Board Business November 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 November 11th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with the recognition of two CSCSHC students and two CSCHSC teachers. Hancock County Lilly Scholarship finalists Ben Blachly and Emma Nobbe were recognized by the board.

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NPHS Seniors Ben Blachly (right) and Emma Nobbe with NPHS Principal Keith Fessler (middle), Hancock County Community Foundation representative Kevin Harvey, and CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier (left).
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NPHS teachers Dr. Mark Blachly (right), Darlene Seifert, NPHS Principal Keith Fessler, and CSCSHC Board President Bill Niemier (left).

CSCSHC teachers Darlene Seifert and Mark Blachly were recognized for their selection as the AP TIP-IN Science Teacher of the Year and Math Teacher of the Year awards.

Seven donations and grants were approved at Monday’s meeting. CSCSHC was awarded the Health Recovery Navigator Grant in the amount of $2,500. This grant money will be used for support and education of mental health and substance use. Michelle Epple at BWE was awarded a $500 music grant from the Riley Festival Association. Melanie Nobbe at NPJH was awarded a $360 Forum Foundation Educator Grant. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $100 to the NPJH Band. Chris and Michelle Bloomer also donated $100 to the NPJH Band. Brian and Jenny Thorpe donated $150 to also to go the NPJH Band.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder presented the district’s 2020 Expenditure Goals, which were approved the board. The board is required by law to approve these goals, which include a goal of maintaining or improving Education Fund expenditures, lowering the percentage of money transferred from the Education Fund to the Operations Fund, and assuring that revenue exceeds expenditures.

The board held a first reading of an update to Board Policy 2431. This policy references the district’s athletics programs. This policy is being updated to remove references to old school names and change the names of some forms required for participation. An exact reference to vaping as an offense of the code of conduct is also being added.

The board approved a resolution for the reduction of excess special education costs. This resolution allows district administrators to enter into agreements for alternative and private residential school placements. Previously, these agreements were required to be entered into by the board.

A contract for architect services for the upcoming NPHS renovation project was approved. Barton Coe Vilamaa was awarded a contract for the second phase of the NPHS project. Barton Coe Vilamaa was previously approved as the architecture firm for the first phase of this project, including the new fieldhouse structure. This structure will house temporary classrooms during the second phase of the project. You can learn more about phase one of the project on the NPHS Renovations page.

Technology Integration Specialist Chris Young presented to the board on a number of technology initiatives going on around the district. Mr. Young was joined by NPE teacher Rebecca Crull to talk about some of the innovative and hands-on apps being used in CSCSHC classrooms, such as FlipGrid and Square, Jr. You can check out more of these tools on Mrs. Crull’s twitter feed.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for December 16th at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.

 

Board Business: October 28, 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 October 28th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with recognition for New Palestine Elementary teacher Stacy Bancroft and her husband Kip for the creation of Stacy’s Sharing Closet.

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Stacy and Kip Bancroft with Board of School Trustees President Bill Niemier (middle).

The closet provides a boutique shopping experience for families in need in Hancock County and surrounding areas. The closet was created by Stacy and Kip after they recognized a need in our community.

Two donations were approved at the meeting. Sara and Philip Deering of Deering Cleaners issued a check for $500 to the New Palestine Junior High Band. The NPHS Class of 1969 issued a $500 check to NPHS Athletics to be used for students who cannot afford to pay athletic fees.

NPHS Boys Basketball Coach Trent Whitaker received permission from the board for an overnight trip to Bedford, Indiana on December 27th and 28th of this year for a holiday basketball tournament.

The board approved the 2019-2020 Master Teachers Contract at Monday’s meeting. A public hearing regarding the contract was held at the board’s last meeting earlier this month.

Three contracts regarding the NPHS renovation project were approved. A contract for the contractors who will build the NPHS fieldhouse was awarded. Contracts for SprinTurf to create a new turf field south of the current field’s location was also approved. Skillman Group was approved as the construction manager for the rest of the NPHS renovation project. With the board approving the contract to begin the first phase of the NPHS renovation project, construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks. You can read details about the first phase of the project on the NPHS renovation page.

Miles Hercamp and NPJH Assistant Principal Craig Moore, both of whom are members of the district’s safety team, provided the board with a school safety update. They reported on updates to the district’s security camera systems in all school buildings, partnerships with an increasing number of local, county, and state agencies, and the district’s plan for a reunification situation, where students would be evacuated from a building and taken to an alternate location to be picked up by parents or guardians.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for November 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

 

 

 

Board Business: October 14, 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 October 14th, 2019.

Monday’s meeting began with a public hearing regarding the 2019-2020 Master Teacher Contract. Due to new legislation passed earlier this year, a hearing is now required to be held before the contract is board approved. This contract will be approved at a future meeting.

Several donations were approved. Precision Propeller Industries donated $1,000 to the NPHS Robotics teams. Integrity Machine Systems made a donation of $500 to the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams. Christy Snyder donated $20 to the Sugar Creek Elementary extra-curricular fund for the Class of 2029. Amy Schwarb donated $50 to the Sugar Creek Elementary extra-curricular fund for the Class of 2031. Brandon and Jennifer Wilson donated $500 to be used for the upcoming NPHS renovation project. A $250 grant from the Indiana Association of School Principals will be used for Mr. Large’s service learning projects at NPHS.

The board approved this year’s sixth-grade field trip to Dayton, Ohio to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This field trip is scheduled for May 15, 2020.

The board approved its meeting calendar for 2020. Next year’s calendar is located on the district’s school board page.

The district’s 2020 budget was approved at Monday’s meeting. The budget was previously advertised in accordance with state guidelines and a public hearing was held at one of the board’s October meetings.

A number of other resolutions regarding the 2020 budget were approved, including a resolution to distribute the County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT), a resolution that allows a reduction in appropriations as necessary, and a resolution permitting the transfer of funds between the district’s Education and Operations funds. These resolutions permit the district to balance the budget as the district’s budget year comes to a close.

The next Board of School Trustees meeting will be held on October 28th, 2019 at the CSCSHC Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.

 

Board Business: September 23, 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 September 23rd, 2019.

Monday’s first meeting was a work session to allow our board members to take a deeper dive into the district’s curriculum. Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp, Curriculum Coordinator Brian Dinwiddie, and other members of the district’s curriculum team presented to the board about test scores, instructional techniques, and curriculum construction.

The board also heard from Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder regarding the upcoming New Palestine High School renovation project. The project will be completed in two main phases. The first phase of the project is the construction of a multi-purpose room on the south end of the building. Initially, this building will house temporary classrooms while construction on the remainder of the structure is completed. The first phase of the project was opened for bids by contractors last week. The board will approve a bid at one of the October meetings. Construction on the multi-purpose room should begin shortly after. You can read more on the NPHS Renovations page.

Monday’s regular meeting began with three public hearings. As required by law, the district held hearings regarding the budget for 2020, the 2020 bus replacement fund, and the 2020 bus replacement fund. The state requires these hearings to take place for transparency purposes. All this information is available on the district’s Legal Notices page.

A number of donations were accepted at Monday’s meeting. Rikki Goldstein donated $500 for NPHS Robotics & Industrial Tech. An anonymous donation for $1,000 towards the NPHS teacher ECA fund was received. Elizabeth Kremer donated $75 to be split between Sugar Creek’s Class of 2030 and Class of 2032. Ron Collier issued a $500 check to be used for the same funds. Elizabeth Carroll also donated $50 to the SCE ECA fund. Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation issued a $300 check to be used for the NPHS Competition Cheer team. Service Engineering donated $300 to be split between the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams. Planet Fitness and Cooper Real Estate both donated $500 checks to be split between the NPJH and NPI Robotics teams.

Administrators from all six CSCSHC buildings presented their 2019-20 School Improvement Plans. These plans are required for all public schools in Indiana. They include a significant amount of data research about a number of factors including attendance, grades, standardized test scores, and an analysis of curriculum. Administrators then use the gathered data to establish goals and objectives for student growth and overall school improvement.

Resolutions regarding the district’s bus replacement and capital project plans were approved at Monday’s meeting.

The board held a second reading on a number of amended policies. Many of these policies had unnecessary language removed or amended. One new policy that establishes rules for crowdfunding by district employees was also heard.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder provided an enrollment update to the board. As of the state’s first count date earlier this month, the district has exactly 3,700 enrolled students. This is a slight increase over the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Director of Instructional Services Miles Hercamp provided the board with a report on the district’s ILEARN test scores. You can read more about the district’s scores in this article from the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for October 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCSHC Administration Office.

Board Business September 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 September 9th, 2019.

Two public hearings pertaining to the upcoming New Palestine High School renovation project were held to start Monday’s meeting. The first hearing was on a potential Lease Rental Agreement. The lease is the agreement whereby the district will levy the required property tax to pay the lease payments for the project. You can read more about that on the NPHS Renovations page.  The second hearing was regarding an additional appropriation. As you may recall, earlier this year, the district was granted an increase to the debt service tax rate in order to pay for this project. While this increase has been granted, it was not in the original 2019 budget, so a hearing is required to be held regarding this additional appropriation to the 2019 budget.

Three donations were approved. Allegiant donated $5,000 to the NPHS robotics program. Estes Design and Manufacturing and Automatic Door and Window LLC each donated $250 to the NPI and NPJH robotics programs.

The district’s three elementary school principals received approval for the 4th-grade field trip to Southern Indiana. Brandywine’s trip will be held on Thursday, May 14th and Friday. May 15th. NPE’s trip will begin on Wednesday, May 13th, and end on Thursday, May 14th. SCE’s trip will happen on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, 2020.

The board passed a number of resolutions related to the upcoming NPHS renovation project at Monday’s meeting. Two resolutions related to the earlier public hearings were passed. The board passed a resolution authorizing the execution of the lease and a resolution authorizing the additional appropriation as described above.

A resolution that will award contracts and assign bids to the Building Corporation was passed. The creation of the Building Corporation was approved at the August meeting. The Building Corporation will issue tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the school corporation. Because of this, the Building Corporation will be assigned bids and award contracts for the upcoming project.

A resolution approving Assistant Superintendent Bob Yoder to do the necessary reporting regarding these bonds to the Security Exchange Commission (as required) was passed. One additional resolution approving amended and restarted post-issuance compliance procedures was approved. The district issued a number of bonds in 2015. Due to the new issuance of bonds for the NPHS project, these previous bonds must be amended and restated.

An additional resolution not related to the NPHS project was approved. House Enrolled Act 1001, passed earlier this year by the Indiana Legislature, reduced the amount a school corporation contributes to the Teacher Retirement Fund each year. The district is required to pass a resolution stating how much money the district saves and what the district intends to do with this money. The district will use those additional funds to supplement wages and/or benefits of certificated employees.

The board approved advertisement of the 2020 budget. A public hearing regarding this budget will be held on September 23rd. The board will then consider approval of the budget at its October meeting.

The board also approved advertisement of the 2020 Capital Project Plan and Bus Replacement Plan. These three-year plans are reviewed and updated each year in alignment with the needs of the district.

A number of amended policies were considered during a first reading at Monday’s meeting. Many of these policies had unnecessary language removed or amended. One new policy that establishes rules for crowdfunding by district employees was also heard.

Finally, each school building presented their fundraiser reports to the board.

The board’s next meeting is September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the CSCHSC Administration Office.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.