps will have additional information about the process as it advances. In the meantime, you can learn more about the project on the district’s NPHS Renovations page.

The board approved reinstatement of the district’s 403b retirement plan. The IRS requires the 403b plan to be reviewed and reapproved every six years. The board also approved the creation of a 457b retirement plan for the district’s employees.

Dr. Marcia Piercy received approval for a contract agreement with Mt. Vernon Schools for certain Special Education and Alternative Education Program Services.

At Monday’s second meeting, the board heard from Mr. Yoder regarding the budget for the upcoming 2020 calendar year. This review session is held to help the board understand what the budget will look like. The next step in the budget process will happen in September when the board will be asked to approve advertisement for the budget.



Board Business July 22, 2019

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’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s regular meeting on July 22nd, 2019.

The New Palestine High School Softball team was honored at Monday’s meeting. The three-time defending state champions were recognized by the board with Mental Attitude Award Winner Emily O’Connor and Head Coach Ed Marcum, who was recently inducted into the Indiana Softball Hall of Fame.

The board approved Suzanne Kishindo as the new Assistant Principal at New Palestine Intermediate School.

New NPI Assistant Principal Suzanne Kishindo.

Suzanne received her undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and her master’s degree from Concordia University. She taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade in California. She also taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in Texas. For the last five years, she has served as the Assistant Principal at Birmingham Elementary School in Wylie, Texas.

Suzanne has been married to her college sweetheart, Tony, for 22 years. They have two children, 19-year-old Hannah and 13-year-old Andrew. Suzanne and Tony moved back to Indiana to be closer to family. They look forward to settling in the Hoosier state, but they will always be Dallas Cowboys fans.

Director of Student Services Dr. Marcia Piercy presented to the board about new contract agreements with First Steps for services related to the district’s Little Dragons Early Learning Program. This continued agreement provides transition services for children in First Steps to attend the district’s preschool program. A separate contract with Greenleaf Hearing Healthcare for audiology services was also approved.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for August 12th.


PowerSchool Re-Enrollment is OPEN!

PowerSchool re-enrollment fro 2019-2020 is open!
Please take a look at this checklist for re-enrollment to be sure you have fully completed the process:
– Visit PowerSchool and log in using your Parent Single Sign-On account.  If you do not have a Parent Account, please contact your school for information regarding your parent web access ID and password to establish a connection to your student. Select the Student Information Update” link along the left navigation column.
– Click the “Student Information Update” button. Fill in each page with updated/correct information.
  • In the Contact Information section, make sure you only input the specific kinds of contact you wish to receive from the school. For example, put your email in if you wish to receive building and district newsletters. Add every phone number that you wish to receive notifications about delays, closures, or emergencies. If you add multiple phone numbers, you will be contacted on all of them. You may put your own student’s number as a contact if you wish for them to receive these notifications, as well.
  • In the Emergency Contact section, do not add parent information. Put the contacts for any person that may need to be reached in case you are unavailable or any person who might pick your child up from school. In the event of an emergency at one of our buildings, a student will only be released to a parent or other person listed as an Emergency Contact in PowerSchool.
– Click the Save and Continue button at the bottom of each page.
– When finished, you will be shown a success page acknowledging your completion of the registration process.
– Remit Instructional Fees to the school and add lunch money to your student’s lunch account through SchoolPay, which can be accessed through the online payment option listed along the left navigation tab.  You may view your fees and statement by clicking the Balance link on the left-hand navigation menu.  Please note all convenience fees related to your school’s instructional fees will be waived until the start of school. After the start of school, a convenience fee will be assessed. A $1.95 convenience fee for lunch money deposits is still in effect.
Please contact your school building if you have any questions or concerns with re-enrollment.

Back to School Information

As the 2019-2020 school year approaches, we would like to provide you with a handy list of important information about the district’s policies, guidelines, and procedures.

Below you will find links to other important pieces of information you may need for the upcoming year:

Do you have a question or concern not answered in this list? Contact us! Email Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at

Volunteers for H.O.S.T.S. Reading Tutoring Program Needed

CSCSHC is excited to continue and expand our H.O.S.T.S. volunteer reading tutor program to all three of our elementary buildings for the 2019-2020 school year and we need YOUR help!DSC_5205

Research shows that one-on-one tutoring makes an impact. Come make a difference in a child’s life by being a one-on-one reading tutor for just one hour per week.

H.O.S.T.S. meets during the school year at Brandywine Elementary, New Palestine Elementary, and Sugar Creek Elementary.


Mentors work on reading skills with one second-grade student and one third-grade student for 30 minutes each. All materials are provided and no training is necessary. Mentors choose which day of the week and how often they mentor.  Mentors can also choose to be a substitute only.

During the 2018-19 school year, every third-grade child enrolled in the H.O.S.T.S. program passed the IREAD-3 reading assessment test. Your help can make a difference!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Community Relations Director Wes Anderson at

Board Business: June 2019

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’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s June 10th, 2019 regular meeting.

Monday’s meeting began with the graduation of the 2018-19 Community Leadership Academy. This group of parents and community members meets monthly during the school year to learn more about the inner workings of our school district. We would like to thank all of those who agreed to participate and in the Community Leadership Academy and showed a willingness to learn about the operation of our school district.

Members of the 2018-19 Community Leadership Academy with School Board Secretary Dan Walker (second from left) and School Board President Bill Niemier (third from left).

The board approved Austin Theobald as the new principal at Brandywine Elementary School. Theobald was most recently the principal at Rushville Elementary School East. He has also served as an assistant principal at Shelbyville Central Schools. Theobald has over ten years of experience in special education and grades three and four. Theobald is a previous recipient of the Shelby County Educator of the Year Award. Theobald is a Shelbyville native and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, fitness, and being outdoors. The community is invited to a Meet the Principal Open House with Mr. Theobald on Wednesday, July 17th from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Brandywine Elementary.

Three donations were approved at Monday’s meeting. Covance donated $200 to Mrs. Rund’s tower garden project at New Palestine Intermediate School. $575.60 was donated by the Fairview United Methodist Church. This donation is to be used for unpaid lunches for Brandywine Elementary students. The American Legion donated $2,000 to be used for history scholarships for students.

The board also approved the deposit of the 2019 Supplemental Local Income TAP Distribution into the Rainy Day Fund. This money comes from income taxes in addition to what the district is budgeted to receive. Typically at this time of year, a supplemental distribution is provided to the district and this money is placed in the Rainy Day Fund.

Board Business May 20, 2019

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’s meetings. Please read below for a recap of the board’s May 20th, 2019 regular meeting.

The board held the second of two Preliminary Determination Hearings regarding the New Palestine High School renovation project. An identical hearing was held last week. These hearings included a new, more detailed design of the future project, financial information about the project, and the potential tax impact of the project. You can learn more about what was discussed at the hearing on the NPHS Renovations page.

At the conclusion of the public hearing, the board approved three resolutions. These resolutions establish an estimated cost for the project, set forth the maximum provisions for the district to pay for the project, and also allow the district to reimburse any costs incurred before the bonds are sold to be reimbursed from the bond proceeds raised for the project.

Additional steps for the project will be taken at future board meetings. Please check back on the In The Know Blog for more information as the board and district proceed with the project.